COVID-19 at work, the new rules, and you

With new government advice surrounding getting more people back into work coming into place at the beginning of August, the risk of accidents at work will become more important to us all. Coupled with the fact that workplaces will need to add more health and safety measures to ensure we are all kept safe from COVID-19 at work, employers have even more of a responsibility to make sure we are all kept safe at work, and with the added pressure of having to play catch up for a number of businesses, the risk of accidents could actually be heightened whilst this happens.

Workplaces must be kept safe for workers now more than ever. There have been extra health and safety measures put in place in work spaces up and down the country, including adding more PPE for staff, making sure that everything is kept clean and sanitised for everyone’s safety, and extra risk assessments being carried out, but, unfortunately, these extra health and safety measures can not guarantee that accidents at work won’t happen.

The new rules surrounding workplace safety, whilst similar, can also differ based on what industry you work in, for example, offices and building sites have different rules, but can both still present their own risks of accidents, even with everyone adhering to the social distancing rules. The new rules also, unfortunately, may not stop the usual accidents at work happening either, and so, as much as we are responsible for keeping ourselves safe, it is the same, if not even more, for our employers to ensure we are kept safe and well, as they have a duty of care to all of their employees.

Additionally, with all the new guidance surrounding working safely and getting people back into work, combined with increased workloads for staff returning, there may also be a rise in people feeling stressed at work. Stress at work is already something that a lot of people suffer with, and, due to increased job pressures post-lockdown, this will no doubt get worse for people who are suffering. We can also help if you feel you are suffering from an added sense of stress at work, for further information on stress at work claims contact us today.

So, what happens if you are unfortunate enough to have an accident whilst at work?

Here at The Compensation Experts, we are well placed to give you all the help you need. We work with solicitors who deal with accidents at work all the time, so we have a wealth of experience dealing with them. Contact us today to see if we can help you with a potential accident at work claim.

Injuries in Agriculture Still Remain High Reports HSE

Earlier this week, the HSE published a report that injuries in agriculture has the worst rate of worker fatal injury in Great Britain. Last year, 21 people were killed, one of whom was a child. Two of the fatalities were in Scotland, however, the North-West of England had the highest death rate with five.

Fatal Injuries in agriculture, forestry, and fishing in Great Britain 2019/20, published to coincide with the start of Farm Safety Week. Established by the Farm Safety Foundation charity – This is to highlight safety and wellbeing in the sector. The HSE statistics confirm that agriculture continues to have the highest rate of
fatal injuries amongst workers; eighteen times higher than the average rate across all industries.

A closer look at the specific injuries in agriculture

The report also reveals that transport-related accidents, such as overturning vehicles or being struck by moving vehicles were responsible for more deaths than any other cause last year. Tractors, a combine harvester, telescopic handlers, an all-terrain utility vehicle, and a boat were all among the causes. The HSE report also informs us that half of the workers killed were 55 years or older. The youngest person killed was a 4-year-old child from Lancashire. The HSE has urged farmers to keep children safe on farms during the Covid-19 restrictions. Children must not be allowed in the farm workplace unless they are very carefully supervised. It is illegal to carry children under 13-years-old in the cab of an agriculture vehicle as it is unsafe.

The BBC has branded agriculture as “The UK’s deadliest industry”. While fatal accidents across other industries have fallen from the past 30 years, fatalities in agriculture continue to remain high. According to the HSE, workers in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector are 20 times more likely to be killed at work.

Unfortunately, older workers are more likely to be involved in fatal accidents, on farms and elsewhere. A representative from the HSE acknowledged that that agriculture is an “industry in which risks are poorly managed”

Why the farming industry still trails behind others for safety

A farmer from Cumbria in an interview with ITV claimed that fatalities happen because they work in “very high-pressure situations with big, scary consequences if things aren’t done right.”
Half of all the fatalities in Britain were in the over 55s. To try and reduce the number of accidents this has been designed as Farm Safety Week.
Your employer’s duty of care is a legal one. If you’ve been injured in your workplace and feel that your employer has failed to carry out to provide you with the correct PPE, you might be eligible to make a claim as a result.

As leading personal injury specialists, we pride ourselves on impeccable customer service and delivering the best results for our clients. Our national network of solicitors understand that compensation is only part of the story. Our experts make sure the victims receive the best support, rehabilitation and medical care possible. If you or anyone you know has been injured as a result of working in the agriculture industry then get in touch with us today.

UK Government indemnifies personal injury for ventilator manufacturers

In the difficult days of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for more ventilators rises at a rapid rate. A recent article from the Financial Times discusses the implications and process (PAID LINK) of acquiring these machines. Additionally, it addresses how the Government will protect and support manufacturing ventilators.

Personal Injury for Ventilator Manufacturers

Estimates say the National Health Service (NHS) needs an additional 8,000 ventilators due to the potentially fatal nature of the virus. BAE Systems, Dyson and Rolls-Royce are all working on a solution. Their manufacturing actions range from building entirely new models to simple increases in production levels.

As a result, the demand should be comfortably met with the protective contingencies that are in place. There’s another troubling practice going on, however, that may complicate at-risk patients. Reports show the UK Government aims to protect these manufacturers from any financial burden due to:

  • IP: Intellectual Property infringements, and/or;
  • PI: Personal Injury caused by defective machinery.

personal injury for ventilator manufacturers is under attack from the UK government.

This plan will cover the risk for any potential legal claims arising from any new machinery or IP infringement claims.

Michael Gove wrote to the Chairs of the Public Accounts and the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committees on 3 April. It was an effort that proposed shielding manufacturers (particularly designers and contract manufacturers) on ‘two “contingent liabilities’’ mentioned – IP and PI.

IP Rights and Product Liability

The extent of protection is not currently clear due to the Cabinet Office not providing comment on compensation. But as Michael Gove wrote, there now two contingent liabilities. The first to cover IP rights and the second for product liability.

This plan intends to ensure that new manufacturers don’t fear the repercussions of legal claims. In short, it’s possible manufacturers fear these risks due to the nature of the rapid production of highly complex equipment. Legal experts think IP rights holders in the life sciences and medical devices sector will object.

Because of the sensitive nature of the treatment, there is cause for concern. Additionally, the new machinery must be subject to high regulatory standards. Therefore, there is a lot of scrutiny and careful judgement surrounding the proper manufacturing of these essential devices.

For individuals suffering from a personal injury at the hands of someone else, this is a very sensitive matter. There should be no exceptions when it comes to the health and safety of patients. In short, manufacturers don’t deserve protection if they err in manufacturing their products. This holds even though we are going through a pandemic as devastating as Covid-19.

Families are losing loved ones from the virus alone. To avoid compounding the frustration, families should expect nothing less than high standard ventilators. The general public is right to worry about the virus. They don’t want to also worry about essential devices meant to help treat the virus.

The Government says it wants to protect manufacturers from legal action if they are to produce faulty machinery. However, it gives the companies an unnecessary margin of error. Though manufacturers are fighting to create ventilators at a rapid pace, that margin shouldn’t exist in the first place.

Can you still claim?

Yes: you can still make compensation claims if you suffer from medical negligence or a personal injury for ventilator manufacturers negligence. The funds are there to protect the companies but most importantly you. Without these contingencies in place, the demand for ventilators may not be met.

Remember: you still have the right to claim compensation regardless of what the Government is doing to support the companies.

Here at The Compensation Experts, we offer you free and friendly expert advice on your potential claim. We’ll ask you some questions to determine if you have a strong case for compensation. Moreover, we’ll answer any questions or queries you may have.

All our cases feature a no-win, no fee basis. For more information, browse The Compensation Experts website or call us free on 01614138765.

Call us today to start your claim for the compensation you deserve. Or, you can ask us any questions or queries you may have under no obligation.

Accidents at Work Compensation Examples: Construction

Accidents at work compensation examples in construction are a fairly common occurrence in the UK. In truth, a large portion of all compensation claims stem originally from the construction sector. In fact, construction has the highest rate of accidents in comparison to any other industry. The majority of workers that suffer injuries at work are unaware that they could be eligible to claim compensation for the complications and harm they endure due to the accident.

Accidents at Work Compensation Examples for Construction #1

It’s 2016, and a man suffers an injury due to the direct negligence of his employers. Subsequently, he suffers significant injuries to his back, head and neck after falling headfirst onto a wooden platform from a height of 2.5 metres.

The accident happens as a result of the absence of any safety measures in place according to an investigation from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In turn, the company responsible receives a £6000 fine as punishment.

Falls from heights such as this are responsible for over 30% of all construction accidents and injuries. More critically, they usually cause the most serious of injuries and threats as evident in the accident from 2016.

Common examples of construction accidents

The accidents that occur in construction vary from injury to injury. The most common ones are:

  • Falls from heights such as from ladders or scaffolding.
  • Certain objects falling from a height which cause injuries such as bricks, tools and equipment.
  • Overdemanding or inadequately training workers resulting in improper lifting, carrying or pushing awkward loads.
  • Faulty equipment also accounts for a portion of the accidents and injuries. Occasionally, workers suffer injury from moving vehicles, such as forklifts.
  • Finally, welding and chemical burns alongside electric shock accidents are a fairly common occurrence within construction.

It is important for all of these scenarios to know what your options are for compensation. Here at The Compensation Experts, we can guide you through all your options and offer free and friendly advice for what your next steps could be.

Construction accident claims can prove to be rather complex. This is due to the fact that there’s usually an attachment of several parties to the accident. Ergo, that makes it more difficult to pin blame on someone. In some instances, it may not even be clear who was in the wrong when it comes to the cause of an accident. For these reasons, a thorough investigation is usually necessary to get to the bottom of the case. This would not affect you specifically but more so the duration of the compensation claim.

Ultimately, it’s down to your solicitor to get to the bottom of who’s fault the case was.

Details that Enhance Your Case for Accidents at Work Compensation Examples in Construction

You’ll want to improve your chances of making a successful claim for Work Compensation Examples in Construction. Therefore, it’s important to know the following details alongside the date and time of the accident.

  • Address of the site;
  • Contact details of any witnesses who were present at the scene;
  • Person to which you report the accident;
  • Details of any medical treatment you received, including who provided the treatment and when;
  • Photographs of the scene of the accident;
  • A copy of the logbook recording the accident, or details of who records the information in the logbook.

Remember: the more accurate your description is, the better chances of success your claim will have. This owes to the clear-cut scenario and foundation put in place regarding construction accidents and how compensation works.

Time Limits for Claiming

When it comes to making the claim itself, there is a strict three-year time limit in place for claiming. The accident must occur within the past three years when claiming; otherwise, you won’t be eligible to make a claim.

So, were you hurt in a construction accident? The Compensation Experts can help you get the compensation you deserve. We have access to some of the best solicitors who specialise in construction accident claims. Moreover, they offer a large amount of experience with these types of cases and have supported people to secure the compensation that they deserve.

After you contact us and one of our friendly compensation experts speaks to you about your case, if we feel that your case is promising and you are eligible for compensation, we will send it to one of our solicitors who will get started on your case on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that if your claim loses, you’ve no financial obligation and won’t have to pay a thing. Discuss it further with us when you get in touch for a preliminary chat.

For further information, and to find out whether you are eligible to make a claim, call us today. You can also browse our website or fill in one of our contact forms and one of our friendly compensation experts will contact you to discuss any queries and concerns you may be having.

PPE and your employer’s duty of care

Regardless of where you work, your employer has a legal duty of care to ensure that you are safe while carrying out your duties. As part of this, they are required to do everything reasonably possible to remove or minimise any dangers or risks you may face while working for them.

In particularly high risk industries, such as the construction sector or factories that use heavy machinery, this includes providing you with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where needed, which has to be provided at no cost to you. There are many different types of PPE and the type of PPE necessary at a place of work will vary. To determine what PPE you will need in order to carry out your duties safely, a risk assessment has to be done as it is a legal requirement.  The most commonly encountered items of PPE are:

  • Safety helmet
  • Eye protection
  • High-visibility clothing (hi-vis)
  • Ear defenders
  • Protective gloves
  • Steel toe-capped/non-slip boots
  • Harnesses for working at heights.

The list is not exhaustive, but many workplaces will require their workers to wear at least one of these items during the course of their duties. Although some items can be expensive, your employer must provide you with these items should a risk assessment require them. It is also important that employers regularly reassess their workplaces and the risks involved in the duties they are asking their employees to carry out. In addition, employers are also required to;

  • Ensure that all PPE is stored correctly and not damaged
  • All PPE is adjustable or able to fit the user
  • The correct PPE items are used for the correct task
  • Ensure that adequate training is provided to employees on how to use PPE.

The cultural shift towards more risk-averse workplaces that are fully mindful of all relevant health and safety legislation, such as the Factories Act 1960, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and all subsequent updates,  has seen a significant drop in workplace-related injuries over the last thirty years. Even where employers have done everything required of them though, there still remains an element of risk in most, if not all, workplaces.

How we can help

Your employer’s duty of care is a legal one. If you have been injured in your workplace and feel that your employer has failed to carry out to provide you with the correct protective equipment or hasn’t shown you how to use it properly, you might be eligible to make a compensation claim as a result.

At The Compensation Experts, we work with specialist law firms who have a track record making successful workplace injury compensation claims. After your initial consultation with one of our advisors, which is done on a free no-obligation basis, we will match you with the firm who best suits the circumstances of your case.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with us via the contact form on our website or by calling 0161 413 8765.

Everything you need to know about No Win, No Fee claims

If you have sustained an injury or have been involved in an accident, you are entitled to make a claim if the fault lies with another party. Whether it is a leisure-related injury, a slip, trip or fall at work, or any other incident that caused you harm, you may be entitled to compensation.

Though the notion seems quite straightforward, issues can arise due to the high costs that can be incurred obtaining the support of a legal professional to help you claim the compensation you deserve. These high costs frequently put people off filing a claim, even when they are certain the injury wasn’t their fault and they have suffered physically, mentally and financially due to the injury.

The concept of a ‘No Win, No Fee claim was developed to address this issue. It gives you the chance to make a claim without incurring any legal expenses until your compensation have been guaranteed. The benefit of instructing a solicitor on a No Win, No Fee basis is that, if you fail to win the case, you won’t be left owing money for a claim that went nowhere.

How it works

A No Win, No Fee case means that, if your solicitor fails to win your case and you don’t receive any compensation, you won’t pay any fees.

Solicitors and the law firms they work for generally only take on such cases when they are confident that they will win, and that both you and they will receive some money. The benefit to you is that there are no upfront costs, and you can rest easy knowing that, should the worst happen, you won’t be out of pocket. The benefit to your solicitor is that they are able to take on cases that would otherwise never happen, due to the claimant being unable to afford their fees.

If your claim is successful, you will then pay your solicitor what is known as a ‘success fee’. This is usually a percentage of the compensation amount you have been awarded, although it could also be a flat fee agreed upon in advance. A document called a Conditional Fee Agreement, or CFA, lays out the agreement and is a formal, legally binding contract between you and your solicitor.

What you need to know

Should your claim be unsuccessful, you will not be obliged to pay any fees to your solicitor. However, you may still need to pay court costs, any expert’s fees and miscellaneous other expenses. Whether or not you are responsible for these payments will depend on the nature of your agreement with your solicitor and it may be that they advise you to take out what is known as After The Event insurance to cover any costs the court imposes if your claim is unsuccessful.

How we can help

At The Compensation Experts, all of the specialist law firms we work with operate on a No Win, No Fee basis. All of these firms are highly experienced in personal injury compensation claims, and so, are well-placed to hrlp you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.

If you have been injured, have suffered physically, mentally and financially, and would like to know if you have a claim, contact us today via our website or by calling 0161 413 8765.

Workplace injuries: know your rights

When you are at work, your employer has a legal responsibility to report any accidents, pay you sick pay and allow you to have time off because of an accident you suffer at work, should it be necessary.

To give you an idea of the scale of this issue, the most recent figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that:

• 581,000 injuries occurred at work in 2019
• 28.2 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury in the last financial year

While this is a decrease on the figures reported by the HSE in previous years, it is still unacceptable.

How to report an injury

All employers must keep an accident book. This is a legal requirement, and it is for the benefit of employees. It offers a useful record of what happened and when in case you need time off work or you need to claim compensation.

Who is responsible?

Your employer is legally required to do everything reasonably possible to ensure both your physical and mental well-being at work.

The first thing a responsible employer should do once the initial accident or injury has been dealt with is to carry out a risk assessment and do whatever is needed to ensure that a similar incident does not happen again.

It is important to remember that you and your fellow employees do also have to take reasonable action to ensure that your health and safety needs are taken care of.

Compensation

If you have been injured at work and you believe that your employer is at fault, you are within your rights to make a personal injury claim. Any claim must be made within three years of the date of the accident and you will usually need to hire a specialist personal injury solicitor to represent you.

How we can help

At The Compensation Experts, we work with specialist law firms who have a track record making successful workplace injury compensation claims. We and the firms we work with have a lot of experience in these cases and so, are well-placed to help you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. After your initial consultation with our advisors, which is done on a free no-obligation basis, we will match you with the firm who best suits the circumstances of your case.

If you decide to progress your claim, your solicitor will collect any evidence to help build the strongest possible case to support your claim. This evidence will be used not only to prove your entitlement to compensation but also to show the extent of your physical and financial suffering to ensure the amount you receive is fair.

Do not hesitate then to get in touch with us via the contact form on our website or by calling 0161 413 8765.

What counts as a slip, trip or fall?

The most common type of accidents in the workplace continue to be slips, trips and falls. Although these terms sound very similar and may seem like they have been grouped together because of this, they are in fact quite different from each other and protecting you from injuries caused by slips, trips and falls is part of your employer’s legal duty of care to you under the terms of the Health and Safety at Work Act and other relevant legislation.

Slips

In terms of the workplace environment, a ‘slip’ is defined as any time your feet lose grip on the surface you are either standing or walking on. This may be due to the floor being wet, because it has recently been polished or because a rug hasn’t been securely fixed to the ground.

An example of when this would stray into the territory of your employer breaching their duty of care to you would be if the cleaning staff mopped the floor but then failed to leave out the correct warning signage and you then slipped on the wet floor and harm yourself. In this instance, your employer would be at fault for failing to ensure the cleaning staff had done their job correctly and you would potentially be able to claim compensation from your employer for any loss of earnings you suffered while having to take time off work in order to recover.

Trips

In terms of the workplace,  a ‘trip’ usually happens when you are walking on an uneven surface or if the lighting in part of your workplace isn’t bright enough for you to see items that are large enough for you to trip over.

If your workplace has a cluttered floor and, for whatever reason, you trip over and injure yourself, this would be an example of a trip in the workplace your employer would be liable for.

Falls

While the term ‘fall’ usually makes us think of a fall from a great height, that is not always the case in the workplace. For example, you may simply be using a small stepladder to help a colleague hang something on the office wall. If the stepladder is faulty though, you or your colleague may incur an injury as a result. While this may seem inconsequential, it is worth remembering that even a fall from a few inches can cause nasty injuries.

How we can help

Slips, trips and falls are still the most common form of workplace injury and, only by following Health and Safety guidelines, will the number of incidents start to come down.

However, if you find yourself injured because of one of the above types of accidents, be sure to speak to a recognised personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity.

At The Compensation Experts, we work with specialist law firms who have a track record making successful workplace injury compensation claims. We and the firms we work with have a lot of experience in these cases and so, are well-placed to help you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. After your initial consultation with our advisors, which is done on a free no-obligation basis, we will match you with the firm who best suits the circumstances of your case.

If you decide to progress your claim, your solicitor will collect any evidence to help build the strongest possible case to support your claim. This evidence will be used not only to prove your entitlement to compensation but also to show the extent of your physical and financial suffering to ensure the amount you receive is fair.

Do not hesitate then to get in touch with us via the contact form on our website or by calling 0161 413 8765.

A Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a debilitating condition caused by the compression of the median nerve within the wrist. Because of this, the condition is heavily linked with Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), although it should be said that the conditions are distinctly different.

In this guide, we wil outline the causes of CTS, how to treat it and how we can help if you have developed CTS due to your job.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel

CTS can be caused or exacerbated by repetitive movements. Therefore, you should try to avoid using your hands for unnecessary tasks at home and at work. For example, spending a long time on a computer using a keyboard or a tablet/smartphone at home will only make the condition worse.

High-risk job roles and tasks that should be avoided are ones that require you to work very fast in order to hit targets. Assembly lines, stock processing warehouses and heavy labour jobs in particular are common workplaces associated with the diagnosis of CTS.

We acknowledge that avoiding repetitive tasks at work can be difficult though. However, your employer is legally obliged to do everything they reasonably can to protect your physical well-being while you are at work. Furthermore, if you develop a condition or have a pre-existing condition, they have to make reasonable adjustments to your working environment and your duties in order to accommodate you.

You should inform your employer of your condition then and explain the situation. They should then support you in every way they can and carry out risk assessments on your workspace. You may be able to pursue a claim for compensation if your work has caused or exacerbated your condition.

The difference between Carpal Tunnel and Vibratory Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can also be brought on by the constant use of vibratory tools, such as pneumatic drills, chainsaws, and grinders. This is known as Vibratory Induced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (VCTS). The symptoms are similar, but the cause of the condition is heavy vibration affecting the wrists and causing swelling which, in turn, puts pressure on the median nerve. In these cases, the cause of the condition is almost always due to the sufferer’s occupation as well as using the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) when operating tools.

Anyone who operates heavy hand tools, especially ones that emit high levels of vibration are at high risk of contracting VCTS and another condition known as Vibration White Finger.

Treatments for Carpal Tunnel

Corticosteroid injections are a possible form of treatment and can be provided by the NHS. This is a non-invasive treatment and does not require surgery. Other basic treatments can be simply applying a wrist splint to support your wrist on a daily basis.

Decompression or release surgery is also available on the NHS. As it is a surgical intervention, this procedure will not be considered by a medical professional unless the condition is very severe and other treatments have not worked though.

How can The Compensation Experts help?

If you have been affected by CTS or VCTS and believe it to be work-related The Compensation Experts can provide legal assistance and help you obtain compensation on a No Win No Fee basis. Our offices are open Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm and our expert advisors are always on hand to discuss. If you are thinking about making a claim why not get in touch today for a brief, no-obligation chat today.

If you believe that your workplace environment or your tasks at work have caused CTS to develop, you should first speak to your employer to ask for reasonable adjustments to be made. If these do not occur, and you then develop the condition or your condition worsens, then your employer is liable and you may be able to claim compensation from them.

At The Compensation Experts, we work with specialist legal firms who have a proven track record in making successful industrial disease and workplace injury compensation claims. We and the legal firms we work with have a lot of experience in these cases and so, are well-placed to help you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. After your initial consultation with our advisors, which is done on a free no-obligation basis, we will match you with the firm who best suits the circumstances of your case.

If you decide to progress your claim, your solicitor will collect any evidence to help build the strongest possible case to support your claim. This evidence will be used not only to prove your entitlement to compensation but also to show the extent of your physical and financial suffering to ensure the amount you receive is fair.

Do not hesitate then to get in touch with us via the contact form on our website or by calling 0161 413 8765.

What should I do if I’ve suffered Repetitive Strain Injury at work?

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is an umbrella term for an increasingly common range of injuries that affect the hands and wrists and which are caused by prolonged and repeated movement. Initial symptoms may only initially appear while a certain action is being carried but may include aching, soreness or pain, stiffness, cramp, loss of strength in your hands, throbbing or numbness.

(Please note that RSI is a different condition to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which affects the same area.)

Symptoms will usually be mild initially and will not cause you too much concern. However, if left unchecked, these symptoms can gradually develop into severe, potentially constant pain and long-term health issues.

What causes RSI?

Repetitive strain injury is usually caused by damage to the tendons due to prolonged over-use. Poor posture, often related to inadequate working conditions, can also exacerbate tendon damage, leading to RSI. Other contributory factors include cold temperatures, often from working outside or if the office you work in isn’t heated sufficiently, as well as regular contact with vibrating machinery, which can also cause other industrial diseases like Vibration White Finger.

Who is at risk?

Anyone who carries out repetitive movements is potentially at risk from contracting RSI. Office workers who spend long periods of time tapping at computer keyboards often get RSI in their fingers and wrists. Factory workers who spend hours of every day assembling items or carrying out repetitive duties often contract RSI as a result of their work. Construction workers who work outside in cold temperatures, often with vibrating machinery such as drills are also at risk.

What to do if you think you might have RSI

The first step should always be to visit your doctor or GP, who will be able to tell you what steps you need to take to stop your condition worsening. As you will now have been officially diagnosed by a medical professional and this diagnosis will now be a part of your medical records, it also means that your employer will be required to act to help stop the condition getting worse as well.

Your employer’s duty

It should be said though that your employer has a legal duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and its subsequent updates to do everything reasonably possible to protect your physical well-being at work. This includes doing everything it reasonably can to prevent you form developing RSI in the first place. If you do then develop any kind of injury or disease, whether it has been caused by the workplace or not, your employer is also required to make reasonable adjustments so that you are able to continue working.

How we can help

If you believe that your workplace environment or your tasks at work increase the risk of you developing RSI, you should first speak to your employer to ask for reasonable adjustments to be made. If these do not occur, and you then develop the condition, then your employer is liable and you may be able to claim compensation from them.

At The Compensation Experts, we work with specialist legal firms who have a proven track record in making successful industrial disease and workplace injury compensation claims. We and the legal firms we work with have a lot of experience in these cases and so, are well-placed to help you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. After your initial consultation with our advisors, which is done on a free no-obligation basis, we will match you with the firm who best suits the circumstances of your case.

If you decide to progress your claim, your solicitor will collect any evidence to help build the strongest possible case to support your claim. This evidence will be used not only to prove your entitlement to compensation but also to show the extent of your physical and financial suffering to ensure the amount you receive is fair.

Do not hesitate then to get in touch with us via the contact form on our website or by calling 0161 413 8765.

Stormy conditions no excuse for unsafe pavements and roads

If you’ve gone to work, taken the kids to school or frankly done anything that’s required leaving the house in the last few days, then you will no doubt have experienced the effects of Storm Ciara.

With Storm Dennis now forecast to be hitting British shores by the weekend, we are likely to continue experiencing disruption to public transport, sporting fixtures and our daily lives for the foreseeable future too.

This bout of bad weather has meant that, in recent days, it has been hazardous to walk down the street – even in areas that haven’t experienced flooding thankfully, there has still been large volumes of ground water, as well as black ice in some parts, on pavements and roads.

Add to this the high winds, fallen trees and blizzard conditions that we’ve had, and it would be fair to say that it has also been treacherous to drive on UK roads the past few days, thereby increasing the likelihood of accidents happening.

It is the responsibility of your local council to ensure that the highways and byways around you – this includes both the roads and pavements – are cleared and gritted in icy and windy conditions and so, safe to travel on. Similarly, it is the duty of Highways England to make sure that the nation’s motorways are safe for motorists to use, while it is the responsibility of Transport Scotland north of the border.

If this is not done, and you are involved in a road traffic accident (RTA), or suffer a slip, trip or fall while walking down the street, you may be entitled to compensation.

At The Compensation Experts, we work with specialist law firms who have a track record of making successful compensation claims against local councils and after RTAs have occurred. We and the legal firms we work with have a lot of experience with these types of cases and so, are well-placed to help you get you the maximum amount of compensation.

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident or have sustained any type of injury while out in public the last few days, the stormy conditions we have been experiencing are not an excuse. Therefore, you may be entitled to compensation.

Do not hesitate to contact The Compensation Experts via the contact form on our website or by calling 0161 413 8765.

UK Statute of Limitations for Personal Injuries

The UK Statute of Limitations for personal injuries is a time limit placed on personal injury compensation claims in the UK. It was introduced as part of the Limitation Act in 1980 and serves two purposes — to ensure that the evidence gathered in personal injury cases is as recent as possible and to protect defendants against a persistent fear of litigation.

The time limit on compensation claims in the UK is generally set at three years however there are exceptions to the rule. Although this page aims to provide you with as much information as possible on the time limit for claims in the UK, it should not be used as a substitute for legal advice — if you have questions regarding the impact the Statute of Limitations may have on your claim for compensation, speak with a personal injury claims solicitor at the first possible opportunity.

When Does the UK Statute of Limitations for Personal Injuries Take Effect?

The UK Statute of Limitations for personal injuries begins from the date on which you first become aware of your injury or illness. In most instances this means the date on which your injury was first suffered — however as the symptoms of some conditions can take years to manifest themselves, it can vary. It is important to note that seeking medical attention as soon as you discover your injury or illness is vital — not just to safeguard your health, but also to ensure that your claim for compensation is unimpeded by accusations that you contributed to your own condition by failing to have it treated in time.

Exceptions to the Time Limit in Compensation Claims

Conflicts with other legislation or instances in which a claimant is unable to support their claim for compensation are the situations in which exceptions to the UK Statute of Limitations for Personal Injuries most often occur. Here are a few examples of instances in which the time limit on personal injury claims may be altered:-

The Athens and Montreal Conventions

The Athens Convention (1974) and the Montreal Convention (1974) dictate the amount of time a person injured on an aeroplane or at sea has to pursue personal injury claims. These conventions apply in the UK and in other countries in which they have been ratified — they reduce the amount of time a claimant has to pursue compensation to two years.

The UK Statute of Limitations for Personal Injuries and Conflicts with the Consumer Protection Act

The time limit for claims in the UK can be altered when a conflict with the Consumer Protection Act arises. If you were to injure yourself due to a fault in a product you have purchased, you are allowed to pursue a claim for compensation for up to three years, once the product has been available in the UK for less than ten years. The longer the product has been in circulation, the less time personal injury claims have to be pursued. If you were to sustain an injury because of a product nine years after it was released onto the market, you would only have one year in which to claim public liability compensation for example.

The Time Limit on Compensation Claims and Personal Injury Claims for Children

It is not legal for persons under the age of 18 to pursue a claim for compensation or instruct a solicitor, and therefore the three-year time limit on compensation claims in the UK cannot be applied. However, a parent or guardian may initiate a claim on behalf of the child before they reach adulthood, or alternatively they can wait until the child is old enough to pursue a claim on their own, at which time the time limit takes effect.

The Mental Health Act and a Catastrophic Brain Injury

Under the Mental Health Act (1983) a claimant must possess the cognitive ability to be able to pursue a claim for compensation. If an accident victim is left comatose by an accident, the time limit imposed by the UK Statute of Limitations for personal injuries is paused until the person regains the mental capacity to be able to pursue a claim. If a person never regains cognitive ability, a claim can be made on their behalf by a ‘Litigation Friend’.

Extensions to the Time Limit on Personal Injury Claims

Persons pursuing personal injury claims may, in certain special circumstances, be granted extensions. These extensions to the UK Statute of Limitations for personal injuries may only be granted by a court. There is also the concept of a “Standstill Agreement” which effectively stops the clock on claims. The measure must be agreed upon by all parties beforehand, however.

Summary — The Statute of Limitations in the UK

Considering the implications the UK Statute of Limitations for personal injuries may have on your claim for compensation may allow you to prevent it from being time-barred. Although two or three years may seem like ample time in which to pursue personal injury claims, preparing a compensation claim can take a long time, so starting as soon as possible is important. Also, when the long term consequences of a serious injury have been taken into consideration, three years may be entirely inadequate.

As mentioned above, several instances exist in which time limit for claims in the UK can be reduced or extended — for this reason it is imperative that you speak with a personal injury claims solicitor about the time limit on compensation claims in the UK and the impact it may have on your claim.