Whilst ‘health and safety’ is often bemoaned by the public, the potential consequences of an accident at work can be life-changing for the unfortunate person or people involved who may require extensive time off work, surgery, rehabilitation, additional care and assistance from their loved ones and, in serious cases, even adaptations to their home.
The United Kingdom has a large and relatively comprehensive framework of rules and regulations governing health and safety in the workplace. This framework covers everything from the safe disposal of hazardous materials such as asbestos to the use of scaffolding on construction sites and the appropriate training to be given to workers on manual handling and working at height. Unfortunately, despite this extensive regulatory framework, accidents can and do still happen on a regular basis in workplaces through a lack of adherence to the rules, poor quality/defective equipment and employee negligence.
When things do go wrong, the advice of expert lawyers like Angelus Law will be needed to assist in carrying out the necessary investigations to prove that the fault lies with the employer, to properly assess the injuries suffered, and ensure that the appropriate treatments and rehabilitation are provided and to make sure that all of the injured person’s potential losses are fully and fairly compensated.
Angelus Law is committed to assisting people who have suffered injuries and losses as a result of poor or negligent workplace practices regardless of their financial means and handles these types of cases on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis exclusively.
A recent example for Angelus Law is Mr M who was injured on a factory assembly line when an air cylinder exploded and caused damage to his hand, thumb and leg. Mr M’s employers ultimately admitted that they had breached their statutory and common law duties to Mr M to provide him with adequate training, to properly maintain the equipment he was required to use or to provide him with a safe place/system of work.
Mr M required an extensive period of time off work to rehabilitate and later struggled to carry out his job to the best of his abilities because of the ongoing effects of his injuries. We had Mr M seen by a specialist hand surgeon, a plastic/reconstructive surgeon and a psychologist to ensure that his long-term prognoses and potential treatment needs were fully investigated.
Court proceedings were eventually issued for Mr M and following our negotiations we were able to recover a settlement of £75,000.00 for Mr M to cover the compensation for his injuries and the financial losses he incurred in the aftermath of his accident.