Claims for workers compensation in London

 

Under UK laws and regulations, employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. Employers are obliged to make sure that the workplace and premises are safe. This responsibility covers not only the prevention of accidents but also extends to the provision of adequate heating, ventilation and lighting.

If an employer ignores these regulations they risk claims being brought against them by their employees under health and safety laws and regulations. For that reason, employers are legally obligated to have insurance cover specifically for the payment of compensation. Compensation payments can cover loss of earnings, reimbursement of medical expenses, and payments to the dependents of an employee who is killed at work.

The potential causes of work injury or occupational illness, for which an employer may be found liable, include: 

  • Faulty or unsuitable equipment and materials
  • Dangerous work practices
  • Exposure to dangerous substances or materials
  • Trip or slip hazards (wet floors, exposed pipes, cables, etc)
  • Heavy lifting
  • Actions of colleagues
  • Failure to provide adequate training for the job

As many jobs in London are service based rather than industrial jobs, many claims for workers compensation in London are related to injury in the office due to poor ergonomics and working conditions. Injuries such as repetitive-strain injuries are therefore more common in cities like London. Workers compensation is an area in which many solicitors specialise in London. Workers compensation is generally a specific specialisation of an employment solicitor.

If you require advice or representation, it is a good idea to get in contact with an employment solicitor early in the process to ensure that the matter is handled appropriately according to the law.

If you would like help finding recommended employment solicitors in the London area, Contact Law can put you in touch with a firm we work with free of charge. So, if you have any questions please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above. 

 

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