Defective Equipment Injury Claim
In very nearly all work environments, equipment of some description is used to make work or working routine easier. Such equipment can be anything; a computer, a chef’s knife, an engineer’s slide rule, a sound engineer’s mixing desk, and anything in between. The sheer scale, range and variety of such work equipment mean that it is hard to define. A regularly used legal definition is “any machine, tool or device provided by an employer to assist a worker in the execution of their job.”
Work equipment can be specialist or every day. Work equipment can be issued by the company, already be at the site or workplace, provided by another, or indeed not at the workplace at all (electrician’s tool bag, or similar). Despite the multitude of benefits and uses, and often the very necessity of such work equipment – such equipment can actually be a major hazard in the workplace.
Equipment can be considered defective if it is not working the way it is designed to. Such a malfunction or defect can end up inflicting injuries on the operator, or those in the vicinity. Despite regular checks and inspections, legally mandated and enforced, and despite repairs, and upgrades- machines and equipment easily malfunction or stop for any number of reasons, technical or operator induced.
Following an accident involving faulty equipment, you could be left long lasting and serious injuries. Some injuries might require specialist treatment and care, or long term hospitalisation. Whilst recovering from some injuries, occupational therapy or physiotherapy might be needed. During that time, in many cases you will be unable to work, with some injuries leaving long term conditions which could impact on your ability to work again. During that time off work to recover, your finances inevitably will suffer. Unwelcome worries about finances and family life are the last thing needed whilst recovering from a workplace accident.
Accident At Work Legislation
The good news is that you might be eligible for compensation if you have been injured following a workplace accident that involved faulty or defective equipment.
If the equipment that caused the accident at work can be shown to be defective, and that defect was responsible for your injury, then you could claim compensation. For such a personal injury claim, it does not even have to be proved that your employer was at fault for the defect – only that the defect actually exists. This is referred to in law as ‘strict liability’. If the workplace equipment was defective – whether it was old or new, recently maintained or not- and caused your personal injury, then you can make a claim for compensation.
Although compensation can ever repay bad health following an accident at work, it can make matters easier. Sometimes, getting that acknowledgement of employer negligence and wrongdoing, and an apology, can go a long way.
If you received a personal injury at work involving workplace equipment in an accident that was not your fault, and within the last three years- contact our specialist advisors today to see whether you might be eligible for compensation: call 0161 447 9193.
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Making a personal injury claim against an employer following an accident can be quite daunting. We fully understand that at AccidentAtWorkClaims.Co, and are here to advise and assist you throughout the whole claims process.
Our lawyers are greatly experienced in handling defective equipment claims just like yours. At AccidentAtWorkClaims.Co, we will handle the whole legal case on your behalf, fully advising you as to all options at law, and updating you as to the progress of your case. Our professional team will be there for you every step of the way, fighting for the best possible settlement, from first consultation to final court hearing.
Also, we take most of our personal injury claims under a CFA- Conditional Fee Agreement. More commonly referred to as a ‘no win, no fee’ basis of funding, with a CFA method of funding, you do not pay us for taking on your case until a settlement is finally arrived at. You can make a personal injury claim for your defective equipment related accident at work therefore at little or no financial risk – and can focus on getting better.
If you have suffered a personal injury arising from defective equipment in the workplace, and the incident was not your fault and happened within the last three years- contact our specialists at AccidentAtWorkClaims.Co on 0161 447 9193 today to discuss whether you are eligible for compensation.