Can I claim compensation for tripping in a factory? I fell over a rubbish pile on the factory floor which injured my knee. However my employer says that I should have watched where I was walking.
Whether you may claim compensation for tripping in a factory will depend upon which party is liable for your injury. There is the possibility that your employer was correct and you were responsible for your own injuries. This may be the case if you had been careless and wandered through an area which was specifically designated for rubbish, and signs were present which said so. However your employer may be responsible for your injury if no warning signs were present regarding the rubbish pile, which would be determined to be a hazard.
Your priority immediately after an accident should not be to seek compensation for tripping in a factory but to seek medical attention. This serves a number of purposes — to prevent your injury from becoming worse, to make a record of your injury in your medical history and to ensure that your claim is not weakened by allegations of contributory negligence due to recklessness towards your own well-being.
After you have sought medical attention, a personal injury lawyer should be contacted with the intention of initiating a claim to compensation for tripping in a factory. Your lawyer can advise you on the strength of your claim, the procedures required in order to seek compensation and the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. If you had not already done so, you will be required to make a report of your accident in the Accident Report Book of your employer. This can be used as evidence in order to support your claim to compensation, as can a report by the Health and Safety Executive if you miss more than seven days of work due to your injury.
The amount of compensation for tripping in a factory to which you may be entitled can be affected if you accept an unsolicited offer of compensation from the insurance company of your employer. Such offers are often made when an insurer is aware of their client’s liability for an injury, and acknowledge that a payment is forthcoming. For this reason they make an offer of compensation which is far lower than you may be entitled to in order to save on their own costs. Should an inadequate offer be accepted and you are unable to provide for your family, you cannot return and ask for more. Instead you should contact your lawyer immediately, and ensure that you receive the compensation for tripping in a factory to which you should be entitled.