Michael Lewin Solicitors are experts at handling cases on behalf of accident at work victims; our London lawyers helped Mrs C claim compensation after she was involved in an accident at work at the age of 66.
Mrs C was at work moving plastic boxes of newspapers when her accident occurred. Some of the boxes provided were in a bad state of repair. Whilst she was moving one of the boxes the handle snapped off and dug into her leg.
A duty of care is a much used legal term which comes into play when a company or organisation does something which could be reasonably expected to cause another person harm either intentionally or through neglect. This harm could be either a physical injury the most common type we see here or it could be a mental injury or the financial consequences of an accident could be harmful to the individual and his or her family. In a workplace an employer must provide a minimum of reasonable care towards all its employees. If this duty of care is neglected and an accident subsequently occurs employees are further covered by being able to take their employer to court to get financial compensation for any harm caused by the employer’s negligence or non-adherence to their duty of care.
Mrs C decided to claim compensation for an accident at work; Michael Lewin takes on each victims case after it has been assessed our London lawyers treat each person as an individual not as just another case number.
It makes complete business sense from an employer’s point of view to ensure that all manual handling regulations are systematically followed. If an employee is pushing pulling carrying supporting or moving any object using their own body strength this is classed as manual handling.
An employer should assess the dangers and reduce the risk of injury relating to any operation their employees are required to carry out which involves manual handling. If an employer fails to follow the correct procedures and is found guilty of negligence they can be liable for any injuries sustained by their employees.
All employers? duty of care to their employees means they have to provide competent staff a safe working environment the correct equipment and a safe system of work. Section 16 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 permits Approved Codes of Practice which explains different practises acceptable for different working environments. The Approved Codes of Practice can be used as an indication for the courts as to whether the actions of the employer were safe.
Mrs C was awarded compensation not just for the initial injury but for the prolonged suffering that followed afterwards too. Mrs C had a nasty laceration on her leg as a result of the box handle snapping. Unfortunately Mrs C also developed a secondary infection that then proceeded to spread throughout her entire body.
Thankfully Michael Lewin Solicitors were able to secure Mrs C the compensation she deserved. If you have had an accident at work and you need victims advice or help making a compensation claim call Michael Lewin in London today on 0844 499 9302.