A recent survey we carried out here at Bray & Bray found that only 35% of respondents, who have had an accident at work, did not claim against their employer. Some people are unsure of what types of work related injuries they can claim for.
Types of injuries at work you could claim for:
- Lifting and Handling Injuries
- Slips and trips Injuries
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Vibration White Finger
- Hearing Problems caused by noise e.g. Tinnitus or Deafness
- Injuries caused by faulty equipment
Within our survey we asked participants which types of injury at work they could claim for from the above list. The highest result at 82% was ‘Injuries caused by faulty equipment’; this is what most people commonly associate with a physical error directly at work.
The lowest result at 12% that participants chose was ‘Vibration White Finger’. Vibration White Finger is caused by repeated and regular use of hand-held vibrating tools, for example power drills, chainsaws and pneumatic drills. This causes damage to the nerves and blood vessels in the fingers which over time leads to loss of sensation in the fingertips. If you have developed Vibration White Finger as a result of using power tools at work, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
People who work in industrious environments may think that injuries caused by lifting or handling are just part of the job. It is the employer’s job to ensure that you, the employee, carry out your work in the safest way possible. Your employer is also accountable for providing you with safe and suitable equipment with which to do your job, training you in how to use it, inspecting and maintaining it and ensuring you are using it correctly. This covers all equipment that you may use at work from your chair or computer to a hand held drill.
Specialist personal injury team
If you think you acquired any injuries from the work place including repetitive strain injuries, hearing problems or any from the list above, please call Bray & Bray. Bray & Bray have three main offices across Leicestershire, feel free to phone or pop in to talk to our personal injury solicitors.