Moffat & Co Solicitors

Moffat & Co Solicitors
Accident Compensation Claim Solicitors Scotland
PO Box 28287
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH9 2WU
Telephone:
0131 662 6988
Fax:
0131 667 8175

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Accident At Work Scotland

What Can You Claim For If You Have an Accident at Work?

Many employees are unaware of their rights and responsibilities, as well as being unaware of the obligations and duties of their employers. It is only when an accident occurs that people tend to really take an interest in the finer points of liability and compensation law. However, being aware of the legal requirements can help in the event that an employee needs to decide whether or not they are in a position to make a personal injury claim.

Every employer has a duty of care to their employees. Within this remit, they are required to look after, as far as possible, the health, safety and welfare of their employees whilst they are in the workplace. This includes factors such as providing adequate first-aid facilities, ensuring that all machinery is well maintained and safe to operate and providing protective clothing and equipment if potential risks cannot be removed from the site.

An accident can have a range of effects on an employee’s personal and professional life, from a day or two’s absence from work to complete incapacity. In the event of any incident that causes injury, a claimant must first ascertain who is responsible. There are many guidelines available but, if the claimant is unaware of them, the best person to talk to is the company Health and Safety officer, who will be able to determine whether the accident is the employer’s responsibility.

It is worth noting that many employees are frightened of taking out personal injury claims against their employers, as they fear dismissal. Dismissal on these grounds is classed as unfair and could result in the employer facing a tribunal. In most cases, an employer will welcome the highlighting of any problems in the workplace; it gives them the opportunity to become compliant with standards set by the Health and Safety Executive and may prevent them from receiving more serious lawsuits in the future. Any payments that an employer has to make are generally made by their insurance company; a further legal requirement.

What you can claim for?

In the event that an employee makes a claim, it is better if they have an idea of what they are able to claim for. In general terms, an employee can claim for things such as compensation for suffering, pain, loss of amenity and loss of earnings. In addition, there may be other associated expenses that can be claimed for, such as medical bills, medication and travel expenses. The specific nature of any personal injury claim depends very much on the specifics of the accident but, with good legal representation, a claimant should be able to gain satisfactory compensation for their individual circumstances.

While it is reassuring for any employee to know that they have the option to bring their employer to account, the onus must surely be on the employers to ensure that these events do not occur in the first place. While financial compensation may offer some comfort in the event of an accident, it is an unpleasant way for employees to find out exactly what they are entitled to.

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Testimonials

Since contacting Stan I was continously informed of the development and progress of each step of my claim. Stan was persistent and patient throughout the whole process and reassured me he would win me the compensation I deserved - and he was true to his word. I am extremely happy with the outcome of my claim and this is all thanks to Stan.

Sarah

My case was dealt with personally by Stan Moffat and what a brilliant guy. His office contacted me personally by telephone at the start of my claim to explain who they were and what they would be doing for me. All through the case I was kept fully informed of all actions either by e-mail or by letter and reassured by Stan several times of any queries I had.

It is very seldom that a solicitor will take the time to speak personally at any time with you without getting run through secretaries etc. I commend this man for that as this was a very upsetting and important time for me and he did everything in his power to make this as easy and as swift as possible for me.

I highly recommend the service that this firm brings and the speed that they move at.

J McMahon

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