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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Clainming For An Accident At Work

Could Claiming for an Accident at Work Damage Your Future?

Who's responsible?

Under guidelines set out by the Health and Safety Executive, every employer has certain responsibilities to his workforce. They have a legal obligation to “protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, and other people who might be affected by their business.” This means that they must take any reasonably practicable steps to ensure that their workforce and visitors must not be exposed to any unnecessary risks. Components of this legal obligation include the issue of correct protective clothing, the maintenance of equipment, the implementation of appropriate training schemes and ensuring that employees are do not work longer than is safe to do so.

As an employee, you also have certain responsibilities. Health and safety legislation requires workers to co-operate with others, as you have a duty of care to co-workers, others who might be affected by your work and your own health and safety. However, if an accident at work happens and you are injured through no fault of your own, you may have cause to launch an accident claim against your employer.

What do I do?

If you have suffered an accident at work, you should first report it to your health and safety representative. They will be able to advise you as to where the responsibility for the accident lies. As soon as you are able, you should also fill in the relevant paperwork necessary to record an accident, but sign nothing unless you are absolutely satisfied that what is written is an accurate and true account of the incident. You do not want to be in a position where you have signed a document that may hinder your potential to make a claim for compensation. If possible, you should take photographs of the scene of the incident. An accident can not only cause you physical pain, it can also impede your ability to carry out future work and, hence, affect your income. If it is found that you have a case for an accident claim, you then need to speak to a personal injury lawyer.

Claiming against your employer

Many employees choose not to make a claim against their employer, fearing future repercussions. In fact, it part of your duty of care to make a report in the event of an accident; if an employer is not adhering to HSE guidelines, they are not only putting you in danger, but the health and safety of your co-workers is also at stake. By making a personal injury claim, you are not simply ensuring that you receive compensation for your injury; you are also highlighting a professional issue. Any employer worth his salt should welcome any employee who raises an issue of this sort, as it gives them the opportunity to become compliant with all the legislation set out by the HSE. It also safeguards an employer against further legal action, should the issue go unreported. Any employer who takes issue with action of this sort and chooses to make an unjustified redundancy could swiftly find themselves looking at a summons for unfair dismissal.

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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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