Moffat & Co Solicitors

Moffat & Co Solicitors
Accident Compensation Claim Solicitors Scotland
PO Box 28287
0131 662 6988
0131 667 8175

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Work Accident Claims Scotland

If you are injured in an accident at work in Scotland, what action should you take and how do you find out what your legal rights are, and whether you can make a compensation claim? This article is designed to answer these questions so that you can make an informed decision abou the action you wish to take.

What Is A Work Accident?

There are many health and safety laws and decided cases that state that your employer has a duty to keep you safe whilst you are working. If he fails to protect you and you suffer an injury, you may well be able to make a claim for compensation. There are many different types of work accidents that lead to claims, but the following are common ones:

  • Work related driving accidents
  • Machinery accidents (crushing and amputation injuries)
  • Factory and Warehouse accidents
  • Office accidents

Whatever the type of accident, it is very easy with the internet now to make contact with a specialist accident claims solicitor to discover whether your accident and injury will allow you to make a claim for compensation.

What Action Must You Take?

The first step is to ensure that the accident is entered into the Work Accident Book. Every employer must keep one of these and it could be vital to a subsequent claim for compensation that the details of your work accident are entered into this book. If any of your work colleagues witnessed the accident, you should ask them to make a written note of what happened as close to the time of the accident as possible. This will help to ensure that there is a good flow of evidence available for you.

Any other evidence should be obtained as close to the time of the accident as possible. This will include photographs of the scene of the accident and keeping any damaged equipment that lead to the accident.

Next Steps?

If your injury is anything more than trivial you will need to attend your General Practitioner or local Accident and Emergency department for treatment. This will ensure that any serious injuries are examimed and is another vital link in the chain of evidence. If you do decide to pursue a claim for compensation, your medical records will prove your attendance for treatment and will confirm the extent of your injury.

Seek Legal Advice

Finally, once you have been treated, it is vital that you contact a solicitor that has experience of work accident compensation claims as soon as possible. They will need to obtain evidence to support your claim, and the sooner that is obtained after the accident the better. Witness statements and photographs of the scene of the accident could be the difference in winning or losing your claim and if these can be obtained within hours or days of the accident they will have the best prospects of success.

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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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