Factories and warehouses can be dangerous places and accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, Millner and Knights specialist panel solicitors can help you make a no win no costs factory accident claim.
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What is a factory site accident?
Our work injury team understand that having an accident at work can make a lot of things complicated. Your income may be in jeopardy and it can be a scary time. Severe injuries can be the biggest source of injuries in the factory workplace. We’re here to help and offer you a no-obligation quote to assist you towards your recovery and claim.
There’s no single definition for a factory site accident. It often refers to a situation where you are injured at a factory site and your employer did or failed to do, something. This might be referred to as an “employer’s liability claim.” If your employer is legally responsible and your injuries resulted from the accident, then you will likely be successful in your claim. It is your employer’s responsibility to keep the workplace clean and tidy, to provide you with suitable tools and protective equipment to enable you to do your job safely and to ensure you are fully trained to safely perform any tasks you are asked to do. The most common injury is handling and lifting and often occurs quickly.
Common accidents and injuries
Accidents can happen at any time in the factory site and are more common than you may think. Some may not be obvious, but the following can lead to a serious injury:
- Crushed by moving vehicles
- contact with dangerous machinery
- being hit by an item falling from a height
- being injured as a result of lifting
- slips, trips and falls
- chemical accidents
If you slip, you are almost guaranteed to seriously injure yourself and even break a bone. This can be incredibly debilitating, and we understand that this is a major setback.
Although employers may provide a defence (such as a ‘clean as you go’ policy for spillages), there is no guarantee they haven’t been negligent in other areas that contributed to your accident. If you notified them of an issue and they didn’t take proper steps, for example, then you may be eligible for a claim. We are available 24/7 to offer phone assistance and provide you with a no-obligation quote to assist you with your claim.
The most common injuries can happen in a second with factory work, and factory site injuries can result in:
- Back and neck injuries;
- Broken bones
- Vision impairment
- Muscle impairment
- Burn injuries
Each of these may result in a factory claim, even if you have a previous condition that has been worsened by working in your current environment.
Who is liable?
If your employer didn’t do their job properly in keeping you safe as reasonably possible, then they may be liable for the pain, suffering and other factors that may have occurred.
Often employers aren’t directly responsible for your injuries. If something wasn’t done right by another employee, even if that’s the way it’s been done for years, you may still be eligible for a claim. This is known as vicarious liability, and you may still have a claim against the employer. Insurance companies will usually pay this out, ensuring that your fellow employee is not potentially held liable for thousands of dollars. If the company hasn’t completed a regular safety check, for example, this can be evidence of a company’s negligence.
There are no hidden fees; no upfront payments and you have the peace of mind that you have no obligation to make a claim.
What must my employer do?
Although it may not seem dangerous, a factory can house a number of hazards. Your employer must provide you with equipment that allows you to work safely including suitable gloves, masks and footwear. Defective or poor quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a common source of factory incidents. Your employer has an obligation to keep you reasonably safe and:
- carry out a risk assessment to identify potential hazards in the workplace
- eliminate any risks that can be eliminated
- provide safety equipment where necessary
- train staff on safe working practices.
There are a number of health and safety regulations that govern how you are protected at work. Contact our phone line on 1800 106 107 for a no-obligation quote and more information about a potential claim.
Wondering when to get help with workers comp?
Our compassionate guarantee
Although some workers may be in a position of greater risk, all employees are entitled to compensation if their employer is negligent. In order to help you understand whether you can make a claim or not, we will need to ask you some questions.
- When did the accident happen?
- Who was involved in the accident?
- Whether somebody was to blame for the accident?
- What the impact of the accident is?
If you feel uncomfortable answering any of these questions, we will never rush you to make any decisions or to answer straight away. There is no obligation to make a claim either, so you don’t feel pressured.
How much compensation can I get?
If the compensation is a lump sum payment, then you can spend the money in any matter you see fit. Generally speaking, compensation usually covers:
- Lost earnings and future loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Expenses related to travel (eg. Hospital transport)
- Care costs – these may include the costs to care for you, your loved one, or your children
We will also ensure that your job is safe if you can return. If you can’t, then you have the right to claim future lost earnings. Legislation makes sure that you have certain rights when you are involved in a factory accident.
What to do next
Factory accidents claims usually should be made in within three-year window since the date the accident took place.
Note that the three-year window isn’t set in concrete. To find out for sure whether you are entitled to accident compensation, call one of Millner and Knight’s today.
After we determine the extent of your injuries over the phone, our WorkSafe solicitors can organise for an independent medical report to ensure that no stone is left unturned in regards to your claim.
Am I able to make a claim?
Even if you’re a visitor, contractor or employee, you have rights to claim compensation in a factory site accident that wasn’t your fault. Call us now for an obligation free quote about a potential claim.
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