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Workplace reps, convenors, district and regional officials provide members with support at a regional level. We also have a network of solicitors based right across the UK so you and your family can get expert legal support wherever you are.
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As a Unite member, you will receive the best service and legal representation at both local and national level. We have staff located in a network of regional offices across the UK.
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Unite members get free legal advice from panel solicitors Thompsons, MacDougalls and Dallas Macmillian
Accidents at Work
Reports regularly reveal the terrible personal injuries which occur in occupational settings, and of course, in the worst cases, some incidents end in fatality.
Ill health caused by workplace conditions is also a big issue; with asbestos-related diseases among the most debilitating and life threatening.
To get free work accident claims advice on a No Win No Fee basis call our lawyers today on 0141 473 4754
If you have suffered injury or illness as a result of your working conditions, or if you are a relative of someone who is affected, it is your right to seek compensation and justice. Plus, you may help prevent a similar accident from happening to someone else.
Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland is the leading personal injury firm north of the border and we are here to help if you have suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Health and safety legislation is in place to protect you and your colleagues while you are at work. Many personal injury accidents which happen in the workplace are foreseeable and therefore avoidable.
In this section we tell you more about your employer’s duties, the significance of risk assessments and how legislation affects people who visit a workplace. Click herefor more information about your rights.
Many people think of workplace accidents as falls from height, vehicle accidents or equipment related incidents; however, hazardous substances which cause burns, and manual handling accidents such as lifting and carrying of large or awkward loads are also accountable annually for serious workplace injuries.
And, if you’ve been injured by a falling object or as a result of lack of training, you could also make a claim for compensation.
Click here to read more about the types of accident at work you could make a claim for and find out more about how Thompson’s solicitors can help.
The expert solicitors at Thompsons Scotland can help you make a claim for compensation if you have suffered a workplace injury. Whether a catastrophic head injury suffered in a fall from height, an electrical injury which occurred on a construction site, or a crush injury which happened in a bottling plant, we can help.
Click here to find out more about the range of injuries which can befall workers and how we can help you seek justice.
Typically, there are some industries generally considered to be more dangerous than others, such as construction and the agriculture sector, but if you work in a hairdressers’ salon, for instance, you are likely to come into contact with certain hazardous substances which carry the risk of causing contact dermatitis.
Or, perhaps you work in the logistics industry as a an HGV driver and you suffer from chronic back pain. Wherever you work, whatever your role, there are likely to be controllable risks. If these risks are not managed and you suffer a personal injury, the expert solicitors at Thompsons in Scotland are here to help.
Click on this section to read more about safety in different types of workplaces.
Click here to learn more about the factors likely to make your claim successful and what issues there could be which may make your case more complicated; such as being self employed, or if you are claiming on behalf of someone else.
Making a claim following an accident at work can feel daunting, and yes, sometimes the process is complex. But the personal injury solicitors at Thompsons Scotland are experts in their field and only ever work for claimants. We are dedicated to upholding worker rights and to ensuring that our clients receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Whenever appropriate we will seek to claim interim sums to allow you and your family to move on with your lives swiftly and get the help you require for recovery and any rehabilitation needs. Click here to find answers to some of the commonly asked questions about the claims process.
Whether you have suffered a workplace accident in Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen; in the Highlands, the Borders or the Trossachs; wherever you may have suffered a work accident in Scotland the personal injury lawyers at Thompsons can help.
Thompsons solicitors are leaders in our field and we only represent claimants – we never work for insurers or in defending big businesses. We believe in ensuring you, the claimant, receive the justice you deserve and we are very good at it – winning over 90% of our court cases.
Click here for more details regarding workplace accident claims in Scotland.
Thompsons work accident solicitors in Scotland are here to answer your questions about making a claim for compensation. Find out who will pay, what happens if your employer has gone out of business and lots more on our FAQs page.
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Accidents can occur anywhere but are particularly frequent in the workplace. Whether undertaking physical labour or based in an office, if your working environment causes you to suffer an injury you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Workplace accidents and injuries can be caused in a variety of ways. As well as severe physical injuries such as the loss of a limb and industrial diseases caused by hazardous and dangerous work conditions, psychological injuries such as stress can also be caused by an unsafe working environment.
Below we provide an overview of some of the ways injuries can occur at work and your rights should you be involved in a workplace accident.
Have You Been Injured at Work?
It is a sad fact that many of us are injured at work. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in 2012/2013:
- 1.1 million people suffered from a work related injury;
- 148 workers were killed at work;
- 78,000 injuries were reported under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations);
- 175,000 injuries resulted in over 7 days of absence from work;
- Over 26 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and injury.
The type of work we do often determines the workplace hazards that we can face, but there are some common accidents that can occur in all workplace environments. These include trips, slips and falls as well as lifting, handling and carrying. These accidents can result in a variety of injuries or illnesses, the most common being:
- Repetitive strain injury ; also known as work-related upper limb disorder or upper limb pain, this usually affects the wrist, elbow, neck, shoulders and hands, and caused by repetitive movement and overuse;
- Head, neck or back injury ; the severity of these types of injury ranges from mild discomfort to potentially serious and life-changing consequences;
- Sprains and strains ; these occur regularly and are caused when muscles and ligaments are twisted, stretched or torn in places such as the ankles, knees and wrists;
- Deafness ; occupational or industrial deafness occurs when hearing is gradually lost over a long period of time because of noise at work;
- Asthma ; occupational asthma is where airways are narrowed and breathing becomes difficult because of exposure to something at work, such as flour, dust, grain or latex;
- Dermatitis ; work-related or industrial dermatitis is a disease that can cause the skin to crack and bleed when it comes into contact with a toxic or hazardous substance;
- Vibration white finger ; also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome, is caused by working with vibrating tools for a continuous period and can result in permanent numbness in the fingers or muscle weakness.
All of these injuries, however minor, will have an impact on the injured party and their family. They may lose the ability to work and have to rely more heavily on family members and friends. They may also lose the ability to enjoy hobbies or pastimes, suffer consequences later on in life or suffer stress and emotional strain.
If you have suffered an injury at work in the last three years, you may be able to claim compensation. Below we provide an overview of how the law protects those injured at work through no fault of their own.
Compensation for Injuries at Work: Your Rights
The law protects workers and others from harm. If you are injured at work and the accident was not, or only partly, your fault then you are entitled to compensation.
This is because your employer is under a duty to safeguard your wellbeing at work. This means they must make sure any risks to your health and safety, as well as any risks to other people who might come into contact with their business, are controlled and properly managed. Whether personal injury is caused by an employer, co-worker or another person at work, such as a contractor, if the risk of harm could have been avoid, then you may be entitled to compensation.
In particular, your employer must make sure that the working environment does not have:
- Unsafe, inadequate or damaged equipment;
- A lack of safety equipment; or
- Dangerous working practices.
They must also make sure that workers don’t come into contact with hazardous substances or materials, such as asbestos, without suitable protection being provided.
As part of their duty to look after their workers, all employers must have Employers’ Liability Insurance. This insurance is required by law and ensures that an employer can pay compensation to an employee who makes a claim for an injury or illness caused by their working environment. It also means that an injured employee cannot be disciplined or sacked for making a claim. Damages for workplace accidents, like any compensation, are intended to restore you as closely as possible to the position you would have been in had the injury not happened.
Although workers have the right to work in a safe environment and employers are under the duty to ensure the working environment is safe and complies with health and safety laws, employees also have responsibilities. These include taking reasonable care for your own and your fellow employees’ wellbeing and co-operating with employers and co-workers to help them meet their legal duties.
If you have had an accident at work that has caused an injury and you think you have a claim, contact our specialist personal injury solicitors at Dallas McMillan. We’re here to help you every step of the way.
Contact Our Expert Workplace Accidents Solicitor in Glasgow
At Dallas McMillan, we’re committed to securing compensation for victims of all types of workplace accidents. We want the best for our clients and regularly work on a no-win, no-feebasis so they aren’t burdened with the usually expenses involved in pursuing a personal injury claim. If you have been injured at work because of another’s mistake or because your working conditions were unsafe, our specialist lawyers can help. Contact us today on 0141 471 9257 or fill out the online enquiry form to the right to start your claim.
Personal injury claims.
We take them very personally indeed.
Getting the best possible personal injury claim result for our clients is vital to us. But it’s about more than just winning. It’s about obtaining justice. A subtle distinction, maybe. But an important one for us.
An employer’s negligence leading to the loss of someone’s livelihood, for example, can be devastating. Not only for the person directly affected, but for their loved ones and dependants, too. We want to make sure they’re justly compensated.
Losing that “wee guy” feeling
It can be a scary and uncertain time when taking someone to court. Let alone suing a company, council or corporation. So as soon as our clients approach us, we let them know they’re no longer on their own.
We take care of thousands of personal injury cases every year. Including those referred to us by Unite, the UK’s biggest trade union.
No win, no fee
There’s no risk for you. None. If we don’t win your personal injury claim, you won’t pay a penny. And unlike most other Scottish firms, we’re even approved to offer insurance to cover the costs of your case.
You also have the reassurance that two of our lawyers hold accreditation as Senior Litigators by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and we subscribe as a member of Action Against Medical Accidents.
Our personal injury experience covers:
- Accidents at work
- Road traffic and bicycle accidents
- Criminal injury compensation
- Medical negligence claims
- Industrial diseases
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
- Slips, trips and falls
- Fatal injuries
With you every step of the way.
What our clients say
- Case for Personal Injury resolved quickly & professionally by Gordon Milligan. I had total confidence in you. Efficiently carried out & very satisfied with overall outcome.
- I would like to express my gratitude to Jackie Raitt. Very well done.
- The service was excellent. The solicitor was always very courteous and I got my cheque within the time stated by her. Thank you very much for all your help.
- May I take this opportunity to thank you for the completion of my claim. From the outset I was contacted and advised regularly on every aspect of procedure, ultimately bringing the case to successful conclusion. Again I thank you sincerely for the guidance and attention given to me during the period of the claim.
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