No Fault Accident Claims

It is important to use an experienced injury lawyer to work on your behalf in your accident compensation claim.

Sometimes people take the view that it does not matter which solicitors company they use for their accident compensation claim because their compensation claim is a straightforward one.A�However, it is usually an insurance company or firm of liability adjusters who deal with compensation claims and they may not take the same view that it is a straightforward claim and that they should be paying compensation as soon as possible.A�What happens if the insurance company disputes your claim and declines to pay compensation?

For example, the insurance company may say that they do not dispute that you suffered an accident in the shop or supermarket, however they believe that the accident was a genuine accident and no one was to blame, and therefore they will not be paying compensation.A�In this situation it is important that you have a solicitor who has the relevant experience to achieve the result that you require and not be fobbed off by the insurance company.

We are sometimes asked to take over accident compensation claims where the clienta��s lawyers have accepted the insurance companya��s argument that the clienta��s accident was a no fault accident and therefore they cannot claim compensation.A�Every year we have recovered compensation for clients in accident claims where their first solicitors had given up and closed their files.

Please phone us on 0113 2671022 for free confidential advice if you are disappointed with your lawyera��s decision in your accident compensation claim.

Alternatively, if you feel you have received negligent professional advice from your lawyer in your accident compensation claim, for instance, that that they have missed something important, please phone us for a free confidential consultation.

Protective Clothing At Work

There have been specific workplace safety laws about protective clothing, often known as a�?ppea�?, for more than 10 years, however workers continue to suffer accidents due to companies failing to provide safety clothing.

An example of this was seen recently in an accident at work compensation claim made by a police officer who suffered a cut injury to her thumb whilst working dismantling a cannabis factory in a house.

The police officera��s employer said that a risk assessment had been carried out before the team began work dismantling the cannabis factory, and the risk assessment had only noted the risk of skin irritation being caused by contact with the cannabis plants.A�Consequently, the police officers had been provided with thin gloves to prevent skin irritation caused by handling the cannabis plants.

It was warm inside the house and there was poor air quality, therefore Ms Taylor attempted to open windows in the house, but failed to notice that they had been sealed closed. The glass in the window broke whilst Ms Taylor was attempting to open it and she suffered the cut injury to her thumb.

Ms Taylora��s employer disputed her compensation claim, arguing that the risk of Ms Taylor suffering injury to her hands whilst working dismantling and clearing away the cannabis factory was extremely low, therefore it was not under a legal duty to provide strong safety gloves.

The Court of Appeal decided that Ms Taylor was entitled to compensation because the accident was caused by her employer failing to fulfil its duties owed under the safety regulations.A�Dismantling the cannabis factory involved a wide range of tasks and you could not focus only on handling cannabis plants.A�The team doing the work might at any time have come into contact with sharp objects, and the thin gloves that Ms Taylor was wearing would offer no protection. If the employera��s argument was correct then it would undermine the protection that the safety regulations were designed to provide employees at work.

The employer was ordered to pay Ms Taylor A?5,000 compensation and also her legal fees and expenses in making the civil claim for compensation.

The Court of Appeala��s decision in Taylor v the Chief Constable of Hampshire Police, 2013

The safety laws about protective work clothing are contained in: the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992