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Personal protective equipment compensation claims

 

If your safety is compromised through lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) you may be able to claim compensation for the injury of illness caused.

At Hugh James, we have one of the largest personal injury and accident at work legal teams in the UK.  Our dedicated solicitors have worked to claim compensation for thousands of people and have the skills, knowledge and experience to get you the best level of compensation for your claim.

We make claiming compensation straightforward. We offer free advice and guidance when investigating your claim, without obligation. We are available to meet with you face to face, or to discuss matters over the phone. We also offer no win, no fee services – meaning that if your factory accidents claim is unsuccessful we won’t charge you a penny.

 

What are the most common type of personal protective equipment claims?

We have acted for a number of clients across various workplace accidents that were caused by a lack of personal protective equipment, the most common are:

  • exposure to infectious disease
  • breathing in harmful fumes and toxins
  • suffering cuts to any part of the body
  • head injuries as result of an object falling from a height
  • suffering burns from chemical or a hot surface
  • damage to the eye because the lack of safety goggles

If you or a family member has suffered injury due to a lack of personal protective equipment, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.

 

Can I make a claim if my employer is no longer trading?

 Yes. If the relevant employer’s liability insurer who was on cover at the time the accident occurred can be located, a claim can still be brought. If the proposed defendant company is no longer trading and has been dissolved/removed from the Register of Companies, it is possible to have the company restored to the register in order to bring the claim.

 

Will I lose my job if I make a claim?

 If you have been injured at work due to lack of personal protective equipment and then exercise your right to bring a claim for compensation against your employer, you should then not be adversely treated by your employer.  The reality is that although you may be bringing a claim against your employer in name, your claim will actually be handled by your employer’s insurers or solicitors.

Key contact

Iain Scott is a partner at Hugh James. A Fellow of APIL he has in excess of 20 years experience in representing injured clients. He undertakes a broad range of high value claims including fatal accidents, accidents at work, public liability and serious road traffic accidents.

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Your questions answered

How do I make a claim?

 

During your free, no-obligation consultation our specialist solicitors will discuss whether you are entitled to make a claim. If negligence is established, we will discuss the various options with you, including the no win, no fee element of your personal injury claim. You will be provided with a step-by-step breakdown of how we will proceed with your accident at work compensation claim without obligation to proceed.

How much will making a claim cost?

 

In the vast majority of cases, a protective equipment compensation claim are funded on a no win, no fee basis, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs).

This means that if your case is unsuccessful you will not have to pay anything. We will only take on your case if, after assessing your claim, we decide that there is a reasonable chance of success. Our initial consultation is free, so you won’t pay a penny if we don’t accept your case.

Will I have to go to court?

 

Only a small percentage of personal injury claims brought will actually proceed to trial though we do prepare every case in depth to make sure we are ready should it go to court.

The personal injury procedural system is geared towards encouraging parties to be open with each other so that any claims for compensation can be settled without the need for going to court, which can save both time and cost.

A lot of people are naturally nervous and uncomfortable about going to court.  We understand this and will advise you every step of the way, should your case reach a trial.

What are the time limits in respect of bringing a personal injury claim?

 

There are strict time limits in personal injury claims.  The usual rule is that a potential claimant has three years from the date of an accident within which to bring a claim for compensation.

The court does have the discretion to override the three year period, but it is not regularly exercised.

In the case of fatal accidents, the three year period will start to run from the date of death or when the death is linked to a particular incident or accident.

Although there is a three year period within which to bring court proceedings, it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible should you believe you might have a claim.

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