Welding is a high-risk occupation that requires a great deal of care and attention to prevent the risk of an accident or illness. While welding safety standards have improved dramatically in recent years, the industry is still being associated with a wide range of risks including:
• Fires and explosions
• Lack of oxygen in confined spaces
• Illness caused by fumes and gases
• Noise and vibration related conditions
Welders are well trained to recognise and combat these risks, but welding accidents do still happen from time to time. Every year there are more than 300 welders who suffer long lasting injuries caused by accidents in manufacturing businesses.
The most common injuries are those to the eyes and skin. Welding produces ultra-violet and infra-red radiation which heats the surface of the skin causing burns. Additionally, the fumes generated can cause a range of respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis or occupational asthma and they can also affect other parts of the body.
It is important that the welder uses a mask or goggles whilst working to prevent the light produced in the welding process damaging the eye. If the mask or goggles are not adequate the consequences can be devastating. Damaged eyesight and Parkinson’s disease are some of the life changing consequences.
Another example is a condition called manganese poisoning. This is caused by the inhalation of manganese fumes produced when working with carbon steel which causes serious side effects including:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Poor co-ordination
- Psychological problems
- Slurred speech
- Impaired motor skills
- Difficulty with balance and walking.
Employers are required by law to ensure that you are being protected against the risk of an accident or injury at work. This means providing sufficient training, supervision, a safe working environment and equipment which is fit for purpose. If any of this is missing or faulty then the consequences can be catastrophic. Insufficient protection increases the risk of an accident which can lead to serious injury or death.
Welding accident claims
To find out more on welding accident compensation claims and how to start one, please contact our no win no fee solicitors, who are experts in handling welding accident claims. You can reach them on 0131 555 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances or you can contact us through our form.
Who can make a welding accident compensation claim?
Anyone who has been injured in a welding accident that wasn’t their fault can make a claim. Even if you contributed to the accident, you may still be able to claim injury compensation if negligence of your employer is proven.
What to do after a welding accident?
If you have suffered a personal injury from an accident at work site there are necessary steps you must take for your claim to be successful. It is important to make sure any injuries sustained from the accident receive immediate medical attention. Not only for health reasons, but also because medical records and receipts are crucial evidence in your claim further down the line.
You should also report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. By making a health and safety record of the event, you're providing yourself with additional proof, making your claim process easier.
What welding accident compensation are you entitled to?
In most instances, you may be entitled to compensation for variety of things including:
- Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
- Loss of earnings or earning capacity
- Any future expenses as a result of the injury
- Home modification and care expenses
- Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Our personal injury compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, this should be taken as a guide.
How long do I have to make a welding accident claim?
A strict three-year time limit applies to making an accident claim in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to secure your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:
- Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there's no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
- Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
- Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
- Construction Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.
How to start a welding accident compensation claim?
The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll confirm if you’re entitled to claim.
Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact your employer to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Questions? We'd love to hear from you
You can reach us on 0131 550 7055 to arrange a free consultation or begin a construction accident injury claim on-line.