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Defective equipment accidents
Defective equipment accident claims
We all expect that the equipment or tools we use at work are safe and fit for purpose. Most of the time that is the case; however, there are occasions when accidents at work happen due to faulty equipment and machinery.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, work equipment covers a very wide range of items used in the workplace, including
- machines such as circular saws, drilling machines, photocopiers, mowing machines, tractors, dumper trucks and power presses
- hand tools such as screwdrivers, knives, hand saws and meat cleavers
- lifting equipment such as forklift trucks, elevating work platforms, vehicle hoists, lifting slings and bath lifts
- other equipment such as ladders and water pressure cleaners
Equipment used in hotels and offices, like computers, printers, kettles and toasters can also cause work accidents.
Accidents involving equipment and machinery can occur for a variety of reasons, including lack of employee training, inadequate safety equipment, defective equipment and poor maintenance of equipment. It is the duty of your employer to conduct regular equipment inspections, and to ensure that adequate training for employees has been provided.
If you have been involved in an accident at work involving defective equipment, you may be entitled to compensation.
Making a claim
How do I make a defective equipment accident claim?
Injuries sustained from the use of defective equipment can be serious, and the recuperation period can be a long one. This may have a financial effect on you and your family, through loss of earnings during this time. If you were involved in an accident at work within the last three years, due to the negligence of another party, then you are entitled to claim for compensation.
At Watermans, we understand that making a claim may seem like a daunting task for you. That is why we offer straightforward legal advice, offering guidance and support throughout your compensation claim. Plus, we operate on a no win no fee basis, meaning that if we don’t win, you don’t pay any solicitors fees.
It is important that after your injury, you take the necessary steps involved to aid your compensation case. 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 (and the main contractor if it is on a construction site) 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.
Contact our expert personal injury solicitors today to begin your compensation claim, so that you can get your life back on track.
How much compensation?
How much compensation can I claim for a defective equipment accident?
As with all personal injury claims, each potential compensation amount will differ. In the case of injuries sustained from using defective equipment, you may be entitled to compensation for
- 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.
Whatever your injury, you can ensure that Watermans will fight for the best possible outcome for you.
Why should I choose Watermans to pursue my claim?
Watermans make legal services look and feel easy so people can move forward in life.
Watermans are one of the leading personal injury firms in Scotland. We act only for people who have been injured in an accident, and never for the at-fault party, nor insurance companies who defend these cases.
Our expert team are committed to doing everything to make the claims process straightforward for our clients following an accident. We take the hassle from you and fight each case to secure the maximum level of compensation. We also provide access to a range of additional services, such as physiotherapy and psychological treatment to ensure you recover from your injuries as soon as possible and get your life back on track.
Our expertise in personal injury covers a wide range of areas including accidents at work, public liability claims, road traffic accidents, fatal and serious injury claims and cases relating to child and historical abuse.
We represent thousands of clients throughout Scotland each year, securing millions of pounds in compensation for our clients. We work on a no win a fee basis, which means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t end up out of pocket.
Get in touch with us
Everything we do at Watermans is about getting you the resolution you need and making that process straightforward. Start the process by sending us your details below or calling us on 0131 555 7055
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“Making a claim for compensation can be such a daunting process for people, so I try to make it as straightforward and easy to understand as I can for them.”
Susanne McGraw, Head of Personal Injury