It matters...helping people who have had an accident at work
Everyone is entitled to go to work, expect their employer to create safe working environment and be able to go home safely at the end of the day. Sadly, this isn’t always the case. In 2014/15, 6,924 people were injured while at work in Scotland according to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive. At Digby Brown, our personal injury solicitors understand the effect that an accident at work can have on individuals and their families.
The effects of an accident at work
In 2014/15, around 1,700 people were seriously injured at work, including, tragically, 13 fatalities. Thankfully, not every workplace accident results in serious or life-changing injuries but at Digby Brown we understand the very real effects that every accident has. Individuals can be forced to take time off work, lose out on pay or earnings and find them themselves disadvantaged within their workplace or in the wider employment market when they are able to return to work.
Compensation for an accident at work
Digby Brown believe that people who have suffered an accident at work that wasn’t their fault should be able to claim fair and appropriate compensation for any injury and loss they suffer.
Campaigning on workplace health and safety
Digby Brown actively campaign to maintain and improve workplace health and safety standards.
Throughout 2012 and 2013, Digby Brown spoke out against provisions of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act which remove employers’ automatic responsibility for health and safety breaches in their workplaces. The Act, which was passed by the UK Parliament despite widespread opposition, came into force on October 1st 2013. To mark the date, and to highlight our continuing commitment to helping people injured at work, we took out a full-page advert in the Daily Record newspaper.
Our advert followed a number of significant court victories on behalf of our clients, including a landmark decision in Tracey Kennedy v Cordia (Services) LLP, where the Court of Session held that an employer was obliged to assess and identify reasonable risks to health, and where appropriate, provide over-shoe attachments to reduce the risk to employees working outside in wintry or dangerous conditions.
Our Industrial Disease team help those affected by disease or illness related to their work claim fair compensation for themselves and their families. The ruling could help keep thousands of workers in Scotland safe while doing their jobs.
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