Can factory workers pursue claims for injury due to faulty factory equipment? I was recently involved in an accident in work which wasn’t my fault and am interested in claiming compensation. The accident happened about two weeks ago when a stack of pallets tipped over, trapping me underneath. As a result of the accident, I suffered a mild concussion, and I feel, psychological trauma.
Claims for injury due to faulty factory equipment may be possible if you can prove that someone else was at fault for your accident. While it may appear as though your accident occurred because of pure bad luck, pallets are designed with the notion in mind that they will be stacked, and should they fall over – as happened in your case – it is likely that either a faulty piece of equipment or human error was to blame.
Claims for injury due to faulty factory equipment are more likely to be brought against an employer than anyone else. Although it may appear as if your employer had nothing to do with your accident – they may even have been nowhere near the scene when your accident occurred – employers owe a ‘duty of care’ to their employees, meaning that they must take measures to defend the safety of their employees while they are at work. In your situation, this can mean that you should pursue your claim for accident due to faulty factory equipment against your employer.
It is understandable that you have suffered psychological injuries– the feeling of being trapped is one of the most commonly held fears. You should note however, that in the same way you must provide receipts for your medical treatment in order to be reimbursed, your psychological injuries must also be quantified. Therefore, you may be required to hire a psychologist to determine the extent of your injury – meaning that you may have to speak in detail about the accident and its emotional effect on you.
As mentioned above, it will be necessary to provide all of the receipts from your medical treatment in order to receive remuneration. Accompanying your receipts should be your medical report – a document that may have been provided to you when you were discharged from hospital. If you have not received a medical report already, you should request one from the hospital at which you were treated at the first possible opportunity.
Aside from gathering medical documentation, you may also have to gather evidence to support your claim for faulty factory equipment injury compensation if your employer denies liability. All of the procedures involved in pursuing a claim for compensation can be explained to you by a lawyer. Those pursuing claims for injury due to faulty factory equipment are always more likely to secure the maximum possible award when assisted by an experienced lawyer.