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A question that often arises when a temporary or agency employed person makes an enquiry regarding personal injury compensation, is whether or not they have the same rights as a full-time or contracted staff member if they are injured in an accident at work. In simple terms, the answer is yes, an agency or temporary worker does have the same rights to pursue a no win no fee claim for compensation as their full-time, contracted colleagues.
Lots of people working on temporary contracts or via agencies are not briefed of their rights, given the correct training or support, and do not realise that they could be entitled to compensation after an accident. Indeed, temporary staff that often don’t receive training or support are in fact more likely to be injured at work. It’s important to remember that employers have responsibilities, and these cover full-time, part-time and temporary agency staff working for them.
Regardless of whether an employee is a contracted full-time or part-time staff member, or if they are on a short-term contract, or even working via a 3rd party agency on temporary terms, all employees are governed by the same health and safety at work regulations. Employers must ensure that all staff members are adequately trained to work safely and provided with the relevant equipment to work safely. They should also have knowledge of company procedures, how to access support and how to report any incidents and where to seek first aid assistance. With this in mind, any employee injured in an accident within the workplace will have the same right to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation – if the accident was a result of employer negligence.
Employment law and more importantly Health & Safety laws, offer the same protection and framework for temporary/agency employees as they do for full-time directly employed colleagues. Because all employers and employees are obliged to follow health and safety procedures set out in law, temporary, agency or short-term contract employees must be provided with correct training, adequate supervision and access to the safety standards required within the workplace.
If you are an agency or temporary worker and you have been injured in an accident at work because your employer has not provided you with the right training, or failed to ensure that you could work safely with the correct equipment to minimise the risk of injury, we can help you make a claim for accident at work compensation.
What temporary workers should do after an accident at work
Temporary staff involved in an accident at work should follow the same steps as those of their permanently employed colleagues. We’ve previously covered the important steps of what to do after an accident at work. There is useful advice to follow for any person suffering after an accident in the workplace. However, decent employers should already have steps in place to ensure that you can properly record and report any accident in the correct manner. Of course, when you are working in any workplace under the placement of a 3rd party employment agency, you should also report your accident to them as well as to the management of the workplace where you were injured. Just ask for the accident book and ensure that the details are recorded fully and in your words.
How Direct2Compensation can help
At Direct2Compensation we know your rights and can help any agency or temporary worker to start a no win no fee claim for workplace accident compensation. We work with a network of specialist accident at work solicitors and we can explain the claims process to you in simple terms and give you the confidence you need to claim compensation for your injuries, plus any loss of income you may have incurred as a result of your accident at work.
As with all no win no fee claims, agency or temporary contract workers must make every effort to make sure that the details of your accident at work have been properly reported and recorded in the workplace where the incident happened and also with the agency who have provided your services to the workplace. It is also important that medical attention should be sought for any injuries sustained. If the cause of the accident was not your fault but because of employer negligence, Direct2Compensation and our solicitor partners are likely to succeed with your claim for personal injury compensation.
At Direct2Compensation when we make a claim for accident at work compensation, we make sure that our claimants know how to maximise their claim and get a fair and just settlement. Our specialist accident at work solicitors will ensure that any compensation settlement fully covers the extent of any injury sustained along with fully recovering any lost income or other costs with a comprehensive special damages claim.
Claim fast financial and medical assistance
Remember, a successful claim isn’t just about money. At Direct2Compensation, we know that the major factor affecting most agency or temporary workers who have been injured in an accident at work is a loss of income. Whilst temporary or agency workers have the same rights to health and safety protection at work and the right to make a claim for accident at work compensation, they are usually not entitled to sick pay if they cannot work. With this in mind, we work hard to ensure that your solicitor can settle your claim at the earliest opportunity.
One of the other major benefits of making a claim for compensation if you are unfortunate enough to be injured in an accident at work is the possibility of accessing excellent rehab therapies. Our specialist solicitors will look to obtain such treatments for claimants if possible. This can happen once a solicitor has been able to obtain an admission of liability from the employer facing the agency or temporary worker compensation claim. Such rehab can include physiotherapy, massage therapy, osteopathy and many other kinds of intervention. Such treatments and rehab therapies have been proven to help people recover more quickly and therefore be in a position to return to work and get back to normality with life.
Starting your claim
If you are an agency worker or temporary member of staff who has been injured in an accident at work, or if you are looking in to this for someone who has, you should contact us today to find out more. Call us on 01225 430285, or if you prefer, we can call you back. We’ll find out more about your situation and advise you as to whether or not we feel you have a viable claim for accident at work compensation. We can then explain the claims process to you and help you find the best specialist accident at work solicitor.