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If you have been injured as a result of inadequate training, you are entitled to claim compensation. In this article we look at how to know if you have a valid claim, and what’s involved in making one.
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Employers and event organisers are legally obliged to assess the risks that their workplace or activity present. They must ensure that workers or participants are advised of the risks present and given sufficient and adequate training.
While most often associated with an accident at work, these claims can also arise from leisure activities or other events. Basically, anywhere that a group leader or organisation has failed to adequately train and prepare someone to be able to identify hazards and risks to health, and minimise the risk of being injured.
Inadequate training claims commonly relate to manual handling injuries, such as soft tissue and back injuries, lacerations or crushing injuries from using dangerous machinery or tools. In the more severe claims we see permanent consequences such as restricted mobility, scarring and psychological trauma.
Claims will succeed, and see the claimant obtain a compensation settlement, if it can be proven that an employer or other organisation has been negligent and failed to comply with their statutory duties in providing necessary training to staff.
Why claim compensation for your injuries?
Claiming personal injury compensation can help ease some of the problems you’ll experience and help in a number of ways:
- It’s your legal right, and if successful will fairly compensate you for injuries that were not your fault
- A successful claim could fund private medical treatment and rehabilitation therapies to speed your recovery
- It can help you recover lost income now and in the future if you are prevented from working again
- If an inadequate training accident has led to a fatality, loved ones can claim compensation for their loss
As all claims are made on a No Win No Fee basis, you will never be charged if your claim does not succeed. A successful claim will lead to a compensation settlement being made to you, with the value of the claim including any lost income and incurred costs as well as a settlement for the injuries and medical treatment that you have sustained.
How to know if you have been inadequately trained
In the majority of cases, inadequate training claims are made as a result of an injury suffered at work. In such cases, a claim will succeed if employer negligence can be proved. This includes instances where the employer has not provide sufficient training to use machinery or tools safely, or enabled staff to identify risks to health, for example. Therefore, they are deemed to have exposed someone to an injury that could have been avoided.
Employers must ensure:
- That staff are provided with an adequate induction to the workplace. In safer workplaces such as an office, this should include fire safety training and basic manual handling. In more dangerous workplaces, such as a construction site, factory or engineering plant, training and guidance should be far more in-depth and specific to the risks of that particular workplace.
- That staff are made aware of any protective personal equipment requirements.
- That equipment is of sound working order and fit for purpose, by way of regular servicing and repair of the same.
- That tools or machinery are only used by workers who have been trained or qualified to operate them.
Inadequate training claims relate to injuries that should have been avoided. It may seem obvious to many, but if an employee is tasked with a physical job such as lifting repeatedly, it is important that they are trained to lift safely and have manual handling training. If not, soft tissue injuries to the lower back are likely. If an employer fails to train someone to use machinery safely, the extent of an injury can be much more serious.
Any person who suffers an injury because of inadequate training is entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This applies to agency and temporary workers as well as full time staff. All have the same rights when it comes to accidents at work.
If you believe that your injuries were caused because of an inadequate training accident, you are likely to be able to hold your employer or activity organisers liable for your injuries and may well succeed with your claim for compensation. If this sounds like your situation, you should contact Direct2Compensation today to start your claim.
How Direct2Compensation can help
As with all claims for injury compensation, it is important to make sure that the details of your accident have been recorded properly within an accident book and that medical attention is sought for any injuries that you have sustained. If you haven’t done this already, we can help you to do so.
At Direct2Compensation we have the know-how to evaluate whether you were injured because of inadequate training and can tell you whether or not your claim is likely to succeed. Over the years we have successfully assisted many claimants and helped them to find the right specialist injury compensation solicitor to manage their claim.
We work with some of the best expert injury compensation solicitors in the UK. With our easy to understand claims process and ability to handle your claim quickly, simply and transparently, there are many reasons that make us the right choice.
If you have suffered an injury at work and want to know if you can make a claim for compensation, contact us today. You can start your claim online or request a call back, and one of our expert team will be in touch to offer help. Alternatively, call us on 01225 430285.