Factories are incredibly different from a typical office setting; a lot of action happens in the latter. This also means that most of those who work at a factory are vulnerable to different kinds of accidents that can include the following:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Dangerous machinery injury
- Scaffolding accident injury
- Other types of workplace accidents
When to File a Claim
Accidents are often described as unpredictable, but sometimes they are also unnecessary. This is especially true when the accidents can be avoided if only the person that has caused it has been more diligent, not negligent. If you meet an accident in the factory because of other people’s lack of care, you may file for a compensation claim.
Contrary to what a lot of people believe, one doesn’t have to necessarily work in a factory before he or she can file for a claim. Take, for example, Eric. Eric is a real person that works in a company that performs fulfillment for a certain factory. One day, he went to the warehouse to get the goods for repackaging and then delivery when, while walking, a huge box fell over him. Fortunately, he was able to get away from it, but still, the box hit his foot, causing him to fall down and hurt his ankle and legs. It took him about a week of treatment and regular therapy before he’s able to get back to work. He filed for a factory injury compensation against the company and won it.
As to the time limit, in general, you have around 3 years to file for a claim from the date of the accident. Any claim beyond that will no longer be honored by the defendant and the court unless in special circumstances, which will also be decided by the latter.
If, for some reason, a child or a minor gets involved in a factory accident, the child can file for a claim 3 years after they have turned 18. Otherwise, the parent or the guardian can do it on their behalf.
The Costs of a Claim
Any type of personal injury claim is best settled with the professional help of a solicitor, especially one that really handles factory injuries.
With regard to costs, firms these days can already give you a no-win, no-fee arrangement, which means the only time you pay up is when you win, and even the fee is already capped. If you lose, you don’t have to pay for anything except for a success fee, which should be outlined in the agreement form.
This conditional agreement has proven to be helpful especially since the government no longer provides legal aid for personal injury cases.
Some firms can also offer an interim payment scheme, where a significant proportion of your supposed claim is paid to you even before the claim is settled. This usually happens when the defendant has already expressed or confirmed his liability. You can use the money for your financial needs including saving up for the solicitor fees.