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Fatal Accidents at Work

Depending on the environment that you work in, there can be a greater risk that you will suffer an injury. Furthermore, there is a very real risk in certain cases that an accident at work may well be fatal. Employers are required to take steps to protect their employees from suffering a fatal accident at work. Where they fail to do so, the surviving family may be able to raise a claim against the employer for financial compensation.

Fatal Accident Claims Lawyers Glasgow

Few people would immediately consider legal action after having found out that a loved one had suffered a fatal accident at work. However, you should understand that employers have a legal duty to take reasonable precautions in order to protect their employees’ safety. This duty will apply regardless as to the environment that an individual works in, but will be particularly important in the building industry, and in businesses where employees are exposed to potentially hazardous substances and chemicals. Essentially, employers are required to provide employees with:

  • A relatively safe environment to work in;
  • Equipment and tools that will allow their employees to perform their duties; and
  • Training on how to do so.

Taken together, these measures should remove the risk of employees suffering a fatal accident at work. However, this will not always be the case. Where it can be proven that an employer failed to discharge their obligation to their employee, the employee’s family members may seek financial compensation from the employer to address their loss.

Claiming Compensation for a Death

It is difficult to determine how much compensation a fatal accident at work could attract. The award can reflect, amongst other things, the pain and suffering for having lost a family member and the resultant grief, as well as the distress suffered in thinking about a loved one’s suffering. Much will depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident, including what steps (if any) an employer had taken to preserve their employee’s safety, and any irresponsible behaviour of the employee in failing to observe the rules.

Place the claim in the hands of expert Personal Injury Lawyers

Personal injury claims for compensation stemming from fatal accidents at work are indeed incredibly delicate matters. The legal process of raising a claim is complicated, and understandably can be difficult to deal with while grieving the loss of a loved one. You should not take on the task of raising a personal injury claim after losing a loved one alone, but should be supported by objective, supportive legal advisers who will be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Contact our Fatal Accident Claims Lawyers in Glasgow Today

Kerr Brown is a leading provider of personal injury law services. Our solicitors have been involved in raising personal injury actions for compensation following fatal accidents across a variety of industries, including building and chemical production. Our friendly team are here to help you with your claim, and will handle all of the legalities involved allowing you to concentrate on coming to terms with your loss. Speak to our team on 01412214880 to find out more about how we can help you or contact us via our online contact form.