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A landmark case has seen the Supreme Court uphold a personal injury claim after a care worker was left injured when she slipped on ice on her way to the home of a terminally ill woman.

The ruling could have a severe impact on employers as the case involved a woman obtaining an injury when on her way to work. Miss Kennedy seriously injured her wrist after a slip on icy conditions with the Supreme Court ruling that her company, Cordia, was duty-bound to provide equipment to staff if they could not control the risk of slipping on ice.

They employers of Miss Kennedy had carried out a risk assessment and identified the risk of slips or falls as “tolerable.” According to the most recent risk assessment the company had not considered the risk of injury in inclement weather with no mention of providing staff with protective equipment, such as non-slip attachments for footwear.

According to the Supreme Court, Miss Kennedy was injured as a result of being exposed to a risk against which she should have been protected by the provision of personal protective equipment, and her employers should have adequately dealt with the dangers.

The case, which is seen by many as a landmark case, highlights the importance of risk assessment and could be exceptionally beneficial to employees who believe that their employers are not taking the necessary steps to protect them either on their way to work or when working.

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If you have been injured in an accident in the workplace that occurred through no fault of your own either in the workplace or on your way to work, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Contact us today using our online contact form or call our team of personal injury experts.

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A film production company and a subsidiary of Disney has been charged with a number of health and safety breaches which led to Harrison Ford breaking his leg when filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Representatives from Foodles Production (UK) will appear in court in May to face four charges after the incident which saw the actor, Harrison Ford, airlifted to hospital following a broken leg. The actor, who was 71-years-old at the time was struck by a heavy hydraulic door when filming and required surgery and rehabilitation.

The incident demonstrates the dangers that can occur in any workplace regardless of employment and the dangers that can arise if an employer fails in their duty of care.

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said: "The HSE has today informed Foodles Production (UK) Ltd that it will be prosecuted over four alleged breaches of health and safety law.

"The charges relate to an incident during the filming of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which left Harrison Ford with serious injuries after he was hit by a heavy hydraulic door.

"By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers - this is as true on a film set as a factory floor.

"We have investigated thoroughly and believe that we have sufficient evidence to bring the case to court."

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The matter regarding Harrison Ford demonstrates how regardless of status an accident in the workplace can occur due to failure in duty of care in any line of work. To find out if you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim, contact our team of expert personal injury lawyers today using our online contact form.

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Last year, 142 workers were killed in accidents at work. The majority of these cases were in industries such as construction, building and manufacturing. These industries are especially dangerous due to the heavy machinery such as lorries and forklift trucks that are often used. Workers in these fields may be required to work on scaffolding or climb ladders.

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Thousands of people are injured each year in the workplace with many more suffering illnesses later in life as a result of exposure to dangerous chemicals and substances in their place of work.

Asbestos related illnesses and industrial illnesses can take between 10-40 years to develop but can have a lasting effect on your quality of life. Your employer has a duty of care to protect you and your fellow employees, however, if they fail to do this then you could be entitled to take legal action.

Exposure to asbestos or other dangerous substances can occur if you have worked in a building that had asbestos with industrial illnesses being exceptionally common for those working in the construction industry. Exposure to asbestos can result in mesothelioma, asbestosis and even lung cancer.

Making a Personal Injury Claim

Normally, when making a personal injury claim, there are strict time limits when you can make a claim within. However, with asbestos-related illnesses, you can take legal action three years from the diagnosis of the illness.

While you can make a claim if you suffer a workplace illness as a result of exposure to dangerous substances in the workplace, it is also possible to make such a claim if a loved one has been diagnosed with such a disease. To make a claim, you will need to have as much evidence as possible to support your claim including a medical report, proof of employment in a certain location and some proof that you were exposed to dangerous chemicals. This can be done through witness statements and even similar cases.

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To make a personal injury claim following a workplace accident or to take legal action following an industrial illness, contact us today using our online contact form.

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Around £290,000 was given to teachers who had been injured in the workplace in the last year according to a new study carried out by the-the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS).

According to the figures collected by the organisation, one teacher alone was offered £150,000 after slipping on ice outside of a school. Slips, trips and falls were the most common type of injury with the vast majority a result of dangerous, uneven or slippery surfaces. Other common injuries were due to objects falling onto teachers, with one being injured by a window falling inwards.

The vast majority of cases were settled outside of court through settlement agreements.

Accidents in the Workplace: Making a Personal Injury Claim

Larry Flanagan, the EIS general secretary, said:“Teachers and lecturers are entitled to safe workplaces and the evidence over this year is a worrying testimony to a lack of diligence by employers.”

An employer has a duty of care to you and all members of staff to make sure that you are working in safe, hazard-free conditions with proper safety equipment and protection. A failure in this duty can result in your employer being responsible for your injuries or liable for any accident you have.

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If you have been injured through no fault of your own in the workplace as a result of negligence, or if your employer failed in their duty of care, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. To find out how to begin making a personal injury claim, contact us today using our online contact form.

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