Under the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969, most employers in Scotland are required to have liability insurance to cover personal injuries suffered at work. If you are injured in the course of your employment, you can collect compensation by making a claim against the employer’s insurer, applying for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits (IIDB), or filing a personal injury claim.
Compensation for an Injury at Work in Scotland
If your employer doesn’t have insurance, doesn’t have sufficient insurance, or could have prevented the accident from happening, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to get compensation for your workplace injury. A personal injury case can get you the payment you need for lost income and increased care costs. It can also force an employer to address safety issues to prevent a similar accident from happening in the future.
You may be able to pursue a personal injury claim if you:
- Were not provided with a safe workplace. Your employer is required to provide safe equipment, safe systems of work, and a work environment that is compliant with health and safety laws. Our lawyers can investigate whether the employer knew, or should have known, about the condition that led to your injury.
- Were injured by a fellow employee. Liability may fall on an employer if the injury was caused by another employee’s recklessness, lack of training, or another similarly negligent action.
- Were penalised for bringing a personal injury claim. It is against the law for an employer to retaliate against a worker for pressing his or her rights under the law. You may be able to pursue an additional amount in your injury claim if your employer attempted to take adverse action against you after an injury.
If you were hurt on the job in the West of Scotland, our work accident lawyers can help you get the payment you deserve for current and future losses. Call us today or fill out the enquiry form below to set up your no-obligation conversation with a member of our legal team.