Any employer who runs a business which requires employees to work long shifts, unsociable hours, or doing hard physical activity, needs to be aware of the risks of fatigue.
For employees whose jobs involve irregular shift patterns, night work, physically demanding work or long periods of driving, tiredness is one of several side effects that can place them as serious risk of an accident.
Employers need to take into account the link between work related tiredness and accidents.
There are health and safety guidelines that must be followed regarding the safety of employees whilst engaged in shift work, long hours or unsociable hours. Other precautions include ensuring that jobs which have this degree of risk are not likely to impact upon other employees and also scheduling regular breaks where possible.
If you have been involved in an accident due to work related tiredness then you may be able to claim compensation, however it is a very difficult issue to prove and there must be strong evidence to show a link between your job, fatigue and the accident.
Consequences Of Fatigue Related Accidents
Tiredness or falling asleep on the job has serious consequences.
There will be practical consequences to deal with on a day to day level including loss of earnings, if the injury forces the victim to give up work or take a lower paid less demanding job, as well as additional expenses such as rehabilitation, travel fares to and from hospital, specialist nursing care, support services and counselling.
There is the also the immense emotional upheaval a fatigue related accident can have on a victim and their family to consider. The consequences can be extremely traumatic for the victim and their family.
If an accident leaves a victim with a chronic injury or permanently debilitated then both them and their family have to face up to the long term consequences of this, including physical, mental, and emotional trauma.
Making A Fatigue Related Accident Compensation Claim
If you have suffered a fatigue related accident at work and believe you were not at fault then compensation can help to cover the cost of any additional expenses incurred as a result of your accident and can also bring well needed peace of mind to you and your family.
If you decide to make a personal injury compensation claim as a result of an accident caused by fatigue, it is advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Workplace fatigue accident claims are common but still involve a large amount of legal intricacies which can be overwhelming. It is important to look for the legal services of a lawyer who specialises in these types of claims. They should have knowledge of workplace accidents and illnesses and in particular, claims arising from injuries sustained due to work related tiredness.
Your chosen personal injury lawyer will likely accept your case on a ‘no win no fee’ or "pro bono" basis if they feel confident of success. So you won’t have to deal with the burden of substantial legal fees, as you will only pay a success fee if they win the case for you.
They will accept all the responsibility and the risk involved in the case so you can concentrate on recovering from your injury.
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