Injuries Caused by a Work Colleague

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It is quite common for an employee to suffer injuries as the result of the actions of a workmate.

In causing the injuries the workmate’s actions might have been careless, it might have happened as a result of inadequate work equipment or training, or simply been caused by the colleague’s incompetence.

Victims of these sorts of accidents or injuries are sometimes unaware that it is often still possible to bring a claim for compensation against their employers rather than considering suing a workmate.

Employers are legally responsible for the actions of their employees, who are regarded as acting as their “servants or agents” whilst they are working.

If the employer failed to train or adequately equip the workmate, then they are likely to be held to blame for the accident.

If the employee was simply negligent, or did something stupid, like reverse a fork lift truck without looking, then it is still likely that the employer will be held to blame for the accident.

Employers owe many legal duties to keep employees safe in the workplace, including providing them with sensible, competent and sufficiently equipped workmates, and so it is often possible to make a successful claim for compensation.

Injured by a workmate claims we have run successfully include:

  • Injuries suffered as a result of the poor driving of a colleague
  • Injuries suffered as a result of the inability of a colleague to operate machinery properly
  • Injuries suffered as a result of a colleague not being trained properly, for instance in dealing with accidents caused by lifting heavy items where no lifting training had been provided
  • Claims resulting from exposure to harmful products or chemicals, such as solvents, being used carelessly by colleagues
  • Injuries suffered as a result of sloppy or careless work practices

We have won many of these claims, so why not find out if you have a good claim?

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