Serious and Fatal Work Accidents in the Manufacturing Sector

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Factory accidents

If you or someone close to you works in the manufacturing industry in Scotland and has suffered a serious or catastrophic injury, Thompsons Solicitors can help you ensure the maximum amount of compensation. We also act for the families of those who have died in a manufacturing industry accident.

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Thompsons is widely recognised as being the leading personal injury law firm in Scotland and specialises in complex and high value claims. We have earned a reputation for leaving no stone unturned when it comes to ensuring financial recognition for the profound and permanent consequences caused by serious and catastrophic accidents.

For example, we help injured parties and their families achieve compensation for the following kinds of serious manufacturing injuries:

If the serious manufacturing injury occurred within the last three years, contact Thompsons Solicitors today to find out more about us and our No Win, No Fee funding model.

The statistics

According to the Health and Safety Executive, there were 26 fatal injuries in Britain's manufacturing industry in 2018/19. This is five more than the annual average fatality rate of 21. During this five-year period, the most common causes of fatal manufacturing accidents were the following:

Other common causes of manufacturing fatality include exposure to an explosion and being trapped by something falling or overturning.

RIDDOR statistics reveal that there were 12,151 reported injuries to workers in the manufacturing industry in 2018/19. Of these, 2,762 were specified (or major) injuries such as bone fractures (other than fingers thumbs and toes), amputations, permanent blinding, significant crush injuries, burn injuries covering more than 10% of the body, scalping incidents, loss of consciousness by head injury or asphyxia, and any work which occurred in an enclosed space leading to hypothermia or heat-induced illness, or requiring resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours.

It is clear that the manufacturing industry needs to improve its safety record; around 2.1% of workers sustain injury each year, compared to the all-industry average of 1.8%. Things are particularly bad in metal product manufacture, which has a significantly higher injury rate than the rest of manufacturing.

Who can claim?

If you or someone close to you – for example, a spouse, ex-spouse, parent, child or other family member – has suffered serious injury in a manufacturing industry accident within the last three years, you may be able to claim compensation.

This includes any person who has suffered injury in any of the following sectors of the Scottish manufacturing industry:

  • Food and drink product manufacture.
  • Wood, paper, ceramic, glass, ceramics, brick, cement or plaster product manufacture.
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical product manufacture.
  • Metallic products manufacture.
  • Manufacture of transport and transport products.
  • Textile manufacture.

How can making a serious accident claim help?

A serious accident claim can help you ensure that you are appropriately compensated for past and future lost earnings, medical expenses and pain and suffering as well as the cost of medical care, treatment, rehabilitation and any necessary equipment or home adaptations. Where possible, we seek to ensure interim payments for your most pressing needs.

Suffering a life-changing injury can result in numerous problems, not least the pressing financial issues, but Thompsons serious injury solicitors can be on hand to guide you through the claims process, support you and your family throughout and provide access to key services which can help you physically, emotionally and in the provision of rehabilitation services.

Why claim for fatal injury?

If someone close to you has suffered fatal injury in a manufacturing accident, compensation may be awarded for the loss of their financial support, as well as expenses such as funeral costs.

While we understand that financial compensation cannot turn back the clock and bring back your loved one, by making a claim against the negligent party or parties you will receive justice and, you can help to ensure that the circumstances which led to an accident are thoroughly investigated to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.

Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland specialises in high value fatal accident claims and can be on hand to support you throughout your claim.

Talk to Thompsons about your manufacturing accident claim in Scotland

Thompsons Scotland specialise in high value serious and fatal accident claims. We win more than 90% of the cases we take on, each week securing around £1 million in compensation for our clients.

Our No Win, No Fee funding model ensures access to justice for all viable claims and protects you from any financial risk. For more information about how we may be able to help you, contact us today on 0800 0891 331 or fill in our online claim form so that we may call you back.

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