Serious Accidents in the Waste and Recycling Sector

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Expert solicitors for the most serious of injuries 

If you or someone close to you has suffered a serious or fatal injury as an employee or contractor in the waste and recycling industry, Thompsons' personal injury solicitors in Scotland can help you make a claim for pain, suffering, lost earnings and all the expenses associated with your accident.

We are recognised as the leading personal injury law firm in Scotland: we win more than 90% of the cases we take on and we only ever represent injured parties in workplace accident claims – we have a firm commitment to ensuring access to justice for ordinary working people and never represent defendants.

Furthermore, our No Win, No Fee funding model ensures that when you claim with us, you are protected from all financial risk associated with litigation. This means that when you make a serious waste and recycling accident claim with Thompsons in Scotland, you won't need to pay a single penny unless you win your case. Talk to Thompsons today.

Serious and fatal waste/recycling accidents – the statistics

According to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2018/19 there were seven fatal injuries across the waste and recycling sector in Britain, fewer than in the two preceding years when the HSE recorded 12 and 14 fatalities respectively.

Figures for the five-year period up until 2018/19 reveal that the majority of fatal waste and recycling deaths were caused by the following types of accident:

  • Contact with moving machinery (30%).
  • Struck by a moving vehicle (28%).
  • Struck by a moving/falling object (16%).

Furthermore, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) tells us that each year there are around 4,000 waste and recycling workers who sustain an injury in the workplace – according to RIDDOR approximately 434 are classified as serious. LFS figures also reveal an annual injury rate of 3.4% for the sector; significantly higher than the all-industry average of 1.8%.

Claims for fatal accidents

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal waste and recycling accident in Scotland and are the dependent, spouse, ex-spouse, blood child, parent or other close family member, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Thompsons Solicitors can secure compensation for the following:

  • The pain and suffering of your loved one.
  • Your emotional pain and suffering.
  • Loss of earnings.
  • Medical administrative expenses, such as funeral costs.
  • Loss of dependency.

In order to make a claim it must be commenced within three years of the death – in the case of a claim being made by a dependent who was a child at the time of the deceased's death, it is three years from the date at which they turned sixteen.

Claims for serious and catastrophic injury

Serious, life-changing injuries, also known as catastrophic injuries, have profound immediate and long-term consequences for both injured parties and their wider families – for example, brain or spinal injuries.

At Thompsons Solicitors, we not only know how to prove serious and catastrophic injury claims in law, we are also able to determine how they have affected you and those close to you. Because we are able to understand short-term needs as well as the long-term picture, we can help you secure interim sums for your most pressing needs, as well as compensation for home adaptations, specialist equipment, rehabilitation and more.

Furthermore, we also ensure access to claim support coordinators, case managers and a range of health and care professionals.

Talk to Thompsons, for waste and recycling accident claims in Scotland

Thompsons Scotland, is widely recognised as the leading firm of personal injury lawyers in the country. We make it our priority to secure the maximum possible compensation for each claimant, in the shortest possible time. We do this while winning more than 90% of the cases we take on, each week securing around £1 million in compensation for our clients.

We specialise in high value and complex personal injury claims, including those related to serious accidents in the waste and recycling industry. For more information about us, our No Win, No Fee model and how we may be able to help you, contact us today by filling in an online claim form or calling 0800 0891 331.

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