Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Changes on liability for accidents at work now in force

Employer liability

A statutory instrument implementing the Government’s reform of civil liability in health and safety cases has now been laid.

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (Commencement No. 3, Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2013 enabled section 69 of the Act to come into force on 1 October.

People injured at work through no fault of their own will now have to prove that their employers have been negligent, and will no longer be entitled to compensation on the basis that criminal breaches of health and safety duties have occurred.

This radically alters the law relating to health and safety at work and people’s right to compensation for injury.  The whole purpose of health and safety rules and regulations is to protect the health and safety of workers.  They should be entitled to compensation when their employer or somebody who owes them a duty under a regulation falls below the standard required by that rule.

If you think you might have a claim for compensation after being injured in the workplace, contact a member of our personal injury team for expert advice.