Can I claim compensation for chef burned by faulty chip pan in kitchen if I knew that the chip pan was faulty?
You could still be entitled to make a claim for chef burned by faulty chip pan in kitchen compensation; however it is likely that you will be considered to be partially liable for the burn injuries you have sustained. Only a personal injury claims solicitor with knowledge of the specific circumstances in which you sustained injury will be able to tell you if you will be able to make a chip pan kitchen accident compensation claim.
If you think you do have a chip pan fault compensation claim, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible in order to establish employer negligence. You should have received professional medical attention to ensure your burn received was well treated, as well as ensuring that there is a record in your medical history of when the burn occurred. If you haven’t already, write a report in your employer’s “Accident Report Book”, including as much detail as you can. If anybody witnessed the event, include statements from them as well as their names and addresses.
If it can be proven that your employer was aware of the faulty chip pan, you should also include that in your report as it could suggest employer negligence. Even if your employer did have knowledge of the faulty chip pan, it is likely that your final settlement will be affected by contributory negligence because of the fact that you used it while being aware of the risk involved. This means that your claim will be reduced by the percentage that you are considered responsible for your injury.
It is advisable that you contact a personal injury claims solicitor with experience in work kitchen injury claims at the first possible moment. They will be able to inform you of whether or not you have a viable claim by evaluating the evidence you provide them with. They will also be able to estimate how liable you may be considered to be. If they deem your claim as having a considerable chance of success, they may offer to represent you on a “No win, No fee” basis. This means that in the event of your claim not being a success, you will not be responsible for your solicitor’s legal fees. However, you may still have to pay for the defendant’s legal fees. It is likely that your solicitor will suggest that you take out an insurance policy prior to pursuing a claim, so that you will be protected financially if there is such an outcome.
Your solicitor will discuss all possible outcomes with you and put your mind at ease when you meet with them to discuss pursuing compensation for chef burned by faulty chip pan in kitchen.