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“Don’t cry for me Argh!-gentina” – Madonna’s accident at work

Madonna takes a tumble at the Brit Awards

An accident at work can happen at any time. Although, you’d certainly hope that if you were to fall backwards off the O2 Arena’s main stage whilst dressed in a sequin studded matador costume, the world’s media wouldn’t be watching. No such luck for Madonna, who was unable to prevent her fall at the Brit Awards 2015 after suffering what some news sources have described as a “wardrobe malfunction”. When her cape failed to release, a planned tug from an unwitting backup dancer resulted in Madonna tumbling a small flight of stairs.

Madonna later tweeted:

“Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight!
But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up!…”

Accident at work – do you know your rights?

While Madonna’s pride may have been dented, she was not injured. However, official statistics provided by the Health and Safety Executive for 2013/2014 show that 78,000 work-related injuries were recorded under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations.

If you have been injured in an accident in the workplace that was not your fault, you may have questions about your entitlement to support and compensation. For example, depending on your type of employment, you could be unaware regarding reporting responsibilities and next steps.

Accident at work – UK law:

  • Employee – your employer is responsible for filing your official injury report
  • Self-employed – the controller of the premises is responsible for reporting your injury
  • Agency worker – agencies should agree reporting responsibilities with the host business

If you are uncertain as to whether your injury was reported, or even if you are certain that you injury was not reported, we can help. Our expert team of personal injury solicitors is here to provide you with instant answers and valuable support throughout your accident at work claim.

Time limits to your accident at work claim

You must begin your personal injury compensation claim within three years of the date of your injury. However, there are common exceptions to this rule.

Exceptions to the three year claim time limit include:

  • Childhood injuries – you must act within three years of your 18th birthday
  • Historic injuries – you must act within three years of your date of knowledge (i.e. you must act within three years of becoming aware that your injury is linked to negligence).

Personal injury compensation with Hampson Hughes Solicitors

If you have suffered an accident at work that was not your fault, and if you would like to discover more about how we could help you to secure maximum personal injury compensation, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today for your FREE no obligation consultation:

Tel: 0800 888 6 888

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