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  • Injury in the Workplace?

    Are you accountable to make a claim? You could have had an accident in the workplace and been suffering in silence, but ask yourself- will you be suffering in the long-run? If so, do you want to be sitting back and saying nothing?

    Even if you think that the injury was minor and not worth mentioning, you would be surprised to see what the most common injuries caused at work are, ranging from slips and trips to cuts and burns. This link demonstrates the top ten causes of accidents in the workplace:

    http://www.employersforwork-lifebalance.org.uk/top-10-accidents-in-the-workplace-2/

    Looking into facts and figures to see the statistics of can give you confidence to make a claim. There were an estimated 646, 000 workers that have had an accident at work in 2012/2013. 231,000 of those injuries lead to over three days absence from work. Check out this link below to see other statistics that you may not have been aware of before:

    http://www.hse.gov.uk/STATISTICS/causinj/index.htm

    Could the accident you were involved in been prevented? What could you to reduce the risk of an injury? There are many things you, as an employee could do, such as; making sure you are up to date with information and training, read key facts, look into the European Legislations as well as being overly cautious towards hazards and risks . You can find additional links for these on this website https://osha.europa.eu/en/topics/accident_prevention to look into these aspects further.

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    Five Easy Ways to Reduce the Risk of Serious Injuries for You and Your Family

    It is extremely upsetting to have to imagine a member of your family injured in an accident. We live in a safety conscious society where risk has been greatly reduced, but often we neglect to consider the safety aspects of our own homes. Any parent will tell you that it is simply impossible to keep an eye on your children all the time, but there are a few steps that you can take to reduce to risk to both yourself and your family members.

    1) Make sure your children know the dangers of kitchen appliances and sharp knives

    If you want them to keep away from the oven and the sharp knives, make sure they understand the house rules and the importance of following them even when mum and dad aren’t around. But to be even safer, teach them how to properly use knives and appliances so that if they do break the rules they wont hurt themselves.

    2) Tape up any loose or frayed edges of carpet

    One of the most common causes of accidents in the household is slips and trips. Worn carpet, especially on stairways, is a significant hazard. Remember that the quirks of your own household may be easy to avoid when you live there every day, but they pose a huge risk to visitors who don’t know where the trip hazards are and may easily fall prey to them.

    3) Wear safety helmets when riding bikes

    It sounds obvious, but making sure your children have safety helmets and that they wear them is very important as the brain is the most essential organ so keeping it safe must be a priority!

    4) Childproof your home

    If you have young children or regularly have young children to visit, ensuring that cables are out of reach is important because a young child pulling a loose cable could result in an accident. Many living rooms have low TV units and plug sockets, and so making sure the plug sockets are all covered with safety caps and circuit breakers will hugely lower the risk of this type of accident. Placing ornaments out of reach and ensuring that furniture is stable is important too. If a child uses a table or chair to pull themselves up, make sure that them doing so won’t pull anything over as a result.

    5) DIY with care

    Another common cause of household accidents is DIY mishaps. Simple things such as turning off the electricity when drilling a wall is important to remember. And if in doubt, always call a professional.

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    How to Generate Personal Injury Leads for your Law Firm

    Looking for replacement personal injury leads following April 2013? Considering your own marketing campaign? Protect your law firm from some of the pitfalls of personal injury marketing pitfalls with this advice from Simply Lawyers.

    It is a common scenario seen throughout the legal sector since April this year. Legal practices with a previously successful personal injury department are now struggling to generate their own new clients through new forms of marketing, instead of relying on previous sources of leads such as claims management companies. Or maybe your firm was previously a member of a national personal injury marketing group and now has to face going at it alone?

    In either case, having to rapidly learn the new skills required to run a successful marketing campaign would be a challenge for any law firm, let alone one operating in the intensely competitive personal injury sector which even experienced marketing professionals would approach with a degree of trepidation!

    Further complicating the challenge facing law firms is the risk of obtaining poor advice from marketing experts who are not familiar with the unique challenges of PI marketing. Yet, even worse advice can be given from the rash marketing agencies which have emerged claiming to specialise in the legal marketing sector, but which anecdotal evidence suggests may be proving unable to deliver on their costly promises.

    Of course there are new alternatives to embarking upon your own PI marketing campaign – for example the Simply Lawyers marketing collective offers fully SRA compliant leads and access to the latest marketing expertise for an affordable fee, plus of course the benefits of pooling resources with other law firms.

    But if faced with the prospect of running your own personal injury marketing campaign what should you do and what should you avoid? Our team of marketing experts have prepared the following advice:

    1. Don’t get grand ideas too soon. Keep your marketing rooted in reality. An ad agency may sell you the idea of ‘building a brand’ using mass market forms of communication like TV or radio advertising but unless you’ve got a lot of budget and time you’ll probably waste plenty of both. Brand building takes time and there’s even some debate as to whether this strategy is appropriate for the PI sector with its focus on lead generation. So perhaps it is best to resist the pressure to embark on high profile marketing campaigns, instead work smarter and look for marketing techniques which might be less glamorous but which will get results.

    2. Test different marketing techniques. In marketing there’s always the danger of throwing everything into just one or two forms of communication when looking for a quick fix. Many years of marketing data and evidence proves that it’s better to use a range of different communication channels at the same time which your target audience will see at different times and places. This integrated approach also helps you test a wider range of techniques to see which work best.

    3. Measure results. You absolutely must know how many enquiries come from different activities or campaigns, and then you need to identify which leads convert into cases. This requires buy-in from the people handling incoming enquiries as well simple tricks like using a unique phone number for specific campaigns so you can track calls and ensuring your website enquiry forms are tracked using Google Analytics.

    Following these three simple steps will at least go some way towards helping you use your resources wisely and plan for future growth. However, all law firms should consider just how realistic it is to compete in an increasingly saturated market where major players are starting to entrench themselves through acquisition. Joining forces and pooling resources with like-minded law firms may be the only way to succeed in personal injury marketing in the future.

     

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    No Win No Fee Legal Cases Guide

    A no win no fee legal case does what it says on the tin, if you don’t win you don’t cover the cost! Lawyers and solicitors which offer no win no fee are confident that they will win your case but in an unlikely event that they lose, rest assured that your money is safe.

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    Simply Lawyers respond to increasing clinical negligence claims by launching new website

    Increasing numbers of the public seeking compensation for clinical negligence has prompted Simply Lawyers to launch a website and claim line which deals only with these specialist claims.

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    Most Common Accidents and Injuries at Work in the UK

    Whatever your job may be a whole host of hazards are ever-present. National statistics show that a whopping 27 million working days were lost due to workplace injuries between 2011/12 some leading to hospitalisation or even death.

    Risks vary from job to job however most accidents occur in agriculture, construction and transport with manual handling, slips, trips and falls being the most common causes for concern. Despite a declining trend hundreds of thousands of workplace injuries are still reported every year.

    Here are some of the most common occupational hazards to bear in mind and try to avoid. Continue reading

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    New Regulations in the Healthcare Sector to Reduce Sharps Injuries at Work

    needle injury at workNew Regulations have come into force on 11th May 2013 to reduce the risks posed by sharps and injuries in the HealthCare Sector. The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 can be found on the governments legislation website.

    The regulations introduced by the Health and Safety Executive in order to implement an European Directive will supplement existing regulations and legislation. Such legislation already provides a base line for employers to comply with throughout the industry in relation to Sharps and to control the risks of injury. The new regulations put in place further safeguards to prevent the risk of infection of healthcare workers and
    Employers and contractors working in the healthcare sector will be required to:

    • Have effective arrangements for the safe use and disposal (including using ‘safer sharps’ where reasonably practicable, restricting the practice of recapping of needles and placing sharps bins close to the point of use)
    • Provide the necessary information and training to workers
    • Investigate and take action in response to work related sharps injuries

    Sharps injuries can occur throughout the healthcare sector and standard procedures are in place to deal with the same which are as follows:
    • Encourage the wound to gently bleed, ideally holding it under running water
    • Wash the wound using running water and plenty of soap
    • Don’t scrub the wound whilst you are washing it
    • Don’t suck the wound
    • Dry the wound and cover it with a waterproof plaster or dressing
    • Seek urgent medical advice (for example from your Occupational Health Service) as effective prophylaxis (medicines to help fight infection) are available
    • Report the injury to your employer.

    The new European Directive contains many requirements which are already within the existing legislation in the UK. They do however build on the legislation in the following ways:

    An employer must ensure that the use of medical sharps at work is avoided so far as is reasonably practicable; when medical sharps are used at work, safer sharps are used so far as is reasonably practicable.

    The new regulations also state that needles that are medical sharps are not capped after use at work unless that act is required to control a risk identified by an assessment undertaken pursuant to regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999(1) and the risk of injury to employees is effectively controlled by the use of a suitable appliance, tool or other equipment in relation to the safe disposal of medical sharps that are not designed for re-use employers must provide written instructions for employees, and ensure that there are clearly marked and secure containers that are located close to areas where medical sharps are used at work.

    In addition to the above the regulations insist that an employer must review at suitable intervals the policies and procedures in place to meet the requirements of the above so as to ensure that those policies and procedures remain up to date and effective.

    Provisions must be put in place to ensure that appropriate training and information is provided to employees as well as set arrangements in how injuries are dealt with and notification procedures.

    For more information visit the HSE website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/healthservices/needlesticks/ or see our section on workplace injuries.

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    Simply Lawyers Sponsors Innovator Award at Claims Innovation Awards 2013

    claims innovation awards 2013Simply Lawyers has been announced as sponsor of the ‘Outstanding Innovator of the Year’ award at this year’s Claims Innovation Awards 2013.

    The awards are held each year and celebrate new ways of raising standards, marketing and improving access to justice across the legal services, claims management and associated industries.

    The ‘Outstanding Innovator of the Year’ is one of the most prestigious accolades to be awarded at the event; the Award is not open to nominations, but will be decided by the judging panel prior to the Awards Ceremony on May 8 2013 at The Hilton Manchester Deansgate.

    At Simply Lawyers innovation is a subject close to our heart as our legal marketing collective business model was born as a creative and innovative response to changing market and new legislative landscape.

    The team from Simply Lawyers look forward to meeting attendees and presenting the award on May 8th.

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    £50,000 Pint Revealed as Part of Road Safety Campaign

    Think road safety campaign

    The true cost of a drink driving conviction has been revealed as being in the region of £50,000 according to The Institute of Advanced Motorists.

    The overall financial impact of a conviction was announced by road safety minister Stephen Hammond last Friday as part of the government’s THINK! Campaign which is designed to reduce drink driving. The financial cost has been represented as just one extra pint of beer which might take you over the drink drive limit.

    The IDM has calculated that the £50,000 comprises legal fees, loss of income and increased insurance premiums.

    Whilst the campaign is specifically targeting the cost of a drink driving conviction to drunk drivers who are over the limit, the wider impact of drink driving upon innocent victims should not be forgotten. Additional legal fees, medical costs and loss of earnings are all likely to push the true cost of a conviction into the hundreds of thousands.

    If you have been affected by an accident involving a drink driver then you may be entitled to make a claim for your road accident.

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