If you have suffered injury as a result of an accident at work that was not your fault then you may be able to bring a claim for compensation. Call our accident at work lawyers on Freephone 0808 164 0808 for a free, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form to start a free case assessment.
All employers have a responsibility to protect employees, contractors and visitors from accidents by having safe working practices and supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) such as: dust masks, ear defenders, hard hats, high-visibility jackets, safety gloves and boots.
Employers are obliged to ensure that they provide appropriate training for employees to complete their tasks safely and that any machinery used is regularly maintained. In most work accident compensation claims the claim for compensation is made against the Employers’ Liability Insurance company and not against the business itself.
Types of workplace accidents
Our experts deal with all types of accidents in the workplace including, but not limited to:
- falling from height
- injuries caused by dangerous work equipment
- being hit by a falling or moving object
- manual handling
- being struck by a vehicle
- back injuries
- falls, slips or trips
Common high-risk work environments
Common high-risk work environments that we come across include:
- healthcare and emergency services (such as accidents resulting from assaults, needlestick injuries and lifting)
- factories (such as accidents resulting from fork lift trucks, dangerous machinery)
- building and construction sites (such as accidents involving scaffolding or falling objects)
- accidents while working abroad
- armed forces
Types of workplace injuries
Our team deal with minor to catastrophic injuries and commonly act for clients who have incurred injuries such as:
- burns, scars and lacerations
- bursitis, ulnar neuropathy and repetitive strain syndrome (RSI)
- carpal tunnel, hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and vibration white finger (VWF)
- head, brain, neck and spinal injuries
- stress and psychological injuries
In addition to the circumstances outlined above it is also possible to bring a personal injury compensation claim if your accident at work was caused by the negligent acts of another member of staff.
Time limits to make a claim
It is important to note that there are strict time limits within which you should begin a legal action for an accident at work compensation claim. Generally, you have three years from the date of accident to bring a claim, although there are a few exceptions, which our legal team will be able to advise you upon.
Our legal team can also assist on employment law issues that may have arisen as a result of the accident at work. If you are dismissed or suffer a “detriment” because you have reported a health and safety issue or bring a claim for personal injury you may also have an employment claim.
If you or a loved one have been injured at work and would like to speak to a member of our Personal Injury team for a free, no-obligation chat, please call our Personal Injury (PI) lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.
Accident at work claim FAQS
In a successful claim you will receive compensation for the pain and suffering from your injury, and all of your past financial losses and future losses. If the medical evidence supports the fact that an individual may never be able to work again, then we will claim all future loss of earnings. These are calculated in a specific way and there has to be a discount in the calculation to allow for the fact that not only will payment be made in a lump sum but we also have to factor in the uncertainties of life. A 35 year old man may never work again because of his injuries and his future loss of earnings will be calculated to the age of 65 but, there are no guarantees that he will reach that age.
Yes you can, and it will be successful if you can prove that your employer had not taken reasonable precautions for your safety and could have done something to prevent the injury occurring. Please see our Harassment & Violence at Work Compensation Claims Page for more information.
Do not sign anything without seeking legal advice. The compromise agreement may include a clause which then prevents you from making a personal injury claim. You must let us know straight away if you have been asked to sign such an agreement. We will then ask you to send us a copy of the agreement so that we can advise you further.
You shouldn’t be dismissed if you bring a claim for compensation. If you do lose your job and you think that it has been because you have made a compensation claim, you must let us know straight away as you may then have a separate claim for unfair dismissal.
There are two types of sick pay: Company Sick Pay (also called contractual or occupational sick pay) and Statutory Sick Pay.
If your employer runs their own sick pay scheme it is a ‘company sick pay scheme’ and you should be paid what you are due under that. If you are not entitled to anything under a company scheme, your employer should still pay you Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you are eligible.
Details of your company sick pay entitlement should be included in your contract of employment.
We will take full details from you about the circumstances of the accident and the injuries suffered.
If you have a claim for compensation then we will act on your behalf on a no win, no fee basis.
All accident at work claims are now submitted to the employer’s insurers on an electronic portal. We can carry out searches to establish who the correct insurers are.
Your compensation claim will be evidenced by a medical report and so we will obtain copies of your medical records and will instruct an independent medical expert to examine you and provide us with a report.
We will obtain details from you about any out of pocket expenses, which should be included in the claim.
We will make an offer to your employer’s insurers to settle your claim and if a settlement is not possible, we will issue Court proceedings providing we feel that you have reasonable prospects of succeeding.
Rest assured that we will keep you updated and advised at every step of the way.
Your employer should have ’employer’s liability insurance’ in place and so if you do make a successful claim then your compensation will be paid out by the insurers and not your employer. However, on rare occasions the agreement between your employer and the insurance company may state that claims falling below a certain financial figure will be paid out by the employer and not the insurer.