Accidents at Work
Have you suffered an accident at work?
If you’ve experienced an accident at work, then we know it’s likely you’re physically hurt as well as feeling anxious and financially unstable.
Suffering an accident at work can be particularly traumatic because of how dependent we are on our income and because of the amount of time we spend in our workplaces. It’s easy following a work accident to feel alienated, stressed and unsure about your position in your current role. We can help.
We don’t want you to feel anxious about your health, job or finances, so if your work accident happened in the last three years and you were injured as a result, then it’s likely you’ll be able to make a claim and we can help you get started.
To start a claim, your accident must have been the fault of somebody else; for example, your employer may have failed to provide you with a safe working environment, or may not have given you the proper safety equipment or correct training for you to be able to do your job safely.
How we can help
First and foremost, we can help you by giving you free advice about starting a claim for your accident at work by listening to your experience. Your call with us is completely free and confidential and you’re never under any obligation to start your claim when you contact us.
If you do have a potential claim, and you’re happy to continue, we’ll then take the stress out of finding a specialist solicitor who has experience working with cases similar to yours.
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Have you suffered a serious injury at work?
Work accidents can often cause serious injuries. This is because most working environments have a high potential for accidents and injuries when they are not correctly maintained or when staff haven’t been properly trained.
We know from our experience that many people who suffer a serious injury don’t consider their case to be serious, when in reality the impact of their accident is significant.
If you’ve suffered an injury at work, but are unsure whether you have a serious injury claim, the below might help. If you answer yes to any of the below then it’s likely you’ve suffered a serious injury. Your compensation could cover the current and future costs of your injury.
- Are you receiving ongoing medical treatment?
- Have you needed to repeatedly visit hospital for your injuries?
- Have you needed to take significant time off work to recover?
- Are you unable to return to work in any capacity or in the same job role as you were previously in?
If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, then please call us today on 0800 540 4258 . You shouldn’t be left with the financial burden of your injury as well as the physical consequences.
We can put you in contact with rehabilitation services to help with your recovery. If needed we can also help you get an interim compensation payment to help with your finances in the short term, so that you can focus on getting better.
How much could you claim?
Your final compensation figure is completely unique to your accident and claim. That’s because your solicitor takes into account the full impact of your accident, injury and recovery to try and make sure you’re covered for everything you should be.
They also consider any impact your accident has had on your loved ones, including the future effects on their life, as well as yours.
This means when you contact us we’re unable to tell you how much compensation you might be owed during your call with us. But we can promise you that your solicitor will consider any expenses you’ve had as a result of your accident at work, including:
- Any time off work and loss of earnings
- Any future loss of income
- Any changes to your ability to work
- Any care or support you’ve received, even if this has been given for free from family or friends
- Any adaptations you might need
- Any travel costs you’ve had to cover
We know that you’ll want to have an idea of how much compensation you might receive before you start your no win no fee claim. For that reason, we’ve created our industry-leading compensation calculator.
Our compensation calculator uses industry-wide figures and statistics to calculate how much compensation you might receive based on your answers to six questions.
You can find out how our compensation calculator works, and give it a try here.
Who pays your compensation?
Some people worry about the financial impact their work accident claim could have on their employer.
It’s important to remember that all employers are required by law to take out employers’ liability insurance. So, if your injury at work claim is successful your compensation will be covered by your employer’s insurance.
This means your employer won’t be left out of pocket so you don’t need to worry about your claim affecting your colleagues or employer’s financial stability.
You’re protected at work by law
All employers have a ‘duty of care’ towards their employees, meaning they are required by law to protect you.
Your employer must take steps to ensure that your working environment is safe for you and your colleagues to work in, and that the risk of an accident at work is minimised.
If an employer doesn’t comply with the general health and safety regulations, such as The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, then they have put you at risk and are responsible for your injury.
This also includes any regulations that are specific to your working environment such as The Work at Height Regulations 2005 act or ‘Six-Pack’ Regulations 1992 for roles based in a factory.
We understand that you might be worried about being treated differently, or even dismissed if you claim compensation after an accident at work, but there are strict rules in place to prevent this from happening.
These laws make it illegal for your employer to dismiss you for making a work accident claim. This would be considered to be ‘unfair dismissal’, and you would be entitled to take legal action.
Returning to work after your accident
You should only return to work when you are ready and able to do so, as returning before could make your recovery time longer or put you at further risk of injury.
We know that many people suffer financially when they have to take time off work to recover, as they receive reduced pay, statutory sick pay or in some cases no pay. We know how stressful this can be, and how you can feel the need to return to work before you’re ready.
Compensation can help you relieve the financial pressures of not working, and in more serious cases you could receive an interim payment before your final settlement to help cover your cost of living.
Your employer should also never pressure you into returning to work.
What’s involved in making an accident at work claim?
The process of starting your claim with us is simple. You just need to get in contact with us, either by phone, live chat or by completing our call back form. Then from there we’ll listen to the details of your accident and ask you for some more information about your experience.
If we think you have a claim, we’ll ask if you’re happy to speak to one of our specialist solicitors. If you say yes, we’ll try to transfer you on the same call.
From there you’ll be given a free consultation with your solicitor who will discuss your no win no fee agreement, your accident and how the claims process works.
Your solicitor is the one who does most of the work during your claim. They’ll negotiate on your behalf, speak to the party responsible for your injury and make sure you’re informed along the way.
What type of accidents and injuries can happen at work?
Any accident can happen at work when safety measures are not put in place or followed.
Over our 20 years’ we’ve helped people like you following a wide range of workplace accidents, such as:
- On a construction site
- In a factory or warehouse
- While serving in the military
- On an industrial site
- In an office
- Agricultural accidents
While there is no typical injury that can happen at work, many accidents in the work place happen because of incorrect training, poor maintenance and a lack of safety measures.
For example, injuries can occur when somebody has not been trained how to handle dangerous machinery, or when they’ve not been taught how to lift heavy objects properly.
We also know that injuries can happen as the result of:
- Poorly maintained equipment
- Structures being incorrectly erected, such as scaffolding or racking
- Forklift trucks, either being poorly maintained or poorly handled
- Spillages not been cleaned up causing slips, trips or falls
If you’ve suffered any of the above, or a different type of injury as a result of your accident at work we can help. Simply give us a call on 0800 540 4258 or fill out one of our forms.