Injury At Work Compensation Claims Guide
Our free guide is for victims looking for justice following a work accident. Our qualified compensation claims solicitors are here 7 days a week to start your claim.
All employers have a legal obligation to protect your wellbeing while you are at work. This includes keeping you safe from accident or injury. If your employer has not taken sufficient steps to secure your health and safety and you are injured as a result, you are likely to be eligible for compensation.
If you have suffered an accident or injury at work, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation. Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors will discuss the details of your case, ensuring that we understand the full extent of your injuries, the circumstances surrounding your accident and the ways in which the accident or injury has impacted your life. This will enable us to give you an accurate assessment of the likelihood of you winning your case and also of the amount of compensation you are likely to be able to claim.
Why Accidents And Injuries At Work Happen?
Despite decades of health and safety legislation, thousands of people are injured every year in the UK as a result of workplace accidents. Not all accidents or injuries can be avoided, but your employer must have considered the risks to your health and taken steps to eliminate or mitigate them. Mitigating the risk means making any accident that can’t be avoided less serious, for example providing you with a hard hat if your job requires you to into an area that may have falling objects. If your employer has not taken all practical steps, you are likely to be able to make an injury at work compensation claim.
Common Workplace Accidents That Lead To Injury At Work Compensation Claims Include:
- Slips, Trips Or Falls
Anywhere with significant foot traffic must be kept clear and safe. Trip hazards must be put away, or marked with obvious signage and (usually) hazard tape. Spills must be cleaned up promptly and areas that are likely to become wet and slippery must be inspected regularly ad action taken if they become unsafe.
- Poor Maintenance
Injuries as a result of poorly maintained machinery. It is essential that any equipment you use is appropriate, well maintained and fit for purpose. This is especially true of large pieces of machinery, where the risk of serious injury is considerably higher. If guards to protect your hands or other safety features of the equipment are damaged or missing and you are injured as a result, you employer would be considered to have been negligent with your safety and you would be able to make a work injury compensation claim.
- Lifting Injuries
You must always be trained appropriately for any task you are asked to perform, and you must also only be asked to perform tasks that you can do safely. Lifting accidents, or even just repeated lifts of heavy objects, can lead to serious back and spine injuries that are both painful and debilitating. It is essential, therefore, that you are only asked to lift items of a weight and in a manner that is appropriate for you and that you are trained in correct lifting technique before you begin. If you have suffered back pain or other health problem as a result of a lifting injury sustained at work, you will be eligible for compensation.
These are only a few examples of the different accidents or injuries you can sustain at work that could lead to a compensation payment. If you are not sure whether your accident or injury might be considered an accident at work that your employer is liable for, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our claims form online. Our expert team of personal injury solicitors are happy to listen to what has happened to you and to arrange your free, no obligation consultation to find out how much compensation you are due for your work injury.
How Much Compensation Am I Likely To Receive For My Accident Or Injury At Work Claim?
Every compensation claim is unique, as it reflects the exact details of your personal situation. It is impossible to give an exact figure for how much compensation you might receive following your accident or injury at work, as this will almost always be dependent on the outcome of negotiations. It is possible to give a guideline figure, however, based on a number of factors.
All compensation claims for personal injury are made up of two parts. The first is based on the specifics of your injury. The level of compensation payable as a result of different injuries is set by the Judicial College (a national governing body). They give a broad range of values for compensation amounts for each injury, reflecting the fact that some broken legs (for example) are worse than others. Our expert team of personal injury solicitors have years of experience in interpreting these guidelines and will be able to give you a much more accurate estimate than a simple online calculator.
The second part of the compensation due to you following your work accident or injury claim is more variable, as it is based on any costs and expenses you may have incurred as a result of your accident and injury. This would include having to make modifications to your home, increases in transportation costs or any expenses associated with reducing your recovery time such as physiotherapy. It would also cover any loss of earnings that you might have suffered, if you were unable to work as a result of your work accident or injury. If you are not able to return to your former job role or profession as a direct result of your injuries, you might also be eligible to claim for the loss of your potential future earnings, had you been able to continue to work in that field.
Our claims team are highly experienced in making sure that we understand the full impact that your accident at work and the subsequent injury has had on your life and ensuring that we include everything that you are entitled to in your work accident claim. This money is designed to help you get back on your feet after your work injury and we want to give you the best possible chance to get your life back to how it was.
What If I Can’t Afford To Make A Injury At Work Claim?
Many people worry about huge legal fees piling up if they make a claim for compensation following their work injury. We don’t believe that justice should only be available to those who can afford to pay up front. This is why we offer our services on a no win no fee basis for the vast majority of our work accident or injury claim clients. With a no win no fee arrangement in place, we are able to act on your behalf and get you the compensation you deserve as a result of your accident or injury at work, without you having to pay a penny up front. Best of all, we only get paid a percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that if we are unable to get you the compensation you deserve, you won’t have to pay a penny.
How Do You Start Injury At Work Compensation Claims?
The first thing to do is call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our claims form. Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors will listen to your story, making sure that we understand the details of your work accident or injury case. Once we understand the details of your situation, we will be able to offer you the most appropriate funding options, normally a no win no fee agreement.
Once you have signed a no win no fee agreement with us, we are able to act on your behalf. This will involve us writing to your employer, informing them that you are bringing a personal injury compensation case against them.
We will ask them to accept liability. This is the legal term for accepting that they were at fault for what happened. In the case of a work accident, it can be much easier to demonstrate that your employer is liable, as they have a statutory duty of care, which is a legal responsibility to keep you safe. If they have not done this, they will be considered liable.
Once they have agreed liability, we will conduct negotiations on your behalf. Although we will handle all of the correspondence and admin and give you our expert legal advice, you are in control throughout this process. We will inform you of every offer of compensation you receive, even if we think that it is much, much too low. We will advise you on whether this offer is a fair one but the final decision of whether to accept or reject any offer is always yours.
Contact Our Injury At Work Solicitors Today
If you have any questions about the possibility of making a compensation claim for your work accident or injury, or if you are ready to begin the claims process, call us now on 0121 565 4317 or use our claims form online to arrange your free, no obligation consultation with our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors.