Work Accident Compensation Claims

Our free work accident claims guide is here to help victims understand what exactly are accidents at work and what you can do following a workplace injury.

Suffering an accident at work can be extremely difficult and stressful. The workplace should be a safe environment, but a high proportion of all accidents in the UK occur in the workplace. Workplace accidents range from the very minor to those leading to life-altering injuries and even fatalities.

It can seem very stressful to make a compensation claim for your accident or injury at work. You may worry about the responses of your supervisors, management, or even your co-workers. Accident at work compensation claims can also be some of the most important and straightforward, however. This is because your employer should have taken steps to protect you as they have a statutory duty of care. They have a legal obligation to take steps to avoid or mitigate any accidents or injuries. Mitigating an accident or injury means that they take measures to make any accident that does happen less severe. An example of this is the use of hard hats on construction sites. They don’t prevent accidents where an object falls onto your head. But they do ensure that the resulting injury is far less than it would have been otherwise.

If you suffer an accident or injury at work and would like to ask any query, call us. Dial 0121 565 4317 or use our claims form to arrange your free, no-obligation consultation. Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors are waiting to take your call.

What Is A Accident At Work?

A work accident is any accident that takes place at work. If it happens as a part of something you do for your job or in a location you go for work. This means that accidents in the office canteen count as work accidents, as do accidents sustained working on a client’s site or using any equipment that was supplied by your employer. Road traffic accidents on your daily commute do not count as work accidents. The easiest way to be sure whether your accident or injury is considered a work accident is to ask yourself whether your employer had any influence or control over the situation you found yourself in. If they did, the chances are it was a work accident.

Why Do Accidents At Work Happen?

Accidents at work cover a wide range of issues. And they do not need to be the result of a single traumatic event, although they often are. Examples of accidents at work include:

1. Trips, Slips Or Falls On Work Premises

Your employer is responsible for making sure that your working environment is kept safe and secure, and this includes making sure that passageways and paths are kept clear and fit for purpose. This means that if you slip over on a wet floor through the use of clear signage or on paving that has become uneven due to inadequate maintenance, you may be able to make a compensation claim for your accident or injury at work.

2. Poor Maintenance

Accidents or injuries sustained as a result of poorly maintained or faulty machinery. Working with machinery can be inherently dangerous, so it is essential that all equipment you are required to use as a part of your job is kept in full working order. This is especially true for any form of blade guard or other safety feature. If the machinery is faulty and your accident or injury is the result of this fault, your employer would be considered liable for a compensation payment.

3. Work Training

Lack of training causes accidents. Many people believe that they can’t claim compensation if their fault led to the accident at work. This is often not the case. Your employer’s duty of care means that they are required to ensure that you have received sufficient training for the tasks that you are performing at work, including manual handling, lifting or operating machinery. It is also essential that this training is refreshed as necessary and that procedures are in place to ensure that the training is being followed.

If you are the victim of an accident or injury as a result of being asked to perform tasks that you were not trained to do or to be asked to ignore safety procedures that you were taught to follow, you are likely to be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

4. Lifting Injuries

Even with correct training, it is possible to develop injuries to the back, arms, shoulders, and legs through lift more than you are able or having to carry out repetitive tasks with a heavyweight over and over. If your employer has not ensured that the amounts you are lifting are appropriate for your gender, the height you are lifting them from and to and the distance from your body, they may be liable for any sprains, strains, backache or even more severe injuries you suffer than come from this lifting task.

5. Falls From A Height

Falls from a height are a common cause of accidents or injuries at work. They could be the result of poorly maintained ladders and scaffolding, or you being asked to perform tasks that required you to reach out over a large gap that could not be performed safely. Other factors could include if your employer does not provide sufficient staff, such that there is no one available to hold the bottom of your ladder while you work at height. There is a wide variety of working at height rules and regulations laid down in law to ensure your safety, and it is essential that your employer follows all of them. If they fail to do this and you suffer an accident, you will have a strong case to claim compensation.

This list does not intend to be exhaustive. There are a great many other potential accidents at work that can lead to you being able to make a compensation claim. If you suffer an accident at work and injury as a result, you can make a claim. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no-obligation consultation.

Will I Lose My Job If I Make A Work Accident Compensation Claim?

No, it is illegal for the employer to punish any member of staff if they claim compensation for accidents at work. They can’t fire you, to assign you less desirable tasks, to pass you over for promotion. They can’t do anything that might be thought of us punishing you for making a claim. It is illegal to mean that there are employers who might attempt such actions, although it is very rare. If they punish you due to a compensation claim, let us know straight away. Usually, the issue resolves by a short letter from us as your solicitors reminding your employer of their legal obligations. If not, we will be able to put in an unfair dismissal or constructive dismissal case. The courts look extremely unfavorably on employers whose negligence leads their staff to injury. Very few employers will be willing to take that risk.

Many clients worry that their compensation claim for their accident might lead their employer to go out of business. This is a particular concern for those working for small businesses. It is important to remember that all employers in the UK have insurance to cover any accidents at workplace. This means that your compensation payment will always come from the insurance company. Your employer having to find the money to pay you themselves. This means that you are able to make your work accident compensation claim secure in the knowledge that you are not harming your employer or your co-workers.

Work Accident Compensation Claims

Have Questions About Starting A Work Compensation Claim?

If you have any questions about your work accident or if you are ready to being making your work accident compensation claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims. Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors will listen to your story carefully. They will make sure that we understand the exact details of what has happened to you and the impact it has had on your life. We will then be able to give you the best possible advice as to how to progress your claim.

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