Work Accident Report
Our free work accident claims guide is to help victims understand about who to report the accident to and what to do following a incident at work.
Everyone deserves to be safe at their place of work. This means that your employer must take all reasonable steps to avoid potential accidents and to mitigate (make less bad) the effects of any that happen despite their best efforts. Unfortunately, some industries and/or employers are not taking these responsibilities seriously enough.
If you have suffered an accident at work, it is highly likely that you will be able to make a work injury claim. The compensation you receive for your work injury will help you to get back on your feet after your accident at work and make sure that you don’t lose out financially as a result of what happened to you. There are many different types of accident or injury that can be sustained at work and it is your employer’s responsibility to be aware of, and make provision for, these.
It is also essential that you report all workplace accidents or injuries to the appropriate person. Employers have an obligation to keep track of any accidents or injuries that you suffer, and they can only do this if you ensure that you report all accidents or injuries promptly. Some work-related injuries can be very straightforward to report and claim for, for example if you suffer a fall at work or are injured as a result of poorly-maintained machinery or equipment. Others can be much more complex, such as claims for asbestos-related problems or the consequences of excessive vibration. Some of these work injuries can take months or even years to become apparent and it is important that you receive expert help to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have suffered a work accident and you wish to report it and possibly to make a compensation claim, 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 are here to help.
What Kinds Of Work Accidents Should I Report?
- Poorly Maintained Or Faulty Equipment
This includes a wide range of problems and injuries. Poorly maintained equipment mean that you need to use excessive force when using a screwdriver, causing you to receive a deep cut if your hand slips. More serious incidents involving poorly maintained industrial equipment are associated with missing or malfunctioning safety guards, leading to serious injuries including traumatic amputations or crush injuries to a hand or foot. You have the right to expect that your job is not made more dangerous by having to use faulty or damaged equipment. If you have been injured as a result of having to use faulty equipment, you are likely to be eligible for compensation for your injuries. This is especially true if you and others have reported previous, more minor, workplace injuries from the same cause previously.
- Burns And Scalds
Many workplaces require that you use or interact with hot equipment, from the oven in a commercial kitchen to parts of an engine in a garage. If you are not given adequate protective equipment, sufficient training and if all relevant safety measures are not taken, you may be eligible for compensation for any accident or injury you sustain. Burns can be painful but superficial or they can be serious, even life threatening. It is also essential that your employer has made the correct first aid equipment available, to ensure that you receive immediate treatment to minimise the damage done. If you report a burn at work and first aid is not made available to you, you would definitely be eligible for compensation.
How Much Compensation Might I Be Due For My Work Accident?
Every compensation claim is unique, as it reflects the exact details of your personal situation. It is impossible to give an exact figure, 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 the injury you report. The level of compensation payable as a result of different injuries is set nationally by the Judicial College. 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 claims 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 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. Our claims team are highly experienced in making sure that we understand the full impact that your work accident and the need to report it 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 accident and we want to give you the best possible chance to get your life back to how it was.
How Do I Make A Work Accident Claim After My Report?
Making a work accident claim is easy. The first step is to call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our claims form to arrange a free, no obligation consultation. We will take the opportunity to listen to you and ensure that we understand the details of your claim. We will be looking for three types of information:
- The circumstances of your accident. We recognise that it may be difficult to talk about the work accident that you have experienced. It is important that we understand exactly what happened to you, however, as we need to be sure that we will be able to gather enough evidence to put forward a strong case for who is to blame. Our friendly, experienced team of personal injury claims solicitors will listen carefully and provide you with a safe space to explain confidentially what has happened.
- The extent of your injuries. It is important that we talk though the injuries you have sustained, as this will form a significant proportion of the compensation you will be eligible for. We may ask about things that seem unrelated to what you have told us so far. This is because our years of experience mean that we are aware of common additional injuries that you may be unaware are related to your accident. Examples of this could be that you report headaches following a fall in which you struck your head, but we ask you about changes in your mood and personality, particularly with regard to risk-taking behaviour. This is because many clients did not realise that changes to their mood were a consequence of their head injury. Our expertise means that you can be sure that you are getting the full compensation you deserve.
- The ways in which your non fault work accident and injuries have impacted your life. It is important that we understand what you used to be able to do that is now no longer possible for you following your work accident. We will be able to claim for compensation for many of these so it is important that we understand the full details.
Once we have talked though what happened to you and made sure that we understand your unique case, we will also discuss the option of making your claim on a no win no fee basis or discuss funding options.
Once we have agreed the most appropriate funding option for your work accident claim, we will be able to act on your behalf, contacting your employer and beginning the process of making your work accident claim.
What If I Can’t Afford To Make A Claim For My Work Injury?
- We understand that the period following an accident or injury at work that needed to be reported can be a stressful and financially difficult time. We believe that justice for your reported work injury should not be dependent on your being able to make large, up front payments for expert legal advice. This is why we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to the majority of our clients. A no win no fee agreement allows us to act on your behalf without you having to pay anything up front. It also removes the risk and worry that comes from wondering how you might pay the legal fees if we are unable to get you the compensation you deserve. If we do not win your claim, you won’t have to pay anything. This means that you will never be left worse off because you made a work injury compensation claim.The no win no fee agreement also means you don’t need to worry that your legal fees may exceed the amount of compensation you are awarded. With the traditional payment model for legal services, the costs associated with making your reported work accident claim could quickly exceed the amount of compensation you are awarded, which doesn’t fit our idea of justice at all. Our no win no fee agreements cap our fees at a percentage of your compensation payment. This means that you can relax, knowing that you will always receive the lion’s share of the compensation you are awarded.
We are able to offer a no win no fee agreement to the vast majority of our clients, though there are some unusual cases where this is not possible, for example in cases of medical negligence. If you would like to find out whether your work injury compensation claim is eligible for our no win no fee agreement or if you have any other questions, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our claims form.