Accidents At Work Claims Solicitors
If you have been injured at work, whether it is on your usual site or while you were working at or travelling to a different location, you may be entitled to claim damages. The Compensation Experts work with some of the country’s most experienced accidents at work claims solicitors, helping our clients obtain payment for a huge variety of injuries and illnesses incurred as the result of co-worker’s error or employer negligence.
Types of Accidents at Work Claims
Claims against an employer can be made for many reasons. Some of the most common queries we receive relate to:
Hearing Loss and Industrial Deafness Claims
Prolonged exposure to excessively loud noise can cause industrial deafness, with some claimants not appreciating their injury was caused by their work environment until years later – even after they retired. The Compensation Experts can assist in a successful compensation claim for industrial deafness even if the company is no longer in business. Acoustic shock is another form of workplace injury, being caused by being subjected to high-frequency sounds such as through a call-centre headset.
Vibration White Finger Claims
Vibration White Finger is a form of Raynaud’s syndrome and caused by hand-held power tools like sanders, chain saws, concrete breakers, and hammer drills. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that the official number of cases of VWF is falling but it still affects more than 250,000 people in the UK.
The condition’s name comes from the pale colour of fingers due to damaged blood vessels. Continued use of vibrating equipment can also lead to nerve damage that can make fingers feel tingly or numb, and which can also affect a person’s dexterity in their fingers and hands. Vibration White Finger (VWF) can also be called Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome.
Industrial Accident Claims
Farming may seem like a gentle pastime, but it is the UK’s most dangerous industry concerning accidents. Whether you are a farmer, work on a construction site, you drive a lorry or undertake any other type of paid employment, if you have been harmed in an industrial accident, talk to The Compensation Experts. We assist clients who have been electrocuted, injured their backs or limbs in lifting accidents, have fallen from a height, suffered burns, or been injured in other ways which could have been avoided.
Workplace Related Illness Claims
You do not have to suffer a physical injury like a fracture or sprain to claim compensation. More than 130 million working days are lost in the UK every year from illness such as work-related asthma, back pain, occupational dermatitis, and stress. While not every day missed through illness can be attributed to an employer’s failings, where it can be shown that adequate care was not taken to protect employees from falling ill, there may be grounds for claiming compensation.
Repetitive Strain Injury Claims
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a blanket term which refers to pain and tingling in the muscles of fingers, hands, and lower arms, due to damage caused by a repetitive movement. RSI is not only something which affects older workers – doctors see an increasing number of cases reported in those as young as 7, who have been hurt through extended use of games consoles and smartphones.
The earliest symptoms of RSI are usually a slight pain when carrying out regular tasks, a tingling or throbbing sensation, numbness or weakness, and frequent unexplained cramping. As the condition progresses, victims may experience this pain even when not making the motion which caused it. Contact The Compensation Experts directly if you believe your job has caused RSI.
Work Related Stress Claims
Improvements in health and safety practices across England and Wales have led to a decrease in workplace accidents; the Health & Safety Executive reports that the number of new cases of stress, depression, or anxiety that has been caused or made worse by work is staying steady at 224,000.
No one should have to feel a sinking dread at the prospect of returning to work or suffer any mental health conditions as the result of their job. The Compensation Experts have supported people who have been adversely affected by workload pressures, poor management, harassment and bullying. Healthcare workers and teachers are two of the occupations most likely to suffer from work-related stress.
Armed Forces Compensation Claims
Military accident claims are another specialist area where The Compensation Experts can assist. There is a high enough risk for Armed Forces Personnel without them having to contend with the danger posed by another person’s negligence or mistake. Claiming compensation for those in the Army, RAF, Royal Navy and reserve forces can feel like a task too big to handle on your own, but with The Compensation Experts on your side, you will never feel anything but respected and supported.
Military accidents can happen in training, due to defective or inadequate equipment, while receiving medical treatment, or in a road traffic or transport accident while moving from one location to another. As with any other employer, the MoD has a legal duty of care to take all reasonable steps to protect their employees from being harmed or killed in an accident at work.
Claims against an Employer
It is not uncommon for employees to delay making a claim because they feel awkward or nervous about claiming compensation against their employer. There is no need to worry as you cannot be dismissed for making a claim against your employer if you are injured or become ill as the result of their negligence. Your employer has a duty of care to keep your work a safe place for you to be, and there is legislation which clearly sets out their responsibility. You can even claim if the company for which you worked has gone out of business. Give The Compensation Experts a call. We are happy to offer free, no obligation legal advice regarding your circumstances.
Am I Eligible to Make an Accident at Work Compensation Claim?
Although The Compensation Experts do everything to simplify the process, claiming compensation for an accident at work is not as straightforward as just filling out a form. The first stage is to assess whether you have grounds to make a claim. You can do this by speaking with one of our friendly advisors who will ask the right questions to ascertain whether there is a good chance that your accident was due to error or negligence.
You don’t have to be solely blameless to make a claim. Even if you contributed to your accident, if your employer failed in their duty to meet health and safety regulations and hold the majority of the responsibility, then you can request payment of damages.
A successful compensation claim hinges on two things. The first is that you have genuinely been injured, which can usually be shown with your medical notes and a record in your employer’s accident log, but your solicitor may also request that you are assessed by an independent medical expert to ensure the nature and extent of your injuries are clear.
The second facet of a claim is to show that your employer was at fault in some way. Depending on the nature of your accident and the environment in which it occurred, it may take several months to collate the evidence to show this. The solicitors we work with at The Compensation Experts have the necessary experience and skill to do a thorough job that will give you every opportunity to receive the maximum amount of compensation.
How Long Do I Have to Make a Personal Injury Claim?
In most instances, the usual statutory time limit of three years from the date of injury applies when making a compensation claim. The exception is if you were a minor when the accident occurred or, in instances such as Vibration White Finger or asbestos-related diseases, where the damage was not immediately apparent. In these cases, you have three years from your 18th birthday or three years from the date your illness was formally linked to your job. In any case, you should always seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity, so you have the information you need to make the most appropriate decisions.
How Long Does a Personal Injury Claim Take?
There is no defined processing time for a personal injury claim but as a general rule, the more severe your injury, the longer it is likely to take. This is especially true for claims relating to brain and spinal injuries where it can take a long time for a victim’s condition to be diagnosed to a point where it is clear the impact it will have on their lives.
While we can’t predict how long your case will take to resolve, we can give you an indication based on the average processing time for similar claims. Medical negligence claims can take up to three years to resolve, with the majority taking somewhere around 24 to 26 months. Claims relating to industrial illness and hearing loss may take up to 18 months, while straightforward claims relating to a road traffic accident or a slip, trip, or fall, are almost always settled within 7 or 8 months.
How do I Claim Compensation for an Accident at Work?
When we talk about employers having a “duty of care” we mean that we are obligated to follow defined health and safety laws and take all reasonable precautions to keep your working environment as safe as possible. While they can’t prevent every mistake from occurring, they can do things like have adequate training programmes, educate employees about the risks associated with their job, maintain an active calendar of maintenance, and provide employees with the time and equipment they need to do their jobs.
In the case of stress and depression, it may still be possible to make a claim for if you can show your employer was negligent in preventing the circumstances which caused your condition, or which made an existing mental health issue worse. We understand that you do not physically have to see an illness or injury for it to exist.
Your solicitor will build a portfolio of evidence to show your employer was responsible for your injury and send it with a request that they acknowledge liability. Your employer then has a specific amount of time to review your claim and reply. Your lawyer will not accept an offer on your behalf unless you have instructed them to do so, and it is advisable that you do not agree to any compensation payment without discussing the offer with your solicitor.
The vast majority – more than 90% – of all personal injury claims settled without going to court. If the other party refuses liability or you are unable to agree on a payment amount, your lawyer may recommend you submit your claim to court where a judge will decide on responsibility and compensation.
What is a No Win No Fee Agreement?
A conditional agreement is often referred to as a No Win No Fee contract. It protects claimants from the financial risk of making an unsuccessful claim and having to pay not only their lawyer’s fees but also those of the other party. This can run into thousands of pounds if their solicitor charges by the hour.
Claiming compensation should be affordable for everyone who needs it so The Compensation Experts offer a No Win No Fee* agreement to prevent you from facing a large bill even if your application is denied.
Start your claim today by talking to the friendly, knowledgeable advisors at The Compensation Experts. We promise to treat you as an individual, to match you with a personal injury solicitor who has the right skills and experience to fit your claim, and to keep you informed every step of the way without the unnecessary use of legal and medical jargon.
We do everything we can to make claiming as simple as possible, even down to giving you a choice of when and how you would like us to get in touch. Contact The Compensation Experts today and let us show you how we can help.
*conditions may apply
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee*
We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. This service is 100% free.
We assess each claim on its merits with the information provide, which aids us determine its likely success rate.
Our dedicated panel are experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
Our personal injury solicitors are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
Each client is provided with their own Personal Injury solicitor who will work on the case from start to finish, being there every step of the way. The client will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of the solicitor.
Expert accident at work solicitors working for you
We specialise in helping victims of injury claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case you don’t pay! Once you make contact, our experienced team will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.