Accidents in the Workplace Compensation
The Compensation Experts are leading personal injury solicitors for workplace compensation claims. UK law is very specific about an employer’s responsibility to protect their staff. Legislation like the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states very clearly that they must take all reasonable steps to avoid accidents in the workplace. We appreciate that simple bad luck causes some accidents, however, when an employer is negligent in their responsibility, and people get hurt, we are here to help.
The Compensation Experts have the skill, experience and knowledge that has helped people in the UK obtain compensation for an injury at work, and we can help you too. If you have been hurt in a workplace accident that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation.
Claiming Compensation for Workplace Injury
Having an accident at work does not only come with physical consequences, but victims can suffer financially as well. Compensation recognises that and will help remove financial worries so you can concentrate on your recovery. Why should you be left out of pocket because your employer was lax in their duty to keep your workplace safe? The Compensation Experts work with the UK’s leading personal injury solicitors who do everything they can to obtain maximum compensation for workplace accidents.
We start by offering a free consultation with one of our legal experts who can answer any initial questions you may have about if you are entitled to make a claim and how to do so. Claiming compensation is not merely a matter of sending a letter, we need to prove that the workplace accident which caused your injury was due to negligence on behalf of your employer and that you were not, or at least not wholly, to blame. It is a process that can take many months which is why legal advice is always to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident, even if you are not yet sure whether to pursue a claim.
It may be reassuring to know that your compensation claim will not affect your employer’s business financially as it is not they who will make any payment for damages, but their insurance company. All UK employers are required to have Employers’ Liability Insurance to cover instances such as these. Some claimants stress about causing long term damage to their employer by making a claim, but you do not need to be worried.
Another worry victims of a workplace accident may have is facing their employer in court, or potentially facing trouble or disciplinary action when they return to work. Let us reassure you that nearly all of our workplace accident compensation claims are resolved out of court and that we will do all we can to do this for you. We will negotiate with the other party’s legal team on your behalf and will advise when we believe an offer is fair or not.
We work for you and, as such, will always put your best interests at the heart of everything we do from avoiding industry jargon and confusing language, to keeping you updated at all the important steps of your claim so you know what is happening and what to expect to happen next.
Injury at Work Compensation Claims
We need to verify if you are eligible for compensation before you can make a claim. We do this by finding out details about your injuries, the accident that caused them, and the circumstances around this. For a claim to be valid you need to meet three criteria:
- Be employed. You have rights whether you are on a full time, part time, or even a temporary contract. Self-employed staff who are working or visiting a business also have rights, although their compensation may be paid through an employer’s Public Liability insurance rather than their Employers’ Liability insurance policy.
- Be injured. Being involved in an accident without being hurt, or experiencing a “near miss” is not sufficient cause to claim damages. You must be able to demonstrate that you were physically injured as the result of an accident.
- Be able to link your accident to employer negligence. It must be possible to show that someone was responsible and that your accident was not due to mere chance for your claim to be valid. If no one is responsible, then there is no one who can pay compensation.
We work on a No Win No Fee* basis which means that if you don’t receive compensation, then we don’t get paid. You can trust, therefore, that we will only recommend you proceed with a claim if we are confident the outcome will be favourable for you. We will not string you along with false promises and a tenuous claim of success. Claiming compensation for workplace accidents can be lengthy and, at times, stressful. We would not advise that anyone start an application without being sure it is likely to have a positive outcome.
You will be assigned a specialist personal injury solicitor who has experience in handling claims relating to workplace accidents in your industry. They will ask for information and documentation to help prove the validity of your claim. Examples can include:
- Medical records if you had hospital treatment or saw your GP about your injury. We recommend you seek medical advice even if you believe your injury is a simple one such as a strain or cut. Not only will this ensure you receive the correct treatment, having an official record of your injury will help substantiate your claim.
- A copy of the accident at work report submitted for your accident. Employers are required to have a robust process for recording accidents and also need to, depending on the severity of your injury and the amount of time required to recover, report it to the Health and Safety Executive under the RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) rules. You should keep a copy of this report for your records.
- Pictures of the area where your accident occurred – ideally at the time of your accident, if possible – and the names of any people who saw or heard your accident, or who may have suffered a similar injury in your workplace in the past. Eyewitness accounts and historical evidence can be very useful in strengthening your claim.
You do not need to wait for your injury to heal before you can contact The Compensation Experts. In fact, if you need ongoing medical or rehabilitation treatment we can assist with this and make sure you get the right care as soon as possible.
Different Types of Workplace Accidents and Injuries
Every industry carries a risk of accident in the workplace and, while an IT director may be less likely to incur an injury than a construction worker, that does not make their suffering any less significant. In addition to specialising in different types of personal injury claims, our solicitors also have an in-depth expertise of industrial diseases including noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and industrial dermatitis and asthma.
Nearly a quarter of all workplace accidents have no identifiable cause. Of the rest, the most common causes are:
- Slips, trips, and falls. Examples of this are falling over boxes left in walkways, tripping over uneven flooring or carpet tiles that have not been securely glued down, and falling from scaffolding or a ladder.
- Being struck by a moving item. The Compensation Experts can support those who have been struck by a falling object, such as a heavy box falling from a high shelf, or a person knocked over by a forklift in a warehouse because there is no clearly defined safe walkway for them to use.
- Lifting and manual handling. Trying to move heavy or bulky items without correct assistance or knowing appropriate techniques can cause serious, potentially permanent, damage to the back, spine, neck and shoulders.
The Compensation Experts can help anyone who has been hurt in a workplace accident whether their injury is something temporary, such as a sprained wrist, or something more permanent like suffered spinal damage, and even the families of the victim of a fatal accident. The law exists to protect you from accidental injury at work firstly, but also to ensure you receive adequate compensation if you are hurt.
No Win No Fee* Accidents in the Workplace Claims
When you engage the services of The Compensation Experts, you are not simply getting the help of a personal injury lawyer. We offer a full package of legal support from our initial consultation, which is completely free, to access to a panel of leading personal injury lawyers who specialise in successful compensation claims for accidents in the workplace, and our No Win No Fee* agreement which means you won’t have to pay a penny towards your legal fees if we don’t secure you compensation for your injury.
The amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the severity of your injury and the balance of responsibility. A claimant who was partially responsible for their injury will receive a smaller proportion of compensation than one who was wholly faultless. It is not possible to given an accurate estimate of how much you will receive at the start of your claim, but your lawyer will be able to provide a good estimate once they have completed their research and understood the circumstances around your accident and the extent of your injury.
Compensation payments are made up of two parts: general damages and special damages. General damages include payment for pain and suffering caused by your injury. It can, in some instances, also compensate if you are physically disfigured and, in less common scenarios, when you have suffered mental anguish. General damages may also be paid to the spouse or partner of a person who is killed in an accident at work, or a person whose life is significantly made worse by the long-term impact of their injuries.
Special damages address your finances and make sure you have not lost money as the result of your injury. Have you been unable to work and therefore missed regular wages or likely seasonal bonuses? Have you had to pay for prescriptions or private medical treatment? Reasonable costs which may be covered include seeing a private physiotherapist or counsellor rather than wait in an NHS queue or having the spectacles broken in your accident replaced. Special damages can also factor the cost of mileage or public transport to your hospital or specialist appointments and, if a relative or friend has had to give you significant support, the cost of their time as well.
If you are unsure whether a cost could be included in a payment of compensation, then ask your personal injury lawyer before spending any money.
The Compensation Experts can apply for an interim compensation payment if the other party accepts liability but there is disagreement over your prognosis which causes your claim to be delayed. This interim payment will be deducted from the final agreed amount and can make sure you do not struggle financially due to lost wages.
There are unscrupulous insurance companies may drag a claim out to put you under pressure with the hope you will accept a lower offer because you feel desperate for the money. An interim compensation payment can protect you from these underhand tactics.
Some insurance companies will willingly pay an interim compensation payment, while others will only do so if there is a court order instructing them to. If your injury is serious enough to affect your household income, then we will do our best to ensure you do not struggle financially because of it.
Making an Accident at Work Personal Injury Claim
Start your claim by contacting The Compensation Experts. You can either phone us directly or, if you prefer, fill in our contact form and let us know when you want us to call you. Alternatively, use our live chat facility. All information you provide is treated as confidential and there is absolutely no obligation for you to open a claim with us if you do not wish to.
The sooner you seek expert legal advice, the more successful your application is likely to be, so get in touch today.
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 accidents in the workplace compensation 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.