Claims and Compensation at Work
There are many reasons a person may need to seek compensation from their employer. Whether you’ve been injured in an accident at work or suffered another condition such as work-related stress, The Compensation Experts are here to help. We collaborate with the UK’s leading compensation lawyers to obtain the maximum possible compensation without fuss or fanfare. We have represented claimants around the country for claims and compensation at work, and our impressive personal injury claim results speak for themselves.
Being injured at work
Being injured at work can be hugely stressful as well as physically painful. Concerns over losing money or having to pay for medical treatment can compound the effect of an injury. Most people rely on receiving regular and predictable income and when that is threatened, worries about falling behind with monthly payments, not knowing whether they will be able to return to work due to injury, or concerns about what will happen when they return to work, arise.
The Compensation Experts appreciate the high levels of anxiety that can follow in the wake of an accident at work and we don’t want you to worry. Talk to us today if you have been injured at work in the last three years. We can determine whether you have grounds to make a claim and if so, show you the most effective way to do so.
For an accident at work compensation claim to be valid, it needs to be proven that your employer was at fault. We will seek to show that your accident and injury could have been avoided if your employer had not failed in their legal duty of care to provide you – and all their employees – with a safe environment. Not every accident will be avoidable, but employers need to take every reasonable step to minimise the risk in their workplace.
If an employer neglects to provide you with adequate training around managing the risks of their job, does not give you the correct safety equipment, or ignores concerns about potentially unsafe conditions that leads to an accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injury.
Take the First Step
Your successful claim starts with a conversation with one of our expert legal advisors. We will ask you questions about your particular situation to determine whether you may have grounds to apply for compensation. This consultation is free and confidential, and there is absolutely no obligation for you to proceed with a claim us if you choose not to do so.
We will only advise you proceed with claiming damages if we believe there is a high chance your request will be successful. Though we always do our best to ensure the process is as smooth and stress-free as possible for our clients, making a claim can take many months and is not always simple. We work on a No Win No Fee* agreement which means that if you don’t receive any compensation, then we don’t get paid. It’s just one of many reasons why you can trust that your personal injury solicitor will do everything they can to obtain maximum compensation for you.
Types of Workplace Accidents
Some accidents at work can have serious consequences, including permanent injury or even death. Injuries that appear insignificant at first, such as tinnitus or Repetitive Strain Injury, can also cause long-term problems. Both of these conditions can start as nothing more than a niggling irritation but over time can escalate into severe afflictions which can affect a sufferer’s ability to do their job or even live a day-to-day life free from pain.
No industry is without hazards though some, like agricultural, construction and manufacturing industries, carry a higher risk than others. Accidents at work can occur when staff are not given sufficient training regarding operating dangerous machinery or working in a hazardous environment. They also happen when employers do not take preventative actions like reducing working hours when operating loud vibrating machinery, or providing effective ventilation for areas where hazardous chemicals are used.
Even if your employer is only partly at fault, you may still be able to claim compensation.
Some of the more typical examples of workplace accident claims we handle include:
- Falling from height, such as off scaffolding or from a ladder
- Slips, trips, and falls on uneven or slippery floors, or over obstacles like boxes
- Damage caused by incorrect manual handling, such as a back or shoulder injury from lifting something that is too heavy
- Occupational deafness or tinnitus caused by exposure to excessively loud noise
- Occupational illness such as vibration white finger or occupational asthma due to working in risky environments for long periods or without adequate protection
What to Do if You Are Injured at Work
There are several steps you should take if you are injured in an accident at work:
- Report it immediately to your employer following the correct process. All employers should have a way of recording details of accidents and injuries and, depending on the severity of the injury, may also be required to make a RIDDOR report to the Health & Safety Executive (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013).
- Keep a copy of the accident report for your records. If you do not report your accident in writing, then make a note of who you verbally spoke to and when, and follow up to request a copy of your employer’s written report.
- Seek medical advice about your injury at the earliest opportunity. If you do not need hospital attention, then make an appointment with your GP and follow any recommended treatment. It may also help to take photos of your injuries, so the extent of swelling, scarring or bruising is evident.
- Take pictures or make notes about the environment at the time of your accident. Also, take the names of any potential witnesses who saw or heard your accident and who can corroborate your version of events. Eyewitness accounts can be very beneficial when proving grounds for a claim.
- Keep notes about how you feel in the days following your accident. Is your injury causing you pain or preventing you from doing any of your normal activities like driving, playing sport, or even sleeping?
- Keep receipts for any money you have had to spend as the result of your accident, as reasonable expenses can be included in your compensation payment. For example, you may have had to pay for prescriptions or chosen to see a physiotherapist privately rather than wait several months on a long NHS waiting list, or possibly you have had to travel to multiple hospital or specialist appointments, or taken public transport because you are unable to drive.
Under UK law it is the claimant who needs to prove the employer was at fault which is why we can spend several months gathering the evidence necessary to show their liability. Our solicitors will speak with relevant experts, request independent medical and engineer reports where applicable, and talk to key witnesses to build a strong case that gives your claim the best likelihood of a successful outcome.
Our goal is to show beyond doubt that your accident was caused by employer failing rather than through any fault of your own so that they accept liability and offer a fair compensation payment without the need to go to court. Should they deny blame or refuse to pay a reasonable amount then we will recommend litigation and have a judge make a decision. The vast majority of our claims are settled out of court because we are so thorough in our research and preparation.
Calculating Compensation Payments
The amount of compensation you will receive is based on several factors.
The first is the nature and extent of your injury. A claim will take into account the level of physical pain you have endured, your recovery time and prognosis, and how your injury has affected your ability to live a normal life.
Special damages include items such as lost wages if you have had to work fewer hours or have only received statutory sick pay while recovering from your accident or illness, any transport or medical costs you have incurred, and repair or replacement of damaged property. Special damages are calculated to return your finances back to what they would have been had you not suffered illness or injury at work.
In the UK there are guidelines or bands of proposed compensation payments based on recent payments for similar claims. They work as a guideline, and your personal injury lawyer will use them as a base for helping you understand how much you may be entitled to receive. No compensation claim is the same because the circumstances and the people at the heart of each one are unique. What may be a slight inconvenience for one person may be a significant hindrance to another. It is the effect on a victim’s life that is assessed as much as any physical damage.
Employer Indemnity Insurance
It is not uncommon for people to have concerns about the effect a claim will have on the company they work for. There is no need to worry. All employers must have, by law, employers’ liability insurance to ensure they can cover the cost of any compensation claim made by a staff member injured at work. Although we will submit your application directly to your employer, they will pass it directly to their insurance company, and it is they who will respond to the claim and make a payment. Your employer will not suffer financial loss if you are paid compensation.
Another concern claimants may have is how they will be treated at work if they make a claim. They may believe they could somehow be blamed for the cost of the compensation, or feel forced to return to work before they are ready to avoid any further costs. In cases of severe injury where it takes a long time to get an accurate prognosis, such as a spinal injury, we can request an interim compensation payment to ease financial worries.
In most instances, you and your employer will not be directly involved in any of the claim negotiations as we interact with their insurance company and legal team on your behalf. We are always very aware that we are dealing with people’s working lives and relationships and, while we take every step to represent your best interests and protect your rights, we do so with consideration to you and the awareness that you will potentially be working with these people in the future.
Start Your Claim Today
Begin your compensation claim today. From giving you the option of when you want us to call you to our free expert legal advice and our No Win No Fee* agreement, The Compensation Experts make it easy to claim compensation for a work-related illness or injury successfully.
We provide you with the answers and information you need to make an informed decision about if and how to proceed with a claim. You will be assigned a specialist compensation lawyer to handle your claim right the way through. They will keep you informed and updated at every critical stage, so you know exactly what is happening and what to expect.
We work with leading personal injury solicitors around the UK and will match you to one with the most appropriate knowledge and experience to help your claim process go as smoothly as possible. Our clients trust us to obtain the most positive outcome, and we do not let them down.
Talk to The Compensation Experts if you have suffered a workplace accident or illness. Although you have three years to submit a claim to court, it is advisable to contact us as early as possible to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.
We have helped thousands of claimants around the UK so fill in our contact form today and let The Compensation Experts help you.
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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 lawyers 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 lawyer 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 lawyer.
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.