Injured at Work UK Claims Lawyers
The Compensation Experts are one of the leading injured at work UK claims lawyers. Our panel of personal injury solicitors successfully represents clients around the country, making successfully compensation claims that help get their lives back on track.
Contact The Compensation Experts if you have been hurt in an accident at work you believe was caused, at least in part, by employer negligence. UK legislation is very clear that employees have the right to work in a safe environment. If you are injured because they failed in their duty of care towards you, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Workplace Injury Claims
We work with lawyers who specialise in all areas of personal injury claims, including compensation for injuries at work. There are various laws which outline employer responsibility for workplace safety, the most significant of which is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Businesses do not want to hurt their employees, but sometimes they can put their safety at risk by trying to gain in areas of profits and productivity. This sort of corner cutting can include:
Inadequate maintenance of machinery, or using machinery for a purpose other than which it was designed
Insufficient employee training regarding the risks associated with theirand how to manage these, as well as how to use tools and machinery correctly. Sometimes the training is delivered, but by someone who is not skilled or experienced enough to do so adequately.
Not carrying out necessary risk assessments, or not involving the input of affected staff in these evaluations. It is far more effective to do a risk assessment with a person who has first-hand experience of the processes and techniques being examined than it is to have an external assessor provide a report on a company or practices they are unfamiliar with.
Lack of appropriate safety equipment, both for employees and machines.
The following examples are all typical of situations which can lead to people being entitled to claim compensation for being injured at work.
- Chemicals are stored and used in a room which normally has an adequate air filtration system. The annual check of the system is postponed as a cost cutting measure and subsequently breaks down. In the days while waiting for an engineer, employees are instructed to keep the door open while working in the room, but this information is not clearly disseminated to staff on all shifts which leads to an employee closing the door (as normal) and subsequently suffering from chemical poisoning through inhalation. On its own, the poisoning would only cause temporary dizziness, nausea and a headache. Unfortunately, this employee fainted and hit their head which resulted in a concussion.
- Staff in a care home are required to move those patients with limited mobility both to assist them with tasks like getting dressed or moving from their bed to a wheelchair, and to prevent pressure sores and ulcers from forming. The care home’s management reduced the number of people working on night shift, on the basis that patients do not usually need to be moved at night. Where there would previously have been two people to assist larger patients, there is now only one. A patient required lifting during a night shift and a new employee, who had not received adequate training regarding manual handling, attempted to do it on their own, resulting in a herniated disc. Although the claimant was found to have a slightly degenerated disc, an independent medical expert report showed they would not have suffered such a painful injury had they known how to lift safely.
- A chef slipped on a wet floor and broke two bones in their arm. During their recovery time, when they were unable to work, they developed a potentially life-threatening blood clot that further delayed their return to work. Although the claimant eventually made a full recovery and was able to go back to work, they had lost a significant amount of their household income due to only receiving statutory sick pay (SSP) for this period. They had also incurred additional expenses due to not being able to drive, necessitating taxi and train fares to get themselves and their children around, and having to make several hospital visits.
You can see from these examples how an accident can easily happen in any workplace when employers do not put adequate training and procedures in place or do not monitor staff to ensure dangerous corners are not being cut.
Other types of workers’ compensation injury claims include:
- Being hit by a moving or falling object, or being pushed against a stationary object
- Falling to a lower level from height, such as down stairs, off a ladder or from scaffolding
- Being involved in a car accident if driving is part of your job
- Accidents using machinery
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) caused by carrying out the same motion repeatedly such as on an assembly line or using a keyboard.
- Being a victim of workplace violence, particularly for first response workers like paramedics or police officers
No one understands UK workers’ compensation laws better than The Compensation Experts. We have the knowledge and experience to protect your rights. We will represent your best interests and negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive maximum compensation for a workplace injury.
Help After an Accident at Work
Under UK laws it is the responsibility of the claimant to prove not only that were not a fault, but that their workplace accident was caused by a failing on their employer’s part. Finding this proof can take some time, which is why we always recommend you seek legal advice as soon as possible after your accident. It does not matter if you are still recovering or even if you decide not to pursue a claim, but evidence such as witness accounts and photographs are far easier to obtain in the recent aftermath of your accident rather than months after the event.
Another reason to talk to us today is that there is a strict three-year time limit to bring a worker’s’ compensation claim to court. While we will always work our hardest to resolve your claim out of court, if the other party continues to deny liability or will not offer what we feel is an appropriate amount of compensation, we may recommend litigation. It can take many months to get to this point and several further months before being assigned a court date.
The statutory three-year limit starts from the day of your injury or the date your injury or workplace illness is linked to your working conditions. You can help make your claim a success by acting early and contacting The Compensation Experts. We offer a free, confidential, consultation with one of our knowledgeable legal advisors so you can ask any question you have about whether you are entitled to make a claim and the process to follow. This consultation is completely obligation free – if you decide you don’t want to pursue compensation for your injury, we will respect your decision.
Choosing the Right Workplace Injury Solicitor
Just as all workplace claims are different, so are workplace injury solicitors. The Compensation Experts partner with personal injury lawyers who specialise in your type of claim whether it’s a construction site injury or industrial asthma.
We work with solicitors who have a solid track record in successfully obtaining compensation for clients and who appreciate that there is a real person with a family and potential financial worries at the heart of every claim, not merely a number. You want a lawyer who has absolute belief that your claim is justified and has a high likelihood of success, and who is prepared to put their money where their mouth is by working on a No Win No Fee* agreement.
Workplace Accident Compensation FAQ
Here are answers to some of the most common questions clients ask when they are starting the claims process.
Am I eligible to claim compensation for my accident at work?
If you have been hurt in an accident at work that you can prove was caused, at least in part, by employer negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
How long does a workplace accident compensation claim take?
Though there is a strict time limit for starting an application, there is no legally defined limit by which it must conclude. As a general rule, the less complicated your injury and prognosis is and the sooner you act, the faster your claim will be. Some unscrupulous insurance companies will try to drag proceedings out to put you under financial pressure with the hope you will, therefore, accept a lower offer. We are wise to their ways and can use the courts and law to help prevent this if it does occur.
How much compensation will I receive for my injury at work?
As with time, it is not possible to state upfront how much compensation you will receive. Once your lawyer has spent time investigating your case, they will be able to give you a good estimate and will let you know what they consider to be an appropriate offer.
In addition to considering the nature and extent of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life, compensation is calculated using the Judicial College Guidelines. For example, slight hearing loss or tinnitus may receive up to £5,000 compensation, while the total loss of hearing in one year could warrant payment for damages of up to £34,000. Claimants suffering from a minor neck injury may receive between £300 and £1,800, while a neck injury that may take up to two years to recover from could be worth between £3,000 and £6,000.
Compensation can be paid for general damages, such as pain and suffering, and special damages. Special damages cover any financial expense that has resulted from your accident like lost wages, medical expenses and the cost of any prescriptions. Keep records of anything you have spent which you would not have had to pay for had you not been injured, as these receipts will support your claim.
Can my employer discipline me for making a workplace injury compensation claim?
You are within your legal rights to claim compensation if you have been hurt in an accident at work. It is illegal for your employer to discriminate against you in any way for exercising your legal rights.
Compensation is not paid from your employer’s pocket but by their insurance company, so their only financial penalty may be an increase in their insurance premiums. Every employer in the UK is, by law, required to have Employers’ Liability Insurance to cover compensation payments for incidents like yours.
If your employer does make your life difficult for you at work after your accident, keep notes of any incidents and seek legal advice.
What happens if I signed a risk waiver with my employer?
Even if you signed a document stating you understood the risks associated with your job, that does not excuse your employer if their negligence led to their accident. Some accidents happen through mere misfortune – we understand that – however, when it can be proven your employer failed in their duty of care to take all reasonable steps to minimise risk, they are still at fault.
How does a No Win No Fee* agreement work?
No Win No Fee agreements work by minimising any financial risk associated with making a claim for the client. If you do not receive any compensation, you do not have to pay your legal fees. There may be some minor expenses, for example, if you are requested to obtain an independent medical assessment of your injury, but you will not have to pay your solicitor’s costs.
If you win compensation (and a lawyer will typically only take a case on a no win no fee basis if they believe there is a very strong likelihood that it will) you will pay your solicitor a fee that is an agreed percentage of your compensation. We will go through all this in detail with you before you decide whether to proceed with your claim.
Contact The Compensation Experts today to start your claim.
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 injury at work claims solicitors working for you
We specialise in helping victims of injury at work 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.