Accidents at work can often be the most stressful injury, there’s worries that you may lose your job if you decide to make a claim for an injury you received, as a result of wrong doing by the business. The reality is that you shouldn’t have to worry about losing your job as the company will have insurance policies that protects the employees. This means that any compensation paid will be paid by the insurance company and not the business you’re employed by. Without a proper reason you cannot me dismissed from your job.
Suffered an injury or had an accident at work?
Accidents at work can occur for a wide range of different reasons. Whether it be other staff members failing to follow health and safety rules, or your employer failing to provide you with the correct personal protective equipment. If you’ve been injured in an accident at work in the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
The injuries you suffer can often lead to you having to take unpaid time off work which can lead to money worries, something that no one should have to deal with on top of their injuries. We can successfully recover the wages that you have lost due to taking time off, meaning you have one less thing to worry about.
But we don’t just stop there, we will also make sure that we recover compensation for any other expenses that may have occurred such as travel and treatment costs. We will also take into account any future loss of earnings that may occur if you can no longer progress further in your industry due to the injury.
How much compensation could you receive?
All claims are different and there is no way of accurately predicting how much your case could be worth until we find out more details about your claim. But our specially trained personal injury solicitors will ensure that they take every possible cost into account when negotiating your claim. Some of these include:
- Loss of earnings from time off work
- Future loss of earnings due to halted career progression
- The care you’ve already received
- Adaptations that may need to be made to your property or vehicle
- Travel expenses
- Treatment costs
As well as many other expenses that can be claimed back and as we offer a no win no fee agreement you don’t need to worry about being left out of pocket. If you want to find out more about what your claim could be worth try our compensation calculator or speak to a solicitor now by calling 0800 1123 156.
What types of accidents can you claim for?
There is a huge list of different types of accidents that you can claim compensation for, in fact as long as the accident happened while you were in your place of work and it wasn’t your fault you should have a case. Some industries are however more prone to accidents than others, one of the most common industries we settle claims for is the construction industry, others include the warehousing industry and offices.
Injuries in the work place can be caused by many different factors but more often than not they occur due to incorrect training or lack of safety regulations.
No matter what industry you work in all employers have a ‘duty of care’ towards their employees meaning that they must take steps to ensure your working environment is safe for you and your colleagues to work in.
- Read how we helped John after his life changing accident at work
- I’d been a scaffolder for all my life, I enjoyed the work and working outside as part of a team. This was until I had a nasty fall from scaffolding three stories up. I landed feet first causing serious injuries to my left ankle and leg.
When the accident occurred I had been under a lot of pressure to get a job finished on time and had been working double shifts to ensure this was possible. This had been normal practice at the company I worked for. I feel like the accident wouldn’t have happened if I was not under such extreme pressure and working long hours.
I was unable to work for more than a year while I recovered and had several major operations on my ankle, at one point there was a high chance of me losing it all together. I can now walk with a stick with a slight limp, better than I had feared would be possible.
Throughout this time I was supported by Injury Lawyers UK, they helped me receive the first class medical treatment I needed. They fought tirelessly to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible to ensure I wasn’t left with money worries in the future as I’ll never be able to work as a scaffolder again.
They had quickly managed to secure an interim payment from my employer to ensure I could make ends meet before the final settlement was paid.
Everyone who I dealt with at Injury lawyers UK was very friendly and helpful, my file handler and the senior partner visited me at my home several times to discuss the case and see how I was recovering. They took all the stress out of the claims process which helped me focus on my recovery.
Injury Lawyers UK secured me £400,000 of compensation for my injury, this has enabled me to pay off my mortgage and reimbursed the money I have lost out on due to my injuries. I may never be able to continue in my dream job anymore but they have helped me look forward to my future.
How long do you have to make a claim?
Accidents in the workplace can often cause serious injuries. This is because most working environments have a high potential for accidents when they’re not maintained, protective equipment hasn’t been supplied or staff are poorly trained.
Standard procedure limits you to three years from the date of the accident or diagnosis of the medical condition to make a claim for compensation. If you’re approaching this time limit you should not delay in getting in touch, the claim process can take a while to get started so its vital you act quickly.
There are a few exceptions to the three year claim limit which are:
- Psychological trauma – if the accident caused a serious brain injury and is a loved one if making a claim on their behalf, then there is no time limit for making a compensation claim.
- Manufacturing or design fault – If the equipment you were using had a fundamental defect, the time limit may be increased.
- Overseas work accidents – Accidents that take place overseas may result in the time limit for making a claim being shorter depending on the circumstances.
How does a no win no fee agreement work?
You’ve probably heard the phrase no win no fee used before, they are also known as conditional fee agreements. They are simple, you won’t have to pay a penny win or lose. We guarantee that you will receive maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained and you will pay nothing, win or lose.
We understand all of this might make you worried about incurring hidden costs. We assure you there is no hidden costs, we instead secure our payment from your opponents insurers when we are successful with your claim.
In the unlikely event that we lose your no win no fee personal injury claim we promise we will still not charge you a penny. We have insurance policies that cover us in these circumstances. We don’t like to be negative but its important you have a full understanding of how a no win no fee agreement works.
Do you have grounds for a work based compensation claim?
All workplaces can be potentially risky when they’re not maintained safely, if people haven’t been trained properly or lack the right personal protective equipment for the job in hand.
Many of the injuries suffered in the workplace may not seem very serious to you at the time but after further examination can actually be worse than originally thought. You’d be surprised how many times our clients injuries are worse than first thought.
The best way to be sure if you could make a claim for a personal injury suffered in the workplace you should call one of our solicitors on 0800 1123 156 or complete an online enquiry form.
You can ask yourself a few questions and if you answer any of them with a yes, then its likely you’ve suffered an injury that could be worthy of a compensation claim.
- Are you seeing a doctor or receiving medical treatment for an old injury or illness?
- Have you been making repeat hospital visits to treat the same condition?
- Have you taken time off work to recover from an injury or other condition?
- Have your injuries or condition stopped you returning to work in the same role or working the same hours?
By claiming compensation you can recover any money you have spent to aid your recovery and any changes you have had to make to your life historically, currently or in the future. In serious cases our solicitors may be able to arrange for an interim payment to be made to take care of your immediate needs before the final settlement comes through.
Most common types of workplace accidents and injuries
The health and safety executive conducts detailed research into injuries caused in workplaces throughout the UK. The latest report published shows that the most common causes of injuries in the workplace are:
- Slips, trips and falls on the same level – The most common cause of injury, often can result in bruising, breaks, fractures, sprains or strains.
- Lifting and handling – Another very common cause of injury, can lead to soft tissue injuries, spinal strains and broken bones.
- Falling from a height – Often leading to very serious injuries, falling from a ladder, roof or scaffolding can sometimes be fatal.
- Being stuck by a falling object – Often a cause of injury in the warehousing sector where stock or materials are stored at height.
- Workplace violence – Arguments or falling outs in the workplace can result in threats, assaults, cuts, scratches and bruising.
These are only the most common types of workplace accidents so don’t panic if you don’t see an accident similar to yours, it’s very likely a claim will still be successful.