Why Claim Compensation?
Accidents at work compensation help you recover and recoup the financial losses due to your workplace injury. Above all, compensation helps in loads of ways: it can cover private care, loss of earnings, even pain and suffering.
Also, there’s a chance that your workplace injury was a result of criminal negligence. As a result of that scenario, filing a compensation claim could be essential. It may also ensure your employer doesn’t get away with a crime and that future employees are safe.
How common are accidents at work?
In truth, these incidents are fairly common. In fact, statistics from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show nearly 600,000 workers are victims of a non-fatal injury. Nearly half (49%), in fact, fall in the category of either “slips, trips and falls on the same level”, or “handling, lifting or carrying”.
Days you miss at work, in particular, can make the situation even dicier. For instance, a quarter (23%) of those injuries result in more than 7 days of absence.
Evidence Of An Unsafe Working Environment
In short, claiming injury compensation may mean that your injury took place at work due to negligence by your employer.
In actuality, making a claim is a lot easier than you might think. It is your employer’s responsibility, after all, to ensure that your working environment is safe and accident-free. So long as the injury was not your fault and brought significant damage, you may have a case for compensation.
Moreover, in a claim against your employer, it’s critical to take note of any hints of negligence they leave. For instance, if they lack protective equipment, or simply try to get away with materials that are demonstrably out of date.
Additionally, there might not be any policies concerning proper manual handling techniques. Consequently, such hints of ignorance can strengthen your injury compensation claim, as they hinder safety at work.
What Are the Causes of At-Work Accidents?
In summary, many different incident types cause at-work accidents. Therefore, it falls to the employer to make sure every necessary precaution is taken.
There are several responsibilities your employer must uphold, such as:
- Maintaining and using machinery in a proper manner.
- Ensuring you undertake proper training.
- Proper installation of risk involvement procedures.
- Conducting risk assessments and notifying employees of the results.
- Providing proper safety equipment.
If the employer doesn’t such a working environment, then consequently, they’re negligent. In addition to your claim, criminal negligence comes into play beyond a workplace accident. For instance, if they’re aware of a serious health/safety violation and then ignore it or cover it up.
However, some victims initially ignore the company’s liability in a workplace injury. That’s because some victims believe that it was not the employer’s responsibility.
As a result, part of our job is to help our clients clarify if your injury has a case. An accident at work claim might not be as obvious as a broken bone or laceration, for instance. Deafness can also apply. Contacting us today for injury at work advice clarifies your situation and lays the groundwork for your potential compensation claim.
Most Common Types Of Injury At Work?
Factory and warehouse accidents tend to be the most common and often more deadly. That’s because of the nature of the work. Alternatively, you can also suffer an injury in an office environment.
It’s also important to remember that injuries that you can potentially claim compensation for can be built up over time. Ergo, they aren’t always the result of an accident. Construction injury claims can be if your employer has you perform an unsafe, repetitive action. Mainly, one without taking adequate steps to safeguard your health.
Common Workplace Injuries
These common workplace injuries can occur on all types of work sites but are particularly prevalent in industrial working environments. Construction injury claims and building site accident claims are common due to the elevated risk.
But don’t let that affect your opinion about workplace negligence claims. Simply because the risk is higher, it doesn’t mean you cannot claim compensation. In short, your employer still must ensure that you’re in a safe environment.
Some common workplace injuries that deserve compensation include the following. Electric shock, eye injuries, head and brain injuries, fractured bones and dislocated joints; muscle strains; slips, trips, and falls; exposure to dangerous substances, and chemical burns.
I Had An Accident At Work, What Are My Rights?
Regardless of whether you have a potential warehouse accident claim, or carpal tunnel syndrome seeking office work injury claims, you do have rights.
In short, there are many ways an employer causes pain and suffering in the workplace. For instance, inadequate training is a major factor. There are also things like a poor working environment or the arousal of undue workplace stress. Accordingly, you may have the right to make a compensation claim against them both for monetary loss and for general damages.
What Do I Need to Prove?
There are things to do to prove you have your case for work injury compensation. You need to prove that the accident was not your fault. Additionally, you must prove your employer didn’t live up to their duty in providing a safe and healthy working environment.
What Happens if My Employer Denies Wrongdoing?
If your employer denies wrongdoing, we recommend litigation. In essence, the case will be taken to court. Cases that feature disabling injuries or even death require a strong legal team on your side.
What To Do After An Accident At Work
Report the Accident
The first two steps to filing factory accident claims or other types of workplace injury claims come after getting emergency aid. Even if negligence isn’t involved, when you’re injured in an accident, you need to report it.
First up, be sure to fill out the details of the injury in the accident book. Secondly, ensure your employer, local authority, or owner of the facility in question is made aware of the accident.
The next step is to gather as much evidence as possible. This means writing up the details of the incident and getting witness testimonies. However, if more proof is needed, your personal injury solicitor or law firm handles the rest.
As for the amount of compensation, you will want to gather evidence on everything. Things like expenses, pain and suffering you are enduring all help your case. So make sure you keep all receipts, as they can support your claim. Statutory sick pay, for instance, might become a new receipt you’ll want to account for.
Treat any supporting evidence as a boost to the invisible compensation calculator that influences your claim. As a rule, the more of it you have, the better the compensation.
Additionally, chronicle the issues you face along the way by keeping a journal of your pain. You can also seek out rehabilitation treatment during this time. Yet be sure to remember to keep track of any expenses there, too. It’s the best way for you to recoup that money for work compensation claims.
Get Legal Help With Accidents at Work Compensation Today
You can potentially make an injury claim for an accident at work regardless of your employment status.
- If you’re a PAYE full-time employee, we can help.
- Should you be a part-time employee, we can help.
- Set up as a self-employed contractor? Compensation Experts can assist.
- Even if you’re a temporary worker, we can help you.
If you suffer an injury at work, seek out our legal advice as soon as possible. Also, do it before the three (3) year time limit. With No Win, No Fee Claims, your case, if it is eligible, is in the hands of experts who believe in your case.
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Accidents at Work Compensation FAQ
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 workplace injury compensation.
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.
As with time, it is not possible to state upfront how much work injury compensation you will receive. Accident at work compensation amounts vary, because no case is the same. 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.
Work injury 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.
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.
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 evidence exists that an employer fails in their duty of care to take all reasonable steps to minimise risk, they may still be at fault.
No Win No Fee agreements work by minimising any financial risk associated with making an injury at work compensation 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.
If you have had an accident at work and are unaware of your rights look towards professional accident at work solicitors, who can help put forward a case so that you do not have to suffer physically and mentally.
If your injury is due to an employer's negligence, you should take legal advice as soon as possible, so that you can collect the relevant evidence and build a compelling case. You should remember that, if you were not to blame, you may have the right to make a workplace injury claim.
You can suffer any injury at work, ranging from repetitive strain injury to severe brain injury, or even death. Some of the more frequent reasons clients contact The Compensation Experts include:
- Industrial accidents, including crushed limbs.
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Falling from ladders, scaffolding, roofs, or other places at height.
- Muscular strain from incorrect lifting.
- Repetitive strain injury.
- Industrial deafness.
- Eye strain and headaches.
- Chemical burns.
This example is a good representation of the types of the accident at work claims we hear at The Compensation Experts. As part of his job, a man was requested to help demolish a building.
He was asked to remove the supporting roof structures but did not have the correct training or knowledge to do this safely. Also, his employer didn't undertake a risk assessment of the project. While removing the roof structure, the man had his arm crushed under a steel supporting beam. As a result, the incident led to a fracture, causing pain, nerve damage, and limited mobility in that limb within two years.
The case took nearly two years to resolve and his employer’s insurers settled just before it was due to go to court. The victim's lawyers were able to obtain a significant payment in part because he sought legal advice early. Through his work accident lawyer, he had guidance through the process. His case produced expert medical reports and assessments that proved the extent of the damage his accident caused.
If you have been hurt in an accident at work that was not your fault, or where you were not entirely responsible, talk to a legal advisor at The Compensation Experts. There is extensive legislation that has been put in place to protect workers in the UK.
Are you the CEO of a blue-chip organisation in the capital? A school cleaner? Doesn't matter your role: either way, you've got the right to a work environment where your employer takes all reasonable precautions to minimise the risk of injury.
Accidents at work can relate to any event that causes an injury. Of all the accidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive in a year, nearly a quarter of them have an unknown cause. Of the rest, the most frequent causes are:
Workplace injuries can range from broken fingers to lost limbs and even death.
An example of a successful workplace injury compensation claim involved a woman struck by a stack of falling pallets. She suffered a back injury which took more than six months to heal. In turn, her hours and responsibilities at work fell as a result. As her job involved spending a lot of time on her feet.
Even before she contacted her compensation solicitor, she had received an offer of £2,000 compensation from her employer's insurance company. They initially raised this to £4,000 after being approached by her lawyer, eventually settling out of court for nearly £10,000.
You may have grounds to make an industrial accident claim if you have been injured in the course of carrying out your regular, expected duty. Even if your actions caused the injury, if your employer has not provided adequate training or you do not have the correct tools or safety equipment, then they are liable for damages.
Typical examples of industrial compensation claims for industrial accidents can be due to:
- Electric shock
- Eye injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Fractured bones and dislocated joints
- Back and spinal damage
- Muscle strain
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Falls from height
- Exposure to dangerous substances
- Chemical burns.
The laws around health and safety in the workplace are very clear, and it is against the law for your employer not to follow them. Ignorance of their obligations towards employees is no excuse, and industrial accidents can happen in any industry and any job.
Industrial accident claims are a specialist area of personal injury law. Often, the damage does not show until years after it was done – for example, someone who develops industrial deafness or an asbestos-related disease.
At The Compensation Experts, we work with lawyers who have a proven track record in successful industrial injury compensation claims. After your initial consultation with our advisors, we will match you with the lawyer who best suits your circumstances.
- Construction Site Accident Claims.
- Factory Accident Claims.
- Office Work Injury Claims.
- Industrial Disease Claims.
- Concussion Injury Claims.
- Crush Injury Claims.
- Hearing Loss Claims.
- Needlestick Injury Claims.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last three years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes. An accidents at work compensation claim could be made by you.
For instance, exceptions include industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident. Then 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. Various factors lead to the final figure. Extent of your injuries, earning (past and future) losses and more.
Our team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for on an accidents at work compensation.
How does the process work?
We realise when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor gathers all the evidence and notifies the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. As your solicitor negotiates for you, you'll be keep up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us for accidents at work compensation?
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. Our Accidents at Work compensation 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, especially with accidents at work compensation.
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.
For accidents at work compensation claims, 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 receive the Accidents at Work 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 may be entitled to.