Injury at Work – Work Accident Lawyers
It is your employer’s prerogative to keep you safe at work and free from workplace accidents. So, when you are injured at work, it is within your rights to claim compensation if you have been seriously harmed and it was not your fault.
Our panel of solicitors can help you make a work accident compensation claim. However, you must take the appropriate steps to ensure you are making a successful work compensation claim so you can get your life back on track.
What causes accidents at work?
Nowadays, there are laws in place to prevent accidents at work. That’s largely thanks to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
That said, sometimes employers fail to meet all of these standards, and as a result accidents can happen. Here are a few ways in which safety standards can fail to be upheld:
- Inadequate maintenance or use of machinery.
- Inadequate training regarding the risks associated with the work, and how to manage these.
- Insufficient training on how to use tools and machinery correctly.
- Providing necessary training, but hiring employees who do not have the experience requirements.
- Missing out the necessary risk assessments, or not notifying employees about these evaluations. (It’s actually far more effective to do a risk assessment with an employee who has first-hand experience of the processes and techniques being scrutinised. Having an external assessor assess a company or practices they are unfamiliar with does less to benefit the staff).
- Lack of appropriate safety equipment, both for employees and machines.
What are the most common types of injury at work?
The type of accidents you see illustrated above are fairly representative, but not entirely accurate. There are many things that can cause an injury at work.
Here’s a list of common injuries that people can make an accident at work claim for:
- 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
Although strenuous jobs and building sites that contain hazardous materials are sometimes an unfortunate fact of life, employers must always take measures to meet regulations and avoid a workplace injury claim.
What does this look like in reality?
If your workplace frequently has safety checks but with irregular training, then learning on the job might be a daily reality – and so accidents can occur. Failing to meet all of the requirements listed above can leave employees vulnerable to injury, regardless of how experienced or comfortable they seem.
Someone works as a courier and spends most working days lifting and transporting large boxes. They had a lack of adequate training. This means they were never reminded not to bend using their back, and instead bend at the knees.
As a result, they ended up with an overexertion injury in their back. The pain as a result of this affected the likelihood of them being able to work in their trained profession for the foreseeable future. The process that would follow would be a back injury at work claim.
A wet floor in a staff kitchen results in an employee slipping and falling, causing a concussion and a cut to the forehead. Extended time off in recovery from the concussion and infection in the wound results in them having to take extra time off work. Although they eventually make a full recovery and go back to work, they have lost a significant amount of their household income. This is because they only received statutory sick pay (SSP) for this period. After something like this, it would be advisable to seek a solicitor for an accident at work.
What are the different types of accidents at work?
For those who work in industrial or manual jobs, accidents can take the form of more serious or permanent injuries. The realities of industrial accidents are often far more dangerous than a trip or fall, and the cause of these injuries is exposure to damaging environments. The severity of these injuries can also cause long-term or chronic illnesses. This can cause employees to start investigating accident at work compensation amounts.
Here are a few examples of industrial accidents and the illness that they can cause, that therefore may warrant an accident at work compensation claim:
Asbestosis and Asbestos Mesothelioma
Today, most people are aware of the associated health risks of Asbestos. Asbestosis and Asbestos Mesothelioma are potentially lethal industrial injuries where victims, or their next of kin if they are deceased, can claim accident at work compensation even decades after contact with this outdated building material. Something as serious as this would be open to claiming for workplace accident compensation.
Vibration White Finger
Vibration White Finger (VWF), also commonly known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), affects thousands of workers throughout the UK. VWF affects blood circulation and vessels, muscles, nerves, and joints of the hand, wrist and arm. It is caused by the continuous use of vibrating hand-held machinery and tools. Those who suffer from VWF often complain of tingling, whiteness or numbness in the fingers, hence its infamous name.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is an agonising condition that can have a detrimental effect on the person inflicted. It impacts your wrists and hands, causing weakness, numbness and tingling. The pain and restriction of movement are caused by compression of the median nerve that travels through the wrist. Repetitive hand movements and vibrating tools are likely to cause this condition and can be the source of an accident at work claim.
Industrial dermatitis or occupational dermatitis can result from damage caused by:
- Contact with hazardous chemicals (Irritant Contact Dermatitis)
- A sensitive reaction (Allergy Contact Dermatitis)
Symptoms of industrial dermatitis can include itching, swelling, blisters, flaky or dry skin, and a stinging or burning sensation.
Cleaners, hairdressers, hospital workers, and anyone who regularly comes into contact with chemicals like chlorine or pesticides are all susceptible to industrial dermatitis. Therefore, they would be eligible to make a no win no fee accident at work claim.
There’s a difference between occupational asthma and the well-known condition that develops in childhood. Indications of occupational asthma can include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, the feeling of your chest being compressed and asthma attacks.
You might also be surprised to know that this isn’t just caused by work environments that are polluted by wood chippings or dust. This can also come as a result of workplaces that are full of natural allergens. Asthma UK explains: “Bakeries, flour mills and kitchens with flour dust, and additives in flour are the second most common cause of occupational asthma.”
When we think of an accident at work or work-related ‘injury’, the association is usually one of immediate, physical harm. However, the psychological effects of a harmful workplace can be incredibly profound on workers. Stress and anxiety can be caused by:
- Excessive workloads over a prolonged period
- Workplace bullying and/or harassment
- Working in a stressful environment, such as the constabulary force, without adequate emotional care
The mental health charity Mind recommends taking action first: “Ask for help. Everyone needs a hand from time to time. Discuss your workload with your manager. Talk about setting realistic targets and how you can solve any problems you’re having.”
Anyone who feels their employer has harmed their mental health should still consider contacting accident at work solicitors.
RSI – Repetitive Strain Injury
The cause of Repetitive Strain Injury, or RSI, is carrying out the same activity or motion repeatedly over a lengthy period. For instance, those who use keyboards and monitors or those who work on a production line can develop the condition.
Repetitive Strain Injury typically affects the upper body. It can lead to pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands. While this may seem minor, employees are still applicable for work accident injury claims.
While hearing loss might be expected in an industrial setting, it is also common in call centres and agriculture. Prolonged exposure to noises over 80 decibels or by a single exposure to a sudden loud (over 118 decibels) noise can cause this condition.
Employers should ensure staff who work in a noisy environment have access to proper equipment and adequate protection, otherwise, they could be eligible for a workplace accident claim. While noisy or loud work environments might seem unavoidable in some circumstances, your rights should still be upheld with The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
Industrial accidents are a unique legal area of injury at work law, as the damage does not show until years after it was done: for example, someone who develops industrial deafness or an asbestos-related disease.
Finding a No Win No Fee lawyer like ourselves is the best way of undertaking legal proceedings for work-related accidents.
I had an accident at work, what are my rights?
Suffering an injury at your workplace can have a profound effect, not only on your physical health, but also your mental health. If your employer did not maintain workplace health and safety standards, or provided inadequate training, it’s strongly advised that you seek advice as soon as possible and get an understanding of injury at work rights. This way, you can start to build compelling evidence.
In the UK, you need to prove by law that not only was the accident not your fault, but that it was the result of your employer failing to meet regulatory standards. Taking action as soon as possible allows time for the legal process to unfold, as waiting will only increase the length of the process.
It’s possible that your employer might deny any wrongdoing whatsoever, in which case litigation might be recommended. This also adds time to the process and you may need to wait several months before receiving a court date. There is a three-year time limit to making a compensation claim, so investigating as soon as possible is recommended.
What to do after an accident at work
Many people who have had an injury in the workplace are faced with the question: “what should I do?” It’s hard to know what to do when you’ve been let down by your own employer. However, to improve the likelihood of you succeeding in court, you need to provide solid evidence.
Before you do anything, however, reporting accidents at work is the most sure-fire way to ensure the issue is dealt with. This may be your employer, your local authority, or the owner or manager of the facility.
Here’s how to improve your chances of accident at work compensation with a work accident lawyer:
- Take photographs of the accident site and take note of any other conditions, e.g., whether it was raining or at night.
- Take contact details from any witnesses or colleagues who saw or heard your accident. It is also useful to have contact details of anyone who has suffered a similar accident in the same location.
- Keep hold of receipts for any expenses you have incurred as the result of your accident, such as medical treatment, prescriptions, reasonable private medical expenses, damaged personal items or transport to work or hospital.
- Write a daily diary of how you feel both physically and emotionally, as well as any events related to your accident. This will be a useful record to demonstrate the full impact of the accident.
What many people don’t expect is how wide a variety there is in terms of workplace injuries: everything from stress to RSI, to chemical burns, are all considered as viable accidents at work claims. The reality of workplace accidents is that they take an emotional toll on employees, both inside and outside of the workplace.
How We Can Help
Negligence or carelessness from an employer should never be tolerated, especially when a worker’s health is at risk. If any of the above resonates with you, and you wish to make a claim, the most important thing to do is to begin the process as quickly as possible.
Our team of professionals will do their utmost to provide you with the compensation claim you deserve. Be sure to contact The Compensation Experts to start your claim today.
Workplace Accident Compensation FAQ
If you have suffered an injury 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 in 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 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 compensation you will receive. Accident at work compensation amounts vary. This is 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. They will also 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 ear 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, for example 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 if you had not been injured, as these receipts will support your claim.
You are within your legal rights to claim compensation if you have had an accident at work that resulted in an injury. 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 the 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.
No Win No Fee agreements work by minimising any financial risk associated with making a compensation claim for the client. Therefore 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, looking towards professional accident at work solicitors can ensure they 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 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. In the worst cases, they can result in 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
Eye strain and headaches
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. His employer also did not undertake a risk assessment of the project. While removing the roof structure, the man had his arm crushed under a steel supporting beam. This badly fractured it and caused pain, nerve damage, and limited mobility in that limb two years later.
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. His work accident lawyer guided him through the process of getting expert medical reports and assessments. These reports 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 The Compensation Experts. There is extensive legislation that has been put in place to protect workers in the UK. Whether you are the CEO of a blue chip organisation in the capital or a school cleaner, you are entitled to work in an environment where your employer has taken precautions to minimise the risk of you having an accident.
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:
Slips, trips and falls
Being hit by a moving object
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. She also had to reduce her hours and responsibilities, 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 her lawyer approached them, and eventually settled out of court for nearly £10,000.
You may have grounds to make an industrial accident claim if you had an accident whilst carrying out your regular duties. This is also true 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, and you are injured as a result, then they are liable for damages.
Typical examples of industrial compensation claims for industrial accidents can be due to:
Head and brain injuries
Fractured bones and dislocated joints
Back and spinal damage
Slips, trips, and falls
Falls from height
Exposure to dangerous substances
The laws around health and safety in the workplace are very clear, and your employer must follow them. Ignorance of their obligations towards employees is no excuse.
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 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. 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. Varying factors lead to the final figure. These include: extent of your injuries, loss of earnings, 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, they will keep you up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
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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 provided. This aids us in determining 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.
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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.
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