Workplaces are usually safe environments for people to do their jobs in. However, we understand that accidents can occur. If you have unfortunately had an accident at work, then you should consider making a claim.
Accidents and injuries at work range from the minor to the fatal. No matter what kind of injury you have sustained, First4lawyers are here to make the claims process as easy as possible for you during this distressing time.
What is an accident at work?
An accident at work is where someone becomes ill or injured in their place of employment through no fault of their own. Examples include:
- Slips, trips and falls – These could happen because of wet floors, loose cables or faulty apparatus, such as a rickety stepladder
- Long-term illnesses - Perhaps arising from performing repetitive tasks on a daily basis
- Accidents occurring after working - Due to not being provided with proper safety equipment
- Manual handling injuries - Which occur during heavy lifting
Who can I claim against?
Anyone suffering an accident or injury at work is entitled to claim against their employer if there is proof they were responsible for neglecting their duties to uphold health and safety. Employers don’t have the right to dismiss anyone making a claim against them.
For relatively minor injuries, such as fractured fingers, where recovery happens within a few weeks, you can receive compensation of up to £1,750. Any severe injuries to feet, hands or wrists could fetch upwards of £30,000, but this depends on recovery time and any losses racked up, such as lost income from not being able to work.
How long do I have to make a claim?
You should first take the time to recover from your injury as best as you can. Once you are ready, you should consider making a claim. In most cases, claims can be made within three years of the accident first taking place. Though you should contact First4lawyers as soon as you can, so our expert team of solicitors can work on your case, and provide you with the support you need during this difficult time.
I’ve had an accident at work. What should I do?
If you’ve had an accident at work then you have the right to make a claim without suffering discrimination. You can either start your claim with First4lawyers right away, or simply contact us if you would like discuss the events of your injury with us and where you stand legally.