Accident at work claims

If you’ve suffered an injury following an accident at work, you may be able to claim for compensation.

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Workplaces should be safe environments where we can carry out our jobs without fear for our health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, in some offices, warehouses, shop floors and factories, accidents and injuries do occur. They’re often the result of unsafe working conditions, due to lack of care or attention when it comes to workplace safety.

Accidents in the workplace can range from the minor to the fatal. In the UK, according to the Health & Safety Executive figures for 2017/18, 1.4 million people are suffering from a work-related illness.

Workplace injury can be prevented if employers keep premises safe from all potential hazards. If they don’t and it causes an injury, there may be grounds for an accident at work claim.

What is classed as an accident at work?

An accident at work can occur when an unexpected event leads to the illness or injury of an employee.

Examples include:

  • Slips, trips and falls
    The most common causes of injury at work, it may be as simple as an unmarked wet floor, loose electric cable or faulty equipment. 
  • Falling from height
    Employers have a duty under The Work at Height Regulations 2005 to protect workers against injuries from falling objects. Working at height is risky and accidents like falls from a ladder or a roof can be serious and life-changing. 
  • Construction and scaffolding
    The building trade can be extremely dangerous if safety isn't strictly followed. We've known of collapsed scaffolding, faulty machinery and sheer ignorance of safety standards when it comes to causes of injury.
  • Hit by falling objects
    Falling objects can cause anything from crush injuries to head and brain damage. Overstacked shelving, tools being dropped and even hoists breaking are just some ways that accidents happen.
  • Manual handling injuries
    These can be caused by lifting heavy items and not being provided with adequate materials or training. Incorrect lifting techniques are a major cause of back damage in the workplace.
  • Dangerous or defective equipment
    Equipment should be kept up to date and free from damage. Electrical tools should be tested and approved. Failure to do so can result in burns, cuts and in extreme cases, limb loss.
  • Forklift truck claims
    Accident statistics show forklifts are the most dangerous form of workplace transport. They account for 25% of workplace transport injuries.
  • Factory accidents and warehouse accidents 
    Often busy and hazardous environments to work in, factories and warehouses work to tight deadlines meaning sometimes corners are cut and safety measures ignored.  

Illnesses that have long-lasting effects are often referred to as industrial diseases. These could come from performing repetitive tasks or being exposed to harmful substances, such as asbestos, or excessive noise over long periods of time.

I’ve been injured at work. What should I do?

If you have been injured in an accident at work, you will need to do the following: 

  • See a doctor
    Visit your doctor or GP as soon as possible, so you can have any injuries treated and have the medical details of your accident officially recorded.
  • Report it and record it
    Report the accident to your supervisor or manager. Make sure it is recorded in your workplace’s accident book. If you work in a very small business that doesn’t have an accident book, write down the details and give a copy to your employer. It’s also important to keep a copy for yourself.
  • Keep track of the details
    If you can, be sure to make a note of the exact circumstances of your accident. If there were any witnesses, record their contact details in a safe place.
  • Keep track of expenses
    Make a note of any extra expenses that arise because of your accident, such as travel costs to get to the hospital, loss of income due to time off work and any other fees or losses that may be related. Be sure to hold onto receipts and documents as evidence.
  • Get in touch
    Contact us and we'll tell you whether you are eligible to claim work injury compensation, and guide you through the process that follows. Our expert accident at work solicitors will manage your case to completion. They will work with you to piece together the circumstances of your accident, and ensure you are reimbursed for the damage or losses that were caused.

Could I lose my job for reporting an accident at work?

Don't worry, it's illegal for an employer to fire one of their employees if they are injured at work and make a claim against them. This means that anyone who needs to make a claim against their employer as a result of an accident at work can do so without fear of negative consequences.

Is there any reason I might not have an accident at work claim?

If you are injured because health and safety standards are not met, your employer is at fault and you have a right to claim compensation. In instances where you believe you might be partially responsible, you may still be entitled to make a claim on the basis that your employer’s negligence was the main cause of the accident.

Your employer is legally obliged to provide a safe work environment for all employees and protect their health and welfare while they are at work. This includes providing protective equipment when necessary, reporting potential hazards to the relevant authorities, having adequate first aid facilities and ensuring the general environment is safe and comfortable to work in. More about making a claim

Do I need evidence?

If your employer doesn’t admit liability, then a case needs to be built to prove their negligence. This is where First4Lawyers steps in. We deal with thousands of accidents and injuries at work every year and know exactly what evidence is needed and how to collect it.

Any evidence you can provide to help support your claim will help to make the process run even more smoothly. This includes:

  • Medical reports
  • Official report in the accident book
  • Photographs of the location where the accident took place
  • Photographs of the injuries you sustained
  • Reports from any witnesses
  • Reports of the events that followed the accident, including conversations with your employer, doctor, or insurance company

How much can I claim for an accident at work?

When determining the amount you are entitled to following an accident at work claim, there are two main factors that are taken into consideration: the suffering caused by your injuries and the financial losses you incur as a result of the accident.

When it comes to assessing the damages related to your injuries, a doctor will issue a medical report outlining the time it will likely take for you to recover, along with the physical or psychological rehabilitation you many need to undergo as part of the recovery process.

Financial losses put a value on what you have lost because of the accident. This may include wages from time off work, money spent on medical care and medication (including transport to and from the hospital), reimbursement for any possessions that may have been damaged during the accident, as well as compensation for any additional care you have received to help you recuperate.

Therefore, based on the severity of the injury and the impact it has had on you, the amount of compensation will vary. Our simple Compensation Calculator can help to give you a better idea of the amount you might be eligible for.

For relatively minor injuries, such as fractured fingers, where recovery happens within a few weeks, you may receive compensation of up to £3,810. A serious back injury could warrant compensation up to £141,050, whereas damage to hearing can qualify for anything up to £96,150, depending on the severity.

How long do I have to make an injury at work claim?

Claims for accidents at work should generally be made within three years of the accident or injury taking place. Ideally, claims should be made sooner rather than later.

Who pays the compensation for a work injury?

If you successfully claim for injury because of an accident at work, your employer’s insurance company should cover the costs of the compensation. Legally, employers are obliged to have this type of insurance, and you can find out which insurance company they use by asking to see the insurance certificate all employers must display.

Does it matter who or what the injury was caused by?

An accident at work can happen in a variety of circumstances. The injury could be caused because of actions taken by another employee or your employer, unsafe work environments, or lack of protective clothing or training. You may also decide to claim if an incident in the workplace has caused a psychological illness – such as severe and avoidable stress – or if you have contracted a disease associated with your role.

If your injury was caused by your workplace, you may be able to claim compensation.

Returning to work after an accident

Once you have recovered, you’ll likely be ready to return to work. It’s understandable if you feel nervous about returning to the workplace, but the law dictates that you must not be treated unfairly because you have made a claim.

You should be eligible for sick pay and your employer must allow reasonable time for you to recover. They cannot force you to return to work before you are physically or psychologically ready to do so.

How do I take legal action for an accident or injury at work?

If you’ve had an accident or been injured due to unsafe conditions in your workplace, then you have the right to make a claim without suffering discrimination.

You can give us a call or request a callback at the top of the screen.  Or you might prefer to fill in our online claim form.

Your case will be dealt with sensitively by our expert solicitors. Injury at work claims can be dealt with through the firm’s insurance and many claims can be dealt with outside of court.

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