Accident at Work Compensation Claims
Can I claim compensation if I'm Injured at Work?
Accidents and injuries are a regular occurrence at many workplaces due to the conditions of the environment that employees are in. Hundreds of thousands are affected by some form of work-related accident in the UK every year.
No matter what the job or type of accident and whether it was caused by the negligence of an individual or the employer, you could be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation if you have endured a non-fault accident at work.
Some of the most common accidents to happen in various working environments include:
- People falling, tripping or slipping because of obstructions or disregarded hazards.
- Unstable objects falling and landing on workers, such as scaffolding, etc.
- Strained muscles become apparent due to lifting objects that are too heavy (back and neck strains are the most common injuries here).
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI); this can result from any repeated movement carried out regularly.
- Employees sustain cuts and lacerations in the workplace due to various utensils, equipment and machinery.
- Collisions or crashes caused by industrial vehicles such as cars, lorries, vans, tractors, forklifts, and many others.
- Burns or scalds from work fires or machinery/tools.
- Injuries from hazardous materials or substances.
Many accidents at work can be avoided by receiving necessary training, including lifting techniques, or by implementing protective or ergonomic equipment into the workplace. A lot of employers don’t often take these measures to prevent employee injuries, meaning that their ‘duty of care’ to you is breached.
Accidents at work can also bring on illnesses, psychological effects and financial stresses. If you feel that an individual in your workplace or your employer has been negligent in protecting you and has caused you to suffer a work-related injury, you could be put in the hands of a personal injury solicitor who could help you with claiming compensation, which could help towards any consequential expenses.
Accident at Work Statistics
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have reported statistics related to accidents at work, reinforcing how prevalent and serious it is today. In 2016/17, around 609,000 people suffered injuries at work and a staggering 31.2 million working days were lost due to work-related injuries and illnesses.
In addition to the loss of working days, roughly £14.9 billion was spent on covering the cost of work-related injuries and ill health due to conditions at certain workplaces.
The majority of accidents are often non-fatal, but sometimes fatalities do occur. In 2016, 137 workers were killed at work, which is too great a number. This should be avoided at all costs and your employer should be doing their utmost to protect you from sustaining injuries, whether minor, severe or fatal.
Why should I make a work accident claim?
Employers have a ‘duty of care’ to you, meaning that it is their responsibility to carry out regular health and safety risk assessments. If any causes for concern are raised, then it is also their duty to take the necessary measures in reducing or eliminating those risks, ultimately ensuring that you are fully protected at all times.
If your employer has neglected to do this, causing you or someone to sustain an injury, then a personal injury lawyer can help in claiming for compensation. This could ultimately stop something similar from happening again to you or your colleagues.
It is possible to make a claim for major injuries (those that mean an employee is unable to work for more than three days), dangerous incidents, industrial diseases and deafness.
How do I make a claim for an accident at work?
With a wide variety of accident at work cases, the process for each claim will differ. There are key steps to follow when trying to build a strong work accident claim case:
- If an accident occurs, you should report it to your employer immediately and write down the details of what happened in their accident book; he/she must then report it to the HSE.
- Try to take photos of the scene where your accident took place.
- Get in touch with an expert work accident solicitor who can help give you professional advice and guidance throughout the process, while fighting the case on your behalf.
- You will then need to get a thorough medical check to determine the severity and the cause of your injuries.
- Your accident at work lawyer will help you to collate evidence such as witness statements, etc.
- If your case is accepted, then the total compensation will be negotiated and settled.
- In rarer cases where persistent disagreements occur with regards to liability or compensation amount, the case may then be taken to court.
How long do I have to make a work accident claim?
There is a 3-year time limit. When this expires, the case will be determined as ‘statute-barred’, meaning that it cannot be taken to court.
Understandably, some people may not realise that an accident at work actually caused an injury or illness, such as industrial deafness or diseases. In cases such as these, the time limit will begin from the ‘date of knowledge’, which is the date when the person became aware of their injury and that it happened due to negligence at work, through diagnosis.
How much compensation could I receive for an accident at work claim?
Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer for this question. Pay-outs for successful injury at work claims differ, depending on each situation and the amount of evidence given to prove the case.
When working out how much compensation you could receive, the accident at work solicitor will take into account any costs that you have incurred after the injury (special damages), such as loss of earnings from missing or being unable to return to work, or any medical costs. Depending on the severity of the injury (general damages) and whether it has caused life-lasting effects, the amount could, in turn, be very high.
The best thing to do would be to contact us at Accident Line Direct to discuss your options and find out more with regards to your potential compensation amount.
How can Accident Line Direct help with making an accident at work claim?
If you have suffered an accident at work within the last 3 years and feel that you’ve tolerated an employer’s negligence, Accident Line Direct is here to provide you with expert advice on what to do with regards to your situation.
We work on a No Win No Fee policy, meaning that if your personal injury solicitor wins the case and gets you a deserved amount of compensation, they will deduct around 25% of the total amount you receive. On the other hand, if your case is unsuccessful and denied, then you will not incur any fees. With this in place, you’re never out of pocket and you’re free of any financial risks or worries when making a claim with us.
If you would like to begin your claim or simply find out more information, give us a call for free at Accident Line Direct today and one of our experienced advisors will be able to guide you in the right direction.
Posted in: Uncategorised on Friday 5 January 2018
by Osian Jones