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Our No Win No Fee agreement means you can pursue a personal injury claim, without having to worry about paying any upfront legal costs. Should your compensation claim be unsuccessful, our No Win No Fee agreement can provide you with the peace of mind that you won’t be charged, and left out of pocket. You shouldn’t be put off making a claim due to any financial risk, allowing you to rightfully seek the compensation you deserve after an accident at work that wasn’t your fault.
Accident at Work Compensation Claims
Accidents can often happen when and where, you least expect them to. When you are at work, the last thing you should be concerned about is the chance of you suffering from an accident or injury. There are of course some working environments where this might be more likely, but your employer should be doing everything they can to reduce this likelihood.
As an employee you are owed a duty of care by your employer to make sure your work premises and the way your duties are carried out are safe. Obviously not all incidents can be predicted, or prevented, but regular health and safety assessments and measures should be carried out to limit any risk as much as possible.
Whether you are full-time, part-time, self-employed or working on a temporary or casual basis, you should not be expected to work in conditions where accidents are likely. If you are injured the effects such as physical pain, the inability to work, or long-term suffering can be devastating.
At Wosskow Brown, we are here for you. Our expert Personal Injury Team are highly experienced in getting the best possible outcome for your accident at work claim. Sometimes all you need is someone to listen, and this is where we step in.
What is a workplace accident?
There are a large number of different workplace accidents and injuries which you could be involved in, ranging in severity. An incident can be related to the manner in which work is being carried out, faulty equipment, or certain conditions of your working environment.
There is a legal duty on your employer to ensure you are safe at work. They have a responsibility to:
- Carry out risk assessments
- Ensure training is provided and updated
- Provide a safe system of work
- Provide adequate and suitable personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Minimise risks to health and safety
- Ensure work equipment is maintained
If your employer neglects their legal responsibilities, putting their workers in danger and as a result you have been involved in an accident or suffered an injury, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
What is an accident at work compensation claim?
Being involved in an accident at work falls under the category of a personal injury compensation claim. If there is reasonable proof that your accident was not your fault, and a result of your working environment, or the negligence of your employer, you can request to be paid compensation to make up for what happened to you.
Not only would an accident at work compensation claim cover injuries sustained, you can also seek damages in the form of loss of earnings, emotional distress and any other costs which have been incurred as a result of the incident.
What types of workplace accidents can be claimed for?
The types of accidents you could have been involved in at work can range from very minor, to very serious.
The most common accidents tend to involve slips, trips and falls, which can happen in any work conditions. The results of these can range in injuries suffered, whereas other accidents might be more specific to the working environment.
Construction, factory, warehouse and agricultural work environments, for example, may have higher safety risks. The use of dangerous machinery or equipment, and manual handling of perhaps heavy objects, might be a major part of a job role. These types of actions come with obvious health and safety risks, and require the correct training.
Some less obvious work injuries that could be claimed for might be those of an office based job. Your average office may not seem dangerous, however accidents can certainly still happen. Slips and trips can still happen in this work environment which could lead to broken bone, fractures or worse, Office workers might also suffer from repetitive strain injuries, eye strain, migraines and more. All these injuries can be caused by poor working conditions and being provided with insufficient training.
Every employer has the same duty of care to keep you safe, no matter your job role or working environment. Our experts aim is to make sure you get the compensation that you deserve, and will work to ensure this happens. We really have seen it all, and often, our actions mean that employers put proper systems in place to ensure no-one else will have to suffer through an accident or injury at work.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I’m on a zero-hour contract, can I still make a claim?
Yes. No matter the type of hourly contact you have as an employee, your employer has a legal obligation to keep you safe. No one should be expected to work in conditions that are unsafe, and the correct training, tools and support should be provided to ensure this.
What is contributory negligence?
Contributory negligence is where the injured party is found to be partially to blame for the accident. However, this does not mean that a claim for compensation cannot be successful, as the other party can still be partly responsible.
If you are unsure of whether you have a reasonable claim, the best thing to do is talk to a member of our Claims Team. We will be able to go through the details of your case and advise you honestly on what steps you can take.
How do I claim for work accident compensation?
Contact us and we’ll gather all the important details regarding your accident. This will include when and where the accident happened, details of your personal injuries, any medical treatment you have received in relation, if there were any witnesses to the accident such as work colleagues. Along with details of all this, we’ll ask for any photographs you have taken relating to the accident. After details of all of the above have been provided, we can review your case and assess its success.
In deciding to pursue your case with us, we can take care of the work accident compensation claim for you. We will calculate a compensation settlement that reflects your individual, current and future, financial needs. This will be done by not only considering the seriousness and impact of your injuries but also any loss of earnings, your ability to work in the future, travel costs and more. If the injuries you have sustained require medical treatments or therapy, we can also assist with your rehabilitation needs, so you can get back to being yourself.
Our Personal Injury Team understand the concerns you may have following a workplace accident, and the impact injuries can have. We have experience in all types of injury at work claims, but still, understand that no two are the same, so will work to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in an accident at work that wasn't your fault, you can chat with our experts for basic advice for free, and we always operate on a ‘No-Win-No-Fee’ basis.
I’ve had an accident at work, will I get sacked if I make a claim?
Your employer is legally obligated to have Employers’ Liability Insurance, which covers the cost of claims like this. So you shouldn’t worry about damaging their business by making a claim; as this should only normally have a small impact, such as the price of insurance premiums increasing.
It is a legal responsibility of your employer to keep their workers safe and free from risk, and illegal for them to discriminate against you for making a compensation claim. Any claim made should not in any way have an impact on your right to work, or make work-life intolerable. If you believe your employer is likely to retaliate, or you have fallen victim to unfair dismissal, our dedicated Employment team would be able to advise you on your rights.
How much compensation can I claim?
Probably one of the most common questions asked by clients when first enquiring about a personal injury they have suffered, is ‘how much compensation am I entitled to?’ Or ‘how much is my claim worth?’
It’s incredibly hard to say how much compensation you are entitled to following an accident at work, as compensation is based on your pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Due to the different circumstances, this is based on it means no two claims are the same, and all are treated individually.
To get a better idea of this, it helps to know how a claim is calculated. Take a look at our "How much compensation can I claim?" guide to understand all the factors involved in calculating your compensation claim.
How long will my claim take?
Each case is different, and the amount of time your claim will take all depends on you and your recovery; therefore it isn’t possible to provide a definite timescale.
It is important to wait until the full extent of your injuries has been made clear before making your final claim; otherwise, the amount of compensation you receive will not be comparative to the injuries you have suffered. Claims involving serious and complex injuries can sometimes take several years due to the complexity of issues and time required to assess the true value of the injuries.
The time frames are also dependant upon the Defendant admitting liability and not raising any other issues in respect of the claim. If liability is admitted promptly, and your injuries are not life-altering, it’s possible for your claim to be finalised within a few months. However, if the other party denies fault, the claim can take longer.
How long do I have to make my claim?
Generally, a person has 3 years from the date of their accident/injury to make a personal injury claim; or court proceedings must have begun within this time period.
There are some exceptions to this, which our Personal Injury team would be able to advise you on. For example, for a child, the time limit begins on their 18th birthday, and there is no limit for anyone who does not have mental capacity.
We would strongly advise contacting us as soon as possible after an accident, allowing as much evidence to be persevered as possible, to help your case.
Can I claim for lost earnings?
Will I need to attend a medical appointment?
It is normal to have medical appointments, in order to gain a fair and reasonable insight into the extent of your injuries. By doing so, it can ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
I haven’t been to my GP or Hospital - Can I still claim?
Yes but given that you have not sought any medical attention your injuries may be seen as minor in nature.
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