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Industrial Accident Claims
Our injury lawyers are leading specialist Work Accident Claims Solicitors in Huddersfield and the wider Yorkshire region for helping those who have been injured at work and who are entitled to make claim for work injury compensation.
If you or a loved one have been injured following an accident at work, through no fault of your own, then you legally entitled to claim compensation for your injuries, any pain and suffering experienced, funding for private medical care to help speed your recovery and any other financial losses incurred as a direct result of your work accident.
In the event of a serious accident at work where you may face life-changing consequences, then the success and settlement of your Work Accident Claim will be crucial to your future comfort, welling being, and financial stability. Your Work Accident Claims compensation settlement award can also help with the costs of catering for your mobility and home-adaptation measures that may be required to help you live as independent a life as is possible,
Employers have a duty of care to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. This includes identifying workplace risks and putting safety measures in place to prevent risks becoming a reality.
If your work environment is not safe for any reason, then you are at risk of injuries that could have been avoided.
The specialist Work Accident Claims Solicitors at Grieves Solicitors will guide you through this process ensuring you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to. We are accredited by the Law Society and APIL (Association of personal injury lawyers) and we have attained the Law Society's Senior Personal Injury Litigator' status. With Grieves Solicitors, your Work Accident Claim could not be in better hands.
Contact us today on freephone 0800 182 2171 or complete an online enquiry form.
Work Accident Claim Compensation
Workplace accident claims usually involve a claim for two types of financial compensation:
Compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you have suffered as a result of your accident related injuries. This is basically compensation for the impact of the accident on your physical and psychological health, as well as the impact on your everyday life. The sum to be paid will be decided by the court.
Compensation for financial losses related to your accident.
- loss of earnings and pension as a result of a serious injury
- travel to medical appointments
- equipment and alterations to vehicles and housing as a result of your injuries
- the purchase of prosthetic limbs
- ongoing nursing and care
- private health care and surgery
- domestic services, including DIY, window cleaning, decoration and maintenance
This can seem a lot to consider but, at Grieves Solicitors, we have the skills and experience to support you every step of the way, whilst ensuring you obtain the maximum compensation possible. To find out how much you could be eligible to claim, use our Accident at Work Compensation Calculator.
Do I have a Work Accident Claim?
All cases are unique, but if another person was responsible for your accident or injury at work, it is likely you could claim compensation. This is true regardless of whether they are an employer, colleague or supervisor.
At Grieves, we have specialist accident at work solicitors who would be happy to provide a full and frank assessment of your case during an initial free, no obligation consultation. Contact us today on Freephone 0800 182 2171 or complete an online form.
Common Workplace Accidents
During 2016/17, there were 609,000 non-fatal injuries reported by employees in Great Britain. Over 70% of these injuries resulted in more than 7 days absence from work.
Different workplaces present different risks, therefore a list of all potential accidents is impossible. Some common workplace accidents are listed below, with links to our pages where you can find more information.
If you have an injury from a work accident which was not your fault, whether it is listed below or not, then get in touch today to discuss your claim options:
- Back injuries
- Building site accident
- Crane accidents
- Dangerous practice and procedures
- Employer liability
- Injury on dangerous premises
- Falling objects
- Farm accidents
- Forklift truck accidents
- Inadequate training
- Lack of personal protection equipment
- Ladder accidents
- Machinery accidents
- Manual handling accidents
- Office accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Slip, trips and falls
- Vehicle accidents
What should I do following an accident at work?
If you have suffered from an accident at work, it would support your case if you could gather any evidence which could help your solicitor prove that your accident and injuries resulted from negligence. Therefore, after an accident at work you should:
- Report the accident to your employer immediately and get it accurately recorded in the accident book. Your employer is legally required to make such a record and you may need to use this record as evidence to support your claim.
- Take photographs of any visible injuries
- Take photographs of the accident scene and the defect which caused your accident (e.g. oil/water on the floor).
- Obtain contact details of any witnesses to the accident (your solicitor may wish to gather witness statements from them to build your case).
Keep any receipts for expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident (e.g. bus tickets, taxi receipts for essential journeys or receipts for prescriptions) or items that may have been damaged in the accident (e.g. clothing or jewellery).
How long do I have to make a Work Accident Claim?
There are strict legal time limits to making a personal injury claim, which vary depending on the circumstances. The rules can be complicated, so if you believe you have a claim you should contact us right away so one of our specialist solicitors can discuss with you the time frames applicable to your situation.
Will making a claim affect my job?
Often, people worry that making a claim against their employer will affect their job or relationships with colleagues. Legally you cannot be dismissed for bringing a claim against your employer, and all employees have the right to claim compensation if their employer doesn’t fulfil their duty of care to protect their employees’ health, safety and welfare.
If you have concerns about the financial impact on your employer, be reassured that UK employers are legally required to take out employers’ liability insurance, which should cover them for work accident claims.
Employers Liability in Work Accident Claims
The Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 dictates that the vast majority of UK employers must have insurance to cover any claims made by staff as a direct result of an accident at work or work-related Industrial disease.
There are a few exceptions to the rule; these include:
- public organisations such as government departments and local authorities;
- health service organisations, such as NHS Trusts;
- other organisations funded using public money, for instance, magistrates' court committees;
However, all these bodies have their own compensation schemes, in which the money is paid using public funds.
Employers Liability Insurance
Employers' liability insurance guarantees that all employers are capable of covering the cost of employee compensation. Your employer is legally required to be insured for at least £5 million, ensuring they are covered in the event that an employee wishes to make a work accident claim or claim for industrial disease.
The insurer cannot refuse to cover the cost on the grounds that your employer has behaved negligently, for instance failing to provide appropriate safety wear or report the incident. Thus, regardless of the cause of your work accident, the Employer Liability Act safeguards your right to damages, whilst at the same time ensuring your employer is capable of covering the cost of your claim.
Does my employer have Employers' Liability Insurance?
Your employer must display a copy of their insurance certificate in their business premises or ensure staff know where to find an electronic copy of their insurance certification. If you cannot find your employer's insurance certificate, and are concerned they may be breaking the law, either contact your local Health & Safety Executive (HSE) office or speak to an experienced work accident solicitor for legal advice and guidance.
How do I make a Work Accident Claim?
If you have suffered an injury at work, which was not your fault, simply get in touch with us today on Freephone 0800 182 2171 or complete an online form and we will provide a free, no-obligation assessment of your potential work accident claim.
We understand that you may experience a number of emotions in making a claim against your employer, so we are here to support and guide you every step of the way.
Work Accident Claims for Back Injury
By far one of the most common injuries sustained due to an accident at work is the back. Serious Back Injuries can, of course, be life-changing. Even if the injury is less severe, victims may be forced to take time off work, losing vital earnings, or their injuries may be serious enough to leave them in need of long-term care.
At Grieves, we specialise in back injury claims following accidents at work and we have helped many clients to secure the maximum amount of compensation to which they are entitled.
Our professional, discreet and knowledgeable team have the experience and the skills to be able to deal with even the most complex cases.
Common Back Injury Sustained through work Accidents
The term 'back injury' can be used to cover a whole host of complaints. They can be suffered by office workers who have to sit in the same position for hours each day, as well as manual labourers who have to carry heavy loads as part of their role.
We deal with the following, and much more:
- Soft tissue damage
- Muscle damage
- Slipped discs
- Fractures and breaks
- Serious injuries including paralysis
How are team can help
This type of case can be complex and the team at Grieves Solicitors understands that our clients may well be dealing with much more than just injuries. However, compensation can be used to cover loss of earnings, medical and care costs, any lost welfare payments or benefits and of course the pain and suffering caused by the injury itself.
Work Accidents involving Asbestos
Asbestos & Asbestosis are amongst the biggest risks to those who work in the construction sector, as well as plumbers, insulators, and electricians who may come into contact with harmful asbestos when working on older properties.
If you have contracted asbestosis through work, contact us on our freephone numbers or complete the contact form at the top of this page and one of our solicitors will be in touch.
What is Asbestosis?
Asbestosis is caused by inhalation of fibres that get stuck in the lungs, scarring and inflaming the lung tissue and causing a reduction in lung function. The seriousness of the industrial disease is determined by how long you have been exposed to the asbestos and the amount inhaled.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms sometimes do not manifest until decades after a person has been exposed to asbestos. Common symptoms include:
- Tightness in the chest
- Chest pains
- Abnormal nails
Why Grieves Solicitors?
To receive the compensation you are entitled to, it is important that you are represented by a specialist. At Grieves Solicitors we pride ourselves on being experts in the personal injury claims field, and we have over 20 years of experience helping clients win the financial compensation they deserve.
Here at Grieves, we employ an expert team of solicitors that specialise in Industrial diseases caused by exposure to harmful substances in working environments, and we can help clients secure the compensation to which they are entitled. If you have developed such an industrial disease as a result of your working environment or even because of a singular work accident incident, our experienced team can help you get compensation for your condition and help to cover any relevant medical costs.
Based in Huddersfield we serve clients across the UK, and we take all cases on a 'no win, no fee basis'. This means if you don't win you won't have to pay.
If you are looking for simple easy to understand expert legal advice contact Grieves Solicitors today on Freephone 0800 182 2171 or complete an online form and we will get in touch.