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Accident at Work Compensation Claims
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 work1
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 employer doesn’t take steps to provide a safe work environment, then you are at risk of injuries that could have been avoided.
Do I have a 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 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.
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 fulfill 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.
How long do I have to make a 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.
What could I claim for?
Work accident claims usually involve a claim for two types of financial compensation:
General damages – 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.
Special damages – Compensation for financial losses related to your accident. Examples include:
- 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 compensation calculator.
Common Workplace Accidents
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 accidents;
- 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 jewelry).
How do I make a 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.
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.
Based in Huddersfield we serve clients across the UK, and we take all cases on a 'no win, no fee basis'. This means you will keep 100% of the damages awarded for your injury.