Accident at work claims
The workplace should be an area where you feel safe. Sadly, this isn’t always the case and accidents can occur. It’s your employer’s duty to protect you and there are laws set up to do just that. So, if you’ve been injured at work and your employer is liable, then you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
At Fletchers Solicitors, we understand the pain and suffering that can be caused by accidents at work. Our dedicated legal team has over 400 years’ combined experience dealing with compensation claims including accidents at work, so we’re expertly placed to get you the compensation you deserve.
What is an accident at work claim?
In the UK, there are laws in place that mean that your employer is legally responsible for the safety of their staff. This means that they have a responsibility to:
- Provide safe working systems
- Make sure that you receive proper and regular training
- Provide you with suitable protective equipment if required
- Minimise risks to your health and safety
- Undertake risk assessments
Injuries and accidents at work can often happen when these laws are not properly enforced, or the safety measures in some cases are not implemented at all.
If you do find yourself in the unfortunate position of having an accident at work, then Fletchers Solicitors can guide you through the legal process with as little pain and confusion as possible. Our specialist advisors will do everything they can to make sure you get a swift conclusion to your case, and, where possible, will try to obtain an interim payment for you. This may be especially relevant when an injury has unfortunately led to a change in your living requirements.
How can I make an accident at work claim?
To make an accident at work claim, you have to be able to prove that your injury, illness or disease came about through the negligence of another party and not your own. This can be either your employer, an individual, or the company itself. It may also be possible to claim if a workplace accident has made a pre-existing condition worse. If you meet those requirements, then it is likely you stand a good chance of making a case.
What can I make an accident at work claim for?
Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time. Often it can be a heavy burden to a person’s life, their family and their relationships. In over 25 years of dealing with accident at work claims, our skilled legal advisors have successfully handled thousands of cases. Some of the most common accident at work cases include, but are not limited to:
- Accidents caused by another employee
- Back injuries
- Burns and scars
- Construction accidents
- Defective work equipment
- Dust, fumes, chemical and gas injuries
- Falling from heights
- Head injuries
- Inadequate training
- Manual handling
- Industrial Disease
- PPE – Inadequate protective equipment or clothing
- Repetitive strain injury
- Soft tissue injury
- Slips and trips at work
- Spinal cord injury
What should I do if I have an accident at work?
If you have an accident or injury at work, it’s crucial that you follow the appropriate steps to make sure that your accident is recorded. By following these steps, you can improve your chances of furthering your compensation claim.
- Make sure you record your injury in an accident book
- Ensure that your employer logs the injury with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- Check your contract. What does it say about sick or accident pay? You could be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, or maybe even Company Sick Pay and benefits
- Consult your GP or a hospital doctor. Even if your injuries don’t seem to be so serious, it’s important to have a professional make a record of them
- Register your claim as an Industrial Injury with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). A visible record of your accident with an official body like this will help enormously in furthering your claim
Is there a time limit for an accident at work claim?
Any accident at work claim that you make should be done within three years of the accident taking place.
If you have suffered an injury through an accident at work, we recommend that you get in touch with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.