How to Claim for an Injury at Work
If you suffer an injury at work you should get medical attention right away, and you’re able to do so, you should make sure the incident is logged in the accident book at your workplace, and ask for a copy of the accident report.
You should then get in touch with a Personal Injury Solicitor who specialises in Employer Liability Claims, so you can discuss what happened and get legal advice about claiming compensation.
If your case is accepted, your Solicitor will investigate the circumstances of the incident which caused your injuries, and gather evidence including photos of the accident scene, video footage, witness statements and details of your financial losses.
Your Solicitor will also arrange for you to have an independent medical assessment, so a report detailing the extent of your injuries and possible future care needs can be prepared. This information will help your Solicitor to determine how much compensation you should receive, so you can access whatever support you need now and in the future.
If you’ve suffered an injury at work and want to claim compensation, contact our Personal Injury Solicitors for a free claims assessment and legal advice. We’d be happy to discuss your situation with you and how we could help. We may be able to act for you on a No Win, No Fee basis - ask us for details.
Who Pays the Compensation?
Under the law in England and Wales, most employers must have at least £5 million of employer’s liability insurance in place. This means that any compensation paid out in a work injury claim would come from the employer’s liability insurance company, and not the actual employer.
Most employers understand that accidents and injuries at work can and do happen, which is one reason why they have this insurance cover. And, you shouldn’t be treated at any disadvantage at work because you’re making a claim.
Your employer isn’t legally allowed to sack you for making an injury claim, so if this has happened to you, you may have a claim for Unfair Dismissal from work.
Your employer can’t treat you any differently because you’re claiming compensation. If it gets to the point where you feel you can’t work there any longer because your employer is making your life difficult, this could be a case of Constructive Dismissal. Our specialist Employment Law Solicitors can help and advise you.
Work Injury Statistics
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 581,000 working people sustained an injury at work during 2018/19. More than 69,000 non-fatal injuries were reported by employers during this time, with the most common types of accidents being:
- Slips, trips and falls on the same level - 29%
- Handling, lifting or carrying - 20%
- Hit by moving object - 10%
- Falls from height - 8%
- Acts of violence - 8%
Our Personal Injury Solicitors have many years of experiencing helping people who have been injured in an accident at work. For example:
- £400,000 Compensation after Ladder Accident
- £154,600 Compensation for Manual Handling Accident
- £110,000 Compensation for Amputation after Accident at Work
It’s your employer’s duty to provide a safe system of work and a safe working environment, so if they’ve fallen short in their responsibilities in any way, it’s only right that you should be able to get compensation for your injuries and access to the private medical treatment you need.
If you suffer an injury at work and believe your employer didn’t do enough to keep you safe, our team are well-placed to provide legal advice about what to do next.
Contact our Personal Injury Solicitors for a free claims assessment, so we can talk about your situation, and let you know if you have a good chance of successfully claiming compensation.
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