If you’ve had an accident at work and you were injured, our specialist Personal Injury Solicitors can help you.
We offer a free claims assessment with one of our Personal Injury Solicitors who can give you specialist legal advice and help you understand if you have a claim.
Our expert Solicitors have helped many people who have suffered an accident at work, such as:
- Accidents involving broken or dangerous machinery
- Building and construction site accidents
- Falls from height
- Manual handling accidents (lifting or carrying)
- Struck by a moving object
- Slip and trip accidents
Meet some of our Personal Injury Solicitors
Why Choose Simpson Millar for Your Work Accident Claim?
- We have a strong track record of recovering significant amounts of compensation for our clients
- Our specialist team includes nationally recognised personal injury claim experts. For example, some of our Solicitors are listed in leading legal directories, and are also members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Headway
- We’ll tailor our service to suit your specific needs
- Our friendly, approachable team will speak to you in plain English, not legal jargon, and check in with you regularly to make sure you understand what’s happening with your case
Our Major Trauma Team
If you or a loved one has suffered a life-changing injury, we can help you get the right support and advice. With Simpson Millar, you’ll have a whole team on your side. We have some of the best personal injury solicitors in England and Wales and other specialist legal teams to meet all your needs. This should reassure you that you’ve come to the right place.
You’re probably facing many day-to-day challenges after your injury, so we want to make dealing with any legal issues as seamless and stress-free as possible. Then you can focus on your recovery and living a fulfilling, independent life.
Our dedicated team have the experience and knowledge to guide you through every step. We know choosing someone to help you can be an difficult decision, but hopefully we can prove that you’ve made the best choice.
How to Make a Work Accident Claim
- Call us and we’ll give you a free claims assessment. We’ll talk with you about your accident and your injuries and let you know whether you have a claim and how we can help you.
- If we take on your case, we’ll contact your employer’s insurance company. Your employer must have employers liability insurance cover in place, and any compensation awarded would be paid from this policy.
- If your employer admits partial or full liability (fault) for your accident, we could request an early Interim Payment of compensation before the case is settled. This could help you if you have immediate medical needs or need to pay for your home to be adapted or mobility aids.
- We’ll gather the evidence we need to support your case, such as photos and witness statements. We’ll arrange an independent medical assessment for you with one or more specialist medical experts. They’ll provide a report outlining your injuries and their impact on your life. This medical report helps us to understand how serious your injuries are, and will be used to help determine how much compensation you should be awarded.
- If you need medical treatment or rehabilitation to help you recover, we can ask your employers insurance liability company to pay for treatment, such as surgery, counselling or physiotherapy.
- If your case should go to Court, we’ll fully support you, but most personal injury claims are settled out of Court.
Some of the People We've Helped
Head Injury after Fall From a Ladder
Our client landed on his head after the ladder he was working on was pulled off a tarpaulin by a colleague. He suffered from a 2 inch cut on his head and post-concussion syndrome. We secured him £400,000 of compensation.Read The Case Study
Fall in a Factory
Our client fell 5 to 6 feet from a ladder at work in a factory. He suffered ligament damage to his ankle and had 2 surgeries on his ankle. He's in his 30s and has been left with pain and aching in his ankle and has developed physiological issues because of his accident. We helped him get CBT treatment for his anxiety and £150,000 compensation.Read The Case Study
Fractured Eye Socket for Delivery Driver
When a strap securing a load snapped and hit him in the face, our client suffered a fractured eye socket and he needed surgery. After the accident he was left with problems focusing, pain, headaches, depression and sensitivity to light. We secured £100,000 compensation for him.Read The Case Study
What Can I Claim Compensation For?
When it can be proven that your employer was negligent or didn’t do enough to keep you safe in the workplace, you can claim compensation for pain, suffering and the impact of your injury on your quality of life. These are called General Damages.
Your compensation settlement will also cover any financial losses you’ve suffered because of your accident at work, such as:
- Care costs
- Cost of medical treatment
- Damaged clothes and belongings
- Loss of earnings
- Travel expenses
These are called Special Damages.
What Will it Cost Me?
Most accident at work claims can be funded through a No Win, No Fee agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. Please ask us for details.
How Long Does an Accident at Work Claim Take?
It depends on how complicated your claim is - whether your employer has accepted liability, how serious your injuries are and whether you can still work after the accident.
How Long Do I Have to Make an Accident at Work Claim?
In England and Wales, you normally have three years from the date of the accident to make a claim, but there are some exceptions to this, such as if you were working abroad.
You should get specialist legal advice as soon as possible, because the earlier a claim is made, the better. If you act quickly, evidence is easier to find, the impact of your injuries is easier to establish, and the details of your workplace accident will be fresher in people’s minds.
What Should I Do if I’ve Had an Accident at Work?
Unless your injuries are serious, if you’re injured in a workplace accident and you haven’t already, you should:
- Fill in an accident at work report accurately and as soon as you can
- Take photographs of the accident scene and your injuries if possible
- Get names and contact details of witnesses
- If you’re a trade union member, tell your union rep what’s happened
This is all important evidence for your claim. If your injuries are serious and you’re off work as a result, your employer should report your accident to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
What are My Employer’s Responsibilities?
An employer has a legal duty to take reasonable care of your health and safety when you’re at work.
They must provide:
- A safe system of work
- A safe work environment
- Adequate training
- Competent staff
- Adequate work equipment
If you think your employer hasn’t met their legal responsibilities and you were injured as a result, you could make a claim for compensation.
If you’re self-employed and providing services to a third party and you have an accident at work, the company you’re contracted to could be held responsible.
What if My Employer Blames Me for the Accident?
Some employers will do this, but you could still make a claim, depending on the allegations they make against you. Your employer could argue that you were partly to blame for the accident, but it’s their responsibility to prove this.
Can I Be Sacked for Making an Accident at Work Claim?
Not in England or Wales. Most employers understand that workplace accidents can happen and that’s why they have insurance in place to cover claims, so they shouldn’t treat you any differently.
But if your working life becomes unbearable because you’ve made a claim, you may feel you’ve got no option but to leave.
If that happens, you may have a strong claim for constructive dismissal. One of our expert Employment Law Solicitors can give you specialist legal advice.
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