By Danielle Griffin. Last Updated 20th June 2023. This guide will examine whether, after suffering an injury in the workplace, you can make No Win No Fee accident at work claims. If you have suffered an injury in a workplace accident as a result of a breach of duty of care, we will explain the steps you could take to make a claim.
You might have had to have taken unpaid time off work to recover from your injuries and noticed that your condition has negatively impacted your quality of life. We will look at the factors that can be considered when your claim is valued later on in this article.
You have legal rights after an accident at work, which includes the right to make a claim if you were harmed as a result of employer negligence. Accident Claims could connect you with a solicitor to handle your workplace injury claim if you are eligible to claim.
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Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA), when you are at work, your employer owes you a duty of care. This means that they should take all reasonable steps to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring.
Your employer’s obligations include the following:
- Following relevant health and safety regulations
- Conducting regular risk assessments to identify hazards
- Removing or reducing health and safety hazards where possible
If an employer acts negligently and this results in you suffering harm through an accident at work, they could be liable for any injuries caused. Therefore, the injured worker could claim compensation for their injuries and any costs created by the injuries. Please call our team to speak to an advisor who can let you know if you are eligible to claim.
To make a No Win No Fee claim, you may hire a solicitor through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Usually, there are no upfront or ongoing fees to pay your solicitor when you hire through a Conditional Fee Agreement. If your claim then goes on to succeed, your solicitor takes a success fee.
To learn more about making No Win No Fee accident at work claims, get in touch with our advisors today.
You may be concerned about the cost of legal representation for your claim, should you choose to hire a solicitor. Under a No Win No Fee arrangement, this cost can be more manageable.
As we mentioned earlier, there usually aren’t any upfront or ongoing fees to pay your solicitor when you use a No Win No Fee arrangement such as a CFA. If your claim is successful, your solicitor will take a small percentage of your award as their success fee. But, with an unsuccessful claim, you don’t pay this fee.
To learn more about how much No Win No Fee solicitors charge for accident at work claims, contact our advisors today.
You may be wondering what steps you could take in order to make a workplace injury claim. To make an accident at work claim following an injury, you must be able to establish employer negligence.
One way to strengthen your claim is by gathering evidence. Some examples of evidence that could be useful can include:
- CCTV footage: Some workplaces are equipped with CCTV systems. If your accident or the circumstances that led to your accident were caught on film, this could be used to strengthen your claim.
- Witness statements: Gathering the contact details of any witnesses to your accident allows their statements to be collected later, as you cannot collect these statements yourself.
- Accident book logs: If your workplace has ten or more employees, there must be an accident book to log workplace accidents. Ensuring you fill this out as soon as possible creates a record of what happened.
- Medical records: Reports or records from a medical professional that confirm your injuries can also help in strengthening your claim.
Is There A Time Limit?
According to the Limitation Act 1980, you will usually have three years to start a claim. This starts on the day of the accident or the day you connect your injuries with negligence. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
For example, if you are a minor, the time limit is frozen until you turn eighteen. Then, you will have until you turn twenty-one to start your claim. Alternatively, a litigation friend can act on your behalf to start your claim sooner.
Similarly, if you lack the mental capacity to start the claim yourself, the time limit is frozen. A litigation friend may claim on your behalf during this time. Otherwise, the three years begin if you regain the required capacity.
One of our solicitors may be able to help you start your personal injury claim. Get in touch today to learn more.
If your personal injury claim following an accident at work is successful, your settlement could consist of two heads of claim. These are called general and special damages.
General damages are awarded for the physical pain and mental suffering caused by your injury. When valuing your personal injury claim, a legal professional, such as a No Win No Fee solicitor, may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them. This document lists guideline compensation brackets for different injuries.
In our table below, we’ve provided a few figures from the 16th edition of the JCG. This table should only be used as a guide.
|Nature Of The Injury||Severity||Notes||Settlement|
|Brain Damage||Moderate (C) (i)||Injuries that cause an intellectual deficit, a personality change, and no prospect of employment.||£150,110 to £219,070|
|Pelvic And Hip Injury||Severe (A) (i)||Extensive pelvic fractures which result in substantial disability. such as hip deformity.||£78,400 to £130,930|
|Other Arm Injuries||Permanent substantial disability (B)||Serious fractures of both or a single forearm, resulting in significant disability.||£39,170 to £59,860|
|Wrist Injury||(A)||This injury causes complete loss of function in the wrist.||£47,620 to £59,860|
|Neck Injury||Severe (iii)||A fractured bone, dislocation or an injury of the soft tissue which leads to chronic symptoms.||£45,470 to £55,990|
|Ankle Injury||Severe (B)||Injuries that require a lengthy period of treatment such as plaster and pins may result in severe disability.||£31.,310 to £50,060|
|Ankle Injury||Modest Injuries (D)||Injuries to the ligaments, undisplaced fractures and other injuries like sprains.||Up to £13,740|
|Leg Injury||Less Serious (C) (i)||Fractures from which the person could make an incomplete recovery or a serious soft tissue injury.||£17,960 to £27,760|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious Injuries (B)||A shoulder dislocation with damage to the brachial plexus, causing pain and weakness of grip.||£12,770 to £19,200|
|Fracture of Clavicle||(e)||Level of award depends on the injury severity and residual disability.||£5,150 to £12,240|
Under special damages, some claimants might be able to recover the expenses and financial losses they suffered due to their injury. When making a claim for special damages, you will need to submit evidence of your losses and expenses, such as payslips and bank statements.
Examples of what expenses you could recover under special damages include:
- Medical costs, such as the cost of painkillers and physical therapy.
- Loss of earnings, including your past and future losses.
- Travel costs, such as the taxi fares to attend medical appointments.
- Vehicle modifications if these are required to help cope with your injury.
If you would like to find out if a solicitor can work on the basis of No Win No Fee for accident at work claims, please contact one of the advisors from our team. In addition to assessing whether you are eligible to make a claim, they can provide a free personalised claim valuation.
Our advisors are friendly, professional advisors who can provide free legal advice and can help you identify if your claim is valid. If it is, they may connect you with one of our expert solicitors.
To learn more:
- Please call our accident claims helpline on 0800 073 8801
- Or contact us online
- Alternatively, you can ask an advisor a question using the Advice widget on your browser
Check Our Guides To Accident At Work Claims
Below, you can find links to some more of our guides on accident at work claims:
- Head here to view our Accident At Work FAQs
- You can learn more about making an accident at work claim here
- Learn how to make tendon injury at work claims
- A guide to factory accident claims
- How to sue for carbon monoxide poisoning at work
- Find answers to questions on what to do if you have an accident at your workplace
- See if you can claim if you were attacked as a lone worker
- Head here for examples of fall at work compensation payouts
- A guide to construction accident claims for compensation
- What to do if you slipped on a wet floor at work
- Head here to learn about accidents caused by trailing lead hazards
- Here’s a guide on injuries caused by dangerous machinery at work
- Find examples of payouts for fatal accidents at work
Or, for more helpful resources:
- Stress at work – A guide from the Health and Safety Executive
- CCTV – Government guidance
- An NHS guide to broken arms and wrists
Thank you for reading our guide to making No Win No Fee accident at work claims.
Guide by HC
Edited by CH