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could I sue an employer for negligence?

By Aaron Lee. Last Updated 23rd February 2021. Welcome to our online guide where we will be discussing personal injury claims in length. Throughout this guide, we are going to provide free legal advice and discuss critical questions, such as “could I sue an employer for negligence?”. After reading our guide, you will have a greater understanding of the claims process and how our team could be of assistance. 

If you’ve suffered an injury at work, caused by an accident that you weren’t to blame for, then you might be considering whether to sue your employer for negligence. Doing so can be quite stressful and cause you to worry about what might happen but, in this guide, we’ll explain when you could make a claim, how to do so using a no win no fee solicitor and why your employer can’t discipline you, by law, for doing so.

If you’d like to discuss how we could help you claim, please call 0800 073 8801 today. We’re ready to assess your claim for free and, if we think you have strong case, we could introduce you to one our panel of no win no fee solicitors.

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A Guide To Suing An Employer For Negligence

The fact you’re reading this guide probably means you’re trying to decide whether to sue your employer for negligence, and you probably have questions like:

  • “Can I sue my employer for negligence in the UK?”
  • “What is employer’s negligence?”
  • “What reasons can you sue your employer for?”

In this guide, we’ll attempt to provide information to help you answer those questions, explain when you could begin a claim and help you work out how much compensation you could be entitled to.

Before taking on those questions, it’s worth considering whether you could be eligible to claim. Personal injury solicitors often ask the following questions before they’ll agree to take on a claim. See if you can answer yes to them all:

  1. Did your employer owe you a duty of care?
  2. Did an accident happen because they breached that duty of care?
  3. Were you injured during that accident?

We’ll cover employer negligence and their duty of care later in this guide, but the answer to the first question will be yes in many cases. Therefore, proving questions 2 and 3 become important.

Another point to note is that there is a personal injury claims time limit. In the UK it’s currently 3 years. That’s either from the date your accident occurred or from the date your injuries were diagnosed.

Accident Claims UK could help you sue an employer for negligence and refer you to a solicitor who’ll work on a no win no fee basis. This reduces the financial risk of making a claim massively. Therefore, if you’d like to start your claim, get in touch today. There’s nothing to lose and you’re under no obligation to proceed.

What Is Employer Negligence?

To make a claim against your employer for negligence, you’ll need to show how they’ve acted negligently and how that led to your injuries. To assist you, here are some examples why an employer might be deemed negligent:

  • If they did not provide you with health and safety training and information about the health and safety policy. This is a legal requirement and not doing so could result in you not working safely.
  • You were injured because you were using equipment or machinery without adequate training. Negligent training cases could be raised in this instance.
  • Safety equipment wasn’t provided to help reduce the risks for the work you were carrying out. This could include safety goggles, hard hats or protective clothing.
  • If machinery or equipment was maintained according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Where the workplace was unsafe because of dangerous conditions, uneven floors or slippery surfaces.
  • If you suffered an injury caused by a vehicle in the workplace.
  • Where you suffered an industrial disease or work-related illness.
  • You weren’t allowed adequate rest breaks.
  • Another employee was hired, without the required background checks, who caused something to go wrong.

If any of the above are the reason for your workplace accident, you could sue your employer for negligence if the accident caused you an injury. Please contact a specialist advisor to discuss what happened.

High Risk Workplaces

There are many types of accidents at work that can happen, and they can happen in many different types of workplace. There are some workplaces which are at risk of injuries than others though and they include:

  • Factories: You could be injured by dangerous machinery or forklift trucks.
  • The armed forces: There are many risks of working in the armed forces, even when not on a combat mission.
  • Agriculture: Accidents involving large farming machinery, slurry pits and livestock can prove risky.
  • Emergency service workers: Assaults are relatively common nowadays and could lead to needlestick injuries. Also, lifting injuries can occur commonly too.
  • Building sites: Falling objects are big risks in the construction industry, so hard hats are to be worn at all times. Accidents involving scaffolding are a big risk too.

Just because you work in a high-risk industry though, doesn’t mean your employer has been negligent if you’re injured. Take a look at the previous section and apply the criteria to your injury to see if you could begin a claim. If you think you have a case, why not check with one of our advisors today?

What Is An Employer’s Duty Of Care?

We’ve mentioned an employer’s ‘duty of care’ previously in this guide, but what is that? It means that they need to ensure employees are kept from harm while at work. That means that they need to take reasonable steps to reduce risks while you’re at work.

There’s probably no work environment that’s completely risk free, but employers must do what they can to minimise risk. They can do this by:

  • Makes sure that employees have their role defined clearly.
  • To ensure the workplace is safe for all employees.
  • Undertake regular workplace risk assessments.
  • Make rest areas available to staff.
  • Ensure staff don’t work excessively long hours.
  • Provide staff with adequate training on any task they’re required to perform.
  • Take steps to protect staff from bullying, harassment and discrimination from management, colleagues and contractors.
  • To allow staff to communicate management concerns. This could be via supervisors, a notice board or electronic communication methods.
  • They should consult with staff, regularly, about any concerns they might have.

If you feel your employer has failed in their duty of care towards you, which caused an accident to happen in which you were injured, then you could seek compensation for the injuries sustained.

If you’re wondering if you can sue an employer for emotional distress or for creating a hostile working environment, then the answer might be yes as they would’ve breached at least on item in the list above. Therefore, please get in touch to discuss any injury, whether mental or physical, with one of our team.

When Could An Employer Be Considered To Be Negligent?

In general terms, an employer could be deemed negligent if they’ve failed to provide you with a safe working environment.

That could mean that they’ve failed you to train you properly in the work they’ve expected of you. If this meant you suffered an injury, then the employer could’ve been negligent.

Another example of negligence could be if you’re employer allowed, or expected you to, work a long shift without any comfort or rest breaks. If you then went on to make a mistake, causing an accident to happen, due to tiredness, you could be able to prove that that although you caused the accident, your employer was in fact negligent in allowing you to work too long.

Finally, if you’ve suffered an industrial illness after being exposed to loud noise or heavy vibrating equipment for a long period of time (usually many years), your employer might be found to have been negligent because they allowed the problem to carry on over a long period of time without addressing the risks.

There are many other scenarios where an employer could be considered to be negligent and have caused your injury. To discuss whether you could make a claim or not, please ask one of our advisors for free legal advice about your claim.

Breaches In Health And Safety Executive Regulations

If the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspect a workplace, they might find a breach in a number of different regulations.  These include:

If they do identify a breach of health and safety regulations, it doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be entitled to compensation. You’ll still need to demonstrate how the breach caused you to suffer an injury.

In the next section of this guide, we’ll explain how you go about proving negligence against your employer and the types of evidence you can use to support your claim.

How Do I Sue An Employer For Negligence Leading To An Injuries?

If you decide to sue your employer for negligence, then evidence is required to support your claim. It can come in various forms. Following an accident at work, caused by employer negligence, you should:

  • Visit a doctor or accident and emergency department as soon as possible. This will allow you injuries to be assessed and treated. It will also mean there are medical records to show the severity of your injuries.
  • Photograph the scene of the accident. Capture as much detail as possible especially the root cause of the accident.
  • Report the accident as soon as possible. Tell a supervisor or a manager what happened and ensure it’s recorded in an accident report book. You can ask for a copy of the report to ensure it shows what happened, the date and the injuries you sustained.
  • Photograph any visible injuries you sustained.
  • Ask witnesses for a statement and make sure you have their contact details.
  • See if there was any CCTV footage that showed the accident happening.
  • Make a note of any expenses you incur because of your injuries such as prescription costs, travelling costs and car parking.

The more of the evidence you have, the better your chance of proving what happened. This could help ensure you achieve the correct level of compensation for your injuries.

How To Find Legal Assistance

There are several ways in which you could find legal assistance. Many people ask friends for advice, read solicitor reviews or ask for a recommendation from colleagues. These could all provide good recommendations but, we’d recommend you speak directly with a solicitor before signing up with them.

That’s because, just because a friend says their recommendation was the best personal injury solicitor for them, it doesn’t automatically follow that they’ll be good for you.

You should ask questions that help you determine how successful they’ve been recently with cases like yours, what compensation they expect you to receive and how they’ll handle your case for you.

Please speak with our team today to find out how we can help. We’ll answer any questions you might have and provide free legal advice about your claim.

What Could I Claim If Injured Due To Negligence?

When negligence cases are made, a personal injury lawyer can use a number of different parts of a claim to seek the right level of compensation. Depending on how your injuries have affected you, your solicitor could claim for:

  • General Damages: Compensation is paid under this category to cover the pain, loss of amenity and suffering caused by your injuries.
  • Cost of Medication: If you need to pay for over the counter treatments or prescription medication, the costs can soon build up. Therefore, you could include the costs in your claim.
  • Professional Care: Some people, while recovering from their injuries, require care from a professional. This can prove quite costly and could be claimed back in some cases.
  • Travelling Expenses: While you’re recovering, you might have to get around in different ways than usual. In this case, you might be able to claim the cost of alternate travel arrangements back as part of your claim. You could also seek the cost of travelling to and from doctor’s appointments and car parking charges too.
  • Loss of Income: If you are required to take time off from work for medical treatment or while you recover, you might be able to claim any lost income back as part of your claim. If your injuries are longer term, and affect your ability to work in any way, you could seek future lost income too. The amount you could receive will be linked to your age, position and job prospects.
  • Personal Property: If any personal property is damaged during your accident, you could claim the cost of replacing or repairing the item too.

Financial Expenses

Most of the financial costs listed above are known as special damages. They are paid to ensure that you haven’t lost out financially because of your accident. It’s a good idea to keep a log of all expenses you incur and receipts to prove the expenditure.

Suing An Employer For Negligence Compensation Calculator

If you’re wondering how much compensation you’ll get if you sue your employer for negligence, then the personal injury claims calculator below should help.

Workplace InjuryHow SevereCompensationFurther Notes
Hand injuryMinor to serious£27,220 to £58,100This range includes injuries caused by negligence ranging from simple soft tissue damage and on to long term loss of use of the hand.
Wrist injuryMinor to severe£44,690 to £56,180This range includes injuries caused by negligence ranging from tissue damage injuries and up to complete and permanent loss of function.
Arm injuryModerate to severe£90,250 to £122,860This range includes injuries caused by negligence ranging from injuries that will heal but are painful until they do and on to permenant damage to the arm (causing paralysis).
Back injuryMinor to severe£85,470 to £151,070This range includes injuries caused by negligence ranging from brusing ,strains and sprains and up to inuries which restrict movement and cause pain until healed (long term).
Neck injuryMinor to severeIn the region of £139,210This range includes injuries caused by negligence ranging from soft tissue damage through to injuries which cause and loss of movement and permanent pain.
Leg injuryMinor to severe£90,320 to £127,530This range includes injuries caused by negligence ranging from soft tissue injuries and on to one which leaves a permenant disability.
Toe injuryModerate to severe£12,900 to £29,770This range includes injuries caused by negligence ranging from basic tissue damage through to injuries resulting in the amputation of all toes.
Foot injuryMinor to very severe£29,380 to £46,980This range includes injuries caused by negligence ranging from tissue damage injuries through to and injury which causes the loss of the entire foot.

It’s worth considering that this table only represents the amount paid for general damages (see the previous section for details on this). To find out how much compensation you could be due, you’ll need to have your case assessed by one of our advisors.

Every case is different, as the effect of an injury affects each claimant differently. The table demonstrates that payments are made based on the severity of an injury. Therefore, a solicitor needs to provide evidence to demonstrate exactly what injury was sustained, the impact it caused and whether there will be any long-term damage.  Doing so could help ensure you receive the correct amount of compensation.

No Win No Fee Claims Against Employers For Negligence

People don’t sue an employer for negligence because they’re concerned about the cost of hiring a solicitor. This is completely understandable and it’s why our panel of solicitors work on a no win no fee basis for each claim they handle.

The fact that you never have to send any money to a no win no fee solicitor means the financial risk involved with a claim is greatly reduced.

When you start a claim, you’ll be provided with a conditional fee agreement (or CFA) which is easy to understand and will explain that the solicitor won’t get paid if they lose the case, but if they’re successful, their success fee will be deducted from your compensation.

The fee, by law, is limited to 25% of your compensation and is used to pay the solicitor for their work but only if you receive compensation. It’s therefore in the solicitors best interest to represent you as well as they can because, if they don’t win, they don’t get paid.

How Accident Claims UK Could Help You

Here at Accident Claims UK, our team of friendly specialist claims advisors are happy to help with all types of personal injury claims. They won’t put you under any pressure but will offer free legal advice about your options. We provide a free initial assessment of your claim. If your chances of successfully claiming compensation are good, we could connect you to one of our panel of personal injury solicitors.

They’ll work with you to try and make sure you receive the right amount of compensation you could be entitled to. They have up to 30 years’ experience of making claims including claims for employer negligence in the UK. With their extensive knowledge of legislation to support a claim, they could make all the difference between winning or losing your claim.

Contact An Accident Claims Specialist

If you’re ready to begin your personal injury claim to sue your employer for negligence, then you can contact us in a number of ways. These include:

  • Calling our free accident claim line on 0800 073 8801. Our advisors are available 7 days a week and 24 hours per day.
  • Using our live chat feature. It’s available from any page of this website.
  • Filling in our online claim form. When you do, we’ll call you back at a convenient time.
  • Or you could email us at office@accidentclaims.co.uk.

Whichever method you use to get in touch, we offer to assess your claim for free. We’ll take a look at what happened, what evidence you have to prove your claim and how your injuries affected you. If we believe you have a strong case, we could introduce you to a no win no fee personal injury lawyer.

Resource Materials

Thanks for taking the time to read this guide which explains when you could sue your employer for negligence. Hopefully you now have all of the information to be able to decide whether you’ll begin a claim. To help you further, we’ve listed some more useful resources and guides below.

Civil Law Guide – Information from the Health and Safety Executive covering when civil law or criminal law applies.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – The primary piece of legislation designed to ensure staff’s well-being while at work.

Employer Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 – Legislation is used to ensure employers can pay compensation for injury claims because they have adequate insurance.

Accident at Work Claims – Another guide looking at accidents at work and when you could sue your employer for negligence.

PPE Personal Protective Equipment Accident Claim – A look at how to sue your employer for negligence due to a lack of protective equipment.

Stress at Work Claims – If you’re considering suing your employer for stress in the workplace, this guide should prove useful.

Could I sue an employer for negligence FAQ

How do I make a claim against my employer?

To make a claim against an employer for a workplace accident, you will be required to supply evidence. Thankfully, there are various forms of evidence you can provide to support your case, such as:

  • Financial documentation – such as receipts, payslips and credit scores.
  • Medical evidence – such as a medical report.
  • Witness statement – collect the information of any witnesses to the accident.
  • Photographic evidence e- take photos of any causes.

What is the most common cause of accidents in the workplace?

Here are some of the most common workplace accidents that occur:

  • Slips, trips and falls.
  • Hit by moving objects.
  • Accidents caused by heavy lifting, handling or carrying.
  • Vehicle accidents.
  • Fires and explosions.
  • Repetitive strain.

Must I begin my claim in a certain timeframe?

In order to make a successful claim, you must begin your case within 3-years from the date of the accident. However, should you fail to begin your case within this timeframe, then the validity of your could be affected.

It is worth keeping in mind that there are exceptions to the limitation period, such as cases involving children under the age of 18, and those who lack the mental capacity to handle their own claim. Please contact our team to learn more.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to read our guide. If you are unsure whether you could i sue an employer for negligence, please contact our team.