In this guide, we will examine how using accident at work solicitors could benefit those seeking compensation for injuries caused by employer negligence. Every employer owes their employees a duty of care to ensure their safety in the workplace. We will explore this further in our guide.
According to employee reports made to the Labour Force Survey which were collated into helpful statistics by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 441,000 workers sustained non-fatal injuries at work in Great Britain in 2020/21. It is important to note that these were self-reported incidents. As such, it is difficult to know how many occurred due to employer negligence.
A workplace injury could impact many aspects of your life. For example, your injuries could cause you pain and suffering, impacting your daily routine. Additionally, you may suffer financially, for example, if you have to take time off work. If your employer breached their duty of care, causing you to suffer injuries, you could be eligible to claim compensation for the ways in which your injuries affected your quality of life.
Please get in touch with our expert team of advisors today. They can offer free legal advice, providing insight into liability and whether or not you are within the relevant time limits to begin your claim. Following an assessment of your claim, our advisors could connect you with one of our specialist solicitors.
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Accident at work solicitors handle claims for workplace injuries caused by employer negligence.
There are various types of accidents at work that could occur, including:
- Slips, trips and falls. A wet floor could cause a slip accident at work. Moreover, torn carpets or uneven surfaces could trip workers up, causing them to fall.
- Defective work equipment could cause an injury. For example, a factory worker may suffer a crush injury if their hand is pulled into a defective machine.
- A manual handling accident could occur if employers don’t provide training on how to lift in the correct and safe way.
- Strikes to the head from falling objects could happen if items are not properly stored on shelves.
However, not all incidents of workplace accidents could form the basis of a valid claim. You must prove you were injured due to your employer breaching the duty of care they owed you.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA) employers have a duty of care to take reasonably practicable steps to keep employees safe and prevent accidents at work. These include:
- Carrying out risk assessments.
- Removing or controlling safety hazards.
- Providing proper training for employees.
- Ensuring maintenance is carried out within the correct time frame.
If they fail to do so, it could lead to you sustaining harm in an accident at work. Call us to find out whether you’re eligible to make a claim. Alternatively, continue reading for more information on your rights as an employee.
If an accident at work has caused you an injury, you could be eligible to claim compensation under the following conditions:
- Firstly, you will need to show that your employer owed you a duty of care. Under HASAWA, employers owe their employees a duty of care.
- Secondly, you must show that your employer breached their duty of care. For example, your employer may have asked you to carry out a task without providing the necessary training required. Therefore, causing you to sustain harm.
- Thirdly, you must have been injured as a result of the breach. This can include either physical or psychological injuries.
- Finally, you will need to begin your claim within the time limits set out for personal injury claims. This is generally three years from the date of the accident or the date you realised that your injury was connected to negligence. However, some exceptions may apply.
Please call our team of advisors to enquire about whether you could be eligible to make a claim or learn about any exceptions to the time limits.
Our accident at work solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation for a workplace injury. As well as contacting a workplace injury solicitor about claiming compensation, you could begin gathering evidence of the negligence that caused the injury. This may include:
- The record of the incident in the accident at work report book. Workplaces with 10 or more employees should have one of these.
- Photographic evidence showing the scene and any injuries.
- CCTV footage of the accident.
- Witness contact details.
- Medical records. By visiting a doctor or other medical professional for a diagnosis and treatment, the details of your injuries will be recorded.
A solicitor could help you gather relevant evidence to support your claim. If you would like to discuss using a solicitor, don’t hesitate to contact our advisors to see whether we can help you.
Our advisors can connect you with accident at work solicitors operating across the country. You may be concerned about using solicitors you aren’t local to you. However, it is possible to communicate with your solicitor in other ways if they are not local to you. For example, you can speak with them via email or telephone.
This allows you to find the most suitable solicitor for your claim. For example, you could work with a solicitor who has experience handling claims similar to your own.
Additionally, our solicitors can offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis which means you can avoid paying an upfront fee.
For more information on working with one of our solicitors, don’t hesitate to get in touch today using the details provided.
If your claim is successful, there are two potential types of compensation you could receive:
- General damages, which compensate for the physical and mental pain and suffering caused by your injuries. This considers the impact your injuries have on your quality of life.
- Special damages, which compensate for the monetary losses stemming from your injuries. For example, if you had to pay for care, you could claim back the costs. Also, special damages could cover past and future loss of earnings if you were unable to work and subsequently didn’t get paid after you were injured in a workplace accident. It is important to note that you must provide evidence of special damages, such as receipts, invoices or bank records.
Accident at work solicitors could use guidelines from the Judicial College, to help them calculate general damages. Therefore, we have used this document to create the compensation table below as a guide to the amount that could be awarded for different injuries.
|Type Of Injury||Severity||Notes||Guideline Compensation Amount|
|Leg Injury||(a) Amputations (ii)||Both legs are amputated below the knee.||£201,490 to £270,100|
|Neck Injury||(a) (i) Severe||Injuries associated with incomplete paraplegia or permanent spastic quadriparesis.||In the region of £148,330|
|Neck Injury||(b) (i) Moderate||Dislocations or fractures which result in immediate severe symptoms and for which a spinal fusion may be needed.||£24,990 to £38,490|
|Ankle Injury||(a) Very Severe||Could include a transmalleolar ankle fracture alongside extensive soft tissue damage which causes deformity.||£50,060 to £69,700|
|Ankle Injury||(b) Severe||An injury which requires an extensive treatment period and a long time in plaster or cases which need plates and pins to be inserted.||£31,310 to £50,060|
|Injuries To The Elbow||(a) Severely Disabling||An injury to the elbow which is severely disabling.||£39,170 to £54,830|
|Injuries To The Elbow||(b) Less Severe Injuries||An injury which impairs function but does not require major surgery.||£15,650 to £32,010|
|Brain Damage||(d) Less Severe||The person has made a good recovery, returning to work and their normal social life.||£15,320 to £43,060|
|Brain Damage||(e) Minor Injury||Any brain damage suffered is minimal, if there is any.||£2,210 to £12,770|
|Shoulder Injury||(b) Serious||Shoulder dislocation with lower brachial plexus damage that results in shoulder and neck pain and other issues.||£12,770 to £19,200|
Please consider the information in the table as a guide. Due to the different circumstances of each claim, the level of the compensation awarded varies.
For a more accurate insight into the amount of compensation that could be awarded following a successful claim, contact our advisors for more information.
Please get in touch with our team for a free assessment of your claim. If we find that you could be eligible to seek compensation, you may be connected with one of our accident at work solicitors.
- You will not make any payments for their services should your claim fail.
- If your claim is successful, you will pay a small percentage of your compensation to your solicitor. The law caps this amount, known as a success fee.
If you were injured in a workplace accident, please get in touch with us today to see if you can claim by doing one of the following:
- Call 0800 073 8801 to reach an advisor
- Contact us about making an accident claim via our form
- Ask an advisor a question about your claim via our live chat feature below.
Related Accident At Work Claims
The following workplace injury guides from our website may be helpful:
- Things To Know About Accident At Work Claims
- Do I Have To Be An Employee To Claim For A Workplace Injury?
- Fatal Accident Compensation Claims
- How To Make An Accident At Work Claim
Below are some external pages for further reading:
- HSE – Causes and prevention of slips and trips at work
- HSE – Stress and mental health at work
- NHS – First aid
Thank you for reading our guide on how accident at work solicitors could benefit you when seeking compensation. To learn more, get in touch with our team on the number above.
Guide by JO
Edited by MMI