By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 13th October 2023. If you were injured in a workplace accident but your workplace has since gone into administration, you may be wondering if you can sue a company that has ceased trading.
If you suffer an injury in a workplace accident that was your employer’s fault, or if you have been diagnosed with a long-term illness or industrial disease that was caused by health hazards in the workplace, you could be entitled to sue your employer for compensation. However, in some cases, your employer may have gone out of business. They may have ceased trading or gone into administration or liquidation.
This situation may be particularly a problem for those who are attempting to make a claim for a work-related illness, as the illness may only be diagnosed years after they have parted with the employer. In a situation such as this, you could be left wondering, ‘Can I claim if my employer has ceased trading?’
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- A Guide On Claims If Your Employer Has Ceased Trading
- What Is A Company That Has Ceased Trading?
- How To Check The Status Of A Company
- Can You Sue A Company That Has Ceased Trading?
- Calculating Claims Against An Employer Who Has Ceased Trading
- Special Damages In Claims Against Companies That Have Ceased Trading
- No Win No Fee Claims Against An Employer Who Has Ceased Trading
- Essential References On Claiming Against A Company That Has Ceased Trading
Trying to make a claim for compensation against an employer for a work injury or illness can seem complicated when the business has ceased trading or has been dissolved. However, you could still be able to make a claim for compensation if your former employer is no longer in business because they’ve stopped trading.
In this guide, we include information on:
- Some of the reasons why a business might cease trading.
- How the different processes of folding a business work when it comes to a limited company, statutory notice pay and national insurance.
- How the process of making a claim against a former employer that is no longer in business works and whether there’s a government service that could help.
- What party or organisation you would claim against in order to get your compensation, whether for unpaid wages or injury compensation.
- How to check the status of your former employer to see whether or not it is still trading, or if it is in danger of becoming insolvent and going out of business.
- What other monies you could claim and where you would claim them from if your employer is out of business.
- How potential compensation could be calculated.
- A breakdown of the different types of compensation you could be entitled to claim.
- A feedback form you can use to give us your email address for us to answer your questions
To say that a company has ceased trading is the formal term for a company that has stopped business. Their employees may be laid off and the company’s assets are sold.
A business could be forced to close down due to a number of reasons including becoming insolvent (unable to pay debts owed). If it happens voluntarily, it may be because the director retires or the company no longer serves a purpose, for example.
There are a number of different ways in which the shutting down of a company could play out, which we will explain in the next few sections.
If you are considering making a compensation claim against a former employer, but you aren’t sure whether or not the company is still in business, there are a number of different ways you could find out whether or not the company is still in business. Knowing this could allow you to understand whether you could make a claim against them directly, or (if has ceased trading) use other methods of seeking compensation.
How To Find Out If A Company Has Ceased Trading
The first place you could check is the Companies House, the government register of listed businesses. You can access the website and put in a search for the company you are looking for. This can show you the details of a company, whether it is still trading or if it has gone into liquidation and has been stuck off.
In some cases, you may be worried that a company is going into insolvency, and is in danger of possibly being wound up by the time you are able to complete a claim. You could check in the London Gazette to make sure that it isn’t being listed as being in potential financial danger.
If the company is under provisional liquidation, meaning it has been given final notice from the government to pay off its debts before being liquidated, it will be listed on the government’s insolvency directory. Individual bankruptcy or insolvency would be listed on the government’s Individual Insolvency Register.
If your employer has ceased trading altogether, you could still have the right to make a claim. However, instead of making the claim against the employer itself, you could instead make your claim against the employer’s insurance.
You can find out who your employer’s insurers were by looking at information from the Employers’ Liability Tracing Office (ELTO). You can access the Employers’ Liability Tracing Office website to find out who your employer’s insurers were.
If you are claiming for an injury that you suffered while working for the company, then you should try to find the insurer that was covering the employer at the time the injury occurred. If you are seeking compensation for a work-related illness that has developed as a result of the conditions you worked under while employed at numerous companies, you will need to identify all of the different insurance companies.
Should you have queries about any of the above, a solicitor could help you. Our expert advisors could also help. To get in touch, call the number at the top of the page.
As stated above, if your employer ceased trading, meaning all business activity has ended, you may still be able to claim if you suffered a workplace injury. In this section, we look at how much physical pain and mental suffering may be worth in accident at work claims.
In a successful claim, this is compensated under general damages. To help assess the value of your injuries, legal professionals use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document contains injuries listed next to compensation brackets.
The table below contains figures from the JCG. We’ve provided it as a guide rather than a representation of what you will receive.
|Severe Leg Injuries
|Very serious (ii)
|This bracket includes injuries that result in permanent mobility problems.
|£54,830 to £87,890
|The award in this bracket considers how long the most serious symptoms lasted, treatment and prognosis. Neck injuries in this bracket cause chronic conditions and significant permanent disability.
|£45,470 to £55,990
|In this bracket the claimant will suffer problems with concentration and memory along an affect on the senses and a small epilepsy risk.
|£43,060 to £90,720
|This bracket includes injuries that have caused significant disability but substantial recovery has occurred or is expected.
|£19,200 to £39,170
|The award considers whether there is continuous aching, discomfort or pain. It includes injuries such as dislocations, lacerations, twisting and bruising.
|Up to £13,740
|The award will consider whether surgery is necessary or if it has been successful. This bracket also includes injuries where a hip replacement might be necessary in the future or ongoing symptoms go beyond minimal.
|£12,590 to £26,590
|The claimant has suffered less severe injuries to the wrist but they cause some permanent disability, such as pain and stiffness.
|£12,590 to £24,500
|The award considers treatment, recovery level, pain, functioning, and scarring. Injuries include a partial rupture or significant tendon injury.
|£12,590 to £21,070
|The award considers the original injury’s severity, pain, treatment required, the ability of the claimant to function in day-to-day life and prognosis.
|£12,510 to £27,760
|The claimant has suffered one scar or many very small scars with a marred appearance and a psychological reaction that is no greater than that of an ordinarily sensitive person. The award considers whether the scar can be concealed.
|£3,950 to £13,740
If you would like to know, ‘can you sue a company that has ceased trading?’, call our advisors. In addition to weighing up the feasibility of your claim, they can provide you with a bespoke valuation.
If you successfully sue a company that has ceased trading, you may also be eligible to receive special damages. This head of claim compensates for out-of-pocket financial costs and losses caused by your personal injury.
Special damages can be awarded for:
- Loss of income – you may have had to take time off work because of your injuries. If you have lost out on income as a result, you could be eligible to claim for this.
- Travel expenses – if, for example, you’ve incurred costs travelling to medical appointments, these could be included too.
- Care costs – if your injuries meant you couldn’t take care of yourself, you may have needed home care. The costs of care could be included within your claim.
- Medical expenses – these could include prescription costs, or mobility aids, for example.
You will need to provide evidence that you incurred such expenses or losses as a direct result of your injury. Bank statements, receipts and bills can all be useful in supporting your claim against a company that has ceased trading.
To check what special damages you could be eligible for, please contact an advisor.
Our solicitors offer legal representation on a No Win No Fee basis, which means they could offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). With this kind of agreement, you don’t pay any fees to your solicitor either upfront or while your claim is ongoing.
If your claim succeeds, your solicitor receives a success fee. This is deducted from your settlement award as a percentage, though this percentage has a legal cap to help ensure that you keep the majority of what you receive. But, if your claim doesn’t succeed, then you don’t pay this fee.
Learn More About Claiming Against A Company That Has Ceased Trading
Our team are here to help if you are wondering whether you could sue a company that has ceased trading. To learn more:
- Accident at work claims
- Making an accident at work claim if you are self employed
- Your legal rights after you have had an accident at work
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