Accidents at work claims can be quite a minefield if you’re unsure how the process works. From gathering vital evidence to dealing with the arguments posed by defendants, there can be a lot to handle and a lot of legal jargon to wrap your head around. That’s why we created this accidents at work FAQ page, devoted to answering the most frequently asked questions on workplace accident claims.
Below, you can find answers to topics ranging from the accident at work claim time limit to the average payout for a workplace back injury.
Remember, if you have any other questions that aren’t covered on this page, or if you’d like to proceed to make a claim, please get in touch with us by:
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Accidents At Work FAQ
Below you can find answers to some of the most popular questions we get asked:
Why is it important to report accidents at work?
In reporting accidents at work, it’s possible to use these records to help develop and improve risk assessments and identify potential risks to prevent incidents from happening in the future.
Reporting accidents also creates a record of the incident, which may serve as a crucial piece of evidence in proving a compensation claim.
How can you avoid accidents at the workplace?
There are various steps employers can take to avoid accidents at the workplace, such as:
- Conducting risk assessments
- Carrying out regular inspections and maintenance work on machinery and equipment
- Training staff continuously
- Supplying adequate PPE
- Keeping work areas and walkways clear
- Displaying warning signage
- Reporting accidents and near misses
Following all of these steps allows employers and employees to avoid workplace accidents.
What is the most common accident in the workplace?
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the most common accident in the workplace in the UK are slips, trips and falls.
Such accidents can be caused by cluttered or obstructed walkways, poor lighting, faulty handrails or spillages that haven’t been cleaned up.
The biggest issue with this type of accident is that in most cases, it can be avoided.
Can you claim for accidents at work?
Yes, it’s possible to claim for accidents at work provided you can prove three things:
- That your employer owed you a duty of care (all employers owe their staff a duty to keep them safe at work, so far as reasonably possible)
- That your employer breached that duty of care
- And that breach led to you suffering an injury
Prove all of these things and you’ll be able to establish that your employer was negligent.
How long do I have to make an accident at work claim?
You have 3 years from the date of the accident to make a claim for compensation. So, for example, if you had an accident on 4th August 2022, you would have until 4th August 2025 to issue court proceedings.
If you lose mental capacity because of the accident, the time limit will be frozen until you regain it. A litigation friend can pursue a claim on your behalf, however.
Learn More About Accidents At Work
Below, you can find links to lots more guides on accidents at work:
- If you’ve suffered an electric shock at work, you may be unsure of your legal rights. If so, this guide offers lots of advice on claiming compensation for your injury and what steps your employer should take to make your workplace safe.
- How to make an accident at work claim
- Agency worker accident claims
- How to make a claim if injured as a temporary worker
- I hurt myself at work, can I make a claim?
- Can you sue your employer for an accident while still employed?
- How to prove an injury at work
- Will claiming against my employer create problems?
- Advice on claims if injured working for cash
- Do I need accident at work solicitors near me?
- Employers’ responsibilities after an accident at work
- What happens if an employee does not report an accident or injury at work?
- How long after an accident at work do you have to claim?
- Do I need a lawyer if I get an injury at work?
- New employee had an accident at work – can they claim?
- I had an accident at work, what are my employers’ responsibilities?
- I didn’t take time off work after an accident, can I still claim?
- Who pays my work injury medical expenses?
- How to claim for a work accident
- What to do if I injured myself at work?
- Workplace accident claim time limits
- Accidents caused by tiredness and fatigue
- Can you be fired for a work-related accident?
- Foot injuries caused by a lack of safety books
- Could I make a workplace injury claim if I’m not an employee?
- Tendon injury at work claims
- Can you claim for an accident at work if you suffered no injury?
- How to claim for an injury at work when self-employed
- Can I claim if assaulted at work?
- Can I be sacked for having an accident at work?
- Finger injury at work claims
- Shoulder injury at work claims
- Building and construction site accident claims
- Broken finger at work claims
- Warehouse accident claims
- Eye injury at work claims
- How do you make a claim for a broken foot at work?
- How do you make a head injury at work claim?
- Claiming for injuries after a scaffolding accident
- Serious accident at work – how to claim
- Broken ankle at work claims
- Industrial accident claims
- How long after an injury at work can I claim?
- Slip and fall at work compensation payouts
- What are the most common accidents at work?
- What is the process of making a work accident compensation claim?
- I suffered a broken bone at work, how do I claim?
- Factory accident claims
- How does a handy injury at work claim work?
- How to claim for falling down the stairs at work
- Make a claim if you slipped on a wet floor at work
- Carpal tunnel injury compensation payouts
- Am I eligible to make a leg injury at work claim?
- Injury at work claim – what you need to know
- Can you sue your employer if you get hurt on the job?
- How does an accident at work claim work?
- Who is responsible for a car accident at work?
- How to find the best accident at work claims company
- Temporary workers rights after an accident at work
- Can I sue Amazon for an injury at work?
- Can I sue Amazon as an employee after a workplace accident?
- I was injured due to gross misconduct at work
If you need any more questions answering that aren’t covered in our accidents at work FAQ, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.