In this guide, we will explore how accident at work solicitors could help you make a personal injury claim and seek compensation. Additionally, we will provide you with an overview of the process involved in claiming for injuries sustained the workplace, including the eligibility criteria that need to be met in order to do so and the evidence you can gather to strengthen your case.
Employers owe a duty of care to ensure the safety of their employees. We will discuss the responsibilities they owe in more detail and the legislation they need to adhere to later in this guide.
Additionally, we will discuss accident at work settlements, what they could include and how they could be calculated.
Finally, we discuss the advantages that can come with choosing a No Win No Fee solicitor to represent your case.
Please speak to an advisor to discuss your potential accident at work claim, or to ask any questions you might have after reading our guide. They can offer free advice and guidance 24/7. To reach them, you can:
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There are several ways accident at work solicitors could help you. For example, they could:
- Help you collect evidence.
- Speak with witnesses to get statements.
- Update you on the stage of your claim.
- Value your claim.
- Send important claims correspondence.
- Present your case in full within the relevant time frame.
When choosing a solicitor to represent your case, as well as considering the services they offer, you should look at whether they have experience handling claims similar to your own.
The personal injury solicitors from our panel have experience representing claims for accidents at work and can offer services similar to those listed above nationwide.
To find out more, please get in touch with an advisor on the number above. They can assess your case to determine whether you have valid grounds to seek compensation and may connect you with a solicitor, should you choose to opt for their services.
A valid personal injury claim for an accident at work will be able to show:
- An employer owed a duty of care.
- This duty was breached.
- You sustained mental or physical injuries because of the breach.
For personal injury claims, these three criteria lay the foundation of negligence. Negligence needs to be proven in order to have valid grounds to seek compensation.
The Health And Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 establishes an employers duty of care to prevent harm to employees. This means they need to take reasonable and practicable steps to ensure the safety and well being of employees in the workplace or as they carry out their work-related tasks.
If there is a failure to uphold this duty, in some cases, it may result in an employee becoming injured at work. For example, an employee may fall from a height due to being given a faulty ladder by their employer, causing them to sustain a back or shoulder injury.
Alternatively, if a puddle of water is not cleared up or signposted in an adequate time frame, it could result in an employee sustaining a wrist injury in a slip and fall at work.
To discuss your specific case and find out whether you have eligible grounds to make an accident at work claim, call an advisor on the number above.
Gathering evidence can illustrate that employer negligence occurred as well as provide an insight into the way your injuries have affected you.
Here are examples of evidence that could be obtained:
- Photos of the accident site, and the injuries sustained.
- CCTV footage that captured the accident.
- Medical records, such as copies of scans, prescriptions and doctor reports.
- The contact information of any witnesses who saw the accident occur.
- A copy of the incident report from the workplace accident book.
If you require any assistance in gathering evidence, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our advisors. They could potentially connect you with one of the accident at work solicitors from our panel to help you, provided you have a valid claim.
If you’ve sustained a workplace injury due to an employer breaching their duty of care, you may be eligible to receive compensation.
The potential payout awarded after a successful claim could be made up of two heads which are known as general and special damages. General damages account for the pain and suffering that you have experienced as a result of your injury. However, the compensation awarded for this aspect of your injury may depend on factors such as severity and future prognosis.
Personal injury solicitors usually refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), alongside medical evidence, when calculating the value of your injuries. The JCG contains guideline compensation figures, some of which have been included in the table below.
However, you should remember that the figures in the table are only a guideline and not guaranteed.
|Type of Injury||Severity||Description||Compensation Bracket|
|Injury from Brain Damage||Very Severe||There is little to no language function as well as little, if any, evidence of the person having a meaningful response to their environment. Full time care is needed.||£282,010 to £403,990|
|Injury from Brain Damage||Moderate (i)||The person experiences a moderate to severe intellectual deficit as well as an effect on senses and change in personality.||£150,110 to £219,070|
|Neck Injury||Severe (i)||A neck injury that is associated with incomplete paraplegia.||Around £148,330|
|Neck Injury||Moderate (i)||Soft tissue injuries of a serious nature affecting the back and neck.||£24,990 to £38,490
|Arm Amputation||Loss of One Arm (i)||Amputation of one arm at shoulder level.||Not less than £137,160|
|Other Arm Injury||Less Severe||Significant disabilities with a substantial degree of recovery that has already happened or will be expected.||£19,200 to £39,170|
|Hand Injury||Total or Effective Loss of One Hand||This bracket includes cases where the hand was crushed and then surgically amputated.||£96,160 to £109,650|
|Hand Injury||Moderate||Crush injuries, penetrating wounds and soft tissue type injuries are included in this bracket.||£5,720 to £13,280|
|Ankle Injury||Very Severe||Cases of a bilateral ankle fracture that cause joint degeneration at a young age are included in this bracket.||£50,060 to £69,700|
|Ankle Injury||Modest||Fractures, tears to the ligaments and other similar injuries that result in less serious disabilities.||Up to £13,740|
Special Damages In An Employer Negligence Claim
Special damages compensate for past and future financial losses that have occurred as a result of your injuries. These losses may include:
- Care costs
- Transport costs to hospital appointments
- Loss of earnings
Evidence of these expenses, such as receipts or invoices, should be obtained in order to successfully claim them back.
To learn more about accident at work settlements, or to receive a free personalised estimate of what you could receive following a successful claim, please reach out to an advisor.
Our panel of accident at work solicitors could offer their services under a No Win No Fee agreement. Whilst there are different types of these contracts, they can offer one that typically allows you access to their services without the requirement to pay upfront, as your claim progresses, or if your claim fails. This is known as a Conditional Fee Agreement.
If your claim succeeds, under the terms of a CFA, your solicitor will deduct a success fee from your compensation. This is taken as a percentage, which the law caps.
Please don’t hesitate to contact an advisor today to discuss whether or not you have valid grounds to make an accident at work claim. If you do, one of our advisors could connect you to a solicitor from our panel, should you choose to be represented by them.
For more information, you can:
Explore our other guides below:
- How To Prove An Injury At Work
- I Had An Accident At Work As A New Employee, Could I Claim Compensation?
- Could I Make A Workplace Injury Claim If I Am Not An Employee?
Additionally, below are some links you may find useful:
- Health and Safety Executive – Workplace accident statistics
- GOV.UK – Statutory sick pay
- NHS – When to call 111
Thank you for reading our guide on how accident at work solicitors could help you seek personal injury compensation. If you have any other questions, please speak with an advisor on the number above.
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