By Jo Caine. Last Updated 26th June 2023. If you have been injured in an accident at work because of negligence, you may want to find the best accident at work claims company to handle your claim. However, before this, you will need to determine that you have a valid claim for compensation.
This article will explain the duty of care owed to you by your employer, along with more information on workplace health and safety. We will also explain the time limits in which claims need to be made and the ways that settlements are valued.
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If you’ve been injured at work as a result of employer negligence, you might be looking for the best accident at work claims company to handle your case. There’s no requirement to work with a claims company or solicitor when claiming, but you might find it helpful to navigate the claims process with their expertise and guidance.
Accidents at work can cause a range of different kinds of injuries. Some of these might be relatively minor, but still affect your quality of life in the short term. However, others might be more serious and could have a permanent impact on your life.
If you’d like an assessment of the validity of your claim today, you can get in touch with a member of our team. An advisor will be able to assess whether the duty of care towards you was breached and whether your case fulfils the other eligibility criteria for claiming.
An employer’s duty of care is the responsibility they have to take practicable steps to ensure that their employees remain safe in the workplace. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA) is the central piece of health and safety legislation that outlines this duty; it also outlines some of the steps an employer can take to ensure their employee’s safety.
As well as the HASAWA, there are other pieces of legislation that state the steps an employer should do to keep you safe. For example, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 2022 (PPEWR) outlines the specific duty of care that your employer owes you in relation to providing you with protective equipment.
If an employer breaches the duty of care that they owe you, and this leads you to be injured, you may have grounds for a claim. You would need to show direct causation between the breach and the injuries you sustained; furthermore, your claim must be made within the appropriate time limit. Read on for more information, or get in touch with us today.
According to HASAWA, some examples of the steps an employer should follow to ensure their employee’s safety include:
- General housekeeping – Walkways should be clear of obstructions and spills, such as boxes in pathways or water leaks on floors which could cause slip, trip or fall accidents.
- Maintaining work systems – Equipment and tools should be maintained to a safe standard. Maintenance failure may result in malfunctions, such as emergency buttons breaking and crushing limbs.
- Providing sufficient training and supervision – Employees should have free, relevant training. Operating heavy machinery with inadequate training can increase the chance of injury.
- Supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) – Employees should be provided with free PPE where necessary, and the equipment must be in line with the PPEWR. Failure to provide PPE endangers employees; for example, a construction worker could have an unsecured item fall on their head. Without the protection of a hard hat, this could result in injury.
- Completing risk assessments – The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 establishes that an employer should complete risk assessments. Any risks identified should be removed or, if this is not possible, reduced.
Contact our advisors for more information about how finding the best accident at work claims company can be useful in building a strong case.
Even the best accident at work claims company will not be able to process a personal injury claim outside of the relevant time limit. The Limitation Act 1980 is the legislation that dictates the time limits on personal injury claims. Generally, the limit is:
- 3 years from the date of the injury; or
- 3 years from when you realised that your symptoms were (at least partly) caused by negligence
However, the are some exceptions to this, which include:
- For people under the age of 18, the 3-year time limit is suspended until the claimant’s 18th birthday and lasts until their 21st birthday. While you are under 18, you can appoint a litigation friend on your behalf to represent your best interests and the time limit is frozen.
- If you are mentally incapacitated, you can also appoint a litigation friend to act on your behalf. While you lack the mental capacity to claim, the time limit is suspended.
Contact our advisors today for information on accidents at work time limits. If you have a valid claim and are within the time limit for pursuing compensation, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel.
If your accident at work claim succeeds, the amount you could receive depends in part on the type and severity of the injury.
The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) produce guideline brackets for a range of different injury types. They are based on previous compensation awards that have been made.
The table below is based on the JCG and breaks down possible compensation for injuries:
|Moderate brain surgery (i)
|£150,110 to £219,070
|Moderate to severe intellectual deficit and a personality change. Effects to sight, speech and senses with notable risk of epilepsy and no work prospects.
|Total loss of one eye (d)
|£54,830 to £65,710
|Depending on age, cosmetic effects and psychological consequences.
|Arm injuries (b)
|£39,170 to £59,860
|Serious fractures of one or both forearms with a notable permanent lasting disability, functional or cosmetic.
|Injuries to the elbow (a)
|£39,170 to £54,830
|Severe disabling injury to the elbow.
|£20,800 to £26,290
|Spleen loss where this is persisting infection and disorder risks due to immune system damage.
|£14,900 to £24,170
|Lasting pain and/or limitations to sport, physical activities or employment post-repair.
|£12,590 to £14,900
|A simple injury causing permanent damage to tissue but without impacting lung function long term.
|Partial hearing loss or/and tinntius (d)
|£11,820 to £13,970
|Mild tinnitus with some noise-induced hearing loss.
|£10,640 to £19,200
|Mild asthma-like symptoms from, for example, harmful fume exposure.
|Lung disease (h)
|£2,200 to £5,320
|Temporary aggravation of bronchitis or other chest problems with full recovery within a few months.
You also may be eligible for special damages as part of your accident at work claim. Special damages cover the financial costs accrued due to your injury and can include:
- Loss of earnings and future income
- Medical treatment sought outside the NHS
- Travel to and from medical appointments
Contact our advisors for more information on finding the best accident at work claims company to use to claim compensation. If you have a valid claim, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
If you meet the eligibility criteria to make a personal injury claim for accident at work compensation, one of the solicitors on our panel may be able to help you with your case.
Our panel of solicitors have experience with various types of workplace injury claims, and may offer to represent you in yours on a No Win No Fee basis with a Conditional Fee Agreement.
When you make a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor, you usually won’t be expected to pay them anything upfront or during the process of your claim for their services. Furthermore, if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay them for the work they have provided on your case.
Should your claim be successful, you will pay your solicitor a success fee. This fee is a legally capped percentage that is deducted from your compensation.
To see if you could be eligible to work with a solicitor on our panel, you can contact our advisory team. Our advisors can offer you free advice for your claim, as well as answer any questions you may have, such as ‘How do I find the best accident at work claims company?’
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Below, you can find links to lots more guides on accidents at work:
- Accidents at work FAQ
- How to make an accident at work claim
- 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 hand 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?
- 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
You may also find these additional links to be helpful:
If you have any more questions about searching for the best accident at work claims company for your circumstances, speak with an advisor today.
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