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:
Injury Compensation Notes
Moderate brain surgery (i) £140,870 to £205,580 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) £51,460 to £61,690 Depending on age, cosmetic effects and psychological consequences.
Partial hearing loss or/and tinntius (d) £11,820 to £13,970 Mild tinnitus with some noise-induced hearing loss.
Chest (d) £11,820 to £16,860 A simple injury causing permanent damage to tissue but without impacting lung function long term.
Lung disease (h) £2,070 to £5,000 Temporary aggravation of bronchitis or other chest problems with full recovery within a few months.
Asthma (d) £9,990 to £18,020 Mild asthma-like symptoms from, for example, harmful fume exposure.
Spleen (a) £19,510 to £24,680 Spleen loss where this is persisting infection and disorder risks due to immune system damage.
Hernia (a) £13,970 to £22,680 Lasting pain and/or limitations to sport, physical activities or employment post-repair.
Arm injuries (b) £36,770 to £56,180 Serious fractures of one or both forearms with a notable permanent lasting disability, functional or cosmetic.
Injuries to the elbow (a) £36,770 to £51,460 Severe disabling injury to the elbow.
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.
Our advisors are available 24/7 and can help determine whether your claim is valid. If your claim has a good chance to succeed, they may pass it to our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors.
A No Win No Fee agreement, in particular a Conditional Fee Agreement, is useful in accident at work claims, as they require no upfront cost. Furthermore, if your claim fails, you do not pay any of your lawyer’s legal fees.
The solicitor handling your case will only take a fee from you if you are awarded compensation. This fee is a legally-capped percentage of your compensation that they will take to cover their legal costs. It’s subject to a legal cap meaning that you will not be overcharged.
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