This guide will discuss when you could work on the basis of No Win No Fee for accident at work claims. If you have suffered an injury in the workplace, you may be looking to make a personal injury claim. In this guide, we will show you how this can be done with a solicitor working on a No Win No Fee basis.
We will explain the eligibility requirements that will need to be met to have a valid personal injury claim following an accident at work. As well as what evidence could be used to support a claim against your employer. In addition to this, we explain the benefits of working with a personal injury solicitor who is an expert in this field.
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- What Are The Benefits Of Making No Win No Fee Accident At Work Claims?
- When Are You Eligible To Claim For An Accident At Work?
- Potential Accident At Work Compensation
- What Types Of Evidence Could Help You Make A Work Injury Claim?
- Use Our Panel Of Experienced Accident At Work Solicitors To Claim Compensation
- Find Out How To Work With A Solicitor On the Basis Of No Win No Fee For Accident At Work Claims
To work with a personal injury solicitor on the basis of No Win No Fee, you first need to establish whether you have an eligible claim. Many solicitors who offer to represent clients via a No Win No Fee agreement may do so under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
There are several benefits to working with a personal injury solicitor in this way;
- Usually, it means that there is no need to pay them any upfront fees.
- Or any as the case progresses.
- No Win No Fee solicitors typically only take up claims that have a good chance of success, but if it fails, they ask for no payment at all for work completed on the case.
If you work with a solicitor under a CFA and your personal injury claim succeeds, they can take a success fee from the compensation awarded. The success fee is a percentage of the settlement which is subject to a legislative cap.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors all work on a No Win No Fee basis, so to learn whether you could work with one today, call our advisors and have a free case assessment.
Eligibility to start a personal injury claim after an accident at work rests upon three main criteria:
- That your employer owed you a duty of care at the time and place of the accident and injury
- That they breached that duty in some way
- You suffered physical harm, psychological harm or both as a direct consequence.
Duty of care is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HASAWA) as a legal requirement for all employers. Section 2 describes the need for them to ensure general steps considered reasonable and practicable are taken to protect employees from harm as they perform their roles.
Part of an employer’s responsibility is to ensure that risk assessments are carried out and that training and supervision are provided where necessary. Tools and machinery should also be safe to use. With this in mind, a failure to apply health and safety procedures could result in :
- An employee falling and suffering a back injury or head injury because they were provided with a faulty ladder
- A workplace slip, trip and fall on a wet floor because it was not cordoned off or sign-posted
- Falling from a height that was not clearly marked
- Suffering burns because essential personal protection equipment (PPE) was not provided.
Whatever the cause of your workplace accident, if you can show that employer negligence was the root cause, contact our team today.
Successful claims can receive general damages; for example, they can be awarded to acknowledge the pain, suffering, and loss of amenity you have suffered. Long-term health needs can also be included.
To do this, legal professionals can refer to a publication that lists award bracket amounts in order of severity called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). We include an excerpt from this below, but please bear in mind these amounts are guideline figures only:
Award Guideline Brackets
|Injury Area||Degree of Severity||Award Compensation Bracket||Notes|
|Head||(c) Moderate (i)||£150,110 to £219,070||Moderate to severe intellectual deficit as well as impact on senses.|
|Knee||(a) Severe (i)||£69,730 to £96,210||Cases of severe knee-joint disruption and risk of osteoarthritis. Requires a prolonged period of treatment.|
|Arm||(b) Other Arm Injuries||£39,170 to £59,860||Serious fractures to one or both of the forearms that leaves a significant level of residual disability.|
|Hand||(e) Serious Hand Injuries||£29,000 to £61,910||Cases where the hand capacity is reduced by half: for example amputation of some fingers together with part of the palm.|
|Back||(b) Moderate (i)||£27,760 to £38,780||This bracket looks at compression and/or crush injuries to the lumbar region that present a significant risk of future osteoarthritis and constant pain.|
|Pelvis||(b) Moderate (i)||£26,590 to £39,170||Although this bracket assesses significant injury to the pelvis or hip, permanent disability is not considered a major or potential future risk.|
|Neck||(b) Moderate (i)||£24,990 to £38,490||Injuries, fractures and dislocations that create serious immediate symptoms that may demand surgery. Chronic conditions also looked at here.|
|Ankle||(c) Moderate||£13,740 to £26,590||Fractures and ligament tears that can give rise to disabilities such as difficulty standing, walking or taking stairs.|
|Shoulder||(c) Moderate||£7,890 to £12,770||Frozen shoulder: limitation of movement and discomfort persisting for about two years|
|Wrist||(d) Fracture/Soft Tissue||£6,080 to £10,350||Recovery that takes longer than 12 months to heal but is complete, (or nearly so) despite some minor symptoms.|
Claiming Special Damages In Accident At Work Claims
As well as the amounts based on medical evidence, special damages may apply. These are based on proof of financial loss caused by the injury. You may have documented proof such as receipts, payslips and invoices that can show:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenses
- Travel costs
- Adaptations to home and vehicle
- Lost deposits for special occasions or holidays you were unable to attend.
Reach out to a member of our team for help or to find out more information about the process of working with solicitors on the basis of No Win No Fee for accident at work claims. They can explain more about how a personal injury solicitor could help you gather relevant evidence under special damages.
The stronger the evidence you can assemble, the better chance your personal injury claim could have. To assist you with this, below is a general list of documents and tips that can help:
- Try to obtain CCTV footage of the accident
- Keep a diary that details your mental state after the injuries and key treatments that were needed
- Get copies of medical details such as prescriptions, X-rays and other reports
- Take photographs of the area where you were injured as well as the injuries themselves
- Collect the contact details of anyone who was a witness and is willing to give a statement.
These are also things that a personal injury solicitor could help with. Speak to our team for free advice on working with a solicitor on the basis of No Win No Fee for accident at work claims.
A solicitor from our panel could provide immediate hands-on expertise with your case. They can:
- Help build evidence in your claim
- Ensure that you receive important documents and meet deadlines
- Provide a regular status report on the progress of your claim
- Give a realistic idea of what level of compensation you may receive
- Present your case in a professional and thorough way.
Speak to our advisors using the contact details below. It’s free, and they can offer an immediate no-obligation assessment of your claim:
- Call on 0161 696 9685
- Contact us online about your accident at work claim
- Or use the live chat feature below.
To find out more information about working with a solicitor on the basis of No Win No Fee for accident at work claims, see other guides on our website:
- When can you claim for a workplace injury?
- How many personal injury claims go to court?
- Also, read more on how a personal injury claim is calculated
In addition to this, you may find these external links helpful:
- Some recent work related health and safety statistics – HSE
- Information on back pain from the NHS
- In conclusion, read more about how to prevent slips and trips at work – HSE.
If you have any remaining questions, please contact a member of our team.