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Injury & accident at work compensation claims solicitors
At Stephensons, we have dedicated accident at work solicitors who can recover compensation for you should it be proven that the reason for your injury at work claim was the fault of your employer or another person. For free initial guidance on your options, call our accident and injury at work compensation team on 0161 696 6235.
Every employer must exercise a duty of care towards their employees, whether they are working onsite, from home or in any other location. If you have had an accident at work and it was not your fault you could be entitled to accident at work compensation. You can find out in minutes if you have the basis for a work injury claim with a no-obligation phone call to Stephensons.
What is an accident at work claim?
An accident at work claim is a compensation claim you can make if you are injured or made ill at work by an unexpected event that wasn’t your fault. If you’ve been hurt and your life has been impacted as a result, you may be eligible to claim.
Employers have a duty of care to protect employees, to ensure that they are compliant with health and safety laws and to ensure staff are trained appropriately for their work duties. If they have failed in any of these areas and you have been injured in an incident at work that wasn’t your fault, they may be liable to pay you compensation.
Can I claim compensation for an accident at work?
There are certain eligibility criteria that you’ll need to meet in order to make a successful claim for compensation for an accident at work. The accident needs to have happened within the last three years and it needs to not have been your fault that you were injured.
If the injury or illness that resulted from the accident meant that your life has been negatively impacted then you might be eligible for compensation. You may have been unable to work for a period of time and have missed out on income from that, or you may have even had to leave your job completely. This lost income may have meant you have been unable to pay bills, look after your family or meet other financial commitments.
At Stephensons, we can help you to gather the necessary evidence and build a strong claim to help you gain the compensation that you deserve for what you have experienced.
Why choose Stephensons accident at work solicitors?
As one of the largest injury at work claim solicitors in the UK, we have represented a wide variety of clients from every industry sector after they have been injured in an accident at work that wasn't their fault. These incidents do not only lead to injury and anguish, but also financial loss and it is important that clients pursue the injury at work compensation they deserve.
At Stephensons, we understand that no amount of compensation can change what has happened or take away the workplace injury that you suffered and anything that occurred as a result of the accident. However, our specialist team of accident at work solicitors are dedicated to helping you claim the maximum amount of compensation that you are due, which can help you to move forward with your life and get a sense of closure and justice for the incident.
With an experienced team that have handled many work accident claims in different industries and circumstances, we’re ideally placed to help with your claim and strive for the best possible outcome for every client.
How can our accident at work solicitors help?
Our accident at work solicitor team are experts in the process of assessing claims and putting together a strong case for compensation. We understand the far-reaching impact that an injury at work can have on the individual and their family, and we deal with every case with professionalism and sensitivity.
In the first instance, we can assess whether you have a valid accident at work claim. If you do, we can then help gather the evidence needed to build the claim and ensure that the correct legal processes are followed to their respective timescales. This will usually involve medical records and an independent medical assessment to assess the impact of the workplace injury both now and in the future. All of the evidence gathered will form part of the claim and help you achieve the best possible outcome in the circumstances.
Who do our accident at work solicitors help?
Our accident at work solicitors can help anyone who is eligible to claim for work injury compensation. We help clients across many sectors who have unfortunately experienced an accident at work that wasn’t their fault, claiming the compensation they deserve to help them move on with their lives.
You can see some examples of the kind of cases we’ve been involved in by scrolling further down this page.
Injury at work claim
If an employer neglects their responsibilities and this causes an incident at work that results in you, their employee, being injured, you may be able to make an injury at work claim for compensation. If your claim succeeds, your employer’s liability insurance policy is there to cover the sum of compensation paid out.
Employees often worry that an accident at work claim might affect their position or cost them their job. Those who work for particularly small companies worry that their employer will not be able to afford the cost of work accident compensation. These fears are ungrounded and work injury compensation claims do more than simply benefit the victim of an accident.
When an employee launches a work injury claim, their employer is likely to take action to avoid a repeat accident/incident, and this helps to safeguard fellow employees from suffering similar injuries. In addition, all businesses, large and small, hold liability insurance which prevents them from paying injury at work compensation directly from their own pocket.
From lifting and manual handling injuries to falls and faulty equipment, accidents at work can occur for a variety of reasons, making work injury compensation claims diverse and complex. Accidents might be caused by a lack of training or supervision or simply the negligent actions of a colleague.
Whatever the particular circumstances of your claim, we provide specialist, bespoke legal advice which is tailored to your needs and designed to secure you the right amount of compensation.
You could find out if you have grounds for a work injury claim by calling Stephensons today on 0161 696 6235. Our no win no fee accident at work solicitors can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Examples of accidents at work
Accidents at work can be life-changing for the victims. Not only can it result in prolonged time off for some it can mean that they are permanently injured and left unable to work. At Stephensons, we have helped scores of clients get the work injury compensation they are entitled to after having an accident at work. Here are some work injury cases we have worked on.
£60,000 for HGV driver unable to return to work
Our client was preparing to deliver kegs and cases of beer in their role as a HGV driver, when some empty kegs fell off the truck and onto their back, causing them to fall to the ground. Liability was admitted by the defendant. Our client injured their lower back which accelerated symptoms of osteoarthritis by around 3-5 years and placed him at a disadvantage on the labour market. They also suffered a blunt trauma to the head. Due to his injuries, they were unable to return to work as a HGV driver and had difficulty driving in general. Thanks to our professional team of accident at work solicitors, a settlement of £60,000 was rewarded.
Care worker injured at work
Our client works in a care home and was opening the curtains when the curtain pole snapped in half (due to a missing bracket) and fell, hitting our client on the head. Liability was admitted. Our client suffered a minor head injury and post-concussion syndrome, causing symptoms of headache, nausea, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, memory loss and personality changes.
£48,000 for injured church volunteer
Our client was a church volunteer and was asked to re-hang an attachment to the sanctuary of the church. They were on the top step of a fold-out stepladder when it suddenly moved side ways causing them to fall approximately 5 feet, sustaining a left pelvis fracture. They remained in hospital for 15 days and were unable to drive for a significant period, requiring substantial assistance from their family. It was anticipated that they would require a hip replacement in the future. Liability for the accident was admitted by the defendant and compensation of £48,000 was awarded for his work accident claim.
Out of court settlement for healthcare assistant
Our client was injured whilst working as a healthcare assistant. They were assisting in restraining a young patient when a colleague moved the patient’s bed which caused our client to lose grip of the patient's legs. The patient then punched, kicked and head-butted our client causing a minor head injury and significant psychological problems including PTSD, slurred speech and memory loss. Liability was denied and proceedings were issued with allocation to the multi-track for a three-day trial. The case settled out of court.
Accident at work compensation
In the workplace, health and safety regulations help to keep us all safe and all employers - whether they are large or small have a legal duty of care to provide the right protection and training. However, sometimes these rules are not adhered to. At Stephensons, we understand that making a claim against your employer can feel daunting, however, our injury at work solicitors will help you every step of the way. How much you will receive in accident at work compensation will depend on the circumstances of the accident and the severity of the injuries. To get an idea of how much work accident compensation you might receive, take a look at our accident at work compensation calculator.
If you believe you have been dismissed after an accident at work and need advice on employment law, then contact our expert employment lawyers today.
Accident at work claims - FAQs
I had an accident at work; what are my rights?
If you have been injured in an accident at work which was not your fault, you could be entitled to work injury compensation. You can contact specialist work accident claim solicitors to find out if you have a valid claim.
If your claim is successful, you may receive compensation for the pain and anguish caused, the medical services required and any subsequent loss of earnings, so long as it can be proven that the accident was caused by the negligence or malpractice of another party, particularly your employer.
How to claim for an accident at work?
The first step in claiming for an injury at work is to contact our expert and professional accident at work solicitors. We offer free a initial consultation on your options and from this, we can ascertain if you have an injury at work claim or not. Contact us today on 0161 696 6235.
How much compensation for an accident at work?
How much compensation you may get for an accident at work will depend on the circumstances of the work injury, the severity of the injuries, expenses incurred as a result of the accident and any loss of earnings or future earnings. When we make a claim for workplace accident compensation on your behalf, we will always apply for the maximum amount possible. For a ballpark figure on how much compensation you can expect for your injury, take a look at our accident at work compensation calculator.
How long do accident at work claims take?
How long an accident at work claim will take will depend on your unique case and whether the defendant admits liability. Your work accident claim solicitor may be able to give you a rough estimate of how long the claim might take given your specific circumstances.
Typically, straight forward cases, where liability is admitted, may take months; while work injury claims where liability is disputed or if the accident at work case is particularly complex, it can take a year or more to come to a close.
How much does it cost to make an accident at work compensation claim?
When you make a work accident compensation claim, the process can usually be funded on a no win no fee basis, otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA). Speak to our reliable work injury solicitors for more information and to discuss work accident claim funding options.
Can I lose my job for claiming compensation after a workplace injury?
Claiming compensation for a workplace injury is not legally allowed to affect your job. To dismiss a member of staff for making an accident at work claim or after the accident itself would mean that the business is not complying with the law.
Employers, even very small businesses, hold liability insurance to pay out in these events so the work injury compensation will not come directly from their pocket. In most cases, making a claim actually makes the workplace better and safer for you and your colleagues in the future, since corrective measures are taken to prevent further accidents. If you have been dismissed after an accident at work, then contact our expert work accident solicitors today.
Will I need to go to court if I claim for an accident at work?
Accidents at work fall under personal injury claims. Only a small amount of work accident compensation claims reach court since most are settled before the process gets that far. Our accident at work solicitors try to ensure that a case is settled as quickly and simply as possible, usually without the need to go to court.
The personal injury claims process is designed for both parties to be open and honest with one another so that the court remains the last resort. This saves time and money for all involved. Our highly skilled work accident claims solicitors, however, always prepare fully for this, in case it should happen.
If a work accident case is brought to court it is usually because the defendant does not accept responsibility for the accident and refuses to pay accident at work compensation. Alternatively, they might accept liability but not agree with the level of compensation required. It is then the responsibility of the judge to decide an appropriate level of work injury compensation, but these cases are rare.
Can I make an injury at work compensation claim on behalf of somebody who died in a workplace accident?
It is possible to launch an injury at work claim on behalf of somebody who dies in a workplace accident, and often claims are brought by the widow or partner of the deceased. The executor of the deceased can also claim work accident compensation on behalf of the deceased.
Accident at work - how long do I have to submit my injury at work claim?
In the vast majority of accident at work cases, a strict time limit is enforced. A claim for work accident compensation must be brought within three years of the accident. It’s always best to start the claim process as early as possible to minimise the chances of exceeding this timescale.
In claims involving workplace diseases that occur over time, the workplace accident claim must be brought within three years of the symptoms being discovered, or when the symptoms are linked to the working environment. In work accident claims involving death, the three-year period begins at the date of death or the point in time when the death was linked to the incident or accident at work in question.
In cases involving minors, the three-year period will not begin until their eighteenth birthday and in cases involving a person being treated under the Mental Health Act 1983, the period will not begin until they are discharged.
Three years might seem like a long time, but it is important to seek expert legal advice as soon as possible in the case of an injury at work as sometimes the evidence-gathering process can be complex.
What can I make a work accident claim for?
From physical injuries to emotional damage and financial loss, accidents at work can affect our lives, and those of our loved ones, in so many different ways. Work accident claims can be made for any injury that can be proven to have caused you to lose out financially or otherwise.
This is why, if you are eligible, you should pursue a work injury compensation claim, to get the accident at work compensation that you deserve.
Accidents at work can occur as a result of negligence in the workplace, and if this has happened to you and you have been left with life changing injuries (both physically and mentally) as a result, then our injury at work lawyers can help. Injury at work compensation claims can be made as a result of a number of different workplace injuries, including slips, trips and falls, electrocution, being struck by objects and falling from a height. Our professional injury at work solicitors are here to help make sure that your workplace accident compensation claim is successful and that you receive the injury at work compensation that you deserve, now that you’re living with the effects of your injuries.
Will I be required to undergo a medical examination?
It is likely that the claimant in an accident at work claim will be required to undergo at least one medical examination during the claims process. Our work injury lawyers will be able to explain more about this.
Can I make a work injury compensation claim if my employer is no longer trading?
Yes, if liability insurance cover, which the company should have held at the time of the incident, was in place, then injury at work compensation can still be claimed. Your work accident claim solicitor will be able to help with this.
Companies which have been removed from the Register of Companies can be reinstated in order for an accident at work claim to be brought.
Can I make a claim for multiple injuries?
If you have suffered multiple injuries following any kind of an accident, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. We would consider all the injuries sustained and look at the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that they have caused, as well as financial losses incurred as a whole.
As with all injury claims, the aim of the compensation awarded is to put you back in the position you would have been before the accident.
Sustaining multiple injuries can involve a lengthier recovery process. This may result in your day to day activities being affected, such as being unable to work, having to rely on others to provide you with assistance or loss of important bodily functions. We will endeavour to do our best to help you or a loved if you have been put into this position due to someone else’s negligence.
We have a substantial amount of experience in dealing with claims involving serious and multiple injuries including:
- Multiple orthopaedic injuries, such as fractures, sprains and muscle damage
- Nerve damage
- Brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Neurological injuries
What are the most common workplace accidents and injuries?
The most common workplace accidents usually result from slips, trips and falls, vehicle collisions and manual work incidents, such as heavy lifting, carrying, pushing or moving items and equipment. Certain industries tend to have more of some types of workplace injuries than others e.g. commercial kitchens and burns.
What happens after a workplace accident?
After you’ve been involved in a workplace accident, the most important thing is to ensure that you firstly have the medical care and attention that you need to treat any injuries you have suffered. The also accident should be logged in the business’ accident book as outlined in their health and safety policy.
Serious accidents involving death, major injuries, injuries that keep an employee off work for more than three days or where a member the public is taken to hospital, along with dangerous occurrences or if an employee develops a work-related disease, should be reported by the employer to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or their local authority’s environmental health team, depending on the type of business it is.
What are my rights after an accident at work?
As an employee, your employer has a legal duty of care towards you to provide a working environment that is safe and to ensure that you have any safety equipment or training needed to carry out your role successfully. If they fail in this and you’re injured in a work accident, you might be able to make a compensation claim.
There are a range of employment and health and safety laws that can apply to a situation where an employee has an accident at work, so knowing where you stand legally is important. A specialist work accident solicitor will be able to give you the right advice for your circumstances.
How long after an accident at work can I claim?
In most circumstances, there is a time limit of three years after an accident at work during which an employee can make a claim for compensation. It’s important to speak to a specialist accident at work solicitor as soon after the accident as possible so that the process can be started promptly.
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