Work accident injury compensation claims

At Stephensons we have a dedicated team of accident and injury at work solicitors who can recover compensation for you if it can be proved that your employer or another person, was at fault for you sustaining an injury at work. Call our accident and injury at work compensation team on 0203 816 0065.

Every employer must observe a duty of care towards their employees, whether they are working on site, from home or in any other location. If a worker is injured in an accident that is not their fault they could be entitled to work injury compensation. They can find out in minutes if they have the basis for a claim with a no obligation phone call to Stephensons.

  • Accident at Work - My Experience by Keith Brown 

    Keith Brown shares his experience after an accident at work resulted in a serious injury, not only did the injury lead to Keith taking time off work but it also meant he would never be able to return to a similar role in the future. Keith talks about the accident and also discusses how he found working with Stephensons to pursue a personal injury compensation claim.

  • Keith Brown

    "Stephensons were great… They kept me informed of everything… and they explained how long things would take. I would definitely recommend Stephensons." - Keith Brown

  • "Keith suffered a serious injury at work which will have a massive impact on the rest of his life. We are delighted to have been able to play a part in ensuring he has everything possible in place to help with his rehabilitation and adjust to life after a serious accident." - Kate Sweeney - Head of Personal Injury

Why choose Stephensons?

As one of the largest personal injury law firms in the UK, we have represented a wide variety of clients from every industry sector after they have been injured in work place accidents. These incidences do not only lead to injury and anguish, but also financial loss and it is important that clients pursue the compensation they deserve through specialist accident at work claims by the experts.

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 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 safeguards fellow employees from suffering similar injuries. In addition all businesses, large and small, hold liability insurance which prevent them from paying compensation from their own pocket. 

Workplace accident claims

From lifting and manual handling injuries, to falls and faulty equipment, injuries can occur for a variety of reasons, making accident at work claims diverse and complex. Accidents might be caused by a lack of training or supervision or simply the negligence of a colleague.

Whatever the particular circumstances of any client, Stephensons provide specialist, bespoke legal advice which is tailored to the needs of each client and designed to secure them the right amount of compensation.

You could find out if you have grounds for a work injury claim by calling Stephensons today. Call 0203 816 0065 to discuss your situation with an experience legal advisor and find out the right course of action for you.

Workplace accident case studies

  • Our client was preparing to deliver kegs and cases of beer in his role as a HGV driver, when some empty kegs fell off his truck onto his back, causing him to fall to the ground. Liability was admitted by the defendant. Our client injured his lower back which accelerated symptoms of osteoarthritis by around 3-5 years and placed him at a disadvantage on the labour market. He also suffered a blunt trauma to his head. Due to his injuries, he was unable to return to work as a HGV driver and had difficulty driving in general. The settlement was £60,000.
  • 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.
  • Our client, a delivery driver, injured himself at work after sustaining a back injury when he had to climb up the side of his truck to load it despite requesting a step numerous times. As he climbed up to the back of the truck he slipped and twisted his back. This resulted in a soft tissue injury and he required assistance with domestic tasks for two days following the accident. He was required to take these two days off from work as holiday and as he is an agency worker he lost these. Our client was awarded £3,522 in compensation. 
  • Our client was a church volunteer and was asked to re-hang an attachment to the sanctuary of the church. He was on the top step of a fold-out stepladder when it suddenly moved sideways causing him to fall approximately 5 feet, sustaining a left pelvis fracture. He remained in hospital for 15 days and was unable to drive for a significant period, requiring substantial assistance from his family. It was anticipated that he would require a hip replacement in the future. He was unable to return to his hobbies of tap dancing and off-road walking. Liability for the accident was admitted by the Defendant and compensation of £48,000 was awarded.
  • Our client was injured whilst working as a healthcare assistant. She was assisting in restraining a young patient when her colleague moved the patient’s bed which caused our client to lose grip of his legs. The patient then punched, kicked and head-butted our client causing a minor head injury and significant psychological symptoms 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 claims - FAQs

Can I claim compensation for an accident at work?

If you have been injured in a workplace accident which was not your fault then you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. All it takes to find out if you have grounds for a case is one quick call to Stephensons on 0203 816 0065.

How much does it cost to make an accident at work compensation claim?

When you make a work accident compensation claim, it the process is funded on a no win no fee basis, otherwise known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This means that you will not be out of pocket to make a claim for the compensation you deserve. 

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 will 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.

Can I lose my job for claiming compensation after a workplace injury?

Claiming compensation for a workplace injury cannot affect your job. Employers, even very small businesses, hold liability insurance to pay out in these events so that the 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, since corrective measures are taken to prevent further accidents.

Will I 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 court remains a last resort. This saves time and money for all involved. Only a small amount of work accident compensation claims actually reach the courthouse since most are settled out of court. Our highly skilled solicitors, however, always prepare fully for this in case it should happen.

Stephensons Solicitors do everything we can to ensure that a case is settled as quickly and simply as possible, without the need to go to court.

If a case is brought to court it is usually because the defendant does not accept responsibility for the accident and refuses to pay 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 compensation. But these cases are rare.

Can I make a compensation claim on behalf of somebody who died in a workplace accident?

It is possible to launch a 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.

Is there a time limit for making a workplace injury compensation claim?

In the vast majority of personal injury cases a strict time limit is enforced. A claim for work accident compensation must be brought within three years of the accident. 

In claims involving workplace diseases procured over time, the 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 when the death was linked to the incident or accident 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 accident.

Will I be required to undergo a medical examination?

It is likely that the claimant in a personal injury claim will be required to undergo at least one medical examination during the claims process.

Can I make a work injury compensation claim if my employer is no longer trading?

Yes, if the liability insurance, which the company held at the time of the incident can be located then  compensation can still be claimed. Companies which have been removed from the Register of Companies can be reinstated in order for a 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 well as financial losses incurred as a whole. As with all injury claims, our aim 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
  • Psychological injuries
  • Neurological injuries

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