Being injured in an accident at work can be shocking, and the last thing anybody expects to happen to them. You’d be forgiven for thinking that accidents at work only happen in ‘dangerous’ workplaces, like factories, warehouses and construction sites. Actually, accidents at work have the potential to happen anywhere, at any time.
You could be injured after tripping over trailing cables in an office, or sustain injuries after a slip on a wet floor whilst working in a hotel. If you think that somebody else was responsible for your accident, then you could get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
When should you get in touch with us?
Although there’s a three-year time limit in place for most accidents at work claims, it’s best to get in touch with us as soon as possible. You might need some time to decide whether or not you want to go ahead with a claim – this is understandable, but it pays to be informed and find out whether you’re eligible to make a claim or not, before you come to that decision. We always recommend anybody who has been injured in a workplace accident to get in touch with us as soon as they are recovering from their injuries.
What types of accidents at work could you claim compensation for?
You can claim compensation for pretty much any type of workplace accident, provided somebody else caused it. Generally, your employer will be held liable if you’re injured at work. Here are a few examples of the types of accidents at work that we have handled claims for in the past:
- Slipping on a wet or insecure floor such as loose carpet
- Something falling and hitting someone
- Electric shocks
- Accidents with on site vehicles
- Accidents with machinery that has not been properly maintained
- Accidents because of the lack of safety guards
- Falls from height
These are just a few examples of accidents at work that you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation for. If you’re in any doubt about whether your accident is eligible, get in touch with us and we’ll be able to give you advice.
What should you do after an accident at work?
The first thing you should do after any accident at work is to get medical attention. It may be that you have sustained serious injuries such as an eye injury, and you may need to call for an ambulance or be taken to hospital – or receive first aid at work. It’s also important that your employer is made aware of your accident, as by law they need to record details of it in their accident book. This can provide valuable evidence if you later decide to make a personal injury claim. Not all accidents at work will result in serious injuries, and if you are able to, you should:
- Try to take photographs of the scene of your accident – for example photographing damaged floor if you suffered a slip or trip injury
- Photograph your injuries
- Get details of any witnesses
- Keep receipts for any expenses incurred after your accident, such as the cost of paying for a prescription, and payslips to prove loss of earnings
Will your employer have to pay for your claim?
It’s not uncommon for people to avoid claiming personal injury compensation for accidents at work as they are worried that their employer will have to pay out of their own pocket. Let us stop you right there – this should happen. By law, most employers in the UK must have liability insurance in place to protect them. If you make a successful claim after being injured at work, your employer’s insurer should pay your claim.
So you’re not going to place financial burden on your employer or cause them to lose their business as a result of your claim – and there is no need to feel guilty about claiming if they have been negligent when it comes to health and safety at work.
How have your injuries affected your life?
This is one of the first things we’ll ask you if you are making a personal injury claim. We will use evidence such as medical reports and statements from medical professionals to assess the impact your injuries have had on your life. For example, if you have suffered a serious back injury after a fall from height on a construction site, you may be unable to go back to work for 6 to 12 months, possibly even longer. But you may also need to have surgery and be unable to take part in day-to-day activities such as cooking, playing with your kids or even getting dressed independently.
These are all things which we will take into account when working out your personal injury settlement, and you could be compensated for your pain, suffering and any financial losses.
How much compensation could you get?
When it comes to accidents at work, there are a number of different factors which are taken into account when working out your personal injury settlement. This means that we will look at things like:
- How serious your injuries are
- How long it has taken you to recover/how long it’s estimated to take
- When you are able to return to work
- Any long-term impact on your quality of life
- Any financial losses you have suffered
If you have sustained a serious, life-changing injury such as a head or spinal injury, you can expect to receive more compensation than somebody who has broken their ankle, for example. But it is very difficult for us to place an exact figure on the amount you could receive, as this can vary so much. One way to get an estimate of how much you could claim is to take our 30-second test which you can complete online yourself, or by phone with one of our advisors.
Are some industries more dangerous than others?
When it comes to accidents at work, some industries are undoubtedly more dangerous than others. For example, you’re statistically more likely to be injured working in the agricultural or oil and gas industries than you are working in an office. But this doesn’t mean that these types of workplaces have to be dangerous. It’s all about how the employer approaches health and safety legislation – do they take health and safety seriously and are they putting steps in place to prevent their members of staff from being injured in accidents at work?
If you’re injured at work and you feel that there was more your employer could have done to prevent it, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Things like failing to carry out risk assessments, or a failure to provide staff with proper training or PPE could all amount to employer negligence, and if you feel that your employer has been negligent, we want to hear from you.
Why should you make a personal injury claim?
Nobody deserves to be injured in an accident at work – you should be able to go to your place of work, carry out your job and go home safely. So if you have been injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence, you are perfectly within your rights to make a claim for compensation for your pain, suffering and financial losses. If you don’t make a claim then you are missing out on a personal injury settlement that could make your life easier financially after your accident.
If you have had to take time off work then your earnings will almost definitely be affected, and you don’t have to suffer in silence if this has happened to you. Accidents at work are amongst our most common types of claims, and we are confident that we can get you the compensation you are entitled to.
Why choose Accident Advice Helpline?
With so many personal injury lawyers out there, you may be wondering why you should choose Accident Advice Helpline to handle your claim. We have been helping people for over 16 years now, and we have a great track record of success. We don’t deal with any other area of the law – we are personal injury specialists, and our team of lawyers includes experts in a variety of different types of claims, from industrial accidents to road traffic accidents. Any advice we offer is provided on a confidential, no-obligation basis.
This means that when you call us for advice after your accident, we won’t pressure you to proceed with a claim, it’s your decision whether or not you wish to go ahead. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so even if you are struggling to get by financially after your accident, you can afford to make a claim with us.
Why we offer a no-win, no-fee* service
We believe that anybody who is entitled to claim personal injury compensation should be able to do so, regardless of their financial situation. We realise that many people end up in financial trouble after an accident and struggle to pay their mortgage, rent and other household bills after taking time off work to recover from their injuries. We don’t want this to stand in the way of you claiming the compensation you are entitled to if somebody else has been negligent.
Because we work on a no-win, no-fee* basis, we will only take on genuine claims that we think have a good chance of being successful, so you know that if we have agreed to handle your claim, the chances are very good that you will get the compensation you are entitled to.
What happens next?
Because there is a three-year time limit in place for most personal injury claims (which can only be waived in extremely rare cases), it’s best to get in touch with us as soon as you can after your accident. You can call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to find out more about making a claim and discuss your accident in more detail with our trained, helpful injury advisors. You’ll be able to find out if you are eligible to make a claim, and if you are and you decide to proceed, we can start gathering evidence and working on your claim today.
The claims process isn’t usually too complex and the good news is that most claims can be settled out of court. However, in rare cases there may be the need for you to attend court, and if this happens then we will be there to support you. You have nothing to lose by getting in touch with us to find out if you have a viable personal injury claim after your accident at work.