Despite the stringent health and safety laws that apply in the UK workplace today, it’s an unfortunate fact that workplace accidents still happen on a frequent basis. Employees might also find that they become ill because their workplace is unhygienic or the air conditioning is not properly maintained. If you’ve found yourself in a situation like this, don’t worry. Taking forward an employee compensation claim is easy to do and our team of dedicated staff will be there to help you every step of the way.
We believe that all employers have a moral as well as a legal duty to take care of their staff, so we want to see people like you given the right support to make a successful claim. In fact, we won’t charge you anything upfront and we won’t get paid unless you win, at which point we normally recover legal costs from the employer. This means that it is directly in our interests for your claim to be successful.
What you can claim for
Employment laws in the UK are very clear: If you suffer an injury because of faulty equipment, inadequate maintenance, poor training or a failure to clearly identify hazards, your employer is to blame. Should you slip and injure yourself because there was no sign to tell you that the floor was wet, you are entitled to compensation just as you would be if boxes dropped on you from a faulty forklift truck. Even mundane accidents can have serious consequences.
In most cases, you will need to submit your compensation claim within three years of your accident happening. If you acquire an injury or illness that took a longer time to develop, such as asbestosis or industrial deafness, you will usually have a longer period in which to claim, but it’s best to submit your claim as soon as you get a diagnosis or become aware of symptoms. If necessary, your solicitor will be able to arrange for an independent medical assessment to be carried out.
How to claim employee compensation
Making a claim is simple. Just pick up the phone, at any time of the day or night, and give us a call. We’ll talk through your options and let you know if we think your claim is likely to be successful, as well as giving you an idea of what it might be worth. If you decide to go ahead, we’ll put you in touch with a specialist solicitor in your area. The solicitor will take care of the paperwork and you may not even need to appear in court to have your claim resolved successfully.
What you can expect
If your claim is successful, you can expect to receive compensation for your accident and the stress it has caused, plus repayment of any related expenses and an appropriate amount of money to help you with any ongoing costs. Your employer will normally have insurance to cover this so won’t be in financial trouble as a result. We find that most claimants are able to return to their working lives without any ongoing difficulty.
Date Published: 17th August 2013
Author: David Brown