If you have been injured in an accident at work that was not your fault, you can instruct Accident Advice Helpline to claim compensation on your behalf. As an injured employee, you may be able to secure two types of compensation – general and special damages – from your employer’s insurance company.
Your general damages settlement
General damages are intended to compensate you for the pain and suffering your injury has caused you. We will use your medical records and a set of guidelines produced by the courts to determine the amount of general damages compensation you should receive.
Your special damages settlement
Special damages are paid to compensate you for the specific financial losses resulting from your Harrogate accident at work. We will use receipts relating to expenses such as private medical treatment charges and nursing care costs to work out the value of your special damages claim.
Calculating the value of your Harrogate accident at work claim
One factor that can have a bearing on the amount of compensation awarded to you is contributory negligence. If the court determines that you were partly to blame for your Harrogate accident at work, it may reduce the amount of compensation it awards you. For instance, if you were not wearing personal protective equipment at the time of your accident, the court may determine that the injuries you sustained were partly caused by your own actions.
The rules governing the apportionment of blame and the provision of compensation are complex, and you may not be entitled to compensation if you were wholly to blame. However, it is worth gathering all the facts before concluding that you may have been to blame. We will happily discuss your case with you in confidence and help you to decide whether your employer was wholly, partly or not to blame.
Starting your compensation claim through our experts
As a rule, you must start court proceedings within three years of the date of your Harrogate accident at work. It is therefore important that you do not delay in contacting us about your claim. When you call our Freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone or use our 30-second test, we will help you to determine your eligibility to compensation and, if necessary, gather the evidence you need to protect your position.
Date Published: 17th September 2014
Author: Jan Newell