Despite the amount of regulation covering workplace health and safety, there are still a great many workplace accidents each year. The types of accidents that happen in the workplace include:
- slips, trips and falls
- injuries involving poorly guarded machinery
- burns and other skin conditions caused by spillages of hazardous substances
- being hit by falling objects
- back injuries caused by lifting items that are too heavy
The accidents may be as a result of a dangerous workplace environment, or they may be caused by an unsafe system of work. For instance, a back injury may be due to inadequate training of the person who was expected to lift heavy items.
Any business that has employees is legally required to have Employers’ Liability insurance which covers the business for work based accident compensation claims that are made against it.
How do I make a claim for work based accident compensation?
If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Your claim will include an amount for your pain and suffering and an amount representing your anticipated future losses if your injury is not expected to heal fully.
It may also include an amount for lost wages if applicable, as well as any other out-of-pocket expenses that you have incurred. It is important to keep receipts to support any claim for out-of-pocket expenses.
Your claim must usually be made within three years of the date of your accident, although it is better to make the claim earlier rather than later so you and any witnesses do not forget any important facts that could help your case.
The unique 30-second online test at Accident Advice Helpline can help you to determine whether you have a valid claim.
It is possible to make the claim yourself, although you stand a better chance of getting the full amount of compensation due to you, if you get professional help. This could be from:
- your union if there is one
- a law firm specialising in work based accident compensation, such as Accident Advice Helpline
How can Accident Advice Helpline help me?
Accident Advice Helpline is a professional law firm with a legal team of in-house solicitors who specialise in this type of claim. All of the lawyers work on a no win, no fee basis, so there is no risk of unexpected legal bills.
Our company has been helping people secure work based accident compensation for many years now and our patron is consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
Our helpline is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 and most claims can be dealt with by telephone. It is unusual for claimants to have to attend court, although they may need to attend a medical assessment to determine the level of the injury that they have sustained.
Date Published: 2nd May 2013
Author: David Brown