Work-based accident compensation
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 hazardous substances;
- Being hit by falling objects; and
- 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 for 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 that you and any witnesses do not forget any important facts that could help your case. The unique 30-second online test on our website can help you to determine whether or not 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:Open Claim Calculator
- Your union if there is one;
- A law firm specialising in work-based accident compensation; or
- A professional claims management company such as Accident Advice Helpline.
How can Accident Advice Helpline help me?
Accident Advice Helpline are a professional claims management company with a legal panel of over 200 solicitors who specialise in this type of claim. All of our solicitors work on a no win no fee* basis, so there is no risk of unexpected legal bills.
The company have been helping people to secure work-based accident compensation for over ten years. Our patron is consumer champion Esther Rantzen, and we are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Accident Advice Helpline’s advice line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 689 0500, 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.