How to find out if you might be entitled to workplace injury compensation in the UK
There was a serious accident at a Nottingham lace factory in August 1887. When the day was over, the girls from the factory would normally go down the stairs to leave the building. However, on the day of the accident, 7 girls decided to hitch a lift in a hoist which was meant for carrying lace goods from floor to floor. The chain of the hoist snapped and the girls were precipitated from the 4th floor to the basement. All of them were injured, some more than others. The seriously injured ones were taken to hospital.
A lesson not to break factory rules
This is a very sad state of affairs because the girls who were seriously injured might never work again and in those days, if you didn’t work and had no one to support you, you could end up in the Workhouse. The situation is not helped by the fact that the accident was the girls’ own fault; they should not have been riding in the hoist. Back in the late Victorian period, people did sometimes get a little compensation for accidents at work if they could not work; in this case though, there would have been nothing. In fact, it would probably have been seen as a lesson to workers not to break factory rules.
We still have accidents at work even though we have Health and Safety procedures. The difference is that if we are in an accident which is not our fault, we have more chance of seeking compensation for our injuries and it is easier to get help to do this. If you have been in an accident within the past 3 years which was someone else’s fault in the UK, you may want to find out about workplace injury compensation in the UK.
A 30 second test
After you have received medical treatment, you should ring the Accident Advice Helpline which is a compensation provider for personal injury compensation. A trained adviser will guide you through a 30-second test which will establish whether you are likely to get workplace injury compensation in the UK.
After that, an online calculator will estimate how much injury at work compensation UK you might get if an accident solicitor takes your case on and wins. This would be on a no win, no fee basis. All legal partners of Accident Advice Helpline operate on these terms.
If you wish to find out if you may be entitled to workplace injury compensation in the UK you should call Accident Advice Helpline without delay. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.