Accident at Work Solicitors, Goole
Find out how much your personal injury claim may be worth
Over the years, new rules and regulations for employers have been put in place to reduce accidents at work from happening; however, accidents do still occur. Many of these accidents could have been avoided by employers implementing the correct measures and procedures to minimise the risk of an accident at work from taking place. If you have sustained an injury at work as a result of an accident that was not your fault, then you may be able to make a “no win, no fee” personal injury claim against your employer.
If it can be established that someone else is responsible for your injuries, such as your employer, a colleague, or a company performing work at your place of work. In that case, you may have the basis for making a successful claim for compensation.
Your Employer’s Responsibilities
Your employer is obligated by law to provide safe work conditions and a healthy environment in which you can work.
Your employer must always provide appropriate training and, where necessary, the correct and suitable equipment to help you perform your duties safely. Your employer is also under a duty to properly maintain the work environment and the equipment you use to ensure that it remains safe at all times.
Health and safety employment laws and Legislation have significantly increased the level of protection open to employees. There are numerous written health and safety regulations and laws designed to prevent accidents in the workplace, and any breach of these regulations can cause accidents with undesirable consequences. The Health and Safety Executive has set out guidance on their website to implement Health and Safety Legislation in the workplace.
Accident at Work Solicitors Goole: Common Types Of Accidents At Work
Accidents in the workplace are, unfortunately, a common occurrence. Many different types of accidents can happen at work; however, not everybody knows the extent of the amount of different injuries you can sustain until they are involved in an accident themselves. The most common types of accidents at work include:
Defective Equipment Accidents
Common injuries that you may sustain as a result of these reasons are:
- Broken bones– Broken arms, shoulders, legs and even hips can be sustained due to accidents at work. An accident can put a massive amount of force on your body that bones cannot withstand, resulting in painful bone fractures.
- Burn and Scald Injuries– These injuries can happen in the workplace, through uncovered cables, incorrect use of machinery etc. and, depending on the severity of the burn, can leave long-term scars.
- Spinal and spinal cord injuries– Spinal injuries can be very severe as they can cause life-changing injuries, as it can cause you to lose your ability to walk.
- Head injuries– Trauma to the head can be severe and can result in concussions or brain damage depending on the force of the accident.
- Loss of sight– Sight loss injuries can cause your eyes to go from blurred to completely blind, which will change your day to day life.
- Amputations– Accidents that result in amputations are usually severe and will cause a strain on your ability to do your normal day to day tasks.
There is a three-year time limit for all personal injury claims. The time limit starts from the accident date or from the date you became aware that your injury was caused by an accident at work. To find out more about making a claim for any accidents listed above and for any other injuries, call our claims solicitors today.
What Should I Do If I Have An Accident At Work?
In the event you are unfortunate enough to suffer an accident at work, then we would recommend that you do the following:-
- Report your accident to your supervisor or manager as quickly as possible.
- Make sure that an accurate description of the accident is written in the work accident book. Your employer is legally required to keep an accident book, and you should check any entries as it may be important evidence in your case.
- If possible, take photographs and prepare a sketch of the accident area and any equipment that was involved.
- Ensure you take the contact details of any witnesses to the accident.
- Try to find out if there have been any similar accidents or any complaints that may be relevant to your accident.
- Seek medical advice from your GP or hospital.
- Keep a record of any expenses incurred by you.
- Always seek legal advice before agreeing on anything with your employer or their representative regarding the accident.
How Much Compensation Could I receive?
If you suffer an injury due to an accident at work that was not your fault, you may be able to make an employers negligence claim. The compensation awarded for your injuries will be dependent on the severity of the injury and the level of pain and suffering you sustained. Without all the details of the injury, it is hard to value a compensation claim. Therefore, your compensation will be measured through general damages and special damages.
General Damages refers to the compensation you will receive for your injury; i.e., your pain and suffering. The value of your injuries will be based on recent case law and guidelines set out by the Judicial College.
Special Damages refers to the compensation you will receive for additional financial losses. Your additional losses can include the following:
- Loss of earnings if you required time off due to the accident.
- Travel costs – for travel to and from medical appointments
- Parking costs at medical appointments
- Costs of any care received
- Medical treatment costs
You should ensure that you keep all receipts and invoices for your additional losses, as these will be required to prove your loss. This will help you gain a higher compensation claim and will help you get the external money you spent back to you.
Accident at Work Solicitors Goole: How To Make A Claim For An Accident At Work
If you have been injured due to an accident at work, you should get in touch with a law firm that specialises in both accident and injury Personal Injury claims. The process for making a claim against your employer will involve:
- A free initial phone call with a legal expert: Your Solicitor will need you to provide your employers details, the circumstances, time and date of the accident, the nature of your injuries, and details on whether the accident was reported, or if there were any witnesses present.
- Paperwork: When you have provided your agreement to continue with the claim on a no win, no fee basis, we will give you some paperwork to fill in regarding your claim.
- Claim initiation: As soon as you have provided your signed paperwork, we will assess your case thoroughly and contact your employer to advise them of your claim.
Why Choose Beacon Law Accident at Work Solicitors, Goole?
Beacon Law provides a team of specialist solicitors and legal professionals with many years of experience. We offer specialist legal services and work hard to ensure our clients understand the claims process. Our personal injury solicitors Goole, East Yorkshire, specialise in all types of claims, including medical negligence, road traffic accidents, slips, trips, falls and accidents at work. Beacon Law is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and is registered in England and Wales. Our registered office is based in Cheadle, Greater Manchester. To find out about our no win, no fee agreement and how our solicitors will guide you through the process of the claims process, have a look at the funding section on our website.
To find out more about making a workplace accident claim and how our personal injury solicitors will assess your case, take a look at our FAQ’s.