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Injury at work claims are a crucial aspect of occupational health and safety, providing employees with a means to seek compensation for injuries sustained in the workplace.

Workplace injuries can occur in any industry and encompass a wide range of incidents, from minor accidents to severe, life-altering events. Common types of workplace injuries include slips, trips, falls, machinery accidents, repetitive strain injuries, and exposure to hazardous substances.

When an employee is injured at work, the repercussions can extend beyond physical pain, impacting their ability to work and leading to financial strain. If you have been injured in an accident at work as the result of someone else’s negligence, contact us today. Beacon Law are a specialist injury at work solicitors firm who can assist you in making a personal injury compensation claim if you have been injured at work.

Common causes of injuries at work

Workplace accidents can vary widely depending on the nature of the work and the industry. However, some types of accidents are more common across different workplaces, such as:

  • Slips, Trips and Falls-These types of accidents either happen because the workplace has uneven floors, slippery surfaces or simply due to poor housekeeping. Slips, trips and falls are renowned for causing both minor and severe injuries, depending on what part of your body you land on and how hard your fall was.
  • Repetitive Activities: Jobs that involve repetitive motions or awkward postures can cause repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, or bursitis. This is common in assembly line work, data entry, and other tasks that require repetitive movements.
  • Falls From Heights-Falling from a height can lead to several types of severe injuries. Your employers must minimise risks when you are required to work at height. Common causes of accidents when working at height include defective ladders or poorly constructed scaffolding.
  • Improper Manual Handling-If your job role involves picking up and carrying heavy objects, adequate training should be provided by your employer to ensure that you know how to carry out your job safely. Your employer should also provide proper lifting equipment if required. Lifting objects incorrectly, repetitively, or items that are too heavy may cause you to damage your back and shoulders.
  • Electrical Accidents: Workers can suffer electric shocks, burns, or electrocution when working with faulty wiring, exposed electrical parts, or improperly grounded equipment. This is particularly prevalent in the construction, maintenance, and electrical engineering industries.
  • Chemical Exposures: Exposure to hazardous chemicals or toxic substances can cause skin irritation, respiratory problems, chemical burns, or long-term health issues. This can occur in laboratories, manufacturing plants, and other workplaces where chemicals are used or produced.
  • Fires and Explosions: Workplace fires and explosions are extremely dangerous occurrences and can result from faulty equipment, improper storage of flammable materials, electrical faults, or human error. They pose a significant risk in industries such as manufacturing, mining, and construction.

Your employers’ responsibilities

The workplace should be a safe environment where employees feel safe. Your employer has a duty of care under the ‘Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974′. To prevent injury at work and ensure all employees are safe in the workplace.

Additionally, the Workplace (Health, Safety, and Welfare) Regulations (1992) and ‘The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 impose a duty on your employer to ensure that the work environment is always clean and maintained to a high safety standard. Employers should regularly carry out risk assessments and inspections of the working area to maintain employee safety.

If an accident at work occurs, then your employer has a responsibility to report it to the Health and Safety Executive in some circumstances. If your employer has breached their duty of care, you could be eligible to make against them.

Common injuries caused by accidents at work

Accidents at work can affect any part of your body. There are many injuries that you can suffer from due to an accident at work. Here are a few of the most common injuries:

If you are suffering from any of these injuries, you may be able to make an accident at work compensation claim.

What should I do if I have an accident at work?

If you are unfortunate enough to have been involved in a workplace accident, it is important that you begin by reporting the accident to your manager. It is also important to ensure that details of your accident are recorded in the accident book at your workplace. It is a legal requirement to have a work accident book, and reporting the accident will be vital evidence in your accident at work compensation claim.

Following the workplace accident, we also recommend that you gather further evidence of the accident. You should also contact any relevant insurance companies and notify them of the accident.

You should seek medical attention as soon after the workplace accident as possible; recording details of your accident in official medical records will significantly strengthen your claim of compensation for an injury. At Beacon Law, we have a team of injury at work solicitors who specialise in accident claims, so get in touch today to begin your claim for compensation.

It is recommended that you seek legal advice from a solicitor before agreeing to anything with your employer following the workplace accident.

What is the process of making an injury at work claim?

During your initial consultation, our specialist injury at work solicitors will provide you with legal advice about workplace accident claims and will inform you about the relevant limitation rules.

Our personal injury lawyers will then ask you for details about your accident and the initial injuries that were suffered as a result. This will help our injury lawyers to assess the likelihood of your claim being successful.

During these initial stages of your claim for compensation, it is vital that you gather the relevant evidence to support your claim. Relevant evidence may include CCTV footage of the incident, medical records, accident books, photographs of your injuries, and witness statements.

Your injury at work solicitor may also ask that you undergo an official medical examination in order to receive medical reports about the injuries that you have sustained. These medical reports will provide vital medical evidence of the nature and extent of your injuries. Even if you have received other medical care prior to starting your workplace accident claim, a more thorough medical assessment may still be needed to produce detailed, accurate, and reliable medical reports.

If we think that your workplace accident claim would be likely to succeed, we will offer a no win, no fee basis; if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be required to pay any legal fees.

What are the time limits for an injury at work claim?

Before starting your claim for an accident at work, it is important to note that there are strict time limits on personal injury claims. From the date of the accident that caused the injuries, the injured party will have 3 years to commence proceedings for claiming compensation.

It must be noted, however, that there are some exceptions to this rule:

For example, if the claimant was under the age of 18 at the time of the incident, they have until their 21st birthday to make their workplace compensation claim. In the meantime, provided that the claimant is still under the age of 18, a litigation friend such as a parent, guardian, or close family member could claim compensation on their behalf.

Another exception to the 3 year time limit occurs when the claimant who has suffered an injury does not have the mental capacity to begin their accident at work claim. Rather than being limited to making a claim within 3 years from the date of the incident, the claimant is entitled to begin their compensation claim at any moment in time once they regain the mental capacity to do so.

How long does an injury at work claim take?

The time that it will take to settle your personal injury claim can vary based on the nature of the injuries suffered, the responsiveness of the defendant, and whether or not your employer accepts liability.

If your employer accepts liability for the fact that you’ve been injured at work, and if your injuries are minor, we would aim to settle your claim within six to nine months. If, however, your employer is unresponsive, you have long term complicated injuries, or there is difficulty obtaining evidence, your claims process could take longer.

Could I lose my job if I pursue a claim?

There is no need to worry about losing your job when you begin your personal injury claim. If you have been injured at work, you are legally entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. If you feel that your job is at threat, or you have lost your job as a result of claiming compensation for an injury, you may also have a claim for unfair dismissal.

At Beacon Law, we endeavour to proceed with your personal injury claim in a constructive way with your employer, ensuring that there are no grounds available to the employer to dismiss you.

How much compensation will you receive?

The amount of compensation awarded will aim to put the claimant in the position they were in before the accident that resulted in their injuries took place. The amount of compensation awarded will depend on the pain and suffering caused by the injury, as well as the severity.

General damages that could be awarded will also depend on the impact that the injuries have had on the claimant’s daily life, whether any long term care is needed, and whether any structural adaptations need to be made to the claimant’s home in order to assist their new way of living.

Special damages will also be awarded to compensate for any further financial loss that the claimant has suffered as a result of their original injury. This could include compensation for a loss of earnings due to the time spent off work, loss of future earnings if the claimant has been forced to take time off work, the cost of medical treatment, travel costs, and the cost of ongoing care if this is needed.

We advise that you keep evidence of all financial losses suffered as a result of your injuries. This could include receipts and invoices from medical treatment and evidence of any loss of earnings. You will also be entitled to statutory sick pay, which this evidence will help to prove.

Why choose Beacon Law injury at work solicitors?

If you have suffered an accident at work, a compensation claim may help you to get your life back on track. Beacon Law is a leading law firm of accident at work solicitors, offering expert legal advice and a range of personal injury claim services to our clients. We provide a high level of service to all our clients and work hard to ensure they receive the appropriate treatment and highest level of compensation for their injuries.

We provide all accident at work claims on a no win no fee basis. This means that we can help you get the compensation you deserve without you having to worry about the costs of making a claim.

If you require advice for an injury at work claim, please contact us on 0330 1332 857. Alternatively, please complete our online form, and one of our injury at work solicitors will contact you to help you start your claim.

Beacon Law are a Solicitors registered in England and Wales with our registered office based in Manchester. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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