Injury at Work Solicitors: Making a Claim
Find out how much your personal injury claim may be worth
Injuries happen every day. Even in places where you may feel safe, such as the workplace, you may still be at risk of being injured. The workplace should be a secure environment where employees should feel safe. Your employers have a duty of care and should take reasonable steps to prevent an accident and injury at work to ensure that all employees are safe in the workplace.
Your employer is under an obligation to provide a safe place to work under the ‘Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974’, The Workplace (Health, Safety, and Welfare) Regulations (1992) and ‘The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.’ These pieces of legislation impose a duty on your employer to ensure that the work environment is always clean and maintained to a high safety standard.
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 solicitor’s 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
There are so many different areas of employment in which you can sustain various injuries that weren’t your fault. Employees should be properly trained and should always be warned of any potential risks involved with carrying out their duties. There are many types of accidents that can occur in the workplace, leading to a range of different injuries varying from minor to severe.
Below are some of the most common types of accidents at work that we deal with:
- 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 minor and severe injuries, depending on what part of your body you land on and how hard your fall was. Failure to warn employees of these hazards and failure to remove a hazard within a reasonable period can amount to employers’ negligence as they will have breached their duty to protect their employees and their safety.
- Repetitive Activities: If your job is a desk job, and it consists of typing on a keyboard all day, or if you need to use specific machinery repeatedly, you may be at risk of sustaining a ‘repetitive strain injury in your hands, arms or fingers. As part of your employer’s duty, they should minimise these injuries by allowing more breaks or allowing employees to swap job roles so they don’t injure themselves through strain.
- Falls From Heights-Falling from a height can lead to several types of severe injuries, including shoulder or arm injuries. Your employers must minimise your risks when you are required to work at height. Common causes of accidents when working at height include defective ladders or poorly constructed scaffolding.
- Road Traffic Accidents-If your job involves making deliveries or driving, you may be provided with a company vehicle. If you were involved in a car accident, you might suffer from an injury due to a vehicle defect. In these circumstances, you may be able to claim compensation for your damage against your employer or the car manufacturer/leasing company. If another driver caused your accident, you would make your claim against the other driver’s insurance company.
- Improper Manual Handling-If your job role involves picking up and carrying heavy objects, adequate training should have been 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.
- Building Site Accidents: Accidents and injuries are a regular occurrence on building sites due to the dangerous nature of construction sites. Lack of safety and precaution on sites can lead to employees sustaining severe injuries. Common types of accidents on building sites include trips and falls over tools or rubble left on walkways, falls from poorly constructed scaffolding etc.
- Accidents Caused By Colleagues –Fellow Colleagues can also be negligent as they may make mistakes, such as leaving equipment or spillages on the floor, which may lead to slip and trip accidents. Your fellow employees may act dangerously in the workplace and not follow safety rules. They may operate machinery unsafely, drive workplace vehicles such as cranes, tractors, or forklift trucks without care for other colleagues, or drive company cars negligently. This negligence can cause multiple injuries and will make work an unsafe place.
All these accidents can injure you and can cause you to struggle with your day-to-day activities. If you are struggling to do simple daily tasks because of your employer’s negligence, call Beacon Law today to make a workplace accident claim.
Common injuries caused by an accident 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:
- Brain and Head Injuries
- Back muscle, spinal and spinal cord injuries
- Loss of vision
- Burn and Scald Injuries
- Fatal Injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Broken/fractured bones
- Lacerations and scarring
- Minor injuries
If you are suffering from any of these injuries, you may be able to make an accident at work compensation claim.
Injury at work solicitors: Can you claim for an accident at work?
Employers are legally responsible for their employees’ welfare and safety and have a duty to provide safe work conditions. By law, all employers must hold ‘Employers Liability Insurance’ and conform to health and safety regulations.
The majority of accidents at work are caused due to an employer breaching their duty of care towards employees. The legal responsibilities of employers are set out by the Health and Safety Executive.
If your employer has failed to meet their responsibilities, and their negligence has led to you suffering from an injury or illness, you may be able to claim compensation for an accident at work claim.
In certain circumstances, even if you were partly at fault for your injury at work, you may still be able to make a workplace injury compensation claim, but only if your employer was mainly at fault.
What should I do if I have an accident at work?
Most of the time, injuries at work are due to the negligence of your employer. In the event you are unfortunate enough to have suffered an injury at work, we would recommend that you do the following:
- If you suffered an injury whilst at work, you should immediately report the accident to a supervisor or manager and ensure that the incident has been logged in an accident book. Make sure all details of the accident have been reported correctly before signing.
- You should seek appropriate medical attention for your work injuries from a GP or hospital soon after the accident. If your injury is severe, you should seek urgent attention at a hospital.
- We would advise that you keep receipts for any medical treatment you have had to pay to recover the expenses when making a claim.
- If you would like to make an injury at work claim for compensation, or if you would like to discuss the claims process with an injury at work solicitor, contact Beacon Law today using the contact forms on our website, or call us on 0330 1332 857.
- You should be aware that there is a strict time limit of 3 years from the accident date for making a personal injury claim. This period may be extended in special circumstances; however, we would advise that you start your injury at work claim as early as possible to avoid your claim becoming statute-barred.
How much compensation will you receive?
The compensation amount awarded for your injuries sustained in the workplace will be based on the level of pain and suffering and loss of amenity resulting from the injury (general damages).
It is challenging to value a claim without knowing all the details of the injury. As many injuries are complex, especially those ongoing, it may be necessary to obtain a medical evaluation of your injuries before estimating the value. There are many online compensation calculators which may give you a general estimation of how much your claim could be worth; however, these will not always be accurate.
You will also be entitled to claim any additional financial losses incurred due to the accident (special damages), such as past and future loss of earnings, if you are unable to work due to your injuries, medical expenses and travel costs.
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 a 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.