Making a claim for injury at work
Find out how much your personal injury claim may be worth
If you have been involved in a workplace accident and have been injured at work, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Your employer has a duty of care to provide safe work conditions. To help you perform your duties safely, your employer has a legal obligation to provide appropriate training and suitable equipment. If you have been injured as a result of your employer’s failure to perform their duty, you have the basis for a personal injury compensation claim.
If it can be established that someone else is to blame for the accident, such as your employer, a colleague, or a company performing work at your place of work, then you have the basis for a claim for compensation.
Beacon Law have a team of experienced accident at work solicitors who can assist you in making your injury at work claim for compensation.
What to do if you have suffered an injury at work
If you are unfortunate enough to have been involved in a workplace accident, it is important that you begin by reporting an 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 an accident in it 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. This can include photographs or a sketch of the accident and equipment involved, as well as statements from any witnesses of the incident. You should also contact your insurance company to 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 the Beacon Law firm, we have a team of accident 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 us before agreeing to anything with your employer following the workplace accident.
Your Employer’s responsibilities
Safety at work is extremely important. Your employer has a duty of care towards you and 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 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 have set out guidance on their website for employers to assist in the implementation of Health and Safety Legislation on the workplace.
If you have been injured at work as a result of your employer’s negligence, you will have grounds to make a personal injury claim.
What are the time limits for an accident at work compensation claim?
There are strict time limits on a claim for an accident at work claim – you must bring a personal injury claim within three years of the date that you were injured at work or within three years of the date that you became aware that your injury was due to an accident at work. Due to these strict time limits, we recommend that you collect the relevant evidence and begin your personal injury claim as soon after the workplace accident as possible.
What is the claims process?
Our experienced accident at work solicitors will support you during every stage of your journey when claiming compensation for an injury.
Your personal injury claim will begin with an initial consultation with one of our accident at work solicitors. Here, your solicitor will ask for details of the workplace accident, including the time, date, and circumstances of the accident, a description of the injuries sustained, the details of any witnesses to the accident, and details regarding whether there were any attempts of reporting an accident.
Provided you are happy to proceed with your personal injury claim; our law firm will then provide you with some paperwork to fill out regarding your claim. After your paperwork has been signed and returned, we will contact your employer directly, notifying them of your accident at work compensation claim.
If your employer admits liability for your injuries, negotiations for an appropriate settlement fee can commence. If your employer denies their liability, court proceedings will be pursued for an award of compensation for an injury.
How long does an accident 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 have 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, and there is difficulty obtaining evidence, your claims process could take longer.
Could I lose my job if I pursue an accident at work compensation 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 the injured employee.
How much does a claim for an accident at work claim cost?
At Beacon Law, we use a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) – a type of ‘no win, no fee’ agreement. By making your claim on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, the financial risks of bringing a claim are significantly reduced.
If your claim for compensation is unsuccessful, you will not be expected to pay any legal fees. If you win your personal injury claim, an agreed percentage of the damages awarded will be taken as a success fee, which, at our law firm, is limited to 25%.
If you are part of a trade union, you may not incur any costs when claiming compensation for an injury at work, as your trade union may fund your claim instead.
How much compensation could I receive?
The amount of compensation that you could be awarded will differ depending on the type of injury suffered and the level of pain and suffering that this has caused. A medical expert’s opinion of your injuries will help when calculating an accurate compensation figure.
As well as claiming compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your injury, you will also be entitled to claim compensation for financial losses arising from your injury. This may include loss of earnings due to time spent off work if you are not eligible for sick pay, the cost of medical care and medical treatment, and the cost of travelling to medical appointments. If you are suffering from a long term injury, the compensation sum that you could be awarded will be higher due to a greater loss of earnings arising from more time spent off work.
It is important that you keep evidence of the financial costs incurred as a result of your injury; this could include receipts and invoices. A compensation calculator can be used in order to gain a general estimation on your case.
How Beacon Law can assist you
Whilst pursuing a personal injury claim, Beacon Law can be your source of support and will help you recover the sum of compensation that you deserve. We understand that the process of making a personal injury claim can be difficult, so we will be there to guide you every step of the way.
After suffering an injury, we believe you should be entitled to the best possible medical care and support, and we endeavour to provide this to our clients. Due to our association with medical professionals, we are able to provide you with private physiotherapy and rehabilitative treatment to assist you in your recovery.
Our personal injury solicitors will provide expert legal advice for many types of claims, including injuries arising from an accident at work, road traffic accident claims, medical negligence claims, and many more.
We value each client that we have the pleasure of working with, listen carefully to our client’s wishes, and aim to complete your claim in a timely manner so that you can receive the compensation that you deserve as soon as possible.
For a free, no obligation initial discussion, contact us using the form at the top of the page or using our live chat facility. Alternatively, you can call us directly on 03301332857.