Accidents at Work (Employer’s Liability Claims)

work_accidentsEvery employer is under a legal duty to ensure its employees are safe from harm. If your employer fails to discharge this legal duty and you sustain an injury or illness, you have the right to make a claim for compensation.

The most common claims concern the following:

  • Slips, Trips & Falls
  • Assault at the Workplace
  • Accidents Caused by Hazardous Substances
  • Failure to Provide Adequate Training
  • Failing to Comply with the Health and Safety Regulations
  • Failing to Comply with the Manual Handling Claims for Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), Hand/Arm Vibration Syndrome, and Lifting Injuries
  • Injuries caused by Lack of Safety Guards or Exposure to Dangerous Substances.

There are many other types of accident-at-work claims, most of which arise because of the employer’s negligence, either in protecting its employees or in training them to avoid hazards.

If you have had an accident at work, why not call one of our experienced practitioners today for a free telephone consultation today on 020 3876 7643? You can also read our answers to the most frequently asked questions for accident at work claims below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ACCIDENTS AT WORK CLAIMS

1. What is an accident at work?

An accident at work is an incident that occurs at the workplace due to the way tasks are being performed, the equipment used and the working conditions. These accidents are unintended but often not unforeseeable.

2. What sort of injuries arising from an accident at work can I claim for?

There is no set list of what injuries you can claim for as each case is different. You can claim for physical as well as psychological injuries. The most common injuries include slip, trip and fall injuries, strain injuries and manual handling injuries. If you are not sure about whether you can claim compensation for an accident at work, contact us on 020 3876 7643 so that one of our expert team members can advise you on your options.

3. What must I prove as an employee in accident at work compensation claim?

As an employee, you must demonstrate that your employer failed to take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and was responsible to the workplace accident that caused your injuries. You might also be eligible for compensation if your injuries were caused by someone with work with or alongside. For specialist advice about whether you can claim compensation for an accident at work, call us on 020 3876 7643.

4. Will I have to pay out of my pocket for your services?

No. If you do not have funding through a trade union membership or a legal expenses insurance policy, we can deal with your claim on a no-win no-fee basis through a conditional fee agreement.  ‘No win, no fee’ is a term used to describe an agreement between lawyer and client, whereby legal fees only become payable in certain circumstances. If your claim for personal-injury compensation is unsuccessful, you will not pay us anything. If, on the other hand, you win your case, you may have to pay us a percentage of your compensation. If you are not sure about how to fund your claim, contact us on 020 3876 7643 so that one of our team can advise you on your options.

5. How much accident at work compensation could I get?

The amount compensation you will be awarded depends on the severity of your injury and its impact on your daily living.

6. What is contributory negligence, and can it affect my claim for compensation?

Contributory negligence arises when the injured party is partly to blame for the accident. If it is found that you have contributed to your injury, a proportion of your compensation may be reduced. This does not mean that you cannot claim compensation altogether. Speak to our specialists for further advice.

7. Will I need to attend a medical examination?

Yes, we will arrange for an independent medical expert to examine you to establish the nature and extent of your injuries. Their report will be used as evidence in your personal injury claim and to establish the amount of compensation you can claim. The examination will be arranged at a time and location convenient for you.

8. Will I lose my job if I make an accident at work claim?

Your claim should not affect your employment. If you lose your job solely on the basis of making a claim for an accident at work, you may have a case for unfair dismissal. However, if you were unable to continue doing the work you were contracted to do due to your injuries, it would be different. Speak to our experts for further advice.

9. Can I still claim compensation if I am on a zero-hour contract?

Yes, you can make a claim if the equipment provided to you is faulty or your workplace is not safe, and you are injured because of this. Contact us on 020 3876 7643 to discuss your eligibility for compensation for an accident at work.