Accident at Work
If you have been involved in an accident at work you may be entitled to claim against your employer. You can even claim if you were partly responsible e.g. you fell from scaffolding but your employer had not provided reasonable training or safety equipment.
If you are to be awarded compensation you have to prove:
- That your employer owed you a duty of care – this basically means they are required to ensure you can work in safe working conditions
- That your employer breached their duty of care – this means they did not take appropriate steps to ensure your safety e.g. if you were operating a dangerous machine or if you slipped or tripped on a slippery surface.
- That you suffered a loss – “loss” is a general term for any suffering caused by the accident at work. E.g. if you sustained and injury – this is not restricted to physical injury but includes any trauma or psychological injury.
There is normally a 3 year time limit on personal injury claims with a few exceptions (children can claim until 3 years after their 18th birthday). You should always contact a solicitor to progress your claim as delay can often weaken your prospects of success. Make a free enquiry here.
- Click here for a free telephone consultation. Our personal injury experts will be able to advise you almost straight away if you have a good claim or not. This initial consultation is free.
- We will then send a letter to the employer at fault or their insurer company to allow them to start investigating whose fault it is. This is called the liability investigation and can last for weeks right up until a year or more depending on each individual case. The Employer and their insurance company will try to obtain witness statements and CCTV as part of this process. We will keep you updated throughout.
- We will then obtain Medical Reports from specialised retained consultants who we will select depending on the nature of your injuries.
- At the end of the liability investigation the employer or insurance company will either accept liability (say it is their fault) or deny liability (say they were not to blame). If they accept liability, we send the medical reports and negotiate the best offer in settlement for you. If they deny liability we will speak contact you and sue the employer and insurer if the claim is likely to succeed.
- How much is my accident worth in compensation? This is a difficult question and will be very hard to provide an approximate figure without first taking further details. If you contact our Personal Injury Solicitor here, we will call you and provide an opinion on the value of your claim by telephone within 7 days free of charge. Most claims get settled out of Court and we ensure that you have minimal stress whilst keeping you fully updated with all progress.