Accident at Work Claims
If you have suffered personal injury as a result of an accident at work you may be entitled to make an accident at work claim for compensation. Beckett & Co Solicitors are specialist personal injury solicitors with years of experience handling accident at work claims. We can help you to make an accident at work claim and ensure that you receive maximum compensation.
Claiming compensation after an accident at work
We handle all types of accident at work including:
- Tripping and slipping accidents at work
- Falls At Work
- Accidents caused by machinery or equipment
- Construction site accidents
- Manual handling injuries and injuries caused by lifting at work
Frequently Asked Questions: Accident at Work Claims
Who can make an accident at work claim?
If an employer fails to take steps to safeguard your safety at work and you are injured whilst at work you may be entitled to make a claim.
Examples of an employer’s duties include the following:
- A duty to provide a safe place of work
- A duty to provide adequate training and instruction
- A duty to provide adequate protective clothing and equipment
- A duty to assess the risks of lifting heavy weights or equipment
- A duty to maintain equipment and machinery in a safe condition
If the employer fails to comply with these duties and a worker has an accident at work then a work injury claim could be made. The right to make an accident at work claim covers all employees including temporary, casual and permanent employees. You can make a claim if you work full time or part time and you can claim even if you do not have a written contract of employment. If you are self-employed and injured as a result of another person’s actions you may also be able to bring a claim.
Will I lose my job if I make an accident at work claim?
Employees are often reluctant to make a work injury claim against their employer as they are afraid that it may cause difficulties for them at work. However, it is important to remember that your employer is not allowed to take any action against you simply because you make a claim. It is against the law for an employer to dismiss a worker because they make an accident at work claim.
Who pays the compensation awarded for an accident at work claim?
Every year thousands of workers are injured in accidents at work and are entitled to bring a claim for personal injury compensation against their employer. To ensure that injured workers are able to claim full and proper compensation by law every employer must have a policy of insurance known as Employers Liability Insurance. The purpose of this insurance is to pay any compensation awarded following an accident at work claim. This means that the compensation and costs of making a claim are paid by the insurance company rather than the actual employer.
Can I make an accident at work claim even if I did not take any time off work or I did not lose earnings?
When considering a work accident claim many people think about the financial aspects of a case – in particular loss of earnings. Many people believe that they can only make an accident at work claim if they had to take time off work or lost earnings as a result of the injury sustained. This is not true – a claim can still be brought if you were able to continue working or if you were paid in full after an accident at work. If you have incurred loss of earnings following a work injury this will form an important part of any claim but it is important to remember that, in addition to any financial losses, you are also entitled to claim compensation for the actual injury itself.
Medical treatment following an accident at work
If you are injured in an accident at work it is important that you obtain appropriate medical treatment. It may be that your injury is not so severe that you need to go to hospital, however, you should at least make an appointment to see your GP for advice about your injury after an accident at work. You should ensure that you tell your GP how the injury was sustained as your medical records will form an important part of the evidence used to support your accident at work claim. In more serious cases it may be necessary to seek attention at the hospital emergency department. If the effects of an injury are visible – for instance bruising or swelling etc – it can be useful to take photographs of the injuries sustained.
Reporting an accident at work
You should report all accidents and injuries sustained at work no matter how minor they may seem to be. You should report any accident at work to your supervisor or manager. Most employers will have an accident record book into which an accident report can be made. If the employer does not have an accident book you should still ensure that you tell your employer or manager about the accident and ask that the details are recorded. The accident book record will be useful in supporting any accident at work claim brought later on. It is also helpful if you keep details of any witnesses to the accident.
Is ‘no win – no fee’ available to make an accident at work claim?
Yes. There are no up-front charges and no hidden fees. Contact us to find out more about the way that no win – no fee works.
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