Personal Injury Claims

Accident At Work Claims

Every employer has the legal responsibility to protect you from any risks that you might face at work. There are a wide range of potential accidents that could happen at your workplace if guidelines aren’t followed, so our work accident solicitors are here to help you claim compensation if you’ve been injured.

Accidents at work can vary in severity, ranging from mild injuries that heal in a few weeks to severe injuries which leave you with permanent damage. We could help you claim compensation if you’ve suffered an injury due to:

Our accident at work lawyers have experience in handling claims which have happened in a range of working environments, including:

Our team of dedicated workplace accident solicitors will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Your settlement can help pay for private medical care and any time you’ve had to take off work.

We have lawyers based across the country who specialise in accident at work claims. Our Personal Injury team is renowned for its expertise and has secured clients more than £1 billion in compensation over the past two years.

By making a claim with us, your claim could be funded by a No Win No Fee agreement*, which means you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your case is unsuccessful. We can also offer you a free initial consultation, where we’ll discuss your claim and how we can help.

To find out more about making an injury at work claim, contact us online and we’ll be happy to call you back.

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    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your accident at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your injuries. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our lawyers will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals and health and safety specialists. These experts will analyse why your accident happened and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

      Read more about what happens if your case goes to court.

    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • Compensation can make a real difference to your life, ensuring that you can access the healthcare and support to make the best recovery you can. By making a claim with us, we can get you funds which can help pay for:

      • Private healthcare treatment
      • Physiotherapy
      • Psychological therapy
      • Expenses (such as travel costs to hospital appointments)
      • Loss of income
      • Household adaptations

      The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and the likelihood that you’ll make a full recovery. We’ll seek expert opinions on what care you’ll need to ensure that you get the compensation settlement you deserve.

      If your employer accepts responsibility for your accident, we can help you get early compensation payments. Often known as interim payments, these funds will be taken from your final settlement and can help pay for ongoing care costs and expenses, before your claim has settled.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You’ll normally have three years to make a claim from the date of your accident. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

      • Under 18s –you can claim on behalf of a child who was on an apprenticeship, on work experience or working full/part-time. No time limits apply in these circumstances until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18 they can make their own claim but the three year time limit will then apply.
      • Mental capacity – you can make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to do so themselves, including when someone has suffered a serious head/brain injury as a result of their accident. In these circumstances, no time limits apply.
      • Fatal claims – if you’re claiming on behalf of a loved one who died, you’ll either have three years from the date of their death or the date of the accident to make a claim.

      If you have any concerns about the time limits for claiming compensation, we’ll be able to talk through your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of the cases we handle are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household and car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Who Can Make A Claim?
    • We could help you make a claim if you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, including if you’re an employee, contractor, member of the public or a visitor to the worksite.

      Even if you’re a casual worker or self-employed, you might still be considered as an employee under UK law, giving you the same rights as other workers when it comes to health and safety.

      If you’re an agency worker who has been injured in an accident at work, both the agency you work for and the operators of the business you’re working for should take responsibility for your safety. They should work together to make sure that precautions are in place to protect you.

      We can also help with claims being made on behalf of others, including:

      • On behalf of a child who has been in an accident before their 18th birthday
      • For someone who doesn’t have the mental capacity to handle their own case
      • On behalf of a loved one who has unfortunately passed away

      If you’ve sadly lost a loved one in a workplace accident, we can help you with:

      • Recovering compensation for their pain and suffering, to account for financial losses caused by their death and to cover funeral expenses.
      • Representing you at inquest
      • Getting you the answers and apology you deserve from those responsible

      Our lawyers could also help you access a statutory bereavement award, a flat rate of £12,980 which is provided when a wrongful death has occurred. This is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent (if under 18) of the person who died.

    • Our Experts
    • As one of the largest personal injury teams in the UK, we have specialist workplace accident solicitors with detailed knowledge in this area. We’ll work closely with you throughout your claim, talking to you to make sure that your individual needs are met.

      We can act on behalf of trade union members and individuals, always providing simple, honest advice. Not only can we handle your compensation claim, but we can provide advice on your employment rights, benefit entitlement and other financial issues.

      Our lawyers will never be too far away from you as we have offices across the country. You can always feel free to contact our experienced experts who will be happy to answer any question you might have.

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They put in place additional services for me to help me with my rehabilitation, and it was able to carry on when the community services came to an end.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Types Of Accident Can Happen At Work?

Workplace accidents often happen because precautions aren’t taken by employers to ensure your safety. We could help you make a compensation claim if you’ve been involved in an accident which happened in workplaces such as:

A number of different types of accident can happen in these places, injuries being caused because of:

We have experience in handling a wide variety of workplace accident claims and have the knowledge needed to be successful with your case. To find out more about how we could help, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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What Injuries Can You Claim For Following A Workplace Accident?

Accidents at work can cause a wide variety of injuries depending on the type of incident. Some injuries are relatively small and you should recover within a few weeks. However, these accidents can also cause severe injuries which can have a life-changing impact for you and your family.

We’ve previously handled workplace accident claims where people have suffered:

All of our accident at work claims are handled by specialist solicitors who have an in-depth medical knowledge. This means that we understand the issues you’re facing and can act efficiently to get you the care and support you deserve.

You could also receive help from our client liaison managers, who can help you plan your rehabilitation. They have contacts with specialist care providers based across the country, so could help you access the best care for your needs.

For more information on how making a claim could help you, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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What Regulations Should Employers Follow?

Employers must act in accordance with the Health and Safety Act which sets out a number of guidelines designed to keep you and other members of staff safe. If your employer hasn’t followed these precautions and you’ve been injured at work, you might be able to make a claim.

In order to comply with the Act, your employer must:

  • Provide you with the appropriate personal protective equipment (including hard hats and high visibility clothing)
  • Maintain all equipment to an adequate standard
  • Ensure safe systems of work are in place
  • Make sure that materials are stored, handled, used and transported correctly
  • Provide training and information to all employees
  • Ensure that inexperienced staff are supervised
  • Conduct regular risk assessments, record the findings and introduce any relevant changes
  • Provide a written safety policy
  • Talk to employees to ensure that they’re aware of measures and allow them a chance to highlight issues
  • Consider the health and safety of others (such as the general public)

By making a claim we won’t only secure you the compensation you deserve – we’ll work hard to make sure that your employer puts in place health and safety practices to prevent similar accidents happening again.

To make an accident at work claim, call us free on 0800 056 4110.

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We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven occasions.
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We campaign to help prevent fatal accidents at work.

We work with Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK) to provide support to the relatives of those who have lost their lives in accidents at work.

FACK campaigns to bring workplaces to justice who haven’t complied with health and safety regulations and offers help with bereavement at this difficult time.

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