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If you’ve been injured in an accident at work, it can be a confusing and distressing time. The questions below set out some of the topics we’re asked about most often, but if you’re unclear about anything please phone us on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation with one of our legal experts.
An employer has a duty to make sure that you are safe at work. In practice this means they have a responsibility to:
Additionally, employers should also ensure that you have:
Employers have particular responsibilities for the welfare of certain types of worker, including young people, disabled people and pregnant women.
The duty of care isn’t only owed to employees, but extends to other workers who are ‘under control’ of the employer, including:
Many business activities and industry sectors are subject to specific regulations and Approved Codes of Practice, drafted by the Health and Safety Executive. Your employer must comply with these and any failure to do so would be potentially negligent. We have years of experience helping people who have been let down by their employer, so you can trust our specialist lawyers to investigate your case.
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This varies depending on the circumstances of your case. The three main factors are:
Cases involving one or more of the above factors often take two years to resolve.
If you need financial support before then, we’ll work hard to secure interim compensation payments that could help with specialist medical treatment and equipment while your claim is ongoing. Interim payments are available when your employer has admitted responsibility for your injury, and you’ll receive them before your claim’s fully settled.
Whatever the nature of your claim, we’ll do everything we can to make sure you get a speedy and fair resolution to your case.
It’s possible that you’ll need to go to court, but unlikely. Very few cases end up going to a trial at which you need to give evidence. The court requires all parties to consider other means of settlement in advance of trial.
Most claims are settled out of court and, even if a trial date has been set, claims often get settled right up until the trial date itself.
If your case does go to trial, you will be fully prepared for it by your legal team, so there’s nothing to be worried about. We have years of experience helping clients through the process, which means you’ll be in safe hands.
Yes – even if they’re no longer trading, your employer should have an insurance policy in place to pay for worker compensation claims. Our team is experienced at tracing owners and partners of companies that have been dissolved, so we know how to investigate these kinds of claim and get you the compensation you deserve.
You might be eligible for certain benefits, depending on your situation and the severity of your injury. Some of the benefits you could claim for include:
We’ll review your benefit entitlements with you, making sure that you understand which benefits you should receive. Our team can talk to you about how to best protect your compensation, advising you on the advantages of using a personal injury trust so that your future entitlement to means tested benefits isn’t affected. For more information, please visit our page on welfare issues after serious injury.
There is also a range of benefits available if a loved one has died in a workplace accident, such as the Statutory Bereavement Award and the Bereavement Allowance. Visit our page on coping with bereavement page for more information on eligibility and how we can help.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be able to make a compensation claim – even if you’re self-employed. Our specialist workplace accident solicitors have experience helping many self-employed people, so we’re well-placed to advise you on what action to take. Read more...
Even if you caused or contributed to your workplace accident, your employer may still be responsible in part for what happened. Read more…
Depending on the terms of your contract of employment, you may receive paid time off after an accident at work. Even if you don’t receive any paid time off, we’ll work hard to make sure that your compensation takes into account your lost earnings. Read more…
Making a workplace injury claim against your employer might seem like an intimidating prospect, but our solicitors will support you every step of the way. Having helped thousands of clients secure compensation for workplace injuries, we have a wealth of experience to draw on when representing you. Read more…
If you’d like to find out more about making a workplace accident claim, please phone us on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation. Alternatively, you can contact us online and one of our legal advisers will get back to you.
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