Accident At Work Claims

Defective Work Equipment Claims

When you go to work, you expect that the equipment you need to do your job will be fully working and suitable.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. At best, it can be frustrating because you can’t do your job, but at worst it can be life-threatening as faulty or defective work equipment can cause a serious accident.

We have a dedicated team of solicitors who have helped many people make faulty equipment claims after being injured at work.

Our experience means that we know what steps your employer must take to ensure that the equipment you use at work is safe. We’ll work hard to find out whether your employer knew (or should have known) about the faulty nature of the equipment before your accident. Injuries are often caused by:

  • Poor maintenance/inspection of machinery
  • Inadequate personal protective equipment
  • Lack of a proper health and safety assessment

As one of the largest personal injury teams in the UK, with a specialist team of work accident experts, you can rely on us to help you to claim compensation and ensure that you receive the medical support that you need. If you would like to talk to us about making a claim, call us free on 0800 056 4110.

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Defective Work Equipment Claims - More Information
    • 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 employer 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.

    • Can I Claim For A Loved One Who Has Died?
    • If a loved one has died, our lawyers can help you with:

      • Recovering compensation for their pain and suffering, to account for financial losses caused by their death
      • 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, which is separate to a claim for compensation. This is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent (if they’re under 18) of the person who died.

    • What Are The Time Limits For Making A Claim?
    • You normally have three years to make a compensation claim, starting from the date your accident happened.

      If you were under the age of 18 when the accident happened – perhaps during work experience or an apprenticeship – the three year period begins on your 18th birthday. This means you have until you’re 21 to make a claim.

      However, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible so that we can begin to investigate your claim. If you have questions or concerns about the time limits, please call us for free initial advice on 0800 056 4110.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases 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 claim, we’ll discuss the funding options available, advising you which we think is the most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI), or can access support through trade union membership, 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.

    • Meet The Team
    • Our workplace accident solicitors are highly rated by independent legal guides such as Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. With offices up and down the country, we’re able to help you wherever you are.

      We have years of experience in securing compensation for those who have been injured at work. Our solicitors are aware that every claim is different and we take the time to understand the care and support you need.

      For some people, getting an apology and explanation for what’s happened is just as important as a compensation award. We’ll take the necessary steps to help you make a complaint and will campaign to ensure systems are put in place to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to somebody else.

I am now getting my life back on track. This settlement does not put things back to how they were, but at least it gives me some form of justice and allows me to rebuild my life.”

Stewart, client
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Frequently Asked Questions

What Constitutes Employer Negligence In Defective Work Equipment Claims?

You have a right to expect that your employer will take certain steps to protect you in the workplace, especially if you’re using potentially dangerous equipment.

Many workplace accidents involve a failure on the part of the employer to:

  • Keep work equipment in good working order
  • Regularly inspect any equipment that is likely deteriorate
  • Make sure you are trained in how to use equipment, and are aware of any risks/precautions
  • Protect you from dangerous machine parts by using fixed guards
  • Communicate any specific risks to you - identified by a risk assessment
  • Withdraw faulty equipment immediately until it’s been repaired or replaced

If your employer failed in any of these steps and you were injured as a result, you may be able to claim compensation.

In cases where the nature of the equipment’s fault is unclear, one of our solicitors will visit your workplace to have a look at the faulty item. If needed, we’ll use specialist engineers to test the equipment.

If you have any questions about employer negligence, please contact one of our legal advisers on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about making a claim.

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What If The Defective Equipment Had A Manufacturing Fault?

Sometimes workplace accidents are caused because of a manufacturing defect in a piece of equipment or machinery. Our lawyers are experienced in establishing whether the cause of your accident was employer negligence, or due to a manufacturing defect.

It may be necessary to carry out an on-site inspection, if the exact cause of your accident is unclear. If a manufacturing fault exists, your employer may still be liable under the Employers Liability (Defective Equipment ) Act 1969.

Depending on the circumstances, we may be making a claim against your employer, or against the company which manufactured the faulty equipment, or even a combination of the two.

If you have any questions about who was to blame for your accident, call our specialist legal advisers on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your claim.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

Over the years our Workplace Accident team has helped many people claim compensation for their injuries. We know exactly how to investigate these kinds of incidents and secure justice for our clients.

Some of the injuries our Workplace Injury team commonly help clients claim compensation for include:

  • Amputation
  • Brain or head injury
  • Crush injury
  • Fracture
  • Internal injuries
  • Nerve or tendon damage

If you’ve been affected by an incident involving a faulty piece of work equipment, compensation can help:

  • Pay for private medical treatment to help you to recover as quickly as possible
  • Make up for lost income or loss of future income if your injuries stop you from working
  • Provide financial compensation for your loss if your loved one has died in an accident at work

By claiming compensation you will also help to make sure that the same thing does not happen to anyone else.

It’s important to get in touch with a solicitor as quick as possible after the accident, so that we can begin to interview witnesses and gather evidence for your claim. Please phone us on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial chat about your case.

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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."
"One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique 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 previous 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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