Accident At Work Claims

Factory Accident Claims

Factories can be hazardous places, especially when health and safety measures aren’t followed. Your employer has a duty to keep you safe while you’re at work and should minimise any potential risk of sustaining factory injuries.

We’re here to help you claim compensation following an injury in a factory accident. Our lawyers have a proven track record in workplace accident claims and can assist if you’ve suffered because of:

Whether you’re an employee, contractor or site visitor, our solicitors could help with your factory accident claim. Most claims we handle are on a No Win No Fee basis*, which means that if your claim is unsuccessful you won’t have to pay any legal fees.

We have lawyers based across the country who will take their time to understand your circumstances. By getting to know you and your situation, we will make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. Our personal injury experts know what it takes to be successful with your claim and have secured more than £1 billion in compensation for our clients over the last two years.

To find out more about making a factory accident claim, contact us today to set up a free initial consultation.

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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 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.

    • 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 the compensation we claim will be sufficient.

      If your employer accepts responsibility for your accident, we could 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.

    • Who Can Make A Claim?
    • We could help you make a claim if you’ve slipped or tripped in a workplace, whether you’re an employee, contractor, a member of the public or a visitor.

      Even if you’re a casual worker or consider yourself to be 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 slipped or tripped at work, both the agency you work for and the owners of the business 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.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You 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 work experience or working 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 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.

    • Our Experts
    • We have experienced solicitors based across the country who specialise in helping people to claim compensation after accidents at work. We know the issues that you and your loved ones may be facing, and we can answer all of your questions in plain English.

      As well as helping you claim compensation, we can also help with your rehabilitation and recovery. If you can’t work because of your injuries, then we can also advise you on benefit entitlement and arrange for the best possible support to help you recover.

      Having helped many other clients who were injured in factory accidents, we can use our experience to get a positive outcome for you and your family.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Types Of Factory Accident Can You Claim For?

Factories can be dangerous places when health and safety procedures aren’t followed. Your employer has a duty to keep you safe and often accidents occur because they’ve failed to follow precautions. We could help you make a claim if you’ve been injured because of:

  • Defective machinery – your employer should have ensured that equipment was well maintained and should have checked that any additional parts were fitted correctly.
  • Electrocution/electric shocks – you could claim if equipment hadn’t been tested, if you hadn’t been given the correct training, if old electrical cords hadn’t been replaced and if appliances weren’t kept away from water.
  • Manual handling – we can help if you were asked to lift a heavy load without being given training on the best techniques to use. Your employer should also have provided lifting equipment where appropriate.
  • Forklift truck accidents – your employer should have regularly inspected your truck, only allowing you to carry balanced and reasonably sized loads. Your travel routes should have been kept clear and shouldn’t be used by pedestrians.
  • Slips and trips – you could claim if you’ve been injured because of a spillage that should have been cleared up. Your employer has a responsibility to make sure hazards are clearly marked and be removed where possible.
  • Falls from height – we could help you make a claim if you’ve been injured because you were made to work at height with faulty equipment, in unsatisfactory conditions or without adequate training.
  • Falling objects – if you’ve been injured because of parts falling off faulty equipment, due to unstable loads on goods vehicles or because hazards weren’t marked, you could make a claim.

If you’ve been injured in a factory accident, we’re here to help. To find out more about making a claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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Will I Lose My Job If I Make A Claim?

Your employer can’t terminate your contract because you’ve made a factory accident claim against them. It’s more likely that they’ll accept your reasons for making a claim as you’ve been injured because they’ve failed in their duty of care to you

We’re aware that making a claim can be an unfamiliar and slightly stressful situation, but the fear of losing your job shouldn’t put you off making a claim.

By law your employer will have insurance in order to protect themselves in this scenario, this can pay for any compensation you’re awarded and can be used to fund any legal expenses (if your claim is successful). Your employer also shouldn’t be overwhelmed with additional work because their insurer is likely to handle any investigations.

In the rare event that you are dismissed for making a factory accident claim, it’s likely that we could help you make a claim for unfair dismissal. If your employer makes your working life intolerable because you’ve made a claim, similarly you may have a case for constructive unfair dismissal. By coming to us with your case, our specialist employment team could help you with any issues of this nature.

It’s important to consider that your claim could make a difference to every staff member in the factory as your employer is likely to improve its health and safety standards. In turn, this will reduce the risk of one of your colleagues being injured.

To find out more about making a factory accident claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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Can I Make A Claim If My Employer Is No Longer Trading?

If the factory you used to work for has shut down or your former employer has stopped trading, we could still help you make a workplace accident claim. However these claims can take longer because it can be hard to track down contacts and information

Your employer should have had insurance while they were trading and this will be used to pay for any compensation that you’re awarded.

Our team are here to help however we can and will find out who your employer’s insurer was and can also discover if they’re now trading under a different name, have been taken over by another firm or if they’ve become part of another organisation.

In order to prove your factory accident claim, we will try to source documents on your behalf such as records of employment and risk assessments which should have been regularly updated. We will also contact any potential witnesses for statements, including your former workmates.

Making a claim if your employer is no longer in business can be complex, but we have the expertise needed to help you. It’s worth remembering that you only have three years to make a claim, even if the factory has stopped trading, so we prompt you to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

To find out more about how we could help, contact us on 0800 056 4110.

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