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Accident At Work Claims

Neck Injury At Work Claims

Unfortunately neck injuries at work are quite common and often happen because employers don’t follow health and safety guidelines.

Our workplace accident solicitors could help you make a compensation claim if you’ve suffered whiplash, a slipped disc or other neck injuries in an accident at work. We’ve previously helped people claim after they’ve been injured because of:

By making a neck or spinal injury claim with us, you can be reassured that we’ll fully investigate your case and will work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for you. Our work doesn’t stop at getting you compensation - we can also help you access the rehabilitation and support you need to make the best recovery possible.

We have specialist teams of workplace accident lawyers based across the country, who will make sure that your needs are accounted for throughout your claim. Our serious injury experts can help with cases involving injuries to the spinal cord, ensuring that you get the justice and support you deserve.

Many of the neck injury claims we handle are on a No Win No Fee basis*, meaning you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful.

If you’re thinking about making a neck injury at work compensation claim, call us free on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online for 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 suffered a neck injury at work, including if you’re an employee, contractor or site visitor.

      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.

      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 dedicated, experienced workplace accident 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’ll 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 neck injury, then we can also advise you on benefit entitlement and arrange for the best possible support to help you to recover. Having helped many other clients who have suffered neck injuries at work, we can use our experience to get a positive outcome for you and your family.

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It was so fantastic to have Irwin Mitchell supporting my recovery. 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.”

Jaxx, client
Client Jaxx Cave

Frequently Asked Questions

What Precautions Should Have Been In Place To Prevent My Neck Injury?

Accidents at work often happen because of employer negligence. You have a right to a safe working environment so your employer should do all they can to protect your safety while you’re at work. If your employer has acted negligently, you could be able to make a claim.

You could make a claim if you’ve suffered a neck injury as a consequence of:

  • Appropriate health and safety training not being provided
  • Machinery and equipment not being maintained to an adequate standard
  • Being allowed to use faulty machinery
  • The workplace not being in a safe and tidy condition (causing you to slip or trip)
  • Personal protective equipment not being provided (e.g., high visibility jackets and hard hats)
  • An accident involving vehicles in the workplace (e.g. forklift trucks)
  • Your employer hiring an untrained professional putting you at risk (didn’t check qualification and employment history)

Your employer’s safety obligations are set out in the Health and Safety Act which states that they should conduct regular risk assessments in order to avoid accidents. The Act also suggests that your employer should talk to you to find out about any injuries you may have and to discover your opinions on working practices.

If you’ve suffered a neck injury because of employer negligence, we could help you make a compensation claim. To find out more about how we could help you, contact us free today on 0800 056 4110.

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What Types Of Neck Injury Can Be Caused At Work?

Neck injuries can range in severity, from those that cause temporary pain and discomfort through to injuries that cause limited mobility for the rest of your life. By making a claim after a neck injury at work, we could help you secure compensation…

… to make life a little easier, helping you get the healthcare and support you need.

We could help you make a claim if your accident at work has caused you to suffer from:

  • Paraplegia or quadriplegia (paralysis)
  • Prolapsed discs
  • Damage to soft tissues – tendons, ligaments and muscles
  • Whiplash
  • Increased pain as existing neck problems have been made worse
  • Conditions which have been brought forward due to working conditions (which you might naturally have suffered from in later life)

If you’re interested in making a neck injury claim, we can provide you with a free initial consultation to discuss how we could help you. For more information, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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What Happens If I Can’t Return To Work?

Medical professionals may advise that you don’t return to work after your neck injury, as they feel that you can no longer fulfil your role properly or they think that working could deteriorate your health further. We’re here for you if this is the case…

… and can help you claim compensation to cover your lost earnings. Your settlement will be worked out according to the severity of your neck injury, and will cover your future financial needs.

It could be the case that you can return to work but not in the same position, so may have to seek work at another organisation or in another field. We can help you get compensation to cover any gaps in employment, and to make sure that you’re compensated for any shortfall in earnings if your new job pays significantly less.

Neck injuries at work are often down to your employer and they’ll be aware that they’ve breached their duty of keeping you safe at work. This means that they’re likely to understand why you’re making a claim against them and will hopefully make the claims process as easy as possible for you.

By law, your employer should have liability insurance, which will protect them if any claims are made against the business. Your employer won’t suffer financially by you making a neck injury claim as any compensation you receive will be paid for by this insurance policy.

Your employer can’t threaten to terminate your contract or dismiss you because you’re making a claim against them. If you’re in the unfortunate position where this has happened, our Employment team can provide expert advice about your rights and how to handle this situation.

If you’d like more advice about making a neck injury claim, or if you have any questions regarding your employment rights, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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