Accident at work

Accident at Work

Have you been injured in an accident at work? Get the compensation you deserve.

Accident at work compensation claims

If you’ve had an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, speak to the team at On Your Side today. We have extensive experience in settling employer liability claims and helping you get as much compensation as you are eligible for.

Wherever you work, it is your employer’s legal obligation to ensure that you have a safe working environment. At On Your Side, we understand that making a claim against your employer can be an intimidating process, however, in reality, you’re likely claiming against your employer’s insurance policy.

If you have an accident at work, you should report it to your employer as soon as possible and make sure they record it in the accident book. If they don’t do this or there isn’t an accident book, then write down the details of your accident and send it to your manager and keep a copy yourself.

How much compensation could I receive for an accident at work?

The amount of compensation you could receive is entirely dependant on your accident, there is no “one size fits all” and every claim is different.

There are a number of factors that could affect your claim, these include:

  • The extent of your injury e.g. a minor break or a life-changing spinal injury
  • The impact it has had on your life e.g. changing jobs, or not being able to enjoy hobbies.
  • Any lost earnings, from time at work to potential bonuses.
  • Any additional costs e.g. travel to hospital appointments.
  • Any amendments you may need to make to your home.
  • Psychological trauma.

If you’ve suffered an accident at work, you should contact On Your Side. We’ll listen to you and talk through your options in a sensitive manner. We operate all claims on a No Win, No Fee basis – so you won’t pay a penny if your claim is not successful.

What common causes of an accident at work?

There are many reasons that people suffer accidents at work, these can include but are not limited to:

  • Improper working practices
  • Lack of proper training
  • Lack of supervision
  • Hit by a moving vehicle
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Falling from heights
  • Struck by a falling item
  • Faulty machinery

How long after an accident at work can I claim compensation?

In most circumstances, you have 3 years to bring a claim against your employer for a workplace accident. This could be 3 years from the date of the accident or 3 years from the date that you were diagnosed with a health condition as a result of the accident.

There are some exceptions to this, these include:

  • The injury caused psychological trauma (e.g. brain damage) and you were not mentally capable of claiming. In these cases, there is no time limit.
  • The accident happened overseas. Other countries may have different laws, so please ask us if you’re not sure.
  • There was a manufacturing or design fault. If a piece of equipment is later found to have been faulty, for example through a product recall investigation, then you could claim outside the three-year window.

Contact our solicitors now!

Contact us now. Solicitors On Your Side can offer you free advice and consultations.

Contact us today by phoning 0330 912 2124, emailing [email protected], or by using our website by filling out an online form.

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Accident at Work FAQ's

  • Who pays the compensation?

    Your employer will be covered by Employer’s Insurance, this means that your solicitor will communicate and negotiate directly with insurers rather than your colleagues or other staff members

  • Do I need to attend a medical?

    As part of your claim, you will be required to have a medical assessment so that your injuries can be fully assessed by a medical professional.

    This medical exam will help us to claim the maximum compensation for you. Doctors will need to examine you to determine how the workplace accident affected your overall health, or impacted any existing conditions. If you do not claim until after you have healed, you will still need a medical report.

  • Can I be dismissed after an accident at work?

    If the work accident was not your fault, then your employer is bound by Employment Law.

    This means that they cannot dismiss you if you make a claim against them, nor can they penalise you or make your working life harder.

  • Can I claim for an accident at work if I am self-employed?

    Most self-employed workers assume that accident at work claims don’t apply to them. However, if you’ve been hired as a self-employed contractor, you’re still covered by employment laws.

    Your employer still has a duty to protect all those in the workplace, regardless of whether it’s construction, retail, or an office.

  • What evidence do I need in an accident at work claim?

    The most important evidence to make a successful claim is proof that the accident/injury was not, or not entirely, your fault. You should also be able to prove that your employer is responsible.

    Our solicitors will ask you to prove your claim with evidence such as:

    • Workplace accident book logs
    • Medical records
    • Photographs/video footage of the hazard in its location
    • Witness statements
    • Records of financial losses.

    If you’ve been injured at work or have suffered long-term physical damage, we’re here to help and will go above and beyond to get you the full compensation you deserve.

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