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Could you make an Accident at Work Claim?

An accident at work can leave a person with severe or life-changing injuries. Often, it’s not just someone who is involved directly in an accident, but also those around you, such as friends and family who suffer the aftereffects. Due to health and safety regulations, accidents at work should be relatively infrequent, but when they do happen, they can be severe.

It may take months to recover from your injuries. However, during this time you may suffer from more than just physical damages and quite often, you may be suffering from mental health issues too.

In order to help with the recovery process, you may be considering claiming compensation. After all, you may need to pay for medical assistance or recovery treatments that could help get you back on track. Unfortunately, you may be feeling unsure about whether or not you can claim for injuries or a loss you have suffered. Our expert personal injury solicitors have years of experience. In just a few minutes of speaking to one of our accident at work team, we can assess your claim, then let you know if our Solicitors can act On Your Side.

If you’d like to speak to one of our team, get in touch by completing a contact form or calling 0330 912 2124.

What could have caused my accident at work?

In order to claim compensation, you need to prove that you are a victim of negligence in the workplace. That means something happened that you were not responsible for. Instead, it was due to the fault of someone else in your workplace.

There are a few ways in which work accidents generally occur. It is your manager’s responsibility to ensure that you are safe in your place of work. Your employer has the responsibility to:

  • Understand the health and safety risks of the workplace
  • Make sure workers are supported if they’re hurt
  • Ensure that there is a reporting system in place to record any accidents

Unfortunately, accidents at work do still happen, even with safety regulations put into place. Here are some of the most common ways that you could get hurt at work:

  • Falling from height
  • Violent Assaults
  • Being hit by a vehicle
  • Being hit by moving objects
  • Lifting heavy objects and materials
  • Slips, Trips, and Fall at Work
  • Burns and scolds from hot equipment or water
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Loss of hearing or hearing problems
  • Loss of sight or eye problems
  • Faulty equipment or work-based material defects.
  • Electrocution

As you can see, there are many different ways that accidents at work may occur. If you are working somewhere that is extremely messy (i.e. is a very enclosed space, has exposed wiring on the floor or is untidy in general), it is very likely that you or a colleague could be injured. Keep an eye on any uneven surfaces in your workplace as these can be tripping hazards. It’s estimated that around 38.8 million workdays are lost due to these types of accidents. That’s why it’s important to report any hazards to your employer if you spot any. If the problem is not fixed you can then use this as evidence that you are the victim of negligence.

What type of injuries can you claim for in an accident at work claim?

This is quite an open-ended question; we would say that any type of injury that was caused by the negligence of your employer will allow you to be eligible for a compensation claim. However, keep in mind that the extent of your injuries will determine how much compensation you receive. If you have experienced quite serious injuries then you could make a claim for work accident compensation.

Some examples of an accident at work injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprains and injured muscles
  • Internal bleeding
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Loss of limbs
  • Brain damage
  • Loss of hearing/vision

It’s important that you speak to one of our solicitors in order that you can figure out the extent of your damages. Speaking with a lawyer will also help you understand whether or not it is worth pursuing the claim. They can help you collect evidence and get you ready for a settlement agreement with the other party and their insurer.

What should I do now?

If you want to learn more about how Solicitors On Your Side, can help you with your claim, why not get in contact with one of our team or by calling 0330 912 2124. Our friendly solicitors can give you advice on your accident at work claim for free. You can also speak to our lawyers for a no-obligation claim assessment. If you are happy to move forward with your case with our specialist team, we can offer our solicitors on a “no win-no fee” basis. For more information, today, get in contact with our team who will be happy to speak to you.

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