What Is A Work Accident Solicitor?
As experienced work accident solicitors, we work with anyone who has suffered an accident at work that wasn’t their fault. We specialise in getting you the compensation you deserve to help you get your life back on track. We work with a huge range of different types of claims, from injuries sustained on a building site to slips, trips or falls in an office, care homes or school.
Experiencing a work accident is stressful, especially if your injuries take a long time to heal, or if you have to take time off work while you recover. Not only is there considerable pain and discomfort, there can also be an emotional consequence from what has happened to you and you may even be placed in financial difficulties if you have additional expenses or are unable to work following your work accident. Our team of personal injury claims solicitors are here to help.
Making A Compensation Claim Is Stress Free
Many of our clients worry that making a compensation claim for their work accident will be stressful, time-consuming or difficult. With our help, it doesn’t need to be any of these things. Our work accident claims specialists have years of experience helping people just like you to get the compensation they deserve.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of making a work accident claim, or if you are ready to begin the process, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.
What Can You Do In The Period Immediately After Your Work Accident?
It is absolutely vital that the first thing you do following your work accident is to protect yourself. Make sure that you are safe from further harm and that you have access to the medical assistance that you need as an absolute priority. Once this has been done, there are a few additional steps you may wish to take to help with your work accident compensation claim.
The simplest thing you can do to help your work accident compensation claim would be to write down everything you can remember from the time surrounding your work accident. This can include anything that happened prior to it but that might be relevant as well as details of the aftermath. The more details that you can write down now, the easier it will be for you to remember all of the important information if your case has to go to court.
Evidence Is Very Important
You might also want to make sure that you have the names and addresses of anyone who saw what happened. This is important as it will help us to have evidence to support your description of what happened, and can be vital in making a strong case. You are welcome to get a written statement from them, but we are also able to do this for you if you would prefer.
Further supporting evidence can come in the form of pictures or videos. Obviously, if there is a visual record of your work accident, this would be ideal, but this is rarely the case. More often, clients can make sure that they have pictures or videos of the location in which their work accident happened, with particular emphasis on anything that might have caused or exacerbated your work accident.
Whilst these things can help with your work accident compensation claim, they are not essential and you should not pressure yourself to do them if you do not feel able following your work accident. The most important step, however, is to call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today. This simple task will get you access to expert legal advice and provide you with the support you need, throughout your work accident compensation claim.
How Much Compensation Is Awarded For Work Accident Claims?
Compensation claims are highly variable and are designed to compensate you for the losses you personally have suffered. This means that it is incredibly difficult to give you an accurate estimate of the amount of compensation you can expect without knowing the specifics of your work accident. There are a few common factors in compensation claims, however.
Compensation claims for all accidents and injuries, including work accidents, are in two main parts. The first is to compensate you for the pain and suffering that you have experienced. The guideline amounts for these are ranges set by the Judicial College, and are set nationally and reviewed regularly. These guideline ranges for any particular injury can be very broad, which allows them to take into account the individual nature of your specific work accident case. Our years of experience helping people just like you with their work accident compensation claim allows us to give you the best possible estimate of where in this range your injury is likely to fall.
Special Damages For Work Injury And Accident Claims
The second part of your compensation claim is there to compensate you for any expenses or costs you have suffered associated with your work accident. The aim here is that you should never be left financially or materially worse off following your work accident than you would have been had the work accident not happened. This can be a much larger payment than the first part of your compensation, as it can include the loss of earnings you may experience if you need to take off work to recover. It can also include modifications to your home or vehicle, if very serious injuries mean that you need these to resume your normal life. You are also able to request the money you need to access rehabilitation and any medical assistance that is not easily available on the NHS, such as physiotherapy if there are long waiting lists in your area.
Working with our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors means that you have the benefit of our years of experience, allowing us to claim for many expenses that you might not have realised could be included in your compensation claim. We want to get you the financial support you need to help get your life back on track.
How Can Free Legal Justice Help Me With My Work Accident Compensation Claims?
We want to make your work accident compensation claim as stress free as possible. We offer a 24/7 service to make sure that you are able to access the help you need when you need it. You can start your work accident compensation claim with a single phone call. We are available for you to call on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or to apply online and have us call you back for free at a time of your choosing.
Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors understand the importance of listening. We make sure that we listen carefully to every aspect of your case, including who was at fault, the circumstances surrounding your work accident, all of the details of your injuries and the ways in which this has impacted your life. This degree of personalised care means that we are able to give you the most accurate information and advice that is specific to you.
We Do All The Paperwork For Your Work Accident Claims
We are also able to handle all of the admin and paperwork involved in making your work accident compensation claim. All legal action can require a significant amount of paperwork, including letters and forms that must be submitted within strict deadlines. Once we are employed as your solicitors, we are able to complete almost all of this. We are also able to offer free home visits, to help you complete any of the paperwork that we can’t fill out on your behalf.
Our team are here 24 hours per day to help with your work accident compensation claim.
No Win No Fee Work Accident Claims
One of the most daunting aspects of making a work accident compensation claim is the risk of high legal fees, especially if there is no guarantee that your claim will be successful. At Free Legal Justice, we believe that you should never be left worse off as a result of trying to get the justice you deserve. This is why we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to almost all of our clients.
Working on a no win no fee basis means that we are able to act on your behalf, without you having to pay anything up front. We are only paid once you have received the compensation you deserve for your work accident. Our fees are set as a percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that you will never be left with legal fees that cost more than you receive. You will always be left better off as a result of successful claim.
Not All Claims Are No Win No Fee!
There are a very few circumstances under which it is not possible for us to offer a no win no fee agreement. If your work accident comes into this category, we will let you know as soon as possible and will discuss alternative funding options with you.
If you are thinking about making a work accident compensation claim, we want to help you. Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online now and let our dedicated team of expert personal injury claims solicitors help you get the compensation you deserve.
Could I Lose My Job If I Make A Work Accident Compensation Claim?
The short answer to this question is no. Your employer is not allowed to punish you in any way for making a work accident compensation claim. They are not allowed to fire you, pass you over for promotion or to change your duties to less desirable ones as a result of your making a work accident compensation claim.
Most employers would not want to punish their employees for claiming the compensation they need to look after themselves following a work accident. They understand that this money is needed to help you with your recovery and to ensure that you are able to continue with your life as before.
Making An Accident At Work Claim Helps Others
Making a work accident compensation claim doesn’t just help you. Your colleagues can also benefit from you making a work accident claim, as it will often encourage an employer to be more careful with their health and safety rules and can improve overall safety and working conditions.
You can also be sure that your work accident claim is not impacting the long-term financial health of the company you work for. They are required to take our Employers Liability Insurance, which covers them for all accidents at work. This insurance means that you should never feel pressured into not making a work accident compensation claim on the basis that you and your colleagues may be out of work if the company is not able to pay.
If you are thinking of making a work accident compensation claim, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online now. Our experienced team of personal injury claims solicitors are here to help.
How Making A Work Accident Compensation Claim Works
Making a compensation claim follows the same process for all kinds of personal injury claims, including work accident claims
Your first step will be to make sure that you have the legal advice and support you will need. Our dedicated personal injury claims solicitors have years of experience making work accident claims just like yours. You can get in touch by calling us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claiming online and we will get back to you at a time that suits you.
We Write To The Other Side For You
We will write to the person to blame for your work accident on your behalf. We inform them that you are making a compensation claim for your work accident and that you hold them responsible. We give them a deadline by which they need to either accept that this is true, or provide an explanation as to why they disagree.
If they do not accept that they were at fault in your work accident, we will provide evidence to support your claim. This could be in the form of photographs, documentation or witness statements as well as many other options. Almost all workplace accidents result in the employer admitting at least some liability.
What Happens When Liability Is Accepted?
As soon as the other party has agreed liability, we can begin negotiations to decide how much compensation is fair. This will always be completely your decision, but we will offer you advice and support to ensure that you can be confident in your decisions. The other party will often offer a very low initial amount, known as a lowball offer, to see whether you will accept less than you are entitled to. With our experience, we are able to give you the information you need to identify these kinds of tactics and get the full amount of compensation you deserve for your work accident.
The vast majority of work accident compensation claims are resolved without having to go to court, through the process described above. If it is not possible to reach an agreement as to how much compensation is fair, or if the other party refuses to accept that they were to blame, your case might need to be resolved by a judge. This is not as daunting as it might sound, especially as we’re with you the whole way through.
Our Fee’s For Work Accident and Injury Claims
Only once the compensation has been agreed and paid do we take our fees, which are a percentage of your compensation payment. You will always receive the vast majority of your payment, to help give you the financial support you need to be able to concentrate on your recovery after your work accident.
How Do You Start Your Work Accident Compensation Claims?
Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors have years of experience helping people who have been through a work accident, just like you. Although the idea of making a work accident compensation claim might seem daunting, our work accident specialists are here to help.
If you are considering making a compensation claim for your work accident, the most important first step is to call us to get expert advice from our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors. We are available, free, 24 hours a day on 0800 567 7074. If you are calling from a mobile, call 0121 565 4317. If you prefer, you can claim online and we will call you back at a time that you specify at no charge. Contacting our work accident claims specialists allows you to begin your compensation claim with the best possible advice and help.
We Listen To Our Clients
During the conversation about your work accident compensation claim, we will ensure that we understand all of the details of what happened to you, and that we have the full picture of the events. We want to be sure that we know all of the circumstances surrounding your work accident (especially who you believe was to blame), the full details of all of your injuries and the impact that these have had on your life. When we have all of this information, we are able to give you the kind of personal care and advice that you need, particularly in terms of how much compensation you are likely to receive.
How Long Does It Take To Make A Work Accident Compensation Claim?
It can be hard to know how long a particular work accident compensation case will take, as some can be settled very quickly, while others will take much longer to be decided. We know that you want to put your work accident behind you as quickly as possible, so we do everything that we can to resolve your claim as quickly as possible.
Some cases are able to be resolved extremely quickly, with the fastest taking just a few weeks. These cases tend to involve more minor injuries, as the sums of money involved are significantly smaller and there is little to be gained by the other party arguing to push the costs down. Such injuries also lead to simpler cases, with less need for medical evidence or disputes over the exact causes of the injury. The fastest cases are always those in which the other party accepts liability, as proving who was to blame for your work accident can add significantly to the time your claim takes to resolve.
Some Work Accident Claims Take Longer To Settle
If your case is more complicated, for example if the other person refuses to accept that they were to blame or if there are multiple people who were all partially to blame for what happened, it might take much longer for you to get the compensation you deserve. Cases that have to go to court can last significantly longer than those that do not.
Do All Work Accidents Have To Be Recorded In The Accident Book?
All workplaces should have an accident book available. This book provides a single reference point in which all accidents, injuries and near misses are recorded. Having a single document with all of this information means that there is a clear and accurate history of the company’s health and safety record. Incidents should be recorded as soon as possible after they occur, although taking care of any staff who were injured is always a higher priority.
Although all accidents must be recorded in the accident book, this doesn’t always happen. If an accident or injury is very serious, the most important thing is to look after the person who has been hurt. In these cases, the accident book may be forgotten and filled out later. Sometimes, however, an employer deliberately fails to record an accident or injury in the accident book, in the hopes that they will be able to deny that it took place.
Accident Was Not Written In The Accident Book – Can You Still Claim With Our Solicitors?
Although we can often use the accident book to support your work accident compensation claim, we are still able to make a successful case without it. We may need to present alternative types of evidence, for example statements from anyone who saw what happened or any photos you may have of the location where your work accident happened. You are still able to access justice for what happened to you, and the compensation you need, even without your accident or injury being included in the accident book.
If you realise that your employer has not recorded your work accident in the accident book, we recommend that you email either your manager or the HR department, asking that your work accident be recorded. This will provide you with a record of what happened and can be used as evidence if your employer is deliberately not recording your work accident.
How Do I Know Whether I Am Entitled To Compensation After My Work Accident?
Many of our clients can find it difficult to be sure that they are able to make a work accident compensation claim. There are a few simple requirements that must be fulfilled in order for you to make a work accident compensation claim.
The first essential requirement is that you must have sustained some kind of damage or loss as a result of a work accident that you have experienced. Narrowly avoiding injury can be alarming and worrying, but you are only able to claim compensation for the damage you have actually sustained.
Someone Else Must Be To Blame For Your Work Accident For You To Claim
In order to make a compensation claim, you must also be able to demonstrate that there was someone else who was at fault in your work accident. They do not have to have caused the work accident directly, and they don’t even need to have been present. The important thing is that they had a responsibility to make sure that you were safe. In the workplace, your employer has this legal duty of care, meaning that almost all accidents at work fulfil this criteria.
You will also need to be sure that what happened to you wasn’t a freak occurrence. It doesn’t need to be something that happens regularly, but you can only claim for something that could reasonably have been foreseen, without sufficient care and attention.
Finally, you should consider whether any safety measures they put in place to protect you were sufficient. If no steps were taken to keep you safe, or to minimise the severity of any injuries you might sustain, you are very likely to be able to make a compelling compensation claim. Even if some measures were taken, you are still able to claim if these were inadequate.
Contact Our Work Accident Solicitors Today
If you have experienced a work accident that wasn’t your fault, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our expert team of dedicated personal injury claims solicitors are here 24 hours a day, so call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today. We can even call you back at a time that suits, you to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.
Health and safety legislation
This links gives you the rules and regulations in the UK for safety at the workplace
Health and Safety Update
This link gives you up to date information regarding health and safety in the UK