Injured in a work accident?
If you are involved in an accident at work which causes a personal injury, or if you have contracted an industrial illness through the work that you do, you may be entitled to make a no win no fee claim for compensation.
All employers have a legal responsibility to provide employees with a safe and secure workplace. This responsibility includes providing adequate equipment and materials, providing competent co-workers, providing a safe system of work and providing proper training and supervision.
If you are injured in the workplace, or at any point whilst carrying out your employment duties, you should always ensure that the accident is reported. Most companies should have an accident book to record such incidents. This will not only act as evidence that the accident occurred if you decide to pursue a compensation claim, but may also help your employer to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.
As accidents at work are common, your employer must have insurance to cover any compensation claims that are made against them by employees who are injured at work. This is known as Employers Liability Insurance. Compensation awarded following a work accident claim is paid by your employer’s insurance company – it is not paid directly out of your employer’s pockets.
Types of Accidents at Work
Below are some examples of accidents in the workplace and some information on some of the common questions and concerns regarding accident claims.
Accidents at work caused by unsafe work premises
Your employer has a responsibility to ensure that the place, or places, where you work are safe. Therefore if you have an accident at work due to a slip on a wet floor, a trip on a raised floor tile, or a fall down some damaged steps, you may be entitled to make a work accident claim against your employer for the injuries your have sustained. For more information about slips and trips at work, please visit our compensation for slips and trips at work page.
Accidents at work caused by unsuitable equipment or materials
If you are involved in an accident at work which is caused by unsuitable equipment or materials, you may be entitled to make a work injury compensation claim for any personal injuries that you suffer. Even if your accident is caused by faulty equipment, materials or machinery supplied by another company, the responsibility for ensuring that they are safe for you to use and that you are adequately trained to use them will usually remain with your employer.
Accidents at work caused by unsafe system of work or lack of proper training
Your employer has a responsibility to take reasonable steps to ensure that you are able to carry out your work duties in a safe way in order to avoid any inherent dangers. For example, if your work involves a lot of heavy lifting, your employer should provide training so you are aware of the correct way to lift items in a way which minimises the risk of suffering a lifting accident at work. If you are not provided such training, and suffer an injury as a result, you could be able to make a no win no fee work accident compensation claim.
Accidents at work caused by incompetent staff
Your employer must ensure, to the best of their ability, that the people they employ are competent in their jobs and do not put other people in the workplace at risk by their actions. Therefore if you are injured at work due to something a fellow employee did, or did not do, your employer is potentially liable for those actions.
Common Work Accident Questions
Below are some common questions relating to the process of making an accident at work personal injury claim.
I was injured in a workplace accident, can I claim?
There are two things which have to be in place in order for a successful claim for workplace accident compensation to be pursued. Firstly, the accident has to have been caused by the negligence of another. It could be that the correct health and safety steps haven’t been taken – floors may have been left wet, wires and cables trailing where they can be tripped over, or safety equipment not applied correctly. It should also be remembered that workplace injuries can take place over a prolonged period of time, with poor conditions resulting in the likes of tinnitus, breathing problems and vibration white finger.
The second factor is that the accident in question has to have resulted in an injury or long term condition. If you feel this may have been the case, then call us FREE on 0808 231 5942 and discuss your circumstances with one of our trained advisers. The more details you can come to us with, the better we’ll be able to evaluate your potential claim, and so it will be helpful to make a note of details such as:
- Eyewitness accounts.
- Any workplace accident book.
- Doctors notes.
- Records of any previous accidents which may have taken place at your employers.
- A statement from any ambulance workers attending the scene.
How long do I have to make a work accident claim?
A work accident claim must be made within three years from the actual date of the accident. If at the time of the accident you are under the age of 18, the three year period would not start until the date you turn 18 years old. If your work related injury only became apparent at a later date after the accident, the three year period would begin on the date you became aware of the injury, rather than the date of the workplace accident.
If I make a compensation claim for an accident at work, who pays the compensation?
It is a legal requirement for your employer to have insurance cover, known as Employers Liability Insurance, to cover them in case of any work related accidents. If your personal injury claim is successful, it is the company’s insurers who pay the compensation awarded, not your employer.
Can I get the sack for making a work accident claim?
An employer cannot legally dismiss an employee for making a compensation claim for an accident at work. Therefore if your employer did dismiss you on these grounds, it could be classed as unfair dismissal, which could entitle you to make a separate compensation claim through employment law.
Start your accident at work claim today
Give us a call on 0808 231 5942, or submit our simple online claim form and our trained personal injury lawyers will take all of your details and build a case on your behalf. Because we work on a no win no fee basis, you can pursue your claim for workplace accident compensation safe in the knowledge that there is no major financial risk to starting your claim.