Compensation claims for accidents at work can be some of the most stressful personal injury claims you can make. Not only do you have the pain and stress of the injury itself, you may also worry about the difficulties of making a claim, whether because you might face repercussions from your employer for making a claim for your accident at work and even how your colleagues may respond to your accident and compensation claim.
We understand the difficulties you may be facing, and you don’t have to face them alone. Our specialist work claims team of expert personal injury solicitors are available on 0121 565 4317 or you can claim online and we will call you back. We will discuss the details of your accident, make sure that we fully understand the extent of your injuries and discuss the impact that this has had on the rest of your life. We will then give you the best possible advice as to how to go about claiming compensation, your likelihood of success and how much compensation you should expect to receive.
What Kinds Of Injuries Can I Claim For Following An Accident At Work?
There is no restriction on the kinds of injuries you can claim for at work, as workplaces vary widely in terms of the kinds of hazards that you might encounter and accidents come in all shapes and sizes. The main restrictions are that the accident must have been something that your employer could reasonably have been expected to foresee (this is meant in a legal context, and is not a high bar for almost all workplace accidents) and that they did not take sufficient measures to avoid or minimize. Examples might be not providing you with steel toe capped boots when working on a building site, as it is reasonable to expect your employer to foresee that something might be dropped on your foot. If you were to be injured as a result of something dropping on your foot under those circumstances, your employer would most likely be thought to be responsible for your accident (this is known as being held liable). Please see employer responsibilities to understand more.
Common work-related injuries you might be able to claim for include:
- Lifting Injuries
Back, shoulder and hip injuries are common if you are required to lift heavy objects without correct assistance or without sufficient training. For men, you should not be expected to lift anything above 25kg without assistance, while for women this is reduced to 16kg. These amounts are based on optimal lifting conditions, where the weight is held close to the body and is not lifted too high. If the circumstances make the lift more difficult, these maximums must be adjusted. For the most difficult lifts, these maximums may be reduced to 5kg for men and 3kg for women. In addition, repetitive lifts and twisting movements must be avoided or minimized. If you have suffered a lifting injury at work, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Falls From Height
Working at height is inherently dangerous, and it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that they have taken all reasonable steps to keep you safe. This includes putting up railings to prevent falls, requiring all employees to wear harnesses when working at height, ensuring that tasks do not require stretching or leaning across gaps at height and ensuring that all staff are appropriately trained in the policies and procedures that keep them safe when working in this way. If you have fallen from a height at work, you may well be able to claim compensation as result of your injury. Many of us are tempted to write off a fall as us ‘being clumsy’, but it is your employer’s job to make sure that ‘being clumsy’ doesn’t lead to you being seriously injured. If insufficient care was taken to keep you safe, your employer is likely to be considered at fault. Falls from a height can lead to lasting back, hip or spinal injuries, as well as nerve damage, broken bones and concussions.
- Poorly Maintained or Faulty Equipment
This includes a wide range of problems and injuries. Poorly maintained equipment mean that you need to use excessive force when using a screwdriver, causing you to receive a deep cut if your hand slips. More serious incidents involving poorly maintained industrial equipment are associated with missing or malfunctioning safety guards, leading to serious injuries including traumatic amputations or crush injuries to a hand or foot. You have the right to expect that your job is not made more dangerous by having to use faulty or damaged equipment. If you have been injured as a result of having to use faulty equipment, you are likely to be eligible for compensation for your injuries.
- Slips and Trips
It is important that your workplace is kept as safe as possible, and one of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is to keep floors clear and things put away. If this is not routinely enforced by your employer and you fall over a trip hazard, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries you have sustained. Common injuries from a slip or trip include bruises, sprains, strains or even dislocations of the hip of shoulder, but more serious injuries can include spinal problems or concussions.
- Burns and Scalds
Many workplaces require that you use or interact with hot equipment, from the oven in a commercial kitchen to parts of an engine in a garage. If you are not given adequate protective equipment, sufficient training and if all relevant safety measures are not taken, you may be eligible for compensation for any accident or injury you sustain. Burns can be painful but superficial or they can be serious, even life threatening. It is also essential that your employer has made the correct first aid equipment available, to ensure that you receive immediate treatment to minimize the damage done.
How Can We Help With Your Work Injury Claims?
Making a personal injury claim is already stressful, without the added complication of having the claim be against your employer. Many people are put off trying for the compensation they need and deserve by the concern that the process of making a claim will be expensive and time consuming. We aim to make sure that it is neither.
Where possible, we offer our services on a no win no fee basis. This means that you do not have to make any payments up front. Our fee is dependent on the amount of compensation you receive, and if we are unable to secure the compensation you deserve, you won’t owe a penny. This means that you don’t need to worry about expensive legal fees. We believe that you should be able to seek justice for your accident at work without putting yourself at risk of further financial hardship. A no win no fee agreement allows us to do just that. Call us now on 0121 565 4317 or claim online to find out whether you might be eligible for our help with your work injury claim on a no win no fee basis
We also take the stress and pressure out of making a claim. If this is the first claim that you have made, you may worry that you are not making yourself clear or that you are not following the correct procedures. Our specialist team of no win no fee personal injury solicitors are experts in this field, meaning that we know how to best present your case. We will handle all of the paperwork, writing to the other party, gathering evidence and handling the negotiations. You can concentrate on your recovery, secure in the knowledge that we will inform you of all offers of compensation and that we will give you our expert opinion as to whether the amount of compensation you have been offered is fair or not. We will be by your side throughout the process, ensuring that you have the best possible representation and the highest chance of receiving the compensation you deserve.
Will Making A Personal Injury At Work Claim Cause Trouble At Work?
We appreciate that it can be nerve-wracking making an injury at work claim. In essence, you are telling your employer that they did not fulfill their duty of care towards you. It is important that you make a claim if you have been injured at work, though. Firstly, it is important that you receive the compensation you need to get yourself back on track. Compensation isn’t there to punish your employer. It is there to help you get your life back to where it would have been if the accident had not occurred.
It is also useful to be aware that your employer is not allowed to punish you in any way for bringing a personal injury at work claim. This is illegal and would be grounds for a further claim, which employers are usually extremely keen to avoid.
Finally, it worth considering that work claims will often encourage your employer to make your workplace safer for yourself and your colleagues. Many employers allow accidents to happen because they had not fully considered the ways in which their employees have to work. Your claim will hopefully reduce the chance that anyone else has to suffer the same pain that you have.
If you have suffered an accident or injury at work and think that you might be able to make a claim, call us today on 0121 565 4317 or claim online. We will discuss the nature of your accident, the details of your injury and the impact it has had on your life. This will enable us to give you the best possible advice.