Have you been involved in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault? Accident at work injuries can have severe consequences, including disabling injuries, loss of earnings and even the inability to look after yourself or others. Accidents at work often happen because of employee’s misdirection and failure to put proper protective measures in place.
If you have suffered an accident at work, it is likely that you will have questions regarding whether you are eligible to make a claim for compensation and how to make a work accident claim.
What are an employer’s legal responsibilities to their employees?
Employers have a duty of care towards their employees. This duty of care extends to all employees. In simple terms, your employer is legally required to put specific measures in place to protect you from any illness, such as industrial diseases, or injuries such as slips, trips or falls, whilst at work.
They should provide you with proper training and industry-standard personal protective equipment, maintain the equipment’s quality, and conduct regular workplace inspections.
If your employer failed to implement these measures and you have been injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.
Workers must be able to provide evidence that the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, and it happened whilst they were working for that company within the last three years.
What type of work accidents can I claim for?
You may be able to claim for an accident if you are injured at work due to various reasons. Below are just a few of the reasons you may have been injured in the workplace and, as a result, could make a valid claim:
· Non-adherence to Health and Safety regulations
· Slip, trip or fall due to company negligence
· Improper lifting and manual handling practices caused by a lack of training
· Negligence of co-workers and staff members · Accidents on building sites
· Dangerous machinery in the workplace
· Hazardous practices and procedures in the workplace
· Defective or poorly maintained equipment being used by employees
· Assault at work / Criminal injuries
· Industrial injuries such as vibration white finger
Common injuries that you can suffer from due to accidents at work are:
· Head injuries
· Broken bones
· Spinal injuries and Spinal Cord Injuries
· Loss of sight
· Burn and scald injuries
· Joint dislocations
If you are suffering from any type of injury which has been caused by a workplace accident, you should consider making an accident at work claim. If you have been involved in a workplace accident and suffer an injury because of it, you should make an accident at work claim.
Accident at work solicitors Leeds: Compensation
It is difficult to estimate the amount of injuries compensation you will receive from your accident without knowing the full extent of your injuries. There are, however, compensation calculators online that can be used to estimate how much you may be able to receive from your workplace injury claim.
General Damages – This refers to the amount of compensation you receive for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity.
Special Damages – These are any direct financial losses that you may have suffered due to your injuries. Typically, these may include loss of earnings in the future, loss of earnings up to the settlement, loss of earnings, medical costs, travel costs or the costs of care provided to you.
Accident at work solicitors Leeds: Time limits
The law on time limits for accidents at work claims can be complicated. However, the general rule is that you have three years from the date of the injury to have either settled your claim or started Court proceedings where the injury occurred at work.
The three-year deadline commences from the date that the accident occurred or from the date you realised that your injury was associated with an accident in the workplace.
Will my job be at risk if I make an accident at work claim?
By law, it is illegal for an employer to terminate an employee’s contract simply because they have made a claim for compensation against them. You should, therefore, not need to worry about losing your job. In addition, you shouldn’t worry if your employer will lose money, as your employer should have procedures for accidents at work and insurance to cover the costs of any employee injury claims.
If your employer ends your employment without good reason, in that case, you should contact a solicitor that specialises in employment law, as you may also be able to file an unfair dismissal claim alongside your work-related compensation claim.
Accident at work solicitors Leeds: no win no fee agreement
We will always be 100% transparent about what our charges are, and if we take on your case, we will almost always do so on a Conditional Fee Agreement. This is also known as a No Win No Fee basis.
This agreement means that if you do not win your case, you do not pay us any fees at all. However, if we win the case, we take a small percentage of your compensation, which we will agree with you beforehand, to cover our costs.
We will never ask you to sign anything until you are completely happy with what we are proposing.
How can Wildwood Legal, accident at work, Leeds solicitors help?
At Wildwood Legal, our specialities lie in personal injury claims. Our personal injury solicitors have years of experience in helping claimants make accident at work claims. We aim to give you quality aid, flexibility and clarity as we know that these qualities are just as important.
Our team of personal injury solicitors have acted for people from all walks of life who have suffered an injury at work. From shop- assistants in retail to more industrial types of roles such as scaffolders and builders, we have acted for their personal injury case and recovered compensation which was rightfully theirs.
The law relating to accidents at work can be difficult to get your head around for the unwary. However, we will guide you professionally through every step of the journey and ensure that your injury at work claim is presented in the best possible way to provide the maximum possible compensation.
We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
We value the opinion of our clients. We will always listen to you and take on board what you say. With 25 years of experience in personal injury law, we can help you with your claim. We always strive to put you at ease and explain the process clearly.
We aim to obtain a great outcome for your case, we value the opinion of our clients, and we will always listen to you and take on board what you say. But, most importantly, we are on your side.
If you are considering making a claim against your employer, get in contact by either email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01423 209 046 for specialist legal advice.
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