Employers have a duty of care to their employees and should assess risks in the workplace to keep the risk of injury to an absolute minimum. Any equipment provided to workers to carry out their job should be fit for purpose and employers should ensure that they have provided the correct training so that their work can be carried out safely.
If you have had an accident at work it is important that you ensure that your employer has recorded the accident in their accident book.
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If you have been injured at work and would like advice and a free consultation please contact
Associate, Chartered Legal Executive
If you or a family member has sustained life changing injuries as a result of an accident at work our specialist Serious Injuries Team will be able to advise you. Please contact
Consultant, Solicitor, Head of the Serious Injuries Team
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1. What will happen when I first contact Wolferstans?
When you first contact us about your personal injury claim, we will take a few initial details, such as:
- The date and location of the accident;
- How the accident happened;
- Who else was involved;
- The injuries you suffered and how they have affected you;
- Whether there were any witnesses.
When we have this information, we will be able to consider whether we believe you have good prospects of winning your case. This advice will be part of your free initial consultation.
We will then help you to consider potential sources of funding, such as existing protection under your insurance, conditional fee agreements (that are sometimes known as “no win no fee” agreements), or even private funding if you would prefer.
2. How long will my claim take to settle?
Each individual claim is different and will vary in length depending on the individual circumstances.
If the other party admits they were at fault, you could receive compensation within as little as 6 months. On the other hand, if liability is in dispute, or you are suffering from ongoing problems, your claim may take longer to resolve. In some cases, we can obtain interim payments from the other side to make sure you are not out of pocket.
3. Is there a time limit on when I can claim?
Personal injury claims must normally be made within 3 years of the date of an accident. However, in some circumstances we can apply on your behalf to get the deadline extended.
If you were not aware of your injuries immediately the relevant date for the purposes of making a claim is the date of knowledge (the date that you knew that you were injured).
4. My employer is no longer trading. Can I still make a claim?
This is not necessarily an issue. We have means of tracing former employers and directors. We generally deal with the employer’s insurance company even if the employer is not trading.
Finding the right option for you
It will not cost you anything to contact us for initial advice. We are happy to have a confidential discussion with you to advise you whether you have a claim.
If we advise you to make a claim, and you wish to instruct us, we will review all the funding options with you and tell you which one is most appropriate.
Options for funding your claim
There are various ways of funding your claim. The most common are:-
- Conditional Fee Agreement - Known as a “No Win, No Fee” agreement.
- Legal Expenses Insurance – Many people have what is known as “Before the Event (BTE)” insurance as part of their motor, home contents or other policy. This may be described as Legal Expenses Insurance or Family Legal Protection or similar. We will check with you whether you have any such cover and, if you do so, will contact the Insurance Company on your behalf, to see whether there is any advantage to you in using that insurance to fund the cost of your case.
- Trade Union – If you are a member of a Trade Union, they may provide some help with legal issues.
If the “No Win, No Fee” option is available, it may be the best option for you.
You can be confident that if we believe you have a good claim, we will find a way of funding it.