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Accident at Work Claims

Employers have a duty of care to their employees and should assess 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 the work can be carried out safely.

If you have been injured as a result of your employer’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation and get the support you need for your recovery.

Claiming compensation for an accident at work can be complicated, so having the advice of our workplace accident lawyers can make all the difference, helping you to get fair compensation faster and with less stress.

Book your free initial consultation with our workplace injury solicitors

If you have experienced an injury at work, our solicitors will be happy to hold a free initial conversation about how we can help. Contact our specialist injury at work solicitors today by calling 01752 648870 or filling in our enquiry form on the right-hand side of the page.

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How our workplace injury claims solicitors can help

We can ensure you take the right steps to make sure your accident at work claim progresses swiftly and smoothly. In most cases we are able to secure compensation for workplace injuries without the need for a court hearing, saving you time and the uncertainty of court proceedings.

Our accident at work solicitors have decades of experience helping clients to get compensation under even the most challenging circumstances. To find out more about our track record with workplace injury and accident at work claims, see our client success stories and testimonials.

We offer a free initial consultation to all workplace injury claimants, so please get in touch to find out more about how we can help you with your accident at work claim.

Top tip: If you have had an accident at work, make sure your employer records it in their accident book. This can provide important evidence if you later wish to make a claim for compensation.

Our expertise in workplace injury compensation claims

Our workplace injury lawyers have particular experience with many types of claims, including:

  • Industrial injury claims
  • Military injury claims
  • Factory accident claims
  • Construction site accident claims
  • Warehouse accident claims
  • Fall at work claims
  • Manual handling claims
  • Defective work equipment claims

Wolferstans Partner, Linda Woollams, has over 30 years’ legal experience and specialises in all types of personal injury claims, including high value claims for serious workplace accidents and injuries including claims for those serving in the armed forces.

Partner, Chartered Legal Executive, Tracey Barton, has more than 10 years’ experience handling personal injury claims for a wide range of clients who have been injured at work including claims for people who have been injured due to faulty or poorly maintained machinery, falls from height, accidents caused by fellow workers and where there has been a lack of training.

How to claim for workplace injuries

Establishing whether you are eligible for compensation for a workplace injury

Before you are able to consider pursuing a claim for a workplace injury, you must be able to show why you are owed compensation. This is something our expert workplace injury solicitors will be able to support you with.

Our many years of collective experience and expertise mean that we know exactly what is needed to make a strong workplace injury compensation claim. This includes collecting all of the necessary evidence and taking care of every minor detail.

Making sure you get the maximum compensation available

We appreciate that you will always want to access the maximum available compensation to support both you and your family. As such, our team will always strive to help you achieve this, considering all of your needs and the way your workplace injury has affected both you and your family.

We can assist with making a comprehensive workplace injury claim for matters including:

  • The financial impact of a workplace injury – e.g. Lost income, medical fees, nursing fees, etc.
  • The personal impact of a workplace injury – e.g. Your pain and suffering, loss of amenity (not being able to carry out the activities you once could), the time it takes for your family to take care of you).

Securing early payments to cover medical costs, hospice fees and more

In some cases, it may prove beneficial to secure early payments to fund any care, equipment or home adaptations that may be required following a workplace injury. We regularly work with specialist medical and nursing experts, together with hospices, to provide the best possible service to our clients.

Time limits for accident at work compensation claims

Personal injury claims must normally be made within 3 years of the date of an accident although there are some exceptions to this including accidents at sea

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).

If you are claiming for someone who has been left without the mental capacity to make a claim due to their injuries, there is usually no time limit for making a claim.

Common questions about workplace accident claims

Your employer has a duty of care towards you and your fellow employees and there are numerous workplace regulations designed to keep workers safe including The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. If for any reason your employer has failed to keep you safe, resulting in injury, you may be within your rights to bring forward a claim for compensation.

Making a claim for accident at work compensation should not affect your current standing with your employer. Your employer should not treat you unfairly as a result of a claim being brought against them.

Our injury at work solicitors will be able to provide further information regarding your position and whether you will be entitled to claim compensation.

Exactly how much you can claim for a workplace accident will depend on the circumstances, including how serious your injuries are, the impact on your life and the financial losses that you may have as a result of the accident.

In general, you may be able to claim accident at work compensation for things such as:

  • Pain and suffering (your injuries)
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Lost earnings due to time taken off work
  • Reduction in your future earning potential
  • Treatment costs
  • Care support
  • Adaptions to your home or vehicle

Our workplace injury lawyers aim to provide a realistic estimate of your claims value at the earliest opportunity, giving you a clear indication of how much compensation you may be entitled to.

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 12 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, our work-related injury lawyers can obtain interim payments from the other side to make sure you are not out of pocket.

There are strict time limits in place for making an accident at work claim. Generally, you will have three years to make a claim from the date of your injury, or the date you first became aware that you were injured as a result of a workplace accident (the date of knowledge).

There are certain exceptions to this time limit. For example:

  • If you are claiming on behalf of someone who does not have the capacity to make a claim themselves.
  • If you were under 18 at the time of the accident, the three-year time limit will start from your 18th
  • If the work accident occurred overseas, different limitation periods may apply.
  • If the work accident occurred in the air, on a boat or ship, the time limit to make a claim will be two years.

If you are unsure about the time limits that may apply in your case, our injury at work solicitors will be able to advise you.

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.

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Contact our accident at work solicitors in Plymouth

If you have experienced an injury at work, our solicitors will be happy to hold a free initial conversation about how we can help. Contact our specialist injury at work solicitors today by calling 01752 648870 or filling in our enquiry form on the right-hand side of the page.