Accident At Work Claims
What Is An Accident At Work Claim?
There are many different types of accidents at work, but almost all of them reflect a failing on the part of your employer. You are entitled to be safe in your workplace, and accidents at work are often due to someone in your organisation failing to take their health and safety responsibilities seriously enough. If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident at work and someone else should have taken steps to avoid it, you can make an accident at work compensation claim.
Accidents at work can lead to lots of different types of injuries. Some of the most common types of accidents include:
- Slips, trips or falls
- Lifting accidents
- Accidents involving machinery
- Burns or scalds
- Forklift accidents
- Falls, especially from a ladder or from scaffolding.
Whether your accident at work is in that list or not, we can still help you to get the compensation you deserve.
Making A Work Accident Claim Is Easy
At Free Legal Justice, we know that an accident at work can be extremely stressful. Not only do you have to deal with the pain and suffering from your injuries, but you may find yourself in financial hardship, if you have to take time off from work to recover, or if you have to pay out for additional treatments or help.
Many people just like you are put off making an accident at work compensation claim by the thought of the stress and hassle of the claims process. Our dedicated accident at work claims specialists are here to help. We don’t think that making a claim should be stressful or time-consuming for you, so we take over all of that. We will take over the process of making your claim, leaving you free to concentrate on getting better.
If you are considering making an accident at work compensation claim, our claims team is here to help. We are available 24 hours a day, so call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today.
What Steps Should I Take Following My Accident At Work?
The most important thing to do after your accident at work is to make sure that you are safe from further harm or injury and that you are getting the first aid or medical assistance you require. Once you have made sure that this is the case, there are some steps that you can take, if you feel that this is possible for you, which can help to provide additional evidence to support your accident at work compensation claim.
The most important thing that you need to support your accident at work compensation claim is a clear understanding of what happened, before, during and immediately after your accident at work. In order to make sure that you don’t forget any of the little details which might be relevant at a later date, it is often helpful to make sure that you have a written record of the events surrounding your accident at work. This should include any details that you can remember, even if you don’t think that they are important.
Evidence Is Key In Making Accident At Work No Win No Fee Claims
Another helpful thing to do is to make sure that you have the names and contact details for any witnesses who might have seen what happened. These pictures can also help to provide additional evidence if the person responsible for your accident at work disputes your account.
If you have access to photographs or videos of the place that your accident at work took place, these pieces of visual evidence can also be very helpful. Please do make sure that you don’t put yourself at risk to obtain these though. Anything showing any features of the location or the situation that made your accident at work more likely, or which increased the severity of your accident at work, should be documented if you can.
Although these are some things that you can do following your accident at work, to help support your accident at work compensation claim, we are still fully able to help you even if you are not able to do any of these things. Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors are specialists in making these kinds of claims, and we can arrange for the collection of any evidence needed to support your accident at work claim. Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online now to discuss your accident at work claim and see how we can help.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive For My Accident At Work?
Compensation claims are highly variable and are designed to compensate you for the losses you personally have suffered. This means that it is incredibly difficult to give you an accurate estimate of the amount of compensation you can expect without knowing the specifics of your accident at work. There are a few common factors in compensation claims, however.
The first aspect of our compensation is there to recognise and acknowledge the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your accident at work. This is set nationally by the Judicial College and is governed by a set of guideline amounts that each type of injury is likely to receive in compensation. These amounts are usually ranges, and the ranges can be quite broad, to allow for the high degree of individual variation in your specific injuries. Our experienced team of accident at work claims specialists are able to give you a much more accurate view of how much you are likely to receive for this part of your compensation claim.
Special Damages For Victims Who Suffered Work Injuries
In addition to this, you are also entitled to compensation for any financial costs, expenses or liabilities that you have incurred as a result of your accident at work. This is designed to ensure that you are not left financially worse off as the result of an accident at work that wasn’t your fault. This can include covering you for the loss of any earnings you could have expected during any period you have needed to be off work, or for the loss of potential future earnings, if your injuries mean that you are unable to return to your former profession. You are also able to claim the expenses associated with any additional medical care or rehabilitation that might have been necessary and hard to access via the NHS. For those who have very serious injuries, you are entitled to payments to allow you modify your home or vehicle to help you to live as close to the life you had before as possible. In general, you are entitled to claim back any expenses that you have had that would not have occurred had your accident at work not happened.
It can be difficult to be sure that you are claiming the right amount of compensation for your accident at work, and many of our clients are initially offered compensation payments that are far too low for the specifics of their case. Our expert team of experienced personal injury claims solicitors work hard to get you the full payments you deserve to help you get your life back on track after your accident at work.
How Free Legal Justice Can Help With Your Accident At Work Claims
Our team of expert no win no fee personal injury claims solicitors understand that the period following your accident at work is likely to have been exceedingly stressful. We want to make the process of making an accident at work compensation claim as easy and straightforward as possible. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 to offer you the advice and assistance you need. You can also claim online, and we will arrange a free call back at a time that is convenient to you.
During this short conversation, our dedicated team of personal injury claims specialists will make sure that we understand the full details of your accident at work. This allows us to provide you with the best possible advice. We will need to understand the circumstances surrounding your accident at work, the full extent of your injuries and the ways in which it has impacted your life. This will allow us to give you personalised guidance as to the likelihood of your accident at work claim being successful and also how much compensation you can expect.
Our Team Does All The Paperwork
Our team work hard to ensure that you don’t have to deal with lots of time-consuming paperwork. When we are acting as your no win no fee claims solicitors, we are able to complete the vast majority of the paperwork ourselves on your behalf. For the few items that will require your direct signature, we can arrange home visits to help you complete the paperwork, if that would be of assistance for you.
Making an accident at work compensation claim doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful, and with our help, it won’t be.
Is No Win No Fee Available For An Accident At Work Compensation Claim?
We offer our services on a no win no fee basis to almost all of our clients, as we don’t believe that anyone should have to put themselves at financial risk or make large, up-front payments in order to access the legal they need to get the compensation they deserve.
A no win no fee agreement allows us to act on your behalf to pursue your accident at work compensation claim without you having to pay anything up front. If we are unable to get you the compensation you deserve, you won’t have to pay anything for our services. This allows you to seek legal help with your claim without putting yourself at any financial risk. Our system also ensures that will always receive the vast majority of the compensation you are awarded. All our fees are explained clearly in advance and we will make sure that you understand exactly how much you will receive in your pocket before you accept any offer of compensation.
No Win No Fee Accident At Work Claims
Under some circumstances, we are not able to offer our services on a no win no fee basis. If this is the case for your accident at work, we will make sure that you know as soon as possible and we will suggest alternative funding options.
If you are thinking about making an accident at work compensation claim, our team are available 2/7 on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online now.
Will I Lose My Job If I Make An Accident At Work Compensation Claim?
Many of our clients worry that they will get into trouble or even lose their jobs if they make an accident at work compensation claim. It is important that you know that your employer is not allowed to punish you in any way for making an accident at work compensation claim. This includes reducing the opportunities available to you, making your job more unpleasant or sacking you.
Most employers would not want to punish their employees for claiming the compensation they need to look after themselves following an accident at work. They understand that this money is needed to help you with your recovery and to ensure that you are able to continue with your life as before.
Your Accident At Work Claim Will Make The Workplace Safer
Your colleagues may also benefit from you making an accident at work compensation claim. Any safety concerns or failings that led to your accident at work are likely to be fully addressed by your employer as soon as they realise that you are making an accident at work compensation claim. This means that your workplace is likely to become safer following your claim, which benefits you and your colleagues.
You can also be sure that your accident at work claim is not impacting the long-term financial health of the company you work for. They are required to take our Employers Liability Insurance, which covers them for all accidents at work. This insurance means that you should never feel pressured into not making an accident at work compensation claim on the basis that you and your colleagues may be out of work if the company is not able to pay.
Whether you are ready to begin your accident at work compensation claim, or if you have any questions, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online now to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.
How Do I Make An Accident At Work Claim?
To make your accident at work compensation claim, you will follow the same process as you would for any other personal injury compensation claim.
Getting legal advice before starting your accident at work compensation claim can dramatically increase the likelihood of you receiving the compensation you deserve, and can also help you to make a claim for the full amount that you are entitled to. Our accident at work claims specialists are available 24 hours a day on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or you can claim online and we will call you back at a time to suit you.
We Will Contact The 3rd Party Regarding Your Work Accident
We will write to the person to blame for your accident at work on your behalf. We inform them that you are making a compensation claim for your accident at work and that you hold them responsible. We give them a deadline by which they need to either accept that this is true, or provide an explanation as to why they disagree.
If the respondent denies liability, we will need to gather and present evidence to them, demonstrating that they were at fault for your accident at work. This evidence can take many different forms. It might be pictures of the location where your accident at work took place, videos of the accident at work happening if these are available or statements from people who were there when your accident at work happened who can explain the exact situation. More technical legal and medical arguments may also be relevant. Almost all employers will accept liability, once presented with the evidence that we gather.
Liability Accepted For Your Work Accident
Once liability for your accident at work has been agreed, we will begin negotiations as to the exact amount of compensation to be paid out. The other side will often make a lowball offer, in the hope that you will accept far less in compensation than you are entitled to. We will always give you our expert opinion, based on years of experience with accident at work claims just like yours, as to whether an offer is fair or not, but the decision will always be up to you.
Almost all of our cases are resolved without needing to go to court, as the other person accepts liability and we find a compensation amount that both sides think is fair. In a very few cases, however, it might be necessary to ask a judge to decide, if we are unable to form an agreement.
It is only once your compensation has been agreed and paid that we will take our fees. Our fees are set at a small portion of your compensation payment, meaning that the bulk of the money will come directly to you. This allows you to relax and recover from your accident at work without having to worry about the cost.
Starting An Accident At Work Compensation Claim
The thought of making an accident at work compensation claim can be daunting for many. It is an unfamiliar process and it can seem as if there are many hurdles to overcome. Our dedicated team of expert personal injury claims solicitors are here to help. We have years of experience helping people just like you to get the justice you deserve.
If you are considering making an accident at work compensation claim, the first step is to call us to see how we can help. We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to make sure that you can access the help you need at a time that suits you. If you are calling from a landline, you can call free on 0800 567 7074. If you prefer to use your mobile, you can contact us on 0121 565 4317, which is included in many people’s free minutes. Alternatively, you can claim online and we will call you back at a time that suits you.
We Listen To Our Clients
When we talk to you about your accident at work, we are trying to ensure that we understand all of the details of your accident at work compensation claim. Important details include who you believe was to blame for what happened to you, the ways that your accident at work has impacted your life and the full extent of your injuries. This allows us to give you accurate estimates of the likelihood of winning your case, as well as a personalised estimate as to how much compensation you are likely to receive.
Can I Expect To Get My Compensation Quickly For My Accident At Work?
Accident at work compensation claims can take different amounts of time to complete, with some taking much longer than others. We understand that you want to resolve your accident at work as quickly as possible to give you the financial support that you need to put your accident at work behind you.
At the very fastest, cases can be resolved in just a few months, and some can even take just a matter of weeks. For a case to be settled this quickly, the other side will have accepted liability very quickly, without the need for lengthy investigations and evidence-gathering. They will usually be claims for smaller amounts of money, and so associated with less severe injuries. With less money at stake, the other side is less likely to consider it worth their while to string out the negotiations to encourage you to accept a lower offer.
Some Accidents At Work Claims Take Longer To Settle
If your accident at work compensation claim is complicated, it can take far longer to be completed. Complicated cases are often those in which it is not obvious who was to blame for your accident at work, or where multiple different parties share the responsibility. Claims are also usually more complicated if the injuries are very serious, as there may be significant medical evidence to be read and understood before it is possible to agree on a compensation amount.
Does My Employer Have To Record My Accident At Work In The Accident Book?
It is a legal requirement that all workplaces have an accident book, which is there to ensure that all accidents, injuries and near misses are recorded in a single location. Your accident at work should be recorded as soon as possible after it has happened, although it is important that any injuries are looked after first. The accident book is there to ensure that there is a clear and accurate record of the health and safety history of a company, so it is important that it is kept up to date.
Sometimes, an accident is not recorded in the accident book. There can be different reasons for this. In cases of a very serious accident, looking after the person who has been injured must be the first priority, and the accident book can be forgotten until much later. Alternatively, some employers might fail to include an accident, such as your accident at work, in an attempt to deny that they were at fault.
What Happens If Your Accident At Work Was Not Recorded In The Accident Book
It is perfectly possible to make a successful accident at work compensation claim, without your accident at work ever having been recorded in your company’s accident book. We have years of experience in making these kinds of claims, and using a wide variety of alternative evidence to support your account of your accident at work, allowing us to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you become aware that your accident at work was not written into the accident book, you should bring this up with your employer. It is always best to do this by email, rather than in a conversation, as you will then have a complete record of what has been said. You should give your account of what happened and request that this is included in the accident book. If they fail to do so, the emails you have sent can be used as evidence and the court will want to know why your accident at work was not recorded appropriately.
What Are The Requirements For Making An Accident At Work Compensation Claim?
Following an accident at work, many people are left unsure as to whether they are entitled to make a compensation claim. There are a few simple requirements for making an accident at work compensation claim, but they are very straightforward and most people will find that they do qualify.
The first thing is that you must have sustained some kind of damage or loss as a result of your accident at work. If you have not sustained some kind of injury, whether physical or mental, you are not able to make a claim. Although near misses can be alarming, you are not able to make an accident at work compensation claim if the accident or injury was avoided, no matter how narrowly.
The next consideration when wondering whether you are able to make an accident at work compensation claim is to think about who is responsible for your accident at work. There must be someone else to blame for what happened to you, and this is the person or organisation that you will claim against. In the case of an accident or injury at work, your employer will almost certainly be the person at fault. This is because they have a legal responsibility to keep you safe and your injury demonstrates that they were unsuccessful in this task.
Who Was Responsible For Your Work Accident?
The person responsible for your accident at work must also have been in a position to foresee what happened to you. This is not the same as them actually knowing that it would happen, but what happened must be something that they could have predicted, if they had thought about health and safety matters seriously enough.
Finally, you should think about whether the person responsible for your safety took any steps to look after your wellbeing. Even if they did put some measures in place, you are still able to make a compensation claim if these were not sufficient for the degree of risk or for the circumstances you found yourself in.
If you are considering an accident at work compensation claim, our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors want to help you get the payment you deserve. There’s no need to wait. Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today. We’re available 24/7 to give you the help and advice you need.
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