Accident At Work Claims Guide

Have You Been Injured In An Accident At Work That Was Not Your Fault? Free Legal Justice has created an accident at work claims guide to help you get the justice you deserve.

Every workplace, in every industry, should have specific health and safety procedures in place to deal with the situation where somebody is injured as a result of an accident at work. This is important for the protection of both employers and employees. Free Legal Justice has a full team of accident at work claims solicitors are experienced in guiding injured employees get through various accident at work claims. The Free Legal Justice team has a wealth of experience in dealing with all types of work accident claimants, and we know that it is a stressful and traumatic experience for everyone involved. We know that the legal claims process can be daunting and seem very complicated, so we have drawn up this accident at work claims guide to walk you through the different aspects and steps of your accident at work claim.

Accident At Work Claims Guide

What Is An Accident At Work?

The first step of this accident at work claims guide is to help you understand what an accident at work claim is. Generally, an accident at work is an accidental but anticipatable incident that happens at a place of work, because of the conditions of the site or premises, because of the way in which a job is being done, or because of how certain equipment is being used. As a result of this, an accident happens and someone (usually an employee) is injured at the place of work. As you’ll see from this accident at work claims guide, an accident at work claim is then the process where the employee, who was the victim of the accident at work, makes a claim for financial compensation against the person that is legally responsible for their injuries.  Our expert accident at work claims solicitors have successfully proven the negligence of hundreds of employers in claims of this type, resulting in rightful financial compensation and justice for many satisfied Free Legal Justice clients.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured In A Work Accident?

This accident at work claims guide will give you advice on the most important steps to take in dealing with an accident at work. We understand that it is difficult to remember the procedures and processes in the shock of a work accident, but it is extremely important that the accident at work is dealt with properly. Sometimes the injuries caused are so serious that the most important thing initially is to seek emergency medical attention. In the rush and hysteria, this might make it difficult for victims to collect evidence and details about the accident for use in a compensation claim at a later stage.

When you have been involved in a work accident, you should try, to whatever extent possible, to take the following steps of our accident at work claims guide:

Fill in the work accident report book

After a work accident occurs, you should record the details of the accident (e.g. time, place, your contact details and a description) in the official work accident book at the place of your accident, in your own words as far as possible. If possible, we recommend that you get a copy of the page with your accident report on it, as it will be used in your work accident claim.

Obtain CCTV footage of the accident at work

Depending on where the accident at work happened, your employer may have CCTV camera footage available that was recording at the time that the accident happened. It is a good idea to request a copy of any footage of the work accident, as this will be helpful in proving how and why the incident happened, as well as who caused the accident.

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Collect witness accounts

Unless you work remotely, it’s likely that one of your colleagues will have seen your accident at work occurring. It might be helpful at a later stage if you can obtain witness statements from any individuals who saw your accident happening, as proof of what happened.

Take photos

If you are able to, it is a good idea to take photographs of the scene of your accident at work, as well of the injuries you have suffered as a result of the accident. You can also make notes about your accident as soon as possible – including hand drawings if you think they will help to show what happened.

Who Do I Make An Accident At Work Claim Against?

As you will note from this accident at work claims guide, your employer ultimately be responsible for any harm that you suffer at the workplace as a result of someone else’s negligence or actions. Even if your accident was caused by the actions of another employee or negligence of one of your co-workers, at the end of the day it is your employer that is responsible for keeping you from harm in the workplace. This means that you don’t need to be concerned that a colleague will be responsible for paying compensation out of their own money for an accident at work claim, even if it was actually their negligence that caused the incident. This principle is called vicarious liability and makes that employers are liable for the actions of their employees.

Are You Worried About How Much It Will Cost To Make A Work Injury Compensation Claim?

If you are concerned about the financial implications that an accident at work claim may have on your employer, or about the status of your employment relationship if you do proceed with a claim against your company, you need not worry any longer. As this accident at work claims guide clearly shows, your employer will need to have sufficient liability insurance to cover successful accident at work claims made against them.  Every employer is legally required to take out this employers’ liability insurance, to make sure that they can pay compensation for any accidents at work that result in illness or injury of an employee, without it affecting the firm financially.

What Needs To Be Proven In Accident At Work Claims?

This accident at work claims guide gives you all the information you need about accident at work claims. There are three principles that need to be proven in any accident at work claim: the time of the accident, the place and manner that the accident happened at work, and who is responsible for the accident at work. In most cases, employees wanting to institute accident at work claims must be able to prove that their employer failed to take the reasonable steps necessary to ensure the employee’s safety in the workplace, which makes the employer responsible for the accident, and ultimately liable for injuries caused as a result of the accident.

Accident Report Is Important In Accident At Work Compensation Claims

If an accident at work happens and you are injured as a direct result thereof, it is important to complete the workplace accident report in your own words, as far as possible. The record book will be used in your accident at work claim and is important evidence of what happened, why and how it happened. If possible, you or a trusted manager should take photographs of the scene and ask for the names and home addresses of witnesses to your accident at work. Make sure to get medical assistance as soon as possible and keep a record of any doctors that you have visited and treatments that you have received for your injuries. These receipts and reports will be used in a compensation claim for all of your injury-related expenses.

Do You Have Any Questions About Work Accident Claims?

If you have questions that have not been answered this accident at work claims guide, or you want to speak to a legal professional about the merits of your accident at work claim contact Free Legal Justice now for free, no obligation advice about your compensation claim. Simply fill out our short online form and we will call you back for free, or call Free Legal Justice today on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 to speak to one of our friendly team members. No matter what type of accident at work you were involved in or how the injuries were caused, we want to help you get the maximum compensation that you deserve.

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What Will Happen To My Job If I Make An Accident At Work Claim?

Many employees feel anxious about instituting a compensation claim against their employer. You might have a strong sense of loyalty towards your boss, or you might be worried that if you make a claim against your employer you will be treated differently and your employment relationship might change. Hopefully, this accident at work claims guide will help to alleviate any concerns or hesitations you might have about making an accident at work claim. This accident at work claims guide should also give you an idea of the protection that you have as an employee that has been injured at work.

These apprehensions are understandable, but they should not concern you. Making a claim against your employer can be daunting for many reasons, but there are various laws in place to protect you from being unfairly dismissed or treated differently, such as the Employment Rights Act 1996. Legally, all employers in England and Wales need to have employer’s liability insurance in place. When an employee makes a work accident claim against their employer, the insurance company takes over the claim and deals with the case, paying any costs involved such as legal fees and your compensation settlement. On another note, by making a claim for the injuries you have sustained in a work accident, you also might reduce the likelihood of another employee being injured in the same way, as your employer will likely make health and safety upgrades and reviews to avoid the same thing happening again.

Will You Be Sacked For Making Accident At Work Claims?

Your employment status and job security should not be affected by the fact that you proceed with a work accident claim. If, because you made the work accident claim, your employer has terminated your contract of employment, you would likely have a case for unfair dismissal and we will help you to deal with this. Put simply, it’s illegal for your boss to fire you or discipline you for making a work accident claim against the company. In the unlikely event that you do lose your job, or you are threatened with losing your job because you have made a claim against the company, speak to one of our expert solicitors immediately. If this is the case, you will be able to take legal action against your employer in addition to the work accident claim.

On the other hand, if the injuries you have suffered because of the work accident result in you being unfit or unable to fulfil the requirements of your current job, meaning that you have to find a new job or start a new career, we can also make a claim for the loss of earnings sustained due to these circumstances and the effect of the injuries on your life.

Speak To Our Accident At Work Claims Team If You Want Free Advice

If you feel you are being treated illegally based on one of the grounds outlined in this accident at work claims guide, speak to our panel of work accident solicitors immediately. It could be a breach of your employment rights. You have a legal right to fair and just compensation for the injuries you have suffered in the work accident. Your employer cannot take it personally that you are exercising your basic rights.

How Much Compensation Can I Get For My Accident At Work Claim?

As with any personal injury claim, the amount of compensation that will be awarded for injuries sustained in a work accident claim will vary from one to the next, and will depend completely on factors such as the severity of the victim’s injuries, the length of time needed to recover from injuries, and any complicating factors surrounding the injuries. Free Legal Justice has been handling all sorts of accident at work claims for many years. We know what to expect in terms of compensation for different types and severities of injuries.  Your appointed Free legal Justice solicitor will be able to give you an estimated value of your compensation claim once they have been through the details of your accident and medical report.

This accident at work claims guide sets out a general guideline of amounts that have been awarded as compensation for various levels of physical injuries in the table below.

Compensation Amounts For Accident At Work Claims In The UK
Severity of Injury Detail of Injury Examples of Average Compensation Awarded
Head Injuries
Extremely severe Victims are unresponsive as a result of severe brain damage and may be in a vegetative state Between £240 000 and £345 000
Moderately severe Severe disability due to brain damage, loss of feeling in limbs, personality change and/or a mental disability Between £180 000 and £240 000
Moderate Memory impacted; reduced ability to work; can include change in personality and increased risk of epilepsy Between £36 000 and £185 000
Mild Minimal or no brain damage but might still have long term effects Between £13 000  and £36 000
Facial Injuries
Extremely severe Facial disfigurement; severe scarring or burns Between £25 400 and £83 000
Moderate to severe Simple fractures to multiple fractures and breaks in the facial area Between £7 500 and £41 000
Mild Less severe scarring to minor scars Between £1400 and £11 700
Eye Injuries
The most severe Completely blind and deaf Around £340 000
Extremely severe Partial to substantial loss of sight in one or both eyes Between £45 000 and £230 000
Moderately severe Restricted vision or loss of sight in one eye Between £7700 and £46 000
Mild Temporary loss of vision due to smoke, liquids or other substances; Struck/hit in the eye Between £1800 and £7500
Temporary Full recovery takes a few weeks Between £1800 and £3300
Nose Injuries
Severe Severe/multiple fractures to the nose resulting in permanent damage Between £9000 and £19500
Severely Moderate Severe injuries capable of recovery after surgery Between £3370 and £4350
Moderate Injuries not requiring surgery Between £2000 and £26990
Mild Simple non-displaced fractures with full recovery Between £1400 and £2160
Ear Injuries
Extremely severe Complete loss of hearing Between £77 000 and £93 000
Moderately severe Complete hearing loss in one of the ears Between £26000 and £38 000
Mild Hearing loss in one or both ears; tinnitus Up to £38 800
Shoulder Injuries
Severe Paralysis, limb numbness, restriction in movement because of the injury in the neck and shoulder Between £10 500 and £42 000
Moderate Semi-permanent damage; damage that restricts movement in arm and elbow Between £6 700 and £10 800
Mild Damage to soft tissue that should recover within the year or slightly longer Up to £6 700
Back Injuries
Severe Severe injury to the upper or lower back; paralysis or any relating issues to organs in the lower parts of the body Between £33 000 and £137 000
Moderate. Covering a wide range of back injuries such as compression of the lumbar vertebrae, ligament or soft tissue damage, any constant pain and/or any discomfort Between £10 500 and £33 000
Mild Strains and sprains, soft tissue injuries, a slipped disc, muscle pain Up to £10 670
Arm Injuries
Extremely severe Amputation of both arms, the amputation of a single arm, or partial amputation of one or both arms Between £82 000 and £255 900
Severe For major restriction and disability present in one or both the arms Between £33 400 and £111 600
Less severe Restriction in movement and/or disability in the arms with substantial recovery Between £16 000 and £33 400
Simple   Between £5200 and £15 000
Hand Injuries
Extremely severe Amputation of one or both hands; loss of use of hands Between £120 000 and £171 900
Very severe Total or effective loss of one hand from crushing and then amputation; partial amputation Between £52800 and £77 400
Moderately severe Finger amputations, crush injuries to the hand, penetrating wounds, deep lacerations Between £24 700 and £52 800
Less severe Crushing injuries leaving some impaired function Between £12 340 and £24 700
Leg Injuries
Extremely severe Amputation of one or both legs (full or partial amputation) Between £83 500 and £240 500
Moderately severe Injuries to the leg which has caused lifelong restriction in movement and disability Between £23 600 and £82 100
Less severe From simple leg fractures, breaks or soft tissue damage which has affected the muscle to leg fractures with an incomplete recovery Up to £23 600
Knee Injuries
Severe Disability because of a knee injury, major damage to muscles, muscle wastage and soft tissue damage. Disability because of a knee injury, major damage to muscles, muscle wastage and soft tissue damage Between £22 300 and £82 000
Moderate Minor disability because of the knee injury, damage to the muscle, cartilage, soft tissue, that causes pain and suffering Up to £22 300
Ankle Injuries
Extremely severe The most severe ankle injuries that may cause deformity, degeneration of joints, and potentially amputation Between £42 500 and £59 400
Moderately severe Fractures, extensive treatment, disability because of ankle injury Between £11 700 and  £42 700
Mild Ankle fractures, ankle sprains Up to £11 730
Foot Injuries
Extremely severe Amputation of one or both feet Between £71 600 and £171 900
Moderately severe Severe injury to one or both feet that causes restriction, fractures or disability Between £11 700 and  £59 700
Mild Covering injury to a foot with high chance of recovery Up to £11 700

Our Accident At Work Free Claims Guide Will Help You

The amounts set out above in the accident at work claims guide should enable you to roughly calculate your accident at work claim. Once you have provided us with the details and medical reports of your accidents, your designated accident at work claims solicitor will be able to give you an estimate of how much compensation you can claim. Please note that any amounts that we state in this accident at work claims guide are to be used as a broad guideline to compensation only, and should not be seen in any way to be fixed compensation amounts available to victims of work accidents. Free Legal Justice assesses the value of all potential accident at work claims in completely free, confidential consultations once clients have provided us with the full details and any evidence and have agreed to make a compensation claim.

Frequently Asked Questions about work accident claims

What Happens If I Was Partly To Blame For The Work Accident?

If you have been injured in a work accident and you played some part in causing the accident, you won’t be disqualified from making a work accident claim. If you are found to have contributed to the injuries you have suffered, then your compensation may be reduced by your portion of the blame. Some people worry that they cannot make a work accident claim because they agreed to do something, such as lift a heavy load or use a machine without proper safety or training, and this caused or contributed to their work accident injury. As you should gather from this accident at work claims guide, this is simply not the case, and you should make contact with an expert from Free Legal Justice as soon as possible to discuss with you how and when you can make a work accident claim based on the facts of your case.

Contact the accident at work claims team now by filling out the short online form and waiting for us to call you back for free, or by calling one of our friendly accident claims handlers on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317. If you would like to discuss your case from the comfort of your own home, please request a complimentary home visit from one of our friendly claim handlers, so that you can start your accident at work claim as soon as possible.

Can I Get Paid If I Can’t Work Because Of My Injuries?

Have a look at your contract of employment. Your contract will set out whether you can get ‘contractual sick pay’ from your employer, and whether you have access to an employee assistance helpline or specific medical care. If you can’t find your employment contract or it is silent on these aspects, speak to your manager right away, check the staff handbook or speak to someone in human resources. If you’re an employee or agency worker you might get Statutory Sick Pay for up to 28 weeks. If you can’t get Statutory Sick Pay, you might be able to claim Universal Credit or another benefit. The Free Legal Justice team is here to guide you and will give you advice how to make sure you get whatever benefits are available to you. Speak to one of our accident at work claims solicitors now and get free legal advice as to the next steps you should take.

Why Should I Seek Help From A Work Accident Solicitor?

As you would have gathered from this accident at work claims guide, these types of claims can become complicated and there are different aspects to prove before you will be successful in your accident at work claim. It is therefore always advisable to contact a reputed and experienced solicitor before you file a work accident claim. It is important that you understand your legal position, your rights and responsibilities before you make a work accident claim. Free Legal Justice is here to provide you with free initial legal advice on the merits and process of making your claim, and we will support you through every step of the journey once you agree to let us handle your case.  Our work accident team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will happily answer any questions you might have concerning your work accident claim.

As with all accident compensation claims, the most important fact is being able to prove that your accident at work injury was caused as a consequence of negligence. Even if it was a straightforward accident in a factory for example, caused clearly by your employer’s negligence, you will still need to prove this aspect. Our work accident solicitors have handled these cases many times before, and will be able to assist you with assembling the necessary evidence for your claim in a conclusive form.

By seeking help from an experienced work accident solicitor to proceed with your case, your entire claim experience could be transformed – from a largely stressful, highly administrative experience to a relaxed, organised and efficient claims process, whereby your legal team takes over all the hard work and puts in 100 percent effort to help you win your case. At Free Legal Justice, as you can tell from this Accident At Work Claims Guide, our solicitors have been dealing with accident at work claims for a long time- we have seen and done it all. By obtaining assistance from a legal professional, this can result in the difference between a failure and a success, or an average compensation and a maximum compensation pay-out.

Why Should I Choose Free Legal Justice For Work Accident Compensation Claims?

Free Legal Justice has successfully resolved hundreds of accident at work claims. Our team is highly knowledgeable about all kinds of accident at work claims, as can be seen from this accident at work claims guide. Our skilled personal injury solicitors have comprehensive knowledge and experience in all kinds of accident at work claims, and they know exactly how to help clients receive the maximum compensation for their claim. Our accident at work claims team will protect your privacy and safety throughout the claims process, and ensure that your compensation claim is handled diligently, efficiently and discreetly. We aim to make the whole experience as easy and stress free as possible for you. You can rest easy knowing that you have an expert work accident solicitor working hard on your case to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.

Our specialist accident at work claims team has dealt with many work injury compensation claims. These include claims for:

  • Lacerations and cuts;
  • Loss of limbs
  • Illness;
  • Loss of sight and smell;
  • Workplace burns;
  • Soft tissue damage;
  • Serious injuries, including brain and spinal injury accidents; and
  • Workplace fatalities.

If you don’t see your type of accident listed or discussed in this accident at work claims guide, don’t hesitate to contact our accident at work claims team to discuss the merits of your claim. Free Legal Justice has the legal expertise and resources necessary to help you win your case, no matter what type of accident and no matter how serious the injury. We aim to help every employee who has been injured at work, to claim for rightful compensation- without the financial stress of legal fees. For this reason, our solicitors work on “No Win No Fee” agreements. After an initial consultation and discussion with one of our highly skilled personal injury team members, we will be happy to offer you a No Win No Fee agreement once we have assessed the merits of your work accident claim.

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