Injury At Work Claims
What Is An Injury At Work?
An injury at work claim is a way to help you to get justice for injuries you have sustained as a result of an accident at work. You’re entitled to be safe when you are at work, and if you have an accident in the workplace which wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to make an injury at work claim.
At Free Legal Justice, we help clients to make injury at work claims for a wide variety of injuries following many different types of accidents at work. Some of the most common include:
- Slips, trips or falls
- Accidents caused by faulty machinery
- Lifting injuries
- Falls from a height
- Burns and scalds
At Free Legal Justice, we know that your injury at work will have been very distressing and stressful. The damage sustained during an injury at work is very painful and can take a considerable period to heal. There can also be financial stresses added to this, if you need to take time off work to recover from your injury at work. Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors want to help.
You might wonder whether it is worth making an injury at work compensation claim, worrying that it might just be adding another source of stress while you are still struggling to deal with the consequences of your injury at work. Our personal injury claims solicitors are highly experienced in helping people just like you to get the justice you deserve. We aim to take all of the worry out of your injury at work claim.
If you would like to discuss your injury at work compensation claim, or if you are ready to begin your claim, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today. We’re open 24 hours a day and our caring team are ready to take your call.
What To Do Immediately After Your Injury At Work
The most important thing to do after your injury 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 injury at work compensation claim.
The most important thing that you need to support your injury at work compensation claim is a clear understanding of what happened, before, during and immediately after your injury 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 injury at work. This should include any details that you can remember, even if you don’t think that they are important.
Witness Details Are Important In Accident Claims
It can also be valuable to make sure that you have the names and contact information of anyone who may have witnessed your injury at work. Having witnesses to back up your account of what happened is strong evidence, and the more witnesses we are able to contact, the stronger your case will be. You may wish to ask them to write down everything that they remember of the circumstances surrounding your injury at work, but we are happy to deal with this for you if you prefer.
Photographs or videos of the place where your injury at work happened can also be very helpful, especially if you are able to highlight anything that made the area unsafe and made your injury at work more likely. Obviously, it is essential that you are careful when trying to obtain pictures and that you don’t put yourself at risk to get them.
The most important thing that you can do to help with a future injury at work compensation claim, however, is to call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today. This will allow you to get the expert help you need to make your injury at work compensation claim as stress free and straightforward as possible.
How Much Compensation Am I Likely To Receive Following My Injury At Work?
Compensation amounts vary hugely, depending on your personal situation and the way in which your injuries have impacted your life. This makes it very difficult to give general advice as to how much you might expect to receive. There are some general principles, however, which can help to be aware of.
Compensation claims can be thought of in two parts. The first part is to compensate you (as far as this is possible) for the pain and suffering that you have endured. This is done via guidelines produced by the Judicial College (a governing body) which set ranges of payments that should be expected for each specific injury. These ranges can be very broad, making it hard to know where in this range your personal experience is likely to fall. Our years of experience allow us to give you a more accurate estimation, based on the precise nature of your injuries.
Special Damages For Injury At Work Claims
The second, and often much larger, part of your compensation claim is to compensate you for any costs, expenses or losses associated with your injury at work. The aim of compensation is to give you as close as possible to the same situation as you would have ad if your injury at work had not occurred. This means that you are able to claim for any loss of earnings if you are unable to work as a result of your injury at work, or even for the loss of the earnings you would have been likely to receive if your injuries mean that you are unable to return to your previous work. You may also be entitled to claim for additional medical support, the help of a carer if this has become necessary and even some modifications to your home or vehicle if they are necessary to allow you to resume the life you had previously.
Working with our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors means that you have the benefit of our years of experience, allowing us to claim for many expenses that you might not have realised could be included in your compensation claim. We want to get you the financial support you need to help get your life back on track.
How Can Free Legal Justice Help?
At Free Legal Justice, we are able to take almost all of the stress out of your injury at work claim. The process of making your injury at work claim starts with a single call. Our team are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Whether you prefer to call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or to apply online and have us call you back for free at a time of your choosing, we are here to help. If you prefer a face to face conversation, we also offer a free home visit to discuss your injury at work claim.
During the short conversation that begins your injury at work compensation claim, our team of claims specialists will listen carefully to what has happened to you, making sure that we fully understand the details of your case. This includes what led to your injury at work, the full details of your injuries and the way in which these have impacted your life. We can then give you the kind of personalised advice and service that you deserve.
Our Team Does All The Paperwork For You
Our highly-experienced team of injury at work claims solicitors are also ready to take over all of the admin and paperwork associated with your injury at work compensation claim. We know that many clients hesitate before making an injury at work claim, because they are concerned that it will be complicated and time-consuming. With our help, everything will be taken care of. We can even arrange a home visit to help you with any paperwork that you do have to sign yourself, if this is something that would help you.
If you are thinking of making an injury at work compensation claim, we don’t want you to feel alone. Call us now or claim online to get the help you deserve.
Is No Win No Fee Available For An Injury At Work Compensation Claims?
We believe that everyone is entitled to the legal help they need to make an injury at work compensation claim. The time immediately following your injury at work can be difficult, both emotionally and financially, so we don’t believe that you should have to make large, up-front payments or have to put yourself at financial risk to get the compensation you deserve.
When you instruct us as your solicitors on a no win no fee basis, we are able to act on your behalf, without you needing to pay anything at all until you receive the compensation you are entitled to. If we are not able to get you the compensation you deserve, you won’t owe us anything. This means that you are able to seek the compensation you need without worrying that you will be financially worse off as a result.
Not All Claims Are Dealt On No Win No Fee
In a few situations, we are unable to work on a no win no fee basis. If you are unlucky enough to fall into this rare category, we will explain this straight away, and we will discuss the range of alternative funding options open to you to make sure that you can still get the legal help you need at a price that you can afford.
If you are thinking of making an injury at work compensation claim, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online. We are available 24/7 to give you the support you need after your injury at work.
Will I Lose My Job If I Make An Injury At Work Compensation Claim?
It is illegal for any employer to fire an employee for making any kind of accident or injury at work compensation claim. They are not allowed to take any kind of action against you, or to punish you in any way. This includes reducing the opportunities available to you or changing you job in a way that you do not like, unless this is absolutely required as a result of your injuries.
Very few employers would even want to punish an employee for making a compensation claim following an injury at work. Almost all employers understand that you need the compensation award to help you get your life back on track, and want to support you in that as far as is practical.
If You Make A Claim – It Will Make The Workplace Safer!
Another advantage of making an injury at work compensation claim is that it can help to improve safety and conditions for everyone at your workplace, not just yourself. Suffering an injury at work because your employer failed to protect you could happen to anyone, and making a compensation claim highlights to your employer the ways in which their systems are not sufficient. This encourages them to take action to make improvements which will benefit your colleagues as well as yourself.
Particularly if you work for a small business, you may be concerned that your injury at work compensation claim could put them out of business. Thankfully, you don’t need to worry about this, as all businesses are required to take out Employers Liability Insurance, which covers them for any accident at work compensation claims, including your injury at work claim. This allows you to make a claim and get the compensation you deserve, without worrying that you might put the firm you work for out of business.
If you are wondering whether you can make an injury at work compensation claim, or if you are ready to begin the process, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online. Our dedicated team of claims specialists are here to help, 24 hours a day.
How Are injury At Work Claims started?
The process of making a personal injury compensation claim is the same for almost all types of personal injury, including injury at work compensation claims.
It is helpful to make sure that you have the legal support you will need before you begin making your injury at work compensation claim. Our dedicated injury at work claims specialists are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with the claims process. Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online now and we will arrange to call you back at a time that suits you.
We, acting on your behalf, will write to the person you are taking action against, explaining that you believe that they were responsible for your injury at work and that you are making an injury at work compensation claim against them. We will ask them to accept that they were legally responsible (liable) and give them a deadline by which they have to respond.
What Happens If Liability Is Rejected?
If the other party refuses to accept that they were to blame in your injury at work, we will find and send evidence to support your claim. This might include photographs of the location in which your injury at work took place, a copy of the company’s accident book, witness statements and anything else that might be relevant. For workplace accidents in particular, it is very unusual for liability to be disputed for long.
As soon as liability has been agreed, it is time to decide how much compensation should be paid out. This is agreed through a process of negotiation. Throughout these negotiations, you remain in full control. We will inform you of every offer that is made, and give you our expert opinion as to whether the offer is fair or not, given the exact circumstances surrounding your injury at work. This means that you can be sure that the offer you accept is reasonable and fair, given your specific injuries and the way in which your injury at work has impacted your life.
Will You Have To Go Court If You Start A Injury At Work Claim?
The vast majority of injury at work compensation claims are resolved without having to go to court, through the process described above. If it is not possible to reach an agreement as to how much compensation is fair, or if the other party refuses to accept that they were to blame, your case might need to be resolved by a judge. This is not as daunting as it might sound, especially as we’re with you the whole way through.
We only take our fees once compensation has been agreed and is being transferred to you. Our fees are a minor percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that you will always receive the bulk of your compensation payment directly into your bank account. This allows you to have the financial support you need and lets you concentrate on your recovery.
How Do I Begin My Injury At Work Compensation Claim?
Making an injury at work claim can seem daunting. It can be hard to decide whether to go ahead with making a claim, and you may be unsure who to trust. Our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors have years of experience helping people just like you to make their injury at work compensation claims.
If you are considering making an injury 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.
As part of the conversation, our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors will listen to the full details of your injury at work. This includes everything that happened around your injury at work (especially in the period just before it, as well as who you believe was to blame), the ways in which your life has been impacted by what has happened and the full extent of your injuries. This allows us to give you personalised advice about the likelihood of winning your case, as well as the amount of compensation you might receive.
Will It Take Long To Complete My Injury At Work Compensation Claim?
Injury at work compensation claims can take very different amounts of time to complete, which reflects the unique nature of each case. We appreciate that you shouldn’t have to wait for the compensation you deserve, so we work tirelessly to ensure that you get the payment you need to put your injury at work behind you as quickly as possible.
Some cases can be settled very quickly indeed, with many taking just a couple of months and the very fastest needing only a few weeks. For cases to be resolved this quickly, they will usually be for more minor injuries and, therefore, smaller compensation amounts. If you are claiming a smaller amount of money, there is less incentive for the other side to reduce your claim through lengthy negotiations. Injury at work compensation claims that are resolved this quickly as also the ones where the other side accept liability almost immediately, removing the need for evidence gathering and offering proof, both of which take time.
More complicated cases include those where the other person does not accept that they were liable for what happened to you, or if multiple people were all partially to blame. In these situations, your case may take far longer to be resolved and for you to get the compensation you need. If your case has to go to court, it will also take much longer to be completed.
What If My Injury At Work Wasn’t Recorded In The Accident Book?
Every workplace will have an accident book, which is used to record all accidents, injuries and near misses that happen in that workplace. This record is there to protect you and to protect the company, as it is intended to provide accurate and up to date details of the company’s health and safety history. Your injury at work should be recorded in there as soon as is practical after it happens, to ensure that the records are always kept updated and that the incident is remembered clearly when filling out the book.
Although all accidents or injuries must be recorded in the accident book, sometimes this doesn’t happen. This might be because it has been overlooked, either because the person responsible for completing the accident book report is unsure as to what happened and so is waiting until they have a better understanding, or they are preoccupied taking care of the person who has been hurt. Very occasionally, an employer may attempt to deny liability by deliberately not recording an accident or injury in the accident book.
Accident Wasn’t Written In The Accident Book… Now What?
Although the accident book can be useful in supporting your injury at work compensation claim, it is not essential. If your injury at work was not recorded in the accident book, we may need to offer additional evidence to support your claim, such as witness statements or photos and videos. However we prove what happened, we can still get you the compensation you deserve.
If your injury at work was not written up in the accident book, you can email your manager or a member of the HR team to ask them to do so. We recommend that you email rather than simply talking to them, as you may want a record of what you have said if your employer is acting dishonestly. You should tell them what happened and ask that it is recorded in the accident book. If they then do so, your injury at work is now in the accident book. If not, you can present your emails as evidence in court, and your employer will have to explain why they did not do so.
What Do I Need To Know To Make An injury At Work Claim?
Many people who have suffered an injury at work, just like you, are not sure whether they are entitled to claim for compensation. Making an injury at work compensation claim is easy, and if the following requirements are fulfilled, you are entitled to compensation for what has happened to you.
The first requirement is that you must have been harmed in some way as a result of your injury at work. You can be compensated for any injuries, physical or mental, that you sustain following your injury at work, but you are not able to receive compensation for a near miss, where you avoided injury. If you are struck by a falling object, for example, you are able to make a claim. If you narrowly miss being struck because you jumped out of the way, you are not entitled to compensation.
Someone Has To Be Blamed To Make A Claim
The second thing that is required for you to make a compensation claim is that there must be someone else who was at fault in your injury at work. They do not have to have caused it directly, but they must have been in some way responsible for keeping you safe. If your accident or injury occurred at work, this can be very easy to demonstrate, as your employer has a legal obligation t consider your health and safety and to take all appropriate steps to protect you.
It is also necessary that the other person could reasonably be expected to have anticipated what happened to you. This is not the same as saying that they must have seen it coming or that they knew that this would happen to you. Just that they must have been able to predict it, if they had put sufficient effort into thinking about health and safety matters.
Safety Measures At Work
Finally, you should consider whether any safety measures they put in place to protect you were sufficient. If no steps were taken to keep you safe, or to minimise the severity of any injuries you might sustain, you are very likely to be able to make a compelling compensation claim. Even if some measures were taken, you are still able to claim if these were inadequate.
Contact Our Injury At Work Claims Team Today
If you have suffered an injury at work and believe that you fit these criteria, or if you are unsure and would like to discuss it further, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.
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