Serious Work Accident Claims

What Is A Serious Work Accident?

Serious work accidents can usually be thought of as those which lead to long-lasting or even permanent injuries. These could include injuries to the head or brain, spinal injuries (which can lead to paralysis), amputations or even death. Serious work accident claims are some of the most complex types of personal injury compensation claims, as they can involve large sums of money and difficult decisions about exactly what is needed to allow you to live a life as close to that you had before the accident as possible.

Our Work Injury Claims Team Is Here To Help

Our dedicated team of serious work accident claims solicitors are here to help you get compensation for your serious work accident. We know that the period immediately after a serious work accident can be particularly stressful, as you take the time to recover. For many of our clients, this can also be a period of financial hardship, if they are forced to take some time off work to allow them to heal.

A serious work accident compensation claim can seem like adding additional pressure to a stressful situation, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors have years of experience dealing with serious work accident claims just like yours, and we can take all of the stress out of your serious work accident claim.

If you are thinking of making a serious work accident claim, our serious work accident claims team are here to help, 24 hours per day. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.

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What Should You Do After Your Serious Work Accident?

Many of our clients ask us for advice as to what they should in the period immediately following a serious work accident. It should go without saying that your first priority must always be to make sure that you are safe from any further harm and also that you have all the medical help you need. Once this has been done, there are several things you can try to do that might help support any eventual serious work accident compensation claim.

The first thing is to make sure that you have a clear understanding of what happened and why. In order to make sure that you remember everything in detail, it can be extremely helpful for you to write down everything you can recall about the circumstances surrounding your serious work accident. If possible, write down every detail, including the names of everyone who saw what happened. It is hard to create a comprehensive list of which details might be relevant for your serious work accident, but each accident and injury is unique. Anything you can think of is worth noting down.

Do you have any witnesses to your serious work accident?

You might also want to make sure that you have the names and addresses of anyone who saw what happened. This is important as it will help us to have evidence to support your description of what happened, and can be vital in making a strong case. You are welcome to get a written statement from them, but we are also able to do this for you if you would prefer.

If you are able to, it can also be very helpful to collect photographs or videos of the area where your serious work accident occurred. Taking these with your phone, especially if you have some form of geotagging enabled, as this provides additional proof that the pictures were taken when and where you say.

We are always here to support you

Although these are some things that you can do following your serious work accident, to help support your serious work accident 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 serious work accident claim. Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online now to discuss your serious work accident claim and see how we can help.

Compensation Amounts For Serious Work Accident Claims

Although we understand why you want to know how much compensation you can receive for your serious work accident, every compensation claim is unique. The amount that you receive will depend on the exact nature of your injuries and how severe an impact your serious work accident has had on your life.

There are 2 parts in compensation amounts for serious work accident claims

Compensation claims can best be thought of in two parts. The first is there to make up for the pain and suffering you have endured, at least as far as this is possible. This follows national guidelines set down by the Judicial College. Under this framework, each injury has a range of compensation and payments for that injury are expected to fall somewhere within that range. The range can be very broad, however, to account for the vast individual differences in each injury.

Special damages for work accident claims

The second part of your compensation claim is there to compensate you for any expenses or costs you have suffered associated with your serious work accident. The aim here is that you should never be left financially or materially worse off following your serious work accident than you would have been had the serious work accident not happened. This can be a much larger payment than the first part of your compensation, as it can include the loss of earnings you may experience if you need to take off work to recover. It can also include modifications to your home or vehicle, if very serious injuries mean that you need these to resume your normal life. You are also able to request the money you need to access rehabilitation and any medical assistance that is not easily available on the NHS, such as physiotherapy if there are long waiting lists in your area.

As may now be obvious, the amount that you are able to claim in the second part of this compensation is often far greater than that available if you were just taking the Judicial College guidelines into account. Our dedicated team are able to ensure that you are claiming for the full range of expenses you are entitled to, because we believe that you should never be left worse off as a result of a serious work accident that wasn’t your fault.

How Can Free Legal Justice Help with serious work accident claims?

We want to make your serious work accident compensation claim as stress free as possible. We offer a 24/7 service to make sure that you are able to access the help you need when you need it. You can start your serious work accident compensation claim with a single phone call. We are available for you to call 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.

Our Solicitors Understand How Difficult It Is

Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors understand the importance of listening. We make sure that we listen carefully to every aspect of your case, including who was at fault, the circumstances surrounding your serious work accident, all of the details of your injuries and the ways in which this has impacted your life. This degree of personalised care means that we are able to give you the most accurate information and advice that is specific to you.

Our Serious Work Accident Solicitors Do All The Paperwork

Our team are also here to complete almost all of the paperwork and forms associated with your serious work accident claim. Acting as your solicitors, we are able to fill out and submit almost everything without you having to worry about time-consuming admin. For those tasks that we do need your signature, we are even able to arrange a home visit, if you feel that this would make things easier.

Making a serious work accident compensation claim doesn’t have to be time-consuming or stressful. Al you need to do is call us today and get the help you need to obtain the compensation you deserve.

What If I Can’t Afford To Pay Upfront For My Serious Work Accident 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.

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.

No Win No Fee For Serious Work Accident Claims

Although we do our best to offer a no win no fee payment option to as many of our clients as possible, there are a few situations in which we are not able to do so. If this is the case for you, we will make sure that you understand that in advance, and will discuss other possible funding arrangements with you to ensure that you can afford the legal help you need.

There is no reason to delay making your serious work accident compensation claim. If you have suffered a serious work accident that wasn’t your fault, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today.

I’m Worried That Making A Serious Work Accident Compensation Claim Could Cost Me My Job

You should never be made to feel that your job is at risk if you make a serious work accident compensation claim. It is actually illegal for your employer to punish you in any way for making a compensation claim following any accident at work, and the penalties can be very severe. They must not fire you, cause you to miss out on promotions or change your job to a less desirable one as a result of you making a serious work accident compensation claim.

Good employers don’t want to punish their employees for making a serious work accident compensation claim. They recognise that your compensation claim is important to allow you to adapt to your serious work accident and that you were entitled to better protection than you received.

Making A Claim Helps The Workplace Be More Safer!

Making a serious work accident compensation claim can also be helpful to your colleagues, as it highlights ways in which your employer is not taking sufficient care of you and encourages them to put more safety measures in place. After all, if you have suffered a serious work accident as a result of your employer’s carelessness or negligence, others could very easily have the same experience.

You may also be concerned that your company are not able to afford to make a compensation payment for your serious work accident. All employers are required to have Employers Liability Insurance, however. This means that you can be certain that your serious work accident compensation claim will not force your company into bankruptcy or cause your job to be at risk because the business folds.

To start your serious work accident compensation claim, or to get help if you are unsure, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online now. We are available 7 days a week to help you with your claim.

How Do Serious Work Accident Compensation Claims Work?

In order to make a serious work accident compensation claim, you will need to follow the standard process for making any personal injury compensation claim.

The first thing to do is to make sure that you have the help of a personal injury claims solicitor. Our team of experienced serious work accident claims specialists are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about your serious work accident compensation claim. You can call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online and we will call you back at a time convenient to you.

Our Serious Work Accident Solicitors Contact The Other Side

The first thing we, as your solicitors, need to do is notify the other person that you are making a serious work accident compensation claim against them. We ask them to accept that they were at fault and we give them a deadline by which they must respond.

What Happens When Liability Is Rejected For My Work Accident?

If the other party does not accept that they were to blame for your serious work accident, we will prove this to them. We will provide them with evidence and supporting documentation to demonstrate that we can present a convincing case in court. It is extremely rare for an employer to continue to dispute liability beyond this point.

What Happens When Liability Is Accepted For My Work Accident Claim?

When the other side have agreed that they are liable for your serious work accident compensation claim, we will then begin to negotiate the settlement (this is how much money you will be given). We will make sure that you know about every offer that is made, and also whether we believe that it is a fair offer or not. The decision as to whether or not to accept an offer of compensation will always be yours, but we will help you and give you the information you need to be confident in your decision.

Getting The Maximum For Your Work Accident Claim

In almost all cases, it is possible to reach an agreement to settle your case. This is especially true for accidents at work, as it is not in the interests of the insurance company to force your serious work accident compensation case to court. If it is not possible to agree liability or to find a compensation amount that both sides find air, it may be necessary to ask a judge to decide how much compensation you deserve.

What Are Solicitor Fee’s For Serious Work Accident Claims

We only take our fees once your serious work accident compensation payment has been agreed and paid. Until that point, you don’t need to pay a penny. Our fees are capped at a minor percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that the bulk of your compensation is there to support you in your recovery following your serious work accident.

How To Begin Making A Serious Work Accident Compensation Claim

Our clients are sometimes uncertain about whether to make a serious work accident compensation claim, following their serious work accident. This is understandable, as the process can seem daunting. Our hard-working team of expert personal injury claims solicitors are here to help and guide you through the process step by step.

If you are thinking of making a compensation claim for the injuries you have sustained, call our team of serious work accident specialists are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To get the expert advice and assistance you need to make a successful compensation claim, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 to discuss your case. Alternatively, you can claim online and we will get back to you at a time that suits you.

Our Solicitors Listen To Clients

During our conversation, we will need to ensure that have the full picture of what happened with your serious work accident. This includes the full extent of your injuries, the circumstances surrounding your serious work accident (including who you believe was to blame) and the ways in which your life has been affected by your serious work accident. As soon as we understand this, we are in a position to provide you with the kind of personalised advice that you need.

Serious Work Accident Compensation Claims – How Long Do They Take To Resolve?

It can be hard to know how long a particular serious work accident compensation case will take, as some can be settled very quickly, while others will take much longer to be decided. We know that you want to put your serious work accident behind you as quickly as possible, so we do everything that we can to resolve your claim as quickly as possible.

For cases that can be resolved quickly, they are likely to take only a few weeks or months. These cases tend to be for more minor injuries and where the other person accepts liability easily. When smaller sums of money are involved, the other party is likely to want to resolve the case simply and quickly, without arguing in great detail over each offer of compensation. It is in their interest to resolve the case as quickly as possible to reduce their costs, as well as your stress.

Some Claims Take Longer To Finish

More complicated cases, where the other person disputes what has happened or where there are multiple different people who were to blame for your serious work accident, can take significantly longer than this. If your serious work accident compensation case has to go to court to be resolved, this can dramatically increase the time it takes to receive the compensation you deserve.

What If My Serious Work Accident Is Not In The Accident Book?

Your employer is required to keep an accident book, which is used to record all accidents that happen at work. These should be recorded as soon as possible after your serious work accident, to make sure that the information is clear in your mind. Near misses, where an injury could easily have occurred but thankfully did not, should also be recorded in here. This allows the accident book to provide an accurate record of a company’s health and safety practices.

My Serious Accident At Work Was Not Written In The Accident Book – Can I Still Claim Compensation?

Accidents are sometimes not recorded in the accident book. This is often because the person who was responsible for making sure that the incident was recorded is busy looking after the person who has been injured. In less benign cases, an employer may attempt to protect themselves from liability by not recording an accident or injury in the accident book, hoping to later deny that it happened.

The accident book can be very useful in supporting your serious work accident compensation claim, but you are still very much able to make a claim successfully, even if your accident or injury has not been recorded. If this has happened to you, we are able to use a variety of alternative types of evidence to prove that your version of events is correct and to get you the compensation you are entitled to.

We Can Still Help If Your Accident Was Not Written In The Accident Book!

If your serious work accident 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 serious work accident 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.

Am I Entitled To Compensation For My Serious Work Accident?

If you have suffered a serious work accident, you may be wondering whether you are able to make a serious work accident compensation claim. In most cases you can, but there are a few things that must be true for your claim to be successful.

The first thing to note is that you must have sustained an actual injury as a result of your serious work accident. This injury does not need to have been exclusively physical, as psychological damage is also recognised as important. You cannot make a serious work accident compensation claim for near misses, however, or if you have an accident but are not injured in any way.

Special Damages For Serious Work Accident Claims

The second aspect to consider is who you believe is to blame for what happened to you. If you want to make a serious work accident compensation claim, you will need to claim against a person or organisation. You will need to show that they had some kind of responsibility for your welfare. In the case of an accident or injury at work, your employer has this kind of legal responsibility. As a result, you are almost always able to make a compensation claim for accidents that occurred in the workplace.

The other person must also have been able to foresee or anticipate what has happened to you. This doesn’t mean that they must have actually known that it would happen, but that they could have considered it, if they had put sufficient thought and care into health and safety concerns.

Who Was Responsible For Your Accident?

Finally, you should think about whether the person responsible for your safety took any steps to look after your well being. 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.

Contact Our Serious Work Accident Claims Solicitors

If you have experienced a serious work accident and you believe that someone else was to blame, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today and we will arrange a free call back at a time to suit you. Our serious work accident specialists are here to help.

Useful Links

Work Accident Advice
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Accident At Work UK Advice
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