How Much Is My Accident At Work Claim Worth?
Our guide is to help victims understand what serious work accidents are and what you should do following a work related accident or injury.
If you have suffered a serious accident at work or as a result of your job, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the injury that you have suffered. It is important that your workplace is kept as safe as possible and, if this has not been done correctly, it is important that you receive the compensation you need to get yourself back on track. Injuries at work can be particularly difficult to deal with, as there can be pressure to return to work as quickly as possible and you may even be asked to go back into the same situation that led to your injury in the first place.
In general, the more serious the accident and injury, the more important it is to have expert help when making a claim. Our team of personal injury claims solicitors have many years of experience in making accident at work claims for our clients and are able to give you the honest, accurate advice and recommendations you need to help you to decide how to proceed with making your serious accident at work compensation claim. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange a free, no obligation call to discuss your case.
Common Reasons Why Serious Work Accidents Happen
1. Injuries From Machinery
Many jobs involve working with machinery and if this is not correctly maintained, a wide range of injuries can result. These could include crush injuries from a body part being trapped between two moving parts, burns from machinery that has become overheated or cuts from damaged surfaces that have become sharp. Even correctly maintained equipment can be dangerous, if you are not sufficiently trained in the use of it. It is your employer’s responsibility to make sure that the equipment is properly maintained and that you have regular, appropriate training for any equipment you are required to use. If this has not been done, you may be eligible for compensation for your accident at work.
This is a respiratory disease caused by the inhalation of small fibres of asbestos. This is a very serious condition and all cases of asbestosis must be reported to the government. Compensation claims for work-related asbestosis can be very complex and we strongly recommend getting expert advice for your asbestos-related work injury claim.
Contact with chemicals or other noxious substances. Whenever you are working with any kind of hazardous materials, whether chemical, biological or anything else, you should be provided with appropriate equipment and protection. This could include anything from steel toe capped boots when dealing with syringes full of chemicals to respirators and other appropriate PPE when dealing with asbestos or other high-risk materials. If you have come into contact with any substances that have cased you an injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
4. Injuries From Machinery
Many jobs involve working with machinery and if this is not correctly maintained, a wide range of injuries can result. These could include crush injuries from a body part being trapped between two moving parts, burns from machinery that has become overheated or cuts from damaged surfaces that have become sharp. Even correctly maintained equipment can be dangerous, if you are not sufficiently trained in the use of it. It is your employer’s responsibility to make sure that the equipment is properly maintained and that you have regular, appropriate training for any equipment you are required to use. If this has not been done, you may be eligible for compensation for your serious accident at work.
5. Forklift Injuries Claims
Warehouses are a particularly hazardous working environment and forklift injuries are relatively common and can be very serious. Many severe forklift injuries are the result of pressure being applied to drivers to work more quickly than is safe and thus overloading the forklift or driving too fast, leading to the machine tipping over. Alternatively, a noisy environment can mean that workers are unable to hear an approaching forklift and are unable to avoid being struck by it. Almost all forklift accidents occur at work and your employer must be able to prove that they had taken every precaution to keep you safe. If you have been involved in a forklift accident, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our work injury claims form to discuss your case and find out whether you are able to make an accident at work claim.
6. Falls From A Height
Working at height is inherently dangerous, and it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that they have taken all reasonable steps to keep you safe. This includes putting up railings to prevent falls, requiring all employees to wear harnesses when working at height, ensuring that tasks do not require stretching or leaning across gaps at height and ensuring that all staff are appropriately trained in the policies and procedures that keep them safe when working in this way. If you have fallen from a height at work, you may well be able to claim compensation as result of your injury. Many of us are tempted to write off a fall as us ‘being clumsy’, but it is your employer’s job to make sure that ‘being clumsy’ doesn’t lead to you being seriously injured. If insufficient care was taken to keep you safe, your employer is likely to be considered at fault. Falls from a height can lead to lasting back, hip or spinal injuries, as well as nerve damage, broken bones and concussions.
7. Falling Objects
All objects at height should be secured such that they do not pose a hazard to anyone below. Additionally, if it is not possible to secure all objects at height (for example on a construction site), protective equipment should be required as standard. Falling objects are a common cause of serious work-related accidents on construction sites and you may be eligible for compensation if you have been injured in this way as even small objects can cause significant damage if they are falling from a height. Falling objects can cause back injuries, concussions, compressions, contusions, fractured bones and a whole host of other injuries.
How Do I Start A Serious Work Accident Claim?
Making a compensation claim for your serious work accident is the same as making any other personal injury claim. The first thing to do is call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation. Our caring team of expert personal injury claims solicitors will discuss the details of your claim and make sure that they are offering you the best possible advice.
We recognise that the period after a severe work accident and injury is likely to be financially difficult and we don’t want a lack of funds to be a barrier to you being able to obtain justice. As a result, we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to the majority of our clients. This allows you to receive our expert claims help in making your serious work accident claim following your accident or injury without the risk of financial hardship. We also cap our fees as a percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that you will always receive the lion’s share of your compensation payment to put towards your future life.
How Much Compensation Am I Likely To Receive For My Work Accident Claim?
It is not possible to give estimates for how much compensation you can expect to receive following your serious work accident compensation claim without knowing the unique details of your case. This is because only part of the compensation you receive is based on the nature of the injury you receive.
Compensation in all personal injury claims is made up of several factors. The first relates to the nature of the injury itself and is designed to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injury. The amount of compensation you might receive for this is set by the Judicial College (a national governing body) and is in broad ranges. The ranges are deliberately very wide, to allow for the huge variation in injuries and prognosis (the likelihood of getting better). We would work with you to discover where your injury fits on this scale and to provide evidence to support it.
The other part of your compensation claim comes from the costs and losses you might have suffered as a result of your serious work accident. These might include having to make changes to your home (or even having to move to a new, more accessible, home), employing a carer to look after you and any other costs associated with your care and rehabilitation. If you are unable to work as a result of your serious work accident, or if you have to change careers, you may also be able to claim for loss of earnings and loss of potential future earnings. The purpose of this type of compensation is to help you to get your life back as close to where it would have been if you hadn’t experienced serious work accident. We know that no amount of compensation will make your injuries go away, but we want to get you the best possible compensation payment to give you the financial security to face the future with confidence.
What If I Can’t Afford An Up Front Payment To Start My Work Injury Claim?
We understand that the period following any form of accident, especially a serious work accident can be difficult, both emotionally and financially. We don’t believe that your access to justice should depend on whether you can afford to pay our large sums of money upfront to get the best legal advice. As a result, we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to the majority of our clients. This means that you are able to seek compensation for what happened to you without having to worry about suffering financial hardship as a result. If we are unable to get you the compensation you deserve, you won’t have to pay a penny.
If you are considering making a no win no fee serious work accident claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our work injury claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.