Serious Work Accident Claims
Our serious work accident claims solicitors are here to guide and help you throughout the claims process. We are open 24 hours to give you free legal advice.
Everyone has the right to be safe in the workplace and most employers take their responsibilities to keep their staff safe very seriously. In some cases, however, safety measures are forgotten or overlooked, whether through carelessness or through a desire to take shortcuts and get tasks done more quickly. While these shortcuts can seem like a good idea at the time, bypassing safety measures can lead to serious accidents and injuries.
If you have suffered a serious accident at work, it is important that you make a compensation claim. This compensation will provide you with the funds you need to either assist you in making a speedy recovery, make changes to your home and lifestyle to adapt to any lasting issues or impairments or, more often, a combination of the two. It also serves a secondary function, of highlighting to your employer the ways in which their safety procedures and equipment are not sufficient and will encourage them to take action to ensure that no-one else suffers the same type of accident that you did. Thus, making a serious work accident claim can allow you to get on with your life and help to keep your workmates and colleagues safer in the long term.
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 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 fill in our accident at work claims form to arrange a free, no obligation call to discuss your case.
Why Choose Claim Justice For Serious Work Accident Claims?
At Claim Justice, we believe that every accident is unique, as is every client. Our compassionate team of expert personal injury solicitors takes the time to understand the details of your personal circumstances. This includes understanding how your serious work accident happened, whether it was because of faulty machinery, missing or inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) or insufficient training. This gives us the best chance of proving that your employer was to blame (this is known as proving liability). We also want to know the full extent of your injuries. Our experience means that we might ask about symptoms that you had not realised were connected with your accident, for example mood swings after a head injury. This allows us to put forward a claim for the full amount of compensation you are entitled to. Finally, we will also ask about the ways in which your accident and injury have impacted your life. This is because the amount of compensation you receive also depends on any additional expenses you might have incurred so far or be likely to incur in the future. For very serious work injuries, this can include loss of earnings, loss of future earning (if you can no longer do the job you were doing before your accident, the compensation needs to take into account how much you might have been able to earn had you continued) and any modifications to your home or transport, such as buying a specially modified car to allow you to continue driving or moving house to one more accessible if necessary.
Our personal service not only allows you to feel safe and supported in your claim, it also gives you the best possible chance of getting the maximum compensation that you deserve. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or fill in our online work claim form to arrange a free, no obligation call to discuss your serious work accident.
No Win No Fee For Work Accident Claims
At Claim Justice, we also don’t believe that you should be prevented from getting the compensation you deserve by high legal fees. This is why we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to the majority of our clients. A no win no fee agreement means that you will not have to pay anything at all to begin your serious work accident claim. As soon as you have signed the agreement, we are able to act on your behalf. You will only pay for our services once you receive the compensation you deserve. If we are unable to get justice for you following your serious work accident, you won’t have to pay anything. Many clients also worry that the legal fees they might incur could be higher than the amount of compensation they might receive. We will discuss our fees with you before starting any work, and we only take a percentage of the final payment you receive. This means that you can rest assured that you won’t ever be left worse off for trying to get the compensation you deserve.
How To Start Serious Work Accident Claims?
Making a serious work accident claim is similar to making any other personal injury claim, although it can be made slightly easier by the statutory duty of care that your employer has for your safety. This means that your employer is legally required to look after your health and safety. Because they have this duty of care, it can be easier to prove that they were responsible (this is known as proving liability) than if the accident had taken place in a public place or some other circumstance.
- The first step in making a no win no fee serious accident at work claim is to call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our work claims form and we will call you back. We will then discuss the details of your case and find out whether we are able to offer our services on a no win no fee basis. If we are not able to offer this, we will discuss alternative funding methods with to ensure that you are still able to get the help you need in a way that is affordable.
- Once you have signed an agreement with us, we are able to act on your behalf. We will write to your employer informing them that you are making a serious accident at work claim. We will ask them to accept that they were at fault and give them a deadline by which they will have to respond. It is worth remembering that all employers are required by law to have insurance to cover any accident at work injuries, so your employer will not be making your compensation payment out of their own pocket. This can make it easier to encourage them to admit liability.
- If your employer (or their insurance company) does not accept liability, we will set about gathering evidence that your serious accident at work was the fault of your employer. This could be through getting photos of any faulty equipment, obtaining witness statements or evidence from your colleagues and workmates that safety equipment was missing or insufficient and in some cases by seeking written reports from industry experts as to the accepted safety practices within your specific industry. In most cases, once they have been presented with the collected evidence, employers will accept their liability. If not, we may need to go to court to obtain the compensation you deserve, but this is unusual.
- Once your employer or their insurance company have accepted liability for your serious work accident, we will conduct negotiations on your behalf to agree the amount of compensation you will receive. Although we will deal with all of the correspondence and conversations, you are completely in control of this process. We will pass on all offers made by the other side, and give you an honest opinion based on our years of experience as to whether the offer is fair or not. Often, the insurance company will make a very low offer as their first offer, partly to see whether you will accept it and also to set your expectations lower than you might have been thinking. This is known as a low ball offer. It can be difficult to know how much compensation is fair and reasonable, but we will give you impartial advice throughout the negotiations. Although we are advising you, the final decision as to whether to accept an offer of compensation or not will always rest with you.
- If the other party does not accept liability or if it is not possible to agree on an amount of compensation, you may need to go to court to put forward your case. This is very rare, but if you are unlucky enough to find yourself in that position, we will be with your throughout, offering advice, support and assistance.
Will Making A Serious Work Accident Claim Lose Me My Job?
Your employer is not allowed to punish you in any way as a result of you making a serious work accident claim. If you are able to return to work, they are not permitted to pass you over for promotion, demote you or fire you as a result of your claim. They are also not permitted to create a hostile work environment such that you feel pushed out of your job. This is known as constructive dismissal. If you experience any of these kinds of reactions to your claim, let us know immediately. Most employers would never consider such actions and, of those who do, a letter from your solicitor can do much to remind them of their obligations. If you are discriminated against or fired as a result of making a serious work accident claim, this would be grounds for a further claim against your employer and the courts take a very dim view of employers who behave in this way.
If you think that you might be able to make a serious work accident claim, call us today on 0121 565 4317 or fill in our online claims form to find out how we can help.