Work Accident Claims

1stClaims deal with accident at work claims regularly and we feel that it is vital that everyone understands their rights. When it comes to accidents at work it can sometimes feel intimidating as an employee standing up to a large (or small) corporation.

In the UK the Health and Safety Executive has been set up to ensure that employers know exactly what their responsibilities are.  If they are failing to meet their Health and Safety directives and an accident occurs then you as an employee are fully within your rights to make a claim against your employer.

Accidents at work can have a far-reaching effect on the injured party as often they require time off work to attend medical appointments or recover, which has an enormous long-term financial impact.

Having an Accident at Work

If you are injured in the workplace, this may mean you cannot work for an extended period of time. It may even mean you are unable to return to work at all. First of all, it is vital that you get yourself to a doctor if you are injured at work. Your health is of utmost importance and you must get treatment and ensure that you rest for the full amount of time necessary to return to health. Secondly, you must do the following to deal with the legalities of being injured – if you so wish.

  1. Ensure your injury is recorded in your workplace’s accident book. Only sign the accident book if you believe that the account of your injury is completely accurate.
  2. Contact a specialist accident at work solicitor. They may be able to help you gain the compensation you deserve from your employer if they are liable for your injury.
  3. Keep record of your injury. This means ensuring:
  • Your medical records are constantly up to date.
  • Keeping all receipts from any treatment you have received, travel to appointments and prescriptions you have paid for.
  • Potentially keeping a record, either photographic or written, of the progression of your injuries. This is not vital but it is very helpful when substantiating your claim.

Legal Protection

You have protection from the law regarding your safety whilst in the workplace. Your employer is bound by law to follow health and safety regulations set out by the government. If they do not follow these regulations accordingly and you suffer an accident in the workplace you may be able to make a compensation claim against them. Some of the rules which must be followed include:

  • Provision of safety equipment and clothing where needed
  • Following fire safety regulations
  • Providing health and safety training
  • Keeping the workplace and any machinery well maintained

It is possible to report your employer if you are concerned that your workplace is unsafe. If you wish to do so you should contact the government’s health and safety executive. However, it is always advisable to talk to your employer first as they may simply be able to put changes in place without you having to take the matter to a higher level.

5 Questions you must ask before choosing your Accident At Work Claim Solicitor

When you are trying to choose your workers injury claims solicitor, where do you start? All solicitors will have the basic legal skills, but how do you know who will really fight your corner and ensure your interests are put first and foremost? Who will treat you as if you are their only client and ensure you recover as quickly as possible?

We have put together this key guide to ensure you satisfy yourself that you are dealing with an expert work accident solicitor!

1. How much of my compensation will I receive?

The Government changed the law in April 2013 so that you may now have to pay some of your legal costs when you settle your claim. However all initial enquiries are completely free of charge and our solicitors will explain all funding options to you.

2. What experience should I expect my solicitor to have?

Whilst each worker injury claims solicitor is qualified and regulated, you may be surprised to hear that quite frequently junior team members with absolutely no qualifications work on personal injury claims. You should ask what experience the person dealing with your workers injury claim will have and ensure that they are a qualified solicitor.
You can also expect the solicitor in a specialist personal injury department should be a member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel which proves their expertise inpersonal injury claims.
All 1stclaims solicitors have at least one Personal Injury Panel Member in their accident at work claims department.

3. Will I receive treatment for my injuries?

A specialist workers injury claims solicitor should be able to offer you private medical treatment to speed up your recovery and often your return to work. They should be able to offer you treatment wherever you are in the UK.
1stclaims has access to physiotherapists, chiropractors and other treatment providers across the UK waiting to help you.

4. Will claiming cost me anything?

1stClaims does not charge you for using our service and all initial enquiries with our Solicitors are also free of charge, so rest assured, this initial step of making an enquiry will not cost you anything.

Once one of our Solicitors has assessed the merits of your enquiry they will make a judgement on the likely chances of bringing a successful claim and if the prospects are good, they will normally offer to take your case on a No Win No Fee basis. NOTE: If your case is successful your Solicitor will deduct up to a maximum of 25% of your final settlement or compensation award as payment for their fees. You can find out more about No Win No Fee arrangements and the potential costs that can be incurred by clicking here.

5. Should I expect any other benefits from my solicitor?

In addition to your claim being handled by an expert workers injury claim solicitor, you should also be offered private medical treatment and be assured that you will not have to pay any of the costs. 1stClaims offers you this and much more.

How To Value A Workers Compensation Injury

Over the years the courts have awarded compensation for every type of workers compensation injury conceivable. From broken arms to lost limbs, smashed heels from building accidents to injured backs through carrying items that are too heavy, the court has used these thousands of cases for employer compensation that have settled over the years to create a guide that lists every type of workers compensation injury and the amount of compensation that you should receive for it.

This information is contained in a guide book called "The Judicial Studies Board Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases" (a catchy title it is not, but useful it certainly is). However, the guideline is only the starting point. Special circumstances will be taken into account which might mean that you will receive more compensation than is stated in the guidelines.

Your chances of receiving the maximum amount of compensation for your work accident is improved by choosing a specialist work compensation solicitor from 1stClaims. We have UK specialists ready and waiting to ensure that you receive the right amount for your injuries.

Orthopaedic Injuries

  • Neck injuries: From £82,500 for injury including paraplegia to £15,000 for fractures and dislocations of the neck.
  • Back Injuries: From £4,250 for minor injuries making a full recovery within two years to £93,000 for cases of the utmost severity.
  • Amputation of Limbs: From £132,500 for loss of both arms to £52,500 for below elbow amputation of one arm.
  • Wrist Injuries: From £4,000 for a straightforward fracture to £33,000 for injuries leading

Other Parts of A Workers Compensation Injury Claim

The above amounts are awarded to compensate you for the pain and suffering that you experience as a result of your accident at work. However, in addition to these amounts of workers compensation, you are also able to claim compensation for all of your losses and expenses incurred as a result of the accident. These can include:

  • Lost earnings
  • Lost bonuses or income as a result of missed promotions
  • Treatment and medical expenses
  • Travelling expenses
  • Other losses and expenses

Work Accident Claim Types

Common types of work accident claims that we can help you with include the following (but rest assured, if your claim type is not listed one of our solicitors will have the necessary expertise to ensure that your claim is successful):

  • Cherry Picker Accidents
  • Factory Accident Claims
  • Fall At Work Claims
  • Fork Life Accident Claims
  • Hotel Work Accident Claims & Kitchen Accidents
  • Office Accident Claims
  • Repetitive Strain Injury Claims Accident At Work Claims(RSI)
  • Slips And Trips At Work
  • Supermarket

Why 1stClaims For Your Work Accident Claim?

We are confident that we have the best solicitors in the UK ready and waiting to help you, but here are some additional reasons why you really should choose 1stClaims for your accident at work claim:

  • We hand select only the best work accident compensation claims solicitors to help you (meaning you have the best prospects of a successful claim if you choose 1stClaims).
  • All initial enquiries are completely free of charge
  • You may be able to make a claim under a No Win No Fee Agreement (NOTE: If your case is successful your Solicitor will deduct up to a maximum of 25% of your final settlement or compensation award as payment for their fees. You can find out more about No Win No Fee arrangements and the potential costs that can be incurred by clicking here.)

How long do I have to make a claim?

If you have been injured in an accident at work, and are over 18 at the time of the accident, you have three years from the date of the accident in which to pursue a claim. If your claim has not settled, or if court proceedings have not been issued, by the third anniversary of the accident, you will be prevented in law from making a claim. If you were under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, the three year time limit starts from the date of your 18th birthday. You therefore have until your 21st birthday in which to make a claim.

Need Help With An Accident At Work Claim In The UK?

If you would like 1stClaims' specialist Accident at Work Solicitors on your side, please call us free on 0800 2888 693 or complete our Work Accident Claim Enquiry we will be in touch with you very soon.

Remember, it costs absolutely nothing to ask and you are under no obligation to make a claim.

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