Accidents at Work

Workplaces are busy and millions of people work and operate different equipment, so the risk of an accident is also very high. Some workplaces are more dangerous than others, so employers in these workplaces should be more responsible for taking greater measures to protect their workers.

Unfortunately, safety measures aren’t followed in every workspace which leads to accidents at work.

Accidents at work fall under Personal Injury Claims, but require a different legal approach than normal trips, slips or road traffic accidents. We can help you get back on your feet and get you the compensation you deserve.

Can I claim for my injury at work?

You can claim if you suffered an injury or illness that happened at or because of work that wasn’t your fault and caused by poor safety measures in your workplace.

You can claim if your injury at work was caused by:

  • Inadequate training.
  • Unsafe equipment
  • Not undertaking a risk assessment.

How much compensation could I claim for my work injury?

The amount of compensation you’ll get depends on the severity of your injury and the impact it’s had on your life. You can get compensation for the following losses and trauma:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses including the cost of any treatment related to your injuries.
  • Care Expenses
  • Loss of earnings including unpaid sick days.
  • Travel expenses related to your treatment or injury

These issues can stack up to make your total compensation.

What should I do after an accident at work?

In case of an accident at work, you must follow the guidelines given below:

Seek medical help immediately

Seeking medical help is the most important thing you should do in the immediate aftermath of an accident. Even minor injuries can become lifelong conditions if not treated properly. Visit a healthcare professional for a full assessment of your injury. The doctor will also record the details of your accident in medical records.

Gather and prepare evidence

Employers can even deny the occurrence of the accident when you have ‘foolproof evidence’ like footage of the accident. The employer will be unable to deny it. Capture photos and videos of your accident as clearly as possible.

Get details from the witnesses around

Following an accident, witnesses have an important role in all legal proceedings. So take the contact details of people who saw your accident.

Having records of your accident will be useful during legal proceedings. Write the details of your accident in the company’s accident book. If there isn’t one, you should write down all the details of the accident and send it to your employer.

Claim personal injury compensation

Call our Injury Claims team on 0161 436 0000 now for a free no-obligation consultation. Ask Legal will take away the burden and stress of dealing with complex legal proceedings and work closely with you to ensure that your journey to receiving your deserved compensation is smooth and easy.

Some common injuries you could claim for include:

  • Electric shock
  • Eye injuries
  • Brain & head injuries
  • Fractured bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Muscle strains
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Exposure to a dangerous substance
  • Chemical burns
  • Broken limbs

Many accidents happen for the following reasons:

  • The employer provides you with inadequate training.
  • Lack of safety equipment.
  • Poorly maintained machinery.
  • Not undertaking a risk assessment.

Types of Accidents at Work

Different types of accidents can take place at workplaces. Some common types of accidents are below:

  • Construction site accidents
  • Factory or warehouse accidents.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Slipstripsand falls.
  • Electrocutions.
  • Defective equipment accidents.
  • Lifting accidents.
How long do I get to document a claim?

You have to file the claim within three years from the time you were injured. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule:

  • Lack of Capacity

The three-year rule doesn’t apply if someone lacks the mental or legal capacity to file compensation claims themself. There’s no time limit in such a case.

  • Accidents while working abroad

If your accident happened while working in a foreign country, then the time limit might be different. We can help you in those difficult circumstances.

Get in touch with Ask Legal for expert help

We are a professional firm authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and we uphold the strict code of conduct set by our regulatory body. Call our Injury Claims team on 0161 436 0000 now for a free no-obligation consultation.