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Are You Eligible To Make A Work Accident Claim?

Personal Injury | 03-01-2019
Are You Eligible To Make A Work Accident Claim?

No matter what safety measures are laid in place, mishaps at work can and do happen under unpredictable conditions. Injuries initiated by these work accidents can array in severity from inconsequential lacerations and sprains to broken bones, amputations, severe burns and occasionally sadly, even loss of life.

If you are ill-fated enough to be involved in an accident at work and you suffer from a workplace injury, you may perhaps be able to file a work accident entitlement for compensation.

Can I Claim For An Accident At Work?

Within the United Kingdom, employers and business owners are lawfully accountable for the welfare and safety of their staff and any visitors to their premises. The lawful clause positions that all businesses are required to hold insurance (Employer’s Liability Insurance) and conform to Health & Safety protocols to ensure that they meet those guiding principles. If you feel that your employer was inadequate or incompetent in meet their responsibilities and negligence has led to you being injured in a mishap at work, you can file a work accident claim in order to claim compensation. If your claim for a work injury is fruitful, the employer’s liability insurance would be the source of compensation.

In certain cases, the employer is still liable to pay the employee compensation even if the employee had a hand in the cause of the accident in question. The way in which this would be outlined is that the employer would have to be the main instigator of the injury itself.

What Can I make A Work Accident Claim For?

If you have suffered a personal injury at the expense of a work accident, then any of the below-mentioned reasons would be justifiable. For example:

  • Slip, trip or fall
    • Dangerous practices and procedures in the workplace
    • Defective or poorly maintained equipment
    • Dangerous machinery at work
    • Noxious environment or toxic substances
    • Falling object
    • Non-adherence to Health & Safety regulations
    • Negligence of co-workers
    • Insufficient or improper training
    • Assault at work
    • An accident while operating a forklift or crane
    • Faulty lifting and manual handling practices brought on by lack of training
    • Industrial injuries such as hand-arm vibration syndrome or vibration white finger

Feel free to call/ contact us if you require supplementary information or guidance, or are in fact in need of accident at work solicitors, to manage a claim that you feel you may have.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Work Accident?

The amount of compensation you might be able to claim for a work accident varies due to different factors. These will include how severe your accident at work is, do you need to take time off from work to recover and if you do for how long, who else may be affected by your work injury such as family members and so forth.

The best way to get a good idea of the amount of work accident compensation you might receive is to have a free initial consultation with one of our solicitors or trained advisors by phone so that we can assess your situation properly.

Work Accident Claim Time Limit

In the United Kingdom, there is a customary 3-year time frame within which you can file a work accident claim. If you have not begun legal proceedings within 3 years, your specific case may be seen to be in excess of the 3-year time limit, and you may not be eligible for any compensation.

The 3-year limit embarks from the date that the accident occurred, or from the date on which you grasped that your injury was concomitant with the workplace accident. Another subsequent clause is principally useful in cases that have involved exposure to asbestos. This is due to the fact that you might not come to know out for many years after exposure to asbestos, that you have contracted mesothelioma, a disease specifically related to asbestos.

In serious cases, the 3-year curb initiates from the date of demise. In case the death was owing to mesothelioma, the 3-year deadline would begin from the date of the post-mortem as the mesothelioma may possibly have gone unnoticed and undiagnosed until they passed on and it was only learned during the post-mortem.

Every personal injury compensation case has its own conditions and will progress differently contingent upon these conditions and the responses of the employers. Though some are settled harmoniously and inside a matter of months, others can take a number of years.

Some common types of work injuries include:

  • Head injuries
    • Burn and scald injuries
    • Spinal injuries
    • Brain injuries
    • Loss of sight
    • Spinal and spinal cord injuries
    • Amputations
    • Fatal injuries

When dealing with any personal injury claim, the sum of compensation awarded will fluctuate from one accident at work claim to the next so it is by no means conceivable to gage 100% accurately what compensation sum your accident at work claim might be given.

It is ostensible that the bulk of claims are sincere and compensation is more than feasible to be paid out to the Claimant.

However, there are boundaries for which several degrees of injury will fit into which are set out by the Judiciary Study Board. These can be used as a guide by accident at work solicitors to provide premature estimates on several kinds of accidents at work.



TW in Preston has a dedicated team of experienced and knowledgeable team of Solicitors, who can offer direct and comprehensive service in all housing proceedings with a full understanding of your rights under UK law.

The department is dedicated to giving clients a partner-led legal service based on strong representation at all stages of proceedings.

For a no obligation, initial discussion of your case call us on 01772 252 222 and a member of the team will be in touch.