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If you've been injured in an accident at work, that was your employer's or another employee’s fault, then you can make a claim for personal injury against your employer’s liability insurance.
MG Legal’s expert personal injury solicitors specialise in workplace injury claims, and, as long as your injury happend in the last 3 years, we accept all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, with no financial risk to you.
Below are some of the areas that our accident at work solicitors specialise in:
A guide to accident at work compensation:
How Much Compensation Can I Claim for an Accident at Work?
When you make an accident at work claim, it will be broken down into two parts, general damages and special damages. Special damages are worked out on an individual basis, to cover any costa that you have suffered because of your accident at work. For more information on this, click here.
General damages instead covers the pain and suffering of the injuries themselves, and will vary depending on the types of injuries that you have sustained and how severe they are. These amounts are subject to the relevant guidelines laid out by the Judicial College. What we must remember is that The below table sets out the amount of financial compensation available in general damages for some common accident at work injuries. For any more information, contact MG Legal here.
Type of injury:
Financial compensation available:
Loss of both legs in an accident at work
Loss of one leg because of an accident at work
Severe leg injuries caused by an accident at work
Severe shoulder injuries in an accident at work
Moderate shoulder injuries after an accident at work
Severe neck injuries from an accident at work
Moderate neck injuries after an accident at work
Minor neck injuries because of an accident at work
How long do I have to make an accident at work claim?
Normally, anyone injured at work has a period of 3 years from the date the incident causing the injury occurred, subject to The Limitation Act 1980. There are exceptions, for example relating to the date of knowledge, of your work related personal injury, or claim for industrial disease compensation. Minors, meaning children under the age of 18, have 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday. Time limits may differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s personal injury experts.
How long does an accident at work claim take to settle?
Workplace personal injury compensation claims can take from weeks from months, to settle. Every personal injury claim is different, and the length of time to settlement, depends upon the injuries sustained. For minor injuries such a whiplash, or soft tissue injuries to the back, neck or shoulders, an initial settlement offer could be received in a number of weeks. For more serious injuries to the head, brain or spine, resulting in paraplegia, tetraplegia or other permanent debilitating injuries, medical reports from up to five practitioners would be required, and, in order to ensure that any medical report accurately reflects the nature and longevity of your workplace injury, then each report is obtained over a period of months.
How to claim for an accident at work:
If you’ve been injured at work, then you can contact our team for an informal, yet informative chat, about how to get your claim for work-related accident compensation started. The process is really straightforward and easy- we’ll ask you what happened, and if we can accept instruction on a no win no fee basis (all of our personal injury clients use a no win no fee agreement), then we will send a Claim Form for you to complete, and we’ll start the claims process.
Will it cost me anything to make an accident at work claim?
If you work with MG Legal’s team of specialist accident at work solicitors, and personal injury solicitors, then your claim will be accepted on a NO WIN NO FEE basis. This essentially means that it will not cost you anything to make the claim for financial compensation, and you will not owe us any money unless we successfully win the case on your behalf. Our expert team are able to operate in this way, on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, due to our unmatched success rate of over 99%. For a full overview of this process, and the Conditional Fee Agreement, see here.
Do I need to report an accident at work to make an accident at work claim?
After being involved in an accident at work, you must report the incident to your employer, and ensure that it is fully recorded in the accident book or log. After doing so, your employer is legally required to report the incident to the Health and Safety Executive via the RIDDOR.
If your employer refuses to do this, or does not have an official accident log for the workplace, then you should send a dated letter detailing the full events to the employer, and keep a record of this letter for yourself. Without a record of the event being reported in any way, it can be more difficult to make an accident at work claim for your injuries. However, it is still possible to make an accident at work claim without this report, as long as a medical report or medical records of your accident at work injuries can be obtained by your accident at work solicitors. Contact MG Legal here for more information.
Can I make an accident at work claim if there were no witnesses?
As is the case when making an accident at work claim without a formal accident report or complaint from your employer, it can be possible to make an accident at work claim for an incident that happened with no witnesses, but it can be a more complicated process and requires the expertise of a specialist accident at work solicitor.
Your specialist solicitor will look for all of the available evidence that can help to build your accident at work claim, such as reports from employees who have suffered from similar accidents, or are otherwise aware of workplace negligence or defective workplace equipment.
Useful evidence to build your accident at work claim can also include:
Photographs of the incident scene
Photographs of your injuries
Will I get paid if I’m off work sick because of an accident at work?
In terms of payment from your employer, you are entitled to sick pay in line with your employment contract. On top of this, you could also be entitled to medical care as a part of your employment contract. This sick pay is called Statutory Sick Pay, and you can see more in this here.
If you are an agency work, self-employed, or not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, then you could claim Universal Credit while off work due to your injuries and accident at work claim. If you have suffered from serious injuries in your accident at work, and are unable to work for a significant amount of time, then our specialist accident at work solicitors can request an interim payment for you, to help support you financially while we progress your claim. See more on this, here.
Can I be sacked for having an accident at work?
An employer is not legally allowed to dismiss an employee due to them making a legal claim against them, and if they do, then the dismissal will most likely be deemed as automatically unfair legally.
Your employer will have an employer’s liability insurance policy in place for if any of their employees make a personal injury claim for an accident at work. Therefore, if you make a successful claim for financial compensation, then the money will come out of this insurance policy rather than from the pocket of your employer directly. For any further information on this subject, do not hesitate to get in touch with MG Legal’s specialist team of accident at work solicitors, here, for a no-obligation discussion.
Do I need to go to a doctor to make an accident at work claim?
If you have suffered injuries of any kind from an accident at work, you should always visit your GP or local A&E department as soon as possible. This will allow you to receive the necessary medical treatment for your injuries, and will also create a full medical record of your injuries. This medical record can then be used in your future accident at work claim, in order to build the strength of your claim.
This medical record of your injuries can be particularly helpful in your accident at work claim if, for example, there were no witnesses of the workplace accident, or if there is no record of the accident at work in an accident log.
How can I prove an accident at work claim?
When you work with MG Legal, you can rest assured that your designated accident at work solicitor in well versed in all of the relevant health and safety and workplace legislation that can be used to build your accident at work claim, and will expertly apply the relevant legislations to your claim.
When it comes the the law surrounding accidents at work, there are a number of legislations that govern workplace safety’s according to the HSE:
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act)- This act requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks, or any other accidents at work. Employees also have a duty not to put themselves or others in danger, and must use any safety equipment provided.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999- this group of legislations require employers to assess risks in the workplace (including slip and trip risks) and, where necessary, take action to address them.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992- these regulations require floors in the workplace to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. Employees and all people should be able to move around safely.
My boss told me not to make an accident at work claim, what can I do?
If your employer is trying to convince you not to make a personal injury claim for an accident at work, then the chances are that this is because they know that they are at fault for the accident, and that it was caused by their negligence. You should not take notice of these requests. If you have suffered injuries as a result of an accident at work and the accident was not your fault, you are completely entitled to make a claim for financial compensation.
Is my employer to blame for my accident at work?
An employer’s duty to their employees includes:
The use of, handling, storage and transportation of articles and substances;
Maintaining the employees’ place of work, making sure the access and exit, are maintained and in a safe condition;
Making sure the mental health of employees (including workplace stress) is maintained
Providing and maintaining of a safe working environment with adequate facilities.
Making sure the mental health of employees (including workplace stress) is maintained
The provision of information, instruction, training and supervision necessary for the health and safety of employees;
All employers with five or more employees must have a written health and safety policy, which must be brought to the notice of all employees.
As with any occupier of a building, or business premises, your employer also has a duty to those who are not employees, but are invited or allowed onto their place of business, subject the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, or, for those who are not invited, subject to the terms of the Occupiers Liability Act 1984. Both these acts offer less rights to those attending upon your employer’s property, but do afford generous cover for personal injury compensation.
Why do accidents happen in the workplace?
If you've been injured at work in the last three years and it wasn't your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. If you are injured by the actions of another employee, then you can make a claim for personal injury against your employer’s public liability insurance.
The most common reasons that accidents at work occur are:
If you have any doubt, then contact the experts at MG Legal. We accept all work related personal injury claims, on a No Win No Fee basis, with no financial risk to our clients.
How can employer’s use risk assessments to prevent accidents at work?
As previously mentioned, a big part of the responsibility held by employers when it comes to preventing slip, turn and falls and other accident at work claims, is the proper use of regular risk assessments.
For employers, a risk assessment is about taking sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. Many employers may simply think that they are doing this, but your risk assessment will tell you whether you should be doing more.
These risk assessments in the workplace should include employees, and as part of it they should be asked about what they deem to be the important safety risks in the workplace. When these workplace risk assessments are done properly, they can help to identify new measures that could be introduced to reduce risks of accidents at work.
Reasons your employer could be at fault for your slip, trip, or fall injury:
When it comes to acts of negligence on the part of employers, and how this can lead to accidents at work, the failure of employers to carry out in depth risk assessments, or their failure to properly respond to the findings, can lead to slip, trip, or falls happening in the workplace which the employer is at fault for.
Some of these reasons for employers being at fault for your slip, trip, or fall injury, include:
Obstruction of paths or fire exits
Potholes or uneven surfaces in the workplace that are not highlighted or dealt with
Spillages or slippery floors that are not highlighted or dealt with
Broken stairs or faults stairs
Missing tiles in the workplace
Insufficient lighting making it difficult to see
What can employees do to prevent slip, trip and falls in the workplace:
What can employees do to prevent slip, trip and falls in the workplace: The HSE have put together a helpful list of actions and precautions that can be carried out by employees in order to prevent accidents from happening in the workplace.
If you have an accident or a near miss, make sure you report it to your employer promptly. They can use this information to prevent future accidents.
■ If you see a spillage, clean it up or make arrangements for it to be cleaned.
■ Report any damaged floors or mats.
■ Play your part and keep the workplace tidy.
■ If you see items on the floor where someone could trip over them, remove them
or arrange for them to be removed or for the situation to be made safe.
■ If you are given PPE, wear it and look after it. Report any faults or damage to
your employer and make arrangements for a replacement.
■ Tell your employer about any work situation that you think is dangerous, or if
you notice that something has gone wrong with their health and safety arrangements.
Slip, trips and falls in the workplace statistics:
Slips, trips and falls are the one most common cause of workplace injuries in the UK, and they often lead to much more serious accidents involving machinery and manual handling. For 2019/2020, Slips, trips and falls accounted for 29% of the workplace accidents in the UK that were non-fatal, a massive 10% above the second most common type of accident at work, manual handling accidents at work.
Accident at work statistics:
If you have suffered an injury at work, and choose to make a claim for personal injury compensation, than you are not alone in doing so. Employers are supposed to follow strict rules and regulations, in order to keep their employees as safe as possible, and free from injury in the workplace. However, according to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2019-20, 1.6 million people suffered from a work-related illness and 111 were killed at work. More than 2,000 people died from cancers developed from their work and at least 115,000 people had to take more than three days off work following a workplace injury.
Why should I choose MG Legal for my accident at work claim?
Our no win no fee solicitors have settled thousands of personal injury compensation claims for clients who have been injured at work. You will be allocated one of our expert personal injury solicitors, and you will only ever deal with that same solicitor, until your claim for personal injury compensation is settled. For a free, no-obligation discussion of your potential accident at work claim for personal injury compensation, contact MG Legal here.