Accident at Work Claims
If you have been involved in a work accident that was not your fault, you could be eligible to make an accident at work claim and receive compensation for your injuries. At Clough & Willis, our expert accident at work solicitors are here to help you maximise your chances of making a successful claim.
We have many years of experience helping people recover compensation for injuries caused by accidents at work due to negligence or health and safety breaches. We can help you understand your legal rights, walk you through the claims process and put together the strongest possible case for your compensation claim.
Suffering an injury at work is hugely stressful, with an impact on both your wellbeing and career. We understand this, which is why we offer no win, no fee accident at work claims, with a focus on making the legal process as straightforward and stress-free for you as possible.
Get in touch with our specialist injury at work solicitors to learn more about making an accident at work claim. Call us today on 0800 083 0815, or fill out an online enquiry form on the side of this page to request a call back at your convenience.
How we will help you claim accident at work compensation
At Clough & Willis, we can help you claim compensation for any kind of accident at work, whether they have resulted in minor damage or a life-changing injury. Here are some of the specific types of injury claims at work that we can handle for you:
- Slips, trips and falls at work
- Falls from height at work
- Manual handling injuries
- Dangerous machinery accidents
- Forklift truck accidents
- Professional negligence
By getting in touch with Clough & Willis, our accident at work solicitors will advise you how much compensation you can claim for the pain and suffering you have experienced as a direct result of your work accident. We will explain every step of how to make an accident at work compensation claim in simple, easy-to-understand terms, to make sure you are fully aware of all of your rights and responsibilities in these cases.
We will help you claim for past and future loss of earnings and loss of pension benefits, including:
- Interim payments
- Payments for private medical treatment
- Company sick pay and health insurance policy claims
- Benefit entitlements arising from incapacity for work
We understand that you may be worried about losing your job if you make a claim, and we will help you to understand how the law protects employees in this situation, and ensure that these rights are upheld.
No matter what kind of work accident you have suffered, the legal experts at Clough & Willis will be able to help. Our team is led by our Partner and Head of Litigation Chris Macwilliam, an expert in personal injury and employment law cases with more than 40 years of experience. We have a keen understanding of how to get the very best outcomes for our clients, and can arrange a free, no-obligation initial interview with you to discuss the details of your case.
Injury claims at work - your FAQs
When can I make an accident at work claim?
You can claim for many different types of accidents at work, whether you have sustained injuries while operating machinery, while lifting heavy objects, in a fall from a ladder or a height, through slips or trips, or when operating machinery.
The key to making an eligible claim is being able to prove that your accident or injury was caused or exacerbated by failings on the part of your employer, or a colleague. These may include:
- Dangerous, unsafe or poorly planned working practices, including a lack of proper risk assessment
- Lack of suitable personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Unsuitable, badly enforced or unexplained safety processes
- Badly maintained or faulty equipment
- Personal negligence on the part of a manager or colleague
UK health and safety regulations are in place to set a minimum legal standard for the state of your working environment, including controlling access to hazardous substances, providing safeguards for manual handling, managing noise levels in the workplace, and regulating the amount of training to be given to employees.
If any of these regulations are breached and this results in an accident or personal injury to an employee, then the employer will be liable.
How long do I have to make an accident at work claim?
As a rule, you have three years from the date of your accident, or since you received a diagnosis of your work-related medical issue, to lodge your claim at court. There are a handful of exceptions to this:
- If someone has suffered a brain injury or mental trauma that means they now lack mental capacity to make a claim themselves, there is no time limit for a loved one to make a claim on their behalf
- If your injury was caused by a defect or manufacturing fault with some equipment, the time limit may be different, and will need to be checked
- If the accident was suffered while working abroad, the time limit may vary according to overseas laws
In all cases, it is best to seek professional legal advice as soon as possible to make sure you do not run out of time.
Will my claim have a financial impact on my employer?
In the vast majority of cases, your employers will have insurance in place to cover claims made by their workers for accidents at work, so it is unlikely to cost them anything directly.
The same will apply even if the accident was caused by a colleague, so you will not need to worry about the business being endangered if you make a claim, or any particular individual being penalised.
How much compensation can I claim?
There is no fixed amount of compensation you can expect to receive for your accident at work claim, as each case depends upon the nature of the injury and how it affects you.
You can receive compensation for the injury you sustain, as well as past and future loss of earnings, medical and care costs, rehabilitation costs, out-of-pocket expenses etc. If your ability to work is restricted as a result of your accident, you can also be compensated for this.
By speaking to a legal professional, you will be able to get a clearer picture of how much compensation you might expect to receive, based on the details of your case.
How long will my accident at work compensation claim take?
Because each case is different, there is no fixed timescale for the accident at work claims process. Most cases take between nine months and 2 years to settle, but it is possible to receive some earlier payments throughout the lifecycle of the claim, if they are needed to cover expenses such as lost wages or medical treatment costs.
How much of my compensation will I keep?
If your claim is being dealt with on a no win, no fee basis by Clough & Willis, you should be able to keep at least 75% of your eventual compensation payout. With this kind of arrangement, you will only need to pay if your claim is successful.
Will I lose my job if I make a claim?
Bringing a claim against your employer should not make any difference to your job security. You are entitled by law to make a claim, and your employer would be expected to pass the claim over to its insurers to deal with, with no professional repercussions for you.
In the unlikely event that your employer sacks or acts against you for bringing a claim, it will almost certainly be an unfair dismissal or an infringement of your employment rights, meaning you would be entitled to take your case to an Employment Tribunal.
Will I have to go to court?
The vast majority of accident at work claims are settled without the need to go to court. This means you are likely to be able to receive the compensation you deserve, without the stress of having to go through the entire court process.
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Find out more about making a personal injury compensation claim by getting in touch with Clough & Willis today. Our offices in Bury and Bolton are easily accessible, and we are ready to provide you with the easy-to-understand advice and high-quality representation you need.