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Your employer has a legal obligation to keep you safe while at work.

Unfortunately, accidents at work can happen. Even minor injuries often result in loss of earnings. Sometimes though, injuries suffered at work can be life changing. In the worst cases, they can be fatal.

If you’ve been injured at work, contact our personal injury solicitors today.


Types of Accidents at Work Can I Claim For?

In today’s busy workplaces, there are hundreds of types of accidents. These can result in countless types of injury.

Here are the most common workplace accidents;

  • Industrial disease – like asthma, cancers, asbestos related diseases, industrial deafness and other long-term conditions.


How Much Can I Claim For An Accident at Work?

How much compensation you get for a workplace’s accident will depend on your individual circumstances.

Every workplace accident is different, resulting in different types of injuries. All of which can have varying impacts on a person’s life.

As such, it’s difficult to say how much compensation you can claim.

That said, ever personal injury claim has two parts;

General Damages

General damages reflect how much pain and suffering you’ve experienced. The amount you receive in general damages depends on;

  • How severe your injuries are
  • How long it will take to recover from those injuries
  • Your future quality of life
  • How your injury has affected your wellbeing

Special Damages

Special damages repay any ‘out of pocket expenses’, both immediate and future. Including;

  • Loss of earnings – this includes your wages, bonuses, overtime, pension contributions etc
  • Medical expenses – including specialist medical care, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and prescriptions
  • Mobility aids – like wheelchairs, hoists, walking frames, for example
  • Adapting your home – installing a stairlift, railings, access ramps etc


How Long Do I Have to Claim Compensation For Work Injuries?

Accidents at work fall under personal injury claims. As such, in most cases, there is a three-year time limit from the date you were injured time limit to make a claim.

However, there are some exceptions to this;

  • Mental capacity – if a family member has lost the mental capacity to claim as a result of an accident at work, you can claim on their behalf. In these cases, time limits don’t apply.
  • Defective equipment – time limits for claiming for injuries caused by defective equipment can vary.
  • Accidents while working abroad – if you had an accident while working abroad, the time limit to make a claim might be shorter.

Regardless of time limits, if you’ve been injured in an accident at work, contact an accident at work solicitor as soon as you can. This will mean the events leading up to your accident are still fresh in your mind. It also makes gathering the evidence needed to make successful claim much easier.


How Long Does an Accident at Work Claim Take?

Again. each accident at work claim is different so it depends on the severity and complexity of your injury.

For example;

A simple claim with minor injuries where your employer accepts liability, can settle in a few weeks.

A complex case involving a life changing injury could take years to settle. Especially in cases involving spinal or brain injuries. It takes time to understand how these injuries will affect the rest of your life.

Cases where other side denies liability can also take a long time to settle.

That said, were possible, we will always try to secure interim compensation payments. These will ease the immediate financial pressures of;

  • Not being able to work
  • Medical bills
  • Travel expenses etc.


Why use Rotheras For an Accident at Work Claim?

We understand that making a claim against your employer can feel scary.

However, if your accident was due to the negligence of your employer or a colleague, you’re entitled to make a claim.

When you instruct Rotheras to handle your claim, we’ll;

  • Assign an expert personal injury lawyer to your case from start to end. We’ll give you their direct phone number and email address.
  • Help you access specialist medical care and rehabilitation if you need it.
  • Be as flexible in how we work as possible. If you need us to visit you at home or in hospital.

Our solicitors are also members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).


Make a No Win No Fee Accident at Work Claim

We handle most accident at work compensation claims on a No Win, No Fee basis.

You don’t pay anything up front and you don’t pay a penny if your claim isn’t successful. So, there is absolutely no financial risk to you.

If your claim is successful, more of your legal costs will be covered by the other side. Any other fees are deducted from your compensation.

We’ll keep you fully informed at every stage of your claim, so you’ll know how much compensation you’re likely to receive.

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Greg Almond

Greg Almond

Greg qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and has specialised in Personal Injury for more than 14 years. He acts for clients who have suffered life changing injuries. Greg also specialises in cosmetic and clinical negligence claims.

Hannah Manewell

Hannah Manewell

Hannah Manewell is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors and has spent the entirety of her 14-year career working in Personal Injury, covering a broad range of injury cases.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors; he has 19 years’ experience working as a Personal Injury solicitor, covering a broad range of injury cases.

Rebecca Howard

Rebecca Howard

Rebecca is a Litigation Executive in the Personal Injury department at Rotheras and is based at our Lace Market Office

Eva Best

Eva Best is a Paralegal in Rotheras’ Personal Injury department and is based at our Lace Market office in the heart of Nottingham City Centre.

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Do I Need to Report My Accident to My Employer?

Yes. Reporting the accident to your employer will create an official record of the incident in their accident book. Therefore, try to report the accident as close to the date the injury occurred.

If the accident goes unreported, it is still possible to make a personal injury claim. However, in these situations, it is useful if colleagues can verify the accident or if you told your GP about what has happened.

Can I Be Sacked For Claiming Against My Employer?


An employer cannot sack you for claiming compensation for a workplace accident.

They have a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. If they fail in their duty of care and you have an accident, then you are entitled to compensation.

If an employer sacks you for making an accident claim, that would be unfair dismissal.

Similarly, you may feel that your employer will make your working environment difficult because you made a claim. This can get to the point that you feel like you have no option but to hand in your resignation.

If this happens, it’s likely you would have a case for constructive dismissal against your employer.

At Rotheras, we also specialise in Employment Law. Should you feel like your employment is at risk due to making a claim, tell your personal injury solicitor. They will provide you with the legal service support you will require.

Remember, compensation is an entitlement if you get an injury in an accident due to the negligence of others. Importantly, your employer cannot risk your employment as a result of that.

Who Pays the Compensation For Accidents at Work?

Your employer should have Employers Liability insurance. If you make a claim against them their insurance company will the compensation.

I Was partially Responsible For My Accident; Can I Still Claim?

You can potentially still make a claim even if you were partially at fault for your accident. This is called split liability.

If it’s deemed that you were 50% responsible and your claim is worth £25,000, you’d received 50%, so £12,500.

Will I Have to Go to Court?

It’s rare for a personal injury case to go to court. However, there are two reasons why it could;

Your employer denies responsibility, or
They disagree with the amount of compensation we’re claiming

In the unlikely event that we do start court proceedings, many employers will settle before trail. If they don’t and your claim goes to court, don’t worry. Our expert solicitors will support you through the whole thing.