Accidents at Work
Accidents at Work Solicitors Nottingham
Your place of work should be a safe environment. That is to say, your employer has a legal duty to ensure accidents at work don’t happen. They should keep you out of harm’s way by providing a safe place of work.
This includes having a safe system of work, safe plant and equipment, safe working practices. As well as providing protective equipment, carrying out appropriate training and undertaking risk assessments.
Unfortunately, if your employer does not discharge its duty, accidents at work can happen. As a result, this can cause serious injuries or illness. All of which can impact your ability to work. In the most serious cases, fatalities can occur.
Accidents at work can occur in a number of different working environments but are particularly prevalent in the construction industry, manufacturing and agriculture.
What type of accidents can happen in the workplace?
Common injuries that can occur in the workplace include:
- slips, trips and falls
- falls from height
- hearing loss from loud machinery
- burn injuries due to protective equipment not provided
- crush injuries from heavy machinery
Less common are catastrophic injuries, which includes loss of limbs, brain injury or spinal injury, and fatal injuries which result in loss of life.
Can I make a compensation claim for an accident at work?
If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident at work, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
However, a time limit does apply.
Claims need to be made within three years from the date of the injury. It is possible to make a claim against a former employer as long as it is within the time limit.
Personal injury cases can be complex due to the amount of investigation work required. Therefore, the recommendation is that you seek legal advice as soon as the injury happened.
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 having an accident at work?
No. An employer cannot dismiss you for having an accident at work. They have a duty of care for your health and safety. Therefore, if they are negligent in delivering that, then you are entitled to compensation.
If an employer dismisses you for making an accident claim, then 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 is 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.
No Win No Fee Accident at Work
Accident at work claims are available on a No Win No Fee basis.
This means that as long as you have co-operated and not misled us, then you do not have to pay any fees should you not win.
If you do win, there may be a success fee charged. This will be no more than 25% of the compensation awarded to you.
Other fee agreements are available that your solicitor will be able to inform you of. Only once you are happy and understand the fee agreement, will your solicitor begin investigating your claim for you.Information about No Win No Fee
Why use Rotheras for an Accident at Work Claim?
At Rotheras, we understand that making a claim for compensation against your employer can feel overwhelming. You might worry about the impact it could have on your employer and your employment.
However, if you have had an accident at work due to your employer, or a colleague being negligent, then you are entitled to make a claim and get the compensation you deserve.
- Claims on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis are possible.
- Your specific needs are taken into account when calculating a compensation settlement. For example, any rehabilitation, or medical care you need and your future income if you can no longer work.
- A dedicated member of our personal injury team will be assigned to you. They will discuss your circumstances to ensure we can aid you with your recovery in the best possible way.
- A wide range of accidents at work can be dealt with by our personal injury team.
- Our solicitors are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Compensation claims Rotheras can help you with:
- Injuries from a fall from height
- Manual handling injuries
- Road traffic accident & injuries from moving vehicles
- Injuries as a result of crushing
- Defective equipment that caused an injury
- Injuries from not being provided with protective personal equipment, or faulty equipment
- Spillages in the workplace causing injuries
- Needlestick injuries
- Injuries arising from trips
- Loss of limb(s)
- Sight loss
- Hearing loss
- Accidents causing burns
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If you have had an accident at work within the last three years and you believe it happened due to negligence on the part of your employer, then you may be able to make a claim. In certain circumstances you might also be able to claim even if you think you contributed to the accident.
Firstly, it is worth seeking legal advice to find out whether you are eligible to make a claim and start building a case to prove your employer’s negligence. At Rotheras we are happy to discuss your accident with you and advise you on whether we think you are eligible to make a claim, and we will only take on your case if we believe it has reasonable prospects of success.
If you instruct us, we will firstly work with you to gather evidence and we will notify your employer of your claim. Your employer will then either admit or deny liability. Once liability is admitted, we will arrange for an independent medical examination to be carried out to determine the extent of your injuries and the prognosis of those injuries.
When it is the right time, we will commence settlement negotiations and you will receive compensation. If a final figure cannot be agreed upon or if liability is disputed, then your claim could go to Court.