There were 1,058,000 reported injuries at work between 2014-2015. Whilst you should be able to feel safe at work, unfortunately work accidents sometimes happen.
Advances in health and safety equipment and practices have gone a long way to preventing many work related illnesses and injuries, but failures on your employer’s part can still have severe consequences.
Work related accidents and injuries have a wide variety of causes and subsequent effects, so it’s vital you get the best support you can to help you get back on track.
Whether it’s a slip or trip, an accident at work caused by broken equipment, or an injury made worse by a lack of protective equipment, we have a team of specialists dedicated to providing the legal advice and guidance you need to carry on with your life.
Common types of workplace injury
- Building site injuries and illnesses
- Slips and falls at work
- Farm accidents and illnesses
- Accidents resulting from inadequate training
- Manual handling injuries
- Protective equipment failures/absences
- Severe burns
- Loss of sight
I’ve been injured in the workplace, what can I do about it?
Having an accident at work is a terrible experience, particularly if it could have been prevented. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need extensive care and support, and this can be costly. However, if you’ve suffered an accident whilst at work, you may be able to claim compensation.
Being compensated as a result of a work related injury can significantly benefit your recovery in a number of ways. One area in which compensation can help, and which may be of great concern to you, is in recovering lost earnings. On top of this, compensation could cover any expenses you may have had as a direct result of your injury.
We can help you throughout what can be a lengthy process by providing guidance, support and legal representation along the way. Some claims can be settled within a few weeks or months, but some of the more complex cases, such as those involving severe injuries, can take much longer. In any eventuality, you can be sure that we have the expertise to help you secure what you deserve.
What can I claim compensation for?
Your employer is legally obliged to have employer’s liability insurance and, for the most part, an accident at work is likely to be covered by their policy. The insurer will pay compensation on behalf of an employer if they are found to have acted negligently or to have breached regulations. The insurance can be paid to cover any of the following:
- Compensation for your pain and suffering and any long term consequences of your injury.
- Loss of earnings, overtime or bonus.
- Money spent as a result of your injury, such as travelling costs, medication, hiring a wheelchair or paying for child care.
- Treatment fees, such as physiotherapy, a chiropractor or an osteopath.
- The cost of hiring outside help, or the hidden costs associated with a loved one or friends having to do things for you because of your injury.
- Loss of enjoyment of a holiday due to your injury.
- Purchase of supports or aids to help you within your home.
- If you have to stop working completely, we will seek to claim for your future losses.
How can I move forward with a claim?
Once you’ve decided to make a claim, the most important thing is to establish why the accident happened and whether it was due to your employer’s negligent behaviour or practices. We can help you gather the evidence you need to support your claim, from health and safety compliance reports to a full report from an independent medical professional.
If you can prove that your injury came about or was made worse by your employer’s negligence, there’s a good chance that you can secure compensation.
You have three years from the date of your accident to make a claim, or from the date you realised any injury or illness was directly related to workplace conditions or an accident. This means it is important that you act as soon as possible to preserve evidence and receive the expert medical support you deserve.
How can Hudgell Solicitors help?
Our team of dedicated solicitors have a wealth of experience in workplace accident and injury claims. We’re always here to talk through your situation, and getting in touch won’t cost you a penny – it could make a huge difference to your future. You can request a call back or email us through our contact page, and one of our friendly specialists will get back to you and talk you through your options.
How we helped Matthew
Matthew Burke went from being a fit and healthy young man to the brink of death when falling just five feet off a step-ladder at work.
He was knocked unconscious, suffering bleeding on the brain.
After spending a month in hospital, Matthew had to learn to walk again, was left out of work and unable to socialise. He found himself living largely in isolation, and in his own words, facing ‘some dark days’.
When he turned to our team at Hudgell Solicitors for help, we recognised he needed not only our legal expertise and experience, but also our understanding and support to access vital counselling and rehabilitation treatment.
That support helped Matthew greatly, whilst a six-figure settlement, secured due to us establishing his employer’s liability for his accident, compensated him for his injury, loss of earnings and being prejudiced in the jobs market going forward.
Matthew used the settlement to buy his own house, and with his independence back, secured part-time work as a carer.
He said: “I had great counselling support and it was absolutely crucial to my recovery.
“Jane Woodcock was amazing. She kept me focused and positive at all times, and if ever the counselling team needed a nudge, she was there making sure I had all the support I needed
“Jane was someone I felt able to talk to as she seemed to understand my situation and the difficulties I faced. I have managed to find positivity, I am back active, and I have my work and social life back.”
Jane Woodcock, an expert in handling complex brain injury and accident at work claims, said she had been delighted to play a part in helping Matthew to rebuild his life.
She said “Matthew’s story highlights just how important constant support and counselling is for people suffering from brain injuries, and more importantly, just how that support can help people put their lives back together and to start moving forward again.
“It also shows the value of pursuing a compensation claim when suffering a personal injury, be that at work, or in any public place, where the fault was not of your own.
“We see the person, not just the claim, something we are delighted to say Matthew, and many others like him, can vouch for.”
No win no fee
- personal insurance cover so there’s no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim
- whatever the outcome of your case, you won’t have to pay a penny (provided that you fully assist us with your claim) other than an agreed percentage of your damages