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Workplaces can be potentially dangerous and work-related accidents are all too common. Dealing with equipment and machinery, working at height, handling and lifting heavy objects, and using toxic chemicals can all cause serious injuries.
Your employer has a legal responsibility to manage these risks and to ensure you are not seriously injured at work. If you or a family member has been injured at work or become ill as a result of working practices you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
The Health and Safety Executive reports that, last year, there were an estimated 555,000 non-fatal injuries to workers in Great Britain. Some common examples of accidents at work include:
- falling from a height
- injuries from moving or defective equipment
- being struck by heavy objects falling
- manual lifting and handling injuries
- electric shock
- exposure to toxic materials (e.g. asbestos-related conditions such as mesothelioma)
We understand what a difficult and upsetting time it can be, if you’ve been injured at work. Our team of specialist personal injury solicitors are experts in securing the maximum possible compensation for people with serious, life-changing injuries. They will review the details of your accident or injury and work to secure you the maximum possible compensation.
We can also help you access the best possible treatments and rehabilitation – as well as interim payments during your claim, before the final settlement is agreed, to pay for vital therapies or home adaptations.
Who is to blame if I have an accident at work?
The business that employs you has a responsibility to take certain steps to ensure your safety while at work. These responsibilities include:
- Making sure you’re properly trained
- Providing you with suitable work and personal protective equipment
- Undertaking risk assessments and liaising with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), to ensure serious accidents do not reoccur in the future
- Managing business activities to minimise risks to your health and safety
- Providing safe working environments
If you have had an accident at work, one or more of these responsibilities may have been neglected and you may be able to claim compensation.
What happens if my employer has gone out of business?
If your employer has gone out of business, you may still be able to make a claim for compensation. We have the expertise to help you find out who was responsible for your injury or illness and can secure compensation from your former employer’s insurance firm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. The general rule is that you have three years from the date of the accident or the date when you realised your injury or illness may have been caused by someone else’s mistake or negligence.
There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, there is no time limit for people who don’t have the mental capacity to make legal decisions and different time limits apply for some injuries or illnesses sustained abroad.
Time can be a critical factor in compensation claims, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist personal injury team as soon as possible for expert advice.
The compensation you receive will depend upon severity of your injuries and the impact on your life. Severe, life-changing injuries will involve more compensation to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, care and support, adaptations to the home and loss of earnings and pension.
Our specialist personal injury solicitors are experts in helping people claim maximum compensation for a wide range of workplace injuries or illnesses.
We know the thought of talking to a personal injury solicitor about making a workplace compensation claim can be daunting. But it could be the first step you take on the road to recovery and a financially stable future, and Novum Law will support you every step of the way.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or illness at work that wasn’t your fault, you are fully entitled to make a compensation claim.
Here is what you need to know:
- The first step is to get in touch with us. Call our specialist personal injury team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no obligation chat.
- We will ask you for the details about your accident or illness and the extent of your injuries. Based on this information, we will assess your case and advise if your claim has a chance of success. We can often help even if you’ve been turned down by other law firms.
- Once we’ve taken on your case on a No Win No Fee basis, we will investigate your accident and work out who was to blame. This is often referred to as ‘liability’. Using our team of experts including accident investigators and medical experts, we will liaise with the HSE and interview witnesses and review any CCTV or photographs to understand exactly what happened and why. The Health and Safety Executive will carry out an investigation to decide whether any action needs to be taken against the employer, which we will also use as evidence.
- We’ll arrange for an independent medical professional to assess your serious injury or illness and advise what treatment, rehabilitation or care and support you need. This will help us to accurately calculate the level of compensation required.
- To support you during your claim, we can help secure interim payments so that you can access vital rehabilitation treatment, medical care and support. We work with leading rehabilitation specialists, case managers, physiotherapists and care providers to aid your recovery and make your daily life easier.
- After we’ve got all the evidence prepared, we will contact your employer’s insurers. They are referred to as the ‘defendant’. If liability is accepted, we will be able settle your case out of court. However, if no agreement is reached, we may have to go to court and a judge will decide the outcome. Even if your case goes to court, many serious workplace injury claims settle before the trial begins. If court proceedings start, our expert personal injury team will be with you every step of the way and will work hard to get you maximum compensation for your claim.
- We will keep you updated throughout the compensation process and explain everything that’s happening. We have many years of experience helping people in complex, high value workplace compensation claims and have secured tens of millions of pounds of damages for our clients.
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If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please call our specialist team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.