Good employers recognise that good health and safety is good for business and will take steps to ensure their systems of work and the workplace protects their employees.

Sadly, some employers continue to breach health and safety laws, and even good employers’ systems of work break down at times leading to workplace accidents.

Thompsons Solicitors has always campaigned on the issue of health and safety at work to protect workers and reduce accidents at work. We were involved in helping to establish the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, a key piece of legislation that keeps workers safe.  We have also played a key role before and after the Act, in the introduction and legal testing, of laws and regulations.

We have decades of experience of bringing accident at work claims against employers. We will use that wealth of experience when representing you in order to secure the maximum amount of work accident compensation.

Our specialist workplace accident claim lawyers have dealt with tens of thousands of accident at work injury claims ranging from claims for lacerations and cuts, burns claims, and soft tissue damage claims through to more serious injury claims such as brain and spinal injury accident claims - even claims for workplace fatalities.

We secured compensation for Robert after he suffered a permanent shoulder injury in an accident at work, which forced him into early retirement.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ACCIDENTS AT WORK COMPENSATION CLAIMS

1. What is an accident at work?

An accident at work is an unintended (but usually not unforeseeable) incident that usually occurs because of the way work is being carried out, equipment being used, or the conditions of a work site or premises.

2. What is an accident at work compensation claim?

Employers are responsible for the safety of their staff while they are at work. If you have been injured in a workplace accident you may be able to make an accident at work compensation claim.

An accident at work compensation claim, which is a type of personal injury claim, is a legal process started by someone who has been injured at work, which seeks financial compensation against those responsible. 

3. What sort of workplace accidents can I claim for?

While there are numerous injuries you can sustain at work, some of the most common workplace injuries dealt with by Thompsons Solicitors’ specialist accident at work lawyers include: claims for slips, trips and falls; workplace assault claims; strain injury claims; manual handling injury claims, crush injury claims and needlestick injury claims.

4. What must employees prove in accident at work compensation claims?

Employees must prove that their employer failed to take reasonable care for their safety and were responsible for the workplace accident that caused or exacerbated their injuries. Your employer may also be liable if you were injured by someone you work with or alongside. For professional, no obligation advice about whether you have a claim for a workplace accident or injury, speak to a member of our friendly legal team on 0800 0224 224.

5. Will I receive a big legal bill for making an accident at work compensation claim?

No. The aim of a workplace injury compensation claim is to put you back in a position financially as if the accident had never occurred – you should not be out of pocket. In addition, your claim compensates for the suffering you have gone through any may endure in the future.

Our accident at work lawyers are always open and transparent about the fees and costs you could incur as part of your compensation claim.

If you belong to a trade union, your membership means you are entitled to free legal support provided by Thompsons Solicitors. You will also receive 100 per cent of the compensation we secure for you, and we will not make any deductions for legal fees.

If you would like to make an accident at work compensation claim, our lawyers are ready to support you.  To begin your claim with Thompsons Solicitors, you can either fill out our quick online claim form, request a call back or call 0800 0 224 224 today.

If you are not a trade union member, our accident at work lawyers are happy to talk you through other ways to fund your accident at work claim, including a ‘conditional fee agreement’, otherwise known as ‘no win, no fee’.

6. How much accident at work compensation could I get?

The amount of accident at work compensation you will be awarded depends on the severity of the injury and the impact it has had on your life.

7. What is contributory negligence?

If an injured person is partly to blame for the accident, they can be found to have been contributorily negligent. If you are found to have contributed to your injury, then a proportion of your compensation may be reduced to reflect that. Some people worry that because they agreed to something – such as moving a heavy load without proper training - that caused or contributed to their workplace injury, that they cannot make a compensation claim; that however is not the case and our accident at work claim specialists can advise you.

8. Will I need to undergo a medical examination as part of my accident at work claim?

Yes. Our accident at work solicitors will want you to undergo a medical examination with an independent medical expert to support your claim and to enable us to advise you on the right amount of compensation for your injuries and any further treatment you may need. The medical will be arranged at a time and location convenient to you – our friendly teams will organise everything on your behalf making the process simple and stress free for you or your loved one.

9. Will I lose my job if I make an accident at work claim?

Making a claim for an accident at work should not affect your job. If you were to lose your job simply because you made a claim then you would probably have a case for unfair dismissal. It would be different if the injuries you have from the workplace accident meant you cannot carry on in the job your act contracted to do.

10. Should I make a complaint as part of my accident at work compensation claim?

Lodging complaints about unsafe working practices or premises before an accident occurs is one of the best ways to protect workers. However, some employers will ignore these warnings and their health and safety responsibilities, correcting dangers only after the event.

Making a claim for workplace accident compensation not only supports you – by easing the financial burden on your family if you’re unable to work – but also helps protect others by showing employers that they will face financial consequences if they put workers at risk.

11. If I am on a zero-hours contract, can I still claim compensation?

Yes. If the tools or equipment you are given to do a job are faulty, or your workplace is unsafe and you are injured as a result, then you may be able to make an accident at work compensation claim, regardless of your type of employment contract. Contact us for free, no obligation and confidential advice on making an accident at work claim.

If you would like to make an accident at work compensation claim, our lawyers are ready to support you.  To begin your claim with Thompsons Solicitors, you can either fill out our quick online claim form, request a call back or call 0800 0 224 224 today.