non-fatal injuries to workers
workers killed at work in 2018/19
injuries requiring more than 7 days off work
working days lost
Did you know:
- Whilst improvements have slowed in recent years; overall work is getting safer
- You are most likely to suffer a workplace injury if you work in Agriculture, Forestry or Fishing which are more dangerous than Construction. If you want to be safe, work in IT.
- “Health and Safety Gone Mad!” – Workers in the UK are less likely to be killed at work than those in the EU, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy or Poland. Indeed, the workplace fatality rate in France is 6 times greater than in the UK. Health & Safety save lives.
Our solicitors have advised thousands of clients following accidents at work and we are passionate advocates of the principle that nobody should be injured as a result of the carelessness of their employer.
Such carelessness can take many forms including:
- Failure to provide adequate Personal Protective Equipment
- Poorly maintained or unsuitable tools or machinery
- Poor risk assessments and bad planning
- Inadequately trained staff
- Dangerous working practices and systems
If you have been injured because your employer has failed to provide you with a safe working environment, then you are entitled to compensation and we will help you to get it. Contact us for a free, no obligation discussion about your case or read on for more information about Accidents at Work.
Accidents at Work FAQs
The H&S Executive have reported that in the year 2017-18, the leading causes of non-fatal accidents were:
We represent clients in all of the above accident types, and more. Such accidents cause a range of injuries but typically our clients report crushing injuries; lacerations; de-gloving; severed limbs or digits; damage to eyes; burns; broken bones; back and spinal problems as well as work-place diseases (read more here about asbestos related injuries). If you have suffered such an injury your case requires a specific strategy and rehabilitation plan to ensure you get back to your pre-accident situation as quickly as possible, or if that is not possible that you are sufficiently well compensated to allow you to live a full and supported life.
Our job would be a lot easier if were able to answer this question on day one, but the reality is that the value of your compensation will depend on your specific circumstances, the severity of your injuries and the prospects of your recovery. This can be influenced by pre-existing medical conditions and your age. Whilst compensation for specific injuries follows fixed guidelines (see examples below), often injuries overlap and it requires experience to present your case to its full potential. In addition to your injury compensation you may be entitled to recover compensation for loss of earnings, care, and other expenses. The value of such losses will depend entirely on your personal circumstances.
|Broken Leg||up to £26,050|
|Broken Arm||up to £18,020|
|Lost Eye||up to £61,690|
|Lost Index Finger||up to £17,590|
|Lost Thumb||up to £51,460|
|Back Injury (Spinal)||up to £151,070|
|Paralysis||up to £379,100|
|Brain Injury||up to £379,100|
Contact us by completing our enquiry form, sending us an email or giving us a call. Once we understand the details of your accident, we will perform an initial assessment of the prospects of your case. If we think you have a good case, we will talk to you about funding options. Most of our clients opt for ‘no win, no fee’, but we will find the model that suits you best. Once the funding model is agreed, we will be formally retained as your solicitors and we will guide you through the process until conclusion.
Even the best employers sometime make mistakes and that is why it is compulsory for every business to carry Employers’ Liability Insurance. Your employer will pass details of your claim to their insurance company who will deal with the claim on behalf of your employer.
Identifying the causes of accidents at work can be a complicated task and it is not unusual for many overlapping acts or omissions to contribute to a single accident. If you bear some responsibility for your own accident it doesn’t mean you can’t make a claim. For example, if you were 25% to blame, but your employer was 75% to blame, then you will receive 75% of the compensation award. Often clients feel responsible for accidents when in fact the responsibility rests with the employer for not providing adequate training, or the right equipment, or exposing an employee to unacceptable risk. If you are in any doubt, we are happy to discuss your concerns.
Yes. We encourage you to contact us over the phone, by email or in person so we can support you directly with tailored advice, specific to your situation. There is no obligation and all initial advice is free of charge. We will always proceed at your preferred pace, but once we are instructed, we can begin the claims process behind the scenes – this often helps us to relieve pressure if clients are suffering financially.
As well as claiming for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries you are entitled to recover any financial losses that are attributable to the accident, such as medication costs, travel expenses and lost income. You are also entitled to claim for the cost of care, medical treatment and rehabilitation and not just for past expenditure, but also to cover your future. The claims process is complex and requires expertise to maximise the amount of compensation you are entitled to – we will work with you to ensure that we maximise your compensation so you are not left short in the future.
Unlike bringing a claim for unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal, there is no qualifying length of service required to bring a personal injury claim – you are entitled to a safe working environment from day one. This extends to those on zero hours contracts, temporary workers, self-employed contractors, as well as full and part time staff.
This is a very common concern for clients who have been injured at work. Many clients worry they will be sacked, or their work colleagues will suffer due to the claim. This anxiety is understandable, but employers cannot lawfully dismiss an employee just for bringing a personal injury claim. Of course, unscrupulous employers often act unscrupulously, so if you are dismissed as a result of bringing an injury claim we will support you in challenging that decision.
We recently represented a client who delayed bringing a claim for nearly 3 years because he and his sons all worked for the same employer and he was concerned his sons would lose their jobs – this was despite the fact the father had suffered life-altering injuries. Our client’s sons eventually left the employer and we were urgently instructed to pursue the claim within the three-year time limit. We secured £1m in compensation for the client, giving him the ability to adapt his home and pay for the life-long care he required. If the family had left it just another week he would not have been able to claim. If you are anxious about the wider implications of making a claim we encourage you to speak to us today in total confidence.
The vast majority of clients who have suffered Accidents at Work opt for our ‘no win, no fee’ model, which means we only get paid if we win your case. There are no upfront costs. If you win your case you pay a contribution to our legal fees out of the compensation you recover. This amount varies depending on the circumstances of your case, but it will never be more than 25% meaning you will always receive at least 75% of any award. If as part of your claim we recover compensation for future needs such as care costs, or prosthetics, or for anticipated lost earnings you will receive 100% of that compensation without any deduction for our costs. We will discuss this with you at the outset of your case. Read more here.
This is a difficult question to answer, but it is one that every client raises. It is difficult to answer because so many factors are outside of our control, including the behaviour of our opponents, availability of medical experts, the complexity of your injuries, how you respond to treatment, and the availability of Court time. Once we know more about the details of your case we will be able to offer you an informed time estimate. In general terms, it is rare for an ‘Accident at Work’ case to settle in less than 6 months and those that do are lower value and straightforward. On average you should expect a moderate ‘Accident at Work’ claim to take approximately 12-18 months to resolve – the sooner the claim starts the sooner it will conclude. Our most seriously injured clients’ claims can take many years to fully resolve, but there are mechanisms for obtaining payments as the case proceeds to assist you financially during the claims process.
In general, you have three years from the date of your accident to formalise your accident at work claim. If the accident occurred before you were 18, you have until your 21st birthday to commence proceedings. If you don’t proceed within these time limits you will be unable to present a claim. There are some special circumstances where these time limits may vary – for example if the accident happened abroad – so we encourage you to seek advice as soon as possible.
Why Instruct us?
Unlike many of our competitors we guarantee that your case will be handled by a qualified and experienced solicitor throughout. This leads to better outcomes for our clients.
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Our ‘No-Win, No-Fee’ charging structure allows us to represent you without compromising on service or quality.
Proven Track Record
Since we started in 2012, we have recovered many millions of pounds in compensation for our clients, achieving a 99.3% client satisfaction score. Most of our work comes from client recommendations.
We will work hard to fully understand your problem and your priorities so we can find the most effective route to achieving your desired outcome.
From our offices in Cheadle Hulme and Tarporley we represent clients right across England and Wales.