Accidents at work
Did you know, 2011/12 saw an estimated 591,000 workers involved in an accident in the workplace? Slips, trips and falls from height were the most common, followed by manual handling injuries.*
All employees in the UK have the right to a safe working environment. Health & safety legislation is in place to reduce the risk of employees becoming involved in an accident in the workplace, and includes ensuring all employees are fully trained for their job role and testing any machinery that is to be used. However, accidents in the workplace can still happen, and if this is the result of someone else’s negligence, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
We’ve seen how an accident in the workplace can have a devastating effect on a person’s health, finances and personal life. Understandably, many people worry about bringing a personal injury claim against their employer and fear they could lose their job. If you’ve sustained an injury within your workplace which was not your fault, then you are legally entitled to pursue a claim. Your employer cannot take any action against you for doing so. It’s important to remember, you will not be claiming against your employer or receive compensation from them but rather, their insurer. All employers are legally required to have an insurance policy in place to cover staff accidents.
What to do if you’ve been injured at work
If you have been injured at work, it’s imperative you notify your employer immediately. By law your employer must adhere to a number of health & safety protocols, including recording a log of the incident and the circumstances in which it happened. These records will be called upon in cases where compensation is sought as a result of the injury, and they can also help to avoid any future accidents involving other employees.
Like all personal injury claims, you will need to be able to prove that the other party was negligent and thus responsible for your personal injury. If you can, you must provide our workplace injury solicitors with full details of any witnesses, photographs of the hazard and any photos you might have of your injury. It is also essential you seek medical attention from your GP or local hospital if your injuries are more serious. Remember to keep all medical prescription receipts, travel costs and any other expenses you have incurred as a result of your injury at work.
What will my claim cost me?
Jigsaw Law operate on a no win no fee basis which means should we fail to win your case, you will not be charged for our service. However, should your claim be successful and we win your case, we will deduct 25% of your final compensation to cover our legal fees. By law we are able to deduct 25% of your final compensation award towards our legal costs. If we are acting for you on this basis we will have discussed this with you at the outset of your claim. There may be exceptions to this which your solicitor will discuss with you.
If you want to know more about the different kinds of injury that commonly occur in the workplace, you can access our information pages via the main menu above, or you can try out our personal injury calculator to see what compensation you could be entitled to following your accident.
To start your claim, call 0845 340 0509, complete our online claim form or request a call back.