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If You Have Been Injured in an Accident At Work Then You May Be Able To Claim Compensation For Your Injuries.

Our experienced solicitors can help you get your life back on track after an Accident at Work. Our solicitors have a wide range of experience in all types of workplace accidents ranging from injuries such as soft tissue injuries or fractures to serious life changing injuries such as amputations, brain injuries or spinal injuries.

We can often obtain early interim payments for you to cover private medical treatment or rehabilitation.

Where a workplace accident leads to death we can represent you at inquests and deal with the Coroner.

Liability

To succeed, you will need to prove that your employer (or someone for whom your employer was responsible) or someone else was to blame for your accident at work.

This will usually mean showing that your employer failed to provide you with

  • a safe system of work; or
  • safe working environment

or that they failed to take sufficient reasonable steps to prevent your accident.

Accident Record

You should make sure that your accident has been recorded at work – usually in the accident book – as soon as possible after your accident. If you do not complete the accident report yourself you should ensure that the record of your accident is accurate and complete.

Witnesses

You should put together a list of all those people who saw your accident take place. It will be necessary to take statements from them in the future.

Compensation

If you are successful in your claim you will usually be able to claim compensation for any pain or suffering you have suffered as a result of your injuries. You may also be able to claim for other losses you may have incurred as a result of your accident such as:

  • the cost of medical treatment or medication
  • damage to clothing
  • loss of earnings
  • travel expenses to and from your GP or Hospital for treatment
  • care and assistance someone has had to give you because of your injuries

If you have suffered any financial losses as a result of your accident you should keep a record of them. You should also keep any receipts for those losses.

Time Limits

A person usually only has 3 years from the date of their accident to issue Court Proceedings. If they are not issued within 3 years of the date of the accident you would usually be unable to pursue your claim further as it would time barred. The Courts can however waive this 3-year time limit if it can be shown that there was a valid reason why you did not pursue the claim sooner.

If you have had an accident at work in the past 3 years you should take legal advice immediately to avoid your claim being out of time. If you think your claim may already be out of time you should still seek legal advice immediately as the Courts may be willing to waive the time limits and allow your claim to go ahead.

Further information about the Government’s rules and regulations relating to safety at work can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website

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