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Can I Claim Injury Compensation If I Have Left The Company? – View Our Guide And Get Free Advice

There are many common questions we are asked about making an accident at work claim. One common question, and one that we are answering here, is “can I claim injury compensation if I have left the company?”. So what happen if you leave a workplace after suffering an injury, but would still like to bring an injury at work claim against your former employer?

You may have left the workplace due to the accident, or for unrelated reasons. You may also not have made a claim at the time it happened because the accident, your injuries, or their impact on you could have seemed not serious enough to make a claim for. If your health has become worse and you now would like to bring an injury at work claim, you may wonder if you can do so. You may also need to claim against a former employer if you find you have an illness caused by your previous working environment but have only now had a diagnosis. You may also have had a good relationship with the company and fellow employees and been reticent to bring a claim. In our guide below, find out how to bring a claim.

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A Guide To Accident At Work Claims After Leaving The Company

Injury Compensation If I Have Left The CompanyPeople often think that they can not make an accident at work claim after they have left the employer. However, if you are wondering if you can claim “injury compensation if I have left the company”, the answer should be yes. As with any type of personal injury claim that you can make in the UK, there is a standard personal injury claims time limit within which all claims need to be made. Follow the link to find further information about this.

Remember, no matter whether you are still working for the same employer where your accident happened, employer liability continues if they were responsible.

Does Employer Liability Change After I Leave The Company?

Employer liability continues after you have left the employer or company. Injury at work claims will be successful if you can clearly show that your previous (or current) employer was directly responsible for the injures you suffered. This means that you can make a claim against a former employer, and can even sue a dissolved company or sue a company that has ceased trading. As long as you reported that your accident at the time and followed the correct accident at work procedures, as well as have sought medical advice or treatment, you can make an accident at work claim after leaving the company. No matter whether you are now working for a different company, your rights and and your former employers responsibilities don’t change.

How Can Making An Accident At Work Claim After Leaving The Company Help?

I had an accident at work, what are my rights is a question we are asked in relation to any type of workplace accident, especially if your have left the business. You can claim if you no longer work for the employer, but it needs to be brought within three years of it happening, or of you finding out that your have the illness or injury.

Whilst there are lots of reasons to seek injury compensation if you have left the company, one of the main reasons people make any type of personal injury claim is for income they lost whilst off work recovering. A lot of people worry about making personal injury claims as taking legal action can seem a daunting prospect, even if you are in the right. People may not make a claim whilst still with an employer as they are worried about damaging their relationships with colleagues and the employer. However, if the case is handled properly this does not need to happen.

Workplace Injury Statistics In The UK?

Before returning to the question, “can I make an injury at work claim if I have left the company?” we will look at some statistics around workplace accidents in the UK. Each year there are over a million cases of injury or illness caused by the workplace, or which were made worse by it. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that the most dangerous industries to work in are:

  • Construction.
  • Agriculture.
  • Recycling and waste management.

If you need to seek injury compensation if you left the company, talk to our specialist team today.

How Long Do I Have To Make An Injury At Work Claim If I Have Left The Company?

The personal injury claims time limit is the same not matter the cause of your accident and the injuries you suffered. Claims can be brought with in a three year period. This period can begin either at the point of the accident or exposure which caused your injury or illness, or it can begin much later if you only became aware of your injury or illness subsequently. In some cases of industrial disease, you may find the symptoms do not present until years after your exposure. As such, you may have changed jobs and moved to a different company.

What Happens If The Company Has Closed Down?

When you go back to make a claim against a former employer you may find that they have gone out of business. Whilst it can hard to make a personal injury claim against a company in liquidation, or to claim against a director of dissolved company, you can still do so. Making a personal injury claim against dissolved company may be more difficult to do, but it is still worth pursuing the compensation you deserve.

As long as the employer had insurance at the time of the accident or exposure, they should still meet the claim, even years later. Your personal injury solicitor will need to find out who the business insurance provider was at the time.

What Can I Claim For After An Accident At Work?

There are several different components which make up any type of personal injury claim and which your personal injury lawyer will try to recover for you. The two largest parts of a personal injury claim will often be general damages which are paid out for your injury or illness itself. The second of these is often compensation for lost income (earnings as well as benefits).

Other components of a personal injury claim may include compensation for out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred as a result of your injury or illness. You could be able to claim for things such as medical costs you have had to pay, as well as the price of treatment outside of the NHS. You could also claim for the costs of getting to and from medical appointments. To be able to claim for any expenses, you will need to produce evidence that you incurred the costs and paid them out.

Workplace Injury Compensation Claims Calculator

In the compensation table below we look at some common types of accident you might suffer in the workplace and need to claim compensation for. Our personal injury claims calculator uses current (2018) information from the Judicial College guidelines for settlements in England and Wales.

Injury or illnessSeveritySettlementNotes
Psychological injuriesLess severe£3,150 - £6,520This will account for any trauma suffered and it will have effects of this person's daily life.
Psychological injuriesModerate£4,670 - £15,200More severe/ serious than the previous severity.
Psychological injuriesModerately severe£15,200 - £43,710Similar to the above category, but symptoms may take longer to present.
Psychological injuriesSevere£43,710 - £92,240The claimants long-term assessment will include permanent psychological damage.
Loss of incomeEarnings£10,000 - £400,000This will include past and future earnings lost.
Loss of incomeBenefits£5,000 - £500,000This will include past and future benefits lost.
Sexual assaultn/a£1,000 - £22,000Settlements could be paid to adults or children.
Sexual assault + STD or STIn/a£5,500 - £22,000This does not include serious sexually transmitted diseases or infections.
Back injuriesMinorUp to £10,970Things such as less serious strains and sprains as well as injuries which you will recover from quickly.
Back injuriesModerate£10,970 - £34,000Will include damage to back muscles as well as other soft tissues, like the connective tissues and ligaments.
Back injuriesSevere£34,000 - £141,150May include fractures and broken backs.

Please note, the figures supplied are in compensation bands and your specific injuries may merit higher or lower settlements than other peoples.

No Win No Fee Accident At Work Claims After Leaving The Company

No win, no fee agreements are a special type of contract offered by solicitors to claimants. Often also called a Conditional Fee Agreement, these contracts mean we can provide you with a personal injury lawyer, without you having to worry about the associated costs. You will not have to pay any fees or costs until you have been awarded a settlement. If your claim is not successful, you don’t pay. It is that simple.

How Our Team Can Help You

Legal Expert has an excellent and experienced team who specialise in helping people who have suffered some form of personal injury to get the compensation they deserve. We work with a panel of solicitors and lawyers across the country, meaning we can always put the right team together to support you.

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