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How to Prove An Accident at Work Claim

Updated by Max Mitrovic on 19th April 2022. Welcome to our guide on making an accident at work claim. On this page, you will find advice and information on how to prove an accident at work and then claim compensation for the injury it caused.

However, if you are over the personal injury claims time limit of three years, you won’t be able to make a claim. Every employer is expected to maintain a healthy and safe working environment. When they don’t, an employee may be able to claim compensation, and this guide is about proving the liability of the employer and making a claim.

If you would prefer that somebody explain the process to you personally, rather than reading this guide, then this is no problem at all. Whatever the circumstances, if an accident occurred and you weren’t at fault, call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 today, and one of our team will give you all of the information you need.

If you have further questions, such as “what are some compensation examples for accidents at work ?”, you can also contact us through our website or write to us using the Live chat bubble now onscreen. Read on to learn more about how you could receive compensation.

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A Guide To How To Prove An Accident At Work

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Throughout our guide to making an accident at work claim, you will find advice and information intended to teach you about the process of proving your employer’s liability. Once you have proven liability, a personal injury solicitor will be able to help you make a workplace accident claim. Therefore, this guide will also outline the claims process that they will follow on your behalf. It covers all of the most useful information, such as RIDDOR statistics and any other applicable Health & Safety legislation. The information you will find below includes:

  • The importance of proving that your employer was liable for the accident and subsequent injury, and how lack of liability will likely mean you cannot make a compensation claim.
  • Basic information on how you can show that your employer was responsible for causing your work-related injury.
  • Information on the implications of employee training when it comes to making workplace accident claims.
  • How a Health & Safety report is a leverageable resource when it comes to proving liability in workplace accidents.
  • A description of a workplace accident claims letter, what it is, and what its purpose is.
  • A table that shows some of the historical amounts of compensation that have been paid for a range of injuries caused by workplace accidents. This provides compensation examples for accidents at work to give you a better idea of what you could receive.
  • A general introduction to the way that Legal Expert offers a claims service driven by a comprehensive Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) as the best way to make an injury claim against your employer in a financially risk-free way.
  • Show how an accident at work claim calculator could help provide you with a compensation estimate for your injury.

You are probably going to have a few questions you will need answers to when you reach the end of this guide to making an accident at work claim. To have them all answered, call Legal Expert on the number at the end of this page.

Why Is It Important To Know How To Prove Liability For Your Accident At Work?

accident at work claims statistics

Source – http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/oshman.htm

In this section, we’ll discuss some relevant statistics that relate to accident at work claims. The graph above shows many useful statistics about workplace accidents in the UK, as well as what the UK Government has done to lower the volume of accidents. In order to make a work injury compensation claim, you will have to prove that the liability for the accident at work rests with your employer.

There are a number of legal frameworks in place in the UK to protect employees from the negligent acts of their employer. Every company in the UK is required by law, to comply fully, at all times, with all Health & Safety legislation pertaining to their core business and the type of work their employees carry out. This means that there are multiple tools that a personal injury lawyer can use in an attempt to prove that your employer is liable to pay compensation for an injury caused by an accident in the workplace.

Legal Expert is successfully won many work-related compensation claims in the past, and we can help you too. Call us at the number at the bottom of this guide to get started with your claim today. We can provide you with compensation examples for accidents at work and tell you quickly and easily if you’re eligible to claim.

How To Show Your Employer Was At Fault

As mentioned above, there are a number of tools that can be used to prove liability for an accident at work claim. Once you have proven the legal responsibility of your employer to pay damages, you can proceed with a compensation claim. The main ways that your employer can be proven to have put your health at risk are:

  • Negligence – if your employer has failed to provide proper training or has failed to make the correct safety equipment to carry out a task, then they could be classed as having been negligent, and a valid reason to make a claim will exist.
  • A failure in Health & Safety protocols – if your employer has failed to comply fully with all relevant H&S legislation, then a valid reason to make a claim will very likely exist.
  • Unsafe manual handling procedures – if you are required to carry out manual handling tasks as part of your job, and your employer does not conform with all Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 regulations, a claim will be viable.
  • Contractual errors – if there are mistakes made in your actual employment contract, for example, that you are actually employed when your contract stipulates self-employment, you could be able to claim.
  • Liability of the occupier – if your employer fails to comply with all requirements that building owners must meet with regards to the Occupiers’ Liability Act. 1957, then you should be able to claim.

You can use our accident at work claim calculator to give you a better idea of what you could receive. If you need any information on how to prove liability in an accident at work claim, then call Legal Expert on the phone number at the end of this guide.

Demonstrating Breaches In Workplace Health And Safety

When it comes to an accident at work employers responsibilities, your employer is bound by law to ensure that you are provided with the safest materials, equipment and environment to carry out your daily job. UK Health & Safety Standards are used as the measure of compliance, and your employer must comply with them.

In many accidents at work examples, the employer has failed to either comply with these standards or has failed to train employees to a level where they can work within the guidelines set out by the Health & Safety Executive. If an employee comes to harm due to any kind of failure in compliance, then the employer will be seen as being liable to pay damages.

What Are My Rights If I Have An Accident At Work?

A partial answer to the question ‘I had an accident at work what are my rights?’ or ‘I was dismissed after an accident at work what are my rights?’, could be; if your employer failed to provide you with the right safety equipment for the task or has failed to train you how to do the task safely, your rights will include suing the employer for damages. in other words, you could be entitled to make an accident at work claim for compensation.

However, it’s important to note, when answering questions like “what are my rights if I have an accident at work?”, you need to consider the ramifications of the accident. You would only be able to claim if you’re able to prove that you’ve suffered an injury from employer negligence.

Your employer must legally provide you with a safe environment, adequate safety equipment, safe materials and the proper level of training to manage your own safety at work. If there has been a failure in this requirement, then Legal Expert should be able to help you claim compensation for your work-related injury.

Proving Your Workplace Accident – Recording Your Accident At Work

One of the accident at work employers responsibilities UK residents need to understand is that a vital part of the accident at work procedure is to record every single accident and injury, no matter how trivial, in the company accident book.

Your employer is required by law, as part of their compliance with Health & Safety protocols, to keep an accident book. This book is used primarily during H&S audits but can also be used to prove an accident took place in claims cases.

Legal Expert could help you claim compensation even if you failed to enter the accident in the company accident book. Call us at the number down at the bottom of this page to find out how you could make an accident at work claim today.

Proving Your Workplace Accident – What Is A Work Accident Questionnaire?

When you are reporting a work accident, you may be required to fill in a questionnaire about the accident, and how it happened. This questionnaire will be used as part of the subsequent health and safety report for the accident.

Both you and your immediate supervisor will have to fill in the questionnaire, and it is recommended that you check over what your supervisor has written to ensure that the information is correct. Otherwise, your claim could be threatened at a later stage if the information is wrong. Both reports can be used as evidence during the claim.

Legal Expert can help you claim for accidents at work, call us on the number at the end of this guide to learn how. Alternatively, please continue reading to learn how to make an accident at work claim. Furthermore, you can also learn more about how to use our accident at work claim calculator below.

Proving Your Workplace Accident – The Role Of Health And Safety Reports

Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) the employer is responsible for reporting workplace accident by creating a Health & Safety report. The first stage of creating this report is holding a meeting, to get the main facts of the accident. The report, once completed, outlines the risks that cause the accident, and plans for mitigating them in the future.

If you need to claim work accident compensation, then Legal Expert can help you. Call us on the telephone number at the bottom of this guide to proceed with your accident at work claim or continue reading to learn more.

What Is A Claim Letter For A Workplace Injury?

When a claim for an accident at work claim, the first thing that your personal injury lawyer will get you to do, is to send a claim letter to your employer. This letter needs to contain your name and address, as well as your National Insurance (NI) number.

It will then detail the accident that caused the injury, as well as the details of the injury itself. You will have to include a list of any financial losses the injury has caused as well. While we provide some compensation examples for accidents at work below, by claiming for financial losses, you may receive an even higher amount of compensation.

What Can I Claim In Work Accident Compensation?

Something an accident at work compensation claims calculator won’t give you is an idea of the types of damages you might claim. It will only be able to provide you with an estimate of what you could receive for general damages. To answer the questions ‘I had an accident at work do I get paid?’ – yes – as long as you win your accident at work claim. What you get paid will depend on the types of damages you are awarded, such as:

  • General damages – all the purely physical aspects of the injury; permanent disabilities, long-term loss of quality of life, psychological injuries, pain, suffering, etc.
  • Special damages – of the purely non-physical aspects of your claim; future loss of earning potential, loss of current income, care costs, travel costs, specialist medical attention or prescriptions, etc.

Examples Of Accident At Work Claim Settlements

If you’re intrigued as to how much compensation you could be entitled to as part of an accident at work claim, this section could help give you some insight.

While a personal injury claims calculator can be useful for various reasons, we have provided this table of typical values paid for personal injury claims across a range of injuries:

InjuryCompensationDescription
Severe shoulder injury£18,020 to £45,070Significant disability caused, typically indicated by symptoms in the neck and arm.
Serious shoulder injury£11,980 to £18,020Shoulder dislocation causing neck and shoulder pain, as well as weakened grip.
Moderate shoulder injury£7,410 to £11,980Frozen shoulder with limited movement and pain. Lasts around 2 years.
Minor shoulder injury£2,300 to £7,410Soft tissue injury with immense pain but complete recovery within 2 years maximum (or almost complete).
Serious hand injuries£27,220 to £58,10050% reduction of hand capacity, with examples including loss of grip and dexterity.
Amputation of index middle and/or or ring finger£58,100 to £85,170Little use of hand remaining with extremely weak grip and dexterity.
Amputation of little finger£8,110 to £11,490-
Amputation of ring and little finger£3,710 to £5,500-
Severe neck injuryIn the region of £139,210Incomplete paraplegia or spastic quadriparesis, resulting in little or no movement of the neck. Collar required to be worn at all times.
Moderate neck injury£23,460 to £36,120Fractures or dislocations causing severe symptoms immediately, requiring spinal fusion.
Minor neck injury £4,080 to £7,410Full recovery within 1-2 years.

Call Legal Expert on the number at the end of this guide to get a more accurate estimate of how much your personal injury claim could be.

No Win No Fee Accident At Work Procedures

Legal Expert can help you to prove employer liability for your accident at work claim. This is all part of our No Win No Fee workplace accident claims service that is available to all people in the UK.

Under this kind of agreement, there is no financial risk. There is zero cost to start a claim, zero cost to pursue your claim even if it takes many months, and if we don’t win any compensation for you, the total cost is zero. You only pay us if you win your claim.

How Legal Expert Can Help Prove Your Accident At Work Claim

We have a team of lawyers and advisers who are experienced experts in dealing with accident at work claims as well as many other types of personal injury claims. If there is anything you need to know about making a claim or about proving an accident at work wasn’t your fault, please contact us using the contact details provided to receive free advice and consultation.

If you are considering making a claim, please get in touch to speak with us about making a No Win No Fee claim with one of our expert accident at work lawyers.

Contact Legal Expert Today And Start Your Claim

We’d like to thank you for taking the time to read our guide to how to prove an accident at work claim. If you’re looking for support or free legal advice, Legal Expert can help you claim for injuries caused by manual handling, and for employers that have failed to fulfil their obligation laid down by occupiers liability legislation.

Call us on 0800 073 8804 now, and we will give you some free legal advice about what you should do next.

Useful Links

At the link you will find below is a complete guide to making claims against another employee for accidents at work:

A guide to claiming against another employee

At the link you will find below is a complete guide to making claims for slip, trip and fall accidents at work:

A guide to claiming for slips, trips and falls at work

At the link you will find below, is a UK Health & Safety Executive web page that gives full information about RIDDOR:

Health & Safety Executive info on RIDDOR

Accident At Work Claims FAQs

If you’ve been injured at work and would like to make an accident at work claim, you’re not alone. In 2020/21, 51,211 non-fatal injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR. But many people are still unsure about the process of making an accident at work claim.

What do I need to prove in an accident at work claim?

When making a claim for an accident at work, you’ll need to prove that the accident that you were involved in caused your injuries. The accident that caused your injuries should not be your fault if you’re pursuing a compensation claim. You’ll also need to show that it was caused by your employer’s negligence.

Should I report a minor injury at work? 

Any accident that you sustain at work should be reported. Something that seems minor when it first happens might progress into a more severe injury that you need to make an accident at work claim for. If you find yourself in the future making a claim for an injury that you initially thought was minor, then having a report of the accident from the time it happened can help the process run much more smoothly.

How Long After An Accident At Work Can I Claim?

Generally, you have three years from the date of your accident to make an accident at work claim. However, if you’re not aware that your accident caused your injuries until a later date, then the time limit to claim will start from the date you became aware that your injuries were caused by your accident. This is known as the “date of knowledge” and you’ll have three years from this date to make a claim. 

Can I sue my employer for stress and anxiety?

By claiming general damages as part of your accident at work claim, you can be compensated not only for physical injuries, but for any psychological harm you suffered as a result of your accident.

Why should I report an accident at work?

Reporting accidents in the workplace is not only a legal obligation but could help you down the line when you need to evidence your claim.

Can I sue my employer for an accident at work?

Providing that your employer failed to uphold the duty of care that they owe you by law, you could be entitled to compensation for any suffering that this caused you.

How much compensation could I get for an accident at work?

Settlements of personal injury claims are valued depending on the extent of the claimant’s suffering. Therefore, each claim must be valued case-by-case to properly consider the unique circumstances of it. For a free estimate, please get in touch today for a consultation.

Where can I get legal help to make a claim?

Rather than heading to your local high street to track down a law firm, you can simply get in touch with us. As we can connect with clients wherever they are, via email, telephone or the like, you can access our panel of personal injury lawyers anytime, any day. With over 30 years of experience in the claims process and offering to work on a No Win No Fee basis, why not see what we can do for you?

Thank you for reading our guide on how to prove an accident at work claim. We hope you’ve found it useful. Whether you have queries about using an accident at work claim calculator or would like to know how much you could receive, contact us at a time that works for you.

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