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I am self employed. I had an accident at work. Can I make a Claim?

We have come across a lot of people who seem to be confused about their rights as a self-employed worker when it comes to compensation claims. In some cases, the self-employed are not even aware that they can make a self-employed injury claim due to lack of information on the subject.

There are also some people who believe they cannot make a self-employed personal injury claim because they think there is no one to claim against. However, it is important to note that this is not the case, as it is perfectly legal for a self-employed person to make compensation claims, under some conditions. Note that even though self-employed personnel work on their own and are responsible for their own safety, there is also a possibility that injuries can happen due to the action or inaction of someone else.

This guide deals extensively with the subject of personal injury claim for self-employed workers. It answers a lot of questions about this issue and will clear all doubts you may have had before. It looks at the different circumstances under which an injury compensation claim can be started and what is involved in making one.

At the end of this guide, readers will understand their rights to a compensation claim as a self-employed person, how to make these claims and all other important information necessary. Should you read this guide and still have some unanswered questions, we have put our contact details at the bottom. Feel free to contact us and we will be glad to answer your questions and offer you some free advice.

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A Guide to Claiming for a Accident At Work as a Self-Employed Person

As mentioned earlier in this guide, a self-employed person may have the right to make a personal injury claim, However, this will largely depend on the circumstances that caused the injury and to what level it was sustained.

This guide talks extensively about this issue. It is designed to give readers all the information they may require in order to make a successful compensation claim. It looks at all the possible areas where a self-employed person will be eligible to make a personal injury claim.

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In this guide, you will come to understand your rights as a self-employed person. You will also recognise what is involved in making a compensation claim in different scenarios like claiming for Trip, slip and fall injuries, along with work-related accidents among many others.

This guide has also summarised what you can do immediately you suffer from an injury as a self-employed person, what can be claimed and how much money you could actually receive. To make things easier, we have inserted a pay table that shows the possible compensation amounts for different injuries for a self-employed injured on job. The essence of this is to give you an idea of what to possibly expect. For more accurate figures, you can get in touch with us through our contact details at the bottom of this guide.

Finally, you will read about our No Win No Fee arrangement which is one of the pillars of our services. There is no doubt that this guide will clear your doubts and prepare you for the task ahead if you have to make a compensation claim. To start you can contact us for free advice on your issue.

Do Self Employed People have the Same Rights as Permanent Employees?

It is important to note that there are self-employed injury benefits even though the self-employed may not be able to enjoy the same level of rights like holiday pay, sick days etc like permanent employees; but they still have the same rights for health and safety. By this, we mean that self-employed people, who are working for a company, are entitled to be working in a safe environment.

The implication is that the company will be expected to provide the same health and safety protection afforded to its employees to the self-employed person working with the company. Therefore, the self-employed and the permanent employees are considered the same when it comes to health and safety if both are working in the same facility.

Can a Self-Employed Person be Sued for an Injury Caused to a Work Colleague?

It will all depend on the circumstances surrounding the issues of the injury caused, as each case is treated on its own merit. However, if the self-employed and the work colleague are working for a company, the liability of the injury will fall on the company and not the self-employed workers.

It is important to note that by law, the employer or company owner has a duty to ensure a strict compliance with health and safety procedures by all workers in their facility, whether sell employed or permanent employees. Therefore, the company will be liable for any injury to anyone as a result of this breach.

Claiming for Slip Trip and Fall Injuries as a Self-Employed Person

Slip, trip and fall injuries are one of the most common types of subcontractor accident at work. It happens when a person slips, trips and falls as a result of working in an unsafe environment, due to things such like wet surfaces, and faulty equipment among others.

Note that the liability of a slip, trip and fall injuries will fall on the company owner in a situation where the self-employed person is working for a company. The implication here is that you can claim compensation against the company for a self-employed subcontractor accident at work. An experienced solicitor will check the viability of your case and advice on what next to do in this situation. You can contact us for a free advice through our contact details at the bottom of this guide.

Claiming for a Work-Related Road Traffic Accident as a Self-Employed Person

A work-related road traffic accident could happen as a result of several factors, like negligence on the part of a driver. However, whatever the case, you can claim compensation for this kind of accident even as a self-employed person.

The compensation claim will be made against the company or the individual that caused the accident. Your solicitor will look at the case and advise you on the best action to take in this regard.

Claiming for Injuries at Work as a Self-Employed Person

As mentioned at the beginning of this guide, there is no doubt that a self-employed person may be able to make claims for injuries sustained at work. However, this could depend on the situations and the place of work. For example, the following situation applies

  • The self-employed person works for a company in an unsafe work environment which leads to accident in the process
  • The self-employed person spends most of their working time in a company and gets injured while working on a project there
  • The company controls the self-employed person including the environment and the working processes.

The scenario above paints a picture of where a self-employed person can claim compensation while at work. However, note that an experienced solicitor will check the viability of your claims to determine if there is an opportunity for you to claim. You can contact us for free advice to help you know if you have a valid case for compensation.

Self Employed Injury Facts and Statistics

The rate of fatal injuries among self-employed is lower when compared to employees. The injury ratio for employees to self-employed over the last 10 years is about 2: 1.

With many more jobs being filled by agencies, the self-employed workforce is growing rapidly, causing the likelihood of injuries sustained to this self-employed to increase dramatically.

Assessing the Severity of an Injury as a Self-Employed Person

It is important to note that each compensation claim case is treated on its own merit and the amount of compensation paid to you will largely depend on the severity of the injury. Therefore, assessing the severity of an injury is very important and should not be taken for granted.

Assessing the severity of the injury will require that you get a professional medical opinion. This means that there may be a medical examination, to ascertain the level of damage or injury you may have suffered. The medical opinion from a professional would stand as part of the evidence needed when making a self-employed personal injury claim.

To make things easier for our clients, we can arrange a local medical examination if required. Contact us for more details. Check the bottom of this guide for our contact information.

The Long-Term Effects of an Injury as a Self-Employed Person

When we talk about the long-term effects of an Injury as a self-employed person, we are not just talking about the physical pain and suffering you may have to endure, but also the psychological damage it may cause you.

The long-term effect also looks at the financial loss, reduced earning potential and the possibility of having to quit work entirely. These form part of the considerations of compensation claims and will contribute to the compensation payout at the end. A good and experienced solicitor will look at all the effect of the injury in the long term and try to get the best possible compensation amount for the client.

What to do if You Have Suffered an Injury as a Self-Employed Person

If you are a self-employed person and have suffered an injury, then the possibility of getting compensation will partly depend on what you do at the initial stages of the injury claim. The following are steps that you can take, to enable you to build a good case for a compensation claim.

  • Collect Evidence: The first and probably most important thing to do in this situation is to collect all necessary evidence. If the accident happened at work, it should be recorded in the accident book immediately. In addition, you can take a photograph of the accident scene, the injury sustained and any other thing that could help your case. If possible, get an eye witness report, names and contact details as they may be required at some point.
  • Get a Medical Opinion: For your case to be solid, it will require that a professional gives a medical opinion on the severity of the injury. In this case, you will undergo a medical examination to get the required medical opinion.
  • Keep Track of Your Loses: This is important because you might have to make a claim based on your losses. By losses, we mean financial losses like medical expenses, loss of earnings, travel losses among others.

Your solicitor will check the viability of your case and offer advice on what may be required at this stage. You can contact us immediately to get free advice.

What can be Claimed for After an Accident At Work as a Self-Employed Person?

We have to make it clear that not everything can be claimed in a work-related injury self-employed compensation claim. Therefore, you have to understand what can be claimed and what can’t be claimed. Building a case on a wrong claim will affect the amount of compensation you can get. The following are damages you can likely claim:

  • General Damages: This type of claim will cover the pain and suffering that you have suffered as a result of the injury. The idea is to get compensation for the non-monetary aspect of the effect of the injury.
  • Medical Expenses: This type of claim is meant to get back all the medical expenses you have incurred as a result of the injury.
  • Travel Expenses: This refers to your travel losses as a result of the injury.
  • Recuperation: This type of claim enables you to get compensation financially that would aid your recuperation from the injury sustained.

You must ensure that you make the right claim to increase your chances of getting the maximum possible compensation. You can contact us for a free advice on how to do this.

No Win No Fee Self Employed Injury Claims

The No Win No Fee arrangement is the support of our service. This is an initiative to help everyone who may have a good case but may not have the required funds to pursue their case.

The No Win No Fee deal is simply a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which allows us to offer legal representation to our clients at no cost. The implication is that you do not have to pay us before we take up your case. However, our legal fees will be taken from your compensation amount if your claim is successful.

Alternatively, if your claim is not successful, then you do not pay us anything. Therefore, you do not have anything to lose as we take all the risk of on your behalf.

How Much Can I Claim for an Accident as a Self-Employed Person?

It is important to note that the amount of money you can claim will largely depend on the severity of the injury. Besides, each case will be judged on its own merit making it difficult to give an accurate estimate. However, we have added a standard pay table to give you an idea of what you could get. See the table below:

InjurySeverityAmountDescription
Toe InjurySevere£7,300 - £10,450May lead to loss of use of the toe temporarily.
Toe InjuryFull Amputation£27,750 - £42,600Results in permanent loss of toe.
Toe InjuryModerateUp to £7,300Very painful but will not lead to loss of toe.
Foot InjuryVery Severe£63,825 - £83,235Amputation of the foot is possible.
Foot InjurySevere£31,900 - £53,200Severe injury may lead to loss of foot.
Foot InjurySerious£19,000 - £29,800Surgery may be required to correct the problem.
Foot InjuryModerate£10,450 - £19,000Very painful. May lose the use of foot temporarily.
Foot InjuryMinorUp to £10,450Injury is minor but enough to cause pain.
Leg InjuryModerate£21,000 - £29,800Injury may be minor but can cause a lot of pain.
Leg InjurySerious£29,800 - £41,675Minor fracture, causing lots of pain but will heal with time.
Finger InjurySevere FractureUp to £27,925Possible loss of the fractured finger. May be corrected by surgery.
Finger InjuryLoss of Index FingerUp to £14,250Either full amputation of index finger, or partial down to the second knuckle.
Finger InjuryPartial Loss of Finger Function£9,250- £14,250Loss of use of finger but it is temporary. May be corrected with surgery
Finger InjuryFracture of Index Finger£6,925 - £9,300Fracture causing some serious pains but heals within few weeks.

If you need a more accurate idea of how much you will receive, use the contact details at the bottom of this guide to reach us, for lots more relevant information, regarding your personal injury case.

How to Start an Injury Claim as a Self-Employed Person

Starting a claim as a self-employed person should not be difficult if you have read this guide. We are here to help you out. We offer a free legal consultation to evaluate the viability of your claim. We find the facts and then offer you the best advice on the way forward.

In addition, we can tell you how much you will possibly receive. If a medical examination is required, we will also arrange it. So all you need to do is to use our contact details at the bottom of this guide, call us and get started right away.

Why Choose us as your Claims Service as a Self-Employed Person who has Suffered an Injury?

Claiming for compensation as a self-employed person can be very tricky. You need an experienced solicitor to build a solid case and increase your chances of getting the maximum possible amount. This is exactly who we are.

We are experienced solicitors having handled a lot of successful cases over the years. We know exactly what it takes to be successful in compensation claim cases and rest assured we will handle your case in an entirely professional manner.

We keep the interest of our clients at the forefront of everything we do, and that is why we do everything possible to get you the maximum possible compensation amount. You can contact us today and we will be glad to help you.

Call for Free Advice and To Start a Claim

The time to take action is now. This guide has answered the major questions that people ask when it comes to a self-employed injury claim. However, if you still require further answers to any other questions you may have, please contact us immediately for free, so we can help you get the best outcome in your personal compensation claim.

Our telephone contact is 0800 073 8804 if you need to call us. You can also contact us using our contact form or web chat function. Call us now to start a claim.

 

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