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I Got Hurt At Work, Do I Need A Lawyer?

By Marianne Herondale. Last Updated 5th April 2022. ‘I got hurt at work, do I need a lawyer?’ is a common question that we are asked by many workplace accident claimants. The answer isn’t as simple as you might think. While it is true that people could pursue a case against their employer for a workplace accident alone, there are a number of benefits to using the services of an experienced personal injury solicitor for such claims. This is something we look at in more detail in this guide.

I got hurt at work, do I need a lawyer?

‘I got hurt at work, do I need a lawyer?’ claims guide

In the sections that follow, we take a look at how using a personal injury lawyer could ensure that you are made aware of all your rights. We also look at how you could benefit from their legal knowledge to help ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible for your claim.

We also take a look at the kind of situations that could lead to an employee being hurt at work and offer some insight into how to begin a claim for compensation with legal assistance.

If you require any clarification on anything contained in this guide, or if you’d like us to provide you with a solicitor for your claim, you can contact us on 0800 073 8804.

We’d be delighted to answer your questions and help you begin your case.

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A Guide To If You Need A Lawyer If You Got Hurt At Work

Unfortunately, sometimes, workplace accidents happen. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that in 2020/21, there were 441,000 non-fatal workplace injuries recorded by the Labour Force Survey, with 51,211 non-fatal injuries having been reported to RIDDOR.

If you have been injured at work and believe your employer could have prevented your injury if they had taken better care of your health and safety, then you may have questions about making a personal injury claim, such as:

  • Can I sue if I got hurt at work?
  • What are your rights if you get hurt at work?
  • Do I get full pay if I’m injured at work?
  • I got hurt at work, do I need a lawyer?
  • Can I be sacked for having an accident at work?
  • How do I find an injury at work lawyer near me?

Here at Legal Expert, we could help you answer all these questions and more.

In this guide, we offer information on workers’ rights, what happens when you’re injured at work, and what protection you have when you take legal action against your employer.

We also give you information about how using a lawyer could help maximise payouts for personal injury claims, and how getting the appropriate advice and support with your claim could save you in terms of time and stress when making a claim.

What Is A Lawyer Handling Cases Where You Got Hurt At Work?

Whether you’ve hurt your back at work and asked ‘what do I do about claiming?’, or you’re not sure whether your injury at work could lead to a claim, a personal injury lawyer could help you.

While the simple answer to ‘I got hurt at work, do I need a lawyer?’ is, legally, no, there are so many complicated factors that go into deciding whether to use a lawyer to help you with your claim.

For example, you may have a relatively straightforward case, but your employer may be disputing liability, or you may not know how long you could have to claim. You might have medical bills mounting up, have lost out on income, and be worried about securing a payout quickly, or you may be concerned that your employer would treat you badly because you were making a claim against them.

A lawyer could help make the whole process of making a claim much simpler, which could allow you to concentrate more on your recovery, or moving forward after a workplace accident.

A personal injury lawyer could help you with claims such as:

  • Slips, trips and falls due to hazards in the workplace
  • Accidents due to faulty machinery
  • Injuries due to a lack of PPE
  • Stress at work health problems
  • Assault or abuse at work injuries
  • Accidents due to poor maintenance of workplace facilities
  • Injuries due to lack of training

If you have been injured at work and would like to know if a lawyer could help you, our team of expert advisors could provide you with free advice and guidance when it comes to making a claim.

Do People Who Have Been Hurt At Work Need Legal Advice?

If you have been hurt at work, ‘do I need a lawyer?’ could be your first question. After all, if you’re taking legal action against your employer, you might assume that the only way to go about this would be with a lawyer.

While it isn’t a legal requirement for you to have legal representation, it might be wise to obtain legal advice on your options before you decide on whether to go it alone or retain the services of a solicitor.

A lawyer could help explain:

  • Your rights
  • Your eligibility
  • The personal injury claims time limit applicable to you
  • The claims process and the complex procedures in place
  • How they could help you
  • The type of compensation you could claim
  • Whether you could get an interim payment

If you’re not sure whether you could benefit from legal advice and don’t want to pay for a consultation, we could help. We could offer a free eligibility check on your case and can answer your questions for free too.

Do I Need A Lawyer To Learn About My Rights?

If you got hurt at work and need a lawyer to explain what rights you have, you may be interested to know that:

  • You have the right to make a claim – if you are wrongfully injured at work in England or Wales, you have the right to make a claim
  • You have a right to receive proper compensation for financial losses caused by your injuries and physical/psychological pain
  • You have a right to be treated the same as you would be if you hadn’t made a claim, under whistleblowing laws
  • You have a right to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), if eligible, and you have to take time off work to recover from illness or injury caused by an accident at work

If you’d like to know more about your rights, please do not hesitate to call us. We could offer free advice and check your eligibility to claim.

Do I Need A Lawyer To Learn About My Eligibility To Claim?

Your eligibility to claim depends on you being able to prove:

  • Your employer had a duty of care to uphold your health and safety at work under the Health And Safety At Work Act etc. 1974
  • They breached their duty of care toward you
  • You suffered ill-health or injury because of their breach

You would also have to make your claim within the personal injury claims time limit applicable to your case. While in many cases this would be 3 years from an accident date or the date of discovery of injury or ill-health, there could be some exceptions.

If you got hurt at work, you may need a lawyer to go through these exceptions with you to see how long you could have to make your claim.

I Got Hurt At Work, In What Circumstances May I Need A Lawyer

If you got hurt at work, you may need a lawyer if:

  • Someone passed away from their injuries
  • There were broken bones or injuries that led to hospitalisation
  • Your long-term health was affected
  • Your medical costs were high
  • You missed out on income because you had to take time off work
  • You suffered non-financial losses, such as trauma, stress, pain or suffering
  • There is a dispute about who caused the accident and who could be liable
  • There were several people harmed in the accident
  • Something was recorded incorrectly about the accident
  • The details of the case are complicated, whether due to legal, medical or technical complications
  • The insurance company is not accepting your claim

You may wish to retain the services of a lawyer for your claim regardless of how complex your claim is. Even for the simplest of claims, a lawyer could help to make the process less stressful and could ensure you get the maximum compensation achievable for your claim.

Can I be sacked for causing an accident at work?

If you caused the accident in which you or others were harmed, your employer may find you guilty of misconduct and you could be dismissed.

If you were partially at fault, but were still injured, you could potentially make a split liability claim, where more than one party accepts some percentage of responsibility for the accident. However, your compensation amount would be accordingly affected.

Common Ways In Which You Could Have Got Hurt At Work

According to the HSE, the most common causes of accidents in the workplace in 2020/21 were:

  • Falls, trips and slips on the same level – 33%
  • Carrying, lifting or handling – 18%
  • Being struck by some kind of moving object – 10%
  • Violent acts – 8%
  • Falls from heights – 8%

No matter what kind of accident at work you’ve been injured in, you may be able to make a claim with a lawyer for getting hurt at work if you were injured due to your employer’s negligence.

What to do if you’re injured and can’t work

If you’re injuries prevent you from going back to work, you could potentially be eligible for statutory sick pay in lieu of your wages. You could also potentially claim back the costs of any lost earnings as part of special damages.

High-Risk Workplaces

Rates of work-related ill-health in the following sectors were considered by the HSE to be significantly higher than average across all types of industries in 2020/21.

  • Human health and social work
  • Public administration and defence
  • Education

Also, rates of self-reported workplace non-fatal injuries were statistically higher than the average rate across the following industries:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Construction
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Wholesale/retail trade (including motor vehicle repair)

While some workplaces and job roles may present a higher risk than others, your employer should still take steps to protect your health and safety at work, regardless of where you work or the job you do. If they do not, and you have been injured at work due to their negligence, you could make a claim.

Examples Of How People Could Be Hurt At Work

There are lots of different ways in which a person could be hurt at work. Depending on the type of workplace accident you’ve had, you could suffer injuries such as:

  • Amputations – these could be common in cases where people have been struck with something or been crushed
  • Burns, scars and cuts – these could be due to accidents with tools, electrical equipment or chemicals, for example.
  • Repetitive strain injury – these could be caused by typing, lifting, or other repetitive tasks
  • Fractures – these could be caused in many different ways, including slips, trips and falls
  • Stress/mental health injuries – these could be caused by workload issues or harassment, for example
  • Head injuries – these could cause long-term brain injuries in severe cases
  • Neck and spinal injuries – these could be caused by falls from height
  • Back injuries – these could be caused by falls, overuse, and poor lifting techniques
  • Asbestos-related illnesses – could be caused by the unsafe presence of asbestos in the workplace

Whatever type of injury you’ve sustained, if you’re asking yourself the question: ‘I got hurt at work do I need a lawyer?’, while the legal answer would be no, it could be worth using the services of a personal injury solicitor to help make sure you are fully compensated.

Calculating Compensation If You Got Hurt At Work

One reason people who are hurt at work feel they need a lawyer to help them is to maximise the compensation payout they receive. But how much could that be?

Below, we provide a useful alternative to a personal injury claims calculator to give you some insight into payout amounts for common workplace injuries in general damages. General damages compensates you for the pain and suffering you have experienced.

We should mention that the figures below come from the Judicial College Guidelines, which is a regularly updated publication that could be used to determine an appropriate level of compensation for your injuries.

Injury SustainedJCG Compensation BracketFurther Information
Asbestos-Related Disease - (A)£65,710 to £118,150Mesothelioma that causes quality of life and function impairment as well as severe pain.
Moderate Brain Damage (i)£140,870 to £205,580Where there is a moderate – severe deficit to intellect, personality changes, effects on speech, sight and other senses. Significant risk of epilepsy could feature and there would be no prospect of the injured party being capable of employment.
Minor Brain/Head Injury£2,070 – £11,980Minimal if any brain damage. Compensation could be calculated based on how severe the initial injury was, how long it took for the injured party to recover, any continuing symptoms and whether headaches are present or not.
Moderate Back Injury - (ii)£11,730 to £26,050Common back injuries including those that feature disturbed ligaments/muscles which cause backache, as well as exacerbation or acceleration of previous conditions by 5 years or more.
Clavicle Fracture£4,830 - £11,490The award could be calculated based on how extensive the fracture was, how disabling it was and whether any residual symptoms were permanent or temporary.
Less Severe Arm Injury£18,020 to £36,770While the injured party might have initially faced significant disability, there would be a substantial recovery.
Index Finger Fractures£8,550 - £11,480If a fracture has mended quickly, but there has been some continued impairment of grip, it causes pain when used heavily and there is a likelihood of osteoarthritis.
Serious Hand Injury£27,220 to £58,100The hand will be reduced to about 50% capacity. For example, some fingers may have been amputated.
Severe Toe Injury£12,900 to £29,770Could include severe crush injuries leading to amputation, or falling just short of amputation. Symptoms will be significant.

If you don’t see the injury you’ve sustained above, please call our team. We could look at what the Judicial College Guidelines could deem appropriate for other injuries you may have sustained.

Do You Need A Lawyer To Claim For Special Damages?

If you got hurt at work, a lawyer could also help you to secure special damages. These are damages designed to compensate you for the financial harm you’ve suffered because of your injuries. The types of expenses and losses you could claim for include:

  • Medical expenses – For example, physiotherapy, counselling, prescription medicines and mobility aids could have cost you money.
  • Travel costs – These could include costs incurred seeing doctors or other medical professionals or going to meet with your lawyer.
  • Care costs – A claim for care costs could be made if you’ve had to be cared for in your home by someone, for example, to help you with feeding, dressing or bathing.
  • Income losses – If you’ve been unable to work and your income has been reduced because of your injuries, this could lead to you being able to claim for income losses.

If you’ve incurred any expenses due to your injuries, it would be worth keeping any proof of these expenses in a safe place. This is so you can provide them to your lawyer when required. Without proof, you may miss out on some of the compensation you could be entitled to claim.

If you got hurt, you may not need a lawyer to help you claim, but it could be beneficial to use their services in order to make sure all special damages you are eligible for are included within your claim.

How A Lawyer Could Help You To Get An Interim Payment

In some circumstances, your injuries may lead you into a financial position where you are unable to pay your bills, particularly if you have been unable to work because of your injuries. You may even have incurred costs for medical treatments which could also affect your financial situation.

An injury at work claim lawyer could help you if you are struggling with the financial impact of your injuries, by attempting to get an interim payment for you which could help you cover essential bills while your claim is in progress.

Effectively, an interim payment is part of your total compensation settlement, paid out in advance of your claim being finalised. Once your claim is settled, you’d receive the level of compensation agreed, minus the amount that had been paid out to you early. However, you would only usually be able to get an interim payment if the liable party has admitted liability.

The best injury at work lawyers could secure you an interim payment either by negotiation of a voluntary interim payment. Or they could do so by preparing court proceedings and asking the courts to order an interim payment from the liable party. While your request for an interim payout would have to fulfil certain criteria, it may be possible for your lawyer to secure interim payments on more than one occasion.

No Win No Fee Claims If You Got Hurt And Need A Lawyer

If you got hurt and need a lawyer because you feel that using the services of a legal professional could benefit your claim, you might be relieved to hear that this wouldn’t mean you’d have to pay them upfront.

If you choose a lawyer that works under No Win No Fee terms, you would not have to pay them until such time as your claim had been finalised and your payout had been made. These terms would be set out in a document called a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is something you would have to sign before your lawyer could proceed with your claim.

Your lawyer’s success fee would be deducted from your compensation payout. This is a small, legally capped sum that is only payable in the event that compensation is secured for you.

If no compensation is secured for you, then you don’t have to pay the lawyer’s success fee. Nor do you have to reimburse them for their costs incurred while building your claim.

If you have any questions about these payment terms or you would like us to provide you with a lawyer that works on this basis, you can contact us at any time.

Start Your Claim

If you got hurt at work and need a lawyer to help you make a claim for compensation against your employer, we could help. The Legal Expert team have the knowledge and experience to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

We could even offer you a free eligibility check over the phone to see if one of our No Win No Fee lawyers could help you with your claim. We’d also be happy to answer any questions you might have about your claim.

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Essential Work Injury Claim References

I Hurt My Back At Work, Can I Sue? – Back injuries at work are covered in this back injury claims guide.

Injured While Working For Cash – Here, we look at cash in hand payments and how they could affect a claim.

Lifting Injuries At Work – This guide looks at the maximum weight that should be lifted at work and how to make a claim for a manual handling accident.

Your Employer’s Health And Safety Provision – This links to the HSE page on Health and Safety at Work guidance.

Compensation For Work Injuries – Here on the government website, you can find information on compensation for work injuries.

Work-related Mental Health Conditions – Here, we take you to the HSE website’s page covering work-related mental health conditions.

Work-Related Illness Claims – Find out how much you could claim.

Stuck In A Lift – Read about this kind of accident and if you could claim.

For further information on ‘I got hurt at work, do I need a lawyer?’ please feel free to get in touch at any time.

Guide by Jeffries

Edited by Billing

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