Accident at Work Solicitors – How to start a No Win No Fee work injury claim service
Whether you’ve tripped over loose wiring at work and fallen, or been injured using machinery that have not received training on, or that has not been maintained properly, if you have suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligibility, then it may be prudent for you to look for an accident at work solicitor, who will be able to help you begin a claim for compensation.
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- A guide to using an accident at work solicitor
- What is a work accident solicitor?
- Can my work injury solicitor file my compensation claim against my employer?
- After I start my claim with my accident at work solicitor, what would I then need to do?
- I did not receive manual handling training at work, can I claim compensation?
- Reporting an accident at work
- How long do you have to claim for an accident at work?
- Can I get free advice from an accident at work solicitor?
- What are the benefits from using a specialist accident at work solicitor, compared to a non-specialist solicitor?
- The most common types of claims that our accident at work solicitors regularly work on
- No Win No Fee accident at work solicitors
- Why choose us as your claims service for a work accident claim?
- Call us for free advice from work accident experts and to start a claim
It is not uncommon for an accident to occur at work, with 611,000 workplace injuries self-reported in 2014/15 according to the Health and Safety Executive. Whether you have suffered an injury to your back, lifting equipment or boxes without the proper training to do so, or have fallen due to a trip hazard in the office, it is important to know your rights. If an accident at work has occurred and you have suffered injuries due to the fault of someone else, be it another member of staff or a companywide lack of training, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.
Making a claim against an employer can seem very daunting to workers, no matter what occupation or industry they are in. It is important to remember, however, that not only doing so will help to compensate you for things like loss of income and medical bills, but could also ensure that the same incident, or worse, doesn’t happen to someone else, and your employer learns from any mistakes they have made. Knowing this doesn’t always make it easy to pursue a claim however, which is why it is advisable to seek the assistance of an experienced accident at work solicitor, who know this type of litigation inside out.
A work accident solicitor is a legally trained person who has experience in pursuing work accident compensation claims. It takes years of training to become a solicitor. Those looking to pursue a career as a solicitor must train for 3 years or more if they have graduated with a law degree, and over 4 years if they have graduated without a law degree. Those who have not graduated from university will be expected to train for at least 6 years. Once this training has been completed, a trained solicitor will be expected to apply to be listed on the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) register.
Once qualified, many solicitors choose to specialise in certain areas of the law. Personal injury law is complex and presents the opportunity for a worthwhile career for those seeking to do something good for others. As experience in this area of the law is gained after each case, the most experienced accident at work personal injury solicitors have a wide knowledge base to work from on a variety of different types of case.
Work accidents come within the spectrum of personal injury law, but have their own intricacies within them. Employer’s liability, health and safety law and personal injury combined can form part of a claim made against an employer and these claims can be complex. Therefore, choosing experienced work accident solicitors gives you the best chance of a positive outcome to your compensation claim.
Providing you were not at fault for your accident at work, if your work injury solicitor agrees you have a claim for compensation, they will be able to file a claim against your employer. In order to start your claim, you will first need to answer a few questions about your work injury and the circumstances surrounding it during a no-obligation No Win No Fee consultation. We are happy to work on a No Win No Fee basis, in order that you don’t have to pay a penny out of your own pocket if your claim is not upheld.
At the beginning of your claim, after you have had a consultation with our team and signed the No Win No Fee agreement, which we will explain fully to you during consultation, we will then start work on your behalf. There is not much work at all involved on your part, as we will take care of all the hard work of proving your case and backing it up with legal arguments for your compensation. However, most clients will be asked to attend a medical in order that we can gather all the medical evidence we need for your claim. If you are unable to travel far, we will look for a local medical centre to you, so that you don’t have to travel too much to attend this appointment. During this medical appointment, a medical professional will detail your injuries, and report on your past and current medical condition, prognosis and the extent of those injuries in a professional report.
If you would like any more information on the process or would like to know where you would be likely to have to attend your medical, we will be happy to help. Simply call us to speak to a member of our team confidentially, and we will answer any query you might have.
Manual handling, by definition, is the activity of holding, lowering, lifting, moving, carrying, pulling or pushing an object. If you have not been correctly trained in manual handling at work, you should not be performing this type of activity. In fact, the law requires all employers expected to carry out these tasks to complete manual lifting and handling training.
If you have been injured as a result of not receiving manual handling training, it is possible for you to submit a claim for compensation. Even if you have received training, there are regulations in place to ensure than as much as possible is done to prevent manual handling accidents. For example, carrying items should not been done over long distances, you should not be required to put in strenuous effort, and you should not be required to move unstable, difficult to hold or unpredictable loads. Wherever possible, proper equipment should be provided in order for you to carry out manual handling tasks safely. If your employer has not followed these regulations, then you may have a claim.
In order for you to determine whether or not your employer is at fault for any manual handling accident, why not call our team. Our experienced staff are adept at finding out all the relevant facts in order to advise you on the best course of action for your specific circumstances.
If you have experienced an accident at work, it is important to ensure that is reported correctly. Your employer must, by government regulations, provide workers with the training, equipment and personnel to ensure that if they are injured or fall ill at work, they receive immediate attention. The vast majority of businesses have at least one member of staff trained in first aid who should help you if, as a result of an accident at work, are in need of medical attention. This first aider is also responsible for writing in your workplace’s accident book, with details of your injuries as well as a description of the events as they unfolded. Legally, your employer must report any absence of work over 10 days as a result of a workplace accident or a work-related illness to the HSE.
Usually, there is a limit of 3 years from the date of an accident to submit a compensation claim after a workplace accident in the UK. However, if you discover the injury was caused by your accident after this time, there may still be the possibility of taking action.
Either way, it is important to act quickly if you feel you may have a claim. Whilst we will never push you into taking action against your employer, we would not like for your claim not to be heard because it was not acted upon within the relevant time limit.
You may find this strange, but yes, you can get free advice by calling our team. Better still, you are not obligated to take the advice we give you. We would urge you to carefully consider our professional advice, however, as it is based on years of experience dealing with cases just like yours, and our specialised solicitors have been through years of training to be able to offer you advice, whatever your query.
What are the benefits from using a specialist accident at work solicitor compared to a non-specialist solicitor?
As mentioned earlier in this guide, it is important to consider the training and experience of any solicitor you choose to take your claim forward. An experienced workplace injury solicitor is usually a better choice for this type of claim, mainly because of the experience they had gained working on cases just like yours. The law is complex, and no two cases are the same, but there are experiences that can be drawn from practicing the same type of law, day in day out that someone who only takes on a few work accident claims, along with working in other areas of the law, may not be able to do.
In addition to this, your accident at work solicitor, as someone who has chosen this area of the law to specialise in, will understand completely your possible reluctance to ‘take on’ your employer. No one wants to make their working experience more difficult by making a claim against their employer. However, your specialist work accident claims solicitor will explain the laws in place that should protect you from being treated differently at work because of your claim, along with explaining where the money to compensate you for your injuries will come from. This should put your mind at rest that your job, and your working situation should not change simply because you have chosen to pursue a claim.
For more information on the training and experience required for work accident solicitors to specialise in this area of the law, or for free advice from one of our experienced injury at work solicitors, simply get in touch with our team today.
Whilst there are potentially thousands of different accidents that can happen in the workplace – after all, there are thousands of different types of workplaces – there are some injuries and types of accidents that are quite common, and our team of experienced workplace injury solicitors have dealt with many claims of these types:
Trips, slips and falls at work – These are the most common types of injury at work. According to the HsE, between 2013-2014 up to 8000 reports were filed involving slips, trips and falls. Serious injuries occurred in around 3000 of these reported falls. The most common causes of this type of accident in the workplace are fluid spillages that have not been efficiently marked or cleared up immediately, or that have not been reported, a lack of adequate grab rails, or lighting, and trip hazards or such as training wires from electrical equipment or cluttered walkways.
Lifting and manual handling accidents – As previously mentioned in this guide, many workplace accident solicitors deal with accidents that are caused by problems with manual handling. Whether your employer has not trained you to lift correctly, or you have been made to carry an unstable or unpredictable load, this can cause injuries. The most common type of injuries when it comes to manual handling are musculoskeletal. These injuries are most commonly back injuries, but common injuries also include those to the tendon, the hands and the feet.
Accidents involving machinery – Whether machinery has not been maintained correctly, or you have not received adequate training, if your employer is seen to be liable, you should have cause for a compensation claim.
If your accident is one of the common accidents listed above, or something completely different, then we will be able to help assess your case and provide professional advice on starting a claim.
You may have seen the words No Win No Fee injury at work claim solicitors, but not fully understood what this means. When it comes to making a compensation claim for injuries sustained during an accident at work, we do not believe that you should be hindered by your financial situation. We believe it is the right of anyone who has been injured in an accident that is not your fault seek compensation, and that your bank balance should not put your claim on hold.
This is why we work on a No Win No Fee basis. One of our professionals will assess your case at your no obligation consultation, and see if we believe it to be one that has a good chance of a successful outcome. Once this has been determined, we will either explain why we believe your case would not result in compensation being awarded or explain our No Win No Fee agreement. This, in basic terms, means you will not be required to fund your legal fees out of your own pocket should your case not be successful. Whilst some solicitors charge by the hour whether your claim is successful or not, you will not be left out of pocket should your claim be unsuccessful if you use our No Win No Fee service.
To find out more about our No Win No Fee accident at work lawyers and the process, simply call us and we will be happy to clear up any query you might have.
Aside from our clear, easy to understand No Win No Fee policy, which enables you to seek compensation no matter what your current financial situation, we like to think we offer many benefits to clients who seek to use our claims service.
Firstly, we strive to always put you first. We know you may be feeling awkward about making a claim against your employer, and how this may be affecting you. We will take the time to fully explain why you should not worry about making such a claim, including explaining in detail why your employer has insurance to cover this, and where the money will be coming from to fund your compensation. We will also make sure we explain your rights at work to be treated just the same as before you reported the incident or began to make a claim. We will support you throughout the process, and will always be happy to explain any part of the process, ensuring you are kept well-informed of developments throughout the process. One of our main goals is to make the process as stress-free as possible. After all, it is likely you have already suffered some stress due to your injuries.
Our other main goal when taking on your claim is to ensure we strive to reach the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. We know only too well how stressful, painful and debilitating accidents at work can be, and this is why you should be compensated fully for any negative influence the accident has had on your life.
If you would like to know anything more at all about the claims process, or about how it works when you make a claim against your employer, simply call us on 0800 073 8804. Our advisors will always take the time to answer any questions you might have, and we are happy to provide free, no-obligation advice to people who have suffered injuries as a result of an accident that was not their fault. No matter how big or small the question, we will strive to provide the answer, and if you feel ready to make a claim, we will be ready, willing and able to take your case from assessment to compensation, allowing you to receive the compensation award you deserve.
This is Government guide for businesses, to let them know how to handle compensation payments to employees when it comes to tax and national insurance.
This page directs you to NI Direct’s advice on reporting accidents in the workplace, as well as providing guidance on sick pay, making an injury claim, and what to do if you have an accident at work.
This link takes you to our guide for compensation amounts for accident at work claims. You may find this of interest if you are looking at making a claim.
With slips, trips and falls being some of the most common workplace injuries, we have put together a guide on claiming compensation for this type of accident.