Helping to rebuild your life following a workplace injury
All employers owe their employees a duty of care, meaning they are responsible for providing a safe workplace and working conditions. If your employer has breached this duty and you have been injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.
Workplace accidents can have a serious impact on your life, including preventing you from working, interfering with your personal life and leading to significant financial losses, including for treatment costs and lost income. Compensation can therefore be essential to allow you to recover and rebuild your life following an accident at work.
Your injury might be a result of your employer not providing proper health and safety training to you or a colleague or not providing suitable and effective tools and equipment, as well as many other potential failings.
Our experienced, friendly accident at work lawyers can advise you on where these issues are likely to result in a breach of your employers’ duty of care and give a realistic assessment of the likely value of your claim. That way you can make an informed decision about how you want to proceed. We can then guide you through the entire claims process to give you the best chance of securing a fair outcome.
We represent many of our clients on a no win, no fee basis and can resolve most claims through an out-of-court settlement, making is faster, simpler and less expensive to secure the compensation you deserve.
Our legal expertise for workplace injury claims
Our personal injury lawyers have experience in acting successfully on a whole range of accidents at work including:
- Injuries from heavy or repetitive lifting or manual handling
- Slips or Trips usually from walking on uneven, slippery or dangerous surfaces
- Injuries sustained in the building industry
- Accidents caused by lack of safety equipment
- Injuries sustained in the health services and care homes
- Injury from using dangerous or defective work equipment
- Falls from working at height
- Employees attacked or assaulted by members of the Public, patients or customers
How much is an accident at work claim worth?
This will depend on a number of factors, including how serious your injuries are and what effect this is having on your life.
Compensation for an accident at work can cover both specific financial losses you have incurred, such as paying for treatment and lost income, as well as non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering, loss of independence and changes to your lifestyle. You may also be able to claim against expected future financial losses, such as predicted ongoing care costs and any expected income on your long-term earning potential.
For a general indication of how much your workplace injury claims may be worth, please take a look at our handy claims valuation tool.
Time limits for workplace injury compensation claims
You will usually have 3 years from the date an injury occurs to make a claim. However, you may sometimes have longer to make a claim depending on the circumstances.
The most common exception is where you only learn about the injury or that it was caused by an issue at work later. In such cases, the 3-year time limit to claim will typically be counted from the date when you became aware of the injury or that it is work-related, this being referred to as the ‘date of knowledge’.
We recommend getting in touch as soon as you discover you have a work-related injury to ensure you do not miss out on the chance to claim.
Funding accident at work claims
There are various options for covering the cost of an accident at work claim, with the most common being a ‘conditional fee agreement’. Also known as a ‘no win, no fee’ accident at work claim, this allows us to represent you without the need for you to contribute anything to our legal fees at the start of the claims process. Instead, you will only need to pay us if we secure compensation for you, removing the element of financial risk from the claims process.
Other alternatives for funding a workplace injury claim can include legal expenses insurance and trade union funding, where available.
Accident at work claims FAQs
Feeling confused or uncertain about making a claim for a workplace injury? We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions on our personal injury claims page.
Why use Wheelers Solicitors for accident at work claims?
With many years of experience pursuing everything from straightforward to highly complex workplace injury claims, our lawyers have recovered millions of pounds in compensation for a wide range of clients.
Unlike many Personal Injury firms who tend to delegate much of the work involved in a claim to inexperienced or poorly qualified “Paralegals”, “Litigation Executives” or “Case Handlers” we guarantee that the person to conduct of your case will be a fully qualified and experienced solicitor specialising in personal injury claims.
Together our solicitors have many years’ experience of successfully winning compensation for victims of accidents at work covering virtually every type of workplace injury against employers large and small, including major institutions such as the Ministry of Defence.
With strong skills in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) we can typically resolve most claims through an out-of-court settlement, making the process faster, easier and less costly for you. However, where court action is required, we have the skills and experience to ensure you have the very best possible representation.
Wheelers Solicitors is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) providing assurance that we continually meet the highest legal standards.