Am I Eligible To Make A Work Injury Claim?

In this guide, we will discuss how to make a work injury claim after being harmed by negligence. If you’ve sustained an injury due to employer negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. 

work injury claim guide

Work injury claim guide

All employers owe their staff a duty of care. This ensures that the health and safety of employees are protected. If they breach the duty of care that they owe you, causing you harm, you could be entitled to claim. 

Additionally, we’ll look at No Win No Fee agreements and the benefits that they offer. We will explore them in more detail later on in this guide.

If you have any further questions regarding how to claim workers’ compensation, please don’t hesitate to contact us. There is a general claim time limit of three years to start your claim, so we recommend beginning the process as soon as possible. You can also speak to our team for more support.

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  1. Can I Make A Work Injury Claim?
  2. What Accidents Lead To Claims?
  3. Evidence For A Work Injury Claim
  4. What Settlement Could I Get?
  5. Working With A No Win No Fee Lawyer
  6. Extra Information About Making A Work Injury Claim

Can I Make A Work Injury Claim?

You can seek compensation if you have suffered from a workplace injury due to your employer’s negligence. Injuries at work can vary depending on the work environment. You are owed a duty of care from your employer.

This means that reasonably practical steps must be taken to prevent accidents that may cause injury to you. If they fail to take these steps, this is an example of a breach of duty of care. You might be able to claim if you’re injured by their negligence. 

If you are looking for information on how to claim workers’ compensation after an injury at work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. They are happy to offer you free legal advice.

Work Injury Statistics

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website, 33% of non-fatal injuries to employees in 2020/21 were slips, trips or falls on the same level making this the most commonly reported work accident type in Great Britain. These injuries were reported to the HSE under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). 

You can read on to hear advice on how to start your claims process. To see how to claim work injury compensation, you can also contact our team of advisors for support.

What Accidents Lead To Claims?

A number of pieces of legislation are in place to prevent workplace accidents. An employer’s duty of care is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

This central legislation outlines that all employers have a responsibility for the health and safety of their employees. They must do everything they reasonably can to keep their employees from harm. If they breach this duty of care, it can lead to an accident at work that causes injury.

Workplace accidents can occur in multiple ways. Many of which can lead to a work injury claim. For instance, a collision with a forklift truck can cause life-changing injuries. Workplace accidents can vary in severity, and some can even be fatal.

Below, we’ve included some examples of accidents that could occur at work:

  • High stacked boxes could fall on an employee and cause a head injury
  • Moving objects, such as forklifts, operated by untrained staff could cause collisions
  • Slippery surfaces not cleaned or signposted could lead to a slip and fall
  • Tripping on a loose wire in the office could lead to an ankle injury

For more advice on how to start your work accident claim, our advisors are happy to offer you free legal advice. They are available 24/7 which means you can contact us at whatever time suits you.

Evidence For A Work Injury Claim

When you make a work injury claim, you must be able to show three things to demonstrate that your employer has been negligent. Firstly, you were owed a duty of care. Secondly, this duty of care was breached. Finally, you were injured as a direct result of this breach. 

To prove a personal injury claim, evidence can be used to help support your case. The following things can help strengthen your claim.

  • CCTV footage
  • Pictures of where the accident took place
  • Pictures of your injuries after the accident
  • A report of your accident in the accident workbook
  • Witnesses of the injury

It is advised that you receive medical attention as soon as possible following on from the injury. This includes seeing a first aider on-site and visiting your doctor or A&E where appropriate. Seeking medical support gives you a higher chance of recovering fully. Your health and safety should be a priority.

Any medical attention can be used as evidence as you progress with your work injury claim. This can include hospital reports, doctors’ reports and records of prescriptions. 

Evidence of relevant financial losses can be crucial to your claim, too. Proof of loss of earnings and travel costs could be reimbursed to you as part of your settlement; we’ll look at this in more detail in the next section. 

Our advisers offer free legal advice and are available to discuss your options with you. We are here to help answer any questions you may have regarding your personal injury claim.

What Settlement Could I Get?

You have the right to seek compensation for a work injury claim caused by negligence. To calculate how much compensation for an injury at work, you must consider:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • Whether your injury will continue to impact your life in the long term

Medical records are used to determine the effects on your body prior to making a work injury claim. You may also need to attend an additional medical assessment. This will ensure you are claiming for the correct amount of compensation due to the harm you have suffered. If you work with a lawyer from our panel, this could be arranged in your local area to reduce travel time. 

The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) is a publication that’s used by legal professionals to help valuer compensation for injuries. The part of your settlement that relates to the pain and suffering you experienced is known as general damages.

We have listed some examples of claim amounts for work injuries as shown in the JCG. Please keep in mind these figures are a guideline that legal professionals use to help value your claims.

Workplace InjuryCompensationDescription of Injury
Severe Back Injury (i) £91,090 to £160,980Severe pain and disability with combination of paralysis and further issues. 
Moderate Back Injury (i) £27,760 to £38,780Residual disability is less severe than in the worst cases. Includes compression/crush fracture of the spine that carries a substantial risk of constant pain.
Minor Back Injury (i) £7,890 to £12,510Full recovery can take place between two and five years. Includes less serious strains, soft tissue injuries and fractures that recover post surgery.
Amputation of one foot£83,960 to £109,650Treated similarly to below-knee amputation due to loss of ankle joint.
Very Severe Ankle Injury£83,960 to £109,650Permanent and severe pain or serious permanent disability. There may be a risk that future damage to the leg will mean below-knee amputation is needed .
Moderate Ankle Injury£13,740 to £24,990Displaced metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity. Risk of future surgery being needed.
Modest Ankle InjuryUp to £13,740Simple fractures and ruptured ligaments. Continuing symptoms could incur higher compensation.
Wrist Injuries£47,620 to £59,860Injuries that cause a complete loss of function in the wrist.
Wrist Injuries£12,590 to £24,500Less severe injuries still resulting in some permanent disability. For example, persisting pain or stiffness.
Wrist Injuries£3,530 to £4,740Minor displaced fractures and soft tissue injuries. Most recoveries within 12 months.

You could also receive special damages that relate to the financial impact that an injury has had on you. You’ll need evidence to support this, such as bills or receipts, and it could cover factors like: 

For an assessment of how much your claim could be worth, speak with an advisor today.

Working With A No Win No Fee Lawyer

No Win No Fee agreements or Conditional Fee Agreements help you fund legal representation with no upfront costs. More importantly, if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t incur any solicitor fees. 

If your solicitor is successful in securing your compensation, there will be a small success fee for you to pay. This is deducted from your overall compensation settlement as a percentage. Before you start your claim, your solicitor will discuss this with you.

Our team of advisors can help connect you to a solicitor today to start your work injury claim. For more information, please see below.

Start A Work Injury Claim Today

Our advisors are available to discuss your options and offer free legal advice. If your claim has a chance of succeeding, our team can put you through to one of the solicitors from our panel. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us:

  • Call us on the number at the top of the page
  • Contact us through our website
  • Speak to an advisor directly using our live chat feature

Extra Information About Making A Work Injury Claim

To learn more about personal injury, please see the links listed below:

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Eligibility 

HSE- Specified Injuries To Workers

When to go to A&E

We have more information on accident at work claims that may be useful to you. They can be found at the following websites:

We hope this guide has been helpful in providing information on making a work injury claim. If you have any more questions, please get in touch. 

Writer Jess Angler

Publisher Fern Stringer