You may be wondering whether you need to use work injury solicitors near you. If so, this guide could help highlight the different factors you should consider before choosing a solicitor to represent your accident at work claim.
Additionally, this guide will explore the eligibility criteria for starting a personal injury claim after being injured in the workplace, including the time limits you need to adhere to.
Employers owe a duty of care to prevent their employees from experiencing harm at work. We will explore their responsibilities and the accidents at work that could happen if these not adhered to in more depth throughout our guide.
This guide will also discuss how much compensation you could be awarded if your claim succeeds, and the evidence you can acquire to support your case.
Furthermore, we will be examining No Win No Fee agreements and how they could benefit you if you work with a solicitor on this basis.
Read on for more information. Alternatively, our advisors can provide you with free legal advice at a time that is most convenient for you. To get in touch:
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- Work Injury Solicitors Near You – How Can They Help?
- When Can You Make An Accident At Work Claim?
- What Is Your Potential Amount Of Accident At Work Compensation?
- What Evidence Do You Need In An Work Injury Claim?
- Make A No Win No Fee Claim For An Accident At The Workplace Using Our Panel Of Solicitors
- Learn More About Using Work Injury Solicitors Near You
There are a number of ways a work injury solicitor could assist you, for instance, they could:
- Help you collect evidence to support your claim
- Take statements from potential witnesses
- Value your settlement
- Help you understand how long your case could take to settle
- Help you to build and present your case in full
Many claimants often search for a solicitor purely based on location, but this might not always be the best method. It is important to pick a solicitor that is best suited to you and your case. For example, you should consider whether they have experience handling claims similar to your own. It may also benefit you to work with a solicitor who offers their services on a No Win No Fee basis.
The solicitors from our panel have experience handling personal injury claims for injuries sustained in an accident at work. They can also offer you a type of No Win No Fee contract that can allow you to access the services they have available without typically needing to pay any fees upfront or as your claim proceeds.
For more information about the ways in which the solicitors from our panel could help you, get in touch using the number above.
To qualify to make a personal injury claim, negligence must have occurred. This involves the following:
- You were owed a duty of care,
- This duty was breached,
- You experienced physical or emotional harm as a result.
The duty of care employers owe is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 which states they have a responsibility to take all reasonably practicable steps to prevent employees from being injured.
To uphold this duty of care, they can provide adequate training to their employees, perform regular risk assessments and maintenance checks on equipment and the work space and address any issues they find.
A failure to do so could result in an employee experiencing harm, either physically or emotionally.
How Could A Work Injury Be Caused By Employer Negligence?
Examples of how an accident at work could occur include:
- Your employer does not provide you with the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a hard hat when working on a construction site. Consequently, an object falls on you, and you suffer a head injury.
- You aren’t given manual lifting training when starting a job in a factory. When you are asked to carry heavy materials, you use the wrong technique and sustain a back injury and shoulder injury.
- Your employer does not clear or signpost a spillage. Subsequently, you slip on the wet floor and suffer a wrist injury.
To find out whether you could be eligible to seek personal injury compensation for an accident at work that caused you harm, get in touch on the number above. An advisor can also help you understand whether it may be better for you to use work injury solicitors near you or whether you should look further afield.
The settlement awarded for a successful personal injury claim may be split into two heads of claim. Firstly, general damages can compensate for any physical or mental pain and suffering that is caused by your injuries.
We have compiled a table of guideline compensation brackets from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a publication that solicitors and legal professionals can use when calculating the value of your injuries. However, these amounts are not guaranteed and should be used as guidance.
|Type Of Injury||Severity Level||Compensation Bracket||Details|
|Arm||Amputation (a)||£240,790 to £300,000||The loss of both arms.|
|Head||Moderately Severe (b)||£219,070 to £282,010||Very serious disabilities causing the person to be substantially dependent on others and requiring constant care.|
|Leg||Amputation (a) (ii)||£201,490 to £270,100||A below the knee amputaion of both legs.|
|Back||Severe (a) (i)||£91,090 to £160,980||Spinal cord and nerve root damage that causes severe pain and disability alongside other issues.|
|Foot||Amputation (b)||£83,960 to £109,650||The amputation of one foot.|
|Hand||Serious (e)||£29,000 to £61,910||Injuries that cause the hand capacity to be reduced to about 50%.|
|Wrist||Loss of function (a)||£47,620 to £59,860||The total loss of function in the wrist.|
|Elbow||Severe And Disabling (a)||£39,170 to £54,830||An injury that leads to severe disabilities.|
|Shoulder||Moderate (c)||£7,890 to £12,770||Limited movement and discomfort for around two years due to frozen shoulder.|
|Chest||Residual Damage (e)||£5,320 to £12,590||Inhalation of smoke or toxic fumes which leaves residual damage but this is not serious enough to cause permanent issues with lung function.|
Special Damages In An Accident At Work Claim
Special damages could also be included in your settlement if you incur any monetary losses due to your injuries. This can include the cost of:
- Home adaptations
- Loss of earnings
- Medical treatment, such as medication
It is important to prove that you suffered financial losses with evidence. This could include a receipt, invoice, pay slip or bank statement.
One of our advisors could offer you a more personalised estimation of how much compensation you could be owed. Please do not hesitate to get in touch using the details above.
As previously stated, you need to be able to prove that you were injured due to your employer breaching their duty of care. You can do this by gathering evidence. Some ways you can gather evidence to strengthen your claim includes:
- Filling out the workplace accident book
- Acquiring CCTV footage of the accident
- Keeping a diary of how your injuries have affected you, such as the symptoms you have experienced and the treatment you have been given
- Getting medical care and asking for copies of the records
- Taking pictures of your injury and/or the accident site
- Gathering the contact details of potential witnesses
If you are struggling to gather evidence, a work injury solicitor from our panel could help you with this. Please get in touch with our advisors who could set you up with a solicitor who has experience handling claims similar to your own.
Many claimants find it beneficial to seek legal representation from a No Win No Fee solicitor. The solicitors from our panel may offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement.
If you are represented on this basis, generally no payment will be necessary upfront or while your claim is ongoing for the services the solicitor offers you. Moreover, if your claim is unsuccessful, no payment is required for the work they have completed on your case.
Your solicitor will require payment if your claim is a success. In this case, a legally capped success fee will be taken from your compensation.
If you would like find out whether you are able to be represented on this basis, please do not hesitate to speak with an advisor from our team. They can assess the validity of your claim and if it has a chance of success, could put you in contact with a personal injury solicitor from our panel.
To get in touch:
- Call us on 0113 460 1216
- Speak with an advisor via the live chat function below
- Contact us by filling out our form
We have included additional guides that may be of use to you when looking to make a work injury claim:
- Can I claim after a workplace accident left me unable to work?
- I had an accident at work – What do I need to do?
- How can you prevent an accident in the workplace?
Furthermore, we have provided you with external reading that could be of benefit:
- Statutory Sick Pay – GOV
- Workplace Accident Statistics – Health and Safety Executive
- Broken bone – NHS
Thank you for reading this guide on whether you need to use work injury solicitors near you. If you have any more queries, please contact an advisor from our team.
Writer Beck Patch
Editor Meg McConnell