Accidents at Work
If you’ve been injured in an accident at work, it can take a huge toll on your life. Depending on the severity of your injuries, accidents can lead to you not being able to work and leave you substantially out of pocket. Knowing what you are entitled to claim can also be a challenge.
If you have suffered an injury at work in the last three years, and can prove it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. At Hodge Jones & Allen, we’re here to help. Our expert personal injury lawyers have the knowledge and experience to help you take your claim forwards.
We understand that an injury which means you’re not able to work for a period of time can be physically and financially challenging and stressful for you and your family, so get in touch today for a confidential, no-obligation chat to find out how we can help you.
Safety at work – what are your rights?
If you make a claim against your employer for an injury sustained in an accident at work, it’s important to remember that this does not affect your employment rights. If you’re treated unfairly, or lose your job and believe this is a result of your compensation claim, you should speak to an employment lawyer as soon as possible. Time limits on bringing such claims in employment law are short, so make sure you act as soon as you can.
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What type of injuries can I claim for?
Injuries in accidents at work can take many forms. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common injuries you can claim for. But if your injury is not listed, give us a call to discuss how we can help.
- Injuries from manual handling, lifting or carrying
- Unsafe working practices and procedures
- Failing to comply with health and safety regulations and guidance
- Injuries caused by the lack of provision of suitable protective equipment
- Exposure to toxic chemicals and substances
- Being hit by a moving object – including vehicles or cranes
- Accidents involving machinery – including dangerous machinery, defective and poorly maintained equipment
- A fall from a height
- Being hit by something falling from height
- Trips and slips
- Injuries caused by the careless actions of a colleague – including due to insufficient or improper training
- Violence in the workplace
Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors?
At Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, we have a dedicated team of specialist personal injury solicitors ready to help you or your family. Our expert lawyers are ready to advise on the best approach to take when making a claim for compensation as a result of an accident at work, which may have left you or a loved one with a life-changing injury.
Our specialist solicitors work on a client first approach, making sure the victim’s needs and treatment are at the forefront of every claim.
Early rehabilitation and a collaborative approach with the insurers is key to getting the best outcome for someone who has been injured. Rehabilitation and care is our primary focus. We recognise every injury is different and no two sets of circumstances are the same, so any treatment and recommendations will be tailored to you and your own case.
When you choose Hodge Jones & Allen, you will have access to an award-winning team of specialist personal injury solicitors.
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Latest award – the Winner of The Legal 500 London Firm of the Year 2019 in the category: Insurance for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.
We are independently ranked as leaders in the field of personal injury, with a proven track record of high-value settlements.
How do you make a personal injury claim following an accident at work?
If you are looking to make a claim as a result of injury caused by an accident at work, it’s important to follow the proper steps, which include:
Seeking medical attention
Get immediate medical help from your GP or a hospital if you suffer an injury due to an accident at work. Make sure your injuries and the circumstances are properly documented so you have a record of how your injuries occurred.
Record the accident
Your company should have a log to track any accidents and injuries. It’s important to make sure this is filled out as soon as possible with all the details of your accident. If your employer doesn’t have such a log, report it to your line manager as soon as possible.
How long do I have to make a personal injury claim?
The time limit for making a claim following an accident at work is usually three years from the date of the injury, or from the date you became aware that you have suffered an injury.
The time limit to bring a claim is slightly different in that it is three years from the “Date of Knowledge”. This is generally the date you first realised or suspected that your illness was related to your work or three years from the onset of symptoms.
Children who have sustained an injury before the age of 18 have until their 21st birthday to start court proceedings.
It is possible to delay making a claim for an accident at work until after you have left your employer. However, if you do this, it is very important you ensure the accident was reported as soon as possible after it happened and that the accident book was completed.
It is best to talk to your specialist personal injury solicitor who can give expert advice as to whether your claim is in time or not.
Lower limb amputation
Our Client was a glazier working at height on a ladder installing a window. The ladder was defective and he was not provided with proper equipment or assistance from his employer. Risk assessments carried out were also insufficient.
As a result, the client fell from height, sustaining serious injuries to his back, as well as having to undergo a right knee amputation. Liability was denied, so medical evidence was obtained and court proceedings issued. Liability was then agreed with the Defendant at 75%.
Damages awarded: In excess of £1 million.
Our client had recently returned to the work place as a trainee chef, after a break due to ill health. His colleague spilt water on the kitchen floor causing him to slip and land heavily on his left arm.
The Claimant was working on site installing signal cable. He was asked by his supervisor to go down a 15 foot hole with some cables. There were foot wells down the hole for him to stand on. However, someone from one of the sub contractor companies had tied rope to the foot well, and on this occasion the ropes had incorrectly been tied across the hole and onto the foot well, which is used to climb in/out of the hole. The Claimant was stepping up to exit the man hole, and placed his right foot on the rung. Due to the ropes being tied to the footwell, he slipped and his body became tangled in the ropes.