Here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors, we understand that making a claim for an accident at work can be a daunting prospect. Many people feel anxious about claiming against an employer but you are actually claiming against your employers’ insurance policy. We can guide you through this process making it as straightforward and easy as possible.
So, if you feel your employer could have done more to prevent your workplace injury, contact our expert team of accident at work solicitors today. We may also be able to help if you are self-employed and you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault whilst carrying out contracted work.
Accidents at work claims arise when employers fail to protect their employees from hazards in the workplace. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty on all employers “to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work” of all their employees.
The act outlines the following key points that employers must ensure:
Medical damages may be awarded to offset the cost of any reasonable and necessary medical treatment required as a result of your injury at work.
Home visits (e.g. nursing staff, carers)
Physiotherapy, medical aids, travel costs to and from medical appointments
‘Gratuitous care’ – compensation towards the costs of care provided by family
As part of your accident at work compensation claim, you may also claim for any direct impact your accident and injury has had to everyday life.
You may be eligible to claim compensation where your daily activities such as shopping, housework or driving have been affected.
Loss of earnings may be awarded where time away from work is authorised by a doctor.
You may also be eligible to claim for loss of future earnings where your injury prevents an immediate return to the workplace.
You can claim for any injuries you’ve sustained in a workplace accident.
The extent of your injuries; recovery time and the impact these injuries have had on your subsequent quality of life will all be taken into consideration when determining the compensation awarded.
You are claiming against your employers’ insurance policy. All employers are legally required to have adequate insurance in place to cover them in the event of an accident at work. This means that they will not be paying your compensation out of any company profit. Rest assured any reputable employer will recognise that your claim is not personal; you are merely exercising your right to seek compensation, which will aid your recovery and reimburse you for any financial losses you have sustained as a result of the accident. Please note, the insurance company will deal with the claim on behalf of your employer, so your employer will not be conducting the claim themselves.
Anyone can claim for workplace injury compensation; however the following 3 criteria must be met:
If you have suffered as a result of a non-fault accident at work, Contact Us today.