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Work accident claims - knowing where you stand

Workplace accidents can happen at any time, but employees may hesitate to make a claim in fear of losing their job.

Victoria Price

by Victoria Price

calendar_month 18 May 23

schedule 4 min read

Workplace accidents can happen at any time, regardless of the industry you work in or the level of precautions taken. Such accidents can range from minor injuries to severe physical and psychological harm that can have long-term effects on your life. There are statutory obligations, common law obligations and workplace regulations that apply to workplaces that are supposed to prevent industrial accidents and accidents in the workplace. If these health and safety rules and practices are breached then a claim for compensation should be possible.

Unfortunately, many employees hesitate to make a claim for employment liability injuries due to the fear of losing their job. However, this should not be the case, because employees have legal rights that protect them and provide avenues to safely seek compensation for injuries suffered at work.

In the UK, the law requires employers to provide a safe working environment for their employees. This means ensuring that the workplace is free from hazards that may cause injuries or illnesses. If an employee suffers an injury while on the job, the employer may be liable for the damages. Employees who suffer injuries at work have the right to make a claim against their employer for compensation.

Can I be sacked for claiming against my employer?

One of the most common fears that stop employees from making a claim is the fear of losing their job. However, it is illegal for an employer to terminate an employee for making a claim for employment liability injuries. The law protects the employees in this respect.

How much does it cost to claim against my employer?

Employees need to remember that “no win, no fee” funding arrangements are available for personal injury claims against their employer. It is unlikely you would have to pay any money up front. If your case is successful, then your employer’s insurance company will pay your compensation and your legal costs for you. This means that an injured employee does not have to worry about the cost of the claim or the effect it may have on their finances. Find out more now.

How do I claim for an accident at work?

Making a claim for employment liability injuries can be a complex process, and it is essential to seek legal advice as soon as you can to ensure that you have a strong case. Sometimes, employers can make a very early offer to settle your claim without you having chance to take advice. This can seem like a good option and a way to resolve things quickly but be wary of any early offers because you don’t know how well your injuries will heal and how long they will take to heal. You won’t know how they will affect your life and your work either, so you won’t know how much your claim is really worth. If you accept an early offer the claim is over and you cannot re-open it later.

This is where specialist lawyers in the field of serious and personal injury claims can help. These legal experts can provide guidance and support to employees who have suffered workplace injuries and help them navigate the legal system.

When making a claim, it is essential to provide as much evidence as possible to support your case. This may include an internal workplace investigation or Health and Safety Executive investigation report, eyewitness statements, medical reports, and photographic evidence of the scene of the accident. The more evidence you have, the stronger your case will be.

Legal advice

If you are part of a union or professional body, you might have legal representation attached to the support they offer. You do not have to use their legal advisers. Many members don’t. You are entitled to use any solicitor, from any practice, you wish.  Most firms, like Price Slater Gawne, offer a “no win, no fee” funding arrangement so you do not have to rely financially on the union or professional body for legal costs support. You should choose whoever suits you best.  Even if you started your serious injury claim with the union solicitors you can still change to another solicitor if you wish.

Price Slater Gawne are here to support you

In conclusion, employees should not hesitate to make a claim for employment liability injuries, because they have legal rights that protect them from retaliatory actions by their employers. Making a claim can be a complex process, but it is essential to seek legal advice to ensure that your case is presented in the strongest way. Employees who have suffered workplace injuries should seek the services of specialist lawyers to help them navigate the legal system and get the compensation they deserve. Remember, making a claim for employment liability injuries is not only your legal right, but it is also the right thing to do to ensure that you and your colleagues can work in a safe environment.

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