Each year, tens of thousands of people are absent from work for more than three days as a result of accidents in the workplace.
If you have had an accident at work, you may need expert advice to determine whether you have grounds for a claim.
At Paul Rooney, we have expert solicitors who are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. They can tell you if your employer is in breach of a statutory duty and/or has been negligent, and if your claim may be successful.
If it can be proven that someone else is at fault for your injury – your employer, a colleague or a company carrying out a job at your place of work – you’re entitled to make a compensation claim.
Has your employer let you down?
Your employer is bound by law to provide a safe and healthy environment for you to work in. This includes assessing the risks that exist in the workplace and providing training and appropriate work equipment that is properly maintained.
Health & Safety legislation has significantly increased the level of protection available to employees, and there are now written laws designed to prevent accidents which apply to most areas of work, such as the handling and carrying of loads and the availability and use of safety equipment.
Will your claim go to court?
After assessing your claim our solicitors will send a formal letter detailing your case to the other side and their insurance company. The insurance company then has three months to investigate the claim and decide whether or not they accept responsibility.
If there is no agreement on who is to blame and how much the claim is worth, court proceedings may be started and your solicitor will talk you through this process. However, most cases are settled before or after court proceedings are started and very few go to a trial.
What to do in the event of an accident
If you have an accident at work you should:
- Report it to a supervisor or manager straight away.
- Record it accurately in the accident report book – this could be important case evidence.
- Seek medical treatment if required.
- If possible, take photographs of the location and whatever it was that caused your accident.
- Collect contact details for any witnesses.
- While the event is fresh in your memory, sketch a plan of the incident showing the location, any warning signs present, and other relevant details such as the location of any witnesses.
- Find out if any similar accidents have occurred in the past.
- Keep a list of all expenses which you incur and hold onto any receipts.
How we can help you
As part of our investigation into your case we will:
- Ask you to fully describe what happened before, during and after your accident.
- Want to know who your accident was reported to.
- Ask to see any photographic evidence.
- Want to know the names and addresses of any witnesses as they will need to provide statements to support your case.
- Want to know if any complaints had been made before your accident which relate to its cause, and if there’s evidence of other accidents.
- Meet face-to-face. If you’re unable to come to our office because of your injuries our solicitor can come to your home or hospital.
If you have been injured in an accident at work you can speak to one of the expert case handlers at Paul Rooney Solicitors on 0808 231 4408, or complete the form on the right hand side of this page and we will contact you.
Typical Compensation Amount Information:
These are the damages which are awarded for injuries which are the result of your accident. A medical report will be needed to describe the injuries you sustained and any continuing effects. The amount of compensation you receive is then determined by what has been awarded in similar cases previously.
Some typical examples:
- A simple fracture of the forearm up to £13,700
- Loss of a little finger up to £8,700
- Crushed big toe up to £9,800
- A simple nose fracture up to £1,800
- Loss of two front teeth up to £5,430
These are the damages which compensate you for your past and future financial loss caused as a direct result of an accident and would typically include loss of earnings, medical and travel expenses. If your injuries mean that you have to have help and support from family and/or friends, or you have to alter your accommodation, or even move house, you may be able to recover extra compensation.
Wherever possible you should retain documentation to prove your losses i.e. receipts etc.
Call us to register your claim