Kirsty Handyside
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Date Published:17 Apr 2020 Last Updated:13 Apr 2021

Can I Claim Against my Employer for an Accident at Work?

Personal Injury Claims

Can I claim against my employer for an accident at work?

If you have had an accident at work and been injured as a result and if you feel that your employer failed to meet their responsibilities and negligence has led to you being injured, you may wish to make a claim for compensation.

Will making a work accident claim against my Employer affect my employment prospects?

  • All Employers should have employer’s liability insurance to cover any accident claims.
  • Your employer could be in breach of employment laws if they discriminate against you for making a claim.
  • We can help you recover from your injuries by making a claim and get you back to work as quickly as possible.
  • In our experience, employers do not take offence or make life difficult for employees if they make a claim. Their insurers will only make a compensation payment if we can prove negligence or that they have breached regulations.

What type of accident can I claim for?

  • Slips and trips
  • Falls from working at a height
  • Insufficient training
  • Accident involving a forklift or a crane
  • Falling objects
  • Accidents involving machinery
  • Dangerous practices at work
  • Defective equipment
  • Lack of safety equipment

How long do I have to make a claim?

You have 3 years from the date of the accident to bring a claim. If you are a minor (under the age of 18) at the time of the accident you have 3 years from your 18th birthday to bring a claim.

If you have not initiated legal proceedings within 3 years of suffering your injury at work, your case may be considered to be time-barred and you may not be entitled to any compensation.

How much is my claim worth?

Compensation for a personal injury claim is usually valued in two parts, General Damages (the damages for your injury, pain and suffering) and Special Damages (the damages for financial losses).

A claim can vary in value from thousands up to millions of pounds, depending on the severity of the injury sustained. The general damages are calculated using previous case law and the Judicial College Guidelines. The level of compensation awarded will be based on the injury itself and the length of pain and suffering.

You will also be able to claim for special damages which are any financial losses you have incurred as a result of the accident, which could include loss of earnings and medical treatment fees such as physiotherapy.

If I am successful in a claim will my employer have to pay?

If your claim for a work injury is successful, the compensation would be paid by your employers liability insurance.

Our accident at work solicitors have significant experience in dealing with work accident claims involving minor injury claims through to catastrophic life changing injury claims. We have recovered millions of pounds in compensation for accidents at work. This covers injured workers whether they are employed or self-employed.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of making a claim please contact our No-Win No-Fee expert solicitors for a free no obligation consultation on 01202 057738.