Accident at work?
- AuthorBryan Colley
If you have an accident at work, do you know what your rights are?
Accidents happen – but what if another person’s negligence is directly responsible for an accident or serious injury? At Talbots Law our experience helps innocent parties receive the justice they deserve for an injury that could have been avoided. Our personal injury team have decades of experience and expertise in this area, but we know that the whole process of making a claim can seem daunting and complex. At Talbots we #TalkALanguagePeopleUnderstand and here, Bryan Colley, our Director of Personal Injury, gives some clear answers to some of the most common questions he is asked:
I’ve had an accident at work - what are my rights?
If you’ve had an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, you have the right to make a personal injury claim.
Can I claim compensation?
If your accident was a result of someone else’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation for the harm caused.
Employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees, and any visitors, in the workplace. The correct procedures must be in place to make sure that employees do not sustain any injuries or health-related issues.
Even so, accidents do still happen. According to recent HSE statistics, there were 693,000 injuries caused at work last year, resulting in an estimated 6.3 million working days lost at a cost to the UK of £5.6 billion.
How do I make a claim?
The first step is to contact us. One of our expert personal injury team will talk you through the process and provide you with practical, clear advice as to whether or not you have a case. You can call our team on 0800 118 1500 or email Bryan Colley
How long will my claim take?
For simple injuries (eg slips, trips and falls) the process shouldn’t take longer than 8 months. However, for more complex and prolonged injuries, or where the defendant denies liability, it can take longer to negotiate a settlement.
I had an accident some time ago – am I too late to claim?
In most circumstances, the time limit to make a claim is 3 years. That means that court proceedings must be started within 3 years of you realising that you sustained an injury. There are exceptions to this rule and you can find more details on our webpage here
What evidence will I need to provide?
Evidence of the accident and injury will be useful if you decide to make a claim and it will certainly help strengthen your case. Types of evidence might include:
- Record of the accident e.g accident book
- Record of visits to a medical professional as a result of the accident
- Photos of what caused the accident and of the injuries that were sustained
- Details of any witnesses
Will I have to go to court?
Many personal injury cases won’t see a courtroom. Most cases see the person liable accepting the claim and settling it outside of Court. However, if matters get more complicated and result in Court proceedings, our personal injury lawyers will be by your side to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Will I lose my job if I make a claim against my employer?
It’s very common for clients to be worried that they might lose their job if they make a claim. However, this should not be the case – your employer has a duty of care, and if they fail in that duty, resulting in you sustaining an injury, then you have the right to make a claim.
The Talbots Law Personal Injury team have decades of experience and expertise in this area of law, and can advise on a wide range of matters, including:
- Accidents at work
- Clinical & medical negligence
- Sports injuries
- Road traffic accidents
- Accidents abroad
- Cycling-related injuries
- Slips and trips
For more information and advice, please call our team on 0800 118 1500 or email Bryan Colley