Accidents at Work Claims
Accidents at work are unfortunately relatively common and if you are injured in a workplace accident, this can have a very negative impact on your life, especially if you have to miss work or even give up working as a result. Making an accident at work claim can allow you to secure financial compensation, helping you to deal with any negative consequences from your injury and allowing you to move.
Graham Evans & Partners personal injury solicitors are well regarded for their high quality work in the field of workplace accidents. We regularly support employees in a wide range of industries, helping people to claim the compensation they deserve for accidents at work that were not their fault.
With more than 30 years’ experience supporting individuals and families throughout South Wales with their personal injury claims, we have the experience and expertise to help you achieve a fair outcome. Our approach is based on a mixture of compassion and practical action and, wherever possible, we will seek to resolve the matter without the need for court action, making it faster, more cost-effective and less stressful for you.
If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer an accident at work and wish to make a personal injury claim for compensation, please get in touch with our accidents at work solicitors in Swansea, Bridgend and Port Talbot.
Workplace accidents and your legal rights
You have a legal right to claim compensation if you were injured in a workplace accident that was not your fault. Even if the accident was partially your fault, the court may still be able to award damages based on the extent to which your employer is also liable for the accident.
Your employer has a duty to protect you while you are at work and tell you about any health and safety issues that could affect you. They also have a legal obligation to report certain accidents and incidents and to pay you statutory sick pay (or contractual sick pay if you are entitled to it) if you need time off because of an accident at work.
The law requires that all employers provide and maintain:
- A safe to place to work with safe means of access
- Safe appliances and equipment for doing their work
- A safe system for doing the work
- Competent and safety-conscious personnel.
Employers are legally required to have arrangements in place for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of preventative and protective measures to safeguard against injury. The law also requires every employer to be insured against claims arising from injury to an employee during the course of work.
If you or a family member have been injured in an accident at work and you want to know if you have the right to make a compensation claim, please get in touch.
Making a no win, no fee workplace accident claim
Many people worry about the cost of pursuing a workplace accident compensation claim, but in many cases we are able to represent clients on the basis of a conditional fee agreement, commonly referred to as ‘no win, no fee’.
What this means is that you don’t have to pay anything upfront to start a claim and we will only charge you if we win compensation for you. Our fee will be based on a percentage of any compensation we secure, meaning you will never be left out of pocket and can get the maximum possible benefit from your settlement.
Pursuing a claim on a no win, no fee basis, you can get access to our highly experienced and skilled workplace injury solicitors whatever your financial situation.
Your questions answered about accidents at work claims
When can I claim compensation for an accident at work?
You may have grounds for a claim if your accident was due to the actions or negligence of your employer or another employee. Even if you were partially responsible for you accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.
If you are unsure about your entitlement to make a claim, we recommend discussing this with one of our workplace injuries team to find out if you are entitled to make a claim.
How long do I have to make a claim after an accident at work?
Generally you will need to start a claim for a workplace injury within 3 years of the accident occurring. For this reason, it is absolutely essential to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to make sure you do not miss out on the chance to claim
How much compensation can you get for an accident at work?
The amount you can claim will depend on various factors, including the seriousness of your injuries, the extent to which your employer is liable for them and the financial consequences of your accident e.g. if you lose income as a result of missing or having to quit work.
How long does it take to settle an accident at work claim?
This entirely depends on the situation. If your employer admits liability and offers an appropriate settlement, a claim can sometimes be resolved in a matter of a few months. However, if they do not accept liability or you are not happy with the level of settlement offered, it can take significantly longer. If you have to wait for a court date so a judge can resolve that matter, the process can sometimes take years.
Do you have to go to court to claim compensation for a workplace injury?
Increasingly, the focus with all types of personal injury claims is to find a resolution without the need for court action if at all possible. This is better for both claimants and defendants as if means claims can usually be settled faster, with less expensive and with much less stress for both parties.
By using skilled negotiation, as well as methods such as mediation, it is often possible for both parties to agree a suitable settlement without the need to go to court – something which many claimants find reassuring.
Can you claim compensation if a loved one was killed in a workplace accident?
If a loved one has died as a result of a workplace accident that was not their fault, you may be able to claim fatal accident compensation. This can be a complicated matter to resolve, so we urge you to contact one of our workplace accidents solicitors to discuss that matter as soon as possible.
Start an accident at work claim today
If you have been injured in an accident at work and want to find out more about claiming compensation, contact your local Graham Evans & Partners office or use the contact form at the top of the page to request a call back.