Accidents at work claimsNo Win No Fee

Having an injury is never pleasant, especially when it’s not your fault. In Britain last year, there were an incredible 1.2 million working people who suffered from a work-related illness. If you do have an accident at work, we can help you make a claim for compensation.

There’s no shame in claiming what you’re entitled to or receiving compensation for money you shouldn’t have had to spend. If you’ve had an injury at work check with us to see what compensation you might be entitled to. We’ve dealt with thousands of Personal Injuries cases and have a very strong record of obtaining compensation for our clients, with our team having extensive years of combined experience.

Remember that it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that the place in which you work is safe, and that all measures to ensure your safe have been carried out. If you have had an accident at work, make a record of it and contact us. If you ask us to help you, you can be sure of superb service from our friendly, sympathetic and experienced solicitors. Having dealt with thousands of personal injury claims and recovered millions of pounds of compensation, we know how important it is for you to feel better and understand any concerns or questions you might have.

Some of our personal injury solcitors

Sam Harris, partner at Freeman Harris

Sam Harris
With over 20 years’ experience in personal injury law I am well placed to head up our specialist department in this field. I have worked for both insurance companies and on private cases.

Lanka Rathnayke, head of PI department

Lanka Rathnayake
I have been practicing as a personal injury lawyer for the last 6 years in London. I believe that a simple smile can make the world a better place.

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Employers responsibility and making a claim against them

Your employer is legally required to ensure that you have a working environment that is safe. Remember that paper signs such as ‘The Management Takes No Responsibility’ have little legal bearing, and your employer is still obliged to protect you. If they fail to provide this, they could well be responsible for your injury.

What to do when you have had an accident?

Having an accident at work can be a traumatic and confusing time. Your health should take precedence, so receiving adequate medical attention is the first action you should take. There are, however, a number of steps that you should take as soon as you can so that making a claim is as easy as possible.

  • You should record your injury in your company’s accident book. Your company is required by law to have one if there are more than 10 employees. If there is no book, tell your employer in writing about the accident and the injuries you sustained.
  • If a major injury has occurred then the employer should report it to the Health and Safety department at your local authority. Your employer is the one who has to do this, though you can follow-up and ensure it’s been reported.
  • Find someone who witnessed the accident who will support your claim. These can be fellow colleagues or members of the public who were present.
  • If you can, take photographs of the machinery and location where the accident took place.
  • Write a statement of your version of events which took place. Include as much detail as you can.
  • Go to your doctor and have put a note of your injuries on your medical record.
  • If you need to take some time off work, check your employer’s sickness scheme and organise your statutory sick pay.
  • Try and find out if there have been previous accidents of a similar nature where someone was injured.

Our team has won compensation for most of our accident at work clients in the last year.

Common Work Accident Questions

Will I lose my job if I make a claim against my employer?

You can’t be dismissed from your job just for making a claim. If your employer has dismissed you, or made you redundant, without a fair reason or without correct procedure, simply for pursuing a personal-injury claim then you could be entitled to claim for Unfair Dismissal. If the way you’ve been treated by your employer following your claim has left you no choice but to leave your job, then you could have a case to claim for Constructive Unfair Dismissal.

How long after an injury at work can I claim?

There is no minimum amount of time you need to wait in order to make a claim. If you wish to, you can start compiling your case straight away. Claims for an injury at work can be made up to three years after the date of the accident, or three years after you found out the injury or illness was linked to the accident you had.

What documents and evidence do I need to make a personal injury claim?

There are quite a few pieces of evidence that your solicitor will need to see in order to assess your case. The more documents and evidence you bring, the easier it will be to assess your case quickly and efficiently. This is a quick list of the documents that are normally needed.

  • Copies of any insurance policies you might have.
  • A written statement containing details about the date of the accident and where and how it happened. If there are any, include any previous accidents that might have happened in a similar manner,
  • Any medical notes about your injuries will be very helpful.
  • Photographs of your injuries and photographs of what caused the injury.
  • Any written reports from where the accident took place. These can be health and safety records, or police records if the police had to attend.
  • Any documents from witnesses, along with their contact details.
  • Tell us whether you are a member of a trade union, as you may be entitled to reduced-cost legal representation.
  • Proof of your loss of earnings. These can be out-of-pocket costs like buying painkillers or paying for medical treatment or loss of earnings due to having to take time off work. For this, you should bring relevant receipts and your normal payslips or invoices.

What documents and evidence do I need to make a personal injury claim?

There are quite a few pieces of evidence that your solicitor will need to see in order to assess your case. The more documents and evidence you bring, the easier it will be to assess your case quickly and efficiently. This is a quick list of the documents that are normally needed.

  • Copies of any insurance policies you might have.
  • A written statement containing details about the date of the accident and where and how it happened. If there are any, include any previous accidents that might have happened in a similar manner,
  • Any medical notes about your injuries will be very helpful.
  • Photographs of your injuries and photographs of what caused the injury.
  • Any written reports from where the accident took place. These can be health and safety records, or police records if the police had to attend.
  • Any documents from witnesses, along with their contact details.
  • Tell us whether you are a member of a trade union, as you may be entitled to reduced-cost legal representation.
  • Proof of your loss of earnings. These can be out-of-pocket costs like buying painkillers or paying for medical treatment or loss of earnings due to having to take time off work. For this, you should bring relevant receipts and your normal payslips or invoices.

We also recommend that you keep your own log of events. Write down the circumstances that led up to and included the accident, but also record what has happened after. This could include any conversations you had with witnesses, your employer, insurance companies or your doctor.

How long will a personal injury claim take to settle?

If your claim is relatively straightforward and you go through a streamlined settlement process you could hope to settle the case in around 6 – 9 months. However, this only a guideline. Every case is different and it’s impossible to give an accurate time estimate without assessing your claim. If your claim is complicated then it could take much longer.

Will my personal injury case go to court?

The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled without having to go to court. Normally, cases will be settled simply through negotiation between your solicitor and your employer’s solicitor. However, if there is a dispute or one of the parties is uncontactable then court proceedings might be started. Even if court proceedings are started, it does not mean you will have to attend court. Many cases are settled between proceedings being started and an actual court hearing. If your case does end up going to court your solicitor will explain all the procedures to you, as it can be a lengthy process.

How long does compensation take to come through?

Once you have accepted an offer of compensation, we will request payment of the compensation from those liable. As it is normally an insurance company that pays yours compensation there might be some delay in payment.