Accidents at the Workplace in Birmingham
Had an accident at work? Call us today for tailored Birmingham advice on whether or not you can claim compensation.
Working can be stressful at the best of times. But if you trip or fall at work, it can be just as, if not more, taxing and traumatic. It can result in loss of earnings and other additional costs depending on the extremity of the situation. You should not feel alone and make sure that you explore your options if you suffer an injury at work. If the accident has occurred due to the fault of another worker or your employer, then you may have a claim for compensation.
No Win, No Fee* Workplace Accident Claims
When you are thinking about your recent accident, there are two questions to consider to make a successful claim:
- Did you fall, trip or otherwise injure yourself whilst in your place of work?
- Did this happen because of someone else?
If the answer to both these questions is “Yes”, our local Birmingham personal injury advisers can give you a no obligation discussion over the phone today. We will handle your individual case with confidentiality. Alternatively, you can read on to find out more about claim eligibility and what needs to be proven to make a successful claim.
How do I claim?
You can claim by talking to one of our personal injury specialists today. They will assess whether your claim meets the necessary tests in order to be a valid compensation claim for injuries in the workplace. The main thing that our experts will evaluate from your account of your workplace accident is whether your injury was caused by the negligence of your employer.
Your employer must by law make sure that there are sufficient measures in place to prevent injuries to you as an employee or contractor and any visitors to your workplace. This is known as a duty of care. Failure to meet this duty of care could constitute negligence. There are various different regulations which set out which an employer must do to mitigate injury and accidents at work.
Accidents at Work – An Employer’s Rules and Regulations
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) oversee all work places in the UK, making sure that the appropriate measures are in place to mitigate accidents and injuries.
Their guidelines include the regulation of temperature in the workplace, regular risk assessments and tests of equipment such as monitors and computers. Many organisations have mandatory courses on health and safety and how to work more ergonomically with computers – informing employees so that they can take steps to avoid eye strain or other illness associated with an office environment.
Furthermore, all employers are required to have insurance known as Workers’ Compensation. This insurance protects their employees in the event of an accident at work. If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident at work, this insurance covers any immediate and future loss of earnings. Like care insurance, which is also a mandatory legal requirement, you will be claiming against the insurer rather than the employer directly. This means that you won’t be claiming directly against your employer. Furthermore, if you decide to put your claim into action, your employer cannot dismiss you as a direct result of your personal injury claim.
What sort of situations can lead to a personal injury claim?
There are various situations that can lead to having a valid claim, such as:
- Bending over to lift something heavy without appropriate equipment or training
- A trip or fall over a hazardous area (such as a wet floor or ungritted pavement in the winter)
- Using machinery or equipment without training or with inadequate training
- Lack of ergonomic design in a workspace where a computer is primarily used
All these situations are preventable. Should your employer be at fault in not preventing these situations, you may have a valid claim for compensation.
What will I get from my claim?
The amount of compensation varies according to the circumstances of each individual case. One of our personal injury specialists will advise you on what you can get based on your case. Generally, you will be entitled to loss of earnings as a minimum, which is usually covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance. However, if your situation is more serious, you could claim for pain and suffering caused, adaptations needed to your home or lifestyle, or ongoing care.
We are aware that no case is the same and that no amount of money can benefit you if you have had a particularly harrowing experience. Nonetheless, with our help, we can rebuild your life and hopefully prevent a similar accident from taking place again. Most personal injury cases are settled out of court, but when court proceedings are needed, we can put you in touch with a personal injury solicitor.
How long do I have to make a claim?
You have three years from the date of your injury or accident to make a claim. However, we would advise to act quickly and follow the procedure that your employer should already have in place. All employers should have an accident book where you log any accident you have at work. This log will help you in your claim.
You should also get the details of any witnesses to your accident, which may be harder to do if you do not work with them directly (for example, if they are on the floor above you). Witnesses will help to strengthen your claim.
Types of personal injury claim
Personal injury does not solely constitute a simple trip or fall. We can also assist you if you have faced any of the following situations:
- Back injury
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Industrial disease
- Industrial deafness
Building and construction sites can be particularly dangerous.
Following your unfortunate accident at work, get in touch with our Birmingham experts today for a no obligation assessment of your personal injury compensation claim.
Accident at Work Claims in Birmingham
Whether you work in an office, warehouse or building site, we can assist you in getting the help you need to make a personal injury claim.
If you want to discuss further steps after having an accident at work, call us for a no obligation assessment today. Our advisers cover Birmingham and the surrounding area, such as Dudley and Sutton Coldfield.
If you have been injured while at work and weren’t to blame our Work Accident Lawyers can help you claim compensation through our No Win, No Fee* service.
Call our Work Accident solicitors** on
0800 083 8358 or contact us online.