Claim Compensation for Workplace Accidents in Birmingham
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. 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 Work 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 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. 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.
How do I claim for Workers Compensation?
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.
Employer Negligence – A Company’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 car insurance, which is also a mandatory legal requirement, you will be claiming against the insurer. 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 accidents can lead to a workplace injury claim?
There are various situations that can lead to having a valid claim, such as:
- Bending over to lift something heavy or manual handling without appropriate equipment or training
- A trip or slip 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, causing RSI and joint pains, especially to necks.
- Falls from heights, especially from ladders
- Complacent or careless co-workers
- Being hit by moving vehicles or machinery
- Fire, explosions or electrocutions aren’t as common, but no less seriously dangerous
- Not being provided suitable PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for your job
- Being assaulted by fellow staff, customers or even animals.
- Striking against obstructions that shouldn’t be present or not highlighted.
- Becoming trapped by equipment or heavy objects.
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 workers compensation 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.
Related Types of Personal Injury Claim
Personal injury does not solely constitute a simple slip, trip or fall. We can also assist you if you have faced any of the following:
- Back injury
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Industrial disease
- Injuries and illness from working outside or in the cold
- Industrial deafness
- Building and construction sites
Following your unfortunate accident at work, get in touch with our experts today for a no obligation assessment of your workplace injury compensation claim.
Claim Compensation for Accidents at Work with our Solicitors for Birmingham
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 us today for tailored advice on whether or not you can claim compensation. Call our Work Accident solicitors** on 08000838358 or contact us online.