Claim Compensation for a Workplace Accident 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 a workplace accident has occurred in Birmingham due to the fault of another worker or your employer, then you may have a claim for personal injury compensation.
No Win, No Fee Workplace Accident Claims in Birmingham
When you are thinking about your workplace accident in Birmingham, there are two questions to consider making a successful claim:
- Did you 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 team can give you a free, 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 in Birmingham 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. Pay-outs from this are commonly referred to as workers’ compensation. This insurance protects their employees in the event of an accident at work. If you are unfortunate enough to be in a workplace accident in Birmingham, 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 non-gritted 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 for not preventing these situations, you may have a valid claim for compensation.
What will I get from my worker’s compensation claim?
The amount of compensation varies according to the circumstances of each individual case. One of our personal injury specialists will inform 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 the insurance’s workers’ compensation pay-out. 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, our personal injury solicitors** will guide you through the process.
How long do I have to make a claim for a workplace accident in Birmingham?
You have three years from the date of your injury or accident to make a claim. However, we would suggest you 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. Witnesses will help to strengthen your claim.
Related Types of Personal Injury Claim
Whilst workplace accidents in Birmingham are largely slip, trip, or fall accidents, we can 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
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 a Workplace Accident 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 team covers 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 workplace accident solicitors** for Birmingham can help you claim compensation through our no win, no fee* service. Call us today for tailored guidance on whether you can claim compensation. Call our team on 08000838358^ or contact us online.