Overview

Throughout the country, many professions require the use of work equipment or machinery to carry out day to day tasks. In some instances the equipment or machinery can be faulty, not well maintained or used without proper precaution, which can lead to a personal injury.

The employer has a responsibility to ensure that relevant training, protective safety equipment and properly maintained machinery and equipment the mechanical equipment is fit for purpose, well maintained and that health and safety protocol is followed for the employees using it.

Machine work accidents can have a devastating effect on those injured and their families. Individuals may suffer prolonged pain, ill-health and psychological issues caused by the stress and anguish of the incident. They may also, along with family members, suffer financial difficulties caused by loss of earnings and the cost of treatment. In extreme cases, families may also suffer the death of a loved one causing further financial pressure and difficulties.

If you have been injured by machinery or workplace equipment then your employer may be negligent and liable for a claim.

Hugh James is one of the largest accidents at work solicitors in the UK and the largest in Wales. Here, you’ll have access to the specialist solicitors who will assist with your claim, where ever you are in the UK.

Our solicitors deal with extremely complex cases and have the skills, experience and knowledge to act in your best interests to claim the compensation you deserve.

We can help you with no win, no fee claim and offer free advice and guidance, without obligation, when investigating your claim.

Key contact

Iain Scott is a partner at Hugh James. A Fellow of APIL he has in excess of 20 years experience in representing injured clients. He undertakes a broad range of high value claims including fatal accidents, accidents at work, public liability and serious road traffic accidents.

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Your questions answered

How do I make a claim?
 

During your free, no obligation consultation our specialist solicitors will discuss whether you are entitled to make a claim. If negligence is established, we will discuss the various options with you, including the no win, no fee element of your personal injury claim. You will be provided with a step-by-step breakdown of how we will proceed with your accident at work compensation claim without obligation to proceed.

How much will making machine works accident claim cost?
 

In the vast majority of cases, our machine works accident claims are funded on a no win, no fee basis, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs).

This means that if your case is unsuccessful you will not have to pay anything. We will only take on your case if, after assessing your claim, we decide that there is a reasonable chance of success. Our initial consultation is free, so you won’t pay a penny if we don’t accept your case.

What is classified as ‘work equipment’?
 

In Wales and the rest of Britain, according to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, work equipment is defined as ‘any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or other installation for use at work’. There is a wide variety of equipment that could be used during employment, these include:

  • saws, drills, hammers, ladders;
  • electrical tools;
  • automated presses and cutting, shaping tools;
  • docking, unloading  and heavy lifting tools; and
  • vehicles.

There are some exceptions to the definition, including animals and substances such as gasses stored in the workplace.

Will I have to go to court?
 

Only a small percentage of personal injury claims brought will actually proceed to trial though we do prepare every case in depth to make sure we are ready should it go to court.

The personal injury procedural system is geared towards encouraging parties to be open with each other so that any claims for compensation can be settled without the need for going to court, which can save both time and cost.

A lot of people are naturally nervous and uncomfortable about going to court.  We understand this and will advise you every step of the way, should your case reach a trial.

What are the time limits in respect of bringing a personal injury claim?
 

There are strict time limits in personal injury claims.  The usual rule is that a potential claimant has three years from the date of an accident within which to bring a claim for compensation.

The court does have the discretion to override the three year period, but it is not regularly exercised.

Although there is a three year period within which to bring court proceedings, it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible should you believe you might have a claim.  

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