Accidents at work compensation claims
If you have suffered an injury or accident at work, you may just put it down to bad luck, clumsiness, or the risks that were involved with the type of work that you do. However, no matter where you work, your employer has a duty of care toward you at work. If they fail, causing you an injury, they are legally liable and you could be entitled to compensation.
Individuals and family members affected by a work place accident or work place injury may be eligible to claim personal injury compensation on a no win, no fee basis. Our accident at work solicitors have a national reputation for delivering the best possible results for our clients and can help you make an accident at work compensation claim.
Am I entitled to compensation for my workplace injury claim?
If you, or someone you know, has sustained injuries whilst at work, the dedicated Hugh James injury at work solicitors will quickly be able to assess whether there is a valid claim for compensation.
What are my rights if I have had an accident at work claim?
If you have been injured in an accident at work which was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. Your chances of a successful claim will be based on whether you are able to prove that your injuries were caused as a direct result of the negligent acts or omissions of your employer who owed you a duty or care.
How much will you get for a work accident compensation claim?
This really depends on your circumstances and the severity of your injury or illness. This can vary between individuals, but be rest assured that our specialist team is experienced in ensuring that you and your family receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Compensation will include an award for the pain and suffering caused by your illness. In addition, compensation can also be claimed in respect of care needs, financial losses, medical care and treatment.
How long does an accident at work compensation claim take?
There are a number of factors that affect a personal injury claim. These make it difficult to give an exact timescale and are affected by:
- The availability to collect evidence
- Whether the entity responsible admits liability
- The nature of your injury and illness
It’s important to consider all these factors as our specialist solicitors need evaluate the true impact of your injury or illness when calculating your compensation.
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Carlos is a Senior Associate in the Serious Injury Team. He joined Hugh James in 2012. With over two decades of pursing personal injury claims, Carlos is a highly experienced solicitor specialising in cases where clients have suffered life changing and catastrophic injuries, particularly loss of limb and polytrauma.
Carlos adopts a holistic approach ensuring rehabilitation is prioritised together with interim payments in the early stages of the claim.
With an empathetic and client- focused approach, Carlos strives to provide clear and straight forward legal guidance to clients while being mindful of the physical, emotional and financial challenges his clients face.
Your questions answered
If you, or someone you know, has sustained injuries whilst at work, the dedicated Hugh James employer liability solicitors will quickly be able to assess whether there is a valid claim for compensation.
During your free, no obligation consultation our specialist solicitors will discuss whether you or a family member suffered injury as a result of employer liability. If employer liability 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.
In the vast majority of cases, our employer liability and accident claims are funded on a no win, no fee basis, which are 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 cas
If you have been injured in an accident at work which was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. Your chances of a successful claim will be based on if you are able to prove that your injuries were caused as a direct result of the negligent acts or omissions of your employer who owed you a duty or care.
If you have been injured at work and then exercise your right to bring a claim for compensation against your employer, you should then not be adversely treated by your employer. The reality is that although you may be bringing a claim against your employer in name, your claim will actually be handled by your employer’s insurers or solicitors.
Only a small percentage of personal injury claims 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.
Yes. Claims are often brought on behalf of someone who has passed away, usually by their widow/widower or partner, or other executor named in the deceased’s will.
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.
The three year time limit is slightly different in cases in involving repetitive injuries and diseases.
There are two further points to note in respect of the limitation for bringing a personal injury claim and these relate to bringing a claim on behalf of a deceased person and bringing a claim on behalf of a minor (someone under 18).
In the case of fatal accidents, the three year period will start to run from the date of death or when the death is linked to a particular incident or accident.
In the case of minors, their three year limitation period will not start to run until their eighteenth birthday – therefore, their three year limitation period would not expire until their twenty-first birthday.
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.
Yes. If the relevant employer’s liability insurer who was on cover at the time the accident occurred can be located, a claim can still be brought. If the proposed defendant company is no longer trading and has been dissolved/removed from the Register of Companies, it is possible to have the company restored to the register in order to bring the claim.
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