At first making a claim for accident at work compensation can be a daunting experience, and the likelihood is that you will have a number of questions to ask with regards to the process of making a claim.
In light of this, the legal team at Your Accident at Work Claims have answered ten questions that they are most frequently queried on by our clients.
- Am I eligible to make an accident at work claim?
It is your employers’ legal obligation to ensure that either yourself or anyone else on their premises, whether it be either an employee or a visitor, are kept safe at all times.
This can be achieved by undertaking a numerous precautionary measures, such as by providing employees with adequate training and suitable safety equipment, carrying out regular risk assessments, and so on.
If your employer has not fulfilled their duty of care, and you have been injured as a result, then you are entitled to make a claim for accident at work compensation.
You can quickly find out whether or not you are eligible to make a claim by contacting our team today.
- What is the time limit for making a claim?
For standard cases, U.K. law states that you have a 3 year time limit for making an accident at work claim. Once your time limit has passed, your claim will be considered time-barred and you will no longer be entitled to secure compensation.
Mostly, the three year rule comes into effect from the moment that you suffered your workplace injury.
However sometimes, for example if you have developed conditions in later life as a result of your previous job, the time limit begins from the date that you realised you have suffered injuries because of your job.
In addition to this, the time limit is disregarded if the injured party has consequently lost their mental capacity because of a work place injury that they have suffered.
- How much can I expect to receive after making a claim?
Ultimately, every case that our legal specialists handle is unique, therefore we cannot tell you exactly how much you could be entitled to until we hear the full extent of the injuries you have sustained.
There are multiple differing factors that can contribute towards impacting the amount of compensation that you receive.
Firstly, you will secure general damages, which is compensation for any pain, suffering or loss of amenity you have had to contend with following your workplace accident. The amount that you receive in general damages depends on the seriousness of the injury that you suffered.
For more information on how much your claim could be worth in general damages, just head over to our easy to use accident at work compensation calculator.
Furthermore, on top of general damages you will also be able to make a claim for special damages.
Special damages is a pay-out for any extra out of pocket expenses that you may have incurred because of your injury, such as costs for ongoing medical care, loss of earnings or travel expenses.
- How long does the claims process take?
Similarly to question 3, it is difficult to predict how long your claim may take without hearing all the details of your case beforehand.
Once again there are many determining factors that can dictate how long you may have to wait before receiving your settlement.
For minor injuries, the likelihood is that the matter will be settled in a quicker fashion compared to when injuries on the more severe side have been suffered.
However one thing that is certain is no matter how long your claim may take, you will be provided with regular updates from your dedicated personal injury solicitor through every step of your claim.
- How much will it cost me to make a claim?
At Your Accident at Work Claims, we do not request any upfront costs.
You can enquire about making a claim or arrange a consultation with one of our litigation specialists free of charge.
On top of this, every claim that our legal specialists handle is done so on a no win, no fee, and no hidden extras basis.
This means that by claiming with our team, you will never be left out of pocket. Even in the unlikely event that your claim is unsuccessful!
To learn more about our no win no fee policy, click here.
- Can I do anything to help my claims chances of success?
Our legal team are fully aware of how distressing it can be to be suffer from an injury after being involved in an accident at work.
Once we accept your claim, one of our dedicated legal experts will be assigned to your case to handle all the legal aspects of your claim, allowing you to fully focus on making a recovery.
Nevertheless, there are still a few things that you can do to assist us in securing redress for all the losses you have incurred in accident at work compensation:
- Gather evidence such as photographs of the accident location, equipment, accident report forms, videos and details of witnesses
- If you are off work with your injuries, keep payslips for the period you are off and retain payslips from the period prior to the accident
- Keep a record of when the accident happened, where it happened, who was involved and what went wrong
- Keep receipts for any prescriptions or medication you have had to pay for
- Keep a record of any transport journeys (whether by car or public transport) you’ve had to make to and from appointments arising out of your injuries
Check out our full guide on making a successful accident at work claim by clicking here.
- What if there are problems at work?
Unfortunately, in rare cases, workers may have interpersonal and disciplinary issues following an accident at work, or may even be unfairly dismissed by their employer.
By contacting Your Accident at Work Claims, not only will we fight to help you secure justice for the pain and suffering that you injury has caused, but we can also put you in contact with a specialist employment law solicitor if needed.
- Will I have to attend a court hearing?
One question that our legal specialists are regularly asked by clients is whether or not they will need to go to court as part of the claims process.
It is relatively rare that you will have to attend a court hearing as a result of making a claim, however it is not an impossibility.
We fully understand how daunting it can be if you are required to attend court, particularly if it is something that you have not experienced before.
However, client care is at the heart of everything we do, so if you will be needed in court you can be assured that you will have an experienced legal expert by your side to guide you on every step of the way.
- What happens if my claim is unsuccessful?
Our legal team have an unrivalled success rate when it comes to handling accident at work claims, although that doesn’t mean you are not right to think about what happens if your claim loses.
If this unlikely event does occur, our no win no fee policy eliminates the chance of you being at financial risk from bringing a claim*.
- Will my employer find out that I have made a claim?
The answer to this question is, simply put, yes.
The settlement that you will receive by making an accident at work claim will be paid by your employer’s insurance, so your employer will be certainly made aware of the situation.
The main purpose of your employer’s liability insurance is to ensure that employees like you have access to compensation if they are injured in the workplace through no fault of their own.
In the majority of cases that we handle, the affected workers return to employment following their recovery with no adverse ramifications.