Accident at work claim

Accident at work claim

For getting your life back on track

Personal injuries sustained at work can have various consequences, impacting your physical wellbeing and your ability to perform everyday tasks. Such injuries can disrupt your work life, daily routines and leisure activities. And beyond the immediate physical implications, personal injuries often come with emotional and financial burdens.

The uncertainty surrounding your health, future employment prospects and financial stability can be overwhelming. If your injury was caused by the negligence or actions of an employee, your employer or an organisation, you have the right to seek compensation to address your suffering and any financial setbacks you've encountered.

Switalskis understands the seriousness of your situation. With a focus on accident at work claims for personal injuries, our dedicated personal injury team is here to guide you through the process of securing the compensation you deserve. Our team is experienced in handling a wide range of personal injury claims, including those stemming from accidents at work, and we approach these claims with the sensitivity they need. We can help you by providing clear and compassionate guidance so you can be well informed at every step.

Making a claim with us means more than just obtaining legal representation; it means receiving support from a team committed to advocating for your rights.

To discover how we can assist you with your situation, don't hesitate to contact us at 0800 138 0458 or reach out to us through our website . Your wellbeing and your rights matter to us, and we’re here to help you every step of the way

To get started, give us a call today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch with us through our website to find out more about how we can help.

How Switalskis can help

We know that workplace injuries can have multiple impacts on your life, and our solicitors are here to provide you with support throughout your compensation claim journey. When you reach out to us, our first step is to discuss your situation. This enables us to gather a strong understanding of your unique circumstances and assess the viability of your claim.

We pride ourselves on making sure that our clients are fully informed about the claims process.

We’re dedicated to simplifying the process and breaking down complex legal matters into easily understandable terms. This approach allows you to focus your energy on your recovery, knowing that your claim is in capable hands.

Our solicitors will seek to understand how your injury has impacted your life on a personal level. Our comprehensive and compassionate approach helps to create a close working relationship with you, guiding you towards the path of recovery. Your wellbeing is our top priority, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Read what our clients had to say about the help they received from Switalskis

How can negligence lead to sprains and strains?

Sprains and strains can be caused by someone else's negligence or oversight. Your employer, your local council and other authorities have a responsibility to reduce your risk of injury, Here are some common scenarios where you might sustain a sprain or strain and where someone else might be liable for the accident:

  • Workplace incidents: employers have a responsibility to keep you safe. Lack of proper training or faulty equipment can lead to sprains and strains on the job.
  • Road traffic accidents: reckless driving, not following traffic rules or driving under the influence can cause accidents that result in sprains, strains and related injuries. If another driver is at fault, you might have a claim.
  • Slips, trips and falls: public spaces and businesses should be safe for everyone. Slippery floors without warning signs, uneven surfaces or poor lighting can result in falls that lead to sprains and strains.
  • Sports and recreational activities: poor supervision, substandard equipment or a failure to enforce safety measures can cause avoidable injuries during sports or other recreational activities.
  • Assaults and attacks: intentional acts of violence can sometimes result in sprains and strains.

Many of these incidents can be avoided with proper care and attention. At Switalskis, we want to support you if you've been hurt due to someone else's negligence. We understand how disruptive even a ‘minor’ injury can be, and we're here to help you get the compensation you deserve.

How can negligence in the workplace lead to injuries?

Personal injuries sustained in the workplace often stem from negligence or oversights on the part of employers, other staff members or poorly executed safety measures. Here are some common scenarios where workplace injuries can happen due to negligence:

Inadequate training

Employers have a legal responsibility to provide comprehensive training to their employees. Failure to do so can result in accidents, especially in jobs that involve heavy machinery or hazardous materials.

Poor equipment maintenance

Malfunctioning or poorly maintained equipment can pose serious risks to workers. Employers must make sure that all machinery and tools are in proper working condition to prevent accidents.

Lack of protective gear

In some industries, personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential to prevent injuries. Employers are obliged to provide suitable PPE and make sure it’s used properly.

Unsafe work environment

Hazardous conditions in the workplace, such as slippery floors, uneven surfaces or inadequate lighting, can lead to slips, trips and falls.

Failure to implement safety measures

A lack of safety measures and protocols, or failing to keep them up to the standards mandated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can significantly increase the likelihood of accidents. By law, employers must establish and enforce safety rules to protect their employees.

Overworked employees

Fatigue from long working hours and excessive workload can impair employees’ concentration and reaction times, increasing the risk of accidents.

Inadequate supervision

In environments like construction sites or factories where close supervision is essential, a lack of oversight can lead to accidents and injuries.

Our solicitors commit to supporting people who’ve suffered due to the negligence of others who owe them a duty of care. We approach each case with compassion, recognising the impact injuries can have on your life. Our goal is to guide you towards securing the compensation you rightfully deserve.

What types of workplace injuries can be claimed for?

Various types of injuries can come from incidents at work, and these can make you eligible to claim compensation. Examples that we often help our clients to deal with include:

  • Slips, trips and falls: accidents resulting from wet floors, uneven surfaces or poorly maintained walkways can lead to injuries such as sprains, fractures or head injuries.
  • Musculoskeletal injuries: repetitive strain injuries (RSI), back injuries and muscle strains often happen in jobs that involve heavy lifting, awkward postures or extended periods of sitting.
  • Falling objects: workers in construction or warehouses may be at risk of objects falling from heights, causing head injuries, fractures or cuts.
  • Machinery accidents: inadequate training, malfunctioning machinery or lack of safety guards can result in accidents leading to serious injuries, including amputations or crush injuries.
  • Exposure to hazardous materials: workers exposed to harmful chemicals, fumes or dust may suffer respiratory problems, skin conditions or long-term illnesses.
  • Burns and scalds: employees in kitchens, factories or chemical plants may encounter accidents involving hot surfaces or chemicals, causing burns and scalds.
  • Electrical accidents: inadequate electrical safety measures can lead to shocks, burns or electrocutions, especially in jobs that involve electrical work.
  • Workplace violence: physical assaults or confrontations in the workplace can result in injuries.
  • Traffic accidents: employees who drive as part of their job may be involved in road accidents, leading to various injuries, including whiplash and head injuries.

It's vital to recognise that workplace injuries can have emotional and financial repercussions. Switalskis is dedicated to assisting people who’ve suffered injuries in the workplace to weigh up all of their losses and claim compensation that covers them.

Making a workplace accident claim

Navigating a personal injury claim after a workplace accident may seem overwhelming, especially when you're dealing with the aftermath of an injury. At Switalskis, our team is here to provide you with the guidance and support you need throughout the claims process.

Here's a step-by-step breakdown of how making a workplace accident claim typically works:

Step 1: Initial consultation

Your compensation claim begins when you reach out to our experienced personal injury team. During this initial consultation, we'll listen carefully to the specifics of your situation. We’ll provide you with insights into what you can expect from your claim and address any immediate concerns you may have.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

We'll start the process of gathering essential evidence to support your case. This evidence may include medical records, incident reports, witness testimonies and any relevant communications with people or organisations involved in the incident. If your claim includes financial setbacks, we'll also need financial evidence that outlines your expenses and costs related to the injury.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

Once we've built a strong case on your behalf, we will formally notify the party responsible for your injury, as well as their insurance provider. This notification informs them of your intention to make a claim and initiates the process of seeking compensation.

Step 4: Negotiation

In some cases, the responsible party may accept liability, allowing us to proceed directly to compensation negotiations. However, if they dispute your claim, we’re fully prepared to escalate the matter to court.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

While many workplace accident claims are resolved in negotiations, certain situations may need court intervention.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

Upon the successful resolution of your claim, we’ll make sure that the defendant fulfils their obligation to compensate you for the physical and financial losses you've endured due to the workplace accident.

Throughout every stage of the claims process, we remain committed to keeping you informed and empowered to make the right decisions. With Switalskis by your side, you can focus on your recovery and overall wellbeing while we work diligently to secure the compensation you deserve.

What are the time limits for making a workplace accident compensation claim?

Generally, personal injury claims must be brought within three years of the accident or incident that resulted in the injury. However, in cases involving workplace injuries, the time limit may start from the date you became aware of the injury's consequences, as some injuries may take time to fully manifest.

It's important to note some exceptions to this three-year time frame:

  • Children: if the accident or injury involved a child, you can initiate a claim at any time before the child's 18th birthday. After turning 18, the child has until they reach the age of 21 to bring their own claim.
  • Mental capacity: in situations where you’re acting on behalf of someone who lacks the mental capacity to make a claim themselves, the standard time constraints might not apply.

The claims process can be time-consuming, and every case is unique, presenting its own set of challenges. Starting a claim as soon as possible is often beneficial, as it allows us to build a stronger case on your behalf. We recommend contacting us as soon as possible after your workplace accident, allowing us to begin working diligently to enhance your chances of a successful claim.

Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

Our accident at work claim specialists

photo of Mark Hollinghurst
Mark HollinghurstDirector and Solicitor
John McQuaterDirector and Solicitor Advocate
Katrina ElseySenior Associate Litigation Executive
Photo of Louise Moore
Louise MoorePortal Co-ordinator
Photo of Kelly Homar
Kelly HomarSenior Associate Chartered Legal Executive
View more

What will workplace accident compensation cover? How much compensation can I claim?

Workplace accident compensation can provide support for your recovery and is typically divided into two primary categories:

  • General damages address the physical and emotional trauma resulting from your workplace injury. The severity of your injury plays a significant role in determining the amount of compensation you may be entitled to. Generally, more severe injuries result in higher compensation amounts to help you cope with the challenges you face.
  • Special damages account for any financial setbacks you've experienced as a direct result of your workplace injury. These can include, but aren’t limited to, medical expenses, lost wages due to time off work and various support costs necessary for your recovery.

How are workplace accident compensation claims funded?

We understand the financial concerns that you may have when considering a workplace accident compensation claim. Therefore, we operate on a no win, no fee basis for the majority of our personal injury claims, including those related to workplace accidents. This means you won't need to pay any legal fees upfront and there will be no surprise fees during the course of your claim. Instead, you will pay your fees to us on the successful outcome of your case, as an agreed proportion will be deducted from your compensation payout. If we’re unsuccessful in securing compensation, you won’t have to pay any fees to us.

If you have concerns about managing the costs associated with pursuing a workplace accident compensation claim, we can discuss your options during your initial consultation.

What to remember when making a workplace injury compensation claim

Your wellbeing should be your top priority following a workplace accident. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, seeking immediate medical attention is vital. The symptoms of some injuries might not become clear immediately, but they can have serious consequences if left undiagnosed.

If you've sustained an injury in a workplace accident, here are important steps to remember that can improve your chances of obtaining the necessary support and compensation:

  • Seek medical attention: consult a medical professional after any workplace injury. Medical records and reports are important pieces of evidence in a compensation claim, and a healthcare expert's opinion carries significant weight.
  • Report the accident: if the injury happened at your workplace or in a public area, notify the relevant authorities or management. This not only creates an official record of the incident but can also play a vital role in preventing similar accidents in the future.
  • Document the scene: take clear photographs of the scene of the accident or any factors that contributed to your injury. Visual evidence can provide valuable support for your claim, helping to establish the circumstances of the incident.

To get started, give us a call today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch with us through our website to find out more about how we can help.

Why Switalskis?

When it comes to pursuing a compensation claim for an injury sustained at work, Switalskis is here to provide expert guidance every step of the way. We offer efficient and compassionate legal advice that sets us apart.

Clarity in complexity

Personal injury claims can seem complex and overwhelming at first. At Switalskis, we believe in simplifying the process for you. We're committed to translating legal jargon into plain language, addressing your concerns and making sure you understand each stage of your claim and every decision you encounter.

Empathy at every step

Your concerns matter and, at Switalskis, you're not just a client; you're navigating a challenging period of your life, and we're here to provide the support you need.

Expertise you can trust

Navigating a personal injury compensation claim needs both expertise and trust. With Switalskis, you benefit from our extensive experience and consistent track record in handling a wide range of personal injury claims.

Championing your rights

Our team is dedicated to upholding your rights and making sure your voice is heard throughout the claims process. We stand by your side at every phase, providing the information you need to make informed decisions. You can rely on us to transform a daunting ordeal into a path toward compensation and recovery. We fight hard to achieve the best results on your behalf, including securing a settlement for you at the earliest opportunity.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:

Find out how Switalskis can help you

Call our team today to learn more about how you can make an accident at work claim. Contact us on 0800 1380 458 or get in touch with us through our website.

When completing this form, the details you provide will only be used to deal with your enquiry. Please read our Privacy Policy for more information on how your data is used and stored.

Contact us