The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Accidents At Work
If you’ve suffered an injury at work, our team of dedicated solicitors work to secure the best possible outcome for your claim.
Covering all possible accident types, including building site accidents, factory accidents, warehouse accidents and more, we’ll investigate your claim and provide the relevant information if you are entitled to compensation.
View some of our most frequently asked questions regarding accidents at work below. If your query isn’t answered, contact our team for expert guidance on 01782 652363.
The Most Popular Questions For Accidents At Work
You have three years in which to bring an accident at work claim. However, it can be more difficult to pursue claims if they are not started until close to the three year deadline. This can include issues with obtaining insurance to cover the claim, and problems arising due to documents or information being lost over time. It is usually best to start a claim as soon as you are able to do so, and ideally within two and a half years of the accident occurring.
Make sure that the accident is reported to your employer, and that an accident report is filled out. If an accident book is completed, ensure that you read through what has been written and that it is correct before signing any document and ask for a copy of the report. If you report your accident to your employer via email, keep a copy of this. If possible, take photographs of the accident scene and take details of any witnesses.
The value of your injury claim will depend upon the injuries that you have sustained and any additional financial losses caused by those injuries. In order to be able to value your claim, your solicitor will arrange an appointment for you with an independent medical expert who will provide a report detailing the injuries that you sustained in your accident. They will also put together a schedule of any additional financial losses (such as loss of earnings). Once all of this evidence is complete, we will be able to give you an accurate estimate of the value of your claim.
In most cases, once you have provided us with details of your accident and the injuries that you have sustained, we will be able to submit details of your accident claim directly to your employer’s insurers via an online claims portal. The insurers will then have a set period of time to investigate and respond with their decision as to whether to accept or deny liability for your accident. The procedure is slightly different for claims which are more complex or involve serious injury, but your specialist solicitor will provide you with more detailed advice in those cases.
The compensation will be paid by insurers of the company or person who is found to be at fault. This may be your direct employer, the owners of the premises where you were working, or in relation to construction site accidents, the main contactors of the project.
The length of time it takes for a claim to reach settlement varies from case to case. It is affected by how the claim develops (for example whether the defendants accept or deny liability) and the injuries that have been sustained (for example whether multiple medical reports are needed, or if you need ongoing treatment for your injuries). For straightforward claims where the defendants admit liability we would hope to settle cases within a period of 12 months, however the settlement period can be longer or shorter due to factors outside of our control.