ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO MAKE A WORK ACCIDENT COMPENSATION CLAIM?
Our solicitors will deal with a personal injury compensation claim related to an accident that occurred whilst at work by using a no win non fee agreement. Our no win no fee* arrangement is completely risk free. For advice, just call our helpline at which time you will speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor with no charge and no further obligation.
There are time limits for personal injury compensation and a claim must have been settled or proceedings must have been issued in a court of law within three years of the injury becoming obvious which is in most cases within three years of the incident itself. In cases of occupational disease with a long latency period the three year limit starts when the disease is finally diagnosed provided that the potential claimant was diligent. There are exceptions to the three year rule for those who are mentally disabled and for minors where the time limit does not start to run until the 18th birthday and expires three years later on the eve of the 21st birthday. In the event that the primary limitation period has expired, the court does have a wide, but rarely exercised discretion to extend the time limits failing which the opportunity to claim compensation will probably have been lost forever.
An employer is under a legal duty to provide a safe system of work and to reduce risk of injury to employees. For hazardous tasks which include lifting operations, an employer must undertake a risk assessment and thereafter reduce risk to an acceptable level for the job in hand. In the case of operations involving manual handling and lifting, an employer is required where reasonably possible to mechanise these operations.