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A compensation claim for an accident at work can be a complex legal matter that requires the attention of a personal injury solicitor with detailed experience of industrial accidents. Our work accident solicitors are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts and they deal with compensation claims ranging from minor slips or falls to injuries of the utmost severity including fatal accidents, spinal injury and brain damage. If you are an innocent victim and have been injured at work within the last three years then you should be able to recover damages using the no win no fee* scheme. If you instruct our work accident solicitors to represent you in an injury compensation claim we offer a risk free claims process.

Work Accident Health & Safety

An employer is under a legal duty to minimise risk thereby reducing the number of work accident compensation claims by taking reasonable care for the health and safety of employees. This is embodied in both case law and in numerous statutes passed by parliament for the protection of employees. There are in addition other circumstances where an employer may be absolutely liable for his acts or omissions which result in injury to his employees

Safe System of Work

An employer is required to provide competent co-workers, adequate materials and equipment and a safe system of work with proper training and supervision and if he does not do so and an accident causing personal injury occurs then the employer may be liable to compensate the employee

Employers Negligence

In practice this means that if you are injured by a co-workers negligent mistake or as a result of dangerous or faulty machinery, equipment or premises or as a result of unsafe working practices or lack of supervision or training or instruction on lifting or due to inadequate safety equipment or protective clothing then your work accident solicitor may be able to make an accident compensation claim.

Health & Safety Law

Legislation appertaining to health and safety at work used by work accident solicitors to pursue a personal injury compensation claim is mainly contained in the following statutes :-

  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992
    • Requires every employer to make an assessment of the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst at work, and of other people not in his employment who are affected by his business operations.
  • The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
    • Require employers to meet minimum standards regarding maintenance of the workplace, ventilation, the temperature of indoor workplaces, lighting, cleaning and waste materials, room dimensions and space, and the condition of floors and traffic routes. The regulations state that these shall have no holes, slopes or be uneven or slippery so as to expose any person to a risk to his health and safety and floors must have effective means of drainage where necessary and be free from obstructions and articles or substances which would be likely to cause a person to slip, trip or fall.
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
    • Specify that work equipment including machinery must be suitable for the purpose, maintained, in good working order and repair, that information and instructions are available, training is provided and that there is protection against specified risks to health and safety.
  • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
    • Specify that so far as is reasonably practicable, each employer must avoid the need for his employees to undertake any manual handling operations at work which involve a risk of their being injured. Where it is not reasonably practicable to avoid the need for manual handling, then a suitable and sufficient industrial accident claims risk assessment must be carried out.
  • The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
    • This health and safety law requires that employers shall ensure that suitable personal protective equipment is provided to his employees. The employer must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the protective equipment is properly used.

Time Limits

In actions for damages for personal injury, the limitation period is three years. This starts from the date on which the injury occurred or from the date the person first had knowledge of the injury. This means that a work accident solicitor must either settle the claim by payment of compensation or at least issue legal proceedings in a court of law within the limitation period failing whicvh the opportunity to receive compensation may be lost forwever.The court can extend the normal limitation period where the claimant was under the age of 18 years old at the time of the accident. The court has a wide power to extend the normal time limits for accident at work compensation claims.

Compensation Awards

Compensation that can be claimed includes "pain and suffering" for both the initial injury and for ongoing disability, together with compensation for any disadvantage on the labour market caused by permanent injury. In addition actual financial losses caused as a result of an accident at work can also be claimed including :-

  • loss of earnings
  • special care aids and equipment
  • adapted transport
  • prescription charges and medical fees
  • travelling expenses
  • cost of care and assistance
  • adapted accommodation
  • costs of assistance for household chores
  • other losses

Work Accident Solicitors

Our work accident solicitors operate the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. If you would like free advice on no win no fee* compensation claims just use the helpline or complete the contact form and a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts will speak to you on the telephone with no further obligation.



*Legal Information

In the case of CICA claims terms will vary and in the case of MIB claims terms may vary.

The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here