Employers have to provide certain levels of care for their employees and ensure health and safety laws are implemented. The law gives people the right to claim compensation for their injuries or illnesses when accidents at work happen.
Claiming for compensation after an accident at work can be scary, but you’re legally protected from unfair dismissal. If you are unsure about claiming against your employer, give us a call on
How common are accidents at work?
Every workplace has hazards, and employers usually go to great lengths to eliminate any risk of injury to their staff. By testing machinery, installing safety equipment and enforcing certain codes of dress and conduct they can make an accident far less likely. Frequent and thorough training and frequent health and safety checks can also reduce the likeliness of an accident or injury in the workplace.
If you have sustained a personal injury at work, due to the negligence of your employer, you could be entitled to claim compensation. To see if you’re eligible, call us now on
Does claiming against my employer put me at risk?
The short and simple answer is: no. Even though it might seem like an aggressive decision to claim compensation against your employer, it is actually a perfectly normal legal procedure. Your workplace will have Employers Liability Insurance to cover any harm caused to a member of staff, so the money won’t come directly out of your employer’s pocket.
Furthermore, it’s illegal to take disciplinary action or force someone into unemployment following a successful, or unsuccessful personal injury claim. It would be classed as ‘unfair dismissal’ to do this, and the repercussions for your employer would be far more expensive and time consuming than dealing with your genuine personal injury claim.
There are many types of workplace injuries
National Accident Helpline covers all types of workplace claims, whether they are instant injuries, or illnesses and diseases picked up through work. Many accidents happen in work roles which require physical activity, such as in warehouses or restaurants, or where there is exposure to dangerous materials and substances, like in factories or laboratories.
However, 1 in 3 major injuries in the workplace occur by slipping on a wet floor or tripping over wires, which can happen in a standard office. We also cover road accidents if driving is a significant part of the injured party’s job, and the incident was through no fault of their own.
Whatever your job is, the best way to find out if you have a claim is to fill out our simple online form, chat to one of our advisors using our live chat feature, or call us on
Common types of injuries & illnesses in the workplace
It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as losing a limb; there are other ailments that can seriously affect your wellbeing and overall health which are eligible for compensation. Having time off work due to an accident or illness can have a financial impact, which is why we always factor that into our compensation amounts. A few examples of injuries and illnesses in the workplace include:
Repetitive Strain Injury – Also known as RSI, this is a disorder that occurs when an activity has been repeated causing pain in the involved muscles.
Vibration White Finger – If you operate machinery that constantly vibrates, it can affect your blood vessels, dexterity and nervous system which can have an impact later on in life.
Industrial Deafness – A reduction in hearing from exposure to high decibel noise at work can be a disheartening condition that has a bearing on your life.
Chemical Injury – Including burns or sensory impairment; usually from working in laboratories.
Asbestosis – A disease which affects a person later on in life, Asbestosis is a disease picked up from inhaling or being exposed to the dangerous substance.
Broken Bones – Broken bones can range in severity and in the more severe cases, can require long periods of rehabilitation.
Read some of our testimonials to find out a bit more about the people we’ve helped, the injuries they have overcome and the compensation they have received as a result.
How long do I have to claim?
There is a three year time limit on claiming compensation for a workplace accident. The clock starts ticking the moment the accident happens, or from the moment you find out that your ailment, illness or injury is due to negligence at work. The latter is useful for diseases that don’t show symptoms for a long time, like mesothelioma, which is caused by asbestos.
Putting together a workplace accident claim can take time, as it needs a highly trained solicitor, like the ones chosen by National Accident Helpline, to help put together a portfolio of evidence that proves your employers were at fault.
National Accident Helpline’s solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis, so there’s no cost to you if you lose. A small portion of your compensation will be paid to the lawyers, but only if you’ve successfully won your case. There are no risks or hidden costs involved if your case is unsuccessful.
If you’ve had an accident at work in the last three years and are thinking about making a claim, don’t hesitate, use our online claim form or call us now on
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