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Injured at work

Accident at work claims

Accidents at work can and do happen and our expert solicitors are on hand to help support you throughout your claim and long after, ensuring you get the compensation, rehabilitation, and wellbeing support you need.

Meet our accident at work solicitors

Many of our accident at work solicitors are considered leaders in the field with a significant amount of expertise.

Tracey Benson, head of serious injury south

Tracey Benson

Head of Serious Injury - South

Matthew Tomlinson, our Head of Serious Injury in the North

Matthew Tomlinson

Head of Serious Injury - North

Expert profile of Richard Gaffney

Richard Gaffney

Principal Lawyer

Richard Crabtree

Richard Crabtree

Principal Lawyer

One of the UK’s leading specialist law firms.

We are proud to have partnerships with national charities and be recognised in the latest legal directories.

Lexcel Law Society Accredited
Chambers Top Ranked UK 2023
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Can I make an accident at work claim?

If you have been injured or suffered harm in your workplace due to the fault of your employer or colleagues, whether that has been caused by faulty machinery or incorrect protective equipment, or an unsafe system of work, you may be able to make an accident at work compensation claim. Our lawyers understand the anxiety felt when you are injured at work and we are on hand to support you.

Employers have a legal duty of care to ensure their employees have a safe working environment and equipment, proper training, and protection. If they breach that duty and you are injured as a result, you are entitled to make a claim against them.

Even if your accident was caused by a colleague's actions or negligence, your employer is responsible for compensating you because of their negligence. Every employer, by law, must have employers' liability insurance, to make sure they can pay compensation for any accidents at work that result in illness or injury. This is particularly important as this means the injured person is protected from a business not having the financial means to pay compensation.

Types of work accident claims

There are many ways in which you could be injured in the workplace, and we have been instructed to represent clients for a wide range of accidents. Here are just some examples of workplace accident claims we have worked on:

  • Construction accidents: Construction sites remain one of the most dangerous places to work and we have helped many people who have been injured when working on them due to falls from height, electrocution, manual handling lifting incidents, faulty machinery, lack of training or suitable staff are common examples.
  • Defective equipment: You have a right to expect the equipment you use at work to be safe, but unfortunately, poor maintenance and inadequate safety procedures mean some equipment is defective or inappropriate for the job in hand, which can cause injuries.
  • Warehouse and factory injuries: Though warehouses and factories are far safer than they used to be, accidents do still happen, so if you have been injured or have been made ill from working in one, we can help.
  • Military injuries: If you have been injured in a military accident or suffered because of negligence, we can help.

How do I make an accident at work claim?

If you believe your injury could have been prevented and your employer or colleague was at the fault you should then seek legal advice from our expert accident at work solicitors who will support you throughout the entire process.

  1. Contact us online today to speak to one of our experts, who will be able to discuss your claim with you.
  2. We will assess your claim and collect all the relevant evidence, including speaking to medical experts and witnesses and gathering evidence/disclosure.
  3. We can help you deal with the Health and Safety Executive who may also be investigating the accident and a potential criminal prosecution because of illegal practices.
  4. To support your personal injury claim, we’ll need to obtain medical evidence. We will obtain this evidence with your permission, and then assess your medical records and arrange for you to have an examination with an independent medical expert who specialises in providing expert medical evidence required in cases such as this.
  5. We’ll ensure you have access to the best quality treatment and rehabilitation to maximise the chances of a full recovery and future independence.
  6. In most cases, negotiations will lead to a successful conclusion of a claim. However, there are occasions when a successful settlement cannot be reached and we will need to commence Court Proceedings and proceed to a hearing before a Judge. Most cases reach a compromise without the need for a full hearing before a Judge.
  7. Our expert solicitors will keep you informed and supported as the claim progresses.

Steve's Story: Electrocuted on a Construction Site

Life-altering injuries caused by a construction site accident left our client unable to perform daily activities and can no longer continue in his line of employment. Here’s how our Serious Injury lawyer, Jamie Day, is supporting his case.

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Why choose our accident at work solicitors?

Having a reliable and skilled solicitor is essential when addressing personal injuries. Our experts have earned top rankings from reputable independent legal guides such as Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. They also hold esteemed positions within APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers), such as Vice President, Senior Litigator and Brain Injury Specialist.

In addition to securing multiple awards at the national Personal Injury Awards, our accreditation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Law Society's Lexcel program underscores our commitment to the highest standards of professionalism. This dedication ensures that our clients receive the highest levels of service possible.

We collaborate closely with medical professionals to assess injuries and determine the necessary future care and rehabilitation. This collaborative approach enhances our ability to negotiate fair compensation on your behalf. Within our teams, we have an in-house rehabilitation coordinator to ensure you receive optimal support for a successful recovery.

Our focus is on your long-term recovery, and we work closely with various charities that assist those who have experienced serious injuries. This includes, but is not limited to, After Matters, Headway, and the Spinal Injuries Association. Through these partnerships, we can guide you towards ongoing help and support for both you and your family.

Our accident at work solicitors understand the complexity of bringing a claim against your employer and will use their expert insight to help you achieve the compensation you deserve.

Talk to us about your case

Call us now on:   0330 041 5869

Why choose Slater and Gordon?

No Win No Fee

We offer 'No Win No Fee' funding on workplace incident cases, meaning there's no financial risk to you.

Leading legal specialists

We have teams of legal experts who specialise in representing those who’ve suffered harm in their workplace due to negligence.

Speed of delivery

As experts in these specialist cases, we'll ensure your case is dealt with swiftly, providing consistent updates, whilst ensuring you receive the maximum compensation.

Excellent reputation

We’re a reputable national law firm with expert lawyers in several specialist areas across England, Scotland and Wales.

Talk to us about your case

Call us now on:   0330 041 5869

Frequently asked questions about accident at work claims

Will you be paid in full after an injury at work?

Whether you get full pay if injured at work depends on your employer. Your employer is not obliged to pay you your full wage if you are absent for a prolonged time because of an injury but you may be entitled to statutory sick pay. We would recover the loss of earnings for you as part of your claim.

How long after an accident at work can you make a claim?

You have up to three years to make an accident at work claim.

Can I make an accident at work claim if I’m partly at fault?

Yes, you can still make a claim even if you were partly at fault. However, the amount of compensation you receive may be reduced if you were partly to blame.

Can I make a No Win No Fee accident at work claim?

Most of the accident at work claims we handle are pursued by way of a no win no fee agreement. If you have been injured at work and we believe there are reasonable prospects of success, then you can make a no win no fee claim.

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