I Got Hurt At Work, Do I Need A Lawyer?

You may be asking whether you need a workplace injury lawyer if you are involved in an accident at work. It is always wiser to seek legal representation when making a personal injury claim because it means the chances of receiving compensation are greatly increased.

Whether you suffer minor workplace injuries or something a lot more serious, you have the right to seek compensation if you can show you were not responsible for the accident occurring. Even if you think you are partly liable, you could still make a personal injury claim but the amount you would be awarded would reflect your level of responsibility.

Can I Sue If I Get Hurt In A Workplace Accident?

Our guide to seeking compensation, and whether you need a workplace injury lawyer to represent you, provides essential information and advice on why having a solicitor act on your behalf improves the chances of a successful outcome.

We offer advice on how you could benefit from No Win No Fee terms if a lawyer establishes your claim is strong and therefore has a good chance of being successful. We explain how a No Win No Fee agreement works and why you would not have to pay a lawyer from our panel any fees upfront for them to start acting on your behalf.

To find out more on why a workplace injury lawyer could successfully represent you when you make an accident at work claim, please continue reading our guide. If, on the other hand, you would like to discuss a personal injury claim with a member of the Legal Helpline team, please call us on 0161 696 9685.

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A Guide On How To Claim If Hurt At Work With A Lawyer

Our guide on how a workplace injury lawyer could help you make a successful accident at work claim provides advice and essential reading on why having legal representation improves your chance of being awarded compensation. Personal injury claims can be complex and having an expert act on your behalf means you can avoid any legal pitfalls which could result in an unsuccessful claim, or being awarded less in the way of compensation than you may deserve.

Workplace injury lawyer guide

Hurt at work do I need a lawyer guide

We provide advice on what making an accident at work claim entails, and how a lawyer would ensure that all pre-action protocols and personal injury time limits are respected.

We also provide information on how a solicitor would be of assistance when it comes to gathering as much evidence to support your claim as possible. This includes an all-important medical report that details the extent of the workplace injuries you sustained.

Our guide offers information on how and when you could be injured in the workplace whether through the negligence of an employer, or the negligence of a work colleague. We provide advice on which employees are at greater risk of being injured in the workplace, and how a No Win No Fee lawyer could help when it comes to establishing whether you would be eligible to claim compensation for the workplace injuries you sustained.

We have included an alternative to a personal injury claims calculator which offers an idea of the level of general damages you may be awarded. We explain how special damages are calculated too, and what is needed to support any claims for losses and expenses incurred due to a workplace injury.

Our guide also offers vital information on the different stages involved in making a claim If you’re hurt at work, and how Legal Helpline could be of assistance. If you have any questions at all or would like to proceed with a claim, please get in touch.

What Is A Claim If I’m Hurt At Work In An Accident?

Employers and businesses in the UK are legally obliged to ensure that a workplace is safe for staff and visitors to be in at all times. This is referred to as their duty of care.

The law requires them to hold employers’ liability insurance. Employers and businesses must also follow a host of other health and safety regulations.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, and you believe that your employer breached their responsibilities towards you, it could give you grounds to seek compensation by making an accident at work claim against them.

If the workplace accident is caused through the negligence of a work colleague, or because they made a ‘mistake’, you could still have grounds to sue for compensation.

Proving liability can be challenging in some circumstances, which is when having a workplace injury lawyer act on your behalf can prove beneficial. Our panel of personal injury solicitors have vast experience in representing people who are injured in the workplace whether through no fault of their own or because they were partly responsible for the accident occurring.

An experienced workplace injury lawyer understands and respects the legal process involved in filing an accident at work claim. This includes following pre-action protocols and time limits associated with personal injury claims, all of which goes a long way when it comes to increasing the chance of a workplace accident claim being successful.

To discuss an accident at work claim with a Legal Helpline adviser, please get in contact on the number at the top of this page, or chat with us now using our live chat, bottom right.

Why Do I Need A Lawyer If I Got Hurt At Work?

It is always wise to seek legal advice following a workplace accident in which you suffered any sort of injury. The reason being is that accident at work claims can prove challenging when it comes to establishing responsibility, or in other words, that your employer breached their duty of care.

Another reason for working with a workplace injury lawyer is because there are strict time limits associated with personal injury claims, and these must be respected to avoid having a claim ‘time barred’. All personal injury claims must be lodged within 3 years of the date of the accident or the date you obtained knowledge that the injury was at least partially the fault of the defendant.

You could opt to seek legal representation from a firm of solicitors who do not offer to represent claimants on a No Win No Fee basis. However, going down this route can prove expensive from the outset. The reason being is that you would have to pay a solicitor an upfront fee for them to begin their investigations. There would also be ongoing fees to pay as a case progresses whether through the courts or not.

Another option is to seek advice and legal representation from a lawyer who offers No Win No Fee terms to claimants who are injured in the workplace. This is something we can help you with. Your case would need to be assessed and once it has been established that you have a valid claim for a workplace injury, the solicitor would then offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis.

To find out more on the benefits of having a workplace injury lawyer represent you on a No Win No Fee basis, please call Legal Helpline today.

When Could A Lawyer Help People Who Were Hurt At Work?

When you are injured in the workplace, you have the right to seek compensation providing you can show you were not responsible, or that you were only partly at fault for the accident occurring.

However, just because you have the right to make a personal injury claim does not necessarily mean that it does not prove challenging. As such, it is always wiser to seek legal advice from an accident at work lawyer as soon as you can, more especially if you face any of the following:

  • You suffered a serious injury like broken bones which meant you were admitted to hospital for treatment, or your long-term health and well-being was negatively impacted
  • Your injuries are such that your treatment would be carried out by a specialist in the public or private medical sector
  • Your injuries meant you had to take time off work to recover
  • You suffered mental trauma, pain, and suffering
  • Responsibility for the workplace accident in which you were injured is disputed
  • More than one person was injured in the incident at work
  • You were injured on a construction site
  • The evidence and documentation relating to the workplace accident is not accurate. This includes an accident book report
  • Correspondence with an insurance provider
  • The details relating to the workplace accident are complex
  • The liability insurance provider is not accepting liability

If you are worried about making an workplace injury claim and you would like more advice, please contact Legal Helpline today.

Common Ways In Which You Could Be Hurt At Work?

Employers in the UK owe employees a ‘duty of car’. They have a legal obligation to protect employees and other staff as well as visitors to the workplace from being harmed so far as reasonably possible. This is set ou in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and set in place ‘safe working practices’.

One of these practices is providing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) to their employees which includes the following:

  • Dust masks
  • Ear protectors
  • Hard hats
  • High-visibility clothing
  • Safety gloves and shoes/boots

Your employer must also ensure all employees and other staff have been appropriately trained to carry out jobs they are tasked to do in the workplace. A failure to provide any of the above which results in a workplace injury could entitle you to seek compensation.

Some of the more common workplace injuries suffered by employees and other staff include the following:

  • Falls from heights
  • Being injured by hazardous equipment in the workplace
  • Being hit by a moving object or something that falls from height
  • Being hit by a vehicle
  • Manual handling
  • Slips, trips, and/or falls
  • Back injuries

To discuss a workplace accident in which you suffered injuries, please call Legal Helpline today.

Employees Who Are At A Higher Risk Of Getting Hurt At Work

Certain employees and other workers are more at risk of being injured in a workplace accident, and this includes the following:

  • Health care workers
  • Emergency service workers
  • Factory workers
  • Workers on construction and building sites
  • Agricultural workers

If you were injured in a workplace accident and would like to know if you have a valid personal injury claim, please call Legal Helpline today.

How A Lawyer Could Help You Understand Your Eligibility

You may be concerned about your right to seek compensation following an accident at work whether the incident occurred onsite or offsite. A personal injury lawyer understands that proving liability for a workplace accident can be challenging and that many people think they may not be eligible.

No matter what your employment status happens to be at the time of the incident in which you were injured at work, you could be entitled to seek compensation. This applies to whether you are any of the following:

  • A full-time employee
  • A part-time employee
  • You are on a zero hours contract
  • You are self-employed but working on a contract for an employer
  • You’re a temporary or agency worker
  • You are a visitor to a workplace, Government building, or public place

An experienced accident at work lawyer understands that some cases are more complex than others and that more in the way of evidence is required to support a claim. This is where Legal Helpline can be of assistance. To find out more, please contact a member of our team today.

Hurt At Work Compensation Claims Calculator

We have added an alternative to a personal injury claims calculator for injuries sustained in an accident at work. The table below provides an idea of how much your claim may be worth.

The amounts indicated are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines and are awarded in general damages, which relates to your physical pain and psychological suffering. The amounts do not include any special damages that may be included in a successful accident at work claim.

InjuryAmount Awarded in General Damages based on Judicial College GuidelinesDetails
Psychological anguishUp to £4,380Deemed less severe
NeckUp to £139,210Deemed a severe injury
Back£26,050 - £36,390Deemed moderately severe
Shoulder£7,410 - £11,980Deemed moderately severe
Pelvis / Hips£24,950 - £36,770Deemed moderately severe
Forearm Bone£6,190 - £18,020Single fracture deemed severe
Elbow£14,690 - £30,050Deemed less serious
WristUp to £6,970Deemed less severe
FingerUp to £34,480Deemed a severe fracture
Little Finger & Ring FingerUp to £20,480Amputation necessary

To speak to a member of our team for a more accurate estimate on how much your accident at work claim may be worth, please call Legal Helpline today.

What Is A Claim For Special Damages?

You have the right to claim back any financial losses and expenses you had to cope with following an accident at work in which you were injured.

Successful personal injury compensation can include two parts. These are general damages for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity, and special damages for any losses and expenses you had to deal with as a result of a workplace injury.

You must provide relevant receipts and documents to support a special damages claim. You could include any of the following in a successful accident at work claim when it comes to special damages:

  • Loss of income if you are unable to carry on working
  • Loss of earnings incurred during your recovery
  • Care costs – if you need help with daily chores at home
  • Medical expenses – prescription costs, the cost of treatment in the private medical sector which includes therapies and rehabilitation
  • Travel expenses – parking fees at the place where you are treated, the cost of getting there and back whether this is by car, train, bus, or taxi
  • Vehicle and home adaptations if these are deemed necessary
  • Any other expenditure connected to the workplace injuries sustained

To talk to an adviser about special damages, please call Legal Helpline today

Do I Need A Lawyer To Secure An Interim Payment?

If your accident at work claim is complex because the injuries you suffered are severe, your case may take longer to reach a final settlement. A personal injury lawyer would work hard to secure interim payments during this time to avoid you having to deal with any financial pressure. This would also ensure the cost of private treatment, therapy and rehabilitation is covered and that you would not be out of pocket.

If you would like to know more about interim payments, please contact Legal Helpline today.

What Are The Stages Of Making A Hurt At Work Claim?

You need to gather as much evidence as you can relating to the workplace accident in which you suffered an injury. The more proof you can provide to support an accident at work claim, the easier it would be to determine liability on the part of a responsible party. In short, the more evidence there is, the stronger a workplace injury claim would be.

The evidence needed to support your claim would include the following:

  • Photos of where the workplace accident occurred whether onsite or offsite
  • Photos of your injuries
  • Medical notes that provide a detailed account of all the symptoms and injuries you suffered in a workplace accident. This includes minor symptoms which could become more serious a little later on
  • Witness details and their contact information
  • A copy of the report as recorded in the Accident Book if there is one in the workplace. If there is no Accident Book, send your employer either a letter or a personal email detailing all aspects of the accident and the injuries you suffered
  • Seek legal advice on how best to proceed with an accident at work claim

If you have any questions or queries relating to your claim, please contact a Legal Helpline adviser today.

Why Work With Legal Helpline On Your Claim?

There are several options available to you if injured in a workplace accident, and would like to seek compensation. You could choose to represent yourself but should be aware of the many legal pitfalls you may have to face. This includes respecting both pre-action protocols and personal injury time limits. A failure to respect either of these could result in an unsuccessful accident at work claim.

Another option is to have a solicitor who does not offer No Win No Fee terms to people who are injured in the workplace. But this route too can prove risky as well as expensive. You would have to pay the solicitor an upfront fee (retainer) for them to begin working on your claim. There would be ongoing fees to find too as your accident at work claim progresses.

A third option is to have a No Win No Fee lawyer act on your behalf. For this to happen, your claim would have to assessed by a legal expert and once this is achieved, you would be asked to sign a Conditional Fee Agreement. This is a legal contract between yourself and the No Win No Fee lawyer who agrees to act on your behalf without requesting that you pay them any fees to do so.

This is where Legal Helpline can be of assistance. For more information on working with a No Win No Fee lawyer, please get in touch today.

No Win No Fee Hurt At Work Compensation Claims

No Win No Fee accident at work claims allow injured parties the chance to seek compensation without financial risk. In short, when a No Win No Fee lawyer agrees to represent you, there would be no upfront fee or any ongoing fees to pay for the legal services they provide. Conditional Fee Agreements lay out the Terms and Conditions of the contract and set out the percentage that would only be payable when you are awarded workplace injury compensation in a successful personal injury claim.

If you lose your accident at work claim there would be nothing to pay because the lawyer who acted on your behalf agreed to the Terms set out in the CFA that they would only be paid when you are awarded workplace accident compensation.

To find out more on how Conditional Fee Agreements work, and how you could benefit from working with a No Win No Fee lawyer, please call Legal Helpline today.

Begin A Claim With Our Team

To begin an accident at work claim today, please call a member of the Legal Helpline team. We can be reached in the following ways:

  • By telephone on 0161 696 9685 – all calls are free of charge
  • By requesting that we call you back by clicking here
  • By chatting with an adviser on our online live helpline
  • By emailing us at info@legalhelpline.co.uk

Quick Resources For Hurt At Work Claims

If you would like to know more about Employers’ Liability Insurance, please click on the link below:

Liability Insurance explained

For more information on your employer’s duty of care towards you in the workplace, please follow link provided below:

Employers responsibilities in the workplace

If a loved one was fatally injured in a workplace accident, and you would like more information on claiming compensation, please follow the link below: