In this guide, we’ll be looking at the process of claiming for an injury at work with a No Win No Fee solicitor. If you’ve been involved in an accident at work that left you injured, providing you can prove it was caused by your employer breaching their duty of care, you may be able to make a claim. We will explore whether you are eligible to do so in more detail throughout this guide.
We will also provide further information on the duty of care you’re owed by your employer and the harm you could sustain if this is breached.
Furthermore, we will explore what your settlement could comprise and the factors that may be considered when calculating how much you’re owed.
To learn more, please continue reading. Alternatively, you can get in touch with an advisor from our team by:
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- A Guide To Claiming For An Injury At Work On A No Win No Fee Basis
- Why Make A Claim For An Injury At Work On A No Win No Fee Basis?
- When Are You Eligible To Make An Accident At Work Claim?
- What Payout Could You Receive From A Workplace Accident Claim?
- Potential Evidence That Could Help You Claim For Workplace Injury Compensation
- Learn More About Work Injury Claims
Before looking at claiming for an injury at work on a No Win No Fee basis, it’s important to understand whether you are eligible to make a compensation claim for a workplace injury.
In order to make a claim, you must demonstrate that negligence occurred. This involves:
- Your employer owing a duty of care at the time and place of the accident.
- This duty of care was breached.
- You experienced harm as a result of the breach.
If you are eligible to make a claim, you may be able to work with a solicitor from our panel. Learn more about the services they can offer in the section below.
Our panel of solicitors may be able to represent your claim for an injury at work on a No Win No Fee basis. In doing so, they may offer their services under the terms of a Conditional Fee Agreement. As per these terms, you typically won’t pay for the work they have done if your claim fails, upfront or while the claim is ongoing.
If your claim is a success, your solicitor will take a success fee from your compensation. However, this fee is capped by the law.
Some of the services they can offer include:
- Helping you to build a complete case.
- Collecting and collating evidence.
- Keeping you updated at the different stages of your claim.
For more information about whether you’re eligible to have a solicitor from our panel represent your claim on this basis, please get in touch on the number above.
As mentioned, you need to prove that your employer breached the duty of care they owed you and caused you harm in order to claim for an accident at work.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 sets out an employers duty of care to take reasonable steps to keep the workspace safe. The steps they may be required to take will differ depending on the specific workplace. However, some of the steps they can take include carrying out regular risk assessments, providing adequate training and providing necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).
A failure to uphold this duty could lead to you sustaining harm in the workplace. Examples of accidents can include:
- Slips, trips and falls: An employee might slip on a wet floor that wasn’t adequately signposted and sustain a head injury.
- Manual handling accident: An employer may have failed to provide adequate training leading to an employee sustaining a neck injury when lifting objects incorrectly.
For more information on when you could seek accident at work compensation, please get in touch using the details below.
As part of your settlement, you could receive general damages which compensates for the way your injuries have affected your quality of life. The pain and suffering you have experienced will be taken into account.
In order to value your injuries accurately, solicitors can use the Judicial College Guidelines which contains compensation brackets corresponding to different injuries.
We have included figures from the guidelines in the table below. Please note that these figures do not necessarily reflect the payout you’ll receive for your injuries following a successful claim. This is due to a wide variety of factors that are considered when calculating the value of your claim.
|Back Injuries||£91,090 to £160,980||(a) Severe (i): This bracket includes cases of the most severe injury involving spinal cord and nerve root damage. The injury will cause symptoms that are not normally found in a back injury.|
|Back Injuries||£27,760 to £38,780||(b) Moderate (i): This bracket contains a wide variety of injuries, including a damaged intervertebral disc with irritation to the nerve roots and causing reduced mobility.|
|Neck Injuries||In the region of £148,330||(a) Severe (i): Injuries that are associated with incomplete paraplegia are included in this bracket.|
|Neck Injuries||£4,350 to £7,890||(c) Minor (i): Minor soft tissue injuries that have led to a full recovery within a couple of years.|
|Arm Injuries||£96,160 to £130,930||(a) Severe: A serious brachial plexus injury that leaves the person little better off than if the arm had been lost is included in this bracket.|
|Wrist Injuries||£47,620 to £59,860||(a) Severe: Injuries result in complete loss of function.|
|Elbow Injuries||£15,650 to £32,010||(b) Less Severe: Injuries that don't involve major surgery or cause a significant disability but still result in impairment function.|
|Leg Injuries||£17,960 to £27,760||(c) Less Serious (i): An incomplete recovery is made from fractures.|
|Shoulder Injuries||£12,770 to £19,200||(c) Serious: A rotator cuff injury with ongoing issues that persist after surgery is included in this bracket.|
|Ankle Injuries||Up to £13,740||(d) Modest: Injuries that are less serious, such as minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains and strains.|
Could Special Damages Make Up Part Of My Injury At Work Compensation?
The other head of claim that can make up your final settlement are special damages. These aim to compensate you for any financial losses incurred due to the injuries you sustained. These can include:
- Cost of care
- Loss of earnings
- Travel expenses
You will need to provide evidence to support your claim for special damages, such as payslips which can highlight any lost income.
To find out more about the compensation you could be eligible to receive, please get in touch using the number above.
If you choose to hire a solicitor from our panel to represent your claim for an injury at work on a No Win No Fee basis, they can help you collect evidence to support your claim. Evidence you could gather can include:
- CCTV footage
- A copy of the accident at work book
- Pictures of your injuries
- Pictures of the accident
- Medical records
Additionally, they may arrange for you to attend an independent medical assessment as part of the claims process. This can produce an in-depth report on the nature of your injury and to what extent it’s impacted your quality of life. The report can be used to help support your workplace accident claim.
For more information on the evidence you could gather and the other steps you could take following an accident at work, please get in touch using the details provided below.
Contact Us For Free To See If You Can Claim For An Accident At Work
We hope this guide on the process of claiming for workplace accident compensation has helped. However, if you have any questions, you can get in touch with an advisor from our team. They can provide free legal advice regarding your potential claim.
To get in touch, you can:
- Call 020 8050 2736
- Fill out the contact form on our website
- Chat with an advisor via the live chat feature below.
If you’d like to learn more about work injury claims, below, we’ve linked a few different guides on our site that you can read:
- Can my employer sack me after I had an accident at work?
- How much compensation for slipping on a wet floor?
- What is the personal injury claims time limit?
Additionally, if you’d like to find out more, below are a few extra external resources you can use:
- GOV – Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
- NHS – First Aid
- Health And Safety Executive – Employer’s Responsibilities
Thank you for reading our guide on claiming for an injury at work with a No Win No Fee solicitor. For more information, please get in touch on the details provided above.
Writer Louis Price
Editor Meg McDonald