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Claiming for a Serious Injury at Work with Major Trauma Group

If you have been seriously injured at work in an accident that was not your fault, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Our panel of accident at work solicitors are highly experienced and can guide you through the process while advocating for your best interests.

Suffering a serious injury at work can be difficult to navigate, from coping with the pain and consequences of the injury itself to having to take time off work and dealing with your loss of earnings.

Though all employers have a responsibility to take measures to reduce the chances of accidents occurring in the workplace, injuries at work still do happen and are quite common. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that for the year 2022/2023 561,000 working people sustained an injury at work according to the Labour Force Survey and that 35.2 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury.

If you have been seriously injured at work in an accident that was not your fault, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Our panel of accident at work solicitors are highly experienced and can guide you through the process while advocating for your best interests.

If you would like more information on how we may be able to help you with an accident at work claim, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Common accidents and injuries at work

Injuries sustained at work can vary widely depending on the nature of the job, the industry, and the specific tasks being performed. However, some common types of workplace injuries include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls: These are among the most common workplace injuries and often occur due to wet floors and cluttered work spaces.
  • Musculoskeletal injuries: These injuries often result from overexertion, repetitive motions, or lifting heavy objects incorrectly. They can include tendonitis, and back injuries.
  • Lacerations: Workers in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and food service are at risk of cuts and lacerations from sharp tools, machinery, or objects.
  • Burns: Employees in kitchens, industrial settings, or laboratories may suffer burns from hot surfaces, chemicals, or fires.
  • Electrical injuries: Workers in construction, maintenance, or electrical industries are at risk of electric shocks, burns, and other injuries related to electricity.
  • Head and brain injuries: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur as a result of falls, being struck by objects, or vehicle collisions in the workplace. Head injuries can have long-term consequences and require immediate medical attention.
  • Struck-by and caught-between accidents: These accidents occur when workers are struck by moving objects or caught in machinery or equipment. They are common in construction, manufacturing, and warehouse settings.
  • Exposure to hazardous substances: Workers in industries dealing with chemicals, toxins, or fumes may suffer from poisoning, respiratory problems, or other health issues due to exposure.
  • Falls from heights: Workers in construction, maintenance, or roofing may fall from ladders, scaffolding, or elevated surfaces, leading to severe injuries or fatalities.

How can injuries at work be prevented?

There is a legal requirement for employers to take steps to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries occurring in the workplace. Safety protocols must be firmly in place establishing the safety procedures and policies which must be enforced and overseen by employers.

Employers should regularly assess workplace hazards and identify potential risks. This includes evaluating machinery, equipment, work processes, and environmental factors that could contribute to accidents or injuries. Additionally, employers must provide appropriate safety training to employees and visitors, such as how to properly and safely use equipment and machinery.

Employers have a duty of care to their employees and must comply with relevant health and safety regulations and standards established by government agencies, such as the guidelines laid out in The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA). Staying informed about regulatory requirements and implementing necessary measures to meet compliance is essential to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries occurring. Similarly, if certain injuries occur in the workplace, employers must report them to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Employers can significantly reduce the risk of workplace injuries and create a safer and healthier work environment by providing proper training and resources, and maintaining a culture of prevention. This will help to reduce the overall risk of accidents at work claims occurring.

Though the onus for the prevention of accidents is on employers, workers should also be responsible for their actions by following the safety protocols implemented and reporting any unsafe conditions or machinery to those in charge.

What should you do if you have been injured?

If you have been injured in an accident at work, the first thing you should do is to seek treatment for your injuries. It is important that you are assessed by a medical professional even if you feel well, as not all injuries are immediately visible. You should keep hold of all the relevant medical records related to your injuries.

Additionally, you should be sure to report the accident to your employer so it can be noted in the accident book. All workplaces that have over ten employees must have an accident report book, but even those smaller will have some form of process to follow in the reporting of accidents in the workplace. You should make sure to request a copy of your employers report for your own records.

Similarly, if there were any witnesses present at the time of your accident, it is helpful to obtain witness statements to further back up your claim and the details of the accident, as well as any CCTV footage of the accident taking place.

When you feel ready to make a claim for your injury at work, you should reach out to a specialist personal injury solicitor for expert legal advice.

Our network of lawyers at Major Trauma Group are highly knowledgeable on the topic of workplace injuries and can effectively assist and advocate for your best interests.

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How much compensation could you receive when claiming for an injury at work?

There is no one size fits all answer to how much compensation you may receive when claiming for an injury at work. Each case is unique and will depend on the circumstances related to the accident that caused your injuries, the severity of your injuries and how your daily life is affected as a result.

Compensation is typically split into two categories: general damages and special damages.

General damages refer to compensation for non-monetary losses that are difficult to quantify precisely. This includes pain, suffering, and loss of amenity. These damages are intended to compensate for the physical and emotional harm a claimant has suffered as a result of the injury.

The amount of general damages awarded varies depending on the severity of the injury and its impact on the individual’s life. Courts often consider precedents set in similar cases to determine an appropriate level of compensation.

Special damages are compensation for specific financial losses incurred and future losses that will be incurred by the injured party as a direct result of the injury. These may include travel costs to medical appointments, rehabilitation costs, loss of earnings (additional to any entitlement to statutory sick pay), and any other out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the injury. Future losses may include loss of future earning potential and future care costs.

Special damages are generally easier to quantify as they involve tangible financial losses that can be calculated based on receipts and evidence, which is why it is essential for you to keep a record of all reports during the process.

While there are online calculators available to provide a rough estimate of compensation for injury types, a more accurate assessment requires considering all of the specifics of your case. Our member firms specialise in serious workplace accidents and are available to analyse your case and determine the amount of compensation you deserve. Please do not hesitate to contact us in regards to your case as there are specific time limits imposed on making a compensation claim for personal injury

Why choose Major Trauma Group?

If you are looking for expert legal advice on claiming for a serious injury at work then our panel of specialist solicitors can assist you. We will discuss how your claim can be funded from the outset and may be able to offer our services on a no win fee basis, meaning you do not need to worry about the costs that can come with making a claim.

Our member firms of highly skilled lawyers have a proven track record of success in securing fair compensation in serious workplace accident claims. We leverage our deep understanding of workplace accident law to negotiate with insurance companies. Our focus is on maximising your recovery, both financially and physically. We’ll fight to get you the compensation and rehabilitation you deserve to rebuild your life following your injuries.

If you have any queries surrounding the process of making a no win no fee personal injury compensation claim with Major Trauma Group, then please get in touch with us today for a free no-obligation discussion to find out more about claiming for an injury at work.

Minor injuries sustained in work place accidents

In respect of minor injury claims, Government reforms to Personal Injury Claims over many years has meant that it is not always cost effective to instruct lawyers to assist. It is the Government’s belief that people should be able to complete forms online themselves or with help from Victim Support Groups or your local Citizens Advice. Please be aware that time limits for pursuing cases still apply.

If you have suffered minor injuries in a work place accident, it is unlikely our Panel solicitors would be able to assist, but you may wish to contact another firm of lawyers to see if they can help. A full list of solicitors can be found on the Law Society website.  https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/

For further information on criminal injuries compensation claims, please visit https://www.gov.uk/claim-compensation-criminal-injury

For further information on low value personal injury claims, please visit https://www.claimsportal.org.uk/

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