If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident at work, and you are either sure it was your employer’s fault or you think it may have been your employer’s fault, how do you make a a claim?
The first thing to do is take stock of the situation. Have you:
- Ensured you’ve reported the accident by following company guidelines or rules?
- Got hold of details of any witnesses to the accident; witnesses who saw you report the accident to your line manager or superior?
- Noted dates of visits to A&E, your GP or other medical advisors you may have seen after the accident?
- Have you taken photos of the scene of the accident?
- Checked the position regarding being paid by your employer whilst off work or how you get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). This information should be in the company handbook. Alternatively, your HR department or manager will be able to advise you.
Having checked everything off the list, let’s look into starting an accident at work claim.
Firstly, we’d strongly advise you to ask an experienced accident at work solicitor to take on your claim and pursue it on your behalf.
Employer’s liability claims are not straightforward matters, and an expert workplace accident lawyer will take much weight and stress off your shoulders.
You can usually get representation from an accident at work solicitor under a No Win No Fee Agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). With the benefit of a CFA, if your claim does not succeed, you’ll have nothing to pay either your solicitor or your employer’s solicitor.
If you win your accident claim, you will pay your solicitor an amount of up to a pre-agreed maximum percentage of the compensation you recover from your employer’s insurers. This percentage cannot be more than 25% of your compensation.