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accidents at work claims

According to the Labour Force Survey in 2019/20, 693,000 working people sustained an injury at work, and 65,427 employees’ injuries were reported under RIDDOR according to Health & safety Statistics in 2019/20.

Accidents at work may not only cause an injury but also prevent a person from working in the short, medium or in the worst cases long term or permanently. This is why being injured at work can be even more stressful for the individual and their family, so whether you have been hurt at the office, on a building site or in a factory – our personal injury lawyers can help you make a claim and support you through such a difficult time.

There are many reasons why people become injured at work which can be as a result of:

  • Dangerous working practices.
  • Poor personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Sub-standard or out-dated equipment or vehicles.
  • Preventable spillages.
  • Poorly enforced safety procedures

Whatever the reason everyone has the right to feel safe at work – and all employers have a duty of care towards their staff. If you have been injured due to an accident at work that was not your fault, then you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Your employer should have insurance in place to cover the cost of any legal action. They also have a duty to treat you fairly – and not dismiss you simply for trying to make a claim.

What should happen after a workplace accident?

Firstly it is important that if you have an accident at work, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Then you must report what happened:

  • Ensure you report the accident to your manager.
  • Make sure that your employer records the accident in the company accident book.
  • Inform your trade union if you are a member of one.
  • Obtain witness statements from colleagues if you can.
  • Your employer is required to report certain accidents and injuries to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under RIDDOR, these are for the reporting of injuries, diseases, and dangerous occurrences.

If you have been seriously injured and hospitalised, then you manager should arrange for you to:

  • Have the necessary time off work to recover and you should be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay.
  • Talk to your employer about your employment rights after injury.

Do I have grounds for a work compensation claim?

By contacting our personal injury team as soon as possible they can assess whether you do have a case and you can do this by simply making a telephone call to 01908 692769.

Our top ranked Personal Injury team has the experience in handling a wide range of workplace accidents achieving thousands of pounds in compensation for their clients. In one recent case Navdip Gill achieved £500,000 in compensation for his client after they sustained serious injuries from a collapsing desk at work.  To learn more about this case click on the case study below:

Employee awarded over £500,000 compensation after sustaining injuries from a collapsed desk

What do I need to prove an accident at work claim?

Your legal team will need proof that the accident that caused your injury was not your fault and must demonstrate neglect or inaction by your employer. The evidence will be based on the following information:

  • Reviewing the accident recorded in the company accident book.
  • Records of the medical treatment received.
  • An independent medical assessment of your injuries.
  • Photographs of location/hazard including witness statements.
  • A record of any financial losses incurred because of the injury.

How much compensation can I claim for an injury at work?

Every claim is different, but there are guidelines which the courts use as a starting point and our team will ensure that your claim considers:

  • Time off work and lost earnings.
  • Future loss of income.
  • Changes to your ability to work.
  • Care and private medical treatment including travel costs and accommodation.
  • Modifications to your home or car

For more information about compensation visit our compensation explained page.

Is there a time limit for a Personal Injury claim?

All personal injury claims need to be filed within 3 years from the date of the accident, very often we have clients who contact us past the deadline of 3 years and we are unable to help, so do not delay in making your claim.

Can I make a No Win No Fee claim for compensation?

The majority of claims we handle are arranged on a No Win No Fee basis, which means that you do not need to worry about expensive legal costs or pay anything upfront.

No win, no fee is where we take out an insurance policy on your behalf, meaning if your claim is unsuccessful you will not have to pay a penny. To learn more about how this works view No Win No fee.

Can I be dismissed after an accident at work?

We appreciate that making a claim against your employer can be worrying, however, if you have suffered an accident that was the fault of your employer the UK Employment law is clear, and you cannot be sacked or penalised for making a personal injury claim against them. They have a legal duty of care to provide you with a safe working environment, so, if they breach that duty, you can make a claim against them. If you choose our Personal Injury experts to handle your case you can be sure that they have the experience to handle these delicate situations as carefully as possible.

Support & Rehabilitation

We know that if you have suffered a life-changing injury sometimes rehabilitation can take months or even years, which is why our focus doesn’t just end at delivering the compensation you deserve but continues to help secure the finances you need to pay for equipment and support with other care such as therapies/physiotherapy that are vital to helping your recovery. What’s more we will take the reins and give you peace of mind that the practicalities are being looked after such as organising medical assessments or assigning a case manager depending on your needs.

Why choose us?

At Geoffrey Leaver our experienced team of Personal Injury solicitors are ranked number one by Chambers and Partners for delivering top quality legal advice. What’s more our personal approach means that you will be looked after by the same litigator throughout the legal process giving you that reassurance and peace of mind you are being taken care of.

To make an appointment to see one of our Personal Injury experts, Navdip Gill, Sam Seaford, Anne Maguire, Ann Summerling or Kerry Gibbs please call 01908 689338 (out of office hours – 07825 940007) or contact us.

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What our clients say:

“It can be daunting using legal services, but I must say, all those involved in my notably complex case kept me regularly updated and demonstrated a profound understanding and professionalism throughout. At all points, my best interests were of paramount importance and handled professionally and sympathetically. I would highly recommend Navdip Gill and his team to all.  He listened and nothing was ever too much;  it has been a difficult 5 years,  however, Navdip took the stress away from me I cannot thank you enough” Mrs S

For more information about how we can help, you can read testimonials from our personal injury clients


Accreditations

Chambers & Partners 2022 – Personal Injury Department Ranked in Band 1: notes the team is highly regarded as a personal injury practice offering expertise in a broad range of disputed liability cases.  Equally adept at handling cases resulting from RTAs, brain injuries, as well as PTSD. One client commented “The service I received was five-star; the team were professional and empathetic.”

Chambers & Partners 2021 – Personal Injury Department Ranked in Band 1: one client reports “The process has been nothing but well planned and stress-free.”

Chambers & Partners 2020: Personal Injury Department is recognised by Chambers & Partners 2020 who noted the department as“efficient and effective, and easy to communicate with.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

The Personal Injury Team

  • Navdip Gill Partner
    Personal Injury 01908 689338 (07825 940007)
    Navdip is a highly experienced and shrewd Personal Injury Litigator with an exceptional track record in delivering great results for his clients. Recognised as a top ranked lawyer by Chambers & Partners, his particular area of expertise involves complex and challenging high value brain and head injury cases in both adults and children. 

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  • Sam Seaford Partner
    Personal Injury 01908 689349
    Sam is a personal injury solicitor and Partner at Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors, who has over a decade of experience handling serious and catastrophic personal injury claims including but not limited to employer’s liability, road traffic accidents and occupier’s liability claims.  Sam has extensive experience in claims against insurance companies, large scale employer’s and their representatives, Councils and the Police.  He specialises in high value and complex, pedestrian, motorcycle and cyclist claims.

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  • Anne Maguire Consultant
    Personal Injury 01908 689365
    Anne is a Consultant to the Personal Injury Department. Anne is ranked as a leader in her field by Chamber and Partners Legal Directory. She has more than 30 years’ experience representing clients who have suffered serious brain or life-changing injuries, clinical negligence and fatal accidents.

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  • Ann Summerling Chartered Legal Executive
    Personal Injury 01908 689368
    Ann is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives who joined Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors in May 2006. She has extensive experience in handling all types of personal injury claims.

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  • Kerry Gibbs Litigation Executive
    Personal Injury 01908 692769
    Kerry has worked in the legal industry for over 20 years, in various roles acting on behalf of claimants and defendants.  The majority of her experience has been gained in Personal Injury, where she worked her way up to client account manager for a large corporation before specialising in claimant based work.

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