Accident at work claims
If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer an injury whilst working, our team can provide you with the advice and assistance to begin making a claim for accident at work compensation.
As accredited personal injury solicitors by The Law Society, we exist to provide you with the expertise needed to ensure you are properly compensated for your accident or injury and receive the best possible treatment for any injuries that you may have suffered.
To begin making a claim for accident at work compensation, call us for free on 0800 195 95 90 and discuss your claim with one of our expert solicitors. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are ready to take your call.
Our expertise in accident at work claims
Established in 1988, we understand the strict laws that govern the workplace and are experts in dealing with claims where you or someone close to you have been injured in the workplace.
Highlighting our expertise in accident at work claims, Consultant Solicitor, Brett Dixon, is a Fellow of The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and was recently elected President of the Association. Brett writes and delivers the Accidents at Work update course to other lawyers across the UK annually. He is a member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee, and will be contributing to and editing the next edition of the APIL Guide to Accidents at Work which will be published in 2017.
“These types of cases involve complex legal arguments and can include multiple defendants. It may not always be your employer who has caused the injury to you. Here at Smith Jones, we work hard to identify who is responsible and to obtain an early commitment from them to support you in your rehabilitation from the effects of the injury.”
Brett Dixon, Smith Jones Consultant Solicitor and APIL President
Brett has been involved in many government consultations on behalf of APIL, including the following:
- Revisions to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 Approved Code of Practice
- HSE consultation on the exemption of self-employed from the Health and safety at Work Act 1974
- Revisions to the Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 Approved Code of Practice
- Revisions to the Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 Approved Code of Practice
Brett has also contributed regularly to the Journal of Personal Injury Law and the next article will cover the health and safety duties that the self-employed owe to others.
No Win No Fee Accident at Work Claims
Almost all of our accident at work compensation claims are funded through a no win, no fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you and you will only be liable for legal costs should you be successful in your claim.
It’s unfortunate, but regardless of how and where you are employed, accidents at work do happen and the consequences can be devastating. In over 25 years of dealing with claims of this type, we have assisted clients who have been injured everywhere from construction sites to offices.
Regardless of where you work, your employer owes you and other employees a duty to take reasonable care for your physical safety. This has been the law since at least as far back as 1837 when the landmark case of Priestley v Fowler which established that an employer owed a personal duty of care to their employee. Over the years this has been developed further by the courts and the most recent expression of it is that in Dusek v Stormharbour Securities LLP  EWHC 37 (QB) where the following was confirmed:
“Employers owe a personal, non-delegable duty to their employees to take reasonable care for their physical safety.”
This approach had continued through the years and is reflected in regulations such as The Management of Health and Safety At Work Regulations 1999, and other regulations made under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
From minor injuries to claims of the utmost severity, we will always deal with your case in a sensitive and highly professional manner.
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As experts in dealing with work accident claims, we understand that you may be apprehensive when it comes to making a claim against your employer. As we have dealt with many similar claims before, we are experienced in the best possible way of bringing a case against your employer. As employers have a legal duty to provide safe working surroundings and are obliged to insure themselves against potential accidents, your employer will more than likely have little involvement in the claim process. Instead, their insurer will deal with the process on their behalf.
Common injuries at work
Unfortunately, we often find ourselves acting on behalf of clients who have suffered from accidents which result in similar injuries.
Between 01/09/15 to 30/06/16, the most common environments for accidents at work claims that we worked on, were the following:
- Factory and production
Due to the nature of the environment and equipment used, factory and production environments are the most common locations for injuries at work, with 40% of our accident at work claims occurring in these environments.
Common examples of accidents at work, include the following:
- Trips and slips at work
- Falls from heights
- Defective machinery
- Unsafe working practices
- Assault (common in health and social care)
- Exposure to harmful substances
Of course, even if we have not made reference to the accident or injury that you have suffered, this does not mean you do not have a claim. Our expert accident at work solicitors are here to provide you with advice and assistance.
Contact us now if you have a question regarding a work accident claim. If you’re not sure whether you can make a claim, then phone our free helpline on 0800 195 95 90 and one of our solicitors will be happy to assist you.