FAQs for Accident at work Compensation
Q. If I am unfit to return to work after an accident, what can I do?
A. If you sustain a serious injury after a work accident, we can help you to claim compensation for any loss of income. If you are unable to return to work for a prolonged period, you may be able to claim substantial compensation for your injuries.
Q. What am I claiming for after an accident at work?
A. You may be able to claim compensation for loss of earnings, medical expenses and pain and suffering. The amount you can claim depends on the severity of your injuries and the extent to which they have affected your day to day life.
Q. What are common work accidents?
A. Common work accidents include slips, trips and falls in warehouses and on construction sites, plus falls from scaffolding.
Q. If I suffer an accident at work after working excessive hours, can I make a claim?
A. You may still be able to make a claim for compensation from your employer if you were pressured into working extra hours, which were excessive. Your employer has a responsibility not to expose you to risks in the work place, and you may still be able to claim compensation if the accident occurred when you were over-tired because of unreasonable working practices.
Q. What risks are involved when claiming compensation for a work accident?
A. There are no risks involved with making a claim, as we will guide you through the claims process from beginning to end. We will also explain your rights in the workplace, and explain how we plan to proceed with your claim for compensation.
Q. Will I need a medical report to make a claim after an accident at work?
A. You should seek medical advice as soon as possible following an accident at work which has caused an injury, and ask for a medical report. Medical evidence of your injuries will be necessary in order to make a claim.
Q. Can my employer dismiss me if I make a claim for compensation against him?
A. No, your employer cannot dismiss you for making a claim following an accident at work. If, however, you suffer any harassment following the claim, you could bring a further claim for constructive dismissal, if you leave because you are being forced out, or unfair dismissal against your employer.
Q. How much will I have to pay if I lose my case for accident at work compensation?
A. If you claim through Farnworth Rose Personal Injury Solicitors, you won´t have to pay a penny, as we work on a no win, no fee basis. The vast majority of claims we handle are successful.
Q. What is an acknowledgment date?
A. If you suffer an accident which causes injury and illness at work, the acknowledgment date is the day your illness is confirmed by a doctor.
Q. How long do I have to make a claim for accident at work compensation?
A. Legally, you have three years in which to make a claim for accident at work compensation, but the sooner you contact us the better, when details of the accident are fresh, and witnesses are more likely to come forward with information.
Q. Can I claim for an accident in the office?
A. Yes, if you suffer any type of slip, trip or fall in the office, or an electric shock from faulty equipment, for example, you can make a claim for compensation. If the negligence of your employer or a fellow employee has resulted in an accident, you are well within your rights to make a claim for compensation.
Q. Why should I claim with Farnworth Rose?
A. We are regulated by the Solicitor´s Regulation Authority, and we will deal with your claim directly, instead of passing it on to a third party. Our professional team of staff are experienced in dealing with all types of personal injury claims, and our success rate is high.
Q. Can I claim after an accident which was caused by improper training procedures?
A. Yes, if you have suffered an accident which was caused by a lack of training, or improper training procedures, you can make a claim for compensation from your employer, following an accident in the work place.
Q. What injuries are most commonly sustained in a work accident?
A. Most common accidents at work include sprains, burns, head neck and back injuries. Minor accidents may also cause bruising and strains, particularly after a slip or trip.
Q. Am I insured against accidents at work?
A. Your employer is required, by law to be insured against staff accidents on the premises. This means that with any successful claim, the insurance company would pay your compensation – not your employer, so there is no need to feel guilty about making a claim.
Q. Does Farnworth Rose represent clients from all over the UK?
A. Yes, although we are based in Nelson, near Burnley, in Lancashire, we represent clients from all over the UK.
Q. How long will it take to resolve an accident at work compensation claim?
A. There is no set time limit, as it depends on the details of the case, and also on how quickly the other side act. In general terms, an accident at work case could take 12 months to complete, although complex cases can take much longer.
Q. Can I still file a compensation claim if my former employer has gone out of business?
A. Yes, contact us as soon as possible and we will give you a free claim assessment, to see if you have a valid claim for compensation against your former employer.
Will I lose my job if I claim compensation after an accident at work?
A .Under no circumstances should your job be at risk if you make a claim for compensation against your employer following an accident at work which was not your fault. When you claim against your employer it is not a personal attack on him/her, and it is very unlikely that your employer will pay the compensation directly, as they have insurance to cover this type of claim. The accident, which resulted from your employer´s negligence, could cause loss of earnings and medical expenses which you have a right to be compensated for. Any threats or harassment from your employer when you return to work could result in legal action being taken against them.
How much will it cost to claim for a work accident?
A. If you claim with a Farnworth Rose Personal Injury Solicitors it won´t cost you a penny, as we work on a no win, no fee basis and you receive 100% of the compensation.
Shall I accept compensation directly from my employer?
A. No, always contact a personal injury solicitor first, as you could be entitled to much more than your employer is offering. Your employer knows that any accident causing injury in the workplace could have serious consequences for him, and he may offer you a small payout just to keep quiet, but you should refuse to accept it.
Can I claim if another employee´s negligence caused my injury?
A. You may be able to make a claim against another employee if his negligence caused the accident which resulted in injury. Normally, however, you will claim against your employer, as he/she is responsible for the actions of all employees in the workplace.
What are common work accidents that can be claimed for?
A. Common work accidents include: slips, trips and falls, injury caused by faulty work equipment and machinery, falls from height, including scaffolding, and falling objects which can cause head and back injury. Absence of proper training can also cause accidents, and the absence of protective clothing and equipment.