I’ve had an accident at work

We know that if you have had an accident at work and have been injured as a result it can be very traumatic. Due to spending a large amount of time at work we often feel content and safe, similar to the feeling we have when at home.

Along with the above, we gain a dependency on our wages/salary, therefore, an accident at work can lead to the feelings of shock and stress, in some cases the effects can be life-changing.

Our legal team often speak with carers who have suffered an injury at work and understand that having an accident at work and suffering an injury as a carer or healthcare assistant can lead to a reduced wage and/or time off. Additionally, as it is your job to care, you may also feel concerned about your service users/patients whilst you are unable to look after them.

We are not just here to find out the basics, we’re here to help you and guide you every step of the way. It is important we understand all the effects your accident and injury have had so we can give you the advice you need.

We believe knowing your rights shouldn’t be a privilege that’s why we provide free, no-obligation advice. If you decide you want to make a claim then we can also help with that, but don’t worry we can pursue your claim on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning you can seek justice and compensation without having to worry about paying hourly rates.

If you have been injured due to unsafe practices or an accident at work then you could be entitled to claim and our team is here to help, call our team on 08000 250 250 or fill out our online form and we can contact you.

I don’t know who was at fault for my accident

It is difficult to work out who is at fault for an accident, especially if the accident was due to repetitive movements and/or repeated practices over time.

Each case will vary, but if you have had an accident due to unsafe practices, lack of support or insufficient training then it could be your employer that is at fault.

Once you have signed a contract of employment, your employer then becomes legally responsible and obligated to ensure your safety at work. In order to do this, they must take reasonable steps to ensure you are not injured in the workplace whilst completing a given task or from equipment provided to you.

Failure to maintain this duty of care means they could be responsible for your accident. Examples of a failure of the duty of care owed to you include:

  • Not having the correct amount of staff for a shift/activity
  • Failing to provide training on lifting, moving or helping a care home’s service user
  • Failing to provide the correct equipment, meaning you cannot safely care for a service user
  • Not regularly checking and maintaining equipment
  • Failing to provide the personal protective equipment (PPE) required for your task/role

Whilst these are the common causes of accidents as a carer there are other ways you may have had an accident at work that isn’t your fault and still are entitled to claim, such as an attack at work or a slip, trip or fall. Whatever your circumstance give our team a call on 08000 250 250 and we can tell you in one quick and easy phone call if you have a claim.

I have received “sick pay” will this affect my claim?

To recover from your injury you may have needed to take some time off work, your health should always come first, however, we understand that whilst off work you may have only received a reduced pay or statutory sick pay.

Pay agreed by your employer whilst off work sick or statutory sick pay is to help you when an accident happens and you are unable to work. Although the amount you receive is less than what you would be able to earn, this may make you feel the need to rush back into work and can sometimes cause financial problems due to the lower income putting a person in debt.

Claiming compensation can ease the financial worries caused by accident by recovering any expenses, lost earnings and supporting your family whilst you take the time you need to recover.

If you’d like to find out more about what you would be able to claim back, then contact us today, we can discuss all your losses and advise you accordingly. Want to make a claim? We can get everything set up for you in one quick and easy call and our solicitors are able to take claims on a No Win No Fee basis.

I’ve had an accident as a carer but I still don’t know if I can claim?

If you’re interested in making a claim for an accident you’ve had at work, you could be eligible if:

  • Your accident/diagnosis date was in the last three years
  • Someone else was at fault
  • As a result of the accident, you were injured

Contacting our legal advice team can go along the way to helping you, not only find out your eligibility but setting up your claim as well. In one phone call to us on 08000 250 250 we can advise if you have a claim and as long as you are happy to proceed, we can get your claim up and running today on a No Win No Fee basis.

How much compensation will I receive?

Every case has its individual circumstances, therefore, there is no set amount so we cannot tell you how much you will receive at this stage.

However, our claims compensation calculator can give you an estimate so you can have a bit of a guideline.

If you want to discuss the circumstances of your claim then contact our legal advice team today to find out how Direct Solicitors can help you.

What if I get dismissed due to claiming?

This is a common concern and something that worries a lot of people who are looking to make a compensation claim for a work accident.

It is actually illegal for an employer to terminate an employment contract with an employee or even discipline them due to making a claim.

Contact our legal advice team today and we can advise and guide you step-by-step of the procedure. Everything is we speak about is confidential so we won’t tell your employer until you actually sign documents making your claim. Our solicitors will then negotiate on your behalf with your employer and their insurance company.

If you have any more queries in relation to making a claim and how it will affect you then contact our team today on 08000 250 250.

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