What is a work-related injury?
All employer has a duty of care to ensure a safe working environment is provided. When this duty is neglected and as a result, you get injured you may be able to claim. We believe nobody should go to work and feel unsafe or worried about their health is at risk, therefore, if you have suffered we can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
A work-related injury can often be caused due to employers or other staff members, failing to follow the health and safety rules. It is the duty of your employer to ensure you have received the correct training for your role, provide the appropriate safety equipment and carry out regular risk assessments.
A work-related injury can leave people with financial worry, as well as the injury sustained in the time off work can leave people unable to pay their bills and support their family. So if you have had an accident or diagnosis in the last three years, that wasn’t your due to any fault of your own, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim. Contact our team today to find out how we can help. Our legally trained advisors will be able to provide you with free no-obligation advice, guidance and support.
What are the types of work-related injuries?
There are many different types of work-related injuries, this is due to the many different industries, job roles, tasks, equipment etc. Some of the more common injuries, may not all be immediate, are listed below:
Hearing loss and industrial deafness
This is the type of damage which is caused by being subjected to industrial noise and unfortunately, in most cases, can be irreversible.
Vibration white finger (white finger/hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS))
Most commonly caused by the continuous use of hand-held power tools such as pneumatic drills, chainsaws, hammer action tools. The damage is caused by the repeated vibrations in the hand and arm area which subsequently affects the joints, nerves and blood vessels.
Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
RSI also covers vibration white finger and HAVS, symptoms of RSI can include aching and/or tenderness in the affected area, throbbing in the hands and wrist, tingling, numbness and tendon or nerve problems.
A repetitive strain injury is a condition that exacerbates due to performing repetitive physical tasks over a long period of time, this could be in any working environment such as an office typing, factory or building-site work.
This is a condition where cartilage from around your joints wears away, this causes your bones to rub causing inflammation, stiffness and pain. Whilst osteoarthritis can be caused by genetics or obesity. There are various other ways the condition can develop:
- Trauma – for example from a road traffic accident
- Impact/Injury – dislocated joints, torn cartilage, ligament damage/strains
- Repetitive activities – kneeling, typing, operating machinery, physical labour
Respiratory illness claims
Most commonly know respiratory illness is asbestos-related but it also includes lung disease (example COPD or cancer), mesothelioma and pleural thickening. These may be contracted due to working in an environment which has exposed you to hazardous substances.
- Pleural thickening
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Lung cancer
- Industrial skin diseases
Caused by occupationally exposing skin to chemicals and irritants, industrial skin diseases often develop as an untreatable condition by working in unsafe conditions.
There are two common types of industrial skin diseases:
- Dermatitis, which has two forms, allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis. It develops into a rash and can cause sensations of stinging and/or burning causing pain for the sufferer.
- Skin cancer which has several types, Bowen’s disease, keratosis and basal cell carcinoma. This is usually caused by exposure to chemical products or UV rays.
Slips, trips or falls
This is the most common cause of work-related injury and can result in anything from bruising to breaking bones.
Can I make a claim?
Every employer owes their employee a “duty of care” meaning, by law, they are required to ensure your health and safety are protected, therefore, if they have breached this duty then you could be entitled to make a claim.
So, if you have been injured due to no fault of your own in an accident or received a diagnosis, in the last 3 years then it is likely we can help you, contact our team today to find out more. We offer free legal advice then, if you’re ready to get your claim started today we can get everything set up in one quick and easy phone call.
What will happen if I make a claim against my employer?
This is a common concern amongst people initiating a personal compensation claim for a workplace accident.
Within the UK it is illegal for an employer to terminate an employment contract with an employee or even discipline them, due to making a claim. If an employee has been injured at work and processes a personal compensation claim against employer then there are UK laws in place to protect the employee to ensure they have the right to pursue their legal rights with no personal repercussions.
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.
However unlikely, if you do lose your job as a result of processing a personal compensation claim then you’ll have a legal right to take action against your employer.
What will happen if I make a claim?
If you are still unsure about the claim and have further questions then our legal train advisors can help, contact them today and we can tell you if you have a claim and answer all questions you have.
If you decide you want to proceed with your claim, we can get everything set up in one phone call. After our advisors have set up your file it will be allocated to one of our experienced specialist solicitors.
We understand claiming for an accident can feel worrying and you may have concerns the arise during the process, we pride ourselves on customer service and will be by your side through your claim. Your solicitor will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you are comfortable, aware of the process and answer any queries you may have.
Contact our legally trained advisors today and find out how we can help you. All our calls are confidential, free and under no-obligation, so you don’t have to worry about feeling pressured. Can’t talk right now? Fill in our online form and we can call you back.
How much compensation will I get?
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, we do understand that this can be a deciding factor when making a decision to pursue a claim.
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 on 08000 250 250 to find out how Direct Solicitors can help you.
I want to make a claim
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 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.