Workplace Accidents, Time Limitations and Your Rights

A workplace accident or an injury at the workplace is a disastrous event. It is the responsibility of your employer to take care of your wellbeing whilst at work. If they fail to maintain their duty and an accident happens, resulting in an injury and it wasn’t your fault, then you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation.

However, one of the most frequently asked questions is in regards to the legal time limitations in place via statutes for making an injury claim in the UK.

If you want to find out your rights and the time limit for making a workplace accident claim read below.

Eligibility Criteria For Making A Workplace Accident Claim

People all over the world suffer due to workplace accidents, no matter how many precautions are put in place to avoid such incidents. Accident at work claims include all minor, as well as severe injuries from relatively small lacerations, sprains and bruising through to fractured bones, serious burns and in very severe cases amputation. Workplace accidents can, in the worst cases, even result in death.

Employers are responsible for their employee’s safety and well-being, if they failed to provide you with the correct PPE, training or equipment, and, as a result, an injury or illness has been caused then you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation for your losses and suffering.

Types of Workplace Accidents I can Claim for

Each workplace has its own dangers; therefore, there is no list set for what you’re eligible to claim for.

A workplace injury can often be caused due to staff members or employers failing to follow the proper health and safety rules and regulations. It is the responsibility of employers to provide their employees with a safe environment and ensure they have received the appropriate training for their role. If they breached this duty of care and an injury occurred as a result, then you could be entitled to make a claim.

A workplace accident can occur in a variety of environments; below are a few examples:

  • Slip, trip or fall
  • Accident in office premises – due to faulty equipment, or lifting/carrying heavy items, using equipment without proper training
  • Accident on a construction site – falling from height e.g. roof, ladder or markee
  • Factory/Warehouse accidents – hit by falling an object specially where the stock is stored at some height
  • Accidents at farm site- due to dangerous cattle or livestock, chemical or dangerous substances, grain silos and slurry pits

Time Limits For Making A Workplace Injury Claim

The legal time frame as set by statute to make a personal injury compensation claim is three years, starting from the date the incident happened. This is known as a “Limitation Date”

While most workplace accident compensation cases have a 3 year limitation enforced via statute, there are few conditions where the limitation date can exceed past the given 3 years. Those circumstances are as follows:

  • Capacity – if a workplace accident resulted in a severe injury which has subsequently left the sufferer unable to make a compensation claim on their own, then there will be no time limit for them to pursue a claim for compensation. Therefore, if you are reading this on someone’s behalf, e.g. if they are suffering with a mental disability, then the three-year limitation period will only begin when they have regained their normal or partial mental capacity.
  • Age – If you were under 18 when your accident happened, then the 3 year rule will only be applicable when you turn 18; therefore, you have until the age of 21 to make a claim for your injury compensation.

How Much Compensation Will I Receive?

Each case we assess has its own unique circumstances. So, there is no specific set amount for the compensation that you will be awarded.

We understand that compensation cannot undo what has happened, but it can go towards assisting you getting back on the right track by easing the added stresses, i.e. paying the bills when out of work.

Our experienced solicitors are specialised in these kinds of claims; they will take into account all expenditure that has been caused due to your accident when recovering your compensation.

No Win No Fee Workplace Accident Claims

Workplace accident claims can be made on a No Win No Fee basis. No Win No Fee is a contract also known as “Conditional Fee Agreement” or CFA.

No Win No Fee Agreement means that you will not need to worry about paying any upfront fee. It also means if the solicitor takes the case on and your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay them a fee. There are no hidden terms or conditions.

At Direct Solicitors, processing a claim for your workplace accident does not have to be stressful or daunting. We can guide you through the process ensuring you receive tailored advice along the way. We work tirelessly to ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. If you want to find out more about making a claim and gain tailored legal guidance, then call us today at 08000 250 250 we are on hand to help you. Contacting our solicitors can go along the way to assisting you, not only find your eligibility but also set up your claim for you.