Many of us have experienced the frustration of being hurt at work. While you may think your employer should be responsible for your injuries, it’s not always that simple. Workplace accidents are often complicated and confusing—and even more so if you’re dealing with them while still recovering. In this article, we’ll take a look at workplace accident compensation in the UK and what your options are if you’ve been injured on the job.
What is Workplace Accident Compensation in the UK?
What is workplace accident compensation?
Workplace accident compensation (WAC) is a payment made by your employer after an injury at work. It can be paid as a lump sum or in installments over time, depending on the nature of your injury. The amount you receive depends on how much you earn and how long you have been working for them.
What are some of the common causes of workplace accidents?
Slips and trips are the most common cause of workplace accidents in the UK, accounting for around 40% of all claims. Injuries caused by falls from height account for another 30%.
Other common causes include:
- injuries caused by moving parts (e.g., electric drills)
- injuries caused by explosions, fires or burns
- injuries caused by dangerous chemicals
How can I get compensation for my injuries?
It is important to note that there are several options for filing a claim for workplace accident compensation in the UK. The first and most obvious is to file with your employer, who may have insurance coverage that will cover the cost of your injuries.
If this isn’t possible, you can also file with an insurance company or government agency if they provide this type of service (they usually do).
You can also take legal action against someone who has caused your injury through negligence or recklessness–for example, if someone else was driving when you were injured in an automobile accident at work or on the job site; however, this is not always necessary because sometimes employers will offer settlements even before going to court over any dispute regarding workplace accidents involving employees’ health issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome which might affect their ability to continue working efficiently without incurring additional costs associated with hiring replacement workers while waiting until full recovery takes place before resuming regular duties again after recovering fully from surgery performed earlier following diagnosis made by physician during initial testing procedures done prior making recommendations based upon results obtained through further testing conducted afterward using equipment designed specifically designed
Should I hire a lawyer to handle my claim?
Whether you should hire a lawyer depends on your situation and how much money you’re claiming. If the accident happened at work, and your employer won’t pay up, then it’s worth considering getting legal advice.
If you want to make sure that everything is done properly from start to finish–and if money isn’t an issue for you–then hiring a lawyer could be beneficial. They can help guide through the process of making claims, which will make things easier on both sides as there won’t be any delays or mistakes made along the way.
A legal guide to claiming compensation for workplace injuries
A solicitor is a lawyer who can help you with legal matters. They can advise on how to claim compensation for workplace injuries, but they only represent your interests–they don’t actually make the claim or negotiate on your behalf.
In order to get the compensation you deserve, it’s important that you get legal advice early on in the process. A solicitor will be able to explain what steps need to be taken and what documents need to be collected before making an application for compensation with an insurance company or employer’s liability insurer (if there is one).
The costs associated with hiring a solicitor vary depending on where they operate and how long they have been practicing law; however it is possible that some solicitors may charge by the hour or by retainer fee basis which means there are no upfront costs involved as all fees are deducted from any amount awarded as damages following successful litigation against another party who caused harm through negligence or breach of duty during work activities like accidents at work sites etc…
If you’ve been injured at work, it’s important to get help early.
If you’ve been injured at work, it’s important to get help early. You should not delay in making a claim for compensation. You may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and losses, which could include:
- Medical expenses;
- Loss of earnings; and/or
- Damages for pain and suffering.
If you want to make an injury claim against your employer or contractor, then we recommend that you consult with a lawyer who specialises in workplace accidents as soon as possible after your accident so that they can assess whether their firm is able to assist with pursuing such a case on your behalf, whether by way of legal action (if appropriate) or negotiation with third parties such as insurers/insurance companies
If you’ve been injured at work and would like more information on how to make a claim, contact the experts at Accident Advice Helpline today. We can offer expert advice on your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.