Guide to making an accident at work claim

If you were injured at work through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Read our guide to learn more about making an accident at work claim.

How long do I have to make an accident at work claim?

Time Limits for Adults

If you are an Adult the time limits, in the UK, are 3 years from the date of the accident unless there was some reason why you could not make a claim within that period.

Time Limits for Children

If you are under 18 when you are injured in an accident at work, you have 3 years from your 18th Birthday to make a claim.

It is always best to consult and specialist experienced personal injury solicitor for advice about the time limits to make an accident at work claim as sometimes it is possible to bring a claim outside the 3 year limit but sometimes the time limit is less than 2 years, if for example, you are making a claim in relation to Marine and Aircraft Accidents or for  Criminal Injuries Compensation where a 2 year limitation period arises.

However, sometimes the time limits do not apply at all if you do not have the mental capacity to deal with your claim when your accident occurs

How much compensation will I receive for my accident at work claim?

There are 2 types of compensation you can claim for called General and Special Damages:

Special Damages

Special damages are mostly financial losses such as:

  • Loss of earnings for which wage slips are needed as proof of your loss
  • The cost of prescriptions
  • Reimbursements of travelling expenses to attend medical appointments.
  • Cost of care by relatives or friends can be claimed by the hour for as long as they have provided it.

General damages

The compensation for your injuries including pain, suffering and loss of amenity is worked out once a medical report is obtained by your personal injury solicitor on the injuries you sustained in the accident at work and how those injuries will affect you in the future.

Have a look at our compensation calculator to get an idea of what you could claim.

How will my claim by funded?

There are no upfront charges.

Grieves Solicitors will deal with your claim by way of a no win, no fee agreement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

If you do not win your case there is no charge for the work we have done.

We recommend that you take out an insurance policy which covers any disbursements (these can be things like medical experts’ fees or court fees) which the other side will not pay for if you lose.

If we win your case, we charge a contribution towards your legal fees which is agreed with us and may vary according to the type of case you are involved in and the prospects of your case succeeding.

How long will the whole process take?

That depends…

How long your personal injury claim will take depends on the severity of your illness, the complexity of the evidence or whether responsibility is denied or accepted for your claim by your opponents.  Your solicitor will work hard to progress your case as quickly as possible.  However, it is important that you get an experienced Personal Injury Solicitor who has a good track record.

If you need expert advice on from a personal injury solicitor on how to win your accident at work claim, don’t hesitate to contact us on our fereephone number to see if we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.  You have nothing to lose in making that call and may be a lot to gain.

We are friendly and approachable solicitors and have many years’ experience of dealing with accident at work claims just like yours and have obtained thousands of pounds for people injured in accidents just like yours.

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