Your rights after an injury at work and how to claim compensation

Workers researching their rights after being injured at work

In any accident at work or job that’s causing an illness, whether physical or psychological, an employee can be torn between a responsibility to their employer and to themselves. If you’re thinking about claiming personal injury compensation, it’s hard to know where to turn and how to approach things in the right way so that all parties are happy to get a claim resolved. Knowing your legal rights, where you and your employer stand, will help you both to see everything more clearly and avoid misunderstandings.

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Employer pressure – threats are against the law

A very common worry for people is how making a claim will affect their job. This fear can be played upon, and we understand that you may be placed under pressure by your employer NOT to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation.

Employers that are liable on grounds of negligence for accidents at work and injuries sustained in the workplace have no right whatsoever to prevent an employee from pursuing a claim. Indeed, it is illegal to imply redundancy or the sack will follow if a claim is made, whether by threats or other pressure, and any employer doing so could face additional legal action on that as well.

I was injured at work, what are my rights?

You have the same legal rights whether you have been injured in an accident at work, are regularly getting hurt at work (with a repetitive strain injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome, for example), or are suffering from a work-related illness. It is important for you to understand your rights so that you can confidently manage your recovery and working future. Below is a basic plan of action you should try to follow:

Medical treatment

Most workplaces will have a designated first aid officer in the event of an injury. You should see this person but also make sure that you either visit your GP or local A&E department. Similarly, for an illness you should first visit your GP. If an employer attempts to prevent you from seeking medical attention, they are in breach of the law and acting completely improperly.

Record the details

In the case of accident in which you’re injured, you should record the details within your employer’s accident book. If you’re suffering from a work-related illness, ensure your employer has written notification of this. Make sure you state the details and that you do not sign any record that does not match your version of the events. If you haven’t done this already, don’t worry, we can help you to do so.

Take time to recover

As any doctor will inform you, most injuries require some rest. Therefore, taking time away from the workplace to aid your recovery will not only benefit you by reducing the length of time that you are injured, but also benefit your employer by enabling you to return to full duties at the earliest opportunity. If your employer is pressuring you to return to work, with threats of redundancy if you do not, you should seek legal advice regarding this issue. An unfit employee is a dangerous employee and not only will you be risking your own health by rushing back to work, but you could also be risking the health of your colleagues.

Seek light duties

Removing you for a time from the situation causing the problem can often help. This would apply to psychological injuries, such as stress, as well as physical injuries. If your usual work involves aspects of hard physical labour such as heavy lifting, carrying, climbing or standing for long periods, your employer is duty bound to accommodate you (where possible) in returning to work on lighter duties whilst you complete your recovery. It could be that you usually work in a heavy lifting capacity but that your injuries will prevent you from doing that for sometime. Therefore, if your employer can accommodate you within an office for a few weeks on lighter duties, you can return to work and continue to earn your usual salary.

Confirm your sick pay

Not all employees will receive full pay if on sick leave from work. This depends on the contract you have with your employer. However, all employees are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if they do not get full sickness pay. Although SSP is far from a living wage, it could be enough to help you get by. Make sure that your employer has registered you for SSP. If you are unsure, you should contact your local benefits office.

Attend medical appointments

If you are back at work but still receiving outpatient treatments for your injuries, such as physiotherapy or check-ups with a consultant, your employer MUST release you to attend the same.

Claim compensation

It is your right to seek compensation for your pain and discomfort, and also to recover losses (such as lost income) should you be out of pocket. Your employer cannot sack you for doing so or make your working life ‘hell’ upon your return. If you find that an employer makes your life difficult after you pursue a claim, you could have grounds for legal action against them, possibly even constructive dismissal. In such circumstances, you should seek advice from a solicitor or your local citizens advice bureau.

You can make a personal injury claim if you suffer an injury or illness at work that is a result of your employer’s negligence. They have a legal responsibility to ensure a safe and secure working environment for staff and prevent foreseeable injuries, both physical and psychological.

A successful personal injury claim will ultimately see a claimant recover a settlement for their injuries, ongoing treatment and also for their special damages, which covers financial losses such as missed salaries.

Find out if you can claim compensation

Just because you have been injured at work, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Your employer must be at fault. In most cases, it is relatively easy for us to evaluate the likely outcome of a claim. We’ll work out if it can be proven your employer was liable for your accident, and therefore responsible for compensating you for your injuries and any other losses that you may incur.

Every accident has it’s own unique circumstances, and no two are the same. Therefore, it is vital you seek proper advice so that you know whether or not you have a viable claim. However, there are some basic pointers that can help you identify where you stand regarding the strength of a claim or otherwise.

Employer responsibilities

  1. Did your employer ever give you any training? (this could relate to manual handling training, specific training to use certain machinery or other job relevant training). If the answer is no, your employer has breached health and safety guidance already.
  2. Were you given an induction to the workplace? This would include guidance on accident management protocols, safety exits, hazard avoidance etc.
  3. Were you provided with, or advised what personal safety and protective equipment you should have to complete your job safely?  If the answer is no, your employer could be liable for your injury.
  4. Did your employer adequately maintain equipment and service machines? Did they ensure that safety guards and mechanisms worked?
  5. Were you advised how to report accidents and how to access the accident book?
  6. Did the employer ensure correct staffing levels and an adequate amount of first aid trained staff?
  7. Did your employer act upon reports of potential risks of danger to employees?

There could be many more ways in which an employer would be liable. If you’re wondering about your situation, feel free to leave a question at the bottom of this article or fill out the claims enquiry form on this page. For more information on what’s involved in making a claim against your employer, read our guide to claiming accident at work compensation.

Clearly, the decision as to whether or not to pursue a claim rests with the injured employee. If the injuries are minor, will cause no long-term problems, and the employee can still work and therefore not lose wages after an accident at work, they may well decide that they do not wish to pursue a claim for compensation. However, where the injuries are more serious and an inability to work follows, making a claim for compensation really is the only option, and a right, for most people.

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  1. I had an accident at work and was dismissed as a result. I havnt been able to work since due to an injury sustained during my accident. Am I still eligible for acc?

    1. Whether or not you still work for the employer is irrelevant when it comes to making a claim for accident at work compensation. The key issue as with any claim is to establish liability against the defendant. In this case, if you can demonstrate employer negligence with regards to your health and safety at work and that this negligence has caused your injury, you are likely to succeed with a claim for accident at work compensation.

      Our expert team of staff will be able to help you establish whether or not you have a valid claim for accident at work compensation. All we need is a few minutes on the phone with you to discuss your job, what training you had received and the nature of the accident in order to properly evaluate your prospects should any claim proceed.

      The only other criteria that you need to meet to be able to pursue a claim against your employer is that your accident must have happened within the past 3 years. A lot of people ask how long they have got to make a claim for compensation and claim limitation is a strict requirement.

      Thank you for also submitting a contact request form along with your query on this page. We look forward to speaking with you and discussing how we can offer assistance.

  2. Hi,
    I had a accident at work 9wks ago, where I broke my collar bone. I was cleaning and tidying a cupboard, while I was stacking boxes on top of each other, a air mattress fell on my leg which caused me to go off balance, and as I did so, I threw the box on top of the other with a force that caused my bone to break. I reported it to the nurse on shift, who advised me to get it checked out asp, I was doing a night shift at the time. I carried on my shift taken pain relief untill 7am. I somehow managed to drive home in excruciating pain and as I got home my daughter phoned 999. I broke the same collar bone 6 years ago and 4 wks prior to breaking it again I had a plate taken out, as it was irritating me. The collar bone and arm was great, had full strength and full movement. I am still under the hospital and have just been signed off for a further 6 wks, as the bone has not healed. They will review it again after this period. When I took my sick note in one of the managers said that he thinks I should look for another job. I asked why, he said well you won’t be able to turn people, I work in a nursing home. His comment has caused me no end of stress. The orthapidicts said I will heal in time, if not on it’s own it will be surgically. Can I ask my employer to transfer this year’s holidays over to next year, and do you think I can claim compensation.

    1. We can certainly look at pursuing a claim for accident at work compensation here. There is an employer negligence argument to be made about the fact that an air mattress had been left rested up against a wall and not secured properly and given the extent of your injury, making a claim against the employer is justified.

      We would very much like to assist you with this matter and investigate this further for you. As with all claims for compensation, we would manage your claim on a No Win No Fee basis meaning that you are free to pursue your claim without having to risk any costs should the claim fail. If you would like our help with your claim for accident at work compensation, please do contact us via 01225430285 or if you prefer, email your contact details to me and we will contact you.

      The first step of the claims process would be to have a brief and informal chat with one of our expert members of staff. We know your rights after an accident at work and can very quickly evaluate the strengths of your claim. Step two would be to then pass your claim to the right specialist accident at work compensation Solicitor to take the matter further.

      On the issue of transferring annual leave, that is something you will need to discuss with your employer. However, if you have already booked some leave and are deemed unfit to work during that period (you have a Doctors note for example), you can request that your employer switches that period of absence from annual leave to sickness leave instead. This would protect your annual leave for a future period when you would be able to properly enjoy time away from work. However, it may be that your employer does not pay your salary in full whilst you are signed off sick and instead place you on to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). If this were the case for you, you would have to decide whether you would rather lose some annual leave and retain your income, or retain your annual leave and lose some income. Employers are allowed to move staff on to SSP as there is no obligation to continue to pay a full salary. You should remember though, that if you do lose income as a result of an accident at work, that you can seek to reclaim any lost income if you succeed with a claim for accident at work compensation by way of the special damages element of your claim.

      We look forward to helping you with your claim.

  3. Whilst off work I tripped over some boxes that had been left lying around when I was on the work premises and broke a bone in my right wrist and right elbow. I went straight to the A&E and sought medical help and was put on sick for 8 weeks. At present I’m still on sick due to the bones in my right wrist rubbing together. I put a sicknote into the company but hey refused to pay sick pay so I have to claim from the job centre.
    I got in touch with a No Win solicitor to see about a claim but was told last week that they are not proceeding with the claim due the company’s insurance stating no liability due to them having filled in risk assessments, is this true that you aren’t file a claim if these assessments have been done?

    1. What you describe does not sound correct. You mention that you tripped over boxes that had been left lying around in the workplace and suffering an injury as a result. I cannot imagine that the employer has carried out a risk assessment for boxes being left lying around and to be honest, even if they had done so, one could imagine a cogent argument that leaving boxes lying around in the workplace was an act of employer negligence.

      The fact that you were not technically at work at the time of the accident does not matter as any visitor to any premises is protected by Health & Safety law.

      At this stage we cannot be sure as to whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation, but we would certainly like to investigate this further for you. Please forward your contact number to us via an email to me or by using the ‘contact us‘ section of our website.

  4. Hi
    I work in a SEN school as a learning support assistant. Some of the children have behavioural issues. Over the past few weeks some of the policies have been changed by Senior Management which has had a negative effect on children’s behaviour. Many staff has voiced their cocerns about the escalation in violence but we’re told we need to give it time. Long story short I was left in charge of a very volatile 10 year old boy who barricaded himself in a room then decided he would remove the sofa as he was ready to follow instructions I went to go into the room and he slammed the door into my face. I ended up with a lump on my forehead pulled tendons down my neck and into my shoulder and possible mild concussion. I have involved the Police. The school have had a meeting of how they can change things. Should I put in for compensation?

    1. All employers have an obligation to assess the risks to the health & safety of staff with regards to any policies and procedures adopted within the workplace. In the scenario you describe, that would include staff and pupils. The employer may have a point in that the policies that have recently been amended and implemented do need time to settle in, but if the changes are leading to a serious risk of injury and damage to health, then there is also an argument that they need to be reviewed and amended urgently.

      Given the injuries to your head and neck, we feel that you should further explore your options to seek a claim for compensation and we would like to help you with this process. As you can imagine, your situation is a little unusual and would need to be considered by one of our specialist expert Solicitors in order that they could provide you with accurate advice as to the prospects of success any claim for compensation would present.

      I would suggest that you get in touch with us on 01225430285 so that we can take some basic details and then pass them to one of our specialist Solicitors who could then contact you to discuss matters in more detail in strict confidence. Alternatively, you can email us further information via [email protected]

  5. Hi I was making a delivery to a customer at work hit my head on a low ceiling on some stairs with no warnings sign hurt my head neck back had to go to hospital via ambulance there was no accident book at the premises where I had the accident and it was a solicitor aswell
    Can u sue the solicitor or is it my work I sue ??

    1. In this case, the liability – if it were to attach – would rest with the owners of/occupiers of the property where you suffered your injury. The claim in this case would be made against the premises owners on the grounds that they had not provided a warning of a possible hazard. Whilst in hindsight, it may seem obvious that a ceiling is low, when performing the job that you were doing, the risk of the low ceiling was probably not so obvious as you would have been carrying items or moving a delivery in to the premises. Therefore, it would seem reasonable to expect the occupier to place warning signs around the stairs in question to indicate that the ceiling is low and possibly a danger.

      Although there was no accident book at the premises, you could and should still record the details of the accident with your own employer in their accident book. The employer could then notify their client – the Solicitor practice to whom you were making a delivery – that you had sustained an injury on their stairs due to the low ceiling and lack of signs.

      We would be very happy to further investigate a possible claim for you. If you would like our help with this matter, please call us on 01225430285 or email your number to us at [email protected]

      We look forward to speaking with you.

  6. Some two years back, I started working in retail and was based in a shop. My work included duties such as lifting items, cleaning and other general shop work. I felt a pain in my back during one of my shifts but did not give it too much attention. However, as time passed, the pain became worse and now sometimes I am in such pain I cannot even move.

    I cannot identify one particular incident that caused the pain but I am convinced that the pain was caused through the physical nature of my job. I have read about people receiving compensation for such situations as a workplace injury claim and these situations sounds like my own.

    The company I worked for is now closed and I don’t know if the company is still in existance. I do have my P60, some pay slips and my contract agreement. Can I make a claim for any such compensation? Any advice from you will be very much appreciated.

    1. If your employer tasked you with physical duties such as lifting and moving stock, cleaning and other manual duties they should have ensured that you were provided with training such as Manual Handling training. If your former employer failed to provide you Manual Handling training, they will be guilty of employer negligence and as such, may struggle to defend any Manual Handling claim you then opted to pursue.

      The fact that the employer seems to be closed should not stop you from looking further in to making a claim for back injury at work compensation. It may well be that the business still exists or was purchased by another business.

      Please email your contact details to us at [email protected] and we’ll call you to find out a little more with a view to pursuing a claim for compensation for you.

  7. Hi there,

    My work involves lifting heavy pallets and boxes. One day at work, I felt a sudden and very sharp pain in my shoulder – it was agony! I managed to continue my work – and whilst I mentioned it to colleagues, it was not officially reported or put in an accident book.
    This was several months ago, and I have continued to have pain in my shoulder. Struggled to sleep at night – but not taken any time off work although I often mention my shoulder. Last week I couldn’t go into work – I was struggling to lift my arm, and knew I wouldn’t be able to lift although I would be expected to do so if I went in.
    I have not been to my GP – and was hoping resting it for a week would help – but it hasn’t, and I still can’t lift.
    I do not earn anything if I do not work, and I am now laying awake not only in pain but worrying about my lack of income.
    Please could you be so kind as to advise.
    Many thanks

    1. Your injury is most definitely a workplace injury and could either be a one off trauma or a repetitive strain injury. Although you did not record the matter in the employers accident book at the time, you can still advise them that this issue that has flared up again now links back to the incident a few months ago and ask them to record this in their accident book. If the employer refuses to do this, you should write to the employer and the HR team explaining your absence and linking it back to the initial incident a few months ago. You should retain a copy of the letter for your records.

      If your employer has failed to provide you with adequate training or the right tools and equipment to lift and move heavy items safely, then you can seek to pursue a claim for manual handling injury compensation and this is something that we specialise in and would be very happy to assist you with. Even if you have been given such training, you may well still be able to pursue a claim for compensation and I would strongly advise that you get in touch with us. In a brief telephone conversation, we would be able to properly evaluate your situation and could then advise as to whether or not you have a valid claim for accident at work compensation. My initial view is that you do and we would like to speak with you.

  8. Hello I was using the chop saw at work and when holding a piece of timber with my left hand relatively close to the blade when the timber hit a knot in the wood and and dragged the wood (and my hand) towards the blade. Unfortunately it chopped the end of my thumb off below the nail. My employer says as there was a guard on the machine so he is covered but there was no way to clamp any wood while in operation and the guard is redundant while saw is in use.

    1. In this case, I would argue that your employer is incorrect. Whilst a guard may have been in place, it has clearly failed to protect you from a serious laceration injury at work. Also, the fact that you have no way to securely clamp or fix timber in place whilst using the chop saw would give me cause for optimism that any claim for accident at work compensation that you wished to pursue would have grounds for success.

      I strongly suggest that you send your contact details to me so that I can call you and have a quick chat with you about the accident, your training and the workplace. At this early stage, I think you have a valid claim for accident at work compensation and we would like to let one of our specialist Solicitors pursue this for you. You can email your contact details to me at: [email protected] or you can call us on 01225430285.

      We look forward to speaking with you and assisting you with this claim.

  9. In February my husband had a fall in work and broke five bones in his. Back two in his back and his sternum he also suffered a 8 cm cut to the back of his head he fell twenty foot down an embankment which had no safety fence around it since the accident my husband has been suffering with ptsd and has had to wear a frame

    1. Is your Husband now making a claim for accident at work compensation? If not, he should contact us immediately. His claim is something we would very much like to assist with. The lack of a safety fence or barrier by the embankment could well indicate that he has a valid claim for accident at work compensation on the grounds of employer negligence.

      Clearly, your Husband has suffered serious physical and psychological injuries and if successful with his claim for compensation, there is no doubt that he would receive a substantial compensation settlement.

      At Direct2Compensation we work on a fully No Win No Fee basis and this means that we can guarantee that your Husband can pursue his claim safe in the knowledge that he will never have to pay any costs to any party should the claim fail. Your Husband should call us on 01225430285 or email his contact details to me at: [email protected] so that I can call him. We would only need a few minutes on the phone initially in order to get the basic information needed to enable us to instruct one of our specialist accident at work compensation Solicitors to pursue this for him.

  10. I work as an activity based care worker. We regularly take out children on various activities. One of my colleagues had to take 4 weeks off work after she was injured during one of these activities. The injury was purely an accident and no one was really to blame. The company paid her nothing but ssp which is a lot less than our normal wage. As the accident was done at work doing an activity she had been told to do, is she liable for compensation?

    1. Unfortunately, simply being injured in an accident at work or as a result of an incident whilst at work does not give the injured worker any right to claim compensation from their employer.

      As with all claims for personal injury compensation, to succeed with a claim, the claimant must demonstrate that their employer has been negligent and failed their obligations towards their employees health and safety whilst at work. You mention that the incident in which your colleague was injured was purely an accident. If this was the case, then sadly it is unlikely that she will be able to make any claim for accident at work compensation.

      It would be wise for your colleague to contact us directly in order that we can chat through the incident in which she was injured with her. We may find that on speaking with her and finding out more about what she was doing and how she was injured that there could be an area of negligence that we could identify that may enable her to pursue a claim for compensation.

  11. Goog day I had a near death accident at work I fell on my head and I cracked my skull there was a lot of internal bleeding luckily I survived.. But due to the amount of headaches I had it was impossible to work long without complaining.. The company paid for when I was booked off and my medical bills.. Bit they fired me do they have the right to do that? Can I claim compensation for all the trauma I went thru and am still going thru?

    1. Any employer has the right to terminate an employees contract, as long as they follow the employment laws of the country in question.

      Clearly, you suffered a very nasty accident at work and now have to live with the long term effects of a head injury. We often find that the long term symptoms and effects of such accidents can lead to huge turmoil in the lives of our clients who are making a head injury at work claim. It sounds as if your employer did all they could to assist you with regards to your ability to work and they allowed you time off during your recovery. Unfortunately, it sounds as if you are not able to work regularly on a full-time basis due to your ongoing headaches etc. In the UK, an employer cannot fire you for simply taking time off. However, if a worker is regularly unwell and unable to work their will come a time where they will simply have to terminate that workers contract – even if they are unwell due to an accident at work – as it would become prohibitively costly to retain that worker. As long as they then follow the employment rights laws and terminate the position correctly then they are allowed to do so legally.

      If you have any concerns as to how your employer dealt with the termination of your position, you should seek the advice of an Employment Law specialist immediately.

  12. I was at work and my foot caught on phone wire under till causing me to fall and break my hip , had to have surgery the same day to pin it back on, was off work for 5 months still attending hospital for X-rays for up to 2 years as still a chance the bone could crumble and would need hip relaced,, where do I start with claiming compensation it’s all so confusing. Helen

    1. I appreciate your distress here and I understand that the process of claiming compensation against an employer can seem scary and confusing Don’t worry though, we are here to help and your situation is exactly why the right to claim compensation after a nasty accident is an important legal right that we must protect.

      At Direct2Compensation we have worked hard to make our claims process an easy to understand one and we work with some really good caring Solicitors who will take the stress out of claiming so that you can focus on recovery and life.

      Your injury is clearly very serious and will undoubtedly have some permanent implications for you. My initial view is that the phone wire was a hazard that should not have been present and that in allowing such a tripping hazard to be in situ is a breach of your employers obligations towards your health and safety whilst at work.

      I would very much like to bring your situation to the attention of one of our accident at work Solicitors as I believe that you have a viable claim here. Any claim would be made against your employers ’employer liability insurance’ policy and if successful, you would be able to claim compensation for the pain, distress and damage caused to you by the hip injury and also recover any and all lost income – both previous and future.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or email your contact details to me so that I can call you ([email protected]). We work on a fully No Win No Fee basis and you could pursue your claim safe in the knowledge that you would not be risking your own finances in doing so.

      I hope this helps! I look forward to speaking with you.

      Best wishes

      Ian

  13. Hi I had a accident at work I work on a building site whilst picking up a 40 kilo steel lintle that was on the floor and wet in an untidy yard it fell from my shoulder on to the inner crease of my elbow causing a large deep cut. The lintle should be in racks and dry. Can I claim competition even though I have had health and safety training ?

    1. Health and safety training provision is an important requirement for all employers to provide to all staff, especially those working in dangerous environments such as construction sites. However, simply providing Health and Safety training does not in and of itself absolve an employer from responsibility should an accident then occur.

      The key thing with any claim for personal injury compensation is that to succeed, you need to be able to establish ‘negligence’ against an employer or 3rd party. In your case, it seems that the employer does have questions to answer in regards to the condition of the working area – you mention that it was an untidy area and that the lintle should have been dry and on a rack. In this case, I think we should look further in to this accident at work and see if we can help.

      I’d need a few minutes on the phone with you to take a little more information and would then get one of our specialist laceration at work Solicitors to contact you to discuss taking this claim further. Please call me on 01225430285 or email your number to me so that I can call you ([email protected])

  14. Hi I had a accident at work, I was on the top part of a kick stool, my supervisor went passed with 2 milk crates and hit the stool which I then lost my balance which caused me to fall. I went to hospital was told soft tissue damaged and sprained told to rest for 7-10 days. Can I claim against them.

    1. This is most certainly a viable claim for accident at work compensation. Whilst your supervisor never meant to knock you from the kick stool, the fact that they have indicates that they were either not concentrating or that something else was in their way. Neither of these issues would have been your fault and as such, I believe that we should commence a claim for accident at work compensation for you.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or send your number to us via email to: [email protected] and we’ll call you to take the initial information needed to get this claim up and running.

  15. Hi I have had an accident where a roller shutter has fell down on me damaging my shoulder, have pains in kneck and top of spine and also muscle damage in both legs am I entitled to claim?

    1. Given what you describe, I think you have every right to make a claim for compensation for the injury to your shoulder, neck and spine. We would be very happy to pursue this for you and I invite you to get in touch with us so that we can take your claim further for you.

      Any claim we make would be on a No Win No Fee basis and there is every chance that this claim would succeed.

  16. Injured my knee ligiments carrying a granite island kitchen work top which is 3 metres long 900 wide with one other employee which was carried over uneven grounds which is how my knee twisted as the weight was far to heavy and my leg slipped does my work still have to pay me when off work and could I put a claim in

    1. Your employer does not have to pay your usual salary whilst you are off due to the knee injury sustained at work. Employers are not obliged in law to pay usual incomes to injured or unwell employees even if they are away from work because of an injury or illness that happened whilst at work.

      However, our view is that you can make a claim for accident at work compensation here. Your employer has tasked you with carrying an obviously heavy and large item in a way that would contravene manual handling guidance and that exposed you to a heightened risk of injury. When tasking staff with moving obviously heavy items an employer has a responsibility to make sure that the workers can do so without risking injury. In this case, it may well be that the item in question should have been moved on a trolley or similar item or that the ground should have been leveled to make it safer.

      If we do pursue a claim against your employer on the grounds of employer negligence, not only would we seek compensation for the injury to your knee ligaments, but we would also look to reclaim any lost income that you incurred during your enforced absence from work. When our specialist accident at work Solicitors obtain an admission of liability in any claim, they also ensure that the claimant makes a special damages claim to recover any lost income or costs incurred that can be directly attributed to the accident at work.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or email your number to us ([email protected]) and we’ll call you. We would only need a few minutes on the phone to obtain the basic information needed to enable us to link you with the right specialist workplace injury compensation Solicitor.

      We look forward to speaking with you.

  17. I hurt my back at work whilst attending to a residents personal care. I did what I could on the bed, the bed was at a comfortable level for me. The resident managed to move a little and began lowering his legs off the bed. I knelt on the floor to help him put his trousers on when I felt a sudden pain and my back hurt. The nurse and a colleague helped me into a wheelchair as I couldn’t move properly and then the nurse put an ice pack on me but the pain was awful and unbearable.

    The next day I was still in awful pain and attended the urgent care clinic. I was prescribed medication and advised that muscles in my back had gone into spasm. I was off work for 3 weeks because of the injury. I am now having to attend physiotherapy and continue to take medication because of this injury.

    I have never had a return to work interview and now have to wear a support belt to help support my back whilst at work in a bid to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.

    Do I have a claim?

  18. I was injured at work back in January whilst lifting 2500mm of stainless steel. It should have been a 2 man job, but my employer never have the manpower or anyone available to help me, so I did it on my own (like I have had to do hundreds of times before). However, this time as I turned the steel, it gripped the bed and I felt the pain shoot up my back and in to my legs. I’m at hospital every other week having physiotherapy on my back. I lost the job as I was signed off sick for over 26 weeks and I am now trying to survive on E.S.A. I was wondering what can I do if I have a case ?

    1. You describe what would seem to be a clear case of employer negligence here, with specific regard to the employers attitude towards manual handling and the lifting and moving of extremely heavy items.

      Given what you have described, my view is that you have a valid claim for accident at work compensation and that you should pursue this immediately. I would be very happy to assist you in getting this up and running and would only need a few minutes on the phone with you to obtain the initial information needed to enable me to get the right specialist back injury at work compensation Solicitor to pursue your claim for you.

      The fact that you have been off work for over 26 weeks indicates that you have clearly suffered a nasty back injury. If successful with a claim for compensation, you would not only be able to claim compensation for the injury sustained but also for the loss of income that this injury has caused.

      Please send your contact number to me at [email protected] or call us on 01225430285 so that I can help you get this claim up and running.

  19. Hi I’ve had an accident at work falling off back of wagon and shattering both heals I was stood on top of the loaded wagon when a gust of wind came blew some roof sheets up which knocked me off. I was in hospital for four days and in a wheelchair for at least 12 weeks because I did both feet. I’m now walking, but can’t go back to work because I still get pain in both feet. It’s been about 18 weeks now and I’ve been told I wouldn’t be able to claim because it was act of god. Is this true?

    1. You may well still be able to claim compensation for this accident at work. Of course, we would need to find out more about the accident from you before we can offer any advice as to whether or not you have a valid claim for accident at work compensation

      You may be able to claim compensation for your injuries on the basis if the roof sheets that were blown by the wind and knocked you from the wagon were not adequately secured or if the maintenance of the establishment in question was not adequate. Also, it could be possible that the employer should have called off your work if the winds were so strong that structural damage was being caused to adjacent buildings.

      We are currently succeeding with a claim where one of our recent storms saw extremely strong winds blow down a recently built breeze block wall on to one of the workers on the building site. This too could be seen as an act of god, but the claim is succeeding.

      Given the severe extent of your injuries (I would imagine that you will have some sort of permanent damage as a result of such injuries?) and the loss of income that I would assume you are now coping with, I think it is highly worthwhile us putting the details of your claim enquiry to one of our specialist accident at work compensation Solicitors.

      Please call me on 01225430285 or email your number to me ([email protected]) so that I can call you to discuss this further and offer some help. We only work on a No Win No Fee basis and you really do have nothing to lose. With the extent of your injuries, if we were to succeed with your claim the value of your compensation would be quite substantial.

      I look forward to speaking with you.

  20. Hi,
    I got injured at work moving a table. I was unable to move for 5 days with Lumbago and returned 2 after i was feeling better, in total was 7 days. I got a sick note from the doctor and i did explain to my manager how I injured myself over the phone and on my return to work.
    I did not get paid anything from the company only the SSp and they have deducted 1 week from my salary but much more money that i would have received if i was working that week. I’m working in this company for 8 years and ive never called sick before.
    What should i do?

    1. There is no obligation for an employer to pay full salary to an employee who is away from work due to injury or illness – even if that injury or illness was caused by a workplace accident or an accident at work.

      Your only route to reclaiming your lost income is by pursuing a claim for accident at work compensation for the injury to your back. You would have prospects of succeeding if there is any element of employer negligence that we can demonstrate – such as a failure on their part to provide manual handling training or failing to risk assess the work that they had asked you to carry out.

      If you would like to discuss this further with us and let us see if our specialist back injury at work compensation Solicitors can help you, please call us on 01225430285.

    1. That is not correct. The fact that an injured worker has returned to their work immediately although injured, does not prevent or preclude them from making a claim for personal injury compensation.

      The key to whether or not the injured worker is entitled to any compensation will rest on the cause of the accident. To succeed with a claim for accident at work compensation, an injured worker must demonstrate that the employer has been negligent and in this case, it is how the finger was broken and why that is important. For more information about whether or not an injury caused at work can lead to a valid claim for accident at work compensation, read my previous article on this subject here: valid accident at work claims

      You can also call us on 01225430285 if you want to discuss the situation and get our advice and assistance.

  21. Ive been working as a careaid for this carehome im currently employed. I work with autistic kids with mental behaviors. Its a crisis carehome where combative and aggressive clients live at. For all i know its suppose to be 1 on 1 with this kind of clients and we have 3 while theres only 2 staff. I had an injury recently when one of the clients had an episode and charged me with a chair and dislocated my shoulder twice. My coworker handle 2 clients while i dealt with the one that was so combative. My supervisor told me to go urgent care but i went to er instead. They ddnt see any dislocation because at the time of the incident, i tried to put back my dislocated shoulder because of pain and i cant go to the hospital and wait 2.5 hours to be seen or checked. The doc put me on modified work and 0 lbs lift restriction. My supervisor asked me to do paperworks and meds instead. But this sat, im with the same client who attacked me again and who knows what or when hes gnna strike again because of his mental problem. Though my supervisor is here, she cant help me with anything towards the client and the other staff that is working with me is working with 2 combative and unstable clients now because im injured and cant help him at all. She didnt even payed me for leave to rest or anything and she acts like nothing happened at all. Please help me

    1. In the UK, your employer will be liable if they have failed to provide the correct level of staffing and therefore exposed you to an undue risk of injury. Whether or not you can succeed with a claim for compensation here will depend on whether or not your employer has been negligent in that regard. You need to find out whether or not there is a requirement for 1-2-1 staff to client ratios and whether there had been a risk assessment in place to cover the client in question. If so, did the employer adhere to their own specified requirements?

  22. I got injured on workplace on the 3rd of July my finger got broken by a harmer and I have taken the doctor of my boss the found that is serious injury an they gave m 6 weeks t stay at home, s after 4weeks I have being called t come back t work and still injured, they told m that I won b paid if I don’t work and I working now and I’m still injured on my finger at the left hand side, I don’t wht t d/t say

    1. In the UK, there is no requirement for an employer to pay an injured worker their usual salary if they are unable to work due to injury or sickness – even if the injury or sickness was caused through their work. With this in mind, many accident at work victims are motivated to claim compensation from their employer as it is the only way to recover the lost income. In your case, you may have a viable claim for accident at work compensation if you can demonstrate that your injury was caused by employer negligence – such as a lack of training, a failure to provide protective equipment or through dangerous working practices.

  23. I was injured at work 6 weeks ago, Our training is ment to happen every six months, my training has not happed for a year. I was pulling bottles forward from top shelf, i was stood on a kickstool that has wheels on it. As i lent forward the kickstool moved causing me to loose balance. One of the Bottles fell off the Shelf and hit my wrist at the same time i put my hand out to stop my self falling. I have been to the doctors and hospital. I had a xray and mri scan. I was told that i had torn lingaments in my hand sprained my wrist and had soft tissue damage. I was told after six weeks i can come back to work on light duties, However after having return to work where light duties where agreed. They have put me back on heavy lifting duties while my hand is still strapped up for support. I normaly work seven hour shift, However the night of my accident i was given 12 hours of work. The next day i told my manager what had happend and that i had hurt my hand and been to the doctors. I had asked if i could take a week off unpaid/Holiday, i was told no and had to work a full week, Till i could no longer take the pain and had to be signed off sick for the 5 weeks. Could i be able to claim anything from this.

    1. Edit, The accident was reported in the accident book, The reason im still wearing my support brace is that cysts have formed around the trauma area of my thumb, The hospital have said they should go after 3 weeks, However if not i have to go back to my doctors.

      1. You state that your employer failed to provide you with the training that should happen every six months and that you were not given training for over a year. If the 6 month interval is a requirement of the employer they have failed and would have a case to answer in terms of employer negligence.

        In this case I think you should be pursuing a claim against the employer and this is something we would like to assist you with further. Please email your contact number to us via [email protected] and we’ll call you to help you further.

  24. Can i claim against my employer which they paid me off in 2013.

    1 when i injured my shoulders in clearing ice from a path my spade hit a rissen slab in which the pain shook me from my hands up to my shoulders i reported it to my upline boss. Over the years since 2011 till 2013 ive been fighting my case. But my boss didnt report it that i had a accident.

    2 when i first went to see doctor told him what happened but ive found out that he didnt put it in my medical notes all he said was get some physio. This is 2017 my symptoms have got worse my wife is my carer im now only on bebefits. Can i sue them both.

    Mr J Allan

    1. If your accident happened in 2013, you will now be barred under UK law from taking any further action against your employer or their insurers. UK law allows the victims of a non-fault accident a maximum period of 3-years from the date of their accident in which they can make a claim for compensation. Failure to make a claim within that period will leave you statute barred and unable to do anything.

      Also, you mention that your employer has paid you off previously – do you mean that you have accepted a settlement already for the injury? If so you wouldn’t be able to return for further damages anyway – even if it now transpires that your injury is worse than you had initially anticipated.

  25. Hello,
    Recently my mother was injured at work. She fell down a couple stairs and broke her ankle, her employer did not offer assistance or call an ambulance; she almost fainted as well. Her employer runs her own company and I am almost 100% sure she did not go through any saftey procedures or even has workers comp for her company. Is my mother possible to sue and report a claim? Is there anything we could possibly do? She’s a single mother and this is her only form of income.

    1. In the UK it is obligatory for employers to have employer liability insurance cover and any claim is usually made against that. If your Mothers employer does not have insurance, it is possible that a claim could be made against her personal wealth. Of course, this makes claiming compensation a little more difficult and far more awkward.

      However, in theory if there is a problem with the stairs in question or if the working arrangements/practices make it likely that an injury could be suffered, your Mother may well have a viable claim for accident at work compensation.

  26. I was in lift at work and lift stopped doors opened i walked out but lift had stopped approx 6 inches below the floor and i didmt see amd tripped and fell. I seeked medical attention i have no fractures but wrist is in splint and in agony all over body. Have to go back in 10 days for another xray to check bone near thumb as it sometimes dont show injury for 10 days. Can I make a claim against work gor this

    1. You can certainly make a claim against your employer for this accident. We have succeeded with very similar claims in the past and although there can never be a guarantee that a claim would succeed, we would have confidence in this matter.

      Please send your contact number to us via [email protected] or call us on 01225430285 and we’ll get one of our specialist solicitors to pursue this further for you on a No Win No Fee basis.

  27. A service user kicked me in my shoulder. The doctor & physiotherapist said I have a rotator cuff tear. I worked for 3 months after accident but after repeatedly asking for light duties and this not happening I had to go of work with the support or my doctor & physiotherapist. This accident was reported at the time.
    I had also requested a risk assessment to be done on the service user prior to my accident.
    My line manager said after my accident he wasn’t taking the blame as no risk assessment had been done. I’m now on half pay & my SSP runs out next week.

    1. Given the request for a risk assessment being made BEFORE you were injured and the employers refusal or failure to carry out such an assessment, I think it worthwhile putting the details of your workplace injury to one of our specialist Solicitors so that they can offer you advice as to whether or not you have a viable claim against the employer. Our initial view would be that you do have a claim worthy of further pursuit and we would be happy to offer assistance.

      We would need an initial 5 minute telephone chat with you to obtain a little more information so that we could then pass this to the right Solicitor who could offer you the specific and expert advice you need. Please either call us on 01225430285 or email your contact number to us via [email protected] and we’ll do our best to help you.

  28. I recently had a fall at work, I fell down down a couple of concrete steps that were poorly lit and was knocked unconscious for between 5 and 10 minutes leaving me concussed for about an hour before I could start recalling memories after the incident. The incident has left me in pain and discomfort for a few days with the need to take pain killers. I was moved to hospital for treatment, scans and x-Ray’s and administered pain relief. I do not work for the NHS but am based from NHS property. The area were my accident occurred is not maintained or very well lit, and from what people have said the condition of the area where I fell has been an ongoing issue for some time.

    1. You mention that people have told you that the area where you fell has been a known issue for some time and also that it is not well maintained. This makes us think that there is worth in pursuing this matter further.

      At the moment you have anecdotal evidence from colleagues that could offer your claim strong support if that evidence could become more ‘substantiated’ by way of getting witness statements about any previous reporting of a hazard or lack of maintenance etc.

      We would like to talk with you to find out more and offer assistance – we’ve had success with very similar sounding enquiries before and I think we should pursue this further.

  29. I injured my knee about a week ago at work. There is a board underneath where an old drawer was removed but that onboard was left. When I hit my knee it caused a contusion and fluid to build up and there is swelling. I have been taken out of work due to severe pain. I was put on cructhes until I see the orthopedics. They said I had some arthritis there that I didn’t know about until xrays from the injury. Will I be compensated or not for this?

    1. You could seek to make a claim for compensation against the employer for this accident and if you succeed, you will receive a settlement.

      I am a little confused though as to how you suffered your injury? What caused you to bang your knee? If you could explain further, I may be able to offer you a better response as to your prospects with any future claim.

  30. Hi my husband works for a company cleaning guttering and roofs and comes into contact with pigeon and bird excrement on a daily basis . Last year he also was given some acid to use to remove graffiti off a wall. He has never been given any protective gear mask or anything . Whilst doing this job he took really ill and went into hospital unable to breath and the doctor kept asking us if we kept birds at home wich we don’t. After a few day he was taken to the high dependancy ward and they diagnosed phenomenon a calapsed lung and a viral infection he was in hospital for three weeks and off work for 3 mth could we make a claim against his employer for not providing ppe . I also find it a bit odd that while he was in hospital the company he works for put every employee on a course on wearing masks and how to fit them on and wear them safely I think they panicked . Thank

    1. Yes, your Husband’s employer has breached their Health and Safety obligations and by failing to provide PPE to him, they have exposed him to illness and injury that was otherwise avoidable. You can read more about claiming in such circumstances on our web site HERE.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or email your contact number to me at [email protected] so that I can offer further assistance and help get your Husband’s claim up and running.

  31. Hi guys just had an accident at work. I fell from the roof it was around six in the afternoon took myself to the hospital blood all over me. My fingers where cut very deep by a gutter my back very painful it’s been three weeks now. My seventh finger has stitches it’s still very painful I do not know what to do when things are going on like this. So please help me out I need to find out more information.

    1. If your employer has failed to provide a safe working environment when working at height, you may well have grounds for a viable claim for accident at work compensation. In this case, was there not scaffolding around the roof with a safety rail in place?

  32. i was acting senior going about duties in a dementia residential home. one member of staff on each floor one resident whom had not slept all night being very agitated aggressive loud disturbing other residents. after numerous times of trying to calm her down awoke another resident who thought it was time to get up both came downstairs I explained it wad too early to get up time being 4.40 am I then went back upstairs takin both residents with me their rooms at opposite ends of floor when I tried. to get one resident one way and one the other the one that had been awake and agitated all night started to push me in the back as wanted to go in opposite direction I physically blocked the fire exit as I didn’t want the other resident. injured I was still being pushed then continually punched in neck and right shoulder for about 100 yards both staff came to assist me one of whom had to pull the resident off me I went next day to gp who signed me off sick for 10 days bit had to go back after a week and was prescribed diazepam as wasn’t able to moveshoulder signed off for another two weeks. was informed by work I had to attend occupational health whom advised me to go back to gp for more investigation on shoulder and neck again anothersick note for 6 weeks can by tell me where to go from here pls as gp is sending me for a scan

    1. We would like to get one of our specialist Solicitors to discuss this incident and your injuries with you as there could be a valid claim here. Could you please send us your contact number to [email protected] and we’ll call you for some further details and then get the right Solicitor to speak with you to offer expert advice and support.

  33. I hurt my leg in work about 6 month’s ago turning one of my service users, am still in alot of pain with it now. But I didn’t report it to work at the time didn’t want to upset anyone or lose my job. Am struggling in my job now with this injury and been in and out the doctor’s ever since. Any advice please. Also they did no it was a struggle to turn service user, which now it take’s 3 of us.

    1. The lack of an accident book entry may cause some issue in your claim, but it does not prevent you from pursuing a claim for accident at work compensation. I would imagine that given the repeated visits to your GP, your employer is aware of an injury and I would expect that you have discussed your pain with colleagues, so there could be a way of demonstrating that the employer was on notice of the injury there.

  34. Myself and wife have a claim being brought against her employer as an injury happened whilst at work moving some equipment around. The employers insurers are denying breach of duty, but the buildings and furniture (equipment etc) had not been risk assessed. In actual fact they did these 3 weeks after her injury. What does denying breach of duty actually mean?

    1. When claiming personal injury compensation, the claimant must establish that somebody else was at fault if they are to succeed with their claim. Fault, or liability will be demonstrated when it is established that the defendant has been negligent, either with regards to their actions of by a breach of duty in law. It is this that is known as breach of statutory duty.

      To successfully defend a claim, the defendant is obliged under common law of negligence to be able to prove that they have done as much as possible to ensure that all has been done (as far as is reasonably practicable) to identify risks of injury and do as much as possible to reduce the risk of injury. Such steps would be to ensure that all staff are properly trained, that protective equipment is available and that maintenance inspections are regularly carried out.

      In cases of claims for personal injury compensation as a result of an accident at work, the fact that an injury has been sustained may not be sufficient to enable you to recover personal injury compensation as a breach of duty must be demonstrated.

      In certain matters, the law will require specific duties that must be met and these are commonly labelled ‘statutory duties’. When this is relevant, the law will identify what action will ensure compliance with the statutory duty in question. When a defendant has failed to carry out the imposed legal duties and an injury is sustained as a result, there is a strong likelihood that a claim for personal injury compensation will succeed.

      1. Thank you for a speedy reply, so if the defendant has neglected to provide staff with correct manual handling training and equipment and building not risk assessed at all; and said back injury occurs would constitute negligence in duty?

        1. If the employer has failed to provide manual handling training to their employees, there is a clear argument to be made to say that they have failed to uphold their responsibilities towards the health and safety of their staff, should any staff sustain injuries as a result of lifting and moving items.

          The lack of manual handling training and risk assessments indicates employer negligence, but this does not in and of itself guarantee that a claim for accident at work compensation will succeed, but does certainly add strength to the claimants.

  35. I fell down some metal fire exits stairs and hurt my back , as cleaners we have to carry heavy bedding loads up 3 flights of metal stairs which we end up doing about 3 cages of bedding to be carried up 3 flights of metal stairs , I fell down the stairs and hurt my back , who is at fault ?

    1. We have a very similar accident at work claim under process at this moment in time, with the case resting on whether the requirement to carry heavy bags of linen up the stairs prevents workers from working safely.

      If you are being expected to carry items up 3 flights of stairs, it is important that you can see clearly when you are carrying the items. Further, steps are a known and foreseeable hazard so there is a case for holding the employer liable in this incident. Of course, they may have a sound defence in that there may not be an alternative route available or method (lift) to get the linen to the upper floors. However, they may well not have adequately risk assessed the stairs or made you adequately aware of the risks.

      We would be keen to look further in to this case for you with a view to helping you claim accident at work compensation. Please email your contact details to me and I will call you to discuss further.

  36. i worked in a school kitchen in march i slipped on some food my shoulder and lower back hurt but carried on doing my job next morning i woke in pain went to the doctors was signed off sick after having xray and scans and mri it turned out i had tore the ligaments in my shoulder hence getting frozen shoulder also . i have had a operation and now recovering which the hospital doctor and physio have said it can take 3-6 month to recover. The health and safety have said it was just one of those things and that no one is too blame I lost my job as work have said they are unable to keep my job open for me .. What can i claim

    1. In theory, you can claim compensation against your employers insurance for the injury you have sustained and the losses you have incurred (loss of income etc) as a result. The accident at work that you have described is a slipping accident and we know from experience, that the injuries sustained in such accidents at work can be very painful and lead to long term recovery periods.

      With regards to making a claim against your employer, you would be able to succeed with a claim if it can be demonstrated that the employer did not have an adequate cleaning regime in place and that hazards are left on the floor for long periods. Given that it is a busy working kitchen, it is foreseeable that items will be dropped or spilled on the floor and as such, the employer should be making staff aware of the risks of any hazards or spillages by way of regular checks. If they have not done that and an item of food has been dropped on the floor and left and you then step on it and fall as a result, you would have grounds to pursue a claim with reasonable prospects of succeeding. If however, the item of food that you slipped on had only just been dropped on to the floor, it will be difficult to succeed with a claim against your employer as the courts would find that there was no way that they could have placed any warning out or removed the hazard before you stepped on to it.

      Given the extent of your injury and the fact that your accident at work has cost you your job, I think that it is wise that we present details of your accident to one of our specialist Solicitors as they may well wish to pursue this for you.

      Please either call us on 01225430285 or email your contact details to me at [email protected] and we can then have a more detailed discussion about your injury and the accident and then ascertain whether or not you have a viable claim for accident at work compensation.

  37. Good day
    I had an accident at work when I moved a heavy table. It was around 6 months ago. The table slipped out of my hand and landed on my foot, causing me injury.

    I went to the Doctor the day after the accident where x-rays were taken and I was then signed off work for one week because of the injury. My employer did not fill in an accident book.

    My foot injury is now causing me considerable pain and discomfort and as I work in retail, I am on my foot all day.

    Please can you tell me what I must do.

    1. If your employer has failed to provide you with manual handling training so that you know how to lift and move items safely, or failed to provide you with gloves or other suitable lifting equipment, you may well be able to hold them liable for the injuries you have sustained.

      As they have not made a record in an accident book, you should put the details of the incident and injury in writing and send it to the HR department with a formal request that they note the details of your accident at work.

  38. My mother works in the fields picking raspberries. You walk all day long on rough ground (over turned rocky dirt). She has tripped and fell twice. The first time she told the foreman wich according to my mother didn’t bother even to ask her if she was o.k or even write up an accident report. The second time she fell she said that she didn’t even bother to tell him because according to her nothing was done the first time. Well, last Friday she tripped again. This time was bad. After a few co-workers helped up she went and reported the fall. According to my mother, she was asked if she wanted to go home. She asked them to write up an accident report because this time her arm, back and head were hurting. She continued working however she could until the shift was over. This happened on Friday. She doesn’t work on Saturday because sh takes care of my sick sister. Sunday she called me saying that she was in pain was going to call her job and tell them that she was unable to work because of the fall on Friday. She was told that the HR person was not there and that she would receive a call back wich didn’t happen. Today is Tuesday, i will be taking her to the ER because she is hurting bad. What should she do?

    1. Your Mother needs to make sure that the employer has made a record of her injury at work. It is important for employers to keep records of injuries at work and workplace accidents so that they can monitor their actions and minimise the risk of a repeat of any such accident.

      In the UK, workers who are unhappy with their employers approach to health and safety at work can report the employer to the Health & Safety executive if they feel that the employer is failing to uphold their responsibilities with the correct reporting of accidents and employer safety.

      You have asked a good question on this issue. Our article about employer responsibilities regarding injuries at work will give you further information and advice on this subject.

  39. Hi I climbed a pallet at work about 5ft high I fell off and fractured my hip. I understand this was my fault however we are under immense amounts of pressure at the supermarket I work for to hit targets . Do you think I have the right to claim ?

    1. Steven

      You may have some grounds to pursue a claim for compensation against your employer here, but it is likely that you would have to accept some form of contributory negligence.

      If your employer has provided you with the correct equipment to get items that are at height (such as a step ladder or kick stool) and trained you to use the same, you may struggle to hold them liable for your injuries. However, if the employer is placing staff under intense pressure to work at speed and hit targets at any cost and it is therefore not possible to work safely, you may succeed with a claim for compensation.

      Given the severity of your injury, it is certainly worthwhile for us to look in to this further for you. I would like to speak with you as there could well be a viable claim for accident at work compensation here. Please email your contact number to me – [email protected] so that I can call you for a quick chat about this.

    1. In the UK there is no legal requirement for an employer to pay an injured employee their usual or full salary if they are unable to work due to ill health or injury. This applies even when someone has been injured in an accident at work.

      The only legal requirement is for an employer to ensure that an injured or unwell employee who cannot work due to injuries suffered in an accident at work receives Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). This leaves an injured employee with a heavily reduced income until they are able to return to work. Whilst it isn’t an immediate fix for this problem, one of the benefits of succeeding with a claim for compensation after injuries suffered in an accident at work is that the claimant can also seek to recover all lost income and expenses by way of the special damages element of their claim, something we at Direct2Compensation will ensure is claimed in full.

      We understand that coping with a loss of income after an accident at work is a very stressful and troubling situation. You may find this article of interest as it provides more information about coping with a loss of wages after an accident at work.

  40. i have been told by the HSE that i have been using lead paint for 3 years with not the right breathing mask or correct ventilation my employee was issued with 3 prohibition notices but still use lead paint,the HSE advised me to see my GP to check skin inhalation and my breathing,he bullies me and the other staff,i.my dad informed the HSE as he was worried about my health

    1. Adam

      Your employer has clearly been guilty of negligence here and is playing a dangerous game with your well-being and health. Have you now seen your GP regarding the issue? Get in touch with us so that we can put you in touch with one of our specialist Industrial Injuries Solicitors. We can give you some advice as to your rights here and whether you can claim compensation.

      1. I am going to book with my gp as it has taken 6 weeks for my employer to act on this. He has now changed the paint to lead free. Do i still have a claim.

        1. Adam

          You are doing the right thing in terms of seeing your GP. Make sure you inform the GP in full as to what has happened and what materials your employer has been getting you to work with.

          I would suggest that when you have seen your GP and been given advice as to what, if any, health problems the lead paint etc has caused, that you return to me. We can then investigate further with regards to a claim for compensation for you.

          1. So if theres no damage caused to my health then theres no claim? I feel the 3 years he has neglected my health is worth something. I am not a sprayer by trade i was put on the job and left on it as i was good from the off. So had no clue as to what paints etc i was using i just did as i was instructed.

          2. Adam

            You may well have a viable claim, but it is impossible to advise on the prospects without knowing what injuries/health problems you have suffered as a result.

            The most likely damage/injury risk to you from using lead paint without the correct breathing apparatus will be respiratory diseases, but there is also a risk of more sinister illnesses such as cancers too. With this in mind, there is reasonable likelihood that you will be suffering from stress and anxiety of the worry of what potential injury or illness could materialise in the future. You should discuss any relevant aspect of psychological injury with your GP as they may be willing to provide assistance to you with this regard. Remember, you can claim compensation for psychological injuries as well as physical injury.

            If there is no injury confirmed by a Doctor, it is unlikely that you will be able to pursue a claim against the employer. In that case, there is no damage or loss to claim against them for. Although they have placed you at risk and acted negligently, there is no avenue for compensation for such a situation. If you are not injured, but the employer has flouted Health & Safety law, you should report them to the Health and Safety Executive and they can face punishment or censure from them.

            However, with the risk of an illness developing in the future as a result of your exposure to harmful substances like lead paints, it is worth remembering that you can still pursue a claim in the future. The claim limitation period rules that give you 3-years in which you can pursue a claim for compensation starts on the date of an accident, or in your case, on the date of diagnosis of an industrial injury/illness.

            Please contact me when you have spoken to your GP and I’ll be able to offer you more precise advice.

  41. For around 2 to 3 years now, I have been asking my employer to make adjustments to the equipment we use to change machinery rollers in the manufacturing process I work on for the company.

    After speaking with Health & Safety representatives, they have seen room for improving the equipment but nothing has been done.

    The lack of any action has caused me to suffer several back problems and absence from work with a loss of pay.
    Several times I pointed out to my employer what should have been changed or improved to make work tasks easier and less dangerous. On several occasions, I have ended up suffering from sciatica and back problems.

    No risk assessment has been caried out and my employer has also put me on a warning for the time I have had to have off due to my injuries.

    Can I make claim against my employer for their negligence towards my well-being and health & safety at work?

    1. It certainly sounds as if your employer has been negligent towards your health and safety at work. The only problem I could see with your claim is whether or not you are within the 3-year claim period.

      However, I would like to investigate this further for you as I think you may well have a good claim here. Please send me your phone number to [email protected] or call us on 01225430285 so that we can pursue this further for you.

  42. My manager told me to enter a client’s home without my work colleague present she told me that I could make a start with the client i.e assist the client to walk to the commode which was by her bed, as we approached the client started to fall forwards it was my natural instinct to stop this elderly lady from falling to the floor in managing to do this I sustained a slipped disc is my boss liable?

    1. Marie

      Hi, thank you for sharing your workplace injury story with us. It won’t surprise you to hear that we receive a large number of enquiries from people who suffer injuries at work from the care industry sector.

      Your employer may well be liable in this matter, but it will depend on what ‘care plan’ or risk assessment is in place for the particular lady that you were providing care for. If it is a two person job and the employer has assessed this as the requirement for this client, then you could well succeed with a claim if they have then told you to ‘crack on’ without waiting for the 2nd carer to arrive on site.

      Your claim enquiry is something we would very much like to investigate further and get to one of our specialist Solicitors for you. Perhaps you would like to send your contact number to us ([email protected]) so that we can have a brief telephone conversation with you and find out a little more information?

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Best regards

      Direct2Compensation

      1. Hi
        thank you for your reply and I would certainly be interested in speaking to a specialist solicitor regarding this matter, as originally I did not want to pursue this down to loyalty for my employer, but as I am no longer an employee of this company and am still suffering with excruciating pain in my lower back and down my left leg, even after having physio, and I don’t really know what to do next as there isn’t really much in regards to treatment for a slipped disc apart from an operation which I don’t really want to have, I somehow feel like my ex employer is at fault due to negligence on their part, please could you get someone to contact me on my mobile number which is 07709647922 I will be free to speak on Wednesday the 26th July between 8.15 am upto 10am or after 4pm. Or any time after 4pm Thursday or anytime Friday due to work commitments, kind regards Marie

      2. Hi
        thank you for your reply and I would certainly be interested in speaking to a specialist solicitor regarding this matter, as originally I did not want to pursue this down to loyalty for my employer, but as I am no longer an employee of this company and am still suffering with excruciating pain in my lower back and down my left leg, even after having physio, and I don’t really know what to do next as there isn’t really much in regards to treatment for a slipped disc apart from an operation which I don’t really want to have, I somehow feel like my ex employer is at fault due to negligence on their part, please could you get someone to contact me via email to arrange a chat thanks.
        Kind regards Marie

  43. Hello.I had a shoulder injury in my previous employment that has lead me to just having an operation. I tried to make a claim which was tejected.I feel so angry that i cant work or claim benefits.I am in horrendous pain and its lead to my depression. eing at an all time low. If a claim has been rejected can anyone else take this claim rewuest on?
    I would really appreciate some advice as i dont know what else i can do.
    Kind Regards

    1. Diane

      Thank you for telling us about both your workplace injury and your personal injury claim experience. I am sorry to hear that you didn’t get a good outcome with your claim enquiry the first time around.

      You can seek an alternative opinion from us or another specialist injury compensation Solicitor even if your claim has been rejected. Of course, if one Solicitor has rejected the claim it may indicate areas of weakness within your claim but it could simply be that the Solicitor didn’t feel adequately experienced to handle the claim. Do you know if the claim was simply rejected upon consideration by a Solicitor or if the claim was closed after being brought to the attention of the defendant insurers and on the basis of their defence of the claim? If an insurer has successfully defended a claim and a Solicitor has opted to ‘close’ the matter rather than take it to court, it could indicate that you are unlikely to get any further. If however, the claim never got that far then it is definitely worth looking in to this again.

      Please send your contact number to me and I will call you to find out more and offer some advice regarding your options going forward.

      With regards to benefits, have you explored all the state benefits that you may be entitled to? If you were injured whilst performing your working duties, you be eligible for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit which is non-means tested. You should definitely investigate further with this.

      Yours sincerely

  44. on 22 May 2017 I had an injury at work. and it was identified that I had a torn legaments and due to this injury am now attending physiotherapy on Tuesday and Friday’s from that date. so my question is should the company provide me with the transportation to the physio or should I be the one who transport myself? if the company should provide me the physio and the staff support is not willing to do that what should I do? cause in my case some ppl where being catered transport by staff support and am not. what is exactly the right procedure regarding transport

    1. Thank you for commenting on our article about your rights after an injury at work. I am sorry to read that you tore ligaments as such injuries are extremely painful and can take a lengthy period of recovery.

      I’m afraid that there is no hard and fast answer to your question regarding your employers responsibilities and whether or not they have an obligation to provide you with transport to and from physiotherapy appointments. In the UK, there is no obligation for employers to provide transport to or from medical appointments. In most cases, employers will not provide such a service as they would deem it to not be their responsibility to do so. Indeed, in cases where employers do provide such transport, it is a rarity and will depend on the contract of employment held by the injured employee.

      It may be that you have a viable claim for compensation against your employer for the injuries that you sustained. In the UK if you succeed with a claim for compensation, you can claim compensation for the injuries you have sustained as well as recovering any lost income and costs incurred as a result of the accident and injury. This element of a personal injury compensation settlement is known as a ‘special damages’ claim. In your case, if you succeeded with your claim, you would be able to claim the costs for any tranport and parking fees that you incurred whilst attending physiotherapy.

  45. I am a postman. Whilst delivering a parcel to an address, I was attacked by the owners dog as he answered the door. The dog ran from behind him and bit me on the lower left leg. The gash in my leg was aproximately 3cm long and 1cm deep, plus other cuts which I have photographic evidence of.

    Can I claim anything. ?

  46. Probably something or nothing here but while at work today tidying the shop floor I banged my head on a glass shelf used for propping that’s hidden between arms of clothing. My head started to swell and suddenly became nauscious and dizzy. I have been sent home from work after completing an accident form. Just wondering if I could go further with any action or if it’s best left?
    Thanks

    1. Kieran

      It sounds like this shelf was invisible and therefore a hazard that should have not been there. In this case, I’d be hopeful that you have a valid claim for compensation.

      Clearly, we need to know more to properly advise you and as such, please send me your contact number by email to ([email protected]) and i’ll call you to take further information and help you get this started.

  47. Hi odd question here i work alone in a busy fish shop I was serving putting gravy into the container turned to answer customer while I push the lid on put to much pressure on one side of the lid and exploded into my face, as was on my own i rushed into the back splash water all over me went back to serve customer and straight away went for help do i have a claim no official break and working alone thanks
    Karen

    1. Karen

      Hi, the situation you describe is an unusual one. The fact that you were working alone would not necessarily lead to you having a successful claim as some jobs are done on a solo basis. In your case, the fact you were working alone did not in and of itself cause you to sustain injury. The cause of the injury was the pressure applied to the container lid and the hot fluid within the same.

      Your prospects of success will come down to training from the employer and whether they have adequately staffed the workplace and risk assessed the role. Perhaps the containers used for the hot gravy are not adequate?

      We would be very happy to investigate this further for you and it could be that our specialist Solicitors are able to locate an avenue of liability that would enable the claim to proceed.

      Please send me your phone number to: [email protected] and I’ll give you a quick call to take a little more information and then get the right specialist solicitors to discuss this with you further.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

  48. Hi lan few weeks ago I got a injury to my knee due to pushing benches and and over worked I spent 3 days on the same job walking a distance of a round 7 miles a day on the 2nd day I told a so called supervisor that my knee was hurting and he’s response was at least your not doing it on your own I was dragging my left leg by the end of the day it didn’t really get any better over night and the following day I was put on the same job by the 3rd say I could barely walk went to the doctor s that day and got signeous of work for a month and my doctor advised me to find new work there was nothing broken but badly strained I haven’t been back to work since I just feel let down by the company just wondering if u thought I had a case thanks

    1. Jamey

      Thank you for the information about your knee injury sustained at work. You may well have grounds for a claim, but we would need to speak with you to find out a little more about the work and the injury in order to advise you properly.

      If your employer has failed to provide adequate training regarding lifting and moving, failed to provide the right equipment to move the benches or even failed to properly risk assess the work, you are likely to have grounds to succeed with a claim.

      Please forward your contact number to us at: [email protected] and we’ll call you to provide the help you need.

      Yours sincerely

      Direct2Compensation

  49. Hi I worked in the care sector a few months ago, I was not earning minimum wage due to my employer not paying correct travel time. I also injured both shoulders due to working 6am till 6pm. When i was signed off sick I was sacked via text message.

    Where do I stand with this please
    Christina

    1. Christina

      Hi, I cannot advise on the payment issue – that is an employment law matter and not something I have sufficient knowledge of to assist you.

      However, with regards to your shoulder injuries you may be able to pursue a claim against the employer for these problems if they have been diagnosed by a Doctor and noted as a work related/repetitive strain injury. A claim against your former employers for the shoulder injuries would only succeed if you can demonstrate that you were not provided with adequate training and guidance on lifting or that the employer overworked you and failed to provide adequate support and equipment to minimise the risk of injury.

      If you would like to discuss this further, please forward your contact number to me via: [email protected] and I will gladly call you to offer advice.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  50. Hi Ian,
    I had an accident while driving back from a company meeting, no fault of my own the other driver and Insurance company admitted liability.
    The problem is I had several months of work and then resigned from the company recentley to take up a new position, since then I have still got trouble with my injury and it looks like under medical advise I will have to retire from work for good.
    Can I go back to the company where the original accident happened while on company business and make a claim because I cant carry on working due to Chronic problems sustained under there employ. Kind Regards Stephen

    1. Stephen

      Thank you for taking the time to share your situation. I am sorry to read of the severity of the injuries you have sustained and how they seem to be causing you to be forced to retire.

      The only party against whom you can pursue a claim is the party responsible for the accident in which you were injured – in your case, the driver responsible for the incident and their insurers. Have you already pursued a claim for the injuries you sustained?

      Unfortunately, your previous employer is in no way responsible for the situation in which you find yourself and will therefore not be required or liable to make any payments of compensation to you for the injuries you sustained. Although you were employed by them at the time and returning from company business, the accident was not an accident at work, but a road traffic accident.

      I hope that this helps you.

  51. Hi I recently had an accident at work where I was opening a curtain on a trailer when the strap snapped causing me to fall to the floor I would like to know if the company are liable to pay me while I’m off work

    1. Andrew

      Thank you for contacting us. I am sorry to hear about your accident at work and the injury you sustained. I hope you make a full and speedy recovery.

      Unfortunately, in the UK there is no legal requirement for an employer to pay an employees usual salary if they are away from work due to ill health or injury – even if they were injured at work. Whether or not your usual salary is paid will depend on the employer and your contract with them. Most commonly in the UK, employers opt to pay staff Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rather than their usual salary. This is currently just under £90 per week and clearly insufficient income for a working person.

      If your employer will only provide SSP whilst you are away from work, the only way you can claim your lost income is by succeeding with a claim for compensation against the employer – both for the injuries you sustained and also for your special damages (loss of income and costs incurred). Given the nature of your accident, I would suggest that you have a viable claim against the employer for compensation here. Whilst the strap snapping may have been an unfortunate accident, it could be that the employer has not carried out adequate maintenance and inspection of the wagons/curtains etc and as such, they may be liable should you pursue a claim.

      I would be happy to discuss this with you further and get one of our specialist accident at work Solicitors to review your prospects for you. If you would like to find out a little more about your options, please email your contact number to me at: [email protected] and I’ll call you to take a little more information.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

  52. My wife had a box fall on her head at Chick-Fil-A. She asked to go home to check it out, and the employer advised her to finish her shift.

    Is this considered negligence?

    1. In the UK, an employer cannot prevent an employee from seeking medical attention for an injury. Refusing to grant someone access to medical attention is an act of negligence as it is only a qualified Medical Practitioner (such as a Doctor or a Nurse Practitioner) who can diagnose and confirm an injury.

      An employer may well doubt that a worker has been sufficiently injured to warrant medical treatment, but that is only a doubt and could well prove to be a misjudgment. As such, best practice would be that an employer ensures that a medical expert assesses the injury at the earliest opportunity.

  53. Hi,I was currently injured at work which involved me falling out of the back end of a truck due to the driver driving to fast (after being told to slow down by a Co worker who was in the back end of the truck with me) well I went to the hospital and had a CT scan done then later went again and had a MRI done and the MRI shows I have 4 vertibre’s with contusions..my employer is paying for all the medical bills (which is happening) but they said they were gonna pay me as if I’m still working but haven’t done so yet..I’m just wondering what my rights are and how to go by this..

    1. Colby

      Thank you for contacting us. I am not sure where in the world you are but if this has happened in the UK, I would say you have a valid and viable claim to be made against your employer.

      The way that you are being asked to work would appear to present an inherent danger to your safety and is a practice that I would question the use of.

      If you are in the UK, please email your contact number to us and we’ll call you to help get things started for you.

      1. No I mean they let me off work to do therapy but would still pay me biweekly as if I was still working but haven’t paid me yet

        1. If they have said that they will be paying your usual salary, then you should hold them to this. Speak to your employer regarding this matter and ask when you should expect payment.

          In the UK, employers are not obliged to pay full sick pay as a standard benefit and it depends from employer to employer and what kind of contract of employment an employee has as to whether or not they will receive their usual pay if they are off work due to injury or illness.

  54. Hi on the 4th of this month I’ve got. Hu rt @work my fingers one finger is short now and the other one have a hole I’m still book off by doc so I want to know if why they take 75% on my wages and can I claim anything doctor didn’t give me any form

    1. Nash

      Your Doctor doesn’t need to give you a form to claim compensation. Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can find out more about your accident and the injury. We can then advise you properly as to whether or not you have a viable claim for compensation against your employer.

      Yours sincerely

  55. Hi, I was injured at work in January following an assault. Following xrays it turned out I had two fractures, a severed ligament and soft tissue damage. It was explained to me that the ligament was bleeding internally and that the blood calcifies overctime. I am still off work as per doctors advice.
    I have been called to a meeting at work and I am worriedvthey will sack me. I only started this role in January and had no induction, training etc. Have I a claim do youbthink

    1. Lou

      If you were injured as a result of an assault – an attack, then you may well be able to pursue a claim via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) – with which our Solicitors can assist.

      It is hard to see how your employer would be responsible for this – unless you work in a role where you deal with people with psychological issues or physical disabilities that make them high risk in terms of violence and were not given adequate training, support, assistance and risk assessments.

      Clearly we need to know more to be able to properly advise you. Please email your number to me at: [email protected] and we can then speak in greater detail.

      Regarding your employment rights, that is not an area in which I have expertise, so I cannot advise you. However, if you have only worked for the employer since January, they may well be within their rights to terminate your employment if you are unable to work through ill health. I would suggest that you seek professional advice on that issue from an employment solicitor.

  56. Hello.
    I was involved in a physical incident at work. Whilst protecting one resident from being attacked by one, the gentlemen grabbed me by the hair and was pulling it so hard I suffered tissue damage to my neck and shoulder. and grabbed me by the throat which have brushing and marks also punched me in the face. Do I have a claim? As it was a resident in a emi home.

    1. Fran

      What a shocking incident and a distressing way to suffer such a nasty injury. There could be a claim here and it is certainly something worth looking further in to given your injury and distress. I suggest that you send me your contact number by email ([email protected]) so that we can call you to find out more and offer proper advice and support.

      It is most certainly worth us taking some further details and then getting one of our specialist accident at work/Employer Liability specialist Solicitors to look in to this for you.

      With regards to the prospects of your claim, much will depend on whether your employer has adequately risk assessed the residents in question and the risks they pose to each other and the staff, whether the employer has ensured that all staff members are properly prepared for the risks they face, that adequate staff members are on duty and that the appropriate training and equipment is provided to staff.

      I hope this helps and we look forward to hearing from you.

  57. I sew at work, I got moved to a different area where work was harder on my hands. I complained about pain so they gave me a glove, complained again so I got two gloves. 3 weeks ago I had to put in an accident report cause i had pain in my hand and wrist that hurt to put more pressure on it. This is all after complaining several times to management, leads, and supervisor that I was in pain and having problems with this new work. Today hurt my same hand and decided to go to the doctor. The manager filling out my paperwork gave me grief, let me know my hour pay would be cut down if I got light duty and acted as if I faked the whole thing. Doctor gave me 3 days of light duty, prescription and said I needed to wear a brace and especially wear for sleeping. I’m doing so much suffering from this when I have tried informing so many times of pain and problems, now will lose salary and have pain in my hand, anything I can a do

    1. Samantha

      Hi, I am sorry to hear that your work is causing you pain, discomfort and an injury that has lead you to needing to see your GP. It is good that you have reported these problems to your employer and helpful that an accident report has been made as this could help in any future claim should one proceed.

      Whether or not you can claim compensation will depend on varying factors, such as the nature of the job and the training (or lack of) provided by your employer. I would very much like to speak with you to discuss this as a few minutes on the phone with you will enable us to properly assess your claim prospects. Please email your contact number to us at: [email protected]

  58. Good day Ian,

    I am working for a company that manages a number of restaurants and bars.

    Because of the late working hours, we transport the employees back to their homes after their shifts.

    One of the trucks we transport the employees with was involved in an accident over the weekend.

    Can we open claims for the injured employees with the WCA, even if they have signed out from their shifts?

    I have read that a claim can be submitted if the injury was incurred because of an employees employment at the company…am I understanding this correctly?

    Your guidance with this will be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    Corlé

    1. Corle

      Thank you for visiting our website.

      On the basis of what you have said, I believe that you may be making enquires from outside of the UK? If this is the case, I cannot really offer advice that is of any use.

      We work solely within the UK legal system and act on accidents that have happened in the UK or due to the negligence of a UK based organisation. As such, in your case I don’t think we could help. I may be wrong of course, in which case please call me on 01225430285 so that I can offer further assistance.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  59. Hi Ian,

    I have had an accident at work where I badly broke my leg. However because I’m a director of the company concerned I have been told I cannot make a claim, because I would be suing myself!!

    Do you think it is worth pursuing this?

    Thank

    John

    1. John

      Thank you for visiting our website. Being a Director of the business does not mean that you have no legal rights to seek compensation, indeed, we currently have a couple of claims being pursued for Directors of businesses that were injured whilst at work.

      Clearly, you have sustained a nasty serious injury and with this in mind I can appreciate why you are investigating your options. Whether or not you can claim will depend on the nature of the accident and how it happened.

      Can I suggest that you email your contact number to me so that I can call you and we can have a quick chat about your accident? We could then advise as to whether or not we think you have a viable claim?

  60. I was attacked by a resident at work. I was bitten, had scrapes to my arms, bruises to back of leg from being kicked. I was elbowed in my breast and was very traumatised and needed two weeks off to recover. I work in a general nursing home and the resident clearly had mental health needs. I am not trained in restraint practices as we are not an emi unit.
    I have been informed that I will only get statutory sickness pay.

    1. Lauretta

      Hi, what a nasty incident you describe. It would sound as if your employer has failed to ensure your safety at work and that there could be a claim for compensation in this. Sadly, there is no obligation on your employer to pay your usual salary whilst you are off ‘sick’ – even if the injuries were caused in an incident at work. You are entitled to SSP, but this is currently only £89.35 per week – and only available for up to 28 weeks. This situation regularly leaves people massively out of pocket.

      Please send me your contact number so that we can call you to take some further details. If you were to succeed with a claim for compensation, you would be able to claim compensation for the injuries you sustained and also to reclaim any lost income or other costs.

  61. I was at work and I stepped off some wood in the yard. My ankle just buckled on me resulting in a grade 3 sprain with a torn ligament but I had trainers on and not my steel toe cap boots. Out of work for 5 week. I would just like to know where I stand really *no pun intenteded*

    1. Callum

      We can certainly look at making a claim for you – but we would need to know more about the workplace, why the wood was in the yard and the nature of the job before we can advise you fully.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or email your number to us. A very brief chat over the phone will enable us to properly advise you as to your rights, what options you have and how we can help.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  62. I was put on job untrained and unsupervised which resulted in a muscle strain injury. I have been off work since. I work for an agency on an ad hoc basis which suits me because of long term mental issues caused by my mother’s suicide and finding my father dead after he had been dead for a week. This incident has seemed to have made my mental health worse. I was not provided with pep and had no information on health and safety issues. I have noticed vision in one eye is blurred magnified and wavey which makes me feel nausius. I have found out lasers are used which shone into my eye which explains moments of double vision during this shift. I have lost confidence with the company I am hired out to and do not want to return. Any information would be appreciated as my financial future looks bleak.
    Thankyou

    1. Kevin

      It would seem that you have a couple of claims for compensation here. Firstly, the muscle injury. If your employer failed to provide you with manual handling training and supervision, you may well be able to claim compensation against the employer on the grounds of employer negligence for this injury and any loss of income associated with it.

      Secondly, the eye problem. You should certainly get this diagnosed by Doctors and confirmed. If the employer is using lasers and not providing eye protection, they are clearly breaching your Health & Safety rights.

      I suggest that you either email your number to me or call us on 01225430285 so that we can take a little more information and then link you with the right specialist Solicitor to pursue your claims.

  63. I had a bad accident on my thumb ..I didnt claim because i was told i would be sacked instantly ..its been over 3 years .I work with this injury all the time, because its manual work and use my hands all the time on machinery and with hand tools …it can be very uncomfortable ..Can I claim any sort of benefit for working with this injury .cheers Daz

    1. Darren

      Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do regarding your injury in terms of any claim for compensation. If the injury gets to the point where you are disabled by it, you may be entitled to disability benefits, but that would not be compensation.

      The law only allows a maximum period of 3 years to take action. Your employer has behaved terribly in pressurising you not to claim with the threat of dismissal. They have undermined your legal rights and left you in the situation in which you find yourself.

  64. Hi, I have recently had a accident at work. I was cleaning up some glass that someone had left in the stock cupboard, on the cupboard someone had put a 6ft banquet table (legs folded down) to get all the glass up I had to move the table (the table shouldn’t of been left in the cupboard) as I moved the table the table collapsed on me causing me to be trapped. I was trapped down the left side of my body. I was trapped under the table for 20 minutes before one of my colleagues found me. I was taken by ambulance to my nearest hospital and spent 3 days in hospital having X-rays, scans and ct scans thinking I had internal bleeding. Luckily I didn’t and I have severe bruising to my muscles and tissue under my rib cage and in my stomach. Doctor has given me 2 weeks off work. The problem is I am only part time so because I don’t work more than 16 hours I’m not entitled to sick pay. Do I have a claim?

    1. Sam

      On the basis of what you describe you most certainly have a claim worthy of further pursuit. The fact that you only work 16 hours per week is irrelevant to your rights to claiming compensation.

      We would be very happy to assist you with a claim and as such, we invite you to either email your contact number to me or call us on 01225430285 so that we can take the further information we need to make sure we link you with the right specialist No Win No Fee Solicitor.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

    1. You can not be dismissed (legally anyway) simply for being involved in a road traffic accident – whether you are at fault or the innocent party.

      You can only be dismissed legally for acts of gross misconduct, continued breaches of company discipline (that have been noted and dealt with by an employer) or through a genuine redundancy process.

  65. i started noticing a heavy smell of paint in my work station. asked my team leader for a mask to reduce the fumes i was inhaling he gave me a look as if i was crazy and said ok and rushed off then 20 minutes gose by no mask yet here he is talking with someone down the line laughing with this person both staring at me i then 15 more minutes went by i titlted my head up to look at a scan in light and blacked out came to and my knees were cut open i stood up and headed for the door for fresh air i get screamed at what are you doing then i responded with i quit am i screwed for getting my previous unemployment insurance claim still waiting on a answer do i have a case or this is all my fault?

    1. Dave

      Thank you for taking the time to visit our compensation website and raising your situation with us.

      If I understand your comment correctly, you quit your job and walked away as a result of this incident and the employers lack of assistance to you. If this is the case, it will not have any relevance to the outcome of a claim for personal injury compensation if you chose to pursue one. Indeed, the only small issue would be that you would not be able to claim any loss of income relating to this accident/incident as you terminated your employment rather than being unable to work due to ill health.

      On the basis of your comment, I would be of the view that you have a claim worthy of further pursuit as there is definitely an argument to be made relating to employer negligence here. When working with substances hazardous to health, employers must ensure that all workers are provided with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE). In such cases, it is important that the employer follow (and makes sure all staff are aware of and understand) regulations in terms of control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH). In your case, this would relate to the possible effects of inhaling noxious chemical fumes from the paint that you were working with. I assume that you work in a paint shop environment, perhaps as a sprayer? Or in a workplace with such a function being performed. In such a working environment, there should be industrial strength extractor fans and all staff should be wearing protective masks that filter out hazardous chemicals. If your employer fails to provide such a requirement, they are likely to be in breach of health and safety at work regulations. If this is the case, they are therefore likely to be forced to admit liability if any claim for compensation is made as a result of an injury caused in the workplace due to such breaches.

      I hope that this information is of help to you. Please feel free to contact me by email should you have any further queries or if you wish us to help you pursue a claim for compensation against your employer. Alternatively, you can call us on 01225430285.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

    2. yes they perform paiting duties inside the factory every so often. they dont have a single air vent to vent out any fumes so when they paint the fumes build up with no possible way for the fumes to escape. if they have cameras you will see my self trying my hardest to keep my shirt over my face and call out to the team leader for a mask and injure my self. i couldn’t handle how strong the paint fumes were becoming. i forgot to mention in some of stations were the part moves its way down the line their is a excessive number of qulity marks made to the part with a highly toxic paint marker that doesn’t fully dry before reaching my work station. I do believe they were painting that day and the mixture of the paint fumes that blow around the building and fumes that lingerer off the part were really affecting me. i asked for a protective mask and he ingored my well-being after i stated can you get me a mask these paint fumes are starting to get to me. he never asked about my welfare shouldn’t have he asked me if i feel ok to continue working? do you need to step outside for a fresh air break? nothing just a dirty look and responded with ok and rushed off. i witnessed about 20 minutes after i made the request he was laughing and staring over at me with another employee. he saw that i witnessed him and immediately pulled out his cell phone and shouted im calling down to paint for your mask.. all of the sudden he decides nows the time to call after i asked 20 minutes ago….. i shook my head at him.. about another 15 minutes went by he’s no were to be seen. i tilted my head up black out for a few seconds i noticed my hand hand went forward my knees buckled slamming against the bottom of the jig i tried to save my part from stopping the line over 70 jobs shut down if i make a mistake but of course that was enough for me and i let everything shut down. i felt really unsafe and wanted out side for air i don’t believe i was in a full state of mind when i said i quit because i have bin inhaling paint fumes for 40 minutes but it was my response. i know i shouldn’t have but i wasn’t fully coherent and made a bad decision not being in the state of mind i was in. i. reported everything to unemployment insurance about the reason why i quit told them i have pictures of my injuries apparently their investigation but i know nothing will be done and ill be denied. im about to be homeless cause of some ass hole that now has two in plant sexualharasment complains made towards him after my incident and thinks its a joke when someone asks for ppe but yet he still has a job. i never received a call from the company the following day to discuss this matter like any other company would of done. this person gets to eat every single day well im left to starve i just dont think this was fair and feel hopeless iv applied everywhere no calls back… i feel im doomed when unemployment declines my previous claim from my other employer that laid me off due to shortage of work.. i know their not going to investigate anything or help me

      1. Dave

        Thanks for replying. Can I suggest that you call us on 01225430285 or email your number to me, so that we can speak and take this further.

        Thanks

        Direct2Compensation

  66. Kenny
    March 28, 2017 7:52 am

    I tore my labrum at work on August 10, 2016 and thus was considered a workman’s comp case. I finally had surgery on March 7, 2017. I was required to return to light duty on March 14th. I’m a salaried supervisor and I get paid monthly. I didn’t receive any pay from workman’s comp because they have a seven day elimination period in the state of Virginia. I asked our companies HR department if I could use five days sick pay to cover the five days that I missed. They denied that request because I was out on workman’s comp. So basically, in my mind, I was punished for getting hurt on the job. Should I have been compensated by my employer for the five days I was off having surgery? Thank you.

    1. Kenny

      The issue you raise is extremely common amongst the claimants who come to us after being injured in an accident at work. Whilst many people can accept injuries are part and parcel of life and can happen at any time in certain jobs/workplaces, it is very hard to accept losing salary whilst you are unable to work due to suffering an injury that happened in an accident at work.

      In the UK, there is no legal obligation for an employer to pay someone their usual salary if they are off work due to illness or injury – even if the injury was caused through an accident at work and even if the accident happened because of employer negligence.

      Morally, your employer should most definitely pay you for the five days you missed due to surgery. To think you managed to keep the time off down to 5 days is impressive and your employer should be grateful for that, but to not pay you would lead you to feel undervalued and as if you are being punished for suffering an injury whilst working for the employer.

      In most cases, people suffering an injury as a result of an accident at work are only able to reclaim their lost income by way of making a claim for accident at work compensation. This allows them to claim compensation for their injuries and also a special damages claim to recover any lost income and other costs.

  67. I got injured on duty last year at the mine twisted my ankle ddnt report my injury to the as we wer a contracting company my boss said I shouldn’t tell the doctor that i got injured on the mine he will pay all the medical bills of which he did also got my full salary for three months my question is am not intitled to some sort of compensation since I have a steel plate on my foot

    1. Whether or not you are entitled to compensation for the injury will depend on the cause of the accident. When claiming compensation after an accident at work, a claimant will only succeed if it can be demonstrated that the employer (or another 3rd party organisation) has been negligent towards health and safety. This can be anything from a lack of training, failure to provide the correct equipment, the failure to remove hazards from the work area or a failure to provide a safe and secure working environment.

      In your case, the lack of a proper report of the accident happening at the mine could pose a problem to any possible claim. However, the lack of an accident book record or full report of an accident is not an insurmountable problem in terms of claiming compensation after an accident at work. If your boss or colleagues were willing to provide a statement confirming what happened it would help your case. Further, if you reported the cause of your injuries as the accident at work when you sought medical treatment, that would be further evidence in support of any claim.

  68. My husband newly joined a factory in greater noida on 03/11/2017 as a machine operator. On 12/12/2017 he cut his all four fingers (left hand) in machine. He hospitalized in Delhi.his boss was loyal for the week but after he used not to even phone my husband. My husband again joined his job after 19days of injury because of scare of the loss of job. He was doing his best but his boss behavior is changing now. And a few days before he asked to leave the job to my husband. He pressuring my husband to leave job. I also work there, me and my husband asked to the boss to permanent the job of my husband, but he denied. My husband salary is 50000.so what can we do to get the claim.,and how much money my husband can get in claim. Plz give the answer soon.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Was your Husband injured whilst working in India? If so, was he working for an Indian registered employer?

      Unfortunately, if he was working in India for an Indian registered company, we will not be able to help or advise as we work within the legal system covering the United Kingdom.

  69. My 4 year old daughter attends our local village hall for breakfast/ after school club and often attends birthday parties at the village hall – we’ve booked the village hall for her 5th birthday party. When my daughter initially began attending the breakfast/after school club in the village hall the internal fire door leading to the stairwell was propped open- to help smaller children as they moved within the village hall. At some point between October and December the door was no longer propped open, in the mornings I would help my daughter with the internal door so she could go upstairs as she struggled to push the door open independently, I was concerned about the door being difficult for my daughter to open on her own and asked staff to help my daughter where possible as she is little. On some of the doors throughout the village hall there are door hinge guards, apart from the internal fire door previously described. I don’t often make such observations of the building but recent events have meant it is necessary for us to have a great deal of interest and concern. As we’re now moving into warmer days the fire exit door is being propped open so children can use the outdoor play area at the back of the building the fire exit door is adjacent to the internal fire door leading to the stairwell and tonwards the front of the village hall reception/ foyer area are the main entrance doors often switched on to be automatic opening doors which are opposite the internal fire door, this week as my daughter was making her way through the internal fire door it crushed her finger in the door hinge area resulting in a horrific injury to my daughter’s finger. I’m very displeased with the events that have taken place and I’m very upset with the lack of help from the village hall site management team and the breakfast/after school club in regards to trying to obtain the risk assessments and health and safety inspection/reports as clearly there has been a failing. A member of staff said she had raised concerns about the doors in December 2016 and has had no action but she is now refusing to show us her reports. The building is owned by the local authority whom myself and my husband work for so we’re worried about the aftermath of pursuing a claim for our daughter’s injury. Equally my daughter should not have had to experience such an ordeal had the right actions been taken by either the club or building management and because there are two opportunities for risk assessments to have been carried out by both parties I’m deeply disappointed that my daughter has been injured. I’m also upset with the handling of the situation by the staff for instance the site manager felt it necessary to explain to me why they were unable to wedge open the internal fire door as the hall could incur a £7K fine however they had the fire exit door propped open, the club manager stated she wasn’t aware that the internal fire door was in need of door hinge guard and she’d put it on her list of things to do, the site management when later questioned about the recent risk assessment and health and safety inspection refused to be forthcoming and instead questioned our need for the reports despite the fact he was informed we are paying customers hiring the village hall in the next few months and would like to confidently invite friends and family to the village hall safely as well as the fact that we are customers through the use of the breakfast/after school club. We feel as though there has been negligence for the safety of others and no one is willing to be honest and helpful. I’d like to know can I make a formal complaint and claim as litigation friend for my daughter as ultimately I’d like to see the necessary precautions put into place as soon as possible as my daughter will no doubt continue her attendance to the village hall as her friends are established and she enjoys attending, I’d hate this to happen to anyone else nor do I want there to be a risk for it to happen to my daughter ever again.

    Thanks in advance

    1. As a parent, I am really sorry to learn about this very distressing injury to your daughter and I hope that she is able to make a speedy recovery. Given your description of the incident itself and the lack of safety provision on this door, I believe you have a very viable claim for your daughter. Indeed, our specialist solicitors have succeeded with a number of claims of a very similar nature over the years.

      Yes, as a parent of a child under the age of 18, you can act as a litigation friend and pursue a claim on behalf of your daughter. Acting as a litigation friend simply means that you agree to act in your daughters best interests and provide the instructions to the solicitor in place of the young child.

      Any claim we act on would be through a No Win No Fee process and your daughters rights would be protected. I strongly suggest that we embark on a claim for your daughter and I therefore invite you to forward your contact number to me by email. Once we have those, we can take some further information and then assign this matter to the right specialist solicitor to act for your daughter. Alternatively, you can call us on 01225430285 Mon – Fri between 9am and 5pm.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

    2. Yes, we can certainly make a claim for this – the people responsible for the management/running of this hall were on notice of a problem and failed to act and as such have exposed your daughter to the risk of serious injury. In doing this, they have exposed themselves to liability for any claim that may arise.

      Please send me your contact number so that we speak with you to get the details we need to take this forwards.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  70. please advise if a person was injured on duty and claims from wca procedure that takes pace .The company offered to pay 2mths salary. Person was treated by specialist .Taken reports to wca. Doctor skips a month to do follow up on patient, does not tell person to go back to work as he cannot walk or drive. Does he qualify for salary for the month he did not visit the doctor as report states he is not fit for duty and the report stamped by police.

    1. Under UK law, there is no requirement for an employer to pay employees salaries if they are away from work due to health/injury problems. It will depend on the contract of employment between the employer and employee and what is stated within that regarding sickness pay.

  71. I was on my way to park my car at work Into my company’s allocated parking area. I noticed a van was parked on double yellow lines in front right side of my way to go. The van was stationary and presumably waiting for someone. My way to go was clear with no obstruction whatsoever.
    As I drove past the van all of a sudden a forklift appeared behind the van and drove straight into my car smashing into my both windows from one side to another. It was a miraculous escape as I was caught between both the forklift blades.
    Apparently the forklift was loading behind the van in which I had no visibility and in an area not designated for loading as it’s double yellow lines. I did not expect forklift to operate freely in this busy vehicular roads. The CCTV footage easily demonstrates About the incident

    My employer reported this incident tried the company of the forklift liable to compensate me but I’ve been told that they not ready to compensate, this has caused a lot of distress although I didn’t have any injuries apart from being traumatised by this as a result I cannot focus I don’t want to talk to anyone, I did see the gp and was off work for a week, I tried my best to go to work but I realised I can’t the incident keep flashing , I just think that the other easily got away with it
    I need some advice

    1. Darryl

      What a shocking incident you have endured. I can fully appreciate why you feel traumatised by this and yes, it sounds as if you were very lucky to not sustain serious physical injury.

      On the basis of your description of events, I think you have a viable claim for compensation and that with the assistance of one of our specialist solicitors, you have a viable chance of succeeding with.

      May I suggest that you email your number to me or call us on 01225430285 so that we can take some further information and then get the right specialist solicitor to discuss this matter with you.

      I hope that this helps and I look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

    1. Tracy

      Hi, I am a little unsure as to what you mean with your question – do you mean how long does a claim take or are there time limits in the claims process regarding how defendant insurers investigate claims and how long do they have to reply to a claim?

      Regards

      Ian

  72. Hi, I have a question about 4-5wks ago I tore my ligaments in my shoulder opening a delivery gate. I put in a claim this is all going through. I was put on light duties but was asked by a manager to move a cage into the lockup, and left me unattended, I then request injured my shoulder and this was then investigated and now going through to a disciplinery on the grounds I didn’t decline even tho I said to him are you sure I should do that with my shoulder. He had plenty of opportunity to choose a different colleague? This feels like a retaliation as there was no investigation for the 1st incident?

    1. Cliff

      You should put your concerns to your employer – in writing. It sounds as if you have a very strong case to defend any disciplinary action your employer is looking in to.

      The employer has no legal grounds to ‘retaliate’ for any claim you are making. Every person has a legal right to pursue a claim for compensation against an employer (or anyone else for that matter) when they have been injured as a result of negligence.

      I wish you all the best.

      Ian

  73. Hi, Im just after a little bit of advice. I work as a contractor in the mines, i recently squashed my finger on site. It immediately swelled to almost twice the size and turned purple straight away. I attended fisrt aid where i was given an ice pack and went through the process of reporting the incident. Was back on the job an hour later. The next day when i returned to site and informed them that i intended to see a doctor for a second opinion i was made to feel guilty about hurting myself and on at least 4 different occasions indirectly pursuaded not to attend the doctor. I returned home the next day and sure enough my finger was broken.
    My question is, Should they have taken me to hospital themselves straight away? Is it their duty of care?
    Thank for your help.

    1. Jon

      I am sorry to hear about your accident at work. Under UK health and safety law, an employer must not prevent an injured person from seeking professional qualified medical help when it is needed. In your case, it would seem odd that the employer wouldn’t advise you to seek immediate medical treatment. Indeed, their desire to have you working whilst injured may well have placed you at risk of further injury as well as also creating a risk to your colleagues. As you are probably aware, working in a manual job such as yours where heavy tools are used, to use them you need to be fit and well and if you are injured, you may not be able to work safely. In your case, your finger injury would have undoubtedly affected your grip strength and dexterity, so allowing you to work in that condition was a risk to you and your colleagues.

  74. My brother in law works in a car spray booth and uses an upside down lemonade crate his boss provides to stand on to spray the tops of cars. He fell off this and broke his wrist and broke a bone in his foot. No accident form was completed and he has been off work for 19 weeks. He returned 2 weeks ago on a phased return to work and has discovered that his accident hasn’t been reported. His boss is being difficult and only letting my brother in law work 2 days a week although he wants to work more. His boss has employed someone else in his absence and that person is still there. My brother in law is only getting 2 days pay but is still receiving statutory sick pay. He did receive full pay for the first 6 weeks of his absence then went onto SSP. The lemonade crate is still in use. Do you think he has a claim.

    1. Jackie

      The situation you describe regarding your Brother-in-Law’s accident at work and the attitude towards health and safety of his employer is something we hear quite regularly.

      Your Brother-in-Law should take a photograph of the milk crate in question – ideally when someone is stood upon it. I would imagine that his medical records show that the injury was caused at work and this would help. Your Brother-in-Law should still ask the employer to record the accident and what he could do is write to them/email the employer asking the question as to why the accident was not recorded?

      It would sound as if your Brother-in-Law has a viable claim for compensation and this is something we would be keen to discuss further with him. Please ask him to call us on 01225430285 or do email his number to us via: [email protected]

      Yours sincerely

  75. I was working using a lorry mounted crane(hiab) and whilst lifting a pallet that was loaded with heavy blocks the pallet tilted and the blocks slipped off .this is because the blocks should OFF been badded together in a certain way then banded to the pallet this would have stopped them slipping off.as I was clearing them from the bed of the lorry lifting them I suffered a slipped disc in my back Which I needed surgery for and was off work for 7 months on ssp.when I started the job I wasn’t given no manual handling training or any sort of training in use of equipment or products.on returning to work on the second day I was subjected to aggressive and verbal abuse from the foreman and when I complained he made up a story I was.i was immediately suspended and told by my manager I’m a “bad apple”.I think this is because I started a claim.now 7 month on my solicitor says I ain’t got a case because my gp didn’t make a note of how I sustained my injury .surly that is trivial compared to how I’ve been treated.can you advise me please .thank you

    1. Noel

      What a distressing situation in which you find yourself. Sadly, it is often the case that the ‘bad apple’ is the bad employer who doesn’t provide basic training and shows a disregard to health and safety. To make matters worse, they then try and turn it round on to you as the injured employee and call you the bad apple.

      Obviously, your Solicitor would not wish to close the case if they felt they could succeed as they will be acting on a Conditional Fee Agreement (No Win No Fee) basis and will only get paid for their work if they succeed for you. With this in mind, the fact that they seem to be closing the case is a bit of a worry.

      However, all may not be lost. Have you tried speaking to your GP to discuss this situation? Asking if they would be willing to link the injury for which you have had treatment? Also, was an accident book entry completed at work at the time of the injury? Was it witnessed etc?

      If your current Solicitor has not yet closed it, you should discuss these possibilities with them. If they have closed it, we could get one of our partner Solicitors to obtain your file from the previous firm and review it for you. Whether or not we were then able to take it further, I cannot say but you would have nothing to lose by allowing us to review this for you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  76. Hi I had a accident at work 3 weeks
    Ago and I’m signed off for atwo least another week.I was hit on the head by the bin man .went to hospital had to have a ct scan on my head as they thought I had a bleed.no bleed but I have concussion still suffering with headaches after 3 weeks have been told may last 6 weeks my last longer.

    1. Carolyn

      Thank you for coming to our website. From what you say, I believe you have a viable and valid claim for compensation. You have clearly suffered a serious concussion and as such, claiming compensation for this is something we would like to assist you with.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or email me your number to ([email protected]) and we’ll call you.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Kindest regards

      Ian

  77. Hi. My Son is almost 17yrs old and he recently had an accident at work, falling down the concrete stairs! He had my arms full with boxes of meat, and the cleaner had just washed the steps, she told him to be careful, but the steps were so wet that he fell from the top to the bottom!
    We took him to Hospital immediately (10pm at night), and got home at 3am, and then we were called again the next day to take him back again. They confirmed that He had fractured his thigh bone completely from one side to the other – apparently it’s the hardest bone in the body to break – and tore his ligaments in his knee! We gave work his sick note at the end of the first week, and have been waiting to hear if he is entitled to sick pay. The only thing they did was get him to email them a photo of the bottom of his shoes – priorities!
    He has now been off work for a month and has been calling the Boss at least 2/3 times per week about any sick pay, but they haven’t been bothered with him at all; Infact they said that He needed to wait until payday to see if he gets any money in his bank (2 weeks later!). He called again today and has just been told that he is NOT entitled to sick pay, but that he should look into Incapacity Benefit!
    Unfortunately, we believe that because He is only 16 and had his hours drastically reduced towards the end of last year, he is not entitled to sick pay because he hasn’t had to pay any tax or National Insurance, so we very much doubt that he will be entitled to any benefits; so we wondered if there is anything that we can do?

    1. I cannot answer as to whether or not your Son is entitled to any benefits, but on the basis of your description of his accident and injuries, I am of the view that he has a viable and valid claim for compensation.

      As the steps were wet through cleaning and no hazard warning sign had been erected, his employers will have some work to do to defend a claim against them. Your Son was carrying items as per his job role and is therefore at a risk of slipping if the floor is wet. Although the cleaner provided a verbal warning, this does not absolve the employer of responsibility for the situation.

      I suggest that you contact us – either on the phone (01225430285) or email me your number ([email protected]) so that we can discuss this matter and get the ball rolling. If he is successful with a claim, not only will he receive compensation for the injury sustained (and a fractured thigh/femur is a serious injury) and be able to claim any lost income, he will also have the prospect of accessing specialist rehabilitation therapies that could speed his recovery.

      I hope this response is of help to you and I hope that you will make contact with us.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  78. I am Sonja my boss told me to clean the toilet with pool acid after one day start getting sick. I was admitted at hospital . I went back to my work place for me pay for the days that I was sick. They say they won’t pay me because pool acid won’t affect my health. I was also using my money for hospital. I’m still having pain, dazziness,shortage of breathing, headache. But they say if I’m going to do the some job is best for me to look other job.I want to make a claim . I have case or not because it seems they know that I’m going have long term problem like lung problem.

    1. Sonja

      Hi, I am not sure as to what your prospects are, but I am interested to find out more about your situation so that we can give you a better view. If you are working in the UK and an employer expects you to work with chemicals and substances hazardous to health, you should be given the correct training. This is known as ‘COSHH’ training and it is the law requiring all employers to control substances that are hazardous to the health of those using them – if they are not handled correctly.

      With this in mind, it seems that your employer has not adhered to this rule and this gives me some hope that you do have a claim.

      If you would like to discuss this with us, either fill in one of our contact forms on the ‘start your claim’ page of our website or call our office on 01225430285.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  79. I recently fell from a ladder at work and fractured my elbow I had filled out accident report that had been posted to me with all that I could recall at the time but then after a few days i remembered that the ladder slipped before I fell and handed in another accident report my work are now wanting me to retract my second report which reports the ladder slipping which I refused can I still make a claim

    1. John

      Ouch! Injuries sustained after falling from height can often be very serious and form a large part of our accident at work claim portfolio.

      On the basis of your comment, I believe you have a viable claim and should pursue the same forthwith. I would continue to refuse to withdraw the ‘2nd’ statement and in doing so, I would put my reasons in writing to them (retaining a copy for your records). You have mitigating circumstances that support the fact that you didn’t accurately describe the accident initially – you had just sustained a fracture to the elbow and were likely to be in a state of shock and pain – let alone a little fuzzy on pain relief.

      We would gladly pursue this matter for you via one of our specialist solicitors and I invite you to call us to us on 01225430285 or email your phone number to me at [email protected] so that we can call you and discuss the situation.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  80. I fall down today at work but I thought was just normal so I didn’t report but when I came home I felt the pains at my knees can I report it tomorrow?

    1. Matilda

      Yes, you should speak to the employer tomorrow and inform them that your fall has in fact caused injury. You can inform them that you didn’t feel any injury initially, but that overnight you’ve noticed discomfort, pain and bruising etc.

      Ian

  81. I recently had an accident at work. I am a police officer and was chasing a burglar when I slipped on mud. As I am a dog handler, I was trying to control the dog with one hand and holding a torch in the other. The dog pulled me as I tried to correct the fall and caused me to rupture my quad resulting in an operation and 6 months off work. I had to cancel two ski holidays and have had my pay docked as I was not able to look after the dogs during my sick leave. After the accident my employer has issued head torches as this was thought to be a contributing factor. Do I have a claim?

    1. Hello Julie

      Thank you for sharing your situation with us. I can imagine that your job is hard enough at the best of times, let alone having to try and control a strong animal whilst in pursuit of a burglar!

      In all honesty, I am not sure as to whether or not you will be able to succeed with a claim, but I feel that the actions of your employer in terms of providing head torches to try and prevent a repeat of this incident gives you some grounds to warrant pursuit of compensation. It is clear that the employer has realised that asking you to hold a torch in one hand whilst controlling your Police Dog in the other presents a greater risk to your safety than having a head mounted torch and a free hand for balance and grip. This could give you grounds for success.

      I think the best course of action would be to contact us so that we can take some further details and then get one of our specialist solicitors to discuss this with you and take advice from learned professionals!

      You can either call us – 01225430285 – or email me your contact number via [email protected] and we can then try to get this sorted for you.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

    1. There is no obligation on your employer to provide transport to and from medical appointments – certainly under UK law. All your employer must do is act in accordance with their contractual obligations to you and provide a safe and secure working environment, including acting on any reports made by workers regarding possible hazards or dangers to workers.

  82. I got injured at work leading to 2 operations on my foot and 12 months off work,I contacted my job last week to say I will be able to return,they ask me to meet them only to say I have been made redundant,can they do this.

    1. Patricia

      I have answered your redundancy question as best I can under your other comment. I should point out that I am not an employment Solicitor so you really should seek advice on that issue from a specialist or your union.

      Have you tried to make a claim for compensation as a result of injuring your foot at work? If not, this maybe something we could help you with. If you would like help with a claim for compensation for the injury at work, please call us on 01225430285 or email your number to me at: [email protected]

      I hope this info helps

    1. Patricia

      Any employee can face redundancy, whether they are signed off during sickness leave or not. What is important though is that ALL employees facing redundancy MUST be handled in the same way, with the statutory redundancy consultation period and support being provided by the employer.

      If you think that your employer has not handled your redundancy correctly, you should seek the services of an employment solicitor or discuss this with your union if you are a member of one.

  83. I have injury at work which has cost me so much the no win no fee company dealing working on my behalf has
    pulled out at dame minute when the case is about to go to court on the 16/03/2017, please what shall l do l need your advise. Thank you

    1. Gladys

      Without knowing why the previous Personal Injury Solicitor has withdrawn from your claim at such a late stage, it is very difficult to give you advice. Clearly, the current representative that you have had working for you has now decided that they cannot pursue this further for you.
      You do have the right to seek a 2nd opinion from a specialist Solicitor, but as you may appreciate, there is very little time between now and when your claim is due to go to court. With this in mind, you need to speak directly with a specialist personal injury solicitor urgently, so that they can obtain your previous Solicitors file of papers and review the contents for you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  84. My boyfriend is a boilermaker and got injured at work with a fractured rib. Workman’s compensation paid out and the company took him to see a doctor, but this particular doctor told him that they are unable to book him off due to a “new health law that has been instated” and “the Commissioner doesn’t allow them to book patients off for such things anymore.” He then got told that he has to return to work the next day and continue with his usual heavy duty labour, and if he doesn’t feel better then he must return to the hospital so they can book him onto light duty. This all seems very odd to me because to my knowledge, and the knowledge of everyone around me, he should be booked off because if he moves in a wrong way, he could crack his rib completely and puncture his lung. Could someone please assist me in finding out more about this so-called “newly instated health law”, as it doesn’t make sense to me?

    1. Natasha

      Hi, I am not sure which country you live in but what you’ve explained is definitely not the case within the UK – which is the area that we have the expertise in.

      Let me know and I’ll do my best to offer some guidance.

  85. Hi,
    I just had an accident at work yesterday. I am suffering from minor head injury now resting for 48 hours. It happaned when me and a collegue try to take a part one of our metal fictures at work. She accidentaly hit me with the metal pole near my eyebrow. What you’ll suggest to do? Do I have a case? WhEn I think about it could have been much worse only if it was an inch down.

    1. Lora

      Hi, we would gladly help you with this matter. Please email me your phone number to: [email protected] and I will then call you to discuss your situation and offer assistance.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  86. Hi,
    I was injured on the 29th October 2015, I was in and out of the hospital for the rest of that year. In January 4th 2017, i was admitted in hospital and had a spinal decompression done with a donor bone was taken from my hip. Ever since then, i was not at work until the 15th August 2017. I had to return to work as the company i am working was no longer paying me my salary, but due to my injury, i had to see my doctor again and advised him that i cannot continue to work due to the pain that i am having. i have had two of my cervical vertebrates removed and fused with screws. Please advise how can i go about claiming? I have returned to work on the 28/12/16 and had a doctors appointment on the 09/01/17, upon producing my progress report to my manager, he said that i will not be be getting paid for that day and that i must claim from WCA… Can the company say that to me?

    1. Afzal

      Thank you for coming to Direct2Compensation. Whether or not you can claim compensation for the serious damage to your spine, will depend on whether or not you were injured because of employer negligence.

      In most cases, if there has been an accident at work, an employee can pursue the employer for compensation. The vast majority of such claims would be made against an employer liability insurance policy.

      In terms of whether or not your employer should pay you or ask that you claim from another body (in your case you cite the WCA – an organisation I am not aware of here in the UK) depends on the circumstances of your contract of employment.

  87. I am a general worker for zesco limited company, and on november 17 last year, i got injured at work, a truck side gate fell on my head and hit me, when opening it. While we were offloading electrical wooden poles, i had a cut and i received 5 stitches to my head, up now the pain still comes back. I have not been compensated, help me please yours Gabriel K M

    1. Gabriel

      Hi, your accident at work sounds painful and certainly avoidable – I wonder if you can hold the employer liable on the grounds of insufficient training or for providing a truck that was not fit for purpose?

      Unfortunately, I don’t think we can help you – as I believe that you are based (and work) outside of the United Kingdom. As such, we can’t help – Direct2Compensation are based in the UK and operate within the legal system covering the countries making up the United Kingdom. If you are outside of the UK, I would suggest that you seek the services of a specialist injury compensation solicitor based in which ever country you are enquiring from.

      I hope that this is of help to you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  88. Hi, my name is Alma. I had an accident at work in May, 2015. I fell of a leather, the leather broke while I was trying to put up bunners in our Showroom. I broke my wrist. I already had 4 operations in one year, 2015. I need to go for another operation in February 2017. My wrist will never be the same again. I cannot carry or pick up heavy things with my hand. I am walking with screws in my arm at this moment. They need to take out the plate and screws and do another operation on my wrist and they also need to put screws in. My wrist and arm will never be the same again. I am in pain the whole time. We are hoping with this operation that my hand will be better. I just want to know if I can claim?

    1. Alma

      Whether or not you can pursue a claim for compensation would depend on whether or not you can hold the employer liable on the grounds of negligence. This is likely to be decided upon whether or not you were adequately trained to work on a ladder, whether the ladder was fit for purpose (the right ladder) and whether or not you had been tasked with putting the banners up by a supervisor/manager.

  89. Hi, i was involved in an accident at work on monday, i was on my ppt truck heading down the wearhouse when i stoped to drop my load and the guy behind me on his forklift truck slammed in to me and his fork squashed over my foot pinning me to my truck 1 more inch to the right and id of probably lost my leg due to the forks going through my ankle!! All procedures were followed, accident book was filled in and i attended A+E were they said i have sever soft tissue damage to my left foot today is thursday im still in severe pain and no signs of my swelling going down and still unable to walk my foot is ballooned and bruising so bad. (Been taking day to day pictures) Do i have the right to a claim?? And if i claim can i loose my job?? Im in two minds off what to do as i cant loose my job, then at the same time i feel like im entitled to try and claim. I also feel i may try to be talked out of claiming when i get back to work by my bosses……. help!!

    1. Leevan

      Thank you for telling us about your accident at work. It sounds very painful and I can appreciate how uncomfortable it must be.

      On the basis of your comment, I am of the view that you have a very strong claim for compensation and you really ought to pursue such a claim. We would be very happy to help you with this and I suggest you call us on 01225430285 or email me: [email protected]

      I appreciate your concerns about claiming against your employer, but you have nothing to fear if you were to pursue a legitimate claim for compensation against them and given the nature of this injury and how it happened, it is clearly a legitimate claim. Your employer cannot dismiss you for simply claiming compensation after an accident at work.

      An employer can only dismiss an employee for acts of gross misconduct, via redundancies (which have to include the job role rather than the individual) or if you are unfit for a long while and unable to work, an employer can terminate your employment – but you don’t need to have any concerns about that as I am sure you will be fit to work well before the employer would feel the need to take any action.

      Please get in contact with me, I am confident that we can help you.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Regards

      Ian

  90. hi ian morris can you please advise me.
    i am currently pursuing a claim against my employer through my union, unites legal service thompsons, for an accident i had in in july 2015, but the solicitor advised me if my employer denies liability, there is no guarantee they will issue court proceedings against my employer, even although i have demonstrated employer negligence.
    i do not know why they are saying this even though everything is in order, the accident book, my medical reports etc.
    now i am thinking i should have gone through a private legal firm operating on a no win no fee basis.
    i am asking is this action legal for them to not pursue my case in court and recover my lost income and compensation for my personal injury.
    i have lost my job on grounds of capability because i am no longer fit enough to carry out my contracted duties.

    1. Elli

      Thank you for contacting us. We may be able to take over the running of your claim if you wish – whilst the Union Solicitors should (and normally do) act in your best interests, we do hear anecdotal evidence that when people use a Union law firm, the outcome of their claim is often not satisfactory. Indeed, many people who have come to us in your situation have cited an apparent conflict of interest with the Union Solicitor and report their unhappiness with how things have been handled.

      If you would like us to get one of our Solicitors to speak with you and review the work done by your current Solicitors, please call us on 01225430285.

      I hope this helps.

      Ian

  91. hi please help my father died in 2004 at work while working he was a crane operator we didn’t get an injury. on duty we just receive monthly pension need help or any advise

    1. David

      I am very sorry to hear of your loss in such tragic circumstances. This must have been very hard for you and your family to cope with.

      Unfortunately, I don’t think we would be able to help as the accident happened over 10 years ago. In the UK, you are allowed 3 years from the date of an accident to pursue any claim. Failure to do so within that period will leave you statute barred and unable to take any action.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  92. I burnt myself spilling soup at work on my arm and was allowed to put it under cold water but was not allowed to go to hospital I had to keep working and then when I asked at the end of the night I was told you have to polish cutlery before I leave that’s 5 hours working with my injury and I then at 12.30pm went with 2nd degree burn

    1. Taylor

      Thank you for letting us know about your accident at work and the nasty burn injury you sustained. It was helpful that you also filled in a contact form on our website as this enabled us to speak with you in person and find out more.

      On the basis of what you have stated, we feel that you have a viable claim for compensation and to this end, we have now passed this to one of our specialist accident at work injury compensation solicitors and asked them to call you directly.

      I wish you a speedy recovery from the burn and the best of luck with your claim for compensation.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  93. Good day.my name is Glorina. I had an exidant driving a truck at work and I’m on learnaship at 12/08/2016.I had an injary on left arm,right angle feet, injury on my heat and lost memory with a treatment for headache and my employer send me the e-mail for heering while I’m on seek leave and stop paying me what must I do?? From Johannesburg

    1. Glorina

      Hello, I am very sorry to hear about your accident.

      Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you any advice on this issue as you are based outside of the UK in Johannesburg. Direct2Compensation is a UK based business operating within the legal system covering the United Kingdom. To this end, I would not be able to offer you sensible advice.

      I suggest that you make contact with a Solicitor/Lawyer based in Johannesburg and discuss this matter with them.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  94. Ive had an accident four years ago that wasnt my fault would I be entitled to anything? Ive scars on my head and lips and was I had to get medical attention

    1. Shiree

      Thank you for taking the time to visit our claims website and ask your question.

      Unfortunately, I believe that you have sadly left it too long to pursue any action. The law in the UK allows those wishing to pursue claims for personal injury compensation a statutory period of limitation in which they can register their claim. If they fail to do so within that time frame, they are barred by law from taking action.

      The limitation period for people aged over the age of 18 years at the date of their accident, date of diagnosis (for industrial illness matters) or date that they became aware of negligence in clinical negligence matters is 3 years. As you have now had a period of 4 years from the injuries you sustained, I believe that you are sadly statute barred.

      I am sorry that we cannot assist you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  95. I fell on the stairs in work and sustained an ankle injury. I was advised to rest it by the hospital, as I was in a lot of pain. i was off work for two weeks, and upon my return my manager voiced her anger at me “letting her down”, I was then ignored for the rest of the day resulting in me giving my notice to leave the company. I was paid sick pay initially through the bacs system into my bank account but later that same day my pay was taken out. I had to wait for three days before my pay minus my sick pay. Can I make a claim.

    1. Susan

      I am really sorry to hear that one of the consequences of your accident at work was that you were made to feel that you had to leave the workplace. Employers should handle matters like this far more carefully and be more supportive.

      Regarding your question about making a claim for compensation, it is certainly something you can consider. The only way you would be able to reclaim lost income and other costs would be by pursuing a claim for accident at work compensation on the grounds of employer negligence. In this case, you have fallen on the stairs at work, so the only way you would be able to succeed with a claim against the employer would be by being able to demonstrate that the stairs were dangerous – perhaps they were disrepaired? Was there something sticking up on a stair that caught your foot or a broken section? Or if the stairs were wet from cleaning or a leak and no hazard signs were erected? Sadly, if you simply misplaced your footing and fell you would have no prospect of succeeding with a claim against the employer.

      If you would like to discuss your accident with me, i’d be more than happy to talk things through to help you find out whether or not you have grounds to make a successful claim for compensation. You can call me on 01225430285 or email me via [email protected] Alternatively, you can fill in a contact form at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and I will call you to chat things through.

      I hope that this information is helpful and I look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  96. Hi my name is darren I work as a labourer for local firm and we do lot of work for local council I drive tipper truck for the company which belongs to the company the last 6 months the tipper broke down so when we unloaded the tipper I had to unload it by hand so I told the boss i need help to unload the wagon as it was all heavy materials to unload or can he get the tipper fix then I was told by the boss dad that if I won’t drive truck then there won’t be any work for me so I carried on working as I need the job for my family over the last 6 months the truck got worse as rust was eating the metal away leaving big holes on the tipper were i had to stand on to unload the company had another wagon which was new and in good working order so everyday I went to the council 2 or 3 times a day i had unload heavy materials on my own the other wagon the company own was being used the tipper works they always had 2 people on that wagon on Wednesday last week at 8 in the morning I had accident when tipping of waste on me own and doing it by hand ambulance was called then I was in hospital I’ve had one phone call from my boss which I couldn’t answer because I was in hospital so in 5 days I haven’t heard from my boss no one let my family know that I was in hospital through the accident at work my partner found out at 15:00 the day it happen when I rang her from hospital asking for help to get home as when the paramedics took me to hospital they’d cut my tops off & I didn’t have any money with me for transport home. I’m in lot of pain with back now I don’t understand why is my company being like this. Also since I had the accident no one from the company has been in touch to ask how I’m feeling or if I’m in need of anything. I do hope this makes sense.
    Many thanks
    Darren Baker

    1. Darren

      Your story is certainly one of employer negligence and sadly a typical story of an avoidable workplace injury. Given what you say, I would be very certain that you have a strong claim for compensation on the basis of liability. You have previously (and it seems repeatedly) put your employer on notice that there is a risk to your health and their failure to repair the broken tipper or replace it with one that works is definitely negligent towards your health and safety at work.

      When it comes to claiming compensation for workplace injuries, the key element that a claimant must prove to succeed with their claim is employer negligence. All employers have a responsibility to ensure that employees are provided with a safe and secure working environment and that machinery, equipment and vehicles are maintained safely and that all tools work properly. As I have already said, I believe that you have a very strong claim for compensation. My only concern is whether or not the details of your injury are on record with your employer – by way of an accident book report. Of course, there will be Ambulance Paramedic records relating to what they found and what treatment you needed, but it would be wise to ensure that what happened to you is properly recorded by your employer. I would therefore write to them or email them describing the broken truck and that you had reported that before and what happened last week.

      The only concern you may have with making a claim for compensation is that it sounds as if your employer will not be too happy with you for taking such action. I say this because they have clearly given you a choice of driving the broken truck as it is or lose your job when you have raised the issue of the faulty tipper mechanism. If you have worked for your employer for more than 2 years, it is very difficult for them to simply terminate your employment and they cannot (by law) in any event for simply pursuing a claim for compensation.

      We would very much like to help you with a claim for compensation to cover the injuries you have sustained and any lost income whilst you are unable to work. Please do get in touch with us to provide your contact details and we’ll then call you. Simply visit our start your claim page at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and fill the form in. We’ll then get in touch with you to offer some advice, explain your rights and help you with a claim for compensation if that is what you choose to do.

      I very much hope that this information is of use to you and I hope to hear from you soon.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  97. In March 2016 i injured my shoulder. A few days later i told my forman about it. I kept working thinking it would get better. Accually it was getting worse. So I made an appointment with my doctor not to be seen until September 2nd. I was fired in August. I filled for unemployment but no luck. After x rays and mri I need surgery and therapy. I can’t work and have no income. What do I do

    1. Doug

      Your situation sounds frustrating to say the least. You may be able to pursue a claim for compensation – but only if your injury was caused by employer negligence or someone elses negligence. I think you maybe outside of the UK, in which case we can’t help you as we can only operate within the legal system covering the UK.

      My best advice to you would be to contact a local personal injury lawyer and discuss your situation with them. It could be that they are able to get you compensation for the injury, recover your lost income and pay all of your medical bills. You have nothing to lose by doing this, so you should get on with that now.

      Best of luck!

      Ian

  98. Hi, I had a fall at work about 5years ago I know it’s a long time I was off work for 6 months before I was bullied into leaving work since then I still have pain down my right side my old boss stopped paying my doctors bills so I had to stop going as they were trying to charge me. Would I still have any entitlements or is it too late??

    1. Emma

      Thank you for taking the time to share your situation.

      Sadly, I would think that you will be statute barred due to the time lapsed between your accident date and now to enable you to pursue any claim. As stated in this article, at the current time, UK law allows a person aged over the age of 18 years a period of 3 years from the date of their accident in which they can bring a claim for compensation. Failure to register a claim before the end of the 3-year period leaves you unable to take action.

      The only exception to this is for children/young people under the age of 18 years at the date of their accident. In this case, a person has until their 21st birthday before their limitation period expires.

      I hope that this information is of use to you.

      Best wishes

      Ian

  99. I work in a special needs school and have been bitten(more than once), smacked, punched, my nose nearly broken.

    I have only been working there as a Teaching assistant for 2 weeks.

    I’m not sure where I stand in regards to my rights.

      1. Thank you for letting us know about your situation at work. Clearly, you are not having a great time of it as yet and it certainly sounds as if your employer has been negligent in respect of your health and safety at work. The role of working within a special school is known to present problematic situations to the staff. There is always going to be the risk of violence from angry or confused students or the need to restrain students if they become anxious, stressed or angry. With this in mind, an employer knows that there is a foreseeable risk to their staff and as such, MUST ensure that all staff are provided with the requisite training, tools and guidance to enable them to work as safely as possible and reduce the risk of injuries such as those you cite as far as can be done. It goes without saying that even if an employer were to provide all of this training and support, this job would still present a risk to ones health. It simply is not possible to remove ALL risks of injury from any job, the key is to minimise the risks and provide the tools and know-how to enable staff to do so.

        As a new worker, you should not be placed directly in to the ‘firing line’ without having the required training and knowledge to work safely. As you state that you have not yet received the training, I would say that your employer has been negligent and that you have every right to pursue a claim against them for compensation.

        To protect your rights after an injury at work, I would recommend that you ensure that you place on record (either within an accident book or by emailing your HR department or line manager) the full details of the injuries that you have sustained, the incidents in which you have been injured and that you are still awaiting the basic training you were promised before you started this role. You should also seek medical treatment for the injuries – both physical and psychological.

        We would be more than happy to link you with the right specialist no win no fee employer liability injury compensation solicitor. To this end, we do need to speak with you to obtain some further understanding of your situation. Therefore, please let us have your contact details so that we can discuss this with you. You have 3 options, complete a ‘start your claim’ enquiry form on our website (please re-visit our website and go to this page: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation ), call our office on 01225430285 or respond to the email I have sent you with a copy of this reply.

        We’re here to help you and our no win no fee claims process is easy to understand and guarantees that you do not have to pay any costs to any party should your claim fail.

        We look forward to hearing from you.

        Regards

        Ian

  100. Hi my niece was using a meat slicer and cut the top off her thumb.
    She was given some brief verbal training but has never signed any documents relating to health and safety etc. The guide wasn’t on the machine when she started to use it the colleague whose job it was to set it up couldn’t get it on. She said she couldn’t do it either but no-one offered to help so she started to use it. Can she claim.?

    1. The accident at work that your niece has been injured in is most definitely a strong claim and one we would be very confident of succeeding with.

      On the basis of your comment, we would argue that the employer has been completely negligent towards her health and safety whilst at work and rather than reducing the risk of accident in the workplace so far as possible, they have done the opposite. To not have a guard fitted to a dangerous bladed machine is a gross breach of health and safety and if proven, would guarantee that your niece would win her claim.

      It is important that your niece ensures that the details of her accident are recorded within an accident book or incident reporting scheme with her employer and that she attends all medical appointments.

      We would be very keen to get this accident at work claim up and running for your niece. I confirm that any claim would be made on a no win no fee basis and whilst we can’t guarantee that we would win, we can guarantee that it will cost you nothing if the claim were to fail. We would welcome your niece contacting us via a claim enquiry form at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation so that we can obtain the relevant details and pass the matter to one of our specialist accident at work injury compensation solicitors. Alternatively, she can call us on 01225430285 or respond to by email. You’ll find my email as I’ll send you a copy of this response to your comment.

  101. Hi.There I had an accident at work I have broken wrist I wanted to ask a question if I put the claim would and if I return back to work would it effect the compensation?Thanks

    1. Hi,

      This is a really good accident at work or workplace accident injury compensation question.

      We generally find that most people who are injured in an accident at work and left unable to work, want to get back to work as quickly as possible. This is for two reasons. Firstly, most people need to work to ensure that they earn sufficient money to cover their monthly housing costs and other expenses. In many cases, people who are injured in an accident at work find that they do not receive their usual salary whilst they cannot work and therefore, they are heavily out of pocket as a result. In this circumstance, a large portion of any accident at work compensation settlement that they will receive if they win a claim for compensation will include full recovery of their lost income as our specialist solicitors will claim the difference between their usual income and the statutory sick pay that they have received whilst unable to work.
      Secondly, most people just want to get back to normality after a nasty accident. It might seem nice to take some time away from work, but it is not nice to be away from work if you are not at work because of a nasty injury suffered in an accident at work. Returning to work is a good thing, as long as it doesn’t affect any recovery from the injury.

      To answer your question directly, should you return to work, it would not affect you, should you decide to pursue a claim for compensation. The only thing returning to work does is that it enables you to earn your usual salary and reduces the stress and worry that you would otherwise suffer whilst worrying about paying your rent, buying food or running your car. If your job is a physical one and your injury means that you cannot work in your usual role, you should speak to your employer to see if they have any alternative lighter duties that you can do whilst you recover. That way you can continue to work and earn money whilst you recover from your injuries.

      If you would like us to help you claim compensation for you after your accident at work left you with a broken wrist, please revisit our website and go to this page: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation so that you can provide us with your contact details. One of our claims team will then be able to give you a call to discuss the cause of your accident and help you to get a claim started with the right specialist solicitor to suit your needs. Alternatively, you can reply to the email I have sent you and pass me your contact details that way.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  102. I was injured on the job 3 years as of April 19th. Broke my ankle in 2 places and also damaged some cartilage in which they had to remove during my 2nd surgery. I did not seek an attorney because I had a lot of respect for the management of my workplace. However after PT and an evaluation I received $19,000 settlement and that was based on the impairment in my ankle which is required by the state of Nebraska, or so I was told.

    3 years later, I still work there. I have some restrictions from the doctor 1 of which says I can no longer work on rooftops. They have not tried to make me do so. My job is very physical even when Im not on a roof. As a supplier we roofload roofing supplies on the rooftops for the contractor. Even though im not on a roof, throwing the shingles which weigh between 75-90 lbs still agitates my ankle to this day. Depending on weather, and grade of the area of which the truck sits on, and how far I have to walk the truck to get them from the pallet to the boom… can turn into a very painful process. My ankle does not have the flexibility and strength it use to have.

    I have discussed my concern with work countless times, especially in the last year or so and Im still doing the same job. I think they believe Im just trying to get out of work, and not really looking into my situation as being painful to do my job. Do you have some suggestions of how I can handle this? I have been looking for another job for about a year as well, but again I even have to be very selective of what job to pursue because my injuries has created permanent limitations.

    1. Phil

      Thank you for taking the time to read through our compensation claims website and sharing your situation.

      The injury you sustained in your accident at work was truly awful and your ongoing pain, discomfort and weakness symptoms match those we hear repeated by of many of our fracture injury compensation claimants. Have your medical team reached the limit of remedial work that they can do to help your recovery?

      Sadly, as your accident and current situation is based within the USA, there is not much advice that I can offer. Direct2Compensation is a UK Based business and operates within the jurisdiction of legal system covering England & Wales. As you will appreciate, the laws and judicial systems of our two countries are very different. As our knowledge is specific to the legal system relating to personal injury compensation within England & Wales, we are not suitably qualified to advise you how to handle a matter within the USA and we certainly wouldn’t want to give you any unrealistic or misguided advice to you.

      However, it sounds like you would benefit from having legal advice and support with your situation as it could be that you could force the employer to help you to remain at work – perhaps in a different capacity. I would suggest that you seek a specialist lawyer based in the city or state in which you are based.

      I am sorry we can’t help further.

        1. Michael

          Hi, we can certainly help you with your claim and I understand that you have spoken with my colleague, Justin to discuss your accident.

          Your claim enquiry has now been sent to one of our specialist solicitor partner firms and you will receive a call from one of their specialist personal injury compensation solicitors within the next 24 working hours.

          Best regards

          Ian

  103. Hi

    Not sure if this counts but I was at work yesterday and I bent down to get items out of my draws and as I stood up I wacked the back of my head on a metal cabinate (that holds wires in) I instantly felt sick and dizzy, went and saw my boss who took me to see the on site nurse who advised we call 111. 111 advised we go to A&E which we did. I was advised to be under home supervision and not to drive for 48 hours. Do I have a claim? My boss wrote on the incident form as an action that I should be more careful next time.
    Thanks
    H.

    1. Hannah

      Hi, I am sorry to hear about your accident at work. It sounds like you have suffered a painful knock to the head with concussion. Having dealt with a number of such accident scenarios over the years, I can say that most of the claimants who have been injured as you have, have also reported some neck and shoulder pain, so it could be that you also notice such symptoms.

      Whilst your boss may have written on the accident report form that you should take more care next time, one could argue that the location of the metal cabinet next to your work station means that your employer simply advising you that you should be ‘taking more care’ is not a sufficient response. If the cabinet is so close to your work station, it would seem very likely that you will suffer a repeat of this incident (and such injuries) even if you do try hard to avoid it as it is not always practical to avoid the cabinet when trying to work where you have been stationed by your employer.

      To this end, your accident is certainly something we would be happy to investigate further with a view to helping you pursue a claim for compensation against your employer. Of course, we would need to speak with you first to obtain some further information and gain a better understanding of your job, the workstation layout and how you are feeling now. So that we can speak with you, please either respond to the email that I have sent you and provide your phone number, call us on 01225430285 or re-visit our website and go to: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation where you can make a contact request and provide your contact information. Once we have this, we’ll call you and can then offer advice, support and help you to better understand your rights.

      We look forward to hearing from you and helping you further.

      Kind regards

      Ian Morris

  104. Hi,my boss asked me to help him move a heavy pool table, whilst lifting the pool table my back went and I was in pain later that day at home the pain become unbearable so I went to a&e,since then the pain is back,I’ve been on strong painkillers all the time but 2days ago while seeing the doctor she thinks I have got sciatica and wants me to go for a scan, I still work for the same company but can’t afford to loss my job but the pain is getting worse, they don’t even offer to pay for my prescription, don’t know what to do

    1. Jason

      Your predicament is a common one for people who work in a small business and have a personal relationship with the business owner. For people working in very small workplaces, there is a very commonly held concern about making a claim for accident at work compensation when they are injured in an accident at work. This concern, like yours is the worry about whether or not making a claim for compensation against your employer will cost you your job.

      In the eyes of the law, an employee cannot be dismissed for making a claim for compensation and with this in mind, the vast majority of people who are injured in workplace accidents and opt to make a claim for compensation against their employer continue to work at the same workplace without a problem. However, in a small workplace where the owner is the boss, they will know if you make a claim for compensation as their insurers will want to speak to them about the situation. In such circumstances, we have had claimants advise us that they have felt pressurised by their employer to drop their claim and been made to feel awkward about their decision to seek compensation for their injuries and losses. As a result, you will need to evaluate the extent of your injuries, the pain caused by them and whether or not you are making a decent recovery and then place that against how your employer will react to you making a claim for compensation.

      All employers regardless of their size and number of employees should hold employer liability insurance and any claim you opted to make would be made against the insurance policy. This is what they pay their premium for, so it is very reasonable to pursue a claim for compensation if you have been injured at work in an incident that was not your fault.

      If your boss has not provided manual handling training and asked you to work in a dangerous manner – as is the case here, by getting you to assist in the moving of a very heavy item like a pool table, it would be easy to apply employer negligence to the employer and you’d have every chance of succeeding with a claim for compensation.

      We would be more than happy to assist you with a claim, or offer further advice. I would suggest that you re-visit our website and provide us your contact details via the start a claim page at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation so that we can speak with you about this.

      In any event, you should most certainly ask your employer to record the details of your injury and the cause within an accident book. If your employer does not have an accident book, you should email them outlining what happened and how you were injured.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Regards

      Ian

  105. I was busy working helping employee to clear work section as head office was coming so I took the box of sugar and serviettes to put in cupboard, a customer call me for attention while I was busy lifting box customer scream and me want to come up n give customer attention my right shoulder dislocated n shoulder bone came out was rush to hospital and is still under medical help as I had to go for operation as tissue and bone split

    1. Dear Na-eema

      You have suffered a very painful injury whilst at work. Dislocated joints can be very problematic and painful injuries and from the experience we have gained in helping many victims of dislocation injuries, we know that the injuries can cause life long discomfort, pain or weakness.

      In your situation, I am not sure where the liability would attach to your employer unless the box you were lifting was excessively heavy or if your employer did not provide you with any training as to how you should lift and move items safely. This is known as Manual Handling training and if an employer fails to provide such training, the courts within England & Wales would deem them to be guilty of employer negligence and therefore responsible for any injuries sustained through lifting and therefore liable in terms of any claim for workplace injury compensation should one be made.

  106. In May I twisted my knee during work. Basicly I turned my body while my feet was locked. I torn my ligaments and meninscus. I had a surgery in December.
    Nobody done any accident report at work. I had an investigation about it, and for me the answer, that it wasn’t work related accident not really a proper answer and I think they should report my accident, especially almost a year now And I am still not well.

    1. Amanda

      Hello, your story is fairly typical with regards to many of the accident at work injury compensation claimants who come to Direct2Compensation for help.

      You’ve had an accident at work that has lead to a painful injury needing surgery to repair and along with the undoubted pain and discomfort the injury has caused you, I would imagine that you have suffered a loss of income and certainly been unable to take part in your usual day-to-day activities. This in itself is a difficult and upsetting situation. However, when an employer is unsympathetic to the predicament in which you find yourself and refuse to comply with their obligations to record the details of the accident within an accident report, it can make the situation even worse.

      You mention that your employer carried out an investigation in to the incident and that their response was that it was not a work related matter. Clearly, without knowing more about the actual cause of the injury (why you twisted your knee, where it happened and how etc), it is difficult for me to state whether or not you have a viable claim for accident at work compensation. Regardless of any claim, your employer should still have made a record of the accident and if they have conducted an investigation, they must have a record of an incident – otherwise they would have nothing to base an investigation upon.

      I would suggest that you provide us with your contact details so that we can discuss this matter with you in more depth. It could be that we feel that you have a viable accident at work compensation claim. If after speaking with you, we felt that the details of your accident at work merited a claim, we would be happy to take some details and then link you with a specialist accident at work compensation solicitor. So that we can speak to you, please visit our start a claim page at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and submit a claim enquiry form. We’ll then call you to discuss this situation with you. Alternatively, you can reply to the email I have sent to you and provide your contact details that way.

      Whether or not you have a viable claim against your employer for accident at work compensation will come down to the cause of why you twisted your knee. If your employer has provided an environment that was unsafe – perhaps a lack of training, a slippery surface on the floor, or given you an inadequate work space or an item of equipment that is not fit for purpose or broken for example, then you are likely to have a viable claim.

      We look forward to speaking with you to find out more.

      Kindest regards

      Ian

  107. I stopped a falling object weighing 100kg falling on someone’s head whilst unloading a vehicle,injuring myself in the process but I’m not entitled to claim as it was my fault! How can this be?
    Are you meant to let it fall on someone’s head?!?

  108. Recently been off work for two weeks and am currently starting my third week off. I was backing a container on to the premises ready to be unloaded, I stopped the container at designated area and as the container stopped it jolted and as I was walking away a box fell on the back of my head n neck, suffering with neck cramps and muscle cramps between the shoulders unable to do much can’t even hold new born daughter for long before muscles start aching and hurting, jus wondering if there any possible claim thanks

    1. Stephen

      Hi, thank you for using our website. I’m sorry to hear about your accident at work and the injury you’ve sustained to the muscles and soft tissues around your upper back/neck area. From personal experience, I know just how sore that kind of injury can be. I hope that you make a speedy recovery and that you can soon get back to work and more importantly, enjoy holding your new daughter.

      We would gladly investigate this matter for you and on face value of the information you have provided so far, I don’t think we’d have any difficulty in placing your claim for accident at work compensation with one of our specialist no win no fee personal injury Solicitors. Of course, we can never guarantee that we can succeed with any claim, but we can guarantee that you will not have to pay any costs whatsoever if the claim fails.

      You should make sure that your employers have a record of your accident and injuries within their accident book/accident reporting system. I assume that they are aware of the issue given your absence from work.

      We are happy to help you with this claim and need to speak with you in order to get the further details we need to enable us to link you with the right expert accident at work solicitor. To give us your contact details, either reply to the email I have sent you or visit our make a claim page at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and provide your contact details. One of our team can then contact you and help you to get this up and running.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Kind regards and best wishes

      Ian

      1. Stephen

        It seems that your email isn’t working or the address you’ve provided is incorrect? The email I have sent has bounced. Hopefully, you’ll see this response and get back to us.

        Best wishes

        Ian

          1. Stephen

            Thanks for getting back in touch with us. I have now re-sent my email to the other address you’ve provided.

            Thanks

            Ian

  109. Iv already started a claim for an accident I had at work. I tripped and sprained and badly bruised my left arm. They have accepted liability and iv been offered an ammonia but the solicitors are asking me for £330 to pay for liability insurance. Surely my old employer should pay this as it happened at work. Is this correct? My amount will be almost halved between myself and solicitors due to me paying this. Advice please.

    1. Dear Tanya

      Thank you for your comment. Without knowing what agreement you have entered in to with your Solicitor, it is hard to determine whether you are being badly advised and incorrectly charged.

      As with any legal matter being handled by a Solicitor, if you are unhappy with any aspect of their work you should make an immediate complaint to them and ask to see their complaints policy. If you then feel that they do not handle your complaint adequately or you are not happy with their decision on your complaint, you should then contact the Law Society and make a complaint to them as they can then investigate this in the way that an ombudsman can.

  110. I work in a kitchen. I reported a broken fire door which had come off its bottom hinge
    a week ago. Nothing was done. Yesterday I went to open the door and it didn’t move I carried on walking as I thought the door was going to open and banged my head on the corner of the door. The impact made me fall to the ground and I saw stars, thought I was going to pass out and I bit the inside of my mouth. I was helped outside by a colleague to get some fresh air. Later on that evening I started to get bad headaches and dizziness. I went to my GP today who diagnosed mild concussion and advised me to stay off work for a couple of days and then to return and take it easy. I told my boss of my symptoms but he just said that he doubted that they were caused by me banging my head. He was the one who should have got the door fixed last week but didn’t.. Am I entitled to anything?

    1. Steve

      We would definitely be willing to help you with a claim for compensation after your accident at work.

      From what you have said, the liability against your employer is strong. You have reported a potential safety hazard, yet your employer has failed to do anything to ensure that the hazard is repaired and the workplace made safe again. Please make sure that the details of your accident are recorded within your employers accident book and don’t worry about what your boss has said of your symptoms, he is not a Doctor. If you have been to see a GP and the GP has made a diagnosis of concussion, then you have concussion. If your employer does not have an accident book, or you are unable to get to work to make an entry, simply send them an email describing what happened – and the fact that you had reported the hazard over a week ago – and ask them to place your email within their accident reporting system.

      As I said, we would be very happy to take this claim forward and can link you up with one of our specialist accident at work compensation solicitor partners. In order for us to do this, we’ll need to speak with you to obtain a few more details. To provide your contact details, please re-visit our website and go to: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation or reply to the email I have sent you and we’ll make contact with you to offer you advice and let you know more about the claims process and your rights regarding an accident at work compensation claim.

      We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your claim.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  111. I was sweeping up at work turned round did not see the huck on the spray track and one ov the huck went up my eye lid I pulled it out it bread for five minutes can I make a claim,I went to work on the Monday told them what happened I said I need the week of because I need it that said that will pay me to days can I claim I’m still in pain

    1. David

      What a nasty sounding incident, must have been very distressing. Eye injuries are often quite distressing, so I can understand why you’ve needed a bit of time away from work.

      We would be very happy to help you with a No Win No Fee injury compensation claim for this incident. Of course, we don’t know a great deal at this stage as to how this happened and what mistakes your employer or colleagues made that caused this to happen, so we need to speak with you to find out a little more information. However, this is something we would certainly be willing to get our Solicitors involved with, in order to make a claim for compensation for you.

      For us to speak with you, we need some further contact details so that one of our team can call you. Therefore, please visit the ‘start your claim’ section of our website at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and upload your details for us so that we can call you. Alternatively, please reply to the email that I have sent to you in relation to your accident.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Regards

      Ian

  112. my first incident happened three years ago i was pregnant and fell at work because of wet floor with no sign down the stairs i worked at shoprite then,they took me for i.o.d and later baby was born but i had complications in my pregnancy,in anycase i was never compensated and now wish to claim.is my claim valid,incident happend in 2012.
    Second incident i recently tripped and fell over a trolley at work and hurt my arm that i broke when i was 6 am now 27,doctor said its just a muscle that got sprained can i make a claim for my injury i now work at spar

    1. Dear Charlotte

      Thank you for your enquiry and the details of your two accidents. I can imagine that the first incident must have been additionally stressful given that you were pregnant.

      I’ll start with the 2nd accident first because this is more straightforward. We would certainly be willing to investigate this claim for you and I feel that you have a good chance of succeeding with this claim. If you have not already done so, you should ensure that your employers have recorded the details of your accident and injuries in an accident book or other official incident recording system. We would be happy to advise you as to how best to do this so I suggest that you go to our make a claim and upload your contact information so that we can call you to offer assistance.

      The first incident you mention in 2012, could be out of limitation. The law states that anyone over the age of 18 years can make a claim for compensation if they do so within a period of 3 years from the date of your accident. Therefore, if your accident happened on or before the 19th October 2012, you will be out of time and unable to pursue a claim for that accident. Again, if you are unsure, please contact us on 01225430285 for help and advice.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Kind regards

      Ian

  113. hi, on sturday 12th september i had my hand slammed in a door causing considrable pain, the incident was logged with the police as a possiable assult . however when i followed company policy and called senior on call to inform of the injury i was told there was no staff to cover me so i could seek medical attention ,so then had to continue another 12 hours of working with a very swollen painful hand . i did go to A+E as soon as i had finished work the next day.Thankfully nothing broken but crush injury put in a sling still very swollen painful and now bruising coming out. Went to GP on the wednesday and have been signed off sick for three weeks. I realise injury is not to bad but feel very angry that i was made to continue working for another 12 hours in total agony

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment on our website and raise your issue. I’m sorry to hear about your injury and the incident in which it happened. It can’t have helped that you feel that your employers have not handled the issue well and perhaps made matters worse.

      I would suggest that we get you in touch with one of our specialist solicitors to discuss how you can make a claim and what they think the outcome to any claim may be.

      If the injury was caused by an assault (criminal) then you could be forced to go down the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme Authority route and our solicitors could certainly help with that. Alternatively, if the injury can be attributed to employer negligence (if your employer in anyway exposed you to the risk of injury through a failure to adequately train you, protect you or reduce as far as possible, the risk of such an injury) then an accident at work claim for compensation could be made.

      My advice to you at this stage would be for you to re-visit our website at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and provide us with some further contact details. One of our team can then make contact and get you in touch with a suitably experienced and expert specialist personal injury solicitor and help you get things started.

      I hope that this response helps you and I look forward to hearing from you.

      Kind regards

      Ian Morris
      Direct2Compensation

  114. I have feel and hurt my knee in work today as I work on a bar the floor was wet and I slipped if it wasn’t for my manager being there I would of also fell into a tray of wine glasses ( which my hand went into but luckily none smashed) they sent me home early from work which they are not paying me for my full hours what I was ment to work. There was no wet floor sign and the fridges leak water! Should they pay me due to accident at work? And do I stand a chance on claiming compensation??

    1. Leanne

      I’m sorry to hear about your knee injury and hope that you’re not in too much pain and discomfort.

      You ask whether or not you should receive pay and if you have a good chance of claiming accident at work compensation. The answer to the first question on pay, depends on the contract you have with your employer. Some employers pay staff whilst they are off on sickness/injury leave, others do not. The answer to the 2nd question on whether you could claim is easier – yes!

      Liability wise, it sounds like your employer would have difficulty defending your claim as you say that the fridges leak water and there are no hazard warning signs in situ. Your employers would know that the fridges leak and that this would make the floor around them slippery. Therefore, not erecting a hazard sign and failing to fix the problem indicates a strong level of employer negligence and makes them therefore liable for your injuries.

      I would very much recommend that you do pursue a claim for compensation against your employer and invite you to send us some more details via: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation so that we can get one of our specialist solicitors to make contact with you.

      Remember, if you do pursue a claim for compensation successfully, you can also recover any lost income if you find that your employer doesn’t pay you whilst you are unable to work.

      I think you have a very good chance of succeeding with your claim and look forward to hearing from you to help with your claim.

      Best wishes

      Ian

  115. Hi i work as a housekeeper today i was putting a tv back in its cabinet with a button (tv at the end of bed) i was on the floor and the button clicked as if the telly had come fully into the cabinets i looked up i seen that it was still in the same position and hadnt moved which i thought unusual as normally if its not aligned correctly or if somwthing is sticking out it would make a strange noise. Anyway as i went to stand up i used my right hand to pull myself up at the bottom corner of the unit and bang all of a sudden it came crashing down on my hand and crushed my thumb taking the end of the bone and my thumb off. I have been to hospital they could not save the end as it was too crushed, now have to go to durham tomorrow to see if they can stitch me up in some way. As im a housekeeper im not sure if i am entitled to anything for my injuries and feel awkward asking as i get on with the family very well, i am classed as an employee and am on the books etc, pleasw can you advise me if its better to see if they have home insurance that covers third party injuries or is it best to see a solicitor risking bad feeling at work. Thank you in advanxe for any advixe.

    1. Dear Lorraine

      I am really sorry to hear about your accident and the very nasty injury that has happened to you.

      I understand your worries about claiming from the employers with whom you work. It is not uncommon for people to worry about making a claim for injury compensation against an employer that they get on well with. However, the injury you describe is very serious and will have life-long consequences for you.

      Whether you claim from their home insurance (which is highly unlikely to cover you as you are an employee) or from an employers liability insurance policy, one thing is certain – you need specialist expert representation to ensure that you get a fair and just outcome. To this end, I would highly recommend that you contact us at the earliest opportunity so that we can help you get the right solicitor on board. Remember, claiming against your employer will not affect them directly, it will simply be a claim against an insurance policy.

      Please visit our make a claim page: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and provide us with a little more information. One of us will then contact you in confidence to discuss how we can help.

      From the sounds of it, your employers are nice people and with this in mind, I am sure that they would want you to be adequately compensated for such a nasty injury.

      I will email you also and look forward to hearing from you soon.

      Best wishes

      Ian

  116. Fell at work due to faulty ladders sprained mywrist and mild head injuries still getting head pains after 6 weeks an strong medicine had a ct scan an head itscome out fine and still getting wrist pains

    1. Dear Akbar

      I am sorry to hear about this incident and your injuries. If those ladders are faulty as you say, then you have a strong chance of winning a claim for accident at work injury compensation as your employer has clearly been negligent towards your safety whilst at work.

      Please visit our make a claim page at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and contact us with a little more information. One of our team will then contact you in confidence to discuss your situation in greater detail and help you get a specialist injury compensation solicitor to represent you and claim the compensation you deserve.

      I will email you directly also and look forward to hearing from you so that we can help you get your claim started.

      Best wishes

      Ian

  117. I fell at work due to using a kickstool. I recieved 8 stitches to my head. I went back to work for 1 night. But been of Work since due to becoming light headed in my duties. I want to return to work but don’t feel well enough. What do you suggest.

    1. Hi Donna

      Thank you for your comment. We’ve also received your online enquiry and have tried to contact you this morning.

      Our advice would be that we should pursue a claim for injury compensation. You should make sure that you contact your GP and discuss the ongoing symptoms that you are suffering with – light headedness etc. It could well be that alongside the nasty laceration you sustained, that you are also suffering with concussion. Therefore, it may well be unwise to return to work until you are fully recovered.

      We hope to speak with you later today (you can return our call on 01225430285) and starting a claim for you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  118. I had an accident at work on Friday 11/6/2015. I entered a Cellar to get a bottle of champagne for a client as I turned around to leave a gas bottle fell on my leg causing pain and bruising.

    1. We’re really sorry to hear about your recent accident at work. Unfortunately, poorly stacked or loosely stored stock or items falling on people is an all-too-common cause of accidents in the workplace.

      If you are minded to make a claim for injury compensation, or would like to find out more about doing so – your rights, how no win no fee compensation works etc, we would be more than happy to help you with this. Please visit https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and enter your details so that one of our specialists can contact you to give you some help and get things started for you.
      I appreciate that you may be undecided as to whether or not you should make a claim for accident at work compensation and this is fine. When it comes to making a claim for personal injury compensation, you have plenty of time to decide whether or not to make a claim as there is a 3-year period in which you can commence your claim. However our experience suggests that it is best to avoid delaying a claim as doing so can lead to a lower prospect of success and a longer claims process. However, for now, it is important that you protect your interests should you later decide to pursue a claim. To this end, please make sure that your employer has recorded the details of your accident within an accident book or incident log and also see your GP to have your injury assessed and noted.

      We hope that this information is useful to you and we look forward to hearing from you to help you with your claim.

      Best wishes

      Ian Morris
      Direct2Compensation

    1. Amir

      Thank you for posting your comment, I’m really sorry to hear that you’ve had this accident. Having broken ribs myself in the past, I really sympathise. It’s a painful injury! Have you considered making a claim for injury compensation? We have specialist injury compensation solicitors who are experts in accident at work compensation and we’d be delighted to help you with a claim. There is no financial risk as claiming will cost you nothing if your claim fails and making a claim against your employer will not affect your job. I will email you separately inviting you to make contact so that we can help you with a claim should you so wish.

      Best wishes

      Ian Morris
      Direct2Compensation

      1. On decembar 12 last year I got injured at work a TV stand fell on my head while I was sitting down I broke my three ribs .I would like to know whether I will be compensated

        1. Victoria

          Ouch! Your accident at work sounds nasty and painful. I am sorry to hear about this incident. If your accident happened within England or Wales, we would be really pleased to help you make a No Win No Fee claim for personal injury compensation. Your employer will be liable for this incident as they have a duty of care to make sure that all items are safe and fit for purpose. To this end, the employer needs to have an adequate maintenance regime in place whereby they regularly inspect and check all wall mounted fittings to ensure that they are sound and not likely to fall off and cause injuries such as yours.

          If you would like our help to pursue this matter further, please contact us via our ‘make a claim’ page and we’ll call you to help you get your claim for accident at work compensation started.

      2. I had an accident at work in 2015 and suffered a broken hip as a result. This caused me to have to have an operation, with a pin inserted in to the hip. I am still seeing my Consultant and having treatment. I am in pain and struggling to walk. Do I have a claim? Thank you. Yvonne

        1. Dear Yvonne

          Thank you for taking the time to share your situation. Your accident and the subsequent injury sounds very painful and distressing.

          To answer your question; ‘Do I have a claim?’, we would need more information about the cause of your accident. To succeed with a claim for accident at work compensation, we would need to be able to identify and highlight negligence on the part of your employer or another body who would be responsible for the situation in which you find yourself. In most cases, a successful accident at work compensation claim will show employer negligence such as a lack of training, insufficient support, incorrect enquipment or a dangerous working environment, such as from a spillage or known hazard.

          We would certainly like to help you with this and need to speak to you further. Please re-visit our website and submit a claim enquiry so that we can get your contact info and then speak with you. To provide your contact details visit: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation or reply to the email that I have sent to you. We’ll then call you and offer support and advice with a view to linking you with a specialist accident at work compensation solicitor and making a no win no fee claim for compensation.

          We look forward to hearing from you.

          Yours sincerely

          Ian Morris

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