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

Workers researching their rights after being injured at work

Even though the vast majority of employers take issues of health and safety management seriously, and do all they can to provide a safe and secure environment for their staff, accidents at work will always happen. For anyone injured at work, not only are they faced with the pain and discomfort of their injuries, they’ll also be torn between their responsibilities to their employer and to themselves.

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. Therefore, to query what rights you have after an accident at work is a sensible thing to do. Knowing where you and your employer stand legally will help you and them to see everything more clearly and avoid misunderstandings.

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Employer pressure – threats are against the law

A very common worry from people making enquiries about a possible claim for compensation following an accident at work is how making a claim will affect their job. This fear can be played upon, and at Direct 2 Compensation 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 for personal injury compensation. Indeed, threats, whether they are blatant or coercive that imply redundancy or the sack will follow if a claim is made are illegal, and any employer making such threats could face legal action on that as well as a claim.

Know your legal rights and responsibilities

If you have been injured in an accident at work, it is important for you to understand your rights so that you can confidently manage your recovery and working future. We can help you to understand your legal position and what to do after an accident at work.  We can help you to understand the claims process, how things like the costs of making a claim on a no win no fee basis are met and answer common questions about issues like whether claiming compensation after an accident at work can impact on your employer or colleagues.  Below is a basic plan of action you should try to follow if you have been injured at work:

  • You should record the details of your accident within your employer’s accident book. 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.
  • Seek medical treatment. Most workplaces will have a designated first aid officer. You should see this person but also make sure that you either visit your GP or local A&E department. If an employer attempts to prevent you from seeking medical attention, they are in breach of the law and acting completely improperly.
  • 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.  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.
  • Sickness payments. Not all employees will receive full pay if on sickness 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 ongoing 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.
  • Pursue a claim for personal injury compensation – we can tell you pretty quickly if you have a case or not, just fill out the claims enquiry form on this page. It is your right to receive compensation for the pain and discomfort caused to you by the injuries you have sustained and also to recover the losses (such as lost income) should you be out of pocket. Your employer cannot sack you for doing so or even 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.

How to make a successful claim for compensation

Just because you have been injured whilst at work, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. In most cases, it is relatively easy for us to evaluate the likely outcome of a claim so we advise you to contact us to discuss the details of your accident. Most importantly, we know what questions to ask to work out whether it is likely that you would be able to prove that your employer was liable for your accident and therefore responsible for compensating you for your injuries and any other losses that you may incur.

The most important thing to do after an accident at work, once you’ve received medical attention, is to find out where you stand legally.  We can help to make sure that the details of your accident have been recorded properly and by the right people.  The sooner you start your claim, the sooner we can help you make sure that there will be no chance for your employer to evade responsibility for the situation in which you find yourself.

All accidents and causes of injury should be reviewed on an individual basis.  No two accidents are the same and with this in mind, it is vital that you seek proper advice so that you know whether or not you have a viable claim for accident at work compensation.  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?

The above is just a guide and there could be many more ways in which an employer would be liable.

It’s your decision

Clearly, the decision as to whether or not an employee should 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. Whilst there is no quick fix to covering the issue of lost income, a successful personal injury claim will see a claimant recover a settlement for their injuries, ongoing treatment and also for their special damages which covers losses such as missed salaries.

Every claimant needs to be sure that they wish to pursue the claim. It is pointless from the aspect of the claimant, solicitor and ourselves for anyone to start a claim if they are not certain that they will see it through.

Find out more

Contact us for confidential, friendly advice and we can give you an idea of where you stand, and whether or not you have a case for claiming compensation from your employer. There’s also plenty of other advice on our website with regards to making claims for work injury compensation if you’ve had an accident at work. You can also leave a question below which we’ll answer as quickly as possible.

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    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

    2. Hi I was wondering weather anybody can answer my current situation. I recivied an injury at work resulting in that I now have intestinal failure, I have nurses twice a day 7 days a week, I’m fed via a pump that goes to my heart, I’ve been diagnosed with ptsd sever anxiety and depression. I have gastro-oesophageal reflux disease , autonomic neuropathy disorder. I’m constantly nauseous so going out socialising with friends are a no no. I’ve lost 80%of my teeth I’m loosing my hair and constantly tired. I’ve been told thatI’m also not going to be old when I die, I’m 39 now and life expectancy is early 50s. Can they just sack me have I got good grounds for unfair dismissal they refused to pay any redundancy. I’m a support worker for autistic adults. I recivied a blow to my stomach from one of the guys I looked after

      1. Dear Philip

        I am really sorry to hear about your terrible health situation that seems to be related to an injury you sustained at work.

        At Direct2Compensation we specialise in pursuing claims for personal injury compensation. In your case we can certaiinly offer advice & assistance with regards to making a claim for workplace injury compensation but cannot offer much advice about any unfair dismissal claim or employment law issues. However, if we were to pursue a claim for you against your employer for compensation on the grounds of employer negligence being responsible for your injuries, our specialist solicitor partners would be able to also seek the expert advice of a specialist within their employment law departments.

        To succeed with a claim for workplace injury compensation, you would need to demonstrate that your employer was negligent with regards to your health & safety at work and exposed you to the risk of injury without sufficient efforts to minimise the risk as far as possible. Employer negligence will lead to a successful personal injury claim when it can be proven that an employer has placed an employee at the risk of injury by providing none or insufficient training & staff guidance, failed to ensure provision of adequate or required equipment and maintained sufficient staffing levels. If any of these issues were responsible or partly responsible for the incident in which you were injured, you may well be able to pursue a successful claim for compensation.

        At this stage, it is difficult for me to offer much further advice as I do not know enough about the incident in which you were injured. Therefore, it would be useful for us to speak with you to find out more as there could well be a substantial claim for compensation to be made against your employer if sufficient areas of employer negligence can be identified.

        To make contact with us, please revisit our website ‘make a claim page’ at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and submit a claim enquiry. We’ll then be able to call you to discuss your situation in depth. Alternatively, you can respond to the email copy of this reply that I have sent to you and provide your contact details to me that way.

        I hope that my response is useful to you and helps you to further understand how we can help you.

        I look forward to hearing from you.

        Yours sincerely

        Ian

  1. A employee is pursuing a claim against a accident at work over 18 months ago this lady fell from a wet floor but the floor signs were all out and she was wearing trainers with flat slippy soles and was her own fault she cut her hand I cleaned it up and asked her to sign the accident book and she did I advices her to go to seek medical advice and she did she came back to work straight away doing light duties and never had a problem and now the business has closed to financial hardship she is trying to make a claim can she do this

    1. Thank you for your comment. I can understand why as a person facing a claim, you may be unhappy about it. However, you should not concern yourself unduly as you can simply leave your insurers to deal with this for you. They should be taking a full account of things from you and if the incident happened as you have described, it sounds like the claim is not particularly strong.

      Everyone has the right to make a claim for personal injury compensation, as long as they are not acting fraudulently. The fact that you believe that her claim has no grounds for success, is no reason for her not to make the claim. She can only succeed with her claim for compensation as a result of a slip on a wet floor if she (with the assistance of a solicitor) is able to demonstrate that her employer is liable and at fault.

      It is good that you had displayed hazard warning signs, which will help your insurers in terms of defending the claim against you. However, simply erecting a hazard sign does not mean that you cannot be held liable. It goes without saying that I do not know the specifics relating to the claim you mention, neither should I as they are private and the claim is ongoing. If you have acted responsibly and ensured that any hazard warning signs were located in the correct place, properly visible and that any slipping hazard was removed at the earliest opportunity, you have every chance of successfully defending any claim against you. I would suggest that you contact your insurer and the person defending the claim against you to discuss this with them and make sure that they have a fully accurate account of the accident, the circumstances of the slippery floor, where the hazard warning signs were erected and what you did after the accident. You can read a little more about why a hazard sign on display doesn’t mean no claim by following this link: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/articles/slip-and-trip-accidents/displaying-a-hazard-warning-sign-doesnt-always-prevent-success-in-slipping-accident-compensation-claims

      I hope that my response to your comment helps you.

  2. 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

  3. 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 01225762045) and starting a claim for you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  4. I work in the charity retail sector and am currently signed off work by my doctor with an injured back. It seems the injury is due to overwork in my main role of delivering and collecting furniture and unless I take things easier I risk ongoing problems. I have no previous history of back problems so the injury cannot be due to anything else. Any thoughts ?

    1. Nick

      Thank you for your comment, working for a charity, weather on a voluntary or full time basis is legally equivalent to working for any other employer or in any other sector. All employers have the same responsibilities to safeguard your health and safety. With this in mind, the charity that you work for should have provided you with adequate training to ensure that you know how to lift and move items safely, identify hazards and avoid risks of back injury etc.

      It sounds like your injury is one caused by a continual working regime, rather than a one off injury. To this end, you should still record the details of your injury and the reason for your absence with your employer in their accident book.

      We would be delighted to help you make a claim for compensation for the injury to your back. Whilst we can’t guarantee that we can win your claim, we can guarantee that it will cost you nothing if your claim fails. Please visit our make a claim page at https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and pop in your contact details and a brief description of your situation so that one of us can call you to help you get things moving.

      I will also email you regarding this under separate cover.

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

      Best wishes

      Ian

  5. Hello,
    I am a carer and work with elderly people, 5 weeks ago an elderly gentleman started to fall so I Reached out and took his weight to stop him falling to the floor as the is very frail and would have seriously hurt himself. In consequence I damaged the muscles in my lower back and have been bed bound since doing so. I itially I was rushed to hospital and assessed and have been going to regular chech ups with my GP. I am also about to start physiotherapy to try and ease the strain on my back. im 21 years old and this has devistated me, physically and psychologically. Is there anything I can do? Or any claim I can make?

    1. Hello

      Thank you for your contribution to the comments on this article. I’m really sorry to hear about your accident and the injury you’ve sustained to your lower back whilst at work.

      Without doubt, you did the right thing in trying to help the elderly gentleman and prevent him from suffering a bad injury. After all, you are employed to care for and look after vulnerable people.

      It is really unfortunate that you have suffered such a debilitating injury and I can sympathise with the feelings of distress and upset that you describe.

      We would be more than happy to investigate your situation with a view to making a claim for accident at work compensation. Any claim would be made against your employers liability insurance cover, so it wouldn’t directly affect your employer or your relationship with them.

      The most important thing you can do at this stage is to make sure that your accident and the injuries that you have suffered whilst at work have been recorded within your employers accident reporting system. This could be within an accident book or other similar record. Obviously, your medical records will reflect the extent of your injury and ongoing treatment. I would also add that you should make sure that your GP is aware that you are feeling depressed and low as well as physically being injured and in pain.

      The prospects of succeeding with your claim will come down to the actions of your employer in minimising the risks you face in your role and doing all they can to prevent you from suffering injuries such as the one you have sustained. It will come down to the amount of training you have received, what support and equipment you are provided with and what risk assessments the employer has carried out in relation to the care needs of the elderly gentleman that fell and caused your injuries. Whilst we can never guarantee that we will win your claim, we can guarantee that it will cost you nothing if the claim fails.

      Please visit this link: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and provide us with some further information and contact info, so that one of our team can contact you to get the ball rolling and get your claim started. An injury such as the one you describe may have long lasting consequences and one of the best things about claiming compensation after an injury is that it may open up access to specialist rehabilitation therapy that the NHS cannot provide or that you cannot afford. This may help you recover more quickly and get you back to normal life sooner. For more information on this, read our article about claiming compensation for back pain

      I will email these details to you separately and look forward to hearing from you. We may well be able to help you!

      Best wishes

      Ian

  6. 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

  7. I sustained a back injury at work and informed my boss, who was not on-site at the time. We do not have an accident book to record it in. I told her and she is insisting on me coming in tomorrow when I can barely walk. I am going to seek medical attention ASAP. Also, I don’t have a formal written contract. Can I still make a claim?

    1. Lucy

      You can most definitely still make a claim for injury compensation and given that it seems that your employer isn’t really too caring about your situation and your health, I would expect that you have every intention of doing just that.

      We would be more than happy to help you get this claim up and running and therefore I invite you to visit our make a claim page at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and submit some further details to us so that one of our team can contact you in confidence and help you get things started.

      I will email you directly also and look forward to hearing from you and helping with your claim.

      Best wishes

      Ian

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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 01225762045 for help and advice.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Kind regards

      Ian

  12. My situation is a little tricky. I injured my left ACL & tore my lateral meniscus turning at a scrub sink while working in the operating room. They had mats in place to prevent water slippage but my foot got hung on the mat as I turned. Although my body mechanics did not accommodate the turn, I ended up with needing surgery and long time recovery for the staged procedure that I need, they were not negligent and failed to sign the workmans comp on the job injury form. I didn’t turn in paperwork because I thought it was a minor injury. Now they refuse to sign because it was not filled immediately, but no managers were there because we were working extended hours they had left for home. I’ve been release to come back to work on full duty, but my knee is really painful and now its causing my 9 thoracic
    Bach injury and left foot to cause issues as well. I can hardly make it through the day. HOWERVER they did offer to pay for my MRI which supports the stated injury. But ha sent at this point.

    1. Felicia

      Thank you for taking the time to share your situation. The injury itself sounds painful and as it happened at work, I can imagine that it would have made the problem worse than it otherwise may have been.

      I would suggest that you seek specialist personal injury lawyer assistance to ensure that you do not lose out. Feel free to re-visit our site and complete a call back form so that we can get in touch to discuss this with you in greater detail.

      Kindest regards

      Ian

  13. 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

  14. I work in a dementia home and in April last year i was punched in the head which resulted in concussion i have since lost my hearing through it and have had to have counsilin as suffered bad dreams and anxiety so didnt go out and felt a different person i have never had a contract and didnt recieve sick pay only sat pay so have been struggling to live i now have to wear hearing aids because of it i have since left do you think i have a case? Regards julie

    1. Julie

      What an awful situation you find yourself in. Given the extent of the injury that you have suffered, we would like to try and help. Your claim is by no means straightforward as we would have to demonstrate that your employer exposed you to a risk of injury without adequately risk assessing and reducing the prospects of you suffering injuries in the way you did. Sadly, many people working in care homes with people suffering Dementia or Alzheimer related health problems do suffer unprovoked assaults from the residents. One of the things that is known about Dementia patients is that there can be sudden acts of violence or incidents in which they lash out due to their confused and disorientated state. Therefore, working in such environments is known to have certain risks.

      Therefore, it is important for employers to ensure that all staff are correctly trained and qualified and that all patients are adequately risk assessed so that all people know the risks presented by each patient/resident for whom they provide care services. Further, employers must ensure that staff are working in the correct manner with sufficient colleague support where needed. Perhaps your employer failed to adequately protect your health and safety in the workplace?

      We would definitely like to speak to you further about your specific situation to see if there is any way that we can pursue a claim for you. Your lack of contract may present some difficulty, but this could be overcome by referring to an accident book/incident report if one were made at the time of the incident and whether any former colleagues would be willing or able to act as witnesses.

      Please visit the start a claim page on our website at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and upload some further contact information for us so that we can call you in confidence to discuss the incident at work in which you were injured and a possible claim for personal injury compensation. As with all website comments, you will also receive an email from us and if you prefer, you can reply to that with contact details and one of us will call you to see if we can help you.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Regards and best wishes

      Ian

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Hello, am I eligible for compensation?

    Here us the incident,

    My name is Mr. Abdulrahman Khan I am 36 years old married with 4 kids.
    I was checking online for someone professional and reputable who can help and guide me through this process with
    The DVLA licence revocation, This incident happened on the 28th December 2015 and the licence was revoked on the 21st January 2016.
    I must write a background before this incident happened, A week before this incident I had little sleep due to family
    Members turning up and long shift on work because of the festive period.
    I am driving buses since 2005 with the company called London United as a day driver on the shift work bases.
    The day this incident happened I was doing night shift on night bus N222 as an overtime on the 27th December 2015 @2030.
    I suppose to finish my duty at around 0530hrs.
    I completed my three rounds without any problem at the last and 4th round I was due to depart from the garage @0400hrs past
    After crossing Harlington Corner on the Bath road at the next stop I stopped and served after pulling out something happened
    I felt strange movement of my mouth and this is what I last remembered.
    I have no idea what happened how the bus got stopped I got unconscious, collapsed or I had a fit no idea whatsoever.
    I remembered another driver taking me out from the driver cab and handing over to the Ambulance staff after getting into the
    Ambulance I asked the paramedic what happened she replied “ your blood pressure was low” after reaching the hospital
    I had all the blood test CT scan ECG all came back normal, doctor at the duty said you had a seizure ( Generalise tonic clonic seizure )
    They discharged my I think within 2 hours’ time without any medicine given or prescription just with a letter for my GP to see him with.
    After seeing the GP next day I was referred to a specialist, I saw the specialist in the end of January 2016 and he explained me
    That you had a “ focal seizure” and he recommended me to have test done “ Head MRI and EET “
    Head MRI has been done on the 1st February 2016 and EET appointment is due in the end of February 2016 and the follow up
    Appointment with the same specialist is also has been made in the last week of March 2016.
    After reporting to the DVLA on around about 18th January 2016 I received the letter after few days asking me to return the licence
    Back and your licence has been revoked from the 21st January 2016 and you must not drive buses lorries for 5 years and car for the
    Next 6 months.
    Sir, I need your help in this regard if possible, because the day since this happened I have not felt any single day is different than

    Before this incident happened. I feel absolutely normal and healthy I go to gym , I go out do my daily routines homework going out
    With friends almost everything without any issues, And I have also spoke to number senior peoples and friends they pushed me to go out and find help in this regard because sir
    It’s my future and I rely on my licence my living and all my dependents rely on the licence if I lose my licence I lose almost everything.
    And I have also been advised to check with the doctors and professional that this unconsciousness or whatever you name it can that Happened due to the stress, tiredness, lake of sleep or due to the low blood pressure.
    Sir, I need your help I find you online the only professional and reliable individual who can I believe on please if there is anything you
    Believe is achievable then please guide me I will do anything you say or can forward to you any documents you may require for this case
    Any consent for the medical history or report you need from my GP I will be happy to that.

    1. Dear Mr. Khan

      Thank you for commenting on our website. I am sorry to hear about your situation and I can fully understand just how distressed you must feel in that you have lost your ability to work in your chosen profession.

      Unfortunately, our business would not be able to assist you with your legal needs. We are a Personal Injury compensation claims specialist and only operate within this sector. As your legal need does not include a personal injury, we would not be suitably qualified or experienced to assist you.

      I know that the DVLA operates very stringent rules regarding revoking driving licenses due to health issues such as cardiac/heart health, seizures, epilepsy, black outs and other similar issues. These rules are in place in the interests of safety and despite the fact that your previous health was good and you now feel good, the DVLA would be concerned that you could suffer a repeat of the same seizure and pass out at the wheel. This could of course lead to a catastrophic serious accident and it must be said that you were lucky in your incident that you were not injured and that nobody else was injured.

      I am not sure that you will be able to overturn the DVLA decision, even with legal assistance, but I wish you the best of luck and I’m sorry that we cannot help you.

  18. Hello

    I am a young nurse and injured myself at work.
    I was already complaining of back issues to my manager who reffered me to occupational health as a result.
    Meanwhile one day at work I was assisting an elderly patient on my own to the toilet. I imediatly felt something was wrong. I struggled to walk home that day and after a few visits to occupational health and the physiotherapist. I was referred to have an MRI where it was discovered I had a rupture on my disc the specialist consultant stated it was proparly exacerbated due to work . I was unable to attend work for about 3 months due to pain, discomfort and struggling to walk. I was paid my normally salary for those 2 months however I was then told that they overpaid me and the HR department decided to take all the accrued annual leave I have for those 3 months to help to reduce the overpayment, I had a quick conversation with the HR department and my manager about the issue prior to the deduction, where I suggested not minding taking some of my anual leave ro settle the debt but not all of it. This was a casual conversation, no paperwork or proper documentation was given to me in written at all. I am due to return to work and I have already been advised by mine physio that I may have to reduce my hours altogether. I was wondering if I have a strong claim on the grounds above, due to reduced hours of work and everything else mentioned above.

    1. Dear Ester

      Thank you for taking the time to contact us and discuss your situation.

      Given what you have said, it is certainly worth us making further investigations in to your situation and how your employer handled your back problem as there may well be a viable claim for accident at work and loss of income compensation. We certainly need further details and would be happy to help you with this claim. So that we can speak with you and get more information, please visit https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and submit a claim enquiry. We’ll then be able to call you to discuss your injury at work with a view to helping you get your claim up and running.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Regards

      Ian

  19. 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

  20. 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?!?

  21. Hi
    Mine is a difficult one to explain, im a care worker and my job involves dealing with autistic young adults and challenge behaviours. Now on thursday of last week 10th March i took one of our young people out in the community for his daily activity. Now this young man is 2 to 1 support in the community as he can be very challenging so i also had another memeber of staff with me. So we went to airhop for his activity which is a trampoline park in guildford. When we go out in the community for his activity we are to take part and support him duiring this time. Now while i was bouncing i was paying attention to our support user as he was walking around the end of the trampoline i lost focus and landed badly and damaged my leg. First aiders came to asist and helped me to relax and gave me an ice pack. After thinking i was fine i left the building thinking i was fine but once i was outside my leg collapesed and i fell over. After returning to work my college told me to put my foot up but my manager told me to fill out the forms but wouldnt let me leave untill my shift was finished. Now once i got home i went to A&E with my fiancee and i found out i actually tore a disc in my knee called (torn meniscus) now on monday the 14th i went to the doctors who signed me off for 2 weeks now as im unfit to work. My question is because i was injured technically during work time doing an activity we have to take part in can i claim?

    Many thanks for reading this

    Martin tester

    1. Martin

      Thank you for taking the time to explain your situation and discuss your injury and how this was caused.

      You are right in that your situation isn’t necessarily straight forward as to make a successful claim for the injuries you have sustained whilst performing your working duties, we will have to demonstrate employer negligence and that they are responsible for your injuries and losses.

      As you state, you are expected to join in with the activities that your young adults are involved in. This is part of the job and as such, you may have to take part in activities that have known risks. In this instance, your employer has expected you to partake in trampolining as part of your working day. Trampolining is something that can be expected to present a risk of injury, so your employer must take in to account how such activities may affect your health and safety whilst at work.

      We would be happy to investigate your situation further as there could well be prospects of succeeding with a claim for work accident compensation against them if we can show that they have not adequately risk assessed the activities that they charge you to partake in. If a claim for compensation were to be made against your employer, they would need to show that they had fully and adequately risk assessed the trampoline activity. It could also be argued that it is not sufficient to send staff such as yourself, who may be experienced and trained with the handling of the young adults you work with, but with no relevant trampoline expertise to do such activities and that your employer should use specially trained staff for certain risky activities.

      As I have said, we would like to investigate this further and would certainly like to get one of our specialist injury compensation solicitors to discuss this with you. Therefore, we need to speak with you to get a little more information. Please visit our make a claim page at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation or respond to the email that I have sent to you with your contact details and we’ll then call you to discuss taking your claim for work accident injury compensation further.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Regards

      Ian

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. Hi, i work in construction i was on a site on 17th of march we where packing up to go home i was told to put the shutters on the telescopic forklift while i was putting one of the shutters on i lost my balance and fell and broke my hand and damaged ligaments in my fingers. I was on the site as a labouer not a forklift driver, im wondering if i can claim as it was partly my own fault i think. Ive been off work for 5 weeks and will most likely be 7-8 weeks before im back. Thanks hope to get a reply soon.

    1. Dear Sam

      Thank you for your enquiry and explaining your situation. Your gut instinct here could well be right, in that it might be a split liability matter. Split liability claims can still succeed with you receiving a compensation payment for your injuries, but with you having to accept some responsibility for the accident and your employer accepting the rest. In this situation, you would receive a compensation settlement that matched the amount of liability placed on the employer. For example, if you were found to be 25% responsible for the incident as you slipped/lost balance and your employer was 75% responsible as they hadn’t provided you with the right training or asked you to perform a task that should only be done by someone qualified to operate a fork lift, you would receive 75% of the full settlement value of any claim.

      We would certainly be willing to help you make a claim for accident at work compensation and would like to speak with you further so that we could link you with a specialist no win no fee solicitor. Please go to our start a claim page at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and make an enquiry with your contact details or reply to the email I have sent you with your details and we’ll then call you to help you get your claim for accident at work compensation started.

      We look forward to helping you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  26. In 2015 I fell 14 feet backwards from a house on a construction site and broke my neck resulting in a factors of c5 c6 c7 and a fusion of c5 and c6 . My employer refused to call for medical help made me sit In a truck for three hours before I was taken to the hospital an hour away in another employees truck

    1. David

      What a horrendous injury to suffer. Accidents at work often cause some of the most serious injuries that form the basis of a claim for personal injury compensation and the injury you have suffered is clearly extremely serious.

      Whether or not the cause of your accident and subsequent injury would make a strong claim for compensation is something I can’t comment on at the moment. We would need to know if it was as a result of employer negligence (i.e a lack of training, safety equipment or site management) as the injury itself is secondary when it comes to establishing who is the liable party (the cause of the accident). However, the actions of your employer in refusing to call for medical assistance or offer immediate 1st aid is clearly indefensible. It may well be that you could successfully sue your employer if you could establish that their negligence in handling the injury immediately (refusing to call emergency service assistance) had worsened the injury, caused your recovery period to be longer or prevented you from making a complete recovery.

      To establish this, you would need to speak to your medical team and get their view. If they felt that this was the case, you would have a good chance of succeeding if you were to pursue them for workplace accident compensation.

  27. 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 01225762045 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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 01225762045 or respond to by email. You’ll find my email as I’ll send you a copy of this response to your comment.

  31. 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 01225762045 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

  32. Hi I recently recovered from an injury at work where I was asked to do a job I had not been fully trianed on and as a result I rolled my foot after slipping and broke my 5th metatarsal. Was on sick pay for 2 months and now due to the injury I got I developed a blood clot in my leg! Have been on medication for this and am finished being under care by doctors/hospital but my leg is still very swollen and sore from the DVT and have been told I could be like this for rest of my life! Will I be able to claim for the break and the blood clot as without braking a bone at work I would never be in this position…..

    1. Stuart

      If your employer has tasked you with duties and not provided you with sufficient training, then they are guilty of employer negligence and are in breach of the health and safety requirements faced by all employers. On the basis of the information you have provided, it sounds like you have every chance of succeeding with a claim for compensation for the injuries you have suffered as a result of your work situation.

      The initial injury would most certainly form the basis of the accident at work claim, but with the right medical evidence our specialist injury compensation solicitors would look to include the full impact of the ongoing troubles caused by the DVT you mention. To obtain this evidence, we use specialist medical experts to assess our clients, review medical records and then write a report. This is all done for you as part of the No Win No Fee process we work to. To find out more read our article about medical reports and assessments here: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/articles/personal-injury-compensation/why-claimants-undergo-medical-assessments-who-pays-the-cost-of-it

      You should most certainly bring a claim against your employer as you have not only suffered a nasty initial injury – a bone fracture to the foot could have some permanent implications in itself, but also the ongoing DVT issue and swelling to the leg which sounds like it could be a long-term problem for you.

      We would be very happy to help you with this and I suggest that you provide us with your contact details so that one of our team can call you to take some further information. We can then put you in touch with the right specialist employer negligence solicitor who will then pursue your claim on a no win no fee basis. You can either re-visit our website and go to the start your claim page: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation call our office on 01225762045 or reply to my email to you to provide your contact details.

      We look forward to helping you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  33. 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

  34. I hurt my back at work lifting a box from the truck to a pallet. I had a numbing sensation down both legs. I went to the ER was told to take 2 or 3 days of . However its 3 weeks later and I just had the same thing happen at home lifting a basket of laundry. Now I am in the same pain as before. Does it still qualify as work comp since its related to the first injury?

    1. Nikki

      As you had your initial injury symptoms assessed and treated in the ER, the injury will be recorded on your hospital records. Therefore, your ‘2nd’ injury will be attributable to the 1st injury – an exacerbation of the problem caused by your accident at work.

      I would advise that you pursue a claim for compensation for this injury.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. Last March, while pushing a faulty trolley, full of ice, I felt a back strain which was later diagnosed as a bulging disc.
    After a couple of months working with this back pain, in a stressful work environment, I was advised by the doctor to take a rest.
    While off sick, I asked the person in charge for health and safety in the store, to record the injury in the accident book, and she told me that it would not be possible as I did not fall on the floor, or nothing, no equipment fell on me, and things like this.
    At the time I underestimated the issue, and last July I left the job on medical ground.
    I have spent a lot of money to recover from this injury which was caused by a faulty equipment, and I have a witness who can confirm that the trolley was faulty.
    Now my question is simple: Can I still ask for compensation, without my injury recorded in the company accident book?
    Thanks a lot and regards
    Lorenzo

    1. Lorenzo

      Hi, you can certainly still try to make a claim for workplace injury compensation. Whilst it would be good if there were an accident book entry, the fact that you have a witness is a great help.

      We would be happy to help you with this claim – simply get in touch with us by calling 01225762045 or email: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk so that we can get in contact and discuss this with you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  38. 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 01225762045 or email me via justice@direct2compensation.co.uk 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

  39. Good evening. I have a question, hope someone can help me. I was working for a Company as Warehouse Operative/ Customer Services/ Delivery Driver with full time contract. I said “was working” because on 17-08-2016 i had an back injury at our warehouse, we was making Warehouse cleaning when i lift up and i hit with my back a metal who caused me a very pain full back pain and after one day all my back was black. I was to GP who gave me some creme for muscles and pains. I ask him about the time i will stay home if will affect my job and he give me the Statutory Sick Pay which was covering me for my first 7 days and i was advised by the doctor to go back to work only if i fill i am fit to work. I used all the cremes prescribed by my Doctor and on 26-08-2016 i was back to work. I didn`t feel any pain until i start lifting again so my work day ends only after two hours. Even if i was to work that day and based on the contract if i am working one minute i have to put it in our time sheet that didn`t happened. The manager didn`t accept my certificate and told me that i have to provide a SSP from my GP..another one. I was at my GP again but he told me that he can give me only from that day forward and nothing for the days passed. My pain its persisted each day more and my pains as well. After almost two months i didn`t receive any payments from my Company for the days that i was injured staying at home, not even for the days that i have certificates, one for the first 7 days which i filled by myself which is perfectly legal and the second one from my GP. The problem is nobody fill up the injury log book that day even if the injury i had was in front of my manager as we worked together that moment and he assist at all the scene. I am able to work but i can`t lift anymore heavy things as i have terrible pains lifting. I don`t need money from the Company, i don`t want someone may belive i am looking to do easy money, is not like this, the only thing i want is the Company pays me the days on my certificates. I will appreciate if someone can give me an advice on what i have to do.

    1. Dumitru

      The situation you describe after being injured in an accident at work is one that many of our claimants also discuss. Sadly, for many people pursuing a claim for compensation after an accident at work, the motivation to claim is not necessarily for the money they will get for the injury that they have, but because they are left out of pocket through lost wages and need to make a claim for compensation in order to recover their lost wages in the special damages element of their claim settlement value.

      It is clear that you are reluctant to pursue a claim for compensation against your employer and like many people who have been injured through no fault of their own, you feel that making a claim will be seen by some as a cheap attempt to make some money. It is sad that so many people are made to feel uncomfortable about pursuing a claim for compensation and in your situation, you really should not be put off from claiming compensation to cover your lost income and for the injuries that you have sustained.

      To answer your query in a head on fashion, the only real way that you will be able to get your employer to pay your wages will be by pursuing a claim against them for your injuries and the lost income. This is something that we would be very happy to help you with. Any claim for an accident at work compensation settlement would be made against your employers liability insurance policy. This does not affect the employer directly as they have already paid their insurance premium to cover this exact scenario. A claim would be made on the grounds of employer negligence towards your health and safety and the argument would be that the metal that hit your back was dangerous and should not have been in the position it was. If we can succeed with the claim for compensation, we can then recover all of your lost wages and also claim ANY costs that you have incurred because of your injury.

      Please complete a claim enquiry form at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation so that we can get your contact details. We’ll then call you to discuss the claims process and help you better understand your rights.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian Morris

  40. Hi I have been of work for 2 weeks with a strained muscles in my back which I did in work but on the day I took half day holiday to go home and rest it but since then it’s got worse I have took a sick note in off the doctor but today I got a letter saying they are terminating my contract I have been there just under a year can they do that?

    1. Shaun

      If you have worked for an employer for less than 2 years, your employment can be terminated by the employer fairly easily – all they need to do is give you notice and pay you for the work you have done (and holiday entitlement) up to the date of termination. The laws regarding employee rights were changed by the Government fairly recently and it has to be said that the changes made the system far less fair for workers like yourself.

      I am interested in your back injury though. If the back pain/injury was caused by your work, you may have grounds to pursue a claim for workplace injury compensation against the employer. I would be very keen to speak to you about this to see if there is someway that we can help you at least claim compensation for the injuries and any lost income/costs you have incurred.

      Please either call us on 01225762045 or fill in this form: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation so that we can call you and discuss your situation. We’ll then be able to advise you as to whether or not you can pursue a claim for compensation and help you better understand your rights.

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Regards

      Ian

  41. I have just spoke to my employee he says he knows nothing about the injury cos it’s not in the accident book but like I said I told my team leader I had hurt my back so I took half day holiday cos I thought it was minor but it’s just got worse everyday since and pain relief doesn’t work so I’m stuck in bed in agony with no job now I’m gutted

    1. Shaun

      Thanks for coming back to us. If your employer is refusing to acknowledge your accident and is denying that you have reported the matter (that it isn’t in the accident book) I would suggest that you either write to the employer or email them to report your injuries and how they happened at work. You should outline what happened to your back, what you were doing and the pain. You can then advise them that you left for the day and subsequently had to see your GP. You should simply state that you want the details of your injury recorded and you DON’T need to mention anything about making a claim.

      If you would like us to help you pursue a claim for the back injury as a workplace injury claim against the employer, we’d be happy to do this for you. If so, please send me your phone number – or call us on 01225762045

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  42. 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

  43. I was injured at work, I work on a farm and was made to wear wellies with no tread which resulted in me rupturing my acl ligament and damaged cartilage….. it was reported into the accident book but that as now been removed from the work premises no were to be seen, I’m going for surgery soon and may need more in the furture, im only guaranteed 70% use in my knee, can I claim

    1. Fiona

      Hi, thanks for commenting. As you had also filled in a contact form on our site, we have now spoken and you’re awaiting a call from one of our specialist injury compensation solicitors.

      We think you have a very strong claim. If your employer is providing footwear with no grip in an area that is known to be slippery, then they have failed to ensure your health and safety at work.

      We wish you success with your claim.

      Best regards

      Ian

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. I work as a Housekeeper at a hotel and on the 19/11/2016 I slipped in a wet shower at work and I dislocated and broke my little finger on my right hand, I have limited movement in my finger as a result. I was wearing trainers at the time and have since been looking into health and safety for my job and have found out that we should be provided with non-slip shoes or shoe slips to prevent slipping on wet surfaces. I am currently receiving ongoing hand therapy because there is also ligament damage. I’m not sure where I stand.

    1. Caissey

      On the basis of your comments, I believe that you should pursue a claim for compensation against your employer on the grounds of employer negligence. If your employer is tasking you with working in a potentially slippery environment, the risk that you could slip and sustain injuries as a result is a foreseeable risk and as such, the employer is obliged to do all they can to minimise the risk of injury as far as possible. In this case, provision of non-slip shoes or a requirement that you must wear the same would be something you would expect of the employer.

      Please go to our ‘start a claim’ page at: https://direct2compensation.co.uk/make-a-claim-for-compensation and complete a contact request form. We’d love to hear from you and would then be able to call you to discuss this in greater detail with a view to helping you pursue a No Win No Fee claim for compensation.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  47. I am a housekeeping manager in a nursing facility. A resident (who requires assistance with walking) was left alone in the area in which I was working and she was falling down from a standing position. I rushed to break her fall to the floor and was able to stable her enough to help her back into her chair. The resident sustained a bruised knee and I strained the muscle in my shoulder. I have been receiving compensation of my income, therapy and doctor care from the company insurance. I returned to work at the request of my employer, and have not been released by the doctor nor the therapist and was written up for carelessness(this incident only, and I have no other write up in my employee file), I am not a licensed care giver and should not have touched the resident as the administrator has said in our meeting today. I was sited for carelessness and a violation of a resident transfer and re positioning. My actions was reflex and was not intended to harm the resident nor myself, and strongly feel that if her CENA was present I would not have been put in such a position. I would like to disagree with my administrator and have this record deleted from my employee file, or at least this be an oral warning and not a final written warning since I have not receiver any orientation for my job position, (but have learned as I go) nor have a handbook related to my position. I do not know the law as it relates to nursing care facilities and I feel this write-up did not reflect what happened in the incident. I have read your questions above and found that my employer did not give me any training, (this could relate to manual handling training, specific training to use certain machinery or other job relevant training). Has my employer breached health and safety guidance already? As this my third day back to work along with the write-up my employer has placed me on a 90 day probation period as they have somehow come up with while I have been away from work (11/20/16-12/19/16) eleven points that I need to improve on, one being that I “focus on own department instead of becoming involved in other department assignments and duties”. My involvement with this resident would not have happened if she was attended to by the staff. I believe this stems from my being responsible to report any neglect or abuse to or toward any resident. I did report an abuse case and it was found true and the CENA terminated. I would appreciate and, thank you for your response to this matter.

    1. Thank you for sharing your situation with us. Clearly, your query is a little outside our specific expertise in injury compensation claims, but what I can say is that it would appear that your employer placed you in a bad situation by way of their negligence towards your training and support whilst in the workplace.

      Given what you have said about the incident in which the resident fell, I think any caring human being would have tried to prevent her from falling to the floor and that you were simply trying to prevent her from sustaining a serious injury. It is hard to see how your employer could discipline you for taking such action.

      I would strongly suggest that you seek the advice of a specialist employment law Solicitor or Lawyer local to you with knowledge of the laws covering the area in which you live and the industry in which you work. Certainly under UK law, you would have a very good chance of having this write up removed from your file.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  48. 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

  49. Hi, I work in the NHS, I went to a next section to get something for one of the patient I’m looking after, on the way back i went through a different exit where islipped on the the floor only to realise that the floor was had been wiped by the domestic person but there was no yellow hazard sign to indicate the floor was wet, I injured my back, groin and the back of my leg, it’s all been recorded. Can I make a claim? I told one of my colleague what had happened and she told me I won’t get any compensation because I wasn’t wearing the correct shoe, is that true? Because those are the only shoe I feel comfortable in due to bunions on my feet and i do really long hours.
    I went to the Accident and Emergency the same day and I couldn’t finish my shift for the day, I also went to my GP the following morning because I’m in so much pain, I got 2 weeks off from work.
    Please let me know what my chances are if i put a claim in.
    Thank you.

    1. Karen

      Hi, as you know we have spoken and I am pleased to confirm that our Solicitors wish to run your claim for you. Therefore, it is fair to say that you have very realistic prospects of succeeding with your claim after this accident.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  50. 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 01225762045.

      I hope this helps.

      Ian

  51. 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 01225762045 or email me: ian@direct2compensation.co.uk

      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

  52. I had an accident at work where a member of my team tipped over a cage off a ramp which struck me on my back. There area wasn’t well lit and the ramp was slippery with no safety edges to stop the cage going off the sides. I’ve been off for 5weeks in pain. I had a MRI scan which revealed a slight chip in my neck bone and lost fluid from my lower spine but both things are not believed to be in connection with the accident, but I’m still in pain. Do I have a case? And if so could I get an approximate reward figure please.

    1. Laurence

      We have had success with identical claims in the past and this would give me every confidence that our specialist solicitor partners would be able to succeed with a claim for you too.

      The lack of safety guards on the ramp in question combined with the poor lighting is something that the employers insurers will have difficulty in denying responsibility for.

      Please call us on 01225762045 or email us: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk so that we can take this further for you.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Regards

      Ian

  53. I got injured at work slipped out off the step of my truck and hurt my knee, employer is refusing to sign a injury report and said not to tell the doctor when I go that it happened at work cause It will screw up their triff score? What are my legal rights here what can I do ?

    1. Jill

      In the UK, you have the right to require your employer to complete an accident report and also to inform your Doctor as to how the injury occurred. Your employers concerns are irrelevant in respect of your rights and best interests.

      Whether or not you could hold the employer liable would depend on the training provided by your employer, whether there were any faults with the step or if the employer had failed to provide you with the correct equipment and clothing etc.

      I hope this helps.

      Regards

      Ian

  54. I recently dislocated my shoulder at work and have had to take the last month off. I previously dislocated my shoulder about 6 yrs ago. Is it still possible to claim compensation even though it was a previous injury?

    1. Wayne

      The fact that you had previously injured that shoulder would not stop you from being able to pursue a claim for compensation. The pre-existing injury is relevant in terms of the total damage done in the accident at work, but you should still pursue a claim for compensation if you feel that the employer is responsible in anyway.

      Please call us on 01225762045 so that we can discuss this with you and help you get a claim started.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  55. I developed a repetitive strain injury in the hip region from heavy manual handling at work, there was a crane present at our premises and the crane was purchased for the purpose of lifting the heavy assembled units (which is outline on the risk assessment from HSE). The crane was never in the correct position, nor did I/anyone receive proper training on its use. After my injury I was advised to refrain from lifting by my GP and Physiotherapist which I followed and my duties at work were strictly to assemble w/out manual handling.

    I was later dismissed on medical grounds as the company was displeased that I was not able to carry out my full duties, meaning the manual handling (other people had to lift for me).

    Do I have a claim? Will the company have to cover my loss of earnings to date? I feel I was unfairly dismissed and the company should/could have done a better job to find me a different position within the company. This has affected my job prospects since my reason for leaving was on medical grounds and I am struggling to find employment within other industries.

    Let me know if you require more information!

    1. Christopher

      On the basis of your comments, my view is that you definitely meet the criteria to make us want to take this further.

      You have listed some clear employer negligence here – the fact that there was a lifting crane, but that nobody was trained to use it and therefore you had to manually lift would give me confidence that your employer would massively struggle to defend a claim brought against them for your repetitive strain injury (RSI).

      Direct2Compensation work with some brilliant rsi compensation solicitors who could pursue this for you on a No Win No Fee basis and we’d love to help you get this claim up and running.

      Please call me on 01225762045 or email me (ian@direct2compensation.co.uk) so that we can discuss your situation and get the ball rolling.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

  56. 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.

  57. 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

  58. 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.

  59. hello,

    I work as a cna and i injured my back at work. I had been complaining of back pain for a while at work but was never told the proper course of action to take. it was only when I chose to go to the doctor that the intake nurse had me fill out a workers comp form. I’ve been out of work for about 8 days now with a lower back sprain. the doctor i’m seeing seems to be taking things on a week by week basis as far as when i can return to work. I still feel a great deal of discomfort. I’ve never filed for workers comp and i’m afraid my job knows that and may be taking advantage of my lack of knowledge. Like I mentioned before it’s only been 8 days but that’s also 8 days that I have not been getting paid. at this time I don’t have any other source of income. the doctor has me on light duty but because i work in an elderly home where i have to lift people my job seems to not be able to accommodate me. what should i do?

    1. Kristy

      Your situation is a common one – care workers often suffer injuries as a result of the manual work they have to undertake in order to complete their work properly.

      Of course, the most important thing is to get back to full health as quickly as possible – whilst you need to earn money to pay your bills, if you returned to work too quickly you may end up being force to be away from work for longer.

      I don’t know much about ‘workers comp’ matters relating to the United States and the system you have over there. In the UK, you would be able to pursue a claim against your employers liability insurance in the hope that it would compensate you for the pain and distress of your injury and any associated losses.

      I would strongly suggest that you seek the advice of a specialist injury lawyer based in your area.

      Ian

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. I have been told at work to use a certain equipment to carry heavy objects through a long route. This trolley has had no stability, safety straps or simply wasn’t meant to be used in this case the metal had rust, dirt and sharp edges; as a result I injured my ankle causing a deep cut which luckily did not cut through my muscle but required a 3hour A & E visit and 5 stitches. This was extremely painful. Such injuries require long period to heal. I am unable to walk or wear shoes on top of everything I am 7 weeks pregnant and this excludes me from taking strong painkillers to ease my pain. It has caused me stress and I fear to ask for a claim at work due to the fact that I feel that the company might cause trouble for me at work. What can I do?

    1. Klaudia

      Thanks for commenting her and for making an online enquiry with your contact details. As you know, we have now spoken and we believe that you have a viable claim for compensation against your employer.

      Yours sincerely

      Ian

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