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

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

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I was injured at work, what are my rights?

You have the same legal rights whether you have been injured in an accident at work, are suffering from a work-related illness, or a condition such as carpal tunnel syndrome, for example. It is important for you to understand your rights so that you can confidently manage your recovery and working future. It doesn’t matter who you work for or what you do, from offices to construction sites and private care homes to the NHS, whether you’re a temp working for an agency or a full time member of staff, below is a basic plan of action you should try to follow:

  1. Medical treatment

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

  2. Record the details

    If you’re suffering from a work-related illness, ensure your employer has written notification of this. In the case of accident in which you’re injured, you should record the details 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.

  3. Confirm your sick pay

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

  4. Attend medical appointments

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

  5. Take time to recover

    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 if you want to keep your job, 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.

  6. Seek light duties

    Removing you for a time from the situation causing the problem can often help. This would apply to psychological injuries, such as stress, as well as physical injuries. If your usual work involves aspects of hard physical labour such as heavy lifting, carrying, climbing or standing for long periods, your employer is duty bound to accommodate you (where possible) in returning to work on lighter duties whilst you complete your recovery. It could be that you usually work in a heavy lifting capacity but that a back injury 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.

  7. Claim compensation

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

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

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

Find out if you can claim compensation

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

There could be many ways in which an employer would be liable. If you’re wondering about your situation, feel free to leave a question at the bottom of this article or call us on 01225 430285, or if you prefer, we can call you back.

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

Employer responsibilities

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

For more information on what’s involved in making a claim against your employer, read our guide to claiming accident at work compensation.

Employer pressure – threats are against the law

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

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

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

It’s usually really quick for us to find out if you have a valid claim, just leave a question below or call us on 01225 430285, or we can call you back.

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Questions & Answers


  1. Sundel

    Would I be able to sue just a manufacturer of the company who makes the machinery at work for its flaws where I actually was injured it almost amputated my right wrist?

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    • Ian Morris

      Your claim would be against the employer who tasked you with using such machinery. The employer may have a secondary claim against the manufacturers of the equipment.

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  2. Maria

    I fell on the playground at school. I am a teacher but was working as a TA.
    I have fractured my hip.
    I have only been at school for seven days on a twelve month contract. Can I claim compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      An employee injured at work can make a claim for compensation whether they have been in the workplace for 7 minutes, 7 days, 7 months or 7 years, so long as the cause of the injury can be attributed to negligence or through the fault of another party.

      In your case, whether or not you can make a claim will depend on what caused you to fall on the playground. If you could let us know what happened to cause you to fall, we can then advise you further.

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  3. Elinor Watkins

    I have hurt my shoulder at work and I wanted some advice on what to do.

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    • Ian Morris

      We can help you to understand your rights after an accident at work and what options are open to you in terms of any pursuit of legal action or claims for compensation against the employer.

      Firstly, you should make sure that a record is made with the employer regarding the injury you have sustained at work. Most employers will have an accident book, some may have an online reporting system, but all employers must record the details of any injury in the workplace.

      Secondly, you should seek the appropriate professional medical help for the nature of the injury you have sustained. Whether that be by attending your GP or visiting an A&E department or a minor injuries unit, it is important that the initial symptoms of the injury are recorded. In terms of making a claim for personal injury compensation, having an injury assessed at an early date is really helpful to the Solicitor pursuing a claim. If the injury then continues to be problematic for a long period, it becomes easier for a specialist medical expert to report on the severity of the initial injury and give a supportive prognosis for a Solicitor to use to ensure that the element of the personal injury claim attributed to the value of the injury is properly understood.

      Thirdly, you should call us on 01225430285 to find out how our specialist Solicitors can help you obtain compensation for the injury, recover any loss of wages and ensure that specialist rehabilitation therapies are provided if appropriate. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can start your claim with us online and we’ll be in touch to help you further.

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  4. Michelle

    Hi

    I went for a medical in January and a report that I have now agreed with as been produced and I have signed to say it can be passed to the other side.

    In the report it states I will need another medical next January. Will nothing happen until after the second medical has been done?

    Thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      As a further medical report has been requested, the claim won’t be settled until the contents of that report have also been agreed and evaluated by both sides, at which point settlement negotiations can start).

      As a further medical report has been agreed as a requirement, it does indicate that the injuries have yet to be fully understood in terms of long term prognosis and therefore this could be a high value claim.

      Although the need for a further report will obviously delay the settlement of your claim and this will be frustrating, it is sensible to wait to ensure that your final settlement appropriately compensates you for the full extent of your injuries. If you are in need of financial assistance, you could approach your Solicitor to see if they can reach an agreement with the other side for an interim settlement.

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  5. john

    I was injured whilst carrying out my employment in a customers business, I went to court but because of time constraints i was not allowed to put all medical reports after a certain date. I went to court and won the case but the judge limited my claim to the date she had off the last medical report that said i was recovering well. The following medical reports said symptons returned again as scar tissue grew around a nerve this happened after every operation. Can my employer terminate my contract because i did not get the amount that was being claimed for, for ongoing care etc even if i have shown them that i still have the issue medical reports scans and proof that i was not allowed to put all medical information in to court. I am currently suspended on full pay for a long time whilst the disciplinary process is being carried out.
    Can they terminate my contract for gross missconduct?
    thank you

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    • Ian Morris

      This matter requires the advice of an employment law Solicitor and we would recommend that you seek such advice at the earliest opportunity.

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  6. Jarrod

    Hi, I was injured at work (back strain) many years ago and have suffered repeated periods of pain over the years since I left the company.

    The accident was recorded in the works medical logs and I attended my own and the works doctor about it.

    It it possible to claim for injury retrospectively?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have a claim limitation period of 3 years from the date of an injury or the date at which you became aware of the injury. In your case, it would seem that you are now outside of the statute of limitation and cannot now make a claim for personal injury compensation.

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  7. Bill

    My son was cleaning a machine last Thursday when the rag he was using was pulled into a motor fan cutting his finger requiring 7 stitches.

    He turned the medical excuse in the same day stating he could return to work on Monday. He did return on Monday and was terminated.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your Son may wish to seek some specialist employment law advice, but the fact that his employment was terminated is not relevant to whether or not he has a right to make a claim for personal injury compensation for the laceration injury he sustained at work.

      Your Son may wish to speak with us regarding the accident at work as we may well be able to pursue a claim for compensation against his employers for the injury sustained, the pain and discomfort caused and associated costs or losses.

      To find out if a claim can be pursued, please call us on 01225430285 or if you prefer, you can ask us to call you.

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  8. Martine

    Last Wednesday I fracture my wrist putting the work bin out into a big waste bin I do this one handed as lid always falling down just seeing if someone can help me..

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We may be able to help you, but we need to know a little more about the accident and the use of the bin in question. Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can discuss this injury at work with you and help you to find out if you can pursue a claim. Alternatively, if you would prefer that we call you, you can request a call.

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  9. ela

    my job was ended. i worked for a family for 8 months and during those 8 months, physically and mentally tired from work for moving heavy furnitures and i fell off the stairs in their 5 story house. . i am a housekeeper and working 11 hours a day everyday. i have been hurting my arms and now i even have numb fingers to top it all. i wasnt able to get myself checked that time because they wont even let me and i was always occupied with workload at home. am i entitled for sick pay or a claim for this type of situation? thank you in advance

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Was your accident on the stairs recorded at work? Is there any written evidence (whether that be in an accident book, emails or even text messages) to show the incident happened?

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  10. Ellis Narburgh

    I got cellulitis in my foot last year from working at Nando’s, however I am a type 1 diabetic so my immune system may have contributed. I had at least 6 months of suffering and a couple of weeks in hospital, I was also told I could’ve lost my foot. It is all fine now apart from a big scar but was just wondering how much compensation I could’ve received, if any? Thanks.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is not possible to offer a compensation settlement estimate without full sight of medical records and an experts report.

      In this case, it would be difficult to establish that there was a causal link between your work and the cellulitis condition. Why do you believe that your employer may bear responsibility for the condition?

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  11. James

    Injury at work – Are my employers within data protection rights to withold information from me if I ask for details of other employees who helped at scene of incident?

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    • Ian Morris

      The employer does not have to divulge such information.

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  12. John

    If you have an accident and you haven’t signed on to the risk assessment and method statement are you covered ?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If an employer has not ensured that an employee has had proper sight of the risk assessments and method statement and that employee then sustains injury, the employer is likely to be found negligent and therefore liable for any compensation and loss of income related to the injuries sustained.

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  13. Aaron Scott

    A courier driver collecting from my workplace pulled the trailer off the loading bay whilst I was on it resulting in my injury. Is it still my employer that I seek compensation from or TNT couriers?

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    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that your employer was not at fault in this accident and that the negligence and therefore liability would rest with the 3rd party employee from the courier firm in question.

      If you would like to make a claim or find out more about your rights and how we can help you, please call us on 01225430285. Alternatively, if you would prefer, you can ask us to call you.

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  14. Christopher noble

    I’m a window and door installer and I was unloading old doors of my van when I slipped off the back of the van and damaged my knee, I’m still working but I’ve been told it’s permanent damage and it’s going to effect my career. Am I able to claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If the cause of your slip can be attributed to employer negligence, you can make a claim against the employer for the injury and the impact it will have on your career and life – something we can help you with.

      It would be a good idea to speak with our team on 01225430285 to discuss the accident. Our staff will be able to identify whether the employer can be held liable and offer further assistance with a view to starting a No Win No Fee claim for personal injury compensation.

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  15. Julie

    Hi, I was in the work canteen and I tripped over a low heavy glass table and severely broke my foot. I feel the table was too low and close to where i was sitting and after I came back from sick leave they had actually replaced the table for a smaller one and moved it away from the seating area.
    Do i have a case to claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Unless the table was obstructing a walkway, it is unlikely that you could pursue a claim for compensation.

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  16. Ben

    I had have been asking for suitable foot ware since 2018, they are very slippery and not much slip protection, i have now had an accident where I’m now on long term sick. With an head injury.

    Will I be sacked if I am still on sick after 28 weeks? My 28 weeks are up next week.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Have you pursued a claim against your employer for the head injury? If not, you should contact us to start the process.

      As to whether or not they will let you go at the end of the 28 weeks, it is unlikely that they would do so immediately, but of course, if you remain unfit to return to work long term, your employer will eventually be within their rights to terminate your employment on ill health grounds.

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  17. zach

    Hi I work in the utility industry which we do out of hours call out for a week every four week recently me and the bloke I work with were coming back in the early hours of the morning when the bloke who was driving fell asleep which resulted in him crashing the van and wrote it of as a result i ended up fracturing 4 ribs and tearing my sturdem in my chest my works have only willing to pay me sick pay while I’m off have I got grounds to put in a claim????

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can certainly make a claim for compensation for the injuries sustained and also recover the loss of income and any other costs incurred as a result of the accident you were in. As a passenger, you can make a claim against the insurance cover of the vehicle – whether that is the employers cover or the drivers own policy. We can assist you with this on a No Win No Fee basis.

      To make a claim, please call us on 01225430285 or if you prefer, you can ask us to call you. We’ll need only 5 minutes or so of your time initially to obtain the basic information needed to start the claims process. If you can get hold of the vehicle registration, that would be most helpful.

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  18. Adam

    If you’ve had an accident at work but work are still paying you while your off recovering, are you still entitled to make a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If an employer continues to pay your usual salary whilst you are absent due to an injury sustained at work, you can still pursue a claim for compensation. The only thing you can’t claim would be loss of income as you haven’t had a loss of income. However, you would still be entitled to claim compensation for the injury caused and the impact that the injury has had or continues to have upon you.

      If you would like further help and want to discuss a potential claim for compensation, please call us on 01225430285 or make further contact with us by email to: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  19. Penelope

    My accident at work was not reported correctly.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Have you informed the employer of the discrepancies in their report and reality of the incident? If not, you should do so in writing at the earliest opportunity.

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  20. Caroline

    I work in the same company from more than 5 years and make the same job every day 8h every day, sometimes more because of over times. My position in work requires to use my hands all the time and do the same thing and the same moves all the time. Few moths ago I complain first time and ask for help because of pain in my hands and company let me do different thing but only couple of days and everything back to normal and I back on my position. About 3 weeks ago I start feel pain in my hands again and ask for help line manager and another manager day later and nothing change. I inform them I work in pain and on painkillers but that nothing change. I was one week off from work on self certificate and doctor gave me painkillers. Doctor said I can back to work if my employer let me back and change my duties. I was on meeting back to work today and he said he can’t put it me in risk and give another duties because of my hands so I am back home and need to go on another time off. I am waiting on doctor appointment and will be ask for sick note. Can I claim for compensation from work because they didn’t do proper steps when I ask for help before? And I was in pain in work because I was scare about go on sick leave to have enough money and now I am in stress because I was stressed in work in pain till last minute and now I can’t back to work because my hands are so painful. Like first doctor said Carpal tunnel syndrome because of my work.
    I don’t know where to ask for any help.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Our Solicitors can pursue a claim for you due to the repetitive strain injury (possibly carpal tunnel syndrome) on a No Win No Fee basis. If successful, we could recover compensation for the pain caused to you, for medical costs and also to recover any loss of income.

      If you would like to take this further, please call us on 01225430285 or you can ask us to call you if you prefer.

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  21. Elizabeth

    A shelf fell on me at work what should I do ?

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    • Ian Morris

      You need to make sure that a record of the accident is made in your employers accident book – or a similar reporting system. You should state clearly what happened, when and where. If you have sustained injury, make sure details of the initial injuries are recorded in the accident book and seek medical attention if appropriate.

      If you have been injured by the falling shelf, we can help you claim compensation for the injuries you have sustained. Please call us on 01225430285 to find out how we can help you. Alternatively, if you would prefer us to call you can request a call from us.

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  22. John

    I had and injury at work las December with a fork lift truck at work. It hit me and I hurt my knee which took me out of work for 6 weeks and has now left me with an unstable knee with onset of arthritis. I’m stuck in two minds wether to make a claim

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    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim without jeopardising your right to continue with your work, without damaging the business or impacting any of your colleagues. Any claim for an accident at work would be against the insurance of the employer. You would not think twice about claiming against someone’s car insurance if they were to damage your car in a collision and you should see claiming for injuries that are not your fault in the same light.

      You have sustained a painful injury that is still affecting you and has clearly caused an early on-set of age related degeneration. As such, you have every right to pursue what would appear to be a valid claim for compensation.

      We would be more than happy to help you with your claim or discuss with you how the process works and what you should expect. If you would like our help, you can call us on 01225430285 or use our claim starter form to provide more information and get some initial advice before any claim formally starts.

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  23. Steven mathebula

    Hi,do my employer has a right to claim for me or i should do it by myself.what it worries me i was told they gonna do it for me and when they do claims i dont know where is the money going,pease assist me.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should always make a claim yourself, ideally using a specialist Solicitor to act for you and uphold your legal rights and best interests.

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  24. Linda chiles

    I work for a high profile family as a house manager and I live in their house Monday to Friday. I come back to work late on a Sunday night. 6am Monday morning I left my room to go to the bathroom and my employer had left a big box outside my door which I fell over and have broken my arm and shoulder. This was 6 months ago I am still off work but due to go back but my break has not healed properly or may never heal properly according to the specialist who I am still seeing. I may now always have this disability.
    My employer said she told me the box was outside my door and also I went into my room when it was there but as I was very tired from traveling 5 hours to work firstly l don’t recall her telling me the box was there nor noticing it when I went into my room but it was there.
    Do I still have a compensation claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is unclear as to whether a claim would succeed, but you certainly have sufficient grounds to pursue such a claim and given the injury you have sustained, every right to take such action.

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  25. Sharon

    I am a Dom carer, I hurt my back while on shift , I was in severe pain, shaking and feeling dizzy with the pain, I phoned on call to tell them and said I needed to go home as was in agony, they told me there was no one to cover so I had to work for a further 2 and a half hours in agony, which I believe has made my recovery a lot longer than normal , when I’ve hurt mY back before I have stopped and rested and been back to normal in couple of days, at present I have been off 3 weeks and still in pain

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    • Ian Morris

      How did you hurt your back? Has the employer failed to provide manual handling training or not provided the correct equipment to enable you to perform your duties correctly? If so, you could make a claim against the employer.

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  26. Luke

    I fell off the back of a lorry at work that had pulled in to the yard at the end of my shift. My supervisor and another colleague told me to get on the back of lorry and had me pull the pallets off of the truck. However, in doing this I fell off and broke my wrist. I received no first aid and don’t think that they properly recorded the details in the accident book.

    It has been 11 months now and I still haven’t got proper movement or full use of the wrist. Do I have a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      We need to speak with you to find out more about your accident at work. Our initial view is that you may well have valid grounds to pursue a claim for compensation against your employer and we’re happy to investigate this for you. The injury to your wrist appears to be serious and making a claim for personal injury compensation is a completely reasonable course of action for you to take.

      If you would like to take this further, you can call us on 01225430285 or if you’d prefer, you can ask us to call you.

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  27. Jermaine Wilford

    I recently got a nail stuck in my arm.. I had to have surgery to get it removed. I’m on light duty now. But I only get 26hours per week.. I was never properly trained to use a nail gun.. I never used one before this job… Do I have a claim

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    • Ian Morris

      Employers have a duty of care to ensure that all employees are trained to use specific equipment – especially equipment that carries an inherent risk of injury. You certainly have a right to pursue a claim for compensation due to inadequate training by your employer. We would be delighted to help you start your claim, which you can do via our website or by calling us on 01225430285.

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  28. Lorraine

    My son is an apprentice joiner, he had just started a week or two before his accident. His boss gave him stepladders to access a garage roof then left him on his own, stepping off the roof onto them they fell he had distal radius break, metal plate in his arm. The customer ran out to help him rang his boss, he’s then taken him to the hospital but advised my son to tell them he did it at home, so he doesn’t get into trouble stupidly my son did as he was told. His boss has since ceased to speak to him have any contact with him, and we have now found out he didn’t send his college the insurance documents through, what can we do?

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    • Ian Morris

      Your Son could seek the support of the witness – the customer who helped him – to confirm that the accident happened whilst at work. He is obviously young and should be able to mitigate his reasons for providing an inaccurate report on the basis of employer pressure and inexperience. This should all be reported to the college too.

      We would be happy to further investigate the potential of claiming compensation for the painful and nasty injury sustained. Please email some further information to me along with contact details so that I can look in to this for your Son. My email is: ian@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  29. Paul

    Hi I suffer injuries to my back and hands but it is because of the job and not the employer. I haven’t worked in 4 years as I can no longer do the work I did.im not sure if there is a claim their or not ?.I worked in the building trade over the last 16 years.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your injury would appear to be one of a repetitive strain or similar nature. As such, you have a maximum claim limitation fo 3 years from the date at which you first developed symptoms.

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  30. Marie

    I work in a prison and 6 months ago a fire door closed quickly on my hand and I broke 2 fingers, had to get my nails removed for surgery and am left with sensitivity in both fingers. Is it worth claiming compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      If the injury is causing trouble for you with simple tasks or if you are left with pain and discomfort, it is sensible to pursue a claim for compensation.

      If you would like to discuss a potential claim with us, please contact us on 01225430285 so that we can talk about your accident at work, the injury sustained and the claims process.

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  31. Aran

    Earlier this week I have suffered injury to my sole on my right foot over working as a cleaner due to the shortage of staff on site. I am on a zero hour contract and will not be paid for any time off work due to injury which severely affects my income which furthermore causes me stress. My team had been working inside a building in which the air conditioning had been turned off overnight leading to excessive sweating and causing me fatigue, insomnia and weight loss over a week in august with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius. Ssp will not cover my rent and Bills if I am to take time off work. What are my rights in this given situation?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Although the conditions you were working in were far from ideal, it would appear that your employer has not breached any health and safety regulations. You may have difficulty proving a causal link between the work you were doing and the injury to your foot.

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  32. STEVEN

    If I got hurt or the job 3 weeks ago and I just let my boss know are they still liable?

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    • Ian Morris

      Any accident or injury at work should be reported to the employer at the earliest possible opportunity. Whether or not your employer is liable for your injuries will depend on what happened in the accident and how you were injured. The employer will be liable if the injury can be attributed to their negligence – such as a lack of training, inadequate or broken work equipment or the employer having allowed a hazard or danger to remain present in the workplace.

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  33. Sharon knott

    I had a fall just over three years ago on a tacky bit of carpet it wasn’t torn but slightly worn an tacky as though floor glue. My foot stuck to the carpet and I was propelled down a ramp hitting a wall and dropping to my knee. After lots of tests it appears I had torn a ligament and had a tear in my muscle. I did ring a company to see if I could claim but was told no. I have been told after 2 years of cortisone injections that nothing further can be done – other than continue injections.

    This surely cannot be right if I am left with a debilitating injury? Could you advise me please.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As your accident was over 3 years ago, you are now unable to pursue a claim for compensation. UK Personal Injury Law applies a strict claim limitation period of 3 years from the date of the accident. If you fail to make a claim in that time, you can no longer seek to do so.

      When you made enquiries regarding the possibility of claiming, did the company not advise you of the limitation issue and suggest seeking a 2nd opinion?

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  34. Darren

    I work in a factory and had an accident two years ago so I understand I will need to make a claim within the next year. Insecure machinery fell and trapped my hands, which damaged them quite badly and has caused me on-off issues holding things ever since. I don’t foresee facing difficulty proving my case as there are colleagues who witnessed it and the accident was documented. My employer has asked me to take voluntary redundancy due to the COVID-19 situation but I am wary if I take it, I might be waiving my right to make a claim. Can I still make a claim if I take the redundancy even though I will no longer be an employee? And is my claim for compensation likely to cover the loss of wages I face upon taking the redundancy? I fear I will struggle to get similar work given the condition of my hands.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The redundancy and personal injury claim are two completely separate matters and have no bearing whatsoever on each other. Should you take redundancy, you can still pursue the claim with no issues. Should you take redundancy, the redundancy settlement will account for the loss of your work and you won’t be able to claim loss of income for any period after your redundancy because that job has been legally terminated through redundancy.

      In terms of your personal injury claim, firstly, it does sound a strong claim. Secondly, you can recover compensation for the injuries sustained and the impact that those injuries will have had in both the short term post injury, but importantly the longer term difficulties with grip strength or dexterity. Also, you can recover any loss of income or incurred costs caused by the injury.

      This is a claim our specialist Solicitors would be best placed to handle for you. They would ensure that your claim was handled professionally, that your legal rights were fully upheld and your injury properly assessed so that any claim settlement value was maximised.

      Please call us on 01225430285 to get further help. Alternatively, you can use our online form to start your claim if you prefer.

      Reply
  35. Gilberto

    I was injured at work and attend all of my appointments scheduled by my job now they are attempting to get a in house therapy specialist.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The in house specialist therapist should be seen as a positive move. Hopefully their knowledge and expertise can help you to return to work sooner and regain full health.

      How were you injured at work? If you would like to discuss the potential of pursuing a claim against the employers insurers for the injuries and any loss of income you have sustained, please call us on 01225430285.

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  36. Hayley

    Hiya, I work as a store assistant, would I be able to claim if I fell off my chair at work (some dodgy ones) and ended up with Rotator cuff tear on my shoulder 10 months ago? Still having ongoing problems, and seeing physio. Can’t really do my job anymore.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your injury was caused because a faulty or disrepaired chair caused you to fall, you have every right to make a claim.

      Please contact us so that we can help you make your claim for compensation. Rotator cuff injuries are known to be painful and long term injuries that cause considerable discomfort and impact on every day tasks. Our specialist Solicitors can assist you with such a claim.

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  37. Elspeth

    I’m a live in carer/nanny – Last week I tripped over the step the kids use to reach the sink – I fell holding a bowl that smashed and I lacerated my right index finger damaging the tendon and knuckle – went to a&e then the next day had to have a small hand surgery so now am stitched and bandaged up in a splint so I can’t use my right hand (I am right handed). This has changed the duties I can do as I look after a disabled child who I can no longer lift (for now)- I haven’t stopped working and my employer has tried to be accommodating but seems resentful that I can’t do my normal duties. I get that it’s a massive inconvenience for them as well as me but it wasn’t my fault it was just an accident.
    Could I claim? Would it be worth it?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You could pursue a claim and although in law you cannot face discrimination for making a claim for an accident at work, you would have to consider the relationship you have with the employer and whether such a claim would damage the relationship to the point that working together became untenable.

      Reply
  38. Oliver

    I worked as an auditor between 2007 and 2014 travelling between offices with a one strap laptop bag which was carried over one shoulder. My left shoulder is now really damaged from what I can only imagine was this job. Is it my fault for not buying a backpack or should the employer have given this. How could I prove anything either?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The main ‘problems’ you would face in now attempting to pursue a claim are the time lapsed between that work and now (6 years) and the fact that any claim must be made within 3 years of the date of an injury or 3 years from the date of knowledge (the point at which you should have known you were injured), also proving a causal link between that work, the shoulder strap and the injury now is likely to be impossible.

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  39. Adam

    Hello I drive an hgv class c cement lorry and have recently injured myself offloading concrete from the back of the vehicle.
    I was trying to set the shoots up into a narrow doorway . Watching not to damage the walls i broke and crushed a finger. Im off work and getting treatment but the full extent of the damage is unclear . Would i be able to claim for damages and lost of earnings or is it just my own fault

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We need to speak with you further about this matter in order to ascertain whether or not you can make a claim against your employer for the injuries you suffered in the incident you describe whilst at work. We understand your rights and the obligations that your employer had in minimising the risk of the nature of the injuries you have sustained and can help you to find out whether or not you can recover your losses and pursue a claim for compensation.

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can help you with this matter. Alternatively, we can call you if you prefer.

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  40. Hayley

    Hi!

    I fell at work last night. I work in a busy sports bar, I was walking fast and as I stepped into the bar my feet went straight out from under me and as I fell my left forearm hit a tray of clean glasses stacked on a bin.

    I also cut my palm but only slightly nothing serious. I carried on working but noticed my arm getting swollen and bruised.

    It’s now the next morning and my forearm has doubled in size and badly bruised aswell as hurting alot. I’m on my way to hospital. I have photos of my arm Injuries and have told my manager to log my fall.

    I’m just confused if I can claim as bars are slippy anyway and I feel like I can still work. Unless the hospital tell me something is damaged.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If the floors of the workplace are slippery and there is no cleaning regime or effort from the employer to reduce or minimise the risk of injury, you can pursue a claim against your employers insurance for the injuries sustained.

      If you haven’t already done so, make a report within the employers accident book listing what happened, when and what injuries were sustained.

      If you would like to make a claim, please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you and we’ll be happy to get our specialist Solicitors to help you make a No Win No Fee claim for compensation.

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  41. paul mison

    ive only been working for this company for 2 months, and suffered an injury to my knee and head not y fault, can i claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The length of time you have been employed is irrelevant and will not prevent you from pursuing a claim against your employer if the injuries can be attributed to their negligence.

      Call us on 01225430285 to further discuss your injuries and the work you are doing so that we can help you understand whether or not you can make a claim.

      Reply
  42. Tracey

    On 1st August 2019 I got hurt at work when I was hit in my right eye by a coil of bailing wires. I have been going to physical therapy ever since and having really bad headaches. On July 20th I went to see my neurologist again and they have now released me on to full duty with no restrictions even though I told him that I am still having really bad headaches. However, he said to go back to work and push myself and said that it would probably make me feel better. I still have to go to physical therapy for 2-4 weeks and have to go back and see him in a month to see how I’m doing a work. What should I do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Although it may not feel right, it is hard to argue with the advice of a medical professional. Therefore, it is probably sensible to follow their advice and return to work. If you find that work is worsening your symptoms or making you feel unwell, you should take further leave and seek a period of absence.

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  43. joanne

    My partner has worked for 27 years in a warehouse some flatpack he moved was stacked incorrectly and fell on his foot he had injury to his ankle took photos of flat pack and injury had 3 weeks off work with sick notes went back to work for 2 shifts and then got suspended for investigation and cctv used clearly showing flatpack falling he now has disciplinary next week they saying his fault it fell and clearly stating they think it was planned with him taking photos his manual handling training is saying April 2020 and it was April 2019 statements have been put in from his friend who witnessed which is on cctv but cos his friend was on his phone and his head bent down on cctv they saying he couldn’t have seen the accident when he was facing my partner and only shows tops of heads on cctv and one of the managers has put he thinks my partner has told his friend what to say when it clearly shows on cctv the flatpack falling he had phone consultation with doctor and has pictures of his injury they trying to say he pulled the flatpack incorrectly and it was his fault and disciplinary for gross misconduct can they actually sack him when it wasn’t his fault can he request cctv that other managers have already seen with him on it it was reported in accident book after he took photos so they saying cos he took photos first they saying falsifying documentation and breach of health and safety but the training was a year ago and the cctv to them is the falsifying documentation everything happened what is on cctv and in my partners statement and his witness but they saying its his fault has he got a good case if they sack him thankyou

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There are two issues here – one relates to the injury at work (an area we can assist with) and the 2nd relates to employment law and his rights under such legislation. If the employer disciplines or dismisses him, he should seek immediate employment law advice regarding the process and his rights.

      In terms of the injury to his ankle, if your Husband didn’t stack the items that fell on to him, he may have a valid right to pursue a claim. We would certainly be happy to assist with a possible claim for compensation. If he would like to take this further, he should call us on 01225430285 or he can ask us to call him if he prefers.

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  44. Lewis

    Ok so for the 7 questions thats in this article I said no to all of them…I recently got cut by hedge trimmers at work…it was very deep on my middle finger and not as deep on my pointer finger…my concern is the guards to the trimmers were removed by my employer some time before I started the job…is he responsible for my injury as I feel it could of been avoided or not as bad had the guards been in place…any help on what to do would be appreciated…

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If an employer has removed safety guards from a potentially dangerous machine, that is employer negligence. As you have then sustained a very serious injury that the removed safety guards could have prevented, you have a valid right to make a claim.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or reach out to us on email (justice@direct2compensation.co.uk) if you would like further help.

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  45. Simon

    I’ve been on full pay from work for four months now after I had a fall at work on 23.3.2020. My work have sent me to see a private Doctor who has said that I could return to work on light duties as of next month, but work has not paid me this week. Do you no why they would have done this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We have no idea why your employer hasn’t paid you – have you used up the full allowance of sick pay? Clearly, this is something you should discuss wity the employer.

      In terms of the initial cause of these issues – the fall at work in March, you may have a right to claim compensation for the injuries. Even though your employer has paid your salary, you can still make a claim if you would like.

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  46. Steven

    I had a fall at work broke my wrist and was made to work with a cast on,after 3 weeks the pain got worst an i told my boss I had to have a week of for it to heal.that night he came took the van an told me i was lieing then sacked me.7 month’s later I came back fell through a roof broke my pelvis and ribs and now he says I wasn’t working for him and left me with nothing again.they work with no safty in place at all if nets were up I would of been ok an not hit the floor.can I claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please call our team on 01225430285 so that we can take some further details and help you make claims for personal injury compensation. It would appear that the employer has been negligent and as such, you have a right to pursue personal injury compensation claims for the injuries you have sustained at work.

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  47. Terri

    My husband was working at work and was bent over working away….
    Then four internal walls fell on him from behind…landing on his back (they was not meant to be there) my husband ended up going through the wall and was stuck under these internal walls. He managed to get free….This was logged in the accident book and he was sent to accident and emergency. There would also be cctv of this.
    How does it stand regarding him going back to work? Can he still go back to work on pain killers and still put in a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Returning to work has no impact whatsoever on an injured workers right to pursue a claim for compensation after being injured in an accident at work. If your husband is fit enough to return to work, he can do so. If he is not fit enough, he should take further leave until he is able to work safely.

      The only difference an extended period of time away from work can make to a claim is likely to be in terms of the loss of income element of any claim.

      The accident description you have provided indicates that your Husband has a valid right to make a claim and this is something we can help him to pursue. Please call us on 01225430285 to further discuss this matter with us and start the process. Alternatively, you can contact me directly via email for further help – ian@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  48. m.w

    I’m a young female recently employed with hcc.i recently got attacked and hit by a client in the left eye, and hit on the stomach all in the same week. I worked a few days after but I’m now on four weeks sick off and still getting medical help with my eye.my employer is, however, pushing me to attend a probational meeting, which she says will still take place even in my absence.
    I am also been pressured to attend an occupational review about the eye, which I told the manager I’m not able to due to my current eye problem, as my ear also started aching and I cannot receive phone calls.i also get help from a second person as with the blurry vision and headaches I have due to my eye I cannot manage my day to day activities, as I live in a flat.
    I feel like my employer wants to sack me because I’m on probation and currently not going to work. please advise me what is best for me to do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The probationary meeting is separate to the incidents at work in which you were injured and if you are able to attend, you should do so. If you are unfit to attend, you should inform the employer in writing and provide a Doctors note.

      The area that we may be able to help you with relates to a potential claim against the employers insurance for the physical and emotional injuries caused to you in the incidents at work. If you would like to discuss the potential to claim compensation with us, please call us on 01225430285.

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  49. Rich

    I have just received my accident report and managers report, false information , and lied about a witness to say I said this false information, ie my fault, the accident report was filled in with someone completely different, when I reported the accident I was informed that accident form on the computer will be completed later by the same manager that lied. The manager and the false witness did not do the accident report with me and not present
    . The manager have had other previous reports incorrect, missing and misinterpreted. When challenged she used HR to cover.
    I am still on sick leave because of this injury and added stress.This have lost my pay benefits and trust in my manager and company. Could this jeopardize a claim and how can I return to work with this company after these lies about me

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The false information contained in the accident report could jeopardise your claim if it is accepted as fact. To this end, you need to challenge the accuracy of the report IMMEDIATELY and IN WRITING to the employer. You need to inform them of the misleading information and provide a correct statement of fact to them regarding the accident and what was said to you and by whom it was said.

      If you would like help making your claim, please call us on 01225430285.

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  50. Robert

    I work for a security company who are hired by a facilities company I Had a fall on 20/05/20 down a staircase I informed my superior that there was a problem on 05/05/20 was told that I would be on a disciplinary if I didn’t do the patrol after my fall the building owners came and eventually screwed the stairs edgings down but the concrete is very old and is breaking up and on the 09/07/20 I had another fall I have managed to work through it all I am now being told I am doing it on purpose we don’t have an accident book only an A4 sheet of paper to record accidents we only started doing these new patrols earlier this year I have repeatedly asked for a risk assessment but this has not been forthcoming and I have been told I could be removed from site by the facilities company ?????

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You describe clear employer negligence and the accidents you have had on the stairs at work are matters for which you can pursue claims for personal injury compensation.

      We would be very happy to help you with this. Please call us on 01225430285 to take this further. Alternatively, you can ask us to call you if you prefer.

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  51. John

    Good evening
    I’m working and on call. I was called out and on my had four hours sleep. I should of been sent home to rest but they told me I have to work my hours and then go home.
    Now as I was forced to stay I was tired and walking down the steps I turned and tore my meniscus. Now if I was at home then I would of not of torn my meniscus as would of been in bed, Can you still claim for injury as now I’m sidelined for 6 weeks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have up to 3 years from the date of an injury to make a claim for personal injury compensation, therefore you are within the time limit. The issue you will face is proving that your employer caused your injury.

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  52. Alex

    Hi, I work for a wholesaler and was tasked with erecting covid 19 screens at work. I was given no training, just a brief sent down via email on how to do it. I’ve been informed that there was no risk assessment done before the work was carried out either. As a result I’ve cut some of my middle finger off with a stanley knife which has resulted in me having to go to hospital 3 times having tie knots, liquid acid and burning to stop the bleeding. I was in a sling for just under a week and i’m currently having dressing changes at my local gp surgery. Also I’m on light duties and amended hours for the last two weeks which is being extended tomorrow for a further two weeks. I’d like to add on the day of the accident my boss had me going around in my own vehicle trying to source the materials which resulted in me missing numerous breaks. On returning to the branch I was told to get straight on with the work. I was due to leave work at 2.30pm as I had started at 6am so I managed to squeeze in about a 20 minute break. I also had to use my own power tools to do this work. It was 3.40pm when I sliced a chunk out of my middle finger. I was not seen by a first aider I had to find a colleague to stop the bleeding for me then I was told to go to hospital. I couldn’t drive my manual vehicle to hospital with my finger in this condition so I called my partner to come and pick me up to take me to hospital some what 20 to 30 minutes after. I have to be honest I wasn’t intending on making a claim but today they’ve had me in the office to try to change my hours and shift pattern which will result in me losing about £500 a month. As you can tell I’m not very happy about this and it has made me think that I’m being treated unfairly so I’d like to know where I would stand on making a claim for the injury to my finger due to there negligence.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      For the majority of people who are injured in an accident at work, the thought of making a claim against the employer isn’t something that they really want to have to go through with. Indeed, as with your situation it is often the way that they are treated after their accident at work that motivates them in to making a claim for personal injury compensation. Given your description of the injury you have sustained (and how it happened) and how the employer appears to have treated you, you have every right to make a claim.

      You cite two areas of interest that indicate you may have a valid claim for personal injury compensation. 1, no risk assessment and 2, no specific training on the work involved. As such, there is certainly an indication of employer negligence and that would warrant further work on this matter for you.

      We have specialist Solicitors who can help you to understand your rights and help you claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis for the injury to your finger, the impact that injury has had on your day-to-day life and also recover loss of income and incurred costs from your employers insurance cover.

      To further discuss this matter with our team, please call us on 01225430285. Alternatively, we can call you if you prefer. Initially we would only need a few minutes with you to obtain some initial information about you, the injury and your work so that we could then pass this to one of our specialist accident at work Solicitors and they would then contact you in more detail to commence the claim for compensation.

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  53. R.N.R

    My boss keeps making me do physical work in the office even after the doctor states I can only do sedentary work. What should I do? She also belittles me and tries to provoke me in front of another colleague.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your Doctor has written to the employer/provided written advice, you should remind the employer of this in writing and make mention of the issues you cite here. If the employer then ignores that and you sustain further or worsened injuries, you can pursue a claim for personal injury compensation against the employer.

      Reply
  54. Spencer bennett

    I work as a driver for Tesco I hurt my back at work been of work for a week I’ve will be of for about 3 week I’ve been to the hospital. Will I get payed I’m full

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not you will receive your usual pay will depend on the contract that the employer has with their staff. UK law does not require an employer to pay staff their usual salary if they are off work through injury or illness – even if the injury was caused in an incident at work.

      You may have the right to make a claim for personal injury compensation depending on the nature of your back injury and how it was sustained. We would like to speak with you about the injury and cause so that we can ascertain whether or not we can pursue a claim for you. If you can claim compensation, you could recover compensation for the injury and pain and also recover any lost income.

      To get further help, please call us on 01225430285. Alternatively, you can ask us to call you or you can email us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

      Reply
  55. Inge

    I had an accident in work on a ride on cleaner i ended up having my foot stuck between the cleaner and the wall.
    I was partly to blaim, but i found out after that the person who actually gave the training over a year ago wasn’t qualified to do so.What do i do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you’ve been injured in an accident at work that can be fully or even partially attributed to inadequate or improper training, the employer has been negligent and you have a right to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

      We can help you make your claim, so please call us on 01225430285 or if you prefer, ask us to call you and our team will be in touch to help you.

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  56. Katia

    My Father works as a dish washer and he has slipped twice. The first time his leg was injured and badly bruised and today his head hit the floor hard.
    My question is what should he do in this case we don’t have enough money to lose the job but he is hurt. This is the second time he has slipped at his work and he is hurt. What should I do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should ensure that the details of the accidents at work are recorded correctly within the employers accident book. He should state what caused him to slip and what injuries he has sustained. Your Father should also ensure that he reports his injuries to his Doctor or Hospital.

      If he is fit enough to work, he can work without jeopardising his right to make a claim. However, if he needs some time off to recover, he should take some time off – even without pay, to ensure he recovers.

      We can help your Father make a claim for compensation for the injuries sustained at work. If successful, our Solicitors would obtain compensation for the injuries and also recover any lost income. You don’t need to worry about paying legal costs either. Our No Win No Fee service means that your Father won’t have to pay any costs if his claim fails.

      Reply
  57. Monrique

    I had a operation on my right index finger hand sanitizer was the cause of it

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Have you reported the injury to the provider of the hand sanitiser? Was this at your workplace?

      Reply
  58. Joao

    Hi good afternoon,
    On the 9th of June due to excessive pressure put into my right knee during works to my employee in his property, I did get a knee injury where pain,swallow and impossibility to perform any normal works to my employer and in my own business as I did try on the 10th,13th and 15th of June not being able to carry more then 2 or 3 hours and ending up in bad situation again I did engage my GP and went to A&E when I was told that I was with a knee inflammation and I have being issued with a Not fit to work note.I did notice that duri g this process my employer was always trying to come out with was not at work situation.After I ask if he was going to activate the insurance and after wait 2 weeks with no feedback I have been called to a meeting where I was told that the employement contract renew on the 6th August was not going forward and that my only intetlement was ssp as insurance company answered that I was not entitled to nothing.Is this situation normal under employee rights and accidents at work rights?
    Regards

    Joao dos Santos

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This is a matter that our Solicitors can advise you on and will help you understand whether or not you can pursue a claim for compensation.

      Reply
  59. John

    I had a injury on council property while at work but emplyer isn’t to blame.-Can I still claim against the council

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim against whoever was responsible for your accident. What was the cause of your injury? If you believe that the landowner has been at fault and is liable for your injuries, call us on 01225430285 (or ask us to call you). We’ll discuss the accident details with you and help you start your claim for compensation.

      Reply
  60. Leigh

    a colleague used improper cleaning methods in a kitchen at work and as a result I slipped on boiling water, causing sever burns to my foot and ankle where there was no wet floor sign, and also banged my head very hard on the floor. I had to have 2 weeks off work and had to push my employer to even pay me SSP. Do I have a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You absolutely have a valid claim for personal injury compensation. The cause of you slipping and sustaining injury would appear to be due to more than one negligent action, so it would appear to be a strong claim.

      Please call us on 01225430285 to start your claim. If you would prefer that we call you, tell us about your claim and we’ll call you.

      Reply
  61. Vivienne

    My gardener slipped on wet grass and banged his head on a wall. Am I liable?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is unlikely that liability would attach in such a circumstance. However, if your employee had previously mentioned that the area was dangerous when wet and that they felt it unsafe to work their in such conditions and you ignored that, there could be a case to answer.

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  62. Joe

    I have severed the tendons in my right ring finger at work and had to have an opp , I’m now off for 3-6 months on sick pay which is £79 , I’m a car mechanic and was being put under a lot of strain to get everything done on my own , have I got a claim ?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given the severity of your injury and the loss of income, you have every right to attempt to pursue a claim against your employers insurance for both the injury and loss of income. We would be only too happy to help you in this process. To find out more about our No Win No Fee service and how we can help you, please call us on 01225430285 or you can ask us to call you if you prefer.

      Reply
  63. Karen

    I have hurt my back at work, been signed off for a month, been given strong painkillers, only done 2 weeks still have the rest to go, it all happened as the company is not watching there staff to make sure they are doing the right thing and using the right equipment, can I claim.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 to start your claim. Your employer has a duty of care towards you if you are doing lifting or handling items of weight at work. If the employer has failed in that regard, you have a valid claim for compensation and we would be happy to help you.

      Reply
  64. Emily

    I had an accident at work due a malfunction of the HGV vehicle that I was driving and ended up breaking my wrist. My doctors advised that I could drive as I have a splint not a cast but needed to be on lighter duties so no pushing or pulling cages, when I spoke with my manager they said that I didn’t need a sick note and that they could accommodate the light duties. 4 weeks down the line they’re now saying that without a sick note they will put me back to normal duties. I phoned the doctors and they’re struggling to get time to produce it due to the current pandemic. The doctors assistant has emailed me to say that he is awaiting the doctor to complete this and explained what the letter will cover but my employer is still demanding I go back to normal duties. Where do I stand with this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You mention that the vehicle you were driving had a malfunction and that this caused your injury. If the malfunction can be proven (was it reported and investigated?), you could pursue a claim against your employer for the injury and any associated loss of income.

      The employer is within their rights to require a sick note, but given the obvious nature of your injury, they should work with you regarding the issues you are having with your GP.

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  65. Sebastian Samuel

    My mother works within the NHS. She was punched by a patient in 2014. Sh was left with slightly loose teeth. In 2017, they got so wobbly and painful that the dentist had to remove them. She now has to use dentures. The accident occured over the 3 year time limit but she realised the full effects of the accidents less than 3 years ago. Can she claim? The reason she did not claim was because she feared it would affect her job and was not aware how the process worked. Can she still make a valid claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Notwithstanding the long term impact of the incident you mention, your Mother is sadly out of limitation under the statute on personal injury matters and cannot now make a claim as more than 3 years has passed since the date of the incident.

      Reply
  66. Carolyn Gulliford

    I tripped at work and I had only just started the job. I immediately informed the Manager of the premises and he had obstacle which was lying across the walkway removed (I am a contract cleaner).

    I informed my manager and requested that the trip was added to the accident book. I was informed that I would be able to fill in the accident book by her emailing me the form. This happend on Friday 12/6/20 after several requests I still haven’t received the form. I have back pain and leg pain from this fall and I am worried as it is very painful.

    I went to the hospital and was given pain killers and advised to rest. If I am unable to fill in the accident book because I am being obstructed to do so, is the company in breach of health and safety laws? Also, as I have ongoing pain, can I make a claim for compensation?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have a valid right to make a claim for compensation and we can assist you with this. As the employer is being awkward with regards to the accident book, we would recommend writing your own accident record and sending it to them via email with a formal request that it be added to their records.

      The item you tripped over should not have been in situ and therefore, you are likely to succeed with your claim.

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  67. David svenski

    I reported on many occasions on daily check logs for the vehicle that the step on my works van was loose and the clips where missing which held the step into the right position nothing was done about this. I was injured due to this. And i also haven’t had any training on heavy lifting amongst other things.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As you have previously reported the faulty step and missing clips on your vehicle to your employer, they are obliged to act and ensure that the fault is inspected and repaired. As they have failed to act on the report of a risk to health and you have subsequently suffered an injury at work because of the fault you had previously reported, you are in a strong position to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation against them.

      If you have not already done so, please report the details of your accident at work to the employer (in writing) in an accident book or other similar incident reporting log.

      We feel that you have a strong claim and will be in touch to offer further help and pursuit of a claim for compensation.

      Reply
  68. Helen

    I have slipped on a wet floor in work and there was no “wet floor” sign in place.
    I have a laceration to my elbow which has restricted movement in my arm. Where do I stand with this with regards to compensation?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have a valid right to make a claim for compensation against the employers insurance cover and we would be very happy to assist you with this on a No Win No Fee basis.

      To find out more about your options and how we can help you make a claim for compensation, please call us on 01225430285 or if you prefer, you can make further contact with us directly via email to justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

      Reply
  69. John

    I’m hurt, two times now, I must have surgery, to remove deep splinter, my boss threatening me not to use his insurance, don’t know what to do.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      What threats is your boss making to you? If you are being injured at work through their negligence in terms of health and safety, you have every right to make a claim.

      If you would like our help in better understanding your rights and options, or if you want to make a claim, please call us on 01225430285.

      Reply
  70. Abbie

    Hello. My sister’s boyfriend had an accident at work while changing a tire. The type blew off and hit him. He has pulled the ligaments in his arm and broken his wrist in two places. The hospital have said that he may need a metal plate put into his arm. The tire was on a tractor which he has not been trained to deal with. Since the accident, his employer has refused to pay him.
    Is he able to claim compensation and should he receive full pay while he is off due to this injury

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The lack of training from the employer regarding the specific task he was being asked to perform could well be relevant in terms of making a claim for personal injury compensation and to recover lost wages.

      We can help with this matter and invite the injured party (or you/your sister on his behalf if he is in too much discomfort/in Hospital) to call us on 01225430285 to further discuss how we can help with a No Win No Fee claim. Alternatively, you can ask us to call you or make further contact with us by email to: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  71. Alexandro

    I got cut with razor wire at work 6 months ago it was a deep cut in my left forearm now my arm feels uncomfortable in pain and stiff this happened on video game tournament we were filming the razor wire was a being used as a prop and was a dangerous object to have in the property of the studio never got therapy or anything was released to go to work the next day now my arm is uncomfortable to work

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Having razor wire as a prop seems like a crazy decision and was clearly an accident waiting to happen. It would appear that you have a strong claim for compensation due to employer negligence.

      Reply
  72. Matt

    Hi. I chopped off the tip of my middle finger on my left hand. I put my hand into a cutting machine that had no safety guarding fitted at the time, I had no relevant training in the 6 months I had been working for the company at this point. However it happened in the department that I managed and was responsible for. Would this last point make it impossible for me to claim.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The last point wouldn’t make it impossible for you to claim, but there could be some contributory negligence held against you that may impact on the final value of your settlement. That said, we still feel you would succeed with a claim and we would be happy to get our Solicitors on to this for you.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or contact our team for further help with this by email at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

      Reply
  73. Samantha

    Hello. My daughter was at work and had to run to a code. She tripped on a wire outside and broke her pinky finger. We now found out that she needs to get surgery to have pins placed in her hand. what are her rights?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The wire was a hazard to health that should not have been present and the employer or property owner is likely to be liable. This is a matter that would warrant a claim for personal injury compensation and something we can help with.

      If it hasn’t already been done, we would recommend that an accident book entry or incident report is made with the employer and that if possible, photographic evidence of the wire that caused her to fall is obtained.

      If your daughter would like our help, please ask her to call us on 01225430285.

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  74. Andrew

    I have a permanent injury that I live with caused by work some years ago that every few years requires treatment. Bursitis initially and ruptured tendons in right knee that give continuous pain. It was caused by repetition at work initially and flares up again and again. I work for Nissan motor manufacturing. I initially did not want to put claim in because of career progression.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      In order to pursue a claim for compensation for injuries caused at work, you must act within 3 years of the date of the injury, or the date at which you became aware of the injury.

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  75. Helen

    I have had an accident at work , I fell badly and injured my knee and leg , I tripped over ground plants and caught my foot in it , I’m a contractor who works permanently onsite , although my employers have been very supportive, I’m concerned that if I made a claim it would be against the client who I work for , and obviously concerned about my future employment.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your concern is a commonly aired one by anyone injured in an accident at work. The law is clear, in that if you are injured in an accident that was otherwise avoidable – and in this situation, that would appear to be the case – you have a legal right to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation against whoever is the responsible party for the site of the accident. Further, you cannot be discriminated against for acting legally and exercising a right to pursue a claim for damages.

      Clearly, you need to consider your options before deciding which course of action you should take. In terms of making a claim, you must do so within 3 years of the date of the accident – although it is always wise to act sooner rather than later if you are to make a claim. It is important that your accident has been reported and that any evidence (photographs etc) are obtained if possible. Given the fact that you have been injured and the injury may impact on future events and your day-to-day life, you certainly have a right to make a claim.

      We would be very happy to help you to further understand your rights and evaluate your claim. You can contact us on 01225430285 or you can liaise further with us by email to justice@direct2compensation.co.uk if you prefer.

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  76. Richard

    I had tennis elbow around 5 years ago.had all treatment and full recovery.2 weeks ago in another job I tried carrying a 10kg bucket and re injured my arm. Due to the current covid situation, I am unable to see a doctor face to face so had a telephone physiotherapy consulation.

    I consider the injury to be more painful and awkward this time. Can I make a claim on this incident with my arm being damaged before? Any advice would be great.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The fact that you have re-injured your elbow or exacerbated a pre-existing condition will not prevent you from making a claim. The only impact an old or pre-existing condition can have on a claim can relate to the final settlement value (if it is found that some element of the ‘new’ injury relates to the ‘old injury’).

      In your case, you can pursue a claim if you believe that your employer was negligent towards you. As you sustained the injury whilst lifting at work, we would be keen to know what manual handling training, if any, your employer has provided and how they have ensured that you can lift and move items safely at work.

      Please call our team on 01225430285 so that we can further discuss your new elbow injury with a view to helping you pursue a claim for compensation.

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  77. Bailey

    I’m a Certified Nursing Assistant. Since the covid-19 situation started, the other aide that was there to help me get everyone dressed and ready for the day etc was laid off, so I’ve been doing it alone – even the heavy lifting every morning.

    All of us aides are saying the workload is a lot, I worked Thursday and Friday and I woke up Saturday morning and couldn’t turn my head to the right and had horrible pain on my right shoulder and side of my neck. It’s now Sunday night and it’s still painful. Could this be from my job?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There is every likelihood that the muscle/soft tissue injury causing you the pain and limited range of movement in your neck and shoulder is related to your workload and the heavy lifting you are doing.

      Our advice at this stage would be two things. Firstly, seek medical attention for the injury and have it noted on your medical records. You should also speak with your Doctor and state what work you do and how the pain has developed after much heavy lifting at work. Secondly, it is important that your injury is recorded with the employer in their incident reporting system. You should record the injury as work related and make note of the lack of help given the reduction in staff.

      We would like to help you further with a possible claim for compensation as a result of the injury to your neck/shoulder. If you would like to take this further, please call us on 01225430285.

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  78. Mark

    My partner was working as a Carer in a non nhs mental health facility. There was a new admission which after several weeks had a psychotic episode and the police were called to handle the situation. Upon arrival the police informed my partner that the new admission was hepatitis C positive. There had been no information or safety guild lines put in place and when questioned the manager said she was unaware that the new admission was hepatitis C positive. Would she be able to make a claim against this gross dereliction of health and safety in the work place?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employer has failed the staff in the scenario you describe as they have failed to ensure that all staff are aware of the risks present whilst working in the environment. However, a claim for personal injury compensation can only follow if an injury (or illness) has been caused as a result. In this case, you mention that the individual was known to have Hepatitis C. Therefore, if your partner has developed Hepatitis C due to the employers failing to warn her, she can make a claim and should contact us immediately.

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  79. Kim

    Do I have the right to see security footage from my employer if something happened to me there?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law is somewhat ambiguous in this scenario. The employer is not obliged to allow you to view the footage and there is no law that prevents them from allowing you to view the footage!

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  80. Valerie

    Hi I fell at work when another employee was washing the floor with a hose. I slipped and fell heavily, breaking my leg badly and I then had surgery on Feb 25th and further surgery on the 27th Feb. It is now June and I still can’t go back to work and I am on OW and worked overtime get WSIB and OW takes it all and when I was working I was allowed to make money but know I am on WSIB and OW I am not allowed and it wasn’t my fault can you help?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you were caused to slip due to a wet floor and the employer had failed to erect any hazard warning signage to indicate that the area may be unduly slippery, you should pursue a claim for personal injury compensation.

      In the UK, employers are required by law to ensure that the workplace is as safe as possible and that all risks to health, including slip risks are indicated so that employees can attempt to avoid serious injury. That obligation appears to have been breached in your workplace and as such, you can pursue a claim against the employer for negligence.

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  81. Karen McCann

    Hi there I am currently off work sick due to back problem. I work for the MSK physiotherapy dept administration due to sitting on a chair that was not fit for purpose. Occupational Health have been in touch and on the report stated I am not fit to return to work at present due to the medication that am taking and the pain I am in.

    I’ve had an MRI scan and the results show very intrusive wear and tear in my spine causing me nerve pain. I am 59 years old (just). I have had no treatment at present due to Covid-19 and I am still waiting to see a clinician face to face to discuss treatment. I have been off for 5 months. I am now suffering severe anxiety and stress wondering which way this is going. I have paid into my NHS pension and I am not sure if they will finish me on the grounds of ill health as my job entails sitting for long periods (which has caused the problem) and I cannot stand for long periods. At current, I am getting full pay which will fall to half pay after 6 months. I am applying for PIP. The reason I am writing is again I am not sure which way to go. I have already been told by my GP and the pain clinic that if I return to work, my pain and condition will be exacerbated. Could you advise me please.
    .

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given the severity of the condition you are suffering with and the pain and discomfort caused to you, it is no surprise that you are feeling anxious and worried about the future. Our initial view is that you should pursue a claim for personal injury compensation against the employer as it would appear that a major factor in your condition is the inadequate chair that your employer has provided you with. The fact that Occupational Health has reported on this will provide helpful evidence to support a specialist Solicitor in pursuit of your claim.

      Of course, there is likely to be age related degeneration that will also need to be considered and it is therefore unlikely that you would be able to hold your employer 100% liable for the full extent of the damage, but that will be decided by appropriately qualified medical experts.

      In terms of pursuit of a claim, if successful a Solicitor would obtain a sum of compensation for the injury – based on the long term condition, the pain, discomfort and disruption to your day-to-day life and also look to recover any loss of income and other costs should you face those too.

      If you would like to take this further and discuss this with us, provide please your contact number so that our team can contact you. Initially we can advise on the nature of making a No Win No Fee claim, obtain some further basic details and then pass this matter to one of our specialist Solicitor experts to consider in detail and advise you accordingly.

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  82. AC

    Hi im working at skilled nursing facility one of our patient attack me directly to my face but i defend my self and and hold his hand and we fell on the floor while hes hand holding my chest rolling on the floor.. i got scratches on my neck and my chest but after 3 to 4 hours my body was so painful and i know something wrong im suffering back pain so bad.. what is the best thing to do first .. THANK YOU

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is vitally important that two things happen urgently. We advise that you seek medical attention for your injuries and have them diagnosed and noted on your medical records. You should also ensure that a record of the incident is made with the employer in an incident report or accident book.

      Once this has done, you can contact us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you so that we can ascertain whether or not you can pursue a claim for personal injury compensation and if so, we’ll help you start your No Win No Fee claim for personal injury compensation.

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  83. Marie

    I have asked my employers for my record when I had an accident – a document I signed. Employers are refusing to provide me with a copy – is this legal. Many thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Rather bizarrely, employers (or any other organisation for that matter) are not obliged to provide a copy or sight of a copy of an accident book record when requested to do so, unless compelled by a court order or via a legal frame work such as a freedom of information (FOI) request. Whist there is no need for them to withhold sight of the record from you, many employers do choose to retain confidentiality to their records unless they receive an order or legal request to release the same.

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  84. Izzy

    Hi, yesterday I had an incident at work where I had to go to A&E and have my ankle glued due to when I was pulling the milk trolley it caught on my ankle and made a deep cut. I was wondering if there is anything that I can claim for that due to me not being able to walk properly now for the next week and I don’t get sick pay yet as I’ve been at the job for 2 weeks?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As the milk trolley has caused such a nasty injury, there is certainly a possibility that a claim could succeed. Of course, we need to know more before we can be certain but we would like to speak with you and investigate this matter further.

      Please call our team on 01225430285 or ask us to call you so that we can help you further with your claim.

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  85. Christian

    I was leaving work the other day and my boss grabbed a hold of my finger and broke it. He ended up smacking me in the face when on the clock and we had a little brawl. He only expecting me to be off a week and then be back to work. I want to sue him. Do I have a case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Did you report this incident to the Police at all? Your injuries were a criminal assault and should be reported as such.

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  86. Brendan Pound

    Hello I have a debilitating wrist condition and is being made much worse by my heavy manual lifting job. I have told my employer and have been off sick a few times with it. I am told there are no light duty’s but I don’t feel they are trying to find any. I just try and get through work without a fuss but I am in agony some days and feel rather overlooked. I have dropped a glass bin today as my wrist couldn’t handle the weight and I will fill an accident report in after work. Unfortunately my wrist condition kiensbock disease will never heal and lead to arthritis eventually my employer is aware of this but continue to put me in heavy work five days a week. I believe they want me to leave due to not being capable to do my job but I think they could make reasonable adjustments which they disagree with.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, employers are not obliged to change the work of an employee if their health changes during the course of their employment. Employees are entitled to request reasonable changes and employers are obliged to consider whether they can make reasonable adjustments. However, if the employer is unable to make such changes, they may end up legally terminating an employees position if the employee is unfit to perform the duties that they were employed to perform.

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  87. Rosie

    Hi, I had an injury at work and hurt my back. I was off with severe sciatica for 5 weeks. This was just before the Lockdown, I went back to work for one day and then we were laid off. I’ve just received a letter to say they are terminating my employment now due to unsatisfactory attendance as they extended my probation over the furlough period. Can I make a claim for an accident at work?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We can certainly look in to pursuit of a claim for personal injury compensation for you. As your back was injured at work, there is a possibility that the injuries could be attributed to employer negligence and we could therefore pursue a claim for you via our specialist Solicitors on our easy to understand No Win No Fee service.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or if you prefer, ask us to call you so that we can further discuss your injury and help you pursue your claim for personal injury compensation.

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  88. Steve

    Do I have claim against my employer due to a major stroke at work , from lack of support and stress which has left me with no feeling on my left hand side and with cps ( central post stroke pain ) this is server pain I have to life with every minute of the day, I have a email from my employer which states that my old job role may be to stressful to return to , I look forward to you response

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The difficulty in making such a claim is proving a causal link between your stressful job and the stroke that you suffered. Whilst your work may have been stressful, proving that it caused a stroke is a very different matter.

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  89. Michael

    I’ve had an ongoing problem now for just short of a year which is a work related injury. I was diagnosed March 2020 with Carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. Before the coronavirus hit, my employer was unwilling to move me to another department telling me it was beneficial to them even though there are other job opportunities for me. Now the coronavirus has put the UK in lockdown. They have furloughed me since the end of March 2020. I received an email 11th May 2020 to tell me that they are operating at 50% staff capacity but I have reason to believe this is false as I had to make a trip to my work place to collect some tools for DIY at home when I noticed I was the only one still furloughed. It was confirmed from my supervisor who informed me that everyone is back to work but me. I have also received an email saying that I may be made redundant and that they could not confirm whether or not I would return to my position. I feel like I’m being discriminated against for my work related injuries. Please can you advise the best option for me?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can help you further with your enquiry. Our team would like to take some additional information relating to your injury, when your symptoms developed, your work and some personal details etc, so that we can present your enquiry in detail to our specialist Solicitors and get you the advice you need.

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  90. JK

    Hi,

    A friend of mine worked in the fabrication department, which involves cutting and shaping metal parts to be used in manufacture. He is required to cut metal using a very sharp electronic saw, which had an automatic cut-out mechanism, which is triggered if anything non-metallic crosses a certain point on the saw. He found this very frustrating, because it often meant that the saw cut out when he is positioning an awkward bit of metal. He made a number of complaints to his Supervisor about this. He worked out a way to disable the cut-out, which kept the saw moving when he was positioning a piece of metal. Unfortunately, one day it sliced through his arm. Will his employer be liable for his injury, at least contributorily?

    Many thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The accident scenario you describe is one that we would very much like to investigate as there is every prospect that the employer would have to accept all or at least the majority of liability in this matter.

      Please call our team for some further help and advice on 01225430285 or we can call you if you prefer.

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  91. Andrew Mulligan

    I got a divorce came back to Glasgow my job was with social services but in the mean time, I got a job cleaning windows. I was doing this for 3 weeks and never had training. It was raining one day and the ladder I had was too small. A bigger ladder came but the house was on an arch. The ladder was wobbly n taped n I was told from another colleague it was a 2 man job as I didn’t have experience and another person should have been holding the bottom of ladder. Well that didn’t happen and I fell 20 feet and had 10 minutes to live. I couldn’t walk for 7 months with 16 rods in a cage on my right leg and my bones sticking out my left with artery damaged. I dont know if I have any right to compensation as the employer is saying no.

    Can you give me advice please as I cant walk right for another year and a half and was just left to it.

    Kind regards

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We are able to get some specialist advice for you with a potential to pursue a claim against the employer. The employer has no right to decide whether or not you should be entitled to compensation for your injuries as this is a matter that needs to be considered by a specialist personal injury Solicitor.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or if you prefer, you can get us to call you to help you and give you the advice you need.

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  92. David

    I had both hands operated on over 20 years ago because of white finger after working in the motor trade using vibrating tools, ie Air chisels, grinders, sanders drills etc the company no longer exists is there any possibility of claiming for this industrial injury or as I expect I am far too late

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As you were aware of the ‘injuries’ to your hands over 3 years ago, you cannot now seek to make a claim.

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  93. Virendra

    Is an employee who remains medically unfit to resume their job due to having been injured whilst on duty in an accident at work, but the company is retrenching him – so is the employee entitled to earn their usual annual leave during the recovery period and their salary/bonus for the same period?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, an employee injured in an accident at work and cannot work due to their injuries is not guaranteed to receive their usual salary, performance bonus or any other lost income. Whether or not they will be paid during any absence from work will depend on the employers contract and what benefits that employer offers their workers. The legal situation is that the only entitlement an injured employee has is to receive statutory sick pay if they qualify for the same. Alternatively, they would have to seek Government benefits.

      Within the UK legal system, an employee injured in an accident at work that also causes them to lose income has a legal right to make a claim for personal injury compensation against the employers insurance cover. If they succeed with that claim, they can recover any loss of income (including performance or other bonuses that they would otherwise have earned) along with compensation for the pain and discomfort caused by their workplace injury.

      If you would like to further discuss the legal rights after an accident at work with us and find out how we and our specialist Solicitors may be able to help, please call us on 01225432085 or you can also ask us to call you if you prefer.

      In terms of annual leave, the entitlement to continue to receive the annual entitlement remains during the period of employment – whether you are injured and unable to work or not.

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  94. Tia Drayson

    My daughter was thrown from a horse at her part time job at a dealers yard, she was badly hurt, broken knee , severed ligament and bleeding kidneys. She ask d for an ambulance and the dealer refused her plea she begged him 5 times. And was refused. And indeed asked to get back on the horse. It’s not the first young girl who has been injured up there. She now can’t walk, can’t work. Does she have a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There could well be a valid claim against your daughters employers. All employers have a duty of care to ensure that all staff, whether part time, full-time or even temporary, are afforded proper training and that the risk of injury in the workplace is minimised. Even in workplaces where the inherent risks posed by the nature of the work are higher.

      It would be a prudent move to speak with us on the phone or via email so that our team can get some additional information that would help us to further evaluate the prospect of succeeding with a claim against the employer.

      To get further help, please call us on 01225430285. Alternatively, you can email our team via justice@direct2compensation.co.uk or ask us to call you.

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  95. Moon

    If an agency staff member gets hurt at work is the client legally obligated to let the agency know that their employer has been injured? Please bear in mind that the client has said they are not legally obligated to let the agency know that the worker was injured, however as the worker is the agency’s employee does the client legally have to let someone in the agency know? Also a claim has been made against the client by the injured worker and he’s been banned from working there forever, is this allowed or can action be taken against this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The agency IS the employer in this scenario, but they have contracted the worker to a 3rd party for the day or whatever period. In terms of an accident at work, the party for whom the injured person was working on that day would likely be the liable party, but the agency should be informed.

      As for whether the injured worker should be allowed to work at the same site again, the business facing the claim would be within their rights to not wish to have that worker on site again – albeit it seems churlish of them to make such a rule.

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  96. M. Rizwan

    Hi, just wanted to know if i have a valid claim?

    A friend of a friend wanted some cctv fitted to he’s property, which i agreed to install. Using my own tools to get the job done, as i was cabling at height using a ladder, which was held by below by the property owner, the ladders slipped which hence made me fall from height causing a severe injury. Which had taken me out of work for 5 to 6 months before going back to light duties again. just wanted to know if there is a claim present for either falling at property etc

    Thanks
    Riz

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Notwithstanding the severity of your injuries, it is hard to see how you could pursue a claim for compensation in this scenario. You have agreed to perform the work and have used your equipment to do so. The homeowner has assisted in holding the ladder, but to establish that they had been negligent and that this caused you to fall is likely to be impossible.

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  97. Dimitrios

    I was hurt at work, well I was ran over and my supervisor was called, he asked me didn’t I want to go to the hospital, he told me if you go you have to write down what happened and take a blood test, you smoke weed, I don’t think you want to do that. I think the driver of the truck I’m on is my supervisor’s friend and I found out my driver was popping pills the night before. My supervisor really made me feel as if I’m in the wrong because my driver ran me over, and I haven’t got help, I been scared, but my foot is killing me. I’m always in plan and I can’t take it, I don’t have the money I need to get help, my foot is hurting me really bad, please help me know my rights as a person.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      An employer should never pressure an employee in to NOT reporting the details of an accident at work. Regardless of the possible consequences to either the employer or the injured employee, it is vital that accidents at work are recorded. If you

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  98. Shaun

    I had an undiagnosed condition perithial arteries disease. Telling my work for 5 months asking for light duties but was told there is none if I can’t do it to go home. Had appointments booked after work hours to see doctor but ran in to overtime and was refused time off to go. So 5 months after asking constantly for light duties I’m having my leg amputated and I believe if I had light duties when asked and was allowed to see my doctor I would have known earlier about my disease and would have had 5 extra months to try prevent amputation. Would this be a claim as I have lost a lot of wages and now on longterm sick and likely to be fired due incapability.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Although you are now clearly facing very serious surgery and will face a period of rehabilitation before you can recover mobility and independence, in terms of pursuing a claim against your employer for negligence is unlikely to be possible based on the situation you describe.

      Whilst you could argue that your employer had a moral obligation to provide you light duties, under UK law, an employer is not obliged to provide light duties if they have no such duties available. An employee has the right to ask for light duties, but if they are not available, an employer can advise the worker to stay home until they are well enough to do the work that they have been employed to do. Therefore, in your case it is likely to be impossible to establish the causal (causation) link between your employers actions, your work and the situation in which you find yourself.

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  99. laura

    Hi

    I have had an existing injury to my knee which happened whilst I lived abroad last year. I had obtained physiotherapy in that country and got to a point where the physiotherapist was happy that my knee was strong enough to not need any more appointments.

    I have since returned to the UK and my knee has been getting stronger.
    However, as a result of the Covid19 situation, my current employer has redeployed myself from what is normally a desk based job and I am now working on a packing line within manufacturing. Whenever I received this instruction, I did raise that my knee was still recovering and that I did not feel that it would be suitable work. My employer has offered a stool so I can alternate between standing and sitting.
    Now, 3 weeks after being redeployed, my knee has worsened and I now have a limp. I again raised this with my employer expressing my discomfort and asking for alternative duties. I also asked if my employer would cover the cost of physiotherapy which I believe I will need to resume for the reason that my knee has worsened due to work. My employer has said no because the original injury did not happen in work.

    Can you please advise me on what rights I may have?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not you will be able to hold your employer liable for the worsening of your pre-existing condition is uncertain. Much will depend on the nature of the work you are employed to do and whether it is practical for the employer to alter your working environment in the way you need or whether you should simply have taken sick leave until your injury was stable enough for you to work.

      This is a matter our Solicitors can consider for you and if they feel that the employer hasn’t met their statutory obligation to ensure that the risk of injury was minimised, they would pursue a claim for you.

      Why not send us some more information using this claims form and we can then help you find out if you can make a claim for the cost of your physiotherapy and for the worsening of your injury.

      Reply
  100. Keonte

    Can u be punished for not seeing a doctor because of a work injury.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Nobody can face punishment for NOT seeking medical attention, certainly in terms of employment rights there is no requirement for someone to HAVE to see a Doctor if they are injured. However, if the worker is saying that they can’t work due to an injury, the employer would be within their rights to request a Doctors note as an official unfit to work requirement.

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  101. Layla

    Hi,
    I was pulling a full roll cage in a warehouse (I am always asked to do this by a superior when I am not sure it is part of my job role) and it went over my foot, I was seen to by a first aider and attended a&e for an x ray, nothing broken just sprained and loss of 2 nails. I’ve had to take a week off of work as I am unable to walk or put on a shoe without pain. I am not required to wear protective shoes just full in black shoes. Can you advise me in whether I would be able to make a claim? Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We would like to speak with you to find out more about the accident you had so that we can consider whether or not you would be able to make a claim against your employer for the injury to your foot. If we can establish negligence against the employer – a fault with the cage, a lack of training or some other issue that caused the cage to roll over your foot, you would have a valid claim.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you when it suits you.

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  102. Derek

    Hi Ian
    I was filling oil tanks above machines at work when I slipped down the mobile steps they used to access them I cut and grazed my arm I reported the accident it was put in the accident book I went to A&E I had a large Haematoma removed from my elbow had stitches and it was badly bruised I was told to inform my factory manager as soon as I was finished in A&E which I did. explained what happened he seemed concerned but then asked me if I was willing to do light duties on the Monday. The accident happened on the friday 2 days before. I went in on the Monday and explained to my department manager that I had spoken to the factory manager and the fact he had mentioned light duties and that I felt I was unable to work because of swelling and pain so I went home I then received a phone call from the HR department she asked me what happened so I told her she the asked me if I had checked the steps which I told her I hadn’t she asked me if I had been trained on them which I hadn’t.
    An employee who I work with mentioned that there was a check list which had to be filled in and signed. I was not shown the procedures of how to check it or how to fill in the form. On the day of the accident I just used the steps. There are 3 people that I work with at this unit which is in another location from the main factory there is no designated first aider i have been working for them for 8 months can I claim compensation? Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The lack of training and the employers failure to instruct you about the check list and how to ensure you could work safely, indicates employer negligence and my initial view is that you have a valid claim for personal injury compensation that should be pursued.

      We would very much like to help you claim compensation for the injuries and months of pain you have sustained and are available to offer support and advice immediately! Please call us on 01225430285 or if you would rather liaise directly with me, please forward your contact number to me at: ian@direct2compensation.co.uk and I’ll call you to help you further understand your rights and how we can help you.

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  103. Jamie

    Hi I was just wondering weather I had a valid claim. I was unloading a pallet in to a trolley to be transported on to the shop floor. As I was stepping on and off the pallet to retrieve the goods, I fell of the pallet and twisted my ankle resulting in a trip to a+e. where I found out I had badly sprained ankle resulting in having to take two weeks off work. even now over a month later my ankle still swells up causing me to limp and I can’t straighten my foot completely. When I got back to work I had to sign a form saying not to step on to the pallets. I would appreciate if u could give me info on if I have a claim or weather it is just my fault.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There may well be a valid claim here for you. The employer has clearly realised that stepping on and off pallets is a risk to health and have now informed you of that and asked you NOT to do so again. However, there is an argument that they should have provided this guidance and prevented such actions BEFORE you sustained your injury.

      We would like to further investigate whether or not you can make a claim. Therefore, please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you so that our team can discuss this with you and get this matter considered in detail by specialist Solicitors.

      Reply
  104. Curtis

    Hello. I am a Pipefitter and was diagnosed with OA of the hip approx 2 years ago. I continued to work thru it, consulted our nurse at work about it, and was at bi monthly doctor appointments. Two days ago my employer layed me off. Would I still be able to use my STD benefits, as they are going to continue benefits fir 90 days and my doctor would support me in this cause. Thanks. Curt

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is most likely that you would remain entitled to the benefits you mention.

      In terms of the injury to your hip, as the diagnosis was 2 years ago, you will soon be ruled out from making a claim if you have not already done so. Any claim must be made within 3 years of the date of diagnosis or ‘knowledge’ of the condition. Therefore, you should act quickly and contact us on 01225430285 to make a claim and find out how we can help you.

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  105. Laura

    I was taken on as a temp employee due to the corona virus, a such I have only been there since 28/3, today a fully loaded 6ft cage fell of the lowered tail lift onto me, I was on the floor with the cage on top of me. Attended hospital and no broken bones but substantial bruising & pain. I am resembling a map at the moment. Please advise on whether I have a claim – thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You definitely have a valid claim for personal injury. The fact that you are a temp employee and have not worked at this employer for long is irrelevant and will not prevent you from making a claim. My initial view is that you are likely to succeed and that this is a matter that should be pursued.

      Please email your contact number to me (ian@direct2compensation.co.uk) and I will contact you to further discuss your options and explain how we can help you.

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      • Laura

        Thank you, I will do in due course. I feel it is only fair to offer the company a chance to put things right initially. As I am at home and not due back for at least a week. Where I will endeavour to speak to management in more depth. Thank you for your time Ian.

        Reply
        • Ian Morris

          You are being very fair to the employer! Do let me know how you get on and whether or not you decide to pursue a claim, we wish you a speedy recovery.

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  106. Lyn

    I had my arm crushed in cyclone on powder coating machine it closed on my forearm crushing just below my elbow, I was rushed to a&e and have been back another 4 times and i’ve got to have nerve test as lost partial feeling in fingers and all down forearm. I am still in pain and limited use of arm. I attend physio but since I returned after hospital signed me off i’ve been treated very unfairly and I want to leave. I have put claim in but will leaving affect my claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Leaving your employer will have no impact on your claim in terms of the matter succeeding or failing.

      Reply
  107. Liam

    Over two years ago I got diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in my left wrist (I already had it in my right wrist and has been operated on). After I told my employer, I switched jobs within the company, this slightly alleviated the problem as I had three hydrocortisone injections in my left wrist to help. In the past few days, I’ve been placed back on my previous job role, and the symptoms have flared up quite badly since. I’ve told my employer and manager about the situation, but they’ve effectively just ignored my complaint of injury and request. What can I do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should contact us urgently regarding this matter as you could well have a valid claim for carpal tunnel syndrome compensation. However, there is a strict 3 year claim limitation period on such claims and as your diagnosis was over 2 years ago, you could be getting dangerously close to passing the 3 year limit – which would prevent you from being able to make a claim or exercise your legal rights in this matter.

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  108. Kamran

    Hi I hurt my knee at work while at work it got twisted and I been off just started work recently and was told by my employer not to come to work for good can they do that is that legal ?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      An employer can’t simply dismiss you from work for being injured. However, they may be within their rights to terminate your employment if you are within your probationary period or if you have acted in a manner that would be deemed to be of gross misconduct.

      We would like to discuss your knee injury with you as you may well have a valid claim for personal injury compensation against your employer for the injury you sustained whilst at work.

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  109. John

    I was injured at work had a torn tendon and was given operation on my right arm. I also had a breakdown, I asked my work for counselling as was finding it hard to be at work due to mental health, as a result I was given a termination of employment, have I got a case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There are two potential claims that you can look at in this scenario. We can help you with a possible claim for personal injury for the torn tendon injury and the impact that your workplace injury had on you and your usual lifestyle. Our expert staff and specialist Solicitors can assist you with this and work to obtain you compensation for the injury and recover any loss of income or other costs you may have incurred. Please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you to find out how we can help you.

      You may also have a separate claim under employment law regarding the dismissal from your work. This is a matter you should discuss separately with an employment law Solicitor.

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  110. Theresa

    I was just recently put on leave of absence when through seeing my Doctor, I was put on light duties due to an injury I sustained when loading a box on to a delivery truck and I slipped on ice and injured my knee. For 3 weeks, I was on light duties and I don’t understand why all of a sudden this happened? I don’t know if I’m going to get paid due to being out on leave, rather than ordered by a Doctor?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law does not require employers to pay full salaries to those staff unable to work through injury or ill health – even if the injury or health issue that is preventing them from working is a work related issue. Indeed, whether or not you receive pay is down to your employer and the contractual agreement that you have with them.

      The only way to recover lost wages is by pursuing a claim for personal injury compensation and succeeding with it. If you were to succeed with a claim for the knee injury, you would be able to recover compensation for the injury sustained (for the pain, discomfort and impact on your life) and also to recover any lost income or incurred costs caused by the injury.

      If you would like our help in further considering whether or not you can make a claim for the injury and any associated costs you may incur, please call us on 01225430285.

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  111. Mark

    Hi
    I was carrying some goods down an outside fire escape to a basement ( small steps in width)!
    I slipped off the last step and suffered a sacro lillac sprain, been off work for 3 weeks due to doctors signing me off! Work said they won’t pay me only SSP!!
    Where do I stand please??

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The only way you can recover your lost income (the difference between the SSP payments you have received and the usual salary you would have received), is by making a claim for personal injury compensation against the employer or building owner and succeeding with such action. Employers are not required to pay staff members their usual salary if the staff member is off work through injury or illness – even if that injury or illness was caused as a result of an accident at work, such as in your case.

      We would be more than happy to investigate your case to see whether or not our specialist Solicitors can pursue a claim for you and recover compensation for the pain and distress caused to you by the injury you sustained and also recover any lost income or other incurred costs caused by the accident. Please call us on 01225430285 or use the ‘start a claim‘ page of our website to make further contact with us.

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  112. David

    Hi,
    I recently sustained an injury at work.
    I had voiced my concerns on the health and safety issues regarding the area where I was working.
    No method statement or risk assessment was available.
    I suggested control measures,but they were ignored.
    No details of my injury was recorded as there is no accident book.
    Is this legal ?

    Regards
    David

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      All employers should ensure that all accidents and injuries within the workplace are recorded. Any serious injuries that meet the relevant criteria, should then also be reported to RIDDOR.

      In your case, as the employer has failed to act on the concerns you have raised, there is a realistic possibility that you may have a valid claim against the employer due to their negligence. As such, we would like to speak with you further about your work and your accident so that we can advise you about a claim for accident at work compensation and explain the No Win No Fee process in detail so that you understand your rights and how we can assist you.

      In the meantime, as the employer doesn’t appear to record accident information, a sensible move would be for you to make your own report and send it to them – either by email or via recorded delivery, retaining a copy and postage receipt should you do so.

      We look forward to helping you understand your rights and if you wish to take further action, to help you to make your claim.

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  113. Bruce

    My boss told me to clean a manhole when another men he had employed for the day wouldn’t clean it. Whilst climbing down it, without a safety line, I slipped and fell over 2 metres and damaged my arms. I have now been off work for over 6 weeks and have had MRI scans and now await the results.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You certainly could and should pursue a claim for personal injury compensation for the injuries you sustained at work. Your employer appears to have been negligent by failing to ensure that you were using a safety line and may well have not provided you with the correct training, guidance or advice. We would like to help you make your claim and our specialist Solicitors are ready to assist you. Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can explain the process and help you further.

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  114. Joe

    I injured my back in work, have been off for 5 weeks, been to work, physio once a week but they want to assess me on my job flt and lifting but am still in pain when I stop taking meds, can they make me go back to work?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      An employer cannot demand that you return to work if a Doctor has signed you off from work due to injury and deemed you unfit to work. An employer is entitled to expect to meet with you and discuss your health, see copies of Doctors notes and offer to assist with a return to work plan and liaise with your GP.

      If you would like to discuss the back injury that you sustained at work with our Solicitors so that they can advise you with regards to making a claim for compensation, please call us on 01225430285 or make a claim enquiry with us online.

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  115. James

    My name is James I got hurt at work stacking traffic cones on a moving trailer in the rain. I fractured my ankle notified the Foreman as soon as it happened. Went to urgent care they said it was fractured. Doctor advised me to stay off ankle until I see a orthopedist. Told my employer he advised me to come in the next morning and just sit in a chair for 8 hours a day because he doesn’t want any lost time injury. Now that I’ve seen the orthopaedic cant return back to work until I see him in 3 weeks. So I’ll be sitting 3 more weeks in hour shop. My question is, is my employer supposed to compensate me for this injury?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your employer will only compensate you if you succeed with a claim for compensation against their insurers for the injury you sustained to your ankle whilst at work. We would like to speak with you about your accident at work and the injury you sustained so that we can advise you as to whether or not our Solicitors could help you with a claim for compensation. Our initial view is that there is certainly a possible claim. Please call us on 01225430285 to get further help.

      Reply
  116. Richard

    Hi I broke the fall of a colleague at work who fainted, as a result I pulled my back and want to know is this my own fault or is it classed as an accident at work?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Unfortunately, there is not likely to be any way that you could pursue a claim for compensation in this scenario. There is no employer negligence and as such, although you were injured whilst attempting to help a colleague in distress, you cannot seek redress.

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  117. Dean

    Hi
    I work as a maintenance plumber in the prison service, one day in May 2019 I was removing a smashed ceramic basin in a cell when I slit across my wrist just missing an artery, I went to hospital were I ended up having to have time off 7 days the policy at work is 8 days in a year is a written warning.
    I’ve had to take today off and probably rest of the week so this will take me over the 8 days, don’t get on with the site manager so will be waiting to give me a warning.
    Is an accident at work classed as sick leave should this be taken into account?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This issue is going to be best addressed to an employment law Solicitor rather than ourselves. Although you were injured whilst performing your duties, whether the employer has to take that in to account when reviewing whether or not you should receive a warning is unclear. It would of course, seem extremely unfair and harsh for them to do so in this case, but we feel an employment Solicitor would be able to advise you properly.

      With regards to the injury itself, there is the potential for you to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation for the injury and scarring sustained in this incident. Before we would know whether or not a claim could proceed, we would need to speak with you and take some further details so that our specialist Solicitors could consider the matter properly. If you would like us to look in to that for you, please call us on 01225430285.

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  118. Michael Jones...

    It’s an accident at BT where I worked and union line care saying after 3 years that I cant claim cos there was no CCTV. The boss had to take me to hospital I was that bad, it went into the accident book and i pain into the union, also after 6 months of paying me sick pay I asked for a lighter job and they sacked me and said they are not a charity. I’ve lost a lot of money and been in debt and lots of pain. I’m under the hospital and doctors for my injuries. I still cant walk far. I’ve rang up again today and challenged them and they just didn’t listen.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As more than 3 years have passed since the accident, we cannot help you further as the statute of limitation would bar you from taking action.

      Reply
  119. Alicia

    Hi,
    I recently bumped my head on a freezer door in work, I suffered a swollen lump on my eye within minutes, dizziness and blurred vision and did not feel able to stay in work. I was told by my store coach who was not on shift at the time to inform her if I needed to go home. I did this.
    As a result of this, I have now been stripped of my shift coach position and placed on a zero hours contract only working when cover is needed. Previously I was working 24+ hours a week. I have been given no shifts since the incident 2weeks ago. I have photographs of the black and bruised eye I still had 5 days later. Is my employer allowed to do this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not your employer is within their rights to move you on to a different contract is something we can’t answer – it certainly sounds unfair and extremely harsh. We would strongly recommend that you speak with an employment law Solicitor or your Union at the earliest opportunity regarding this issue.

      As for the injury itself, if you have had medical treatment it would probably meet the minimum severity to enable a claim to proceed. However, before we could say whether or not there is a valid claim, we need to know more about the injury and whether the employer has been negligent in their approach to health and safety – your training and the workplace in general.

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  120. Bob

    my husband had a accident at work four years ago, he has a solicitor dealing with his claim after four years he has been informed he has less than a 50% chance of winning, can you advise him please? my husband works in construction and at the time of his accident he was operating a MEWP when his finger became trapped between a metal pipe and the hand rail severing from the last joint of his finger for which he has had two operations, his first operation the following day to save his finger which is now deformed and another some time later to remove the nail bed, the two companies are denying any blame and are saying my husband was to blame as he had his hand on the handrail, he was working in a small room with no lighting and no windows with only the light from his own head helmet light which he provided himself. He works as a subcontractor to the one company who subcontracted to this much larger company, however eleven days after his accident he was asked to go to the site where it happened just to sign in, it was a foreman who picked him up of the morning and drove him there to sign in have a cup of tea and bring him back home and pay his wages, this happened for two days then they told him they didn’t need him to do this again, so now after four years and receiving all their statements it has been highlighted from one company that the other company (2nd defendant) made it clear that they did not want to report the accident to the health and safety executive as a RIDDOR and have it on their record. The photo’s that they have produced do not show the true conditions of the environment to which i was working, could you please advise me, all the emphasis on their part seems to be on the way the machine was operated as my hand was on the handrail whilst i was travelling upwards , there was old disused services in the soffets of the ceiling , it was a protruding pipe from the wall that he tore his finger off , he has had all the qualified training IPAF, and never once in all the three IPAF training courses five years apart has it ever been mentioned about to not put hands on a hand rail whilst it’s elevating upwards . The following day of my accident there was a tool box talk in which the other workers were advised to keep their hands inside the cage with signatures, my husband was unable to work for four months following the accident as he could not wear his PPE being his gloves due to wearing dressings on the finger, he had been working in the same position for one and a half days, i would really appreciate your advice.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It would seem that the issue your Husband has is a lack of evidence regarding the working conditions and the items sticking out of the soffits and ceiling. Has the Solicitor acting for your Husband closed the case? If so, the reality is that without any new evidence to add support to his claim and to prove that the defence offered by the insurers of the defendants is wrong, a new Solicitor would be unable to take this further.

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  121. Aimee

    Hi there

    I am an umbrella contractor employee and was working at a school where I was attacked. I am unsure who I would put my claim against, the umbrella company of which I am ’employed’ or the school where the incident took place and my place of work.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is most likely that the liable party would be the employer/workplace where the incident happened and not the umbrella company for which you work.

      Reply
  122. Ian Morris

    We would strongly recommend that you do speak with a specialist personal injury lawyer. If you were based in the UK, we would be very keen to speak with you and help you. However, given your geographical location, please seek a lawyer based in your jurisdiction for further help.

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  123. Hailee

    I work in a restaurant as a server and I have to constantly wash my hands. I just recently found out that the soap We use (a separate company comes in every Friday and sanitizes and fills our chemicals i.e. hand soap) uses a concentrate soap, and does NOT DILUTE IT!! As a result, I have some pretty bad chemical burns. What are my legal rights? Am I able to sue? Humans use their hands for everything! And it’s affecting my personal and work life. From getting my hands wet with just water, to holding my son or even getting dressed… my dr prescribed me a cream and not even that has helped the pain, skin cracking, bleeding, and dryness. My hands are literally swollen and so dry it looks like I punched a mirror

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You describe a potential act of negligence in this situation and providing you have sought medical attention for your skin irritation and have reported the cause to your employer you could seek to make a claim for chemical burn compensation.

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  124. Alex

    Hi. My name is Alex and I work on a sport car factory with vibration tools for over 4 years now. Because of that I have carpal tunnel syndrome. All the symptoms starts over 2 and a half years ago. The company bring a private doctor who confirmed my carpal tunnel syndrome. They’ve been advised to move me on different sections where I don’t have to use vibration tool. Instead they still keeping me on paintshop area where I am using daily vibration tools.
    Because of that my hand problem became so worse and I am booked for a carpal tunnel surgery.
    In this time since I have carpal tunnel syndrome because of exposure at vibration tools. I bring them from my GP few times letters where they’ve been advertised to stop putting me to use vibration tools and I always updated them on what’s happening with my hand problems. I give them all my letters from hospital all my appointments everything.
    My question is :
    Any chance to make a claim for this now ? And if it is any chance I would like to know more about that.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As your symptoms developed more than 2 & 1/2 years ago, you could soon find yourself outside of the legal claim limitation period. In claims for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) compensation, a claimant MUST make a claim within 3 years of the onset of symptoms or the date that they should have been aware that their symptoms were work related.

      If you are within the 3 years, you have a legal right to pursue a claim against your employers insurance if a specialist Solicitor considers the actions of the employer in terms of their obligations to minimise the risk of repetitive strain injuries in the workplace to be negligent. Our specialist Solicitors can advise you as to whether or not you are in a position to make a claim. If they felt a claim was viable, the matter could be pursued on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you would pay NOTHING if your claim failed and only a maximum of 25% of any compensation settlement would be deducted towards your costs should you succeed.

      Call us on 01225430285 to further discuss this so that we can get you the advice you need.

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  125. Sue

    My husband fell down a manhole at work outside his office building (on the company’s forecourt) as the cover of the manhole wasn’t on properly. When he went into the building, his Manager said ‘I saw that the other day’. Other staff witnessed this. My husband asked for the accident to be recorded in the accident book. We went to the emergency center the following day as it was painful and very swollen. An xray shown no broken bones but he was told it was badly sprained and would take at least 2-3 weeks. He was told to self-certificate for the first week, and then return to his GP for a sick certificate. The Director of the company has seen the footage on CCTV. We were going on holiday 2 days after the accident, and we continued to go, although the injury restricted our movements and we couldn’t do anything we planned to do, except sit and rest and limp to the restaurants at meal times. My husband has been back to the doctor today on return from one week holiday and has been signed off for a further 2 weeks, and been told to return if it is still painful as, if it doesn’t heal, they may need to go down a different route. We have text messages to show communication with his company, asking for the accident book to be completed, and his Director seeing the CCTV footage, along with photos of his injury, and photos/video of the manhole cover still not secure several days later (taken by a colleague). Please could you advise on what we should do next? And also whether the week which was originally booked as holiday should be available to re-take later in the year as holiday as it was also covered by self-certificate? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As a general rule of thumb, if someone is unwell or injured whilst on annual leave and they attend a GP who would otherwise have signed them off work, they can be signed off and instead of using annual leave for the period of absence, they can instead take sickness leave. They can then use the annual leave at a later date when they are fit and well and able to enjoy a break from work.

      Given the actual cause of the injury at work, this would appear to indicate that your Husband has a valid right to make a claim for accident at work compensation. If he would like to take this further and pursue a claim against the employers insurance for his injuries and associated losses, we would be happy to help. He can either call us on 01225430285 or use our website to make further contact with us.

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  126. Anthony

    I had a drink at work and slipped in the toilets which were wet and slippery. As a result, I have broken a bone in my shoulder. Can I claim? I don’t think I can due to having had a drink.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is not illegal to consume alcohol, so having had a drink does not prevent you from being able to make a claim. However, if you were intoxicated and this was noted in any accident book report or the medical records completed for any treatment provided, it may count against you in terms of having to accept some of the liability for the accident. This is regardless as to whether or not the employer takes any disciplinary action against you for the consumption of alcohol whilst at work.

      With regards to the specifics of your accident and your injury, you can make a claim if the floor was wet and there was no hazard warning sign displayed to provide warning of the hazard.

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  127. Annette

    Dear Team,
    I had an accident at work where I fell with my arm extended and injured my shoulder.

    I completed an accident report form. It was a new reporting system and I had not been trained to use it in the event of recording an accident. Therefore is not very thorough and unfortunately I blamed the accident on someone who activated a control which probably was not their fault as no signage states not to do so if there is someone leaning over the conveyor. The insurance company rejected my claim so a stop button had been installed. However, the work area was not as clean and clear because the rubbish bins had been removed. In fact rubbish may have obstructed the emergency stop button. Several health and safety reports were made before and after my accident resulting in the bins being replaced.
    Even though the emergency stop button may or may not have been obstructed by rubbish, I would not have been able to access it anyway as I was leaning forward over an item attaching a label. The item itself was on a conveyor belt. When the conveyor belt moved forward (someone else activated a control to move the conveyor) I fell forward and down.

    On the day there were staff shortages. I did not not get a rest break within 4 hours of starting my shift which is a union agreed break.
    I did not get sent when I asked for it due to staff shortages.

    I had an operation to repair my injury (the fall caused damage to my shoulder) which became apparent within a few days, first swelling and stiffness, inflammation of the bursa and ultimately a frozen shoulder. The orthopaedic surgeon said in his report ‘possibly caused by falling on an outstretched arm’ which is exactly what happened.
    I’m still seeing the physiotherapist 6 months later.
    The company paid for private medical treatment for the operation on my shoulder and subsequent physiotherapy.
    The insurance company rejected my claim as the accident was not something that could have been foreseen. The claim was put in by the union I belong too.
    Kind regards and apologies that it’s such a long and meandering message.

    What should I do now?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is unfortunate that you feel that the initial accident report has not portrayed a full picture of the incident and that this has enabled the claim to be rejected by the insurers.

      Sadly, there is very little that you could now do about this. A new Solicitor would meet the same obstacle that your Union Solicitor has in that the defendant has a strong defence based on the evidence available. To attempt to re-open the claim without clear new evidence that changes the understanding of the incident and demonstrates that the accident was avoidable is simply unlikely to be possible.

      Reply
  128. James

    Hi

    I fell backwards into a concrete tundish while trying to get out after performing my duties inside. The only way to exit the tundish was to jump over the side. During health and safety meetings we have previously asked for a ladder or a step to make the exit safer but this request has gone ignored. I have attended A&E and the outcome was muscular damage to my lower back. To my knowledge there is no specifically written or trained procedure to exiting a tundish and the method I used is widely observed and acknowledged and has never been corrected so I am not at fault for the method I used. My employer has asked me to come back to work on light duties after my three days off (not sick days) I am concerned as there is only one person available at any time to work the job so I don’t understand how light duties can be accomplished when I will be alone and the job is still expected to be carried out.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your employer is within their rights to ask you to perform light duties and it can be seen as helpful on their part to offer this as it will prevent you from losing income. Of course, if you are asked to perform any duties whilst you remain injured that would worsen your condition or cause further pain, you should refuse.

      With regards to the cause of your injury, your employer has a duty of care to act on reports of a possible risk to health in the workplace. That requests have been made for a ladder during various meetings means that the employer was on notice of a potential risk to health. That does not mean that they should have provided a ladder, but it does mean that they should investigate whether a ladder is needed and would be suitable.

      Whilst we don’t know whether a claim for the cause of your injury will succeed, our initial view is that you have every right to pursue a claim and have this investigated by a specialist personal injury Solicitor – such as those who represent our clients. If you would like to take this further, please get in touch via our ‘start a claim‘ page so that our team can help you make your claim.

      Reply
  129. Mark Hutchinson

    I trained people at work in fitness, even though I wasn’t qualified and the manager knew this, he told me that I’ll be under their insurance.
    While training on 13/01/2017 I had a cerebral hemorrhage.

    Can I claim

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is unlikely that you could establish a causal link between the cerebral haemorrhage and employer negligence in this case. Sadly, we feel that a defendant would succeed with an argument that your health incident was simply an unfortunate personal incident and not due to their negligence.

      Reply
  130. Joanne

    I suffered with RSI 2 years ago as a result of doing a lot of transcription work in my job. Before my operation my employer was very helpful in getting me a new office chair, new mouse, physio sessions etc. However, in April 2018 the pain got so bad that I underwent an operation for RSI and it was successful. I took about 2 months off work after the operation to recover.
    However, 2 years later my RSI has returned. It flared up a few weeks ago, because I had been doing a lot of transcription work (due to another member of staff being on compassionate leave) and also a 3 hour slot in studio rolling autocue, because of other staff being unavailable.
    What should I do? I don’t want to fall out with my employer but they were supportive before and after my operation, but I feel so upset that this problem has returned, basically through a lack of staff in our office.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is important that you make your employer aware of the return of your symptoms and of your views as to what is causing you to develop symptoms and any areas where you feel that the employer could do more to help you avoid developing symptoms.

      Reply
  131. Geoff

    Hi I broke my arm on 16th of December, the machine had broken down and I was sent to investigate the reason.
    The press had stopped with the tool on a foam sheet which then presses shapes.
    I was attempting to remove the foam to release the tool so the tool could be used on another machine, the customer didn’t try to pressure me to release the tool.
    The way to release the tool was to rip out the sheet of foam some parts came out easy but some needed a bit of extra pressure it’s when a piece of larger foam came of I slipped back and landed on my hand but the momentum caused my body to move forward and break my arm by the wrist in two places.
    I thought I had just jarred the wrist but as time went on the wrist swelled up and became painful going to hospital they confirmed I had broke my arm.
    The first aid book has been filled out and a riddor report has been sent.
    The company paid me sick pay for the first week as that is all they pay and then ssp.
    The hospital prognosis is that I will be left with a weakness and loss of dexterity with the possibility of arthritis in the future and carpal tunnel syndrome.
    The question is can I claim against the company’s liability insurance for loss of earnings and pain and discomfort?
    Thanks for your time.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim if you believe that the injury was avoidable if the employer had provided further training or different tools and equipment. If you can identify any area of potential negligence, you can pursue a claim against the employer and recover compensation for the injury and loss of income.

      Reply
  132. ann johnson

    Hi asking for grandson, he had an accident at work machine operator they use special gloves, they have recently changed the product and these did not work at protecting him and slicing his hand, he has had two weeks off work and has just gone back, they asked him to sign a liability form which he refused and they have sacked him? are they within their rights to do this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether they are within their rights to dismiss your grandson is unclear. It certainly sounds somewhat dodgy and we would recommend that he seek advice from an employment law specialist on that issue.

      We can however assist him in making a claim for personal injury compensation caused by the laceration to his hand. Should he wish to make a No Win No Fee claim for compensation, please ask him to call us on 01225430285

      Reply
  133. Mark

    Hi it has a safety mechanism at the top of the door with i think 2screws that looks like you slow the closer but even when there is no wind it closes fast.since the incident there is a sign on the door saying to use the other door due to heavy winds.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If the mechanism was faulty, you would have a valid claim. As a sign has been erected on the door to provide a warning regarding wind and the risks posed by wind, you may well succeed with a claim.

      Reply
  134. Angelina

    Hi

    If I had an accident in August 2018 would my right to make a claim run out in August 2020 or 2021?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have 3 years from the date of the accident to pursue your claim. Therefore, the example you give would see your 3 year period expire in August 2021.

      If you would like help to make your claim, please call us on 01225430285.

      Reply
  135. Adam

    I helped my manager remove a large wall cupboard and strained my back. A few days later my back seized up and I ended up having to have 2 months off from work. This injury has made my preexisting back condition worse and I have now been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I have developed more chronic pain. Was my employer negligent?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your employer failed to provide you with manual handling training to enable you to lift and move items of weight safely and if you were injured doing a job that is not within your usual remit as a result of negligence, you can pursue a claim against your employer.

      The scenario you describe is certainly something that may well see you able to pursue a claim for compensation. We would like to find out more and further investigate this for you. Please call us on 01225430285 or use our online service to get further help and start a claim.

      Reply
  136. yvonne

    I had a car accident on my way home from work and broke my back in 2 places. the company car lost power and i since found out that this had happened to someone before myself. i don’t think this was ever reported, could my company be classed as negligent as they are now trying to push me out of the company as at the moment i cannot do my job due to having also a displaced coccyx and I am awaiting some more surgery?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is almost certainly the case that you would not be able to hold your employer liable for the accident you have had. Even though your vehicle lost power and another company vehicle may have previously suffered the same mechanical fault, the fact that the company were not made aware of the issue as it was not reported, would indicate that the employer would not be seen as being negligent.

      Reply
  137. Mary

    I work in a supermarket, I was walking round the corner to the next aisle and next minute I fell cracking my head on metal bars and then landing on my bottom on the hard floor, a few people came to help me there was a light coloured liquid on the floor which is what I slipped on , had nearly two months off work, they are refusing to acknowledge it even though there were five or six witnesses.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Have you attempted to make a claim for compensation as a result of the injury you sustained at work? If so, have you instructed a specialist Solicitor to act for you? If you have not yet instructed a specialist Solicitor, please let us know as our expert Solicitors would be able to look in to this matter for you.

      Reply
    • Mary

      I have gone through the Union at work and the solicitor has said unless I can prove how long the spillage was on the floor I cannot make a claim, the cleaner had been around the shop flop about an hour before,

      Reply
      • Ian Morris

        Have any of your colleagues been able to give any supportive statements about the spillage on the floor? If the cleaner had been in the area an hour before, that means that the spillage could have been on the floor for as much as 50 plus minutes or as little as 2 minutes before you fell. The onus should be on the employer to demonstrate that the cleaner or inspection team had checked the area within 30 minutes before you fell.

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  138. Ian Morris

    Unfortunately, as your accident happened in the Republic of Ireland, it is out of our jurisdiction (we work on matters relating to the legal system of the United Kingdom), so we cannot assist you.

    Reply
  139. Lara smith

    Can I make a personal injury claim myself without a solicitor? And how do I go about that?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Any person can take legal action or make a claim for compensation without legal representation. The benefits of instructing a specialist Solicitor to act for you are clear – not only would you be certain that your legal rights were upheld in any claim, you could also be certain that a defendant would not be able to get away without providing an adequate sum of compensation. A further and extremely important benefit of making a claim with a specialist Solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis is that you won’t face any costs should the claim fail, whereas claiming directly against an insurer or defendant could see you exposing yourself to large costs should things not work out as you would hope.

      If you wish to make a claim directly and without legal help, you need to address your claim to the defendant and request the details of their insurers. Once you have the details, you should submit a statement regarding the nature of the claim, why you believe them to be negligent and liable and await their response.

      Reply
  140. John

    Wear and tear. I have been working in a store for the past 15 years I’m now getting back pain, fingers, wrist and even ankle, am I entitled to anything?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can only make a claim for compensation if you are able to apportion your injuries/health issues directly to your work and importantly, to the negligence of your employer.

      Reply
  141. Simon

    Hi i have to pull Bowl over 300 kg, hands and that affect my back, can I refuse to do this job or write a letter because it’s to heavy?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should not be expected to move an item of 300kg without mechanical assistance. If your employer is expecting you to do so without training and equipment, they are acting negligently towards your health and safety at work.

      Make sure that your injuries are recorded with the employer and that medical attention is received and call us on 01225430285 so that we can help you make your claim for compensation.

      Reply
  142. Joshua

    Hello,

    I was recently injured at work and broke a metatarsal. The injury was a result of another employer not stacking things correctly, as he had never been trained to do so properly, and me helping him, causing the equipment to drop on my foot.

    At first, I took no action, because work were reasonable and continued to pay me full time while I was off. Unfortunately, they’ve decided to stop now – which is confusing, because full time wages suggest they admit they were responsible – because, to quote them ‘we feel your recovery time was long enough.’

    They only gave me seven weeks before cutting me off, and I just saw a physiotherapist today who told me it was an injury that usually takes 6-12 weeks to heal properly, and can be a couple of weeks longer before I can walk properly again.

    As it is a job that requires standing on my feet all day, this seems awfully unfair, and I feel now that I may wish to press for compensation for lost earnings.

    Do I have a case here? I assume I must, as they themselves have added a sign now to the area telling people how to put it together properly – suggesting they themselves are subtly admitting they always should have had that sign.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Our initial view is that you do have a valid claim and should pursue the same against the employers insurance to recover both compensation for the pain and discomfort of the injury (and the impact that such an injury will have on your personal and social life for some time) and to recover any lost income or incurred costs.

      Our specialist Solicitors would be able to assist you in making your claim for compensation. Please call us on 01225430285 to get further help and start your claim.

      Reply
  143. Jeffrey

    I bumped my knee on a trolley that was left behind me whilst working. I wasn’t aware that there was a trolley behind so as I turned, the impact was strong enough to make anguished in pain for a few seconds. It was only after 2 days of the incident that my left knee started to swell badly. I called my employer to inform them of my situation and the reason behind it. I didn’t report the accident as I was able to work after what happened, even the day after.
    My prognosis is complete rest. Can I claim compensation to my employer on loss income/wages?
    Best regards.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whilst you could potentially pursue a claim against the employer, the lack of any evidence to demonstrate that the injury happened at work (no accident book), could make it very difficult to place the claim with a Solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis as it will be hard to ‘prove’ any employer negligence. If the employer is unwilling to make an accident book report, do you have any witnesses who can confirm that the incident happened?

      Reply
      • Jeffrey

        There were few people who witnessed it and it also happened in front of our cctv. I didn’t report it as I was able to continue working after a few minutes but then my knee swelled after 2 days.

        Reply
        • Ian Morris

          If the CCTV footage has been retained, there is evidence to support a possible claim. Without the CCTV footage, you would struggle to make a claim.

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  144. Tammy

    My partner recently had an injury work due to another colleagues actions. She hurt her back, neck and foot and was off for four days. The site manager called her the next day as that was the first he heard about it because it hadn’t been put in the accident book by the first aider/line manager on duty at the time.

    They then asked her to come in to do a meeting and to talk about what happened, which was difficult for her physically. Within this meeting, they said they would like to see her back before 5 days, or hey would have to get a health and safety office out and have an investigation.

    The day after that, they called her again and said if she comes in she can do light duties such as office work (her normal job is warehouse picking, and it’s very heavy lifting), so by the next day, even though still in pain but doing slightly better, she went back in thinking that she would only be doing light office duties for a while…when she got in, they told her to do picking and if anything heavy comes along, just get some one else to do it (which isn’t exactly easy)

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employer could be seen in a positive or negative light in the way that they have encouraged your partner to return to work. On the one hand, by offering her light duties and making sure she knows that she can avoid lifting etc, they are enabling her to work and helping her to avoid any time off unpaid. On the other hand, you could look at it that they have only wanted her back so that they don’t have to report the incident to the authorities and health and safety professionals.

      With regards to the actual injury to her back caused by a colleague, she could pursue a claim for compensation against the employers insurance for the pain and discomfort caused to her. Of course, a claim will only succeed if negligence can be established. Therefore, we would need to speak with her to find out a little more about the incident and the injury before we can be certain about the claim, but our initial view is that she should call us on 01225430285 or she can ask us to contact her.

      Reply
  145. Mary

    My sons hand was jammed in a bin lorry seat and this has caused him to have time off work, this happened by someone letting the heavy seat slam back on his hand causing severe recurring pain to his arm and hand.
    Now the company are saying they are terminating his contract as he isn’t able to do the job anymore. Can they do this and can he claim from the company?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your Son is no longer fit to perform the duties he was employed to perform, the employer would be within their rights to terminate the employment. However, as the injury to your Son was caused in an accident at work he does have the right to make a claim against the employer for the injury and to recover any lost wages incurred as a result.

      We would be happy to further investigate this potential claim for your Son. Please ask him to call us on 01225430285 or use our ‘contact us‘ form to make further contact with us.

      Reply
  146. Kim

    Last year i walked into work , a light shop, and my boss was tearing down mouldy damp plaster walks. It triggered a mould and dust allergy , i had an asthma attack, went to hospital was off for weeks coughing up black stuff and on inhalers. I was outraged as he should have warned ne and provided masks if anyone was there. So a few weeks back there was a fire in the flat above our shop, the whole place needs renovating he promised me i wouldn’t be there during construction. Professionals were doing it but he walks in last tuesday and starts doing unsafe work alone, begins sawing without warning, i inhale dust, take an asthma attack and been coughing so much i have cracked a rib and he is telling me i cant take holidays while he works. I said i will get a sick line then and he is saying it’s an old building maybe i should consider a new job. I said the building’s age and condition is irrelevant it’s the health and safety while work is under way. Do i legally have to be in a building site with no masks, ventilation, ear defenders or risk assessment when i am a sales assistant and insurance will be paying loses anyway?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This is a matter that would warrant further investigation and consideration by our specialist Solicitors. Your employer should ensure safety to all staff and visitors during any building or renovation work and it would seem that they have failed to provide warning or relevant safety equipment.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or use our ‘start a claim’ service and we’ll be happy to help you further.

      Reply
  147. Kellie

    Hi, I slipped at work on water in the bathroom with no wet floor sign, and dislocated my knee ( my knee had dislocated before) I like my job and worried that if I make a claim it will look bad on me.. Any advise and could I claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The wet floor within the bathroom was a hazard to health and a hazard warning sign should have been in place. As such, liability could well be proved and we would be very happy to assist you in making such a claim.

      Any claim would be made against the employer liability insurance cover that your employer is obliged to have in place by law. Claiming does not directly impact on your colleagues, managers or business owners. No person would lose a job and it will not damage the business. Your colleagues will not know that you have made a claim should you decide to pursue your legal right in doing so.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you if you would like to discuss this further with us.

      Reply
  148. Keith

    I was working on a building site and my boss wanted me to erect some scaffolding, which I know how to build, but I was made to do it on my own and with out any training or any safety equipment.

    I wasn’t given any safety induction on the site. I was 3 stories high when I slipped and fell about 10ft through the scaffolding and suffered damage to my lower back. I have been off work for 10 weeks now. I told my boss it was my fault at the time, because I should of been more careful in what I was doing as I didn’t want to lose my job. Can I claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Yes, you can make a claim given the nature of the accident and the injuries you sustained in falling from height. Your employer should have ensured that you were given the appropriate training and support to do the job safely. Also, there is an argument that the employer failed to provide you with the correct safety equipment that may have prevented such a fall.

      We would like to speak to you further and present a claim to our specialist Solicitors. Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can take this further for you.

      Reply
  149. Anne

    I am from germany, living in the UK at the moment and filed a claim already. The circumstances have changed (my partner threw me out of his house after an argument) and I am forced to go back to germany since it’s impossible to survive on statutory sick pay on my own. What would happen to my claim in this case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As long as you let us or your Solicitor know of your new contact details and inform them of this development at the earliest opportunity, it will not impact on the claim and you can continue to pursue the matter.

      If you need any help with this, please call us on 01225430285.

      Reply
  150. Marita

    My husband was on the job, another employee was not paying attention (A temporary employee) and back into him with a forklift, causing the tire to land on top of his foot, pinning him into the warehouse takes. Also causing injuries to his shoulder. His employer trying to make him feel guilty so, now he’s back to work and in alot of pain. Does he have a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your Husband has every right to make a claim for personal injury compensation. We would be very happy to help him make a claim. Please let him know that he can either call us on 01225430285 or if he prefers, he can ask us to call him at a time that suits him. If your Husband is unsure about making a claim, he may want to have an informal discussion with us to find out a little more about the process and gain an understanding of his rights. We would be very happy to chat with him regarding his injuries and the incident at work.

      Reply
  151. Sarah

    I’m not very good on the Internet, I was assaulted at work by a work colleague, it’s in the hands of the police. I’m registered disabled, my arm was injured but I suffer with terrible panic attacks and this has made me worse. I cannot sleep, my doctor has given me more time off work. I’m the injured party here and I don’t know what to do.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have the right to make a claim for the injuries and emotional distress caused to you by way of a claim via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) scheme. The CICA is a tax payer funded scheme available for the victims of criminal injuries to which they can seek compensation.

      Any person who is injured in a criminal assault who has reported the incident to the Police immediately (or within a reasonable time), cooperates with the Police during their investigations and has sought medical attention may make a claim. You do not have to have a Solicitor act for you as you can claim directly with the CICA via their website. However, if you would prefer to have representation and pursue a claim with the assistance of a specialist qualified Solicitor who can uphold your rights and ensure the best prospects of success, we can assist with that for you. Our Solicitors can pursue a claim via the CICA scheme on a No Win No Fee basis. You would not pay any fee should your claim not succeed, but if you were to succeed, you would contribute up to 25% of any compensation settlement awarded to you.

      Reply
  152. Sweatcha

    Can I make a Legal action when my boss/dentist made me forcefully come to work as I am very ill and Cannot even come out of bed. I work in a private practise as a dental nurse. I rang him again today to say that I am taking a rest days as it has come worse where I am having treatment from hospital soon in which he doesn’t believe and thinks I am lying and also he gave me threatened if you don’t come to work by Friday your working contract will end . I am having more depression right now because of this. I have doctors certification and proof of medication On hand .

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may have rights to take action under employment law, but you would need to seek the advice of an employment law Solicitor to find out.

      Your situation is certainly not one of personal injury.

      Reply
  153. Wendy

    I strained my back 7weeks ago in work. I did ask someone to put it in book but it never happened, my boss knew but I carried on lifting for another 2weeks before I collapsed in work. I was sent home and was put on the sick for 3weeks, the night before I was going back I slipped in my bathroom and subconsciously thinking not to hurt my back I twisted myself and ended breaking 3 ribs, can I make a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your employer requires you to lift items, they must ensure that you are provided with manual handling training and given the correct equipment to enable you to work safely (trolleys to move items, assistance with heavier items and the knowledge as to how to identify the weight of items). If the employer has failed in these obligations towards your safety at work, employer negligence may attach and a claim could proceed.

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  154. Karen

    I broke my wrist while on a work team building event whist walking down a hill having slipped on rocks. Can I claim compensation as I still have difficulty using the wrist day to day activities? I was unable to drive for six weeks and worked from home during that time. I was paid my usual monthly salary.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You would only have a valid claim if your injury can be attributed to negligence on the part of the employer or those who organised the team building event. If you have slipped on rocks during a dangerous activity, it is unlikely that negligence would attach unless you had not been given any warning or had been expected to take part in the activity whilst not having appropriate clothing or footware on etc.

      Reply
  155. Tammy

    I was assaulted by a patient I work with in a private mental health establishment. Whilst my injury was nothing major, (full on punch to the nose, swollen nose and upper lip, small bruising to nostril) it ruined my days off following the incident. I had a headache for the whole weekend, what can I do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your employer has provided the correct training, you are appropriately qualified and skilled to perform the work and the risks posed by this patient were something you had been made aware of/or a risk assessment had noted, there is very little that you can do.

      However, if the employer has failed to provide you with warning, training or the correct support to minimise the risk of injury, you could pursue a claim for the injuries and distress caused to you.

      Reply
  156. Sylvia

    Can I claim compensation for an accident occurring outside my works near entrance to building? The walkway and area immediately outside the building are still classed as premises belong to my place of work. I slipped on a pen left on the floor which resulted in a nasty fall causing sprains to my left hand, foot and right knee. I received same day treatment from my GP. Then further consultation from walk-in centre who referred me for xrays at a&e the following day resulting in me having to take time off work. The injuries are still ongoing in that driving and preparing food is difficult. I can just about manage to drive only because I own an automatic car. I am now waiting for self referral physiotherapy.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There is potential to pursue a claim against your employer for the injuries you have sustained. Please call our team on 01225430285 or ask us to call you so that we can further discuss your situation and look in to this matter for you.

      Reply
  157. Anonymous

    Hit my head on temple in over two weeks ago, since then I’ve had migraines and constantly tired and confused. Think I have concussion. Migraines are getting worse made me vomit other day. I’m on zero hour contract even though I’ve never been given a contract. I’ve had no manual handling training and it wasn’t put in accident book. Would I be entitled to sick pay. A few members of staff witnessed my head injury and they have cctv cameras.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It would be wise to get this accident reported properly at work at the earliest opportunity and for you to get the contact details for the witnesses who saw the incident as that could be vitally important down the line.

      Head injuries can often cause long lasting and serious symptoms – even in cases where the extent of the injury seems relatively mild at the outset. With that in mind, we would like to know more about how you came to sustain a head injury at work. Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can discuss this matter with you in some detail and find out more about the work and the injury. We can then advise you as to whether or not you would be in a position to pursue a claim for compensation against the employer. Our initial view is that you may well have a valid claim given the lack of Manual Handling Training but we need to speak with you further to advise on making a claim.

      Reply
  158. Robert

    Hi. I was asked to help someone in the factory. Some heavy timber fell off a trolley and broke 5 bones in my foot. No fault of my own. I was in a cast and off work 3 months. I was not paid for the first week and also lost all my regular overtime the rest of the weeks. Lost my 6 monthly bonus. Am I entitled to claim the losses back?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law for such an accident in the workplace, you would be able to make a claim against your employers ’employer liability insurance’ policy for the injuries sustained and also to recover any loss of income or incurred medical costs.

      Please call our team on 01225430285 if you would like to further discuss making a claim.

      Reply
  159. Peter

    I hurt my back lifting a heavy pot at work. I ended up needing surgery to remove a partial bulging disc. When I first went to seek medical help because it was my back they told me to go and see my GP, I did this and was not examined and sent home with painkillers. I went to A&E a week later as my foot was cold and i had lost feeling in it. They did an emergency scan which revealed the extent to my injury. I’ve been off work on the sick since the beginning of October and have just been given another sick note for another 6 weeks. I still have pain in my leg as the sciatic nerve was compressed and have loss of feeling in my foot. I asked the doctor at my last appointment who advised me I could have permanent damage to my foot but it can take 2 years for a nerve to heal. Do I have any grounds to claim against work or the NHS?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your employer was negligent in this matter, you can make a claim against them for the serious injury and consequences that it has caused you. Negligence in such matters would be seen as a lack of manual handling training and guidance, a failure by the employer to warn you that the pot was unduly heavy, employer failure to provide the correct equipment or a working environment that made it impossible to work safely or reduce the risk of injury at work.

      If you would like to discuss your injury and look further in to making a claim for your injuries and losses, please call us on 01225430285 or you can provide your number and a good time to call you and our team will help you.

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  160. Callum

    I was asked to remove my helmet before entering a drop off in a building and then got injured afterwards. No signs to say remove helmet.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To advise as to whether or not you can make a claim for compensation, we’ll need to discuss your accident in more detail to gain a better understanding of what happened. Please call our team on 01225430285.

      Reply
  161. Ashley

    I hurt my lower back and I put myself into the accident book, the next day I came into work my back wasn’t 100%. I told my manger what happened and I was in accident, can I have support, he said no, he gave me 3 options, take van out or go on shop floor and crap n lift pallets, or go home n not get paid!! So I took the van out even though they had 3 spare drivers and the previous day a driver lost her voice so they took a driver out with her to help!! After that shift my back was even worse and I’m now off sick and lost 3 days pay, just annoying they didn’t help me and the drivers saw that I needed help.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      How did you injure your lower back? If the injury was caused through lifting but you haven’t been provided with adequate manual handling training or equipment to work safely, you could pursue a claim against your employer for the injury to your back.

      Reply
  162. John

    I am working on home shopping picking job. Because of the heavy trolly pushing lifting picking I have damaged my wrist. Both of my wrist are so much in pain. I cannot do anything as much as I would like to. Doing house work such as holding my kids, doing food shopping, house work e.t.c have been impossible. I am in pain everyday. First I took 3 week off as my GP advice then after went to work slightly lighter task but still couldn’t do it. i went back to GP for check up and GP told me that I have sprain my wrist. Soon after that I wanted to find out what is exactly happen to me? So went for a blood test but result came everything is normal. Still having so much pain and GP advice to take another 6week off. I Had meeting with my managers about my days off and they were telling me they could terminate my contract if I will not be able to do my task Even though it happened at work. since then I had no hope to receive any help from management or physiotherapist, they are just ignoring me. I feel stress, discriminated, helpless and I do not know how long I will be like this in pain. I have been going to GP and physiotherapy but nothing is helping. Please Your help would be very much appreciated thank you

    John

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your ‘injuries’ to the wrists could well be the result of repetitive strain (repeated movement and use). Has your employer provided training with regards to the lifting and moving of items at work and how to lift safely?

      Reply
  163. Hikmet

    Hi
    I had a accident at work on 15 December 2015.
    This accident happen at work while my employer didn’t do risk assessment and in report they excepted responsibility.
    I didn’t take action as I was afraid to lose my job.
    Also they didn’t pay me for first 2 days of work while I was of.
    And no one from HR or company ever phoned for how I was.
    Got scar on my index finger causing pain and my finger not straight.
    Also my health and safety manager one how’s is my finger when I said ok he replied this will be lesson to me and I won’t be doing anything like this again.
    I have been neglected very much.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As your accident happened 4 years ago, unless you are younger than 21 years of age, we cannot do anything to help on this occasion. UK law applies a strict statute of limitation on matters for personal injury compensation which require any claimant to pursue a claim within 3 years of the date of their accident.

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  164. vanessa

    I am a teacher.
    I was injured by a child at my workplace which has resulted in my finger staying crooked.

    When the injury occurred I didn’t take any leave other than going to the hospital and I didn’t claim for compensation.
    I was worried about the effect it would have on my job.
    I am leaving where I work so can I make a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim as long as the injury was sustained less than 3 years ago. Whilst the law affords you a period of 3 years to make a claim, the reality is that if there is less than 6 months of that 3 year period remaining, it becomes increasingly less likely that a Solicitor will be able to take the matter on a No Win No Fee basis.

      If you believe that the injury could have been avoided if the employer had carried out appropriate actions or if the employer was negligent in anyway, you may succeed with a claim.

      Reply
  165. Karen

    I was told that as I work on a zero hours contract I am not entitled to SSP even though I was away for nearly four weeks due to painful ribs. I work in social care and do a lot of manual handling. When I returned to work two weeks ago the pain came back within ten days but worse than before. Now I need to see the doctor.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Not all employees qualify for SSP if they are off work through injury or illness. The only way that you can recover loss of pay would be by succeeding with a claim for personal injury – if the injury was caused through negligence or an accident at work.

      Reply
  166. Andrew

    I had an accident at work in Dec 2016 to which my employer has admitted liability.After 2 failed operations and almost 3 years of pain what are my rights if my employer decides I am unfit to carry out my full role of duties. Beside having put in a claim for compensation what are my options regarding loss of earnings and could I be pensioned off? If the latter was taken would they have to pay my pension up to 67 so I could take it as an income if i was to finish work? I have 9 years until I retire.
    Many thanks
    Andrew

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As your accident at work was in December 2016, your 3 year period to pursue a claim for compensation expires this December. As such, if you have not already started a claim, it is now likely to be too late to do so.

      Reply
  167. Andrew

    I had a fall at work and my employer didn’t pay me wages for that 1 day I was off , I have now filed a personal injury claim but not filled in loss of earnings bit yet and my employer has now asked for a self certified sick note some 11 days after the accident so that he can pay me for that 1 day. Can I do this or do I just include it with my claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can include it in your claim but there would be no harm in providing the self-certification and getting the missing days pay at this stage. It would not affect your claim by doing so.

      Reply
  168. Paul

    I had an accident while at work my boss sent a text saying she wants to come to my home to take a statement.
    The accident is on going police investigation.
    Can I refuse to talk to my boss in this situation?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should not feel concerned that your employer wishes to take a statement regarding the incident. You have nothing to fear by giving an honest report of the incident and it will help the employer to formally investigate the incident and hopefully prevent it from happening again in the future.

      If however, you feel uncomfortable about them coming to your home address, you should discuss that with them and either delay the statement, arrange for it to be taken over the phone or arrange to meet at a neutral venue?

      Reply
  169. Samantha

    Hi I’m a care assistant and just over a week ago comin out of a clients house it was dark and raining alot of moss on footpath and hole in the path all of which contributed to me slipping and falling, I attended hospital have sprained my ankle and some bone has broken off my knee cap, I’m Waiting for mri scan to see exactly what’s going on. My boss admitted it happened at wk, can I make a claim? thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Do you have any photographs of the cause of your slip (the algae/moss)? It would be very helpful to have such evidence to provide support to any possible claim.

      There is certainly a claim to be investigated, but it will need the evidence of negligence proving that the path is slippery and needs attention in order to help get this moving.

      Reply
  170. John

    Had an injury at work unloading vehicle

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Was your injury at work sustained within the past 3 years? If so, did your employer provide manual handling training to enable you to lift and move items safely? If not, you can make a claim against your employer for the injuries sustained. Please call our team on 01225430285 to find out more and start your claim.

      Reply
  171. Sipho Bhengu

    When must an employee report injury on duty, is it on the same day or any day thereafter?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      An accident at work should be reported and recorded within an accident book at the earliest opportunity. Ideally, an accident should be recorded at the time of the incident. If that is not possible, it should be recorded as soon as possible.

      Reply
  172. Patricia

    I hurt my self at work falling down the stairs from the top bouncing down until the bottom. I hurt my back with many bruises, my leg was very painful and my left thumb was hurt. I went to the hospital and they told me that I had damaged the ligaments or tendons and they put me in a bandage for 10 days.

    I had to attend again for the same pain and they then they put me in a different type of bandage and they had send me to the hand clinic in St George hospital where I was told that they would need to operate on me. However, once I was all ready for the operation the Doctors had changed their minds and I had a different bandaging on my hand again. I still have the same pain and they have told me that it will need at least 3 months to recover. I have been working with one hand which is a struggle as I am a waitress. The thing is the stairs where I fell down are very small and doesn’t fit the feet and you need to go down the stair like with ‘duck feet’ to be able to step with the feet. Could I get a compensation for that?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There is unlikely to be a claim to be made if the only reason you fell is that the steps are narrow, steep and small. There is no regulations as such for stairs with regards to riser height or step width. However, if there is a hazard or disrepair on the steps in question you could pursue a claim for that.

      Reply
  173. Bruno

    I’ve had an heart attack when I was at work. I wasn’t assisted by a first aider & instead one of the managers drove me to a&e and left me alone! what can I do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      In terms of making a claim for personal injury compensation, there is sadly very little that you can do. Whilst your employers should perhaps have provided a clearer and better thought out response such as calling for an Ambulance, the fact that they did take you to Hospital is important.

      Reply
  174. Steve

    I have worked for a company for 30 years, they have sacked me for being on long term sick, they said they cannot find me any lighter duties so they terminated my employment.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To ensure that your employer has acted correctly and within employment law, you should make enquiries with an employment law Solicitor.

      Employers can dismiss employees legally if they are found to be unfit for the work that they were initially recruited to perform. Clearly, employers must follow due process whilst an employee is off work on long term sickness leave.

      Reply
  175. Ben

    I work at height and using a cherry picker to do my work, the cherry picker boom broke down when I was up working and came down faster and now I have back pains. The company took me to the hospital and the doctor recommend I go to a physiotherapist. They are organising a safety meeting and want me to go back to side with my sore back and doctor said until therapy no work.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You would appear to have valid grounds to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation. If you are unable to work and your Doctor advises against work, you should follow their advice. Of course, if you are out of pocket due to a loss of income, that would be accounted for should you succeed with a claim for personal injury compensation.

      Reply
  176. Jc

    I had a very bad injury whilst I was on duty at work. I had to have a big neck operation from C3-C7 in my neck. Today my boss told me that he is going to board me and confirmed that it was their fault for my injury as we had not received any training or safety guidance where we worked.
    Please if someone can help me?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The lack of training and guidance regarding safety on the site on which you were working should enable you to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or use the ‘contact us‘ page of our site to send us your contact number so that our team can call you and help you start your claim.

      Reply
  177. sarah

    As a teacher I tripped over improperly stacked exam desks that fell over. The teachers were leaning them against a wall after a meeting “to help out the estates team” and this was done in a hurry without instruction. I suffered bruised and swollen knees and a lower back injury.
    Were the school negligent? I wasn’t aware of the correct way to store the exam desks – there is no method or storage system.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The school are likely to be found negligent in this scenario as the tables could certainly be hazardous to health if stacked dangerously or in a poor location – as has happened in your case.

      If you would like to start a claim for personal injury compensation for the injuries to your knees and lower back, we would be very happy to help you. You can call us on 01225430285 or if you prefer, you can ask us to call you when it suits you.

      If you have not already done so, please ensure that an incident report is completed at your workplace and seek medical attention for the injuries sustained.

      Reply
  178. Donna

    At the beginning of the year i had to sit on a broken chair at work, i spend most of my day at a computer. I kept telling people that the chair is broken, the back rest if used was on freefall and was not able to fix it in any position. 2 months later, still on the broken chair and starting to get lower back pain (never had problems with my back before) i fill out a new DSE and put the chair issue on there and about my back pain, still nothing. I then emailed HR about this and was told i can use chairs of staff who are off work as i only work part time (there was not always a chair available) meaning i was still having to sit on a broken chair. Finally in april i got a new chair after seeing the nurse at my gp surgery. Stupidly i thought things would start to improve with my back but they have not.
    I saw my gp last week and now waiting for an appointment with a specialist, i am now on codine tablets not that they are helping me much with the pain i am now in.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you have no history of back pain prior to sitting on the chair and you have not taken part in any other activity that could cause such an injury, then you can look further in to making a claim against the employer for the damage to your back.

      Employers have a duty of care to ensure that the working environment that they employ staff to work in are as safe as possible. These obligations range from ensuring adequate training and safety measures in areas of potential danger right through to ensuring that chairs are in sound working order. Given your employers failure to resolve the chair issue, you may well have a valid claim.

      If the issues you had with the broken chair were recorded in writing with the employer, showing that they had been put on notice of the chair issue and had failed to resolve it for a considerable time, your prospects of success would increase considerably.

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can further discuss this matter with you. We feel that you do have a valid claim and we would like to help you.

      Reply
  179. Matt

    I had an accident were i went to clean the inside of a belt on a machine as it was blocked with material. It appeared to be off and not moving as it was that blocked so i stuck my hand in to clean it without pressing the off button as it was not moving anyway. We are told to clean it regularly so that’s all i was doing and as i cleaned some out it unblocked the belt and started moving and dragged my hand in. I was off for 4 weeks with lacerations and a lot of swelling and am now back at work but have no money and only just able to afford bills. Would i be entitled to claim anything?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As you didn’t ensure that the machine was switched off, you may well have to accept an element of contributory negligence. However, despite this you may well still be entitled to pursue a claim to recover some compensation and some loss of income.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or we can call you when you are available if you prefer.

      Reply
  180. vanessa

    I broke my big toe badly and have been advised not to walk on it to allow for recovery. I sometimes work from home and have asked if I can do so but they do not agree even though all of my work can be done from home. Can they force me to come in as I will have to take taxis in each day which will be expensive. I work for a council

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We can only assist you with regards to a claim for personal injury compensation and not on the issue of home working or not. If your toe injury was caused in a non-fault accident, let us know and we can advise as to any potential claim for that. If you could make a claim for the toe injury, you could recover your taxi and other expenses if successful.

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  181. Danielle

    I started a job on the November 16 2019 through a temp agency on November 20th 2019. The workplace I was sent to put me on a production line and I burnt both my hands from wrist to finger tips. They gave me 2 tiny packs of burn cream and had me hold a bag of ice then two more packs of burn cream and when I asked for more, I found that they had no first aid kits and they told me they had no more to give so I called my wife to bring me burn cream so I can finish my work day.

    After they asked me what happened, they sent me back to the same line doing the same thing handling heat for the rest of my shift which burnt me more and more. The next day I returned to work for my shift with blisters all over my hands. I only had a few ‘Band-Aids’ but as the they went on my hand started to bleed all over the equipment. I had asked for more ‘Band-Aids’ at which they gave me two, but as my 12 hour shift went on they were falling off.

    At this time I asked for more because I was bleeding everywhere and they told me I had exceeded my limit for the week. I asked my manager if they had a first aid kit and he told me no, so I had to use box tape and paper towel to tape my hands and palms. I spoke to another leader and told her OSHA would love to hear these concerns that to my knowledge it was against regulation to not have these safety equipment in the workplace. The next day on my day off I got a phone call from the temp service saying I was fired! Now I am out of work I don’t know what I can do .I feel like I was discriminated against and I fear they will do that in the future to someone else I don’t know what to do.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As a temporary worker, you have the same rights to protection under the health and safety at work act as a permanent or full-time employee. You also have the same rights to training and provision of personal protective equipment. In your case, the burn injuries you sustained may enable you to make a claim. However, was medical attention sought? Is there evidence available to establish proof of the injuries? Was an accident book record made at the time?

      These are just some of the questions we would need to ask in order to establish whether or not you can pursue a claim against the employer.

      Reply
  182. Craig

    I was asked to take a box from upstairs to the back of the warehouse. I have been with the company for 1 1/2 months and still haven’t been shown procedures etc and no safety shoes issued. A drive shaft has fallen out the dilapidated box and broken my toe, my boss hasn’t bothered about my injuries at all and left me there for hours, I had to ask the General Manager to arrange a lift to the doctors. The first aide doesn’t have the training for first aid as his paperwork is valid from 12 December 2019, my incident happened the Tuesday the 20th November2019. My manager has been very short and not showing any interest or concern for my incident. Will explain when we talk.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may well have a valid claim given the apparent failures of the employer with regards to health and safety training and provision of personal protective equipment (PPE). Please call us on 01225430285 or we can call you when you are available if you prefer.

      Reply
  183. Paul Smith

    I have been diagnosed with an aortic aneurism and my gp has told me not to lift and stay out of the warehouse where welding fumes are. I am a welder. I am due an operation in two weeks but my gp hasn’t signed me off work for my own safety. I have explained this and put it in writing but they have sent me home from work and now want me to see a private doctor, can they do this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As to what rights your employer has in this situation, we feel that you should make contact with an employment law Solicitor at the earliest opportunity in order to get accurate and qualified advice from the right expert.

      Reply
  184. Mark

    I have had an accident at work on a construction site due to a company we are sub contracted to, I have had an accident where they made a make shift ramp in to the building and when i put pressure on to it ramp bent and caught my foot where i fell and done damage to my ankle. I’m in a boot with crutches so was just wondering what rights i got in case my company tried to lay me of due to me being off because of this accident.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The rights you have in terms of employment and whether or not your employer can terminate your employment is something that you will need to discuss with an employment law Solicitor.

      We can assist with a claim for personal injury compensation as it would appear that the injury you sustained was avoidable and was caused by negligence. If you would like to make a claim for the injury to your ankle and all associated loss of income or incurred cost, we would be happy to help you. Please call our team on 01225430285 to start your claim.

      Reply
  185. Samantha

    I have two prolapsed discs in my back, which causes me severe pain and I am on heavy medication. I believe this was a progressive medical issue that has got worse, and was not sustained at my current work place. However, since working there this has got worse. I work in a warehouse on very basic chairs. Two years ago when I had to take time off with my back, occupational health were brought in by the company to assess my working conditions and was told they need to provide me with a more supportive chair. It has been two years, and after many, many attempts of chasing my employer, they have not provided me with a suitable chair. Because of this, I am in constant pain at work as I get no back support and have had to reduce my working hours as I find it unbearable to sit in my chair for more than four hours. Could you let me know where I stand with this? I feel my employer is being negligent, and whilst they are not the initial reason for my condition, I feel they are contributing to it getting increasingly worse.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It may well be possible to pursue a claim against your current employer for the exacerbation of your pre-existing back problem as a result of their failure to act on the advice of occupational health and provide you with a suitable chair.

      Employers do have an obligation to ensure that the workplace environment is as safe as possible and that will include work stations and an obligation to ensure that seating and desk space is adequate and fit for purpose.

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  186. Rhys

    I have had an injury at work, got refused light duties but now they are offering light duties to me. My leg is still numb, i am waiting for an mri scan. Got told by them that i needed to wait for my scan and to be cleared by occy health, not had either yet, what do you suggest?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If the employer is offering light duties and you feel that those light duties are manageable and will not worsen your injury, you should take them up on the offer.

      Reply
  187. Sue Bennett

    Hi, I broke my wrist at work on 11/10/19. I fell backwards over a pallet, which was on the floor, in the correct area. I work for an Agency. No one told me to report the Accident. When my hand became so painful, that I could not work, I asked who do I tell? I saw a First Aider. He commented, he had seen me fall, seen a Manager come over, and the Manager had let me return to work, without telling me to report it. I went to Hospital, and my wrist was broken. 5 weeks on, and I’m still in a plaster cast. The Employer (not the Agency) paid for me a taxi to the hospital, paid me a full day’s wage, and allowed me to work on light duties. I did this for a week, but it was too hard, so I went on Sick Leave on 15/10/19. I receive SSP £94.25 a week. Paid through the Agency. The Company (Not the Agency) asked me to make a Statement, saying the Company were not Liable, which I did do. Does this mean I cannot make a Claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have been poorly advised and in making the report saying that the company were not liable, you have undermined your own rights and it is now unlikely that you will be able to make a claim.

      Reply
  188. Jeffery hart

    Hi I had an accident in work 3 days before i was due to go on holiday. I came back the week after on light duties. I didn’t break my leg but now have trapped nerve. I wear an ankle support during my holiday, i had to use a wheelchair and for 2-3 weeks after was on crutches. I’ve been told that because I had an accident my holiday doesn’t count as holiday. Could you shine some light on this information for me please? Kind regards J.Hart.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If a Doctor has signed you off work through ill health or injury, any holiday leave that was used in that period should be re-instated and rather than receiving pay via Holiday pay, an employee may instead receive sickness pay. However, not all employers pay sick pay (there is no legal requirement to do so), so many employees will instead use their holiday pay whilst recovering from injury in order to maintain their income.

      Reply
  189. Linda Jones

    I have been lifting, on a weekly basis for the last 4 and a half years, a case of equipment weighing between 16 – 22Kilos.

    My back has been gradually getting worse as a result. Recently, I suffered a serious strain and have had to have time off work. I believe my work will make changes but I can’t see myself continuing at work for much longer with my back like this. I received no manual handling training.

    Could I reduce my hours but claim loss of earnings , or even retire due to ill health supported financially by the company?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The most sensible course of action would be to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation against your employer. Their failure to provide you with manual handling training or guidance is a clear breach of employer responsibility to prevent back injuries and they have failed to ensure that you can work in a manner that enables you to work as safely as possible.

      The only way to recover lost income – including future loss of income – is by making a claim for personal injury compensation. During the claims process, a specialist Solicitor would instruct a medical expert to assess your injuries and provide a report regarding their prognosis of your future recovery or lack of recovery. If the expert were to find that you would not fully recover and needed to reduce your work, a loss of income claim would follow for the level of income lost as a result.

      If you would like to discuss making a claim and find out more about the process and get advice from a Solicitor, ask us to call you or please call us on 01225430285.

      Reply
  190. Lyndsey

    I have been diagnosed with tendonitis in both arms. I have been signed off work for 3 weeks now. I cannot return as the work is manual, what are my options?

    I was diagnosed in the left arm 3 years ago.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can pursue a claim for the tendonitis if you believe that the injury was caused as a result of your employers negligence towards your health and safety. You would have to make a claim within 3 years of the onset of symptoms, so with your left arm, you may already be out of limitation and unable to make a claim. However, with the right arm if that was a more recent diagnosis, we would like to speak with you and find out more about the work you have done in order to present your claim enquiry to our specialist Solicitors for detailed consideration.

      Reply
  191. Frank

    I was climbing on a commercial vehicle chassis at work and slipped and hurt my leg. Could I make a personal injury claim, or was it my fault?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not it was your fault will depend on why you were climbing on the wagon and whether the employer should have provided training or other safety equipment to reduce the risk of you falling or suffering injury.

      Our team will be able to help you to identify whether or not you can pursue a claim against your employer. Please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you to get further help with this.

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  192. David

    I was glassed while working behind a bar. I have took the individual who done it to court but am having problems in him paying out. Am i able to claim from my employers? Is it law that there should be bouncers? I was the only staff on site.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is unlikely that your employer would be found liable in this matter as you were injured as the result of an act of criminal assault. Have you considered making a claim via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) scheme? The CICA is a government funded scheme for the victims of criminal assault to claim compensation for injuries sustained in such incidents. To pursue a claim, you’ll need to have reported the incident to the police and fully cooperated with the police during their investigations. You’ll need to make a claim within 2 years of the date of the assault.

      You can make a claim directly via the CICA’s website or if you prefer, instruct one of our specialist Solicitors to act for you on a No Win No Fee basis. If you would like to find out more about this option, please contact us for further help.

      Reply
  193. Sharon Williams

    I work for a well known supermarket for a year now, since working there I have got trigger finger due to the heavy lifting and pulling pallets which weigh tons. I’m in constant agony and am waiting to have treatment at the hospital for it. I also suffer from carpal tunnel which has become worse since I’ve worked there, my managers are aware of my hands and finger and basically don’t really care.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Trigger Finger are well known repetitive strain injuries associated with certain working practices. Employers have an obligation to reduce the risk of such conditions so far as possible by providing relevant training, personal protective equipment, adequate breaks from the repetitive work and risk assess the work being carried out by their employees. If our Solicitors can identify any areas in which your employer has failed to uphold their obligations, they will pursue a claim against the employer for you.

      Reply
  194. Denise

    Hi I broke my toe at work carrying ironing from one room to another, stubbed my toe on a thick mat that looks like an outdoor one, working for a cleaning company. Have I a claim? Regards Denise.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Is the mat that you stubbed your toe against placed in a doorway? Is it likely to be deemed to be a hazard or for the employer to be held liable for placing such a mat in the position in which it was located?

      Reply
  195. Tony

    I have a epididymas blockage which has been linked to my work, can I make a claim for it it? Cause a lot of discomfort and pain but I’m too young for the surgery.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You mention that the blockage has been linked to your work. Was it your Doctor or Consultant that made the link? We would like to speak with you further about your work and the nature of the ‘injury’ you have sustained and when you developed the symptoms. If our team is able to tick the relevant criteria boxes, we would be happy to link you with a specialist Solicitor to pursue a claim for compensation. Please call us on 01225430285 or let us know when you would like us to call you.

      Reply
  196. sharon cox

    If an employee slipped whilst at work, and has been out sick for 4 weeks he has now given us a weeks notice, whilst still giving us a sick note. Can he still claim compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not the employee can make a claim for compensation will depend on the cause of their injury and not on whether or not they still work for the employer. In short, the fact that the employee is leaving the firm will have no bearing on their claim. The key is whether or not the slip can be attributed to employer or colleague negligence.

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  197. Damian

    On my third day of working as kitchen porter i slipped on the metal stairs as I was carrying basket with dishes and I hit my spine badly. i might have damaged the disc or just pain from hitting back muscle. The stairs are not well made they are very short and very slippy once a bit of water is on them. Soon i’ll get myself checked by doctor. One of waitress managers saw it and told me to sit down with my head chef and write the report down in accident book. When she spoke with him. It seemed like he somehow talked her into not doing it.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should ensure that the incident in recorded within the accident book as soon as you can do so. If the steps are regularly wet and known to be slippery, the employer should have ensured that adequate hazard warnings are in place and there is also an argument to be made to say that the employer should have ensured that a non-slip surface was placed on the steps to reduce the risk of an injury such as yours.

      If your injury does turn out to be as serious as you fear, you may wish to make a claim for compensation. If so, please call us on 01225430285 or we can call you when you are available to offer you help and guidance with your claim.

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  198. Martin

    I’m a first aider at work, on Friday 1/11/19 I was called to a serious accident. I treated the injured person, I was on my knees doing this for 2 hours on concrete, but since Friday i’ve not been able to walk properly. Monday 4/11/19 I went to work with a bad limp, I was taken to hospital my self with this swollen knee, i came from the hospital with a sprained knee I’m now off work my self, can I claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Your claim enquiry is extremely unusual and in all honesty, we don’t know at this stage whether or not it would be possible to establish negligence against the employer for their failure to provide you with any kind of knee protection, kneeling pads or similar. However, we would be happy to investigate this matter for you and seek some guidance from our specialist Solicitors as there could be a valid claim. Why not use our ‘start a claim‘ page to provide us some further basic information. Our team can then contact you and help you to find out whether or not you could pursue a claim for the damage to your knee.

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  199. Anthony

    My Mother works in a kitchen. Recently she slipped on jelly and fell to the ground whilst carrying plates. Her leg has been hurt as a result. However she does not want to attempt to claim compensation as others who have done so after being hurt, have been relegated to worse duties afterwards. They only ever received back pay for days off work too. What do you guys think?

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    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, your Mother has a right to make a claim for compensation if she is the victim of a non-fault accident at work and has a right to make that claim without any risk to her rights to continue her employment and position already held – so long as she is acting honestly and giving truthful information.

      In the case that you describe, your Mother would succeed with her claim if the employer is found to have been negligent in failing to ensure that the floor of the workplace was regularly cleaned and checked for slipping hazards.

      If she would like to discuss making a claim or find out more about the process, understand her rights and see how we may be able to assist her, please ask her to call us on 01225430285.

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  200. Peter

    Hi Ian. I am working as security guard transfer money from the bank. Was involved in three robberies in 2012, 2013 and 2014 with no physical injured but was very frightening as weapons were used. Only last year i been diagnosed from Ptsd related to this accidents by 2 different clinical psychologists as i was not well for last 2 years and i did know what was wrong with me. Over year out of work due to chronic ptsd as my company never provided me any medical support at time of accidents and symptoms of ptsd got too chronic with other mental disorders.
    Can i pursue the claim when i knowledge last year and company fail to provided me care of duty at the time of accidents? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The problem you will likely face is one of limitation. As claims for criminally caused injuries must be made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), the limitation for such claims is 2 years from the date of the incident. Although you have only discovered that you have PTSD in the past 12 months, the date of limitation will start from the date that you began to suffer symptoms.

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  201. Kat

    I recently had a fall at work. I work in a supermarket. I work twilight hours. I was carrying a footstool in the warehouse to place it back in the storage area for them and didn’t see plastic wrap left in the middle of the walk way, which was still connected to the big crates- as no one bothered to cut it back or get rid of it.
    As the footstool covered my foot view the plastic wrap wrapped around my foot causing me to fall, the stool hit the floor first and I followed landing chin first onto the stool. The accident was reported straight to my manager who really wasn’t interested and never logged it in the accident book. I left work feeling quite sick/and a headache and major jaw ache, went home to sleep and when I woke up I was in agony with my neck and the top of my back and my arms but I had to go to work as I can’t afford to be off. I told my boss I would really struggle tonight and nothing no help offered at all! I lifted 3 boxes and that was it I was in agony – one of my other managers finally logged it in the accident book and I left and went straight to A and E, who have told me I have severe whiplash and bruising of my jaw. I am now in the mist of physio and acupuncture but have been told this is going to take a while to get it back to being right. I am still working and meant to be on light duties, however my boss is still making me carry heavy stuff and drag heavy cages which I have now refused point blank to do anymore. Is this something I could make a claim for? It happened just over a month ago now.

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    • Ian Morris

      You describe an accident at work scenario that would lead us to taking an initial view that you have a valid claim for compensation to be made against your employers insurance.

      It is good that you have finally had the details recorded in an accident book and good that you have attended A&E regarding the injuries. We would certainly like to assist you in pursuing your claim for compensation and have specialist Solicitors able to advise and represent you in a claim should you so wish.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or if you prefer, ask us to call you at a time that suits you and our team will be in touch to offer you the help you need.

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  202. Liz

    I had an accident at work whereby I fell down the stairs. I tore my miniscus and have undergone surgery to repair this. A year on it still hurts to bend my leg.
    Can I claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      You can certainly make a claim. Whether or not you have a valid claim will depend on what caused you to fall down the stairs. If there was a slipping hazard on the stairs – such as they were wet or there was a loose item on them with no hazard warning etc, you would likely have a strong claim. If there was a raised edge strip or a damaged section of flooring that caused you to trip, again a claim would be valid.

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can discuss your accident at work with you and help you to identify whether or not you can make a claim. Alternatively, ask us to contact you at a time that suits you.

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  203. matthew

    I crushed and injured my toe at an old employer (woolworths). This was over 10 years ago. They did cover my doctors bills at the time but I was also starting a job with a new company and at the time I didn’t want to “look bad” to my new employee so I just “soldiered on”.

    The toe has permanent damage and still causes me a lot of pain and limits somethings I do in my life today.
    Is the case too old to follow up?

    Thank you.

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    • Ian Morris

      Sadly, your right to make a claim for personal injury compensation for the accident you had at work some 10 years ago is no longer available to you. You needed to have acted upon your claim within 3 years of the date of your injury and as 10 years have passed, you are sadly 7 years out of limitation.

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  204. John

    My employer knows that my arm is swollen and irritated. They have taken my hand computer away and have me cut continuously – further irritating my arm. I do not have restrictions but they are aware of injury.

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    • Ian Morris

      If your employer caused your injury to happen through negligence (a lack of training, a failure to provide the correct PPE or work equipment for example), then you could look in to making a claim against them for the injury.

      However, if you sustained the injury outside of work and the work that you had already been employed to do irritates that injury, that is not negligence from the employer. If this is the case, you can see your GP and get signed off work or request lighter or alternative duties from the employer. However, if there are no lighter or alternative duties available, the employer does not have to provide the same to you.

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  205. Bernie

    I have been working in a supported living unit this past three years and have found it too stressful so am now off work with work related stress/ chest pain, depression because one of the tenants have been threatening to kill both tenants and staff. Do I claim compensation? This job has completely ruined me. I have worked in a supported living unit 13 yrs previously and never ever was left to deal with a tenant with a mental illness. He should not be in a supported living unit. The tenant threatens to slice my throat, push me into his bed etc.

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    • Ian Morris

      If our expert in such matters was of the view that you have a valid claim for work related stress compensation, you could seriously consider pursuing your right and seeking damages for the situation in which your employer has placed you.

      To find out whether or not your situation is one that meets the criteria needed to be able to pursue a claim against your employer for the stress and anxiety caused to you, please complete and return our initial questionnaire. On receipt of your questionnaire, our specialist will contact you to advise you accordingly. You can request the questionnaire by emailing our team at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

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  206. Dan

    Hi.
    I have recently in the last month had an accident at work. I work as an engineer in a large UK company for the last 13 years. I locally isolated 2 stand water units to swap some valves over. On isolating the 2nd stand the water wasn’t fully shut and had residual back pressure leak all over myself resulting in more than 10 days off work due to a bacterial infection due to this water as this system is not in closed loop as it hadn’t been used for 9 months so I suspect the water is contaminated. I filled out all the accident at work forms but as I had more than 3 days off hse got involved. There is no written procedure of how to isolate or lock off these water stands or risk assessments or procedures and I completed it how I usually do the job, the machine is different to the newer equipment. The hse team are saying its my fault as I didn’t isolate it at the mains which is never done on the cells where we work. They are saying they are not liable. Where do I stand with this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Although the HSE may be saying it was your ‘fault’ for not isolating the stands, if the employer has failed to provide you with guidance, assessments or procedures as to how to deal with these stands, then there is a case to be made to say that they should be held liable, either in part or in full for the illness caused to you by the bacteria filled water that sprayed on you.

      We would be happy to assist you in getting some specialist, qualified advice from our personal injury Solicitors who would be very happy to discuss your situation in detail. Although the Solicitors would be the ones to confirm this, our initial view is that you have a valid claim to be made against the employer.

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  207. Helen

    Hi i work as a checkout operator and have just had a large shoulder operation most likely due to lifting heavy items over a conveyor belt. I have been off 10 weeks and still in recovery. My employers are asking me to do phase return. My consultant, physio and GP say i am not ready and my sicknote runs out on 2nd December and not been signed off by consultant yet. I am sure my shoulder needed extensive surgery as a result of my job. What would u suggest?

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    • Ian Morris

      Firstly, with regards to whether or not you are able to return to work we suggest that you speak with both your Consultant and your employer. A phased return is the safest and best way for any person to return to work over a gradual and phased process. You should find out what work your employer wants you to do and find out if it is possible to perform light duties that do not require use of the shoulder etc. You should then discuss the same with your consultant to see if they are happy for you to do such work. If yes, great. If no, then you should follow your Consultants instructions.

      With regards to the injury to your shoulder and making a claim against your employer, it is the case that you will need to establish that your injury was caused by your work and not an age related condition and that your employer has been negligent towards your health and safety at work. Your Consultant should be able to advise you as to whether or not (in their view) your injury is consistent with the work you were doing. If so, you should then look at what training and support your employer provided to minimise the risk of such an injury. Perhaps the employer has not provided you with the correct manual handling training or given you a work station that forced you to over-stretch to lift or move items of weight? If this (or similar) is the case, a claim may well be an appropriate next step.

      Finally, you need to consider when your symptoms first materialised and confirm whether or not they developed within the past 3 years. If you first attended your GP with symptoms more than 3 years ago, you would likely be out of limitation and unable to make your claim. However, if less than 3 years has passed you should contact us to further discuss this situation.

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  208. Arnetta Lawrence

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

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    • Ian Morris

      Thank you for letting us know that we have been able to help you. We’ve worked hard to make our website a useful resource for people looking for general advice and help in pursuing claims for personal injury compensation.

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  209. Kenneth

    I broke my wrist at work. I am a bin collector, I have been on sick for 6 weeks. I have been told today that my contract has come to an end, I think that is unfair as I still have a sick note for 4 weeks, no one was to blame, could I make a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not you can make a claim for the wrist injury you sustained at work will depend on how the injury happened. If your employer could have taken steps to reduce a risk of the injury being sustained and failed to do so (not providing training, failure to provide adequate protective equipment or tools etc), then you could seek to make a claim.

      Why not contact us to discuss your accident at work with our team. We can then advise you as to your options regarding a claim.

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  210. John

    Hello, I was off work for 17 month with a back and sciatica problems, my work is HGV DRIVER with a lot of manual handling, ive been at the company this last 29 years and have attended occupational health doctor about 4/5 times with there last 2 reports saying I would fall under the disability equality act of n,Ireland, I got a mouth faze return 2 work on January 2018 but after that I was offered no further help and just put back in 2 the heavy lifting again with no adjustments, I’m off now again with the same problems this last six months on ssp, they did take another man in 2 the office witch he was a HGV DRIVER like me, this would have helped me but was not offered this position, r I’m I to late 2 make a claim of lost of earnings,

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    • Ian Morris

      If you live and work in Northern Ireland, any claim or right to make a claim will fall under the legal jurisdiction of the laws pertaining to Northern Ireland and you’ll need to make enquiries with a Solicitor working within that legal system.

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  211. Fiona

    An incident happened whilst I was a work. 2 men came in with guns, they’d pointed them at us and threatened us. This has left me feeling very anxious and stressed. I can’t sleep and I feel very jumpy.

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    • Ian Morris

      The incident that has caused you the emotional trauma and psychological injury was one of a criminal nature. As such, under UK law the route to making a claim for compensation would be via the government funded Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) scheme for the victims of crime. To make a claim, you’ll need to have sought medical attention for your injuries whether they be physical or in your case, emotional and you must cooperate fully with the Police during their investigation of the incident. You’ll also need the Crime Reference Number (CRN).

      You can make a claim direct to the CICA via their website without legal representation. However, if you prefer, you can instruct a Solicitor to pursue a CICA claim for you on a No Win No Fee basis. Pursuing a claim with a Solicitor would afford you legal representation and you would pay nothing if your claim were to fail. However, you would have to contribute up to 25% of your compensation if successful with the claim. You would not need any ATE insurance for such a claim, so you would not have any other deductions or costs other than the 25% deduction upon success.

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  212. Mark

    I was sent to a job where I have to climb though a 45 degree roof window from the loft area to a flat roof, both locking bars on each side of the window have been broken off & a 36 inch piece of timber has be fashioned to hold it open, I climbed out onto the roof ok! But when I was climbing back through my foot knocked the piece timber away resulting it to crush injuries to three fingers & my thumb with a deep cut, I’ve been to my local GP & treated at hospital twice & waiting for appointments for hand therapy, if I was to make a claim, who would this effect, ie my employer or the business I was carrying out the work?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is most likely that your claim would be made against the ‘owner’ of the property where you were injured as it is their negligence that has caused this injury to you. The locking bars should have been replaced with appropriate and proper equipment and the piece of timber that has been fashioned to work in place of them is clearly a risk of injury.

      It would appear that you have a good claim and this is a matter we would like to help you with. Please call us on 01225430285 or send us your phone number and we’ll call you back.

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  213. genadijs

    I have a bad back because I had to load trailers full of truck tyres, am I standing on ground to get some compensation please?

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    • Ian Morris

      You would have a right to make a claim for compensation if your employer has been negligent towards your health and safety at work and if they have failed to minimise the risk of injury to you by providing the correct manual handling training or appropriate equipment to enable you to work safely.

      Given the physical nature of the work you were doing, your employer should have ensured that you were trained in safe lifting and that you were afforded help or equipment to lift items exceeding 25kgs in weight. Further, as the work may well have been repetitive, the employer should be ensuring adequate breaks or rotation.

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  214. Kay

    Hi, I work in mental health and a patient has just tried to kill me by pushing me into oncoming traffic, what can I do as management appear to be playing it down? Also I was not allowed to incident report it as they insisted that they do it and that it would not be in the patient’s or my interest to report it to the police. I was inches away from the car.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It may be wise to escalate this matter to the HSE in order that they can advise you as to whether or not there are further appropriate steps that your employer should take in protecting you from the risk of this happening again.

      Your employer should ensure that this incident is fully investigated and risk assessed.

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  215. Sharon white

    If I’m a self employed taxi driver and was given lots of wheelchair work and have had to have 2 hernia repairs, and now in desperate need of a operation to my lower back which is quite bad, can I claim against the company that give me the jobs?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As a self-employed worker taking on a contract of work from a 3rd party you are responsible for your own health and safety and in the scenario you describe, it is not likely that you would be able to pursue a claim successfully against the company that has provided you with work.

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  216. Ronald

    I got injured at work and admitted to the hospital yesterday and the doctor said I was going to spend not less than three months at the hospital. Will the months spent out of work be my annual leave?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is unlikely that you would have 3 months of holiday leave to use and under UK law, if you do not have a contract of employment that entitles you to receive pay whilst off work due to injury (which is unusual), you would be placed on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you qualify for the scheme.

      As you have been injured at work, you should consider making a claim for accident at work compensation. If you were to succeed with such a claim, you would be entitled to recover compensation for the injuries sustained and also recover all lost income and future loss of income if relevant. You can call our team for further help with this.

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  217. Mariusz

    Hi I have accident at work. I’m working in hospital as environmental porter and I was working in the compound area sorting out rubbish where there are skips for scrap electric and metal. There is public access to those skips, they are not behind close gate or fence. Scrap people comes in the white van try to steal scrap. My colleague approached the driver to tell them not to take anything but driver grabbed him by throat. He managed to free himself and the driver speeds off and hit me by the van and he never stopped it was hit and run. I’ve been advised by the solicitors that I can claim as road traffic accident. But that was during my work and at my work place. So the question I have is: Can I claim as road accident from van driver insurance and as accident at work from my employer? Or I can claim only once? Many thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      You can only claim once and cannot make both a claim against the van driver and employer. In this case, the claim is not against your employer but against the van driver – if you have their details. To pursue your claim, you’ll need to have reported the incident to the Police and sought medical attention.

      If you do not have the van driver’s details (or if it transpires that the van was not insured) you could still pursue a claim via the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) scheme for the victims of uninsured or untraced drivers. Whilst you don’t need to instruct a Solicitor to act for you on a claim via the MIB scheme, you may prefer to instruct one of our specialist Solicitors to act for you as you would then be certain that your legal rights were fully upheld and that your injuries and losses were comprehensively demonstrated and that your settlement reflected the same.

      We would be happy to help you with your claim and invite you to contact us on 01225430285 and speak with our team. Alternatively, you may prefer to ask us to call you at a time that suits you.

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  218. sharon

    I have got trigger finger. I have worked in the pottery industry all my life until last year and now been diagnosed with trigger finger. I have only worked at two pot banks during my career. Could I make a claim for compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      As long as your diagnosis of the condition was made within the past 3 years, you have the right to make a claim for compensation.

      Trigger finger is an injury caused by repetitive use or movement and is commonly associated with manufacturing work. If you would like to further investigate making a claim for compensation, please call us on 01225430285 or you can ask us to call you if you prefer. Our team are ready to help you understand the process of making a claim and will answer any questions you may have before submitting your claim to our specialist Solicitors for detailed consideration.

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  219. Emma

    Hi at work just a min ago and some tables got pulled out on the trolley but the ones that we just propped up against the wall fell when the trolley got pulled out, having them fall on my foot and my shin to which I now have a lovely big lump under my skin. My manager said it’s because they weren’t put away properly…do I have any rights to put in for a claim? X thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      The accident scenario you describe leads us to take an initial view that you do have a valid claim. Please call us on 01225430285 or make further contact with us on our website to start the process of making a claim for compensation.

      You should ensure that an accident book entry is completed and take photographs of your injuries. If the injuries are sufficiently serious, you should also ensure that you seek medical attention regarding them.

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  220. John

    I was held back later at work, then it was suggested I walk home by my manager. I did so and was stabbed late at night, are there valid grounds to sue?

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    • Ian Morris

      There would not be any grounds to pursue your employer for compensation for the stabbing injury you sustained. Whilst the employer may have kept you at work later than expected, they are not responsible for the fact that you were later attacked in a criminal assault.

      Whilst you cannot make a claim against your employer for the injuries you sustained, as this was a criminal assault matter, you do have the right to pursue a claim via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) scheme. This scheme is a government funded scheme open to the victims of criminal assault injuries to pursue claims for compensation. To qualify to make a claim via the CICA, a claimant must make a claim within 2 years of the date of the incident in which they were assaulted. The victim must also have reported the assault to the Police and cooperated in full with any Police investigation in to the matter.

      To pursue a claim via the CICA, you may claim directly via their website without legal representation. You can also opt to instruct a specialist Solicitor (such as via ourselves) to act for you on a No Win No Fee basis. Given the severity of the injury that you sustained, you may well prefer to instruct a specialist Solicitor to act for you in order that your legal rights are protected and exercised in full. If you would like our help in making your claim, please call our office on 01225430285 or we can call you when you are available.

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  221. Matt

    Hello, yesterday I injured my back whilst unloading a delivery in my workplaces loading bay.
    I was unloading a different van when another van and it’s driver lost control of a roll cage and it flew off the tail lift hitting me in the back – I had my back towards the tail lift facing the other van.
    Luckily It was empty but it still hurt.
    I carried on work as normal for the rest of my shift.
    The incident is on tape but not sure if it has been logged in the accident book.

    I woke up this morning in pain but decided I was fit enough go to work.
    I completed my shift again today but now it’s really starting to hurt.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have valid grounds to pursue a claim for compensation from the employers insurance cover – we can certainly help you in pursuing your claim. However, before you do, you need to do two things to protect your interests and give your claim the maximum prospects of succeeding.

      Firstly, ensure that the incident is properly recorded within an accident book. If you struggle to have the employer record it, you should make your own written report and email a copy to your line manager and you should also request that the CCTV footage is retained.

      Secondly, you should make a GP appointment to discuss your injury. The symptoms you describe could well indicate that you have suffered a soft tissue injury and it is common for the symptoms of such injuries to become more evident over 24/48 hours post incident. As such, the fact that you are hurting more this evening than you were yesterday makes sense.

      We would be very happy to help you make your claim for compensation. Please call us on 01225430285 to speak with us and find out how we can help you. Alternatively, you can ask us to call you when you are available and we’ll gladly call you back.

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  222. justinas

    Hello there,

    Please could someone look into this matter Urgently,

    I currently work for a furniture company as installer & I noticed that the weight on my items that I need to collect is never close to the sticker on the labels nor number they claim to be, I have evidence to proof this on numerous occasions,

    Last week, big mirrored door measures 2.4m by 90 cm on the package it stated to be 16.5KG but I can barely lift it from the ground on my own, and this item weight more than 50KG.

    I had an incident last week & I refused to accept the days work due to this issue, I later received an email and indirectly he wrote that if I refuse a job again ( which it only happened once through my career ) I will get into trouble and could cost me my job as well as taking my wages for the job of the day.

    I do have evidence and over the years my back was injured before and now I am in a lot of pain, due to carrying heavy weights and continuous deceiving labels that my current company is claiming that it is the right weight when it is not!! !!

    due to carrying this weight on the side my body is now dis-aligned & can not return back to its original place.

    Please advise me what can I do, what are my rights ? I have pictures of the items and documented the weight of them.

    As example work top had sticker with 11.2kg and when I put it on the scales it showed me that it was 34.4 kg which is above the weight in manual handling size of the item was 1.8m by 90 cm and 22mm thick.

    Huge Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If an employer is providing items with incorrectly labelled weight as you describe, it certainly puts you at risk of injury and prevents you from being able to work safely. As such, this would be seen as employer negligence and you would then likely have a valid claim for compensation against your employer.

      Please obtain evidence if possible of the incorrectly labelled items and their real weight (photographs?) and make sure that the injury to your back is recorded with your employer. You should then forward your evidence to us and we would be happy to pass your claim to our specialist Solicitors to pursue for you.

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  223. mandy

    Hi
    i had two episodes over 1 week where i injured my back by simply picking up a loo roll the first time. and ended up on the floor, went home, i work as a carer in residential home, came back 2 days later. Did 2 night shifts, then a course 2 days later then came back on the following day as a day shift.
    After getting 3 people up i was in terrible pain and could hardly walk, my manager sent me home.
    Subsequently i had an emergency Mri scan the following week and found to have a prolapsed disc. It has been a month since i have been off work and still in terrible pain.
    I don’t want to be off work and asked was there anything in the office i could do, change care plans eat just so that i could be in work and keep myself busy and show my commitment to the company but i was told no.
    I said i was afraid about losing my job and the response i got was, it is not about losing your job its your ability to do the job, obviously i cannot do the job. The consultant stated in the hospital he highly recommended i change my job as this could be a life long problem that could easy arise again, even if i am out of pain,
    i didn’t write anything in the accident book, my fault really but i had witness to see how much pain i was in the first time as i was crying and could hardly walk, the second time i was hobbling around and my manager sent me home.

    i am on sick pay but not even sure i am getting the right amount. Can i be sacked because of my inability to do my job, how much length of time can they wait for me to return to work?

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    • Ian Morris

      In terms of personal injury compensation and making a claim, you would be able to do so if your back injury was caused by employer negligence. Therefore in your situation we would need to look at the kind of work you undertake and what training and provision your employer has provided to minimise the risk of injury. This would be manual handling training, specifically for care work requirements and what equipment the employer has provided to enable you to lift and move people safely. If the employer has failed in these obligations, a claim may proceed. However, the lack of an accident book entry could be problematic.

      An employer is within their rights to dismiss an employee who is medically unfit to perform the duties that they were employed to do. However, an employer is only likely to take such a decision after a considerable period of absence – for any employee who is not still in a probationary period. With regards to how long the employer has to wait for you to return to work, that is a question that you should address to an employment law Solicitor.

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  224. Jade

    I recently slipped and fell over at work. I got up straight away but I was in shock.

    I have been hospital today and was told that I have torn a ligament in my leg and been advised that I need a week off work. Although I have been off for 2 days now, my employer contacted me on the first day and I was told to come in to work. I explained that I couldn’t and that standing behind a bar for 6 hours wouldn’t help me. I have not seen or heard my manager say anything about an accident report form. Right next to the bar there was a wet floor sign but not a sign were I had fallen. Do I have a case here?

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    • Ian Morris

      I assume that you have slipped on a wet floor at your place of work and that the wet floor in question was not marked with a hazard warning sign? If so, you have a valid reason to pursue a claim for compensation. The claim will allege that your employer failed in their obligation to minimise the risk of injury at work by failing to erect a hazard warning sign and that your injury would have been avoided if such a sign had been erected.

      The employers insurers may of course, mount a robust defence of any claim but that should not deter you from pursuing a claim. As we work on a fully no win no fee basis, you need not be concerned about the costs of making a claim as you would pay no fees whatsoever should your claim fail.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you so that we can explain how we can help you.

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  225. Sasho

    Fell on a extremely slippery floor at work not long before my shift ended. Got right up and tried stretching it off finished my shift and went home. Mentioned the fall to a couple of employees on floor but that was it. Having a 45 mins ride home when I arrive I could barely get out of car seat. Next two days I stayed home due to excruciating pain in lower back, left hip, left hand and forearm, which were swollen and bruised and have pictures to follow up. Third day I went back in and I had contacted manager and told him what happened during the two days I was out. When I went back I was asked if I’m ok and that was it. I could barely finish 12 hr shift and for the next 3 days I could barely get out of bed. Stayed in and trying to use my own time vacation so I don’t loose income. Is it wrong that no one followed up with an incident report? Did I have to go out of my way requesting one? I’m still in a lot of back pain and have no feel in my left hand.

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    • Ian Morris

      We understand your frustration in having to repeatedly chase the employer to complete an accident or incident report form. In the scenario you describe in which you sustained soft tissue injuries as a result of a fall, it is not uncommon for the severity of any injury symptoms to not be immediately apparent. Therefore, for you to have not completed an accident report at the time of your fall is understandable.

      If your employer has now completed an accident report form, that is good to hear. However, if they have not you should make your own record in writing listing what happened and when what caused you to fall, what if any warning signs you saw (or note if there were non) and you should also state to whom you verbally reported the incident at the time. You should then send a copy of this report to your line manager and retain a copy for your own records.

      If you have not already done so, you should seek medical attention in order to get your injuries noted on your medical records and then contact us so that we can discuss your accident at work. Our staff will help you identify whether or not you are able to pursue your claim for soft tissue personal injury compensation.

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  226. David

    I developed Lateral epicondylitis 14 months into working for my employer. They refused to do a risk assessment for 7 months and 11 months later, I needed surgery. The employer didn’t report this as RIDDOR and intentionally gave me jobs to do that aggravated my pain just days after having a procedure done on my arm. There was no support at all and I have been dismissed 3 weeks after surgery stating there’s no medical evidence I can return to work. The capability hearings were biased and unfair as I was personally slated and insulted by my manager. She also alluded to me lying about needing the surgery and recovery time. I feel absolutely disgusted and deeply distressed that they can get away with this. I have an appeal hearing soon. I do not feel I could go back there now. I doubt it’ll be reversed but my manager is a bully and a ‘gas lighter’ and can’t get away with this.

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    • Ian Morris

      There are two issues for you to look at and along side any personal injury matter (which is where we can help you), you may also wish to make enquiries with an employment law Solicitor as you may have need for specific qualified employment law advice also.

      On the issue of your tennis elbow injury, you may have grounds for a claim against your employer for the injury to your arm. In order for us to be able to advise you as to whether or not you do have valid grounds to pursue a claim for the repetitive strain injury to your elbow, we’ll need to speak with you to find out a little more about the work you were doing and how you were managed once you reported pain and discomfort. We would then present your enquiry to one of our suitably qualified and experienced Solicitors for a detailed consideration of the facts of the case. We could then advise you of their feedback and if appropriate (which at this stage would appear to be likely), help you start your claim for compensation.

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  227. Jim

    I am enquiring on behalf of a relative who has requested I accompany her first accident absence policy review.

    The circumstances are that 8 weeks ago she left her workplace to make a work related mail run to the nearby post office

    For no obvious reason except wet and slippery flag stones she fell and injured her wrist (fractured).

    In great pain she made the short journey (200 yards approximately) back to her office where the First Aider (young and newly trained) refused to administer aid as it was outwith her knowledge.

    She attended local A&E and was treated at this stage without surgery. She is undergoing Physio and treatment could be for some time with no guarantee of a full recovery even with surgery. She is on SSP and therefore financially not in her interest to be off longer than necessary

    Can you advise of her rights?

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    • Ian Morris

      The area of need that you are requesting advice for falls under the speciality of employment law and not that of personal injury law, so it is hard for us to advise.

      What we can say is that there would not appear to be a strong likelihood of successfully pursuing a claim for personal injury compensation as the cause of the injury would appear to be something for which liability is unlikely to attach to the landowner in question – even though the accident happened whilst she was performing her working duties. Of course, if there is a defect with the flag stones or if someone had previously reported them as hazardous, this could be reviewed.

      The employer is not obliged to pay usual salary for the period of any sickness leave – even though the injury occurred whilst at work. Unless the person in question has a contract that affords payment of usual income whilst off sick, the employer is within their rights to pay only SSP should the individual qualify for the same during her absence.

      Of course, the injured party may be able to work the majority of the time apart from any medical appointments and may be able to seek ‘light duties’ from the employer to enable her to work.

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  228. Seb

    I was injured at work (after the MRI scan, it looks like I have “substantial partial almost full tear of the distal biceps tendon”). My Doctor said that I would have to wait for the operation until my tendon has completely snapped.

    I had few meetings with my manager about my injury and the employer put me on light duties, but the week after they moved me to a different department and I was taken off the light duties (if I am not on light duties this will be a level 1 accident at work and they don’t have to report this to America).

    What worries me and is stressing me out is the point that I can’t lead my normal life and carry on with my “recovery training” to make this arm strong again and get back to normal. My manager said that if the injury worsens or the tendon snaps completely (where the Doctor said that can happen at anytime – even during my normal activities), the employer will not pay me my sick pay! The employer knows that I have 1-year old baby and therefore, my wife is only working part time right now!

    This is stressful and I think this is not fair for me from their side! I didn’t take even one day off sick because this will get worse (relationship between employee and employer and then they have to report this!). I am not sure what I am supposed to do. I am scared to lose my wages and good relationship with my employer. I am also scared to do anything at home – even looking after my boy because I do not want the injury to get worse at home. Please help me with this.

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    • Ian Morris

      For us to be able to advise as to whether or not you can make a claim for compensation for the injury you suffered at work, we need to know what work you were doing and how you tore your bicep tendon? We can then ascertain whether the employer has failed in their obligation towards your health and safety at work and if so, we can then help you start a claim for compensation.

      Given the situation in which you find yourself, it would be wise to call us on 01225430285 so that our team can discuss your situation with you and identify whether or not a claim for personal injury compensation can proceed.

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  229. Paul

    I was injured at work while loading a trailer. The floor broke open when i entered the trailer. The counter balance I was driving slammed down real hard through the flooring of the trailer. I felt a pain in the mid to lower part of my of back. I notified my employer right away and felt i should get it checked to make sure nothing was seriously wrong. the doctor said there was separations in my discs on my spinal but attribute it to saying it was from DDD. I am only 52 and feel pretty healthy for my age. I’ve never had any issues with my back and now I definitely feel there’s an issue that’s not muscular its pain in my spine. This was the second time this has happened to me within a few months at work our company plant trucks have really bad old and cracked flooring that need to be repaired. While i was unloading one of those trailers the same exact thing happened. I felt pain was in my back then but i didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. i just reported the accident and filled out a statement about the accident. I’ve been out of work for the last couple of days and the doctor is having return to work on light duty. I don’t feel comfortable returning to work at this point and i would like to know what my options are at this point to get paid for my time out of work and if i have a claim? I’m a hourly employee.I just noticed you only do claims in the UK. I would just like some helpful info to help me through this situation. Thank you.

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    • Ian Morris

      You are right in noticing that we are a UK based company and work within the legal system covering the United Kingdom. Therefore, we are able to offer assistance to any person injured in the UK (except Northern Ireland) with regards to claims for personal injury compensation.

      We assume that you were not in the UK when injured. If so, it is impossible for us to offer advice as the legal system and the rights that you have in the jurisdiction in which you reside are unknown to us.

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  230. James

    Hi, I recently had an injury at work. A broken finger, quite badly broken. I’m a class 2 driver and work for a company that operate motorised rear doors, the door on my wagon was however defected 2 days previous not repaired and switched to manual operation!
    Long story short at my first delivery i shut the door and as the door came down and trapped my hand. Luckily my middle finger took the full force and prevented breakage on the others.

    I have received no training from work on how to operate the door manually as they are normally motorised. And although I have signed the “drivers handbook” it’s far too thick to have been read by anyone in transport fully and I was pressured into signing to say I had read it.

    I can’t work for 4 weeks minimum and I’m on holiday for 2 weeks and my employer are now saying they aren’t going to pay my holiday leave!

    Straight away I drove the vehicle back to work (automatic) I’m led to believe the vehicle was repaired immediately after I was taken to hospital.

    Some guidance in this issue would be great.

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    • Ian Morris

      The only way you can recover your lost pay whilst you are off work is by succeeding with a claim for personal injury compensation (unless you can convince your employer to pay you – which is unlikely!). Given the lack of training and the apparent fault with the door of your vehicle, you may well have grounds for a claim although the employer will obviously point to your signed ‘handbook’ in their defence.

      We would be happy to present your claim to our specialist Solicitors as they may well agree with our initial assessment and wish to act for you in a claim for compensation. Please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you so that we can help further.

      If you have not already done so, you should make sure that an accident report form has been completed with your employer.

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  231. Terry

    The company I work for introduced an App on a Android phone for me to do my daily admin task on in 2017. After about six months they issued us with an Android tablet but the Apps etc keep crashing, they also keep adding more tasks to our workload like stock taking and surveys etc to the extent I now spend around 30-40% of my day on a phone or tablet.
    Before they introduced this new way of working we had access to Desk top PCs and our phones were just used for calls,text,emails.
    At the end of 2018 I starts experiencing pains in my neck and scapula area of my upper back, also my arms and fingers. I do suffer with long term lower back problems but had never experienced this pain before. My eyes have also been affected as I only used prescription glasses for reading in the past but in January 2018 I was told I needed to wear them full time. I was told by my union to request a Occupational health assessment which I did and they made recommendations to supply me with a Tablet with a keyboard which I am still waiting for after over a month. I recently had to take 2 weeks sick as I was getting pains in my chest and short of breath, my GP thinks it may be stress related and signed me off. This was my first spell of sickness for 9 years.
    The consultant who I see for my lower back pain insist the upper back pain is due to poor posture and not connected to my lower back pain for which he has referred me for Physio.
    Occupational Health also stated that they thought I could be suffering from anxiety and stress caused by the discomfort I am suffering as a result of using the phone /Tablet.
    My main fear is I will have to give up the job after 13 years and, I would struggle to find another given I have a bad back and I am approaching 60.
    Do you think I have a case If am forced to leave work ? My Union rep doesn’t seem overly interested but I really need some sound advice.

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    • Ian Morris

      Proving a causal link between the use of the smartphone and tablet and the upper back/neck pain could be troublesome, but it may well be that a claim could proceed. Given the fact that an occupational health assessment has lead to recommendations, the employer does need to take action to implement the recommendations made. You would be within your rights to complain at the slow response from the employer and you perhaps should let them know that you are still waiting for the keyboard – and do so in writing.

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  232. Bryan

    What are my rights if my supervisor doesn’t give me modified duties after a back injury and I re-injured it as a result. I then got a doctors note for modified duties and my supervisor still doesn’t accommodate that!

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    • Ian Morris

      An employer is not obliged to provide amended duties if the amended duties are not compatible with the needs of the business.

      If you have injured your back because of negligence, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.

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  233. Ian Morris

    This is an issue of employment law and should be addressed to an employment law Solicitor as your partner needs to understand what rights he has and what rights his employer has.

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  234. MICHAEL

    I had an accident at work in May 2019 where I slipped in a freezer where I damaged my ribs. That night at home I had to have paramedics call as I could not get my breath. I was put on the sick for 2 weeks after which I went back to work and was asked to fill in a back to work form and produce a fit note which I said I hadn’t got. When asked to sign the form my hand would not work properly and my speech was slurred for a moment. I was sent home and told to see my doctor.
    Apparently I had a mini stroke and was told to have tests and could not drive for 4 weeks.
    I was paid full pay whilst I was off so did not feel a need to claim.
    Since going back to work for the next 6 weeks or so the workload had increased due to a shortage of staff. This caused excessive stress on myself which I expressed to my manager and others.
    On Friday 13th after a very hard mornings work I felt pains in my chest. I went to hospital and was transferred to a specialist hospital for heart surgery.
    I have been told that I will receive ssp only and I don’t know how long I will be off work.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given the serious situation in which you find yourself now having had heart surgery, it is understandable that you now wish to look further in to your rights after your accident at work.

      With specific regard to the heart situation, it is likely to be very difficult to prove a causal link between the work you were doing and the impact on your health in terms of negligence by the employer. However, that issue can be considered.

      You may though have a valid claim for compensation for the injury to your ribs that seems to have been catalyst for the current situation. However, before we can advise you as to whether or not you do have rights to make a claim, we need to know more about the incident in which you slipped. One would expect an industrial freezer to have ice on the floor or to be slippery, so we would like to know more about what steps the employer takes to minimise the risk of slipping incidents. Do they provide specific ‘gripped’ footwear or should there be a grip surface etc?

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  235. Lee

    Hi I’ve had a trip in work and caused serious damage to my knee, as a result of this I will not be able to do my role as a lift engineer, however I can return on light duties, will this affect my salary and my inability to do overtime? If so can I claim back the difference in salary’s before and after the accident?

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    • Ian Morris

      Yes, you would potentially be able to recover your lost income and any loss of overtime (if you regularly do work overtime, the potential loss of income can be established based on previous months salary payments) as a result of your accident at work as the injuries sustained are causing you loss.

      The only way to seek such recovery is by making a claim for personal injury compensation against the employers insurance cover. As you tripped at work, the claim would likely surround the cause of the tripping accident and what action the employer (or other business owner if off site) should have taken or could have taken to reduce the risk of injury. If successful with such a claim, you would recover compensation for the injury itself – which would be based on medical evidence, but also via your special damages claim you would recover the loss of income and out of pocket expenses caused in the accident.

      Our Solicitors would be happy to consider your claim and if appropriate, would act for you on a No Win No Fee basis. Please call our team or ask us to call you to start the ball rolling.

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  236. MARCIN G

    During my first month of work I lost part of my ring finger (right hand) and I’m right handed. This happened when me and my 2 colleagues have been moving massive stone worktop. That put me off work for 7 weeks. My Boss paid me all my salary and any expenses during that time. I’m now working again but still nothing is happening. My question is do I have rights to make a claim for my personal injury? If yes, how do I make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Although your employer paid your salary whilst you were away from work (which is good and should be commended), that does not mean that you cannot make a claim for compensation.

      The fact that you have received pay is good, but you have lost a part of your finger from your dominant hand and that is a permanent loss and a visible injury to live with. The loss of a part of a finger will reduce your dexterity and grip strength and could impact you more in later life, so the right to make a claim is an important one.

      We would be happy to assist you with the process of making a claim for compensation with our specialist Solicitors. The process is simple and we would be happy to discuss this with you and offer you our help. Please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you.

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  237. Lucy

    I had an accident at work which resulted in me injuring my hand badly and needing stitches. My doctor has advised that I cannot work for 7 days due to the stitches and their location on my hand. However my employer is pressuring me to go back to work almost straight away. Due to being a welder this would be difficult for me as I have limited movement in my hand and it is not a clean environment due to metal dust etc. What advice would you be able to give me?

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    • Ian Morris

      You should follow the medical advice given you to you with regards to what you should or should not do. Whilst your employer may be in need of your services, you need to prioritise your hand and your future. If you were to further damage your hand or get an infection, the long term consequences to you could be serious and you would be within your rights to refuse to work on the grounds that you are not able to do so safely or without risk of injury.

      With regards to the injury you have sustained and the stitches you have received, you may have a valid claim against your employer for compensation. We would be happy to discuss your accident at work with you in order to help you understand your rights and what options you have in terms of making a claim for compensation. Please call us or make an online enquiry to find out more.

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  238. Sophie

    I was on probationary period work as front of house and had no health and safety training or documents to look at which I questioned after having back pain from carrying weight loads too much for me. When I spoke to the manager and asked about if they have anything he said “no, it’s on you really we just have an accident book” which I found shocking. When I said about my back he said “oh well, thats last week’s problem”. After another couple of weeks of being in pain I told the manager i’m still having problems with my back and he said you still have to work a month after handing in your notice. Its been about 3 weeks and I quit and am still in pain. Just wondering if this is at all right, seems very wrong for an employer to have this disregard for their staffs health?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is totally wrong for an employer to ignore the risks of injury in the workplace. Indeed, employers have a legal obligation to ensure that the workplace is as safe as possible and that the risks of injury such as those that can be caused by overlifting are mitigated through provision of adequate manual handling training and support.

      In your case, if your injury was documented in the accident book at your former workplace and you have sought medical attention, you could pursue a claim against them for the injury to your back. If so, please call us on 01225430285 to start your claim or seek advice.

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  239. Stephina

    Hi, on the 28 August I got an accident at work place, slip and fall on face broken 2 incisors teeth. As it night shift first Aid was then some time. And they took me home and telling me that tomorrow morning I must report work early as to take me to hospital. Then woke up early went to company. Wait till 9:00 then they took me hospital. After examination with the doctor he gave documents. Then at work they sign papers and promised to get money as soon as possible. I wasn’t given enough time to heal for pain and suffering and trauma. My supervisor pressured me to go and work at the same place where I got injured. I don’t feel well with that place where I’m injured. When I got there I become traumatised. I remember the day I fall on my face.

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    • Ian Morris

      Has your accident been recorded in an accident book at the workplace? We would like to know more about your accident and what caused you to fall and suffer injury. If you could please advise us as to what happened and how you fell, we can then offer a view as to whether or not you could pursue a claim for compensation against the employer.

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  240. Jerry

    I got hurt at work when the crane dropped the pipe hook to pick up the pipe and I was in the walkway. The pipe crane hook that picks up the pipe came down and and hit me in the neck and my head. The jolt hurt my back too.

    I had surgery on my back 3 years ago. My employer has said that as I have previously hurt my back, they will not pay for my surgery? Is this right? Can they refuse to compensate me even though I was hurt at work?

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    • Ian Morris

      As you were injured at work in the way you describe, we would have every confidence that you would succeed with a claim for compensation against your employer. Whilst you have a pre-existing back condition that has previously been treated in surgery, that would not prevent you from being able to recover compensation for the exacerbation of that condition and the causing of new injuries such as concussion, neck pain and for your associated losses.

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  241. Dave barton

    I was given a day to pick up timber to build racking in the back of the work hire van. I then got emails to take on work which stressed me out somewhat, due to not having enough time to get my van ready.

    I had an ‘over full’ van for about 3 months and I was struggling. I then went off work ill on leave for 2 weeks. At the end of the second week I was trying to finish the inside racking in the van and then fell on the tools etc that were in the back of the work hire van (they would not have been there if I had been allowed time to complete the racking properly) and sustained a broken bone in my foot. I have been to hospital and now I am in an air cast and may need an operation. Can I make a claim due to poor H/S management from my employer?

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    • Ian Morris

      There is clearly a valid argument to be made to support your claim here on the basis that your employer had failed to allow you to ensure that your working environment (which would include your works vehicle) is a safe working area. As you have then fallen in that work area due to the tools creating a tripping hazard – that would not otherwise have been present if you had been allowed to complete the racking etc – we feel you do have a valid claim for accident at work compensation.

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  242. Joe

    I got injured at work lifting a very heavy carpet with a colleague. It was a 4 man lift of which I notified the management, but all they said was “you’ll be fine”! I have been signed off for 5 weeks with a sprained rotator cuff in my shoulder. Can I make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 or we can call you when you are available as we feel that you have a valid claim. Your employer would appear to have disregarded their obligations to your health and safety at work by ignoring your concerns about the working method and possible risk of injury and as you have then sustained injury, you have every right to make a claim against their insurance for the pain and discomfort of your injury and for any associated loss of income and incurred costs.

      The initial process would be for us to take some further information about your injury, your work and what has happened. We would then pass that to one of our specialist expert Solicitors who would have a further conversation with you before commencing a claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  243. Penny

    I was diagnosed with a provoked pulmonary embolism in July – clot on my lung following taking a long haul flight (out on a Wednesday and back on Friday) for work meetings. The hospital have now concluded that travel flights were the trigger and so are calling this provoked, and work flights are the only flights taken in period immediately leading up to illness.
    I am on blood thinners and will be for another 3 months. There are risks of recurrence now and this will now likely impact the rest of my life. Clots can kill and I am lucky it was still on my lung and not travelled to my brain / heart.
    I found out that my pulmonary embolism was classified as provoked – travel related – last week.
    While I was off sick, the sick pay was statutory only.
    They are now making me redundant.
    Question- is there a claim for compensation for loss of income while off sick, as well as any other lifelong value based compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      The employer is within their rights legally to only provide Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) as there is no legal obligation for UK employers to pay staff their full salaries whilst they are off work through ill health. The only caveat to this is if you have a contractual agreement with your employer that affords you a more generous sickness benefit. Therefore, the only route to recovering lost income would be by pursuit of a claim for personal injury and succeeding with the same.

      However, in your case whilst medical professionals have stated that your embolism was provoked, there is no indication that your employer has been negligent and therefore responsible for this situation. Although you flew long haul return over a 3 day period, there is no indication that such a situation would be known to be inherently dangerous. Sadly, our view is that your situation is not one a Solicitor would be keen to pursue on a No Win No Fee basis due to the considerable risk that such a claim would not succeed.

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  244. Andrea

    I have had an accident at work, whilst teaching a fitness class and I’m worried about losing income if I have to take time off work.
    I was jumping and upon landing I fell and twisted my right ankle, which now feels achy and looks swollen.
    I’m currently sat waiting in A&E to have it looked at.
    My job is physical and I need to be in good physical shape to be able to carry out my job.
    I am employed on a casual basis, and I know that when I have previously enquired about sick pay (for something unrelated to a work injury) I was told I would not qualify for sick pay.
    However, with this happening at work, I am wondering whether they will still pay me if I need to take time off? I also have classes at other gyms which I may have to cancel, and I’m worried about losing money.
    I’ve also heard about making a claim for compensation, but I don’t know what is the best option for me. They are very good and very fair employees and I want to continue to have a good relationship with my employer.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Many thanks.

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    • Ian Morris

      The nature of the ‘contract’ that you have with your employer will confirm whether or not you would be entitled to receive pay if you are away from work through injury or illness. In most cases, employees do not receive pay whilst off ‘sick’ even if they are off work through an injury caused at work. UK Law does not require employers to pay staff their usual income whilst away from work so it is simply a company policy issue as to whether or not sick pay is afforded to employees.

      In your case, you could only pursue a claim for compensation against the employer if the cause of your injury can be attributed to negligence against them. This could be a lack of training, a failure to provide or supply the correct equipment/tools etc for the job in question or provision of faulty or dangerous equipment. If that is the case, you could seek to pursue a claim for compensation and if successful, not only would you be entitled to a compensation settlement for the injury sustained, but also you would be able to recover any lost income or incurred costs caused by the injury sustained.

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  245. Chris renfrew

    I had an accident at work when an angle grinder disk shattered and lacerated my arm. I have had hospital treatment including 5 stitches and had to have 3 days off work. I have been told that I am not being paid for my days off or I that I will have to use my holiday leave to cover my pay. I was told to take a week off work but could only take 3 days as I did not have enough holiday days left to cover the full week. Can my employer do this?

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    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, employers do not have to pay staff their usual salary/income if they are off work through injury or illness. This certainly seems unfair as even if an injury was caused at work, through no fault of the injured worker, the employer does not have to pay them anything more than Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if the employee qualifies for such pay.

      In your case, the only way you can recover your lost pay or lost holiday allowance would be by successful pursuit of a claim for personal injury compensation – something we can help you with if you’d like to get in touch.

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    • Paul

      I worked in a squad using a chemical bonding agent for years with no training whatsoever and there were no labels on it. I have since found out that we should have been wearing respirators, but I was not told this by the employer at the time. I was sent for a lung test by my council employer about 2 years ago but found out only recently that because of the carcinogenics that other staff were told to stop using it a year and half ago.

      This is causing me great mental worry as one of my squad has already been diagnosed with cancer. Do you think I have a claim for negligence on my employers part?

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      • Ian Morris

        Whether or not you would succeed with a claim for the concern you have about possible health implications is unclear. However, if you are diagnosed with a health condition related to the years spent being exposed to a substance without adequate personal protective equipment that your employer should have provided would certainly warrant making a claim for compensation.

        It would be wise to make a GP appointment to discuss the situation in which you find yourself and request that tests are undertaken to confirm your health.

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  246. Siobhan

    Hi, don’t know if I have missed the window of opportunity but thought I would ask. I got kicked in the back whilst at work. How many years do I have before it’s too late to put in a claim? I already had a back problem at the time and it was extremely well managed. This accident has caused me ongoing problems. I am currently off sick from my current job and trying to survive on SSP.
    I am on quite strong pain medication and I will always have a problem. Just feel my life would not have been so bleak. I filled in the accident book at the time. I have no idea if it was reported. I look forward to hearing from you.

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    • Ian Morris

      If you were injured whilst at work, the UK personal injury legal system will afford you a period of 3 years in which you can then pursue a claim.

      In your case, if 3 years has passed since your injury, you won’t be able to take action. If you have less than 6 months of the 3 years remaining, you need to take action quickly as it becomes harder to place a claim on a No Win No Fee basis in such circumstances.

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  247. Bryn

    I have sustained an injury to my lip due to my manager throwing an object at me. He did not deliberately mean to injure me. Have been to hospital and they have glued the wound, but today it is extremely swollen and painful. I am agency staff so do not have a full contract with the company yet. What rights do I have as I have had to take the day off today?

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    • Ian Morris

      You should certainly make sure that your injury and cause is recorded in the accident book – both at the place of work and ideally with the agency with whom you are registered. Whilst the Manager who caused your injury may not have intended to cause injury, the fact that they were throwing an item at or to you is clearly an act of negligence.

      To recover any loss of income, your only option (other than to appeal to them to pay you for a missed day – which they would be within their rights to decline) would be to pursue (and succeed with) a claim for personal injury compensation. Under the current personal injury compensation system, a claimant is entitled to recover compensation for their injury and also to recover any incurred costs or loss of income caused by the injury.

      In your case as you have had to have medical treatment to a laceration to the lip that is likely to leave some permanent scarring, if you were to succeed with a claim, your settlement would reflect the impact that such a scar may have upon your confidence and self-esteem.

      We would be happy to assist you in furthering a claim for compensation. If you would like to take action with our No Win No Fee Solicitors, we’ll need to speak with you on the phone to take some initial information. Our Solicitors would then be able to call you directly for a detailed chat about the incident and then advise you further with regards to pursuing a claim.

      You can start the claims process by requesting a call back or by calling our team on 01225430285.

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  248. Knowledge

    I was involved in an accident whilst I was out of town with my company car performing company duties. My employer has not done anything for me medically or in any other way to help me and now I have a permanent scar.

    I just wanted to know how I go about claiming as it’s been three months now from the accident.

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    • Ian Morris

      It should not matter where your accident happened as you should be able to pursue a claim against the negligent 3rd party driver who caused your accident. Your claim would be made against the insurers of the 3rd party and to start your claim, we would simply need some initial basic details, including:

      1, The date of the accident
      2, The location of the accident
      3, Your vehicle registration details
      4, 3rd party vehicle registration details
      5, Description of the accident
      6, Details of your injury
      7, Your personal contact details

      Once we have this information, we can pass the matter to one of our specialist road traffic accident Solicitor to start your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  249. Gysbert

    I was injured on duty, thought it was a recurring hernia but it was not, so i got all the papers from the hospital and then my manager told me not to proceed with a iod – i might get a warning for getting injured, but now they took my sick leave and told me i don’t have any left, what can i do?

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    • Ian Morris

      Your options will be somewhat governed by the time that has lapsed since your injury and now. If the incident you refer to was some time ago, it will now be hard to make a report of the injury as being a workplace matter. However, if you are talking about an incident that has only happened recently, you should still report it and follow the correct procedure.

      You should not worry about getting a warning for suffering an injury at work – unless your injury was caused by you ignoring prescribed protocol or training instructions.

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  250. Brandon

    I cut my arm while I was on vacation, minor and seemed to be healing well. 5 days later when I returned to work it blew up with swelling by lunch. I worked the rest of the day not thinking it was that serious but I was diagnosed with cellulitis on my elbow that put me out for a week unpaid, point is it was fine until I started work coming off vacation, and I’m back at work but it’s not healed and need to return to the doctor soon.

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    • Ian Morris

      As things stand, we cannot see that your employer bears any responsibility for the worsening of your injury caused whilst you were away on leave. To take action in terms of a claim for compensation, any claim would have to be made against the persons/organisation that caused the laceration – if indeed, it was caused by negligence.

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  251. Omar

    After I told my manager I was having headaches from the spray cans we use to paint the wheels he’s been giving me a hard time. Last friday I was breaking down some boxes, i’m bent forward, he comes from behind with the cherry picker and kicks the boxes and they hit my back. I turn around, he stares at me, turns around and leaves. I ask him for a mask to paint he said we don’t have any. I told him a month ago and he said they will get here in a couple of days, now he says they haven’t arrived, they want me to quit.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should put the issues you have described here to your employer in writing. As you use spray paints, the employer has an obligation to ensure that you are provided with respiratory protection and that the workplace is well ventilated.

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  252. Dustin

    I suffered from a partial amputation of my left middle finger. My employer and actually the owner of the company was standing right next to me when it happened. He instructed me to not claim the injury, and that he would reimburse me any expenses I accumulated and would cover the medical bills. I found out yesterday that they had not been paid, and when I approached him and questioned him about it, I was told that they were to be paid at his discretion. They are almost a year unpaid. The next day he re-instigated the conversation, that turned into an argument, that led to my dismissal. What do I do now?????

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    • Ian Morris

      The situation you describe is one that highlights the importance of ensuring that the interests of an injured person are paramount to that injured person when they have been in an accident. In this case, you have relied upon a verbal agreement with an employer who was clearly attempting to cover their own back after your injury. Now that they have gone back on their own offer to cover your costs, you are left in the lurch.

      Was your accident at work recorded in an accident book? Do you have evidence to demonstrate that it happened at work? If so, you could approach a specialist personal injury compensation expert – such as ourselves at Direct2Compensation so that a claim for compensation for your serious injury and associated costs and losses can be pursued for you.

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  253. Scott

    My wife was injured on the job , she hurt her shoulder lifting and setting up multiple tables by hersef. She thought nothing of it and worked through the pain. A week later she is not only suffering physical pain ,but now emotional pain due to not knowing if she will make it through the day. She was not told to seek medical help or did the employer fill out an incident report. Now she is thinking of just quitting and living with her pain,I advised to see a Dr, and to seek advice. What should she do in this situation?

    Thank you in advance

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    • Ian Morris

      In this matter, a key point of relevance will be what (if any) training the employer provided to your wife regarding manual handling and whether or not they provided any guidance or equipment to assist with the safe moving of the multiple tables. If the employer has failed in either obligation, your wife should address that in any report she makes.

      This could be a matter that warrants pursuit as a claim for compensation and we would be happy to further discuss this with your wife to help her understand whether or not we can take this further.

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  254. Tan

    I work in a nursery. I’ve torn a ligament in my right shoulder before and I have had pains in it for roughly 4 years. However, it started again 2 weeks ago at work. The advised tablets and remedies are now not working because I’m still attending work and doing a lot of physical things and my shoulder is not healing. If anything, it’s getting worse but I have to go in because I won’t get paid. What do I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      You mention that you have a history of trouble with the right shoulder and as some of that history dates back for 4 years, you may face an issue of limitation if you now make a claim. Any claim within the UK for personal injury compensation must be made within 3 years. As such, some of your trouble is clearly outside of that time frame.

      However, with the ‘new’ or recent return of the problems, you could possibly make a claim for the exacerbation of your problem. However, to succeed with your claim you’ll need to be able to link it to an area of employer negligence or an incident at your workplace. You mention doing lots of physical work. With this in mind, we would need to know what you have been doing and what (if any) training the employer has provided to you to attempt to minimise the risk of injury.

      If we can identify a route to help you make a claim for compensation, you would be able to do so on a No Win No Fee basis. If you were to succeed with a claim, you would be able to recover lost income if you were to take a period off work to enable you to recover.

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  255. David

    I was hurt at work on the 11th july when using a wheelbarrow to move turf, when going down a slight slope the load in the wheelbarrow shifted pulled me to the ground, as I could not take the strain when I got up the wheelbarrow was broken at the mooring at the back on one side. I have been off work since July 12th when I attended the hospital which they advised me I have tendinitis. Since then I have seen the doctor whom advised it seems to be a possible rotor cuff injury and physiotherapy who sent me for a ultrasound, which I was advised the results today which was that the muscle and tendon is intact but there is a small amount of fluid in my subdeltoid bursitis. He advised I will need to continue physio and I may need a steroid injection if it does not improve.
    My employer has not been the most pleasant over the whole ordeal after advising them the expected recovery time one of the managers fired me over the phone in which I emailed asking for written notice and reasons for the termination which he replied that the phone call was me him accepting my resignation. I have managed to move past this but it was still stressful to have to endure such treatment.

    I am currently only earning ssp which I had to go to the HMRC to get my employer to pay ssp as they said I was not entitled when hmrc said I was.

    My question is based on what has happened should I consider looking further in to making a compensation claim?

    What would a claim be worth?

    Can I claim for my lose of income?

    Many thanks.

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    • Ian Morris

      It is not possible to assign a value to your claim at this stage as we simply do not know enough about your injury or the long term consequences of the injury you have sustained. The only genuine way to assign an appropriate value to a claim for personal injury is to have a claimant examined by a medical expert and for a detailed report to be provided to a Solicitor that gives a prognosis for recovery or the long term implications of an injury.

      You do have a right to make a claim as there may be an argument that the nature of the work you were doing was dangerous. Perhaps the wheelbarrow should not have been used in the area in question? Perhaps it was overloaded or you were not trained to use it?

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  256. Kellie

    What are my rights to time off for hospital appointments after an injury at work?

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    • Ian Morris

      Your employer does not have to pay you whilst you are unavailable for work – unless you have a contract which entitles you to receive such pay. However, the employer should not prevent you from attending medical appointments or obtaining medical treatments.

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      • Kellie

        Thank you Ian Morris for replying. Is that a legal thing regarding having to let you go for hospital appointments when you have had an injury @ work?

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        • Ian Morris

          Of course, your employer does not necessarily have to allow you to take paid leave and they can request that you attempt to ensure that any medical/rehabilitation therapies are arranged at times that least impact on your working schedule, but they should not prevent you from attending professionally prescribed medical appointments/therapies and treatments.

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  257. chris

    I have been given a written warning at work because I refused a reasonable request. The reason I refused is on health reasons. I worked in a freezer cold store -18 and the personal protective equipment gloves I was provided with did not keep my hands warm. I complained to my supervisors and manager but they just wanted the job done and don’t care that I was suffering and say I still have to work in there.

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    • Ian Morris

      Whilst your situation relates clearly to health and safety at work, which is certainly relevant to our area of expertise – personal injury compensation, as you have not been injured, we cannot assist you.

      Your employers could be playing a dangerous game if it is the case that they are not providing the correct PPE. You should of course put your concerns about the gloves you are provided with by the employer in writing to your Line Manager and request that an alternative is provided.

      However, the issue you have at the moment relates to employment law and as such, you should address this matter to an employment law Solicitor.

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  258. Jilly

    I am a trained support worker and help people with learning disabilities. One of the clients I support who is non verbal had been displaying some violent behaviour in the last few weeks. I was not in during this time but was updated on it as I was off.
    When I was on shift 2 weeks ago she unprovoked got up and kicked me hard in my ankle. However, I have a previous injury there from an accident and have neuropathic nerve damage which was known at the start of my employment. It is managed with medication and pain clinic.
    I understand she would not know cognitively or understand that it was my bad ankle but it still happened and it has really exacerbated my previous injury and I cannot work because of this currently.
    I have swelling and bruising and hospital and doctor confirmed that I have sustained a soft tissue injury due to her hard kick.
    All has been documented, reported, but my employer is not giving me an answer about sick pay and any other benefits after 2 weeks. I am not with a union. Where so i stand with my rights please? Any help would be really appreciated. Thank you.

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    • Ian Morris

      As you rightly point out, the client who caused this injury would not have kicked you knowing the consequences or the possible impact that such action could have on you. With this in mind, the only possible route to pursue this further would be by looking in to whether or not the employer could realistically have done anything to reduce the chances of this happening to you or a colleague.

      Of course, at this stage we do not know whether or not a claim could proceed, but we do feel that this matter should be discussed with our specialist Solicitors so that you can get a qualified view as to the prospects that such a claim would have. To this end, if you would like to take this further and have a chat with our Solicitors, our team will need to will need to call you at a time that suits to take some further information. We could then pass this to one of our specialist Solicitors so that they could call you to discuss this with you. We also have an article and many questions on care worker claims if it is of interest.

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  259. Jen

    I worked at a fuel station and had to unload stock that was delivered on a pallet by cash and carry. After unloading the stock, I used to leave the pallet on the floor, but was told by one of the bosses to move it out of the way of the front of the shop to the wall which was approx 10-12m away. The pallet weighed 28kg and I lifted it onto my right side and hurt my back doing so. We had no accident book or procedures, so I wrote the details of my injury in in the staff hand over book and told my useless manager too. However, the following week I was made to unload 2 pallets of stock despite my injury which was further aggravated, so I went to see the GP as an emergency appointment (I was not able to get an appointment earlier).

    The GP did me a sick note to say no heavy lifting as I was happy to go work but no lifting. Again stock day came 3 days after giving my sick note and the big boss asked why I wasn’t bringing all the stock in (they expected us to serve customers and do stock asap), so I explained that I had a sick note and I was told that as I couldn’t do my duties and as I was a week off my 6 month probationary period ending, I would be let go, so I left on my own accord as I was not going to be bullied but also due to the lack of care the employer showed for their employees – which is frankly ridiculous.

    It’s now September and I still have a sick note as I’m not fit for work since as my back hurts from sitting or standing for any prolonged period. I get sciatic pain which is intermittent. The MRI scan I have had didn’t show anything and my GP only made a referral for physiotherapy some 5 months after my accident. So my first physiotherapy appointment is not until this October.

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    • Ian Morris

      The key issue here is that you appear to have been caused injury through employer negligence and as such, you should pursue a claim against your former employer for the injury you have sustained and the associated losses incurred.

      The pallet that you were asked to move alone was 28kg’s which exceeds the safe lifting limit of 25kg’s which indicates your employer was negligent towards your health and safety at work in preventing back injuries. Further, if your employer failed to provide you with manual handling training so that you could work safely and know what you could or could not lift or move, the employer will have a tough time defending any claim you may go on to make.

      We would certainly like to help you make a claim for compensation for your injury and feel that on face value, you have a valid claim that should be presented to our specialist Solicitors for detailed consideration. To this end, please call us on 01225430285 or you may prefer to use our online service to get us to call you when it suits you so that we can help you with this matter.

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  260. Mandy

    Hi I dislocated my patella at work in January 2019, I was misdiagnosed after several consultations until July this year when they finally realised my injury which turned out to need surgery which was undertaken in August. In may I was called into a meeting with HR where I was informed that if I didn’t have a return to work date they would evoke termination of my employment so I went back with my knee still unstable with limited mobility, I work in a school so luckily my operation took place during the summer break but unfortunately the recovery period is looking to take a long time and I am now concerned that they will try and terminate my employment on the two year rule as I cannot give them a return to work date yet. I am looking at making a claim against the NHS and a possible claim for unfair dismissal if I am forced out of my job due to injury. Thank you.

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    • Ian Morris

      May we ask how you sustained the injury to your knee and where that happened? It could be that you could pursue a claim for compensation. If so, and if you were to succeed, you would be able to recover any lost income (which could be substantial if the injury were to cost you your job) along with obtaining compensation for the knee injury (here’s a guide to settlement amounts) and the impact on your independence and mobility caused by the damage you have sustained. We would need to know more about the injury and how it happened before we could advise you as to whether or not you can pursue a claim, so please do provide further details.

      Should you wish to pursue a claim against the NHS on the grounds of medical negligence, you will need to seek the assistance of a clinical negligence Solicitor. Claims for clinical negligence compensation are extremely difficult to pursue and certainly require expert representation by a specialist Solicitor within that claim type. If your employer chooses to terminate your employment and you decide to pursue a claim for unfair dismissal, that matter will need to be discussed with an employment law Solicitor or your Union.

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  261. Tom

    Hi, I had an accident in work yesterday, I ended up being trapped between a conveyor belt and boxes in the back of the container. I only suffered minor injuries, heavy bruising and minor tissue damage on my legs, the accident happened due to a fault on the machine which I believe had been reported on a number of occasions and had not been fixed by my employer. I have found it very difficult walking and sleeping through the discomfort, I would imagine at the very least I can receive my lost earnings back, I was just wondering on any info available on further compensation claims from my employer, with the accident basically being a major health and safety risk on their part and it could have been a lot more serious had other employees not been around.

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    • Ian Morris

      Whilst it would appear that you have avoided any serious injury, the nature of the injuries you suffered in your accident at work yesterday are likely to be sufficient to enable you to pursue a claim for compensation along with recovery of loss of income or other costs related to this incident.

      Your injuries would appear to be that of a soft tissue nature and with regards to the heavy bruising, you are likely to suffer some discomfort for a period of weeks as a result. It would be a sensible move to ensure that an accident book report is completed at your workplace and that you take photographs of your bruising – although ideally, you should attend a minor injuries unit or visit your GP.

      As your employer has previously been made aware of a fault with the machinery in the workplace, they cannot say that they were unaware of the issue. The employer had an obligation to carry out comprehensive repairs to ensure that the item was safe for use and if those repairs could not be carried out, the machine in question should have been removed from use or replaced. As they have failed to carry out their obligation with regards to ensuring a safe working environment, there is a clear argument to support your claim against them for compensation for your workplace on the grounds of employer negligence.

      We would be very happy to discuss our No Win No Fee service with you and help you make a claim for compensation. If you would like to take this further, please do call us on 01225430285 so that our team can answer any questions you may have and take the information our Solicitors will need to be able to offer you qualified advice and expert representation in this matter. Alternatively, if you would prefer us to call you just let us know.

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  262. Ian Morris

    The workers comp you cite is not a UK requirement. Under UK law, if you are working for an employer in the UK and are injured in an accident at work or whilst performing your working duties, you would have a right to make a claim against your employers employer liability insurance cover should your employer have failed to provide adequate training and equipment to enable you to work safely.

    Have you spoken with a specialist in workplace injury compensation?

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  263. Jennifer

    I am on a working arrangement where I work 4 days a week 37 hours total and 9 and a half hours a day. I work from home Tuesdays and Wednesdays and I am expected to be in work Thursdays and Fridays. I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome this year April and so requested for a copy of my equipment to use at work at home as well. This was requested 3 months ago and still has not arrived. I was working over 9 hours just using my work laptop when Occupational Health specified I needed special equipment and a full office set up of key road dual screens and foot rest etc. None of this still has arrived and one month ago I was working from home and I pulled something in my back. This has caused me to be off sick for a month now and my sick leave finishes in a few days and I will go back to my doctor for light duties sick note. I have however due to feeling pressures from my manager started working from home last week and doing what I can everyday to help out. The back injury still pains and I cannot work longer than 2 hours at a time as I am in pain. Can I claim for a work injury? My equipment has not come still!

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    • Ian Morris

      You could well have two valid claims against your employer and we would like to further investigate both matters for you on a No Win No Fee basis.

      Firstly, you could make a claim for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome compensation. CTS is a repetitive strain injury and you do have the right to make a claim for compensation against your employer.
      Secondly, we can look in to the nature of your back injury and could make a claim for compensation on that issue also. Of course, we need to better understand your injury and how it happened, but given the apparent lackadaisical approach that your employer has taken to acting on the recommendations of the occupational health, there is every prospect that they will face difficulty in defending a claim should you make one.

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  264. joan

    My partner suffered an injury at work. He was opening a skip, a metal bar sprang back knocking a tooth out and fracture to jaw. He has been signed off for 2 weeks but may need more. He should get SSP. Apparently the skip had been closed incorrectly causing the accident, not by my partner though. The employer is generally good and fair, and does adhere to health and safety. We wondered if might be eligible for compensation, just to cover loss of wages.

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    • Ian Morris

      At face value, the description you have given of your partners accident at work and the injuries he has sustained would indicate that he has a valid claim for compensation – both for the pain and discomfort of the injury, but also to cover medical (dental) treatment (which could be very expensive given the loss of a tooth) and for any lost income.

      Sadly, the only way your Partner can make a claim for loss of income is to make a claim for personal injury compensation. If successful – which at this stage, we would expect to be the case – your partner would then be able to recover the difference between the SSP payments he receives and the usual income he would have otherwise received.

      We would be very happy to help him in this matter and invite him to call us (01225430285) or ask us to call him so that our team can explain his rights and inform him as to how we can help him in this matter.

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  265. Nicky

    My father is currently in hospital since being injured in a fire in the truck he was sleeping in while working (sleeper cab – end of shift sleep not a quick nap). The truck was burnt out. He is fully sedated and on a ventilator. I understand that the police reported the incident to the HSE. He had only worked for this employer for 3 days and we have been requested by the police not to make contact. How should we proceed?

    He is not receiving any wages or sick pay. In addition it is likely, if he survives, that he will have a number of life changing after effects of the accident. His partner does not know where to turn and is obviously focused on being with him at the hospital in case he wakes up.

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    • Ian Morris

      Clearly, this matter involves a very serious incident in which the severity of injuries and possible long term consequences of them could be substantial.

      At this stage, it is unlikely that the cause of the fire is known or whether any negligence can be attached to the employer and it is probable that it could a while before such details are understood. If the Police have attended and the HSE have been informed, investigations will be underway. As you will appreciate, the outcome of such investigations will give an indication as to whether a claim will succeed and if so, against whom.

      It would be sensible for an initial conversation between yourself/your Father’s partner and one of our specialist Solicitors to take place at this stage as there certainly is potential to pursue a claim for the serious injuries and long term consequences of this incident. Whilst your Father does have 3 years from the date of the incident in which to pursue a claim, it could be a wise move to get the ball rolling at this stage. To do so, please use our call back service so that we can speak with you to take some initial information for our Solicitors in order that they can then contact you to discuss this in detail.

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  266. Lou

    I work 5 nights a week, sometimes for 9-10 day stretches, and for 6-10 hour shifts, and only one day off here or there. I do the same tasks every night, which included pushing and pulling heavy carts, lifting and twisting crates and boxes, cutting tape, prying open glued boxes, lifting gallons above my head, constantly grabbing and pulling items towards me at different angles. I went to a doctor this morning that has told me I have a sprained wrist due to overuse. Is my employer liable?

    I do work a second job, I’ve had this job far longer, only work 1-2 shifts for a total of 10 hours max per week. There is no heavy lifting over 6 lbs, and it is not often enough to be a problem. But the manager at the job I am claiming the incident at, is trying to accuse my second job of being the cause of my injury. What do I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      Your employer may well be liable for the injury to your wrist. UK law requires all employers to adequately train staff, provide the correct equipment and risk assess all roles to ensure that employees can work safely with the risk of injury minimised.

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  267. Rita

    My husband is an engineer and last week he turned away from his machine and someone had left a delivery behind him, which he tripped over, he was reading a drawing at the time. They didn’t call an ambulance, they moved him manually which took over an hour to get him into a firms van, which has resulted in a broken bone in his pelvis. He is in a hospital approx 10 miles away, when i spoke to his manager he said the accident was 50/50 as Brian was not looking where he was going. I disagree surely health and safety, this shouldn’t have been left there directly behind him, people say we should make a personal injury claim but his concerns are he still and hopes to continue to work there. Your comments please.

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    • Ian Morris

      You are right in that he should make a claim and the delivery should not have been left in such an area. Of course, we do not know the layout of the working area, but our initial view is that negligence will attach in this and a claim could proceed.

      Your Husband has a serious injury and should consider that such an injury is likely to have long term (and probably permanent) implications to his health and physical condition. He is free to make a claim against the employers insurance without it impacting on his right to continue working for them and he should not be concerned about the employer in such a serious situation.

      We would be very happy to assist your Husband in these circumstances. If he would like to find out more and consider his options with a better understanding of his rights after an accident at work, please call us on 01225430285 or if it is easier for him we can call him at a time that suits his situation.

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  268. Brenda

    I have carpal tunnel, also tennis elbow and trigger thumb from the work that I do which is operating a weed eater and zero turn mower. Can the company let me go if my doctor gives me a letter saying I cannot weed etc but I can do my other work?

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    • Ian Morris

      We cannot answer on questions of employment law and would recommend that you make contact with an employment law Solicitor to discuss your rights in this matter.

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  269. Nicola

    I started work with the company 3 months ago, about 10 days ago the weather was very hot and we were asked to open the windows of the hotel bedrooms for guests. As I pulled the heavy window up which is on a pulley type system this failed and the full weight came down on my left hand, pulling my arm and neck, I now have constant pain and numbness in my shoulder and neck. My neck movement is at 40% and the doctor has put me off work and on medication. I asked the top supervisor for the accident book to be told we don’t have one, what should I do? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should make a written report of the incident that caused your injury – describing what happened and how you are injured (along with noting the lack of an accident book) to your employer and send it to your HR team and your line manager.

      We would be happy to assist you in taking such a claim further. Please use this link to start your claim so that we can help you.

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  270. Brendan

    This is a bit lengthy, so bear with me…

    I was injured at my job back in August of 2018, and was subsequently put on light duty. I was on it for 3 months, during which I was moved around multiple times to do different jobs in the warehouse I work in, but I was (per doctor’s orders), not allowed to do ANY standing work (I broke my foot). I was eventually moved into a small office that wasn’t being used, with no air conditioning, and it was very hot inside the warehouse every day. The new warehouse manager told my immediate supervisor that she “didn’t want to see me around”, so he literally had to hide me like that. I came off light duty just before Halloween, I believe.

    Now, my conundrum begins in February of this year. I was injured at work AGAIN, due to an accident brought on by my own habit with attempting to get faulty, improperly maintained equipment to work. My ankle was crushed from both sides between a pallet jack and a fully loaded pallet. After the shock of the injury, I immediately began to worry about getting fired for being hurt again, due to the ridiculous way I was treated with my prior injury. I wondered whether I should even report it, or just try to tough out the rest of the day, hiding the injury and then say it happened outside of work. I regrettably decided to do the latter. I went to the doctor outside of work and discovered I had a severe ankle sprain and avulsion fracture.

    I have short term disability insurance that I pay for after taxes through my employer, so I used it, claiming I was injured at home. I have now (as of August 11th) exhausted the payment benefits of it. I am very worried about losing my job, because my ankle is not healed. I suspect I may have caused permanent damage. I was just wondering, if there is any possibility that you know of that I can be able to claim this injury with workers comp and have them take care of me. I really made a huge mistake and hope you can help somehow.

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    • Ian Morris

      You are right in that you made a mistake in not telling the truth about this serious injury. Unfortunately, I cannot see how you could now try to make a claim against your employer for the injury as you would struggle to succeed. Further, you could face allegations of insurance fraud by changing your version of events.

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  271. George geo

    I was hit twice on a dumper truck by a forklift reversing into me and hurt my back at work on a construction site in March. Reported it to site agent and he refused to put in accident book and wanting me off job as I was complaining about it. I am off work at moment with my back again. Where do I stand about claiming loss of earnings?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim for compensation and if successful, you could recover any lost income caused in this incident.

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  272. Tracy

    I had an accident in the kitchen at work yesterday. I was cooking as head chef and an external company were breaking down an old walk-in fridge and they kicked a large industrial ladder which hit me hard in the back and knocked me onto the cooker.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The incident you describe would appear to be something for which you could seek to claim personal injury compensation for – as long as you have been sufficiently injured and have sought medical treatment.

      To protect your interests, ensure that an accident book report was completed and that the details of any injury you have sustained is noted.

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  273. Adele

    My accident happened at home 7 months ago. I was off work with a shattered kneecap and I broke my tibia, my sick note has nearly run out now and I’m dying to get back to work but I still haven’t heard anything about when I’m returning to do any shifts. I work behind the bar, I’m waiting for my boss to get in touch with me. I have been told that he is going to phone me, is there any chance he could sack me for the time I have had off work?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This query needs to be addressed to an employment law specialist as the employer must adhere to employment law in terms of whether or not they can dismiss you for the lengthy period that you have been absent from work.

      Reply
  274. Dee

    I work as a cleaner and when I moved the needle box there was a needle that she used for stitching with thread not disposed of properly and it stuck in my finger, it bled very heavy and there was one doctor still in surgery and she advised me on what to do and disposed of the needle. I have had one blood test done and still have two more before I know if I’m in the clear, since that incident all yellow needle boxes have been attached to the wall so underneath can be seen. Fast forward two weeks and in the same room they still hadn’t disposed of needles properly. I emailed my boss and sent her photos, I no longer clean the boxes since what happened but plain negligence and they have no regard for my health and safety. Have I a claim for my Needlestick injury?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Yes, you have a valid claim for the stress and anxiety caused to you by the needlestick injury you have sustained.

      Reply
  275. David

    I have broken my big toe at work I have been to the doctors and they have put me on light duties for 2 weeks but work haven’t got anything for me to do and sent me home with no pay. Have I got a case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To be able to make a claim for compensation as a result of your workplace injury, you’ll need to be able to identify a possible area of negligence against the employer or a colleague (or another party). With this in mind, we need to understand more about how you came to break your toe. You have clearly suffered a nasty injury and a break to the big toe is commonly associated with a reasonably lengthy recovery period and short term problems with mobility and independence.

      So that we can help you further, use our ‘start a claim’ page to tell us what happened and how you were injured. We can then call you back to discuss your injury and help you make a claim if appropriate to do so.

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  276. Kelly

    I work as a support worker and was hit over the head by a resident. At the time I was offered to go home by the nurse in charge but as I felt ok apart from a sore neck decided to stay. Later on I my neck became worse but I also began to get shooting pains to the side of my head and began to go dizzy and blurry vision. I asked to go home so that I could visit the hospital but was told no due to low staffing numbers. Because of this an emergency ambulance took me to hospital where I was told I had mild concussion and a sprained neck. My work also docked my wages for leaving early. The following week my neck was still sore. It due to already loosing pay I had no choice but to attend work. Would I have a claim at all? Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The scenario you describe is certainly something for which you can pursue a claim for compensation against your employer. Your claim will succeed if we can show that the employer hadn’t adequately risk assessed the resident that you were working with or advised you appropriately of the risks that they present. If you succeeded with your claim, you would also be able to recover any lost income relevant to this incident.

      Please call us on 01225430285 to start your claim.

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  277. gary

    I was required to carry some material through a small gap. I hit my knee on some other material which was sticking out at the end of the gap which then inflicted an open wound onto my knee cap which required the hospitals attention. Not only that but my employer does not have any first aiders and is aware of this. People have told me to put a claim in for this as it wasn’t my fault.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Anyone injured in a non-fault accident at work has a right to make a claim for compensation against the employers obligatory insurance cover. In your case, your claim will succeed if it can be shown that your employer failed in their obligations towards your health and safety at work. There is clearly an argument to be made that the work you were asked to do was dangerous and the item that caused your laceration should not have been in situ.

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can take some further details from you and present your claim to our specialist Solicitors for detailed consideration.

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  278. Rory

    Hi, I was injured at work recently and ended up with a broken toe. I have been encouraged to seek a claim but i didn’t wear my steel toe capped boots as they’re really uncomfortable.
    Do I have a case at all? The cage which run over my foot was being pushed by a delivery driver as I was pulling it along, I had no idea he was there and thought I had sole control of the cage. As I attempted to negotiate a turn it carried on at full speed and ran over my foot.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Does your employer inform you and require that you wear steel-toe capped shoes? If so, as you have chosen not to wear them, you would have to accept some contributory negligence if you were to claim. If the employer has not provided such footwear and does not mandate that you wear them, you should pursue a foot injury claim and be able to hold the employer 100% liable.

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  279. Samantha

    I have sprained my wrist 3 times in the last 2 years at my current job. I believe I have done serious damage and want to reach out to an orthrapedic specialist. My employer is refusing to give me copies of my injury reports. My question is, is that legal? I have the most recent report because it was not filled out and filed “by the books”.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Why do you need the reports to be able to see the Orthopaedic specialist? If you were to make a claim for compensation against your employer for the injuries and damage to your wrist, our specialist Solicitors would be able to request copies of any accident reports for you.

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  280. George

    Can I make a claim for injury at work as I don’t have cscs card?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Yes, the employer and construction site management operator has responsibility to ensure that you are qualified to work on site. Therefore, if you have been injured at work you can look in to making a claim for compensation.

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  281. Julie

    Hi I’ve an ongoing injury from June 2016 from an accident at work. I’ve just had an operation at the beginning of July and might need another, am i too late to make a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Sadly, as your injury dates back to June 2016, your claim limitation period would have expired in June 2019. UK law affords any person over the age of 18 years a maximum period of 3 years in which they can make a claim for compensation.

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  282. Alfonzo

    I was on a roof busy working, my plan was to put building line on the trusses, as i walk i step on a rotten sheet and i didn’t know it was rotten. The one moment i was on the roof, seconds later i fell through – both my feet broken, one month in hospital. Suddenly i got a call from my employer saying i don’t have to come back to work, is that right? I just want to know my rights?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      How long had you worked for the employer? If you were working as an employee and acting on the instructions of a supervisor or hadn’t been trained properly, you could potentially pursue a claim for compensation in this matter.

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  283. Mary

    Is your employer liable to pay you a salary if you were only hospitalised for two weeks and then had two weeks at home after being released from hospital on doctors orders?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Employers in the UK are not obliged to pay full salaries to people off work if they are sick or injured, even if they are off work due to injuries suffered at work. Whether or not you would receive sick pay will depend on your contract of employment and what rights you have with your employer. UK law only guarantees qualifying employees Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

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  284. Annie

    My employer put me to work on a table made for people who are 5ft 6 and shorter I am 5ft 11 and had to bend farther for 11 hours and now have back pain and hip pain.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Do you know for certain that the table in question was designed for people of height of 5’6″ and below? Did you ever complain to your employer in writing regarding the table height?

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  285. Mike

    Hi, I had an accident at work on a construction site. On 12th of June 2019 during manual lifting my left hand index finger tip got crushed by an RSJ steel beam. I was rushed to the hospital, got first help and x-ray done there. I was directed to the plastics hospital to rebuild the finger tip as the bone is crushed and finger need to be stitched up and nail removed. Yesterday I had a surgery – doctor said it’s gonna take around 3 months to get well, but there might be some issues with finger in the future like lack sensation of temperature, good grip, responsiveness etc.

    Im a self employed, working through recruitment agency. Company who I work for now gave me few days off to sort out my finger, but were asking to come back to work next Monday. They also offered me to pay me my salary while I will be recovering 2-3 months under the condition that I will be present at work, but not performing any tasks. Just sit there 8:00 till 16:00. All this was communicated to me verbally by my supervisor after he spoke with the company’s director.

    I don’t know what to do, whether to take their offer as it sounds a bit dodgy, because there is no written agreement between us, so they will be able to get rid of me asap, not paying me the money for 2-3 months while I recover.

    Also, if I’ll agree to their terms: coming to work and be there 8:00 – 16:00 Monday-Friday, will I be able to file an injury claim after few months when I’ll see how did my finger healed and whether there’s no complications?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law affords you a claim limitation period of 3 years from the date of any accident within the UK in which you can make a claim for finger injury compensation. However, it is important to note that the details of the accident need to have been reported properly and recorded within an employers/site accident book. Also, it is always a wise move to make a claim as early as possible within that 3 year period.

      You are right to carefully consider whether the employers offer to pay your salary if you attend work is a wise move. On the one hand, it could be seen as a great gesture from the employer. The fact that they are willing to pay you would immediately remove any concerns you may have had as to how you would cope without an income during your recovery. However, as you say, you have nothing in writing to bind them to this agreement.

      The other key thing to consider is the long term impact that the injury you have had may have on your career and future earning capabilities. You have clearly suffered a nasty injury and it is most likely that you will not make a full recovery and could well have loss of fine motor skills and dexterity. As the injury is to an index finger, the potential impact on your life and work could be extensive. Whilst your employer may pay you in the short term, they would not cover any future loss of income down the line.

      The sensible move would be to make an immediate claim for personal injury compensation. Such a move would ensure that your best interests were protected. Whilst you may have to cope with a short term loss of income, you would be certain that the full extent of the damage to your finger was understood and noted by a specialist medical expert and that any compensation settlement down the line would take this in to account and would ensure that any loss of strength or dexterity and loss of income – both previous and in the future – were included in the claim.

      If you would like to pursue a claim or discuss your options with us, please do call us on 01225430285. Alternatively, you can get us to call you when it suits you.

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  286. Stuart

    I drive a lorry with a Hiab crane which means I have to be able to access the bed of the lorry to hook up bags I am delivering. The lorry does not have any steps or ladders meaning I have to climb up the back of the lorry on the bumper and light fittings to access the bed, I mentioned this about a year ago when they first bought the vehicle but nothing has been done to rectify this. Subsequently this last week I fell from the lorry and landed on the chassis on my ribs causing quite severe pain and I am currently in a minor injury unit getting checked out. What are my rights regarding compensation as my employer has now decided that they are not paying sick pay even though they have not changed my contract?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have a valid claim for accident at work compensation and should seriously consider making a claim for compensation. You have previously pointed out a risk to your health and safety at work to your employer. As the employer has ignored this report and taken no action, it indicates that they will have questions to answer regarding the injuries you sustained.

      We would be happy to help you make your claim and would like to present this matter to our Solicitors for you. You can call us on 01225430285 or we can call you at a time that suits if you prefer.

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      • Stuart

        Thanks Ian
        I have got a meeting with the directors this week and it is great to know that you think I have a very strong case against them I will be in touch soon

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        • Ian Morris

          Thank you. Good luck with your meeting!

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  287. Missy

    Do I have to file workman’s compensation if I get hurt at work?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Making a claim for compensation after an accident at work is a completely optional matter. Whilst most injured employees would wish to make a claim, you are not obliged to do so.

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  288. Karen

    Hi
    I work in a call centre and been employed by same employer for quite some years. They are aware that I have degenerative discs and after years of asking was finally given a raised desk. However the damage is done and being sat down for 35 hours a week took its toll. I’ve had nerve blocks which worked at first but not anymore and have had quite a few instances off work due to chronic back pain and now sciatica daily. My back consultant says the only thing left is to have surgery, decompression and a wallis implant. I wouldn’t have got to this state if I had been given a desk where I could stand up at on first asking years ago!
    Where do I stand as they aren’t happy I will have to take more time off after operation 6-8 weeks and only in SSP?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There is the potential to make a claim, but it is not without difficulty given the nature of the injury and issues you’d face in the claim. The defendant is likely to argue that you have a degenerative condition and not one that they caused. They will argue with you on issues of causation. Also, you could face a problem with claim limitation. You have 3 years to make a claim under UK personal injury law and it could be that your 3 years is already up – depending on when you began to suffer symptoms and when you first attended your GP regarding this problem.

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  289. Jamie

    What can I do about my supervisor refusing to give me a medical pass after getting injured? A coworker struck me so hard i fell backwards. Sprained my left hand, had whiplash and caused injury to my spine. He smash/struck me with what we call a limousine. I told the supervisor twice I was hurt. There was witnesses. But he still made me stay on line and do my job. Now he’s denying that I asked him for a medical pass playing stupid like he had no clue. Now they’re trying to pin this on me. I was injured. I’m new to the company. After work I did go to the Emergency Room.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As with any issues such as the one you raise, evidence is the key. Sadly, if there was nothing in writing and only verbal discussions were held it does put you in a weak position. Will any of your co-workers vouch for you?

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  290. Charlotte wolfe

    Hi my daughter broke her finger and works one day a week as a make up artist, she wants to go to work on sat but her employer said she’s not insured to have her working…..is this the case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employer has every right to refuse to allow an injured person to work if they feel that it will be impossible to allow them to work safely or if they know that their insurance would be invalid if anything were to happen.

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  291. Gaetano

    Hi i was injured at work and instead of going on wsib my employer and I agreed to light duties at the shop. They have been paying every week but last week I didn’t show up on Monday because I was going to get assessed by a doctor which they knew about . And Tuesday till Friday I called them saying that I won’t be in because of serious family matter. Should they still have paid me for that week?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This question is one of employment law and not personal injury. Please re-direct your query to an employment law specialist.

      Reply
  292. Donald

    If an employer stages a reconstruction photograph, can the photographs be used against you?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Employers are free to provide whatever evidence they have to defend any claim that may be made against them. However, they cannot use falsified or fraudulent evidence to undermine a claim and if they were to do so, could face serious criminal and legal consequences.

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  293. Geoff

    Hi
    I was involved in an incident as a part of my duty about 15 years ago where I was blamed for the death of another staff member. I had a performance counseling meeting with an employee who documented the meeting in his diary and within hours had a heart attack and died. His son and others believed that I had stressed him to the extent that he had a heat attack. After his death I received death threats and I was physically attacked while I was working twice, followed home and had the people come to my house and threaten me. The company I worked with sent me to 2 sessions with a counselor and put on extra security at the hotel I was working in. Action was taken against 2 of the offenders and I had restraining orders put in place. Everything seemed ok but after a few years the incidents started to come back to my mind. Over a period of time this became worse and I found it increasingly more difficult to be in crowds and noisy places. Especially pubs and gaming rooms with loud alcohol affected people. I resigned from my position and bought a small country hotel but over a few years the anxiety and stress periods increased and I asked my GP for help. I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress and anxiety. I had some counseling but after more time I was advised to sell my business. I am now receiving a small payment from AMP as I had an income protection cover attached but it will end soon. My question is, Would I have a case against the company that I worked for when the first incident occurred as I am now unemployable in any role where there may be conflict etc.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Notwithstanding the awful situation you have described and the clear (and understandable) impact that this has had on your health and well-being since, it is unfortunately hard to see how you could make a claim against your former employer.

      The main issue present is one of limitation. You describe an initial incident that took place many years ago (approximately 15). UK law would have required you to pursue any claim action within 3 years of the date of the incident and as such, even though you are suffering from returning and ongoing symptoms, we believe that you are well outside of the claim limitation period.

      Further, the damage done to you was by way of the offending individuals and it is unlikely that you would be able to demonstrate negligence on behalf of your former employer.

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  294. Paul

    I suffered a broken finger and tendon at work on an auxiliary engine. The key ignition was broken. So had to use the emergency pullcord. But this has been the case for over a year. He didn’t want to pay out to replace the key ignition. Due to this the pullcord has gone harder to use, hence snapping my finger and tendon. Have since had an operation to repair the injury. And could be off for 10 weeks or so. He claims it’s my fault. He has since the injury installed a ‘hotwire’ to start it, which I see as also dangerous!
    Where do I stand with such a negligent boss?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employer is guilty of negligence in this accident scenario and as such, you would have every right to make a claim for compensation as the injury was completely avoidable. UK Health and Safety legislation obliges Employers to ensure that the risks of injury within the workplace are minimised so far as practically possible. Therefore, refusing to repair a broken item on the basis of cost is not an acceptable reason for allowing a potential risk to injury to remain present in the workplace.

      If you would like to discuss your accident at work with us and look at the possibility of making a claim for compensation, call us on 01225430285 or you can ask us to call you.

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  295. joel

    hi i have recently been off work due to trigger finger been off for a week and then signed off for a week with the doctors not say to return on light duties due to pain in my hand and arm but been put back on my normal role after telling them i was in pain still. what should i do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should make a written report to your employer of your injury and note that they failed to listen to your warnings of ongoing pain and then contact us to make a claim for compensation. You can call us or we can call you at a time that suits

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  296. Dan

    I have slipped off a step on the side of a machine and broken my elbow, they secured the step once it had happened, am now on light duties and haven’t had time off work. What are your thoughts on this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You mention that the step has since been secured? We assume then, that the step was not secured before you fell and was therefore hazardous?

      If our assumption is correct it would seem that you have a valid claim for compensation and we would like to discuss this with you further. You could well have a grounds for a successful claim in this scenario. Please call us on 01225430285 or request a call back.

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  297. Megan

    I was burned and scarred by a heat lamp at work, and they never reported it or offered any treatment. The heat lamp was never moved even after I voiced concerns of its safety. My employer knew about the incident (and others from other employees) and has still done nothing to correct it. I have since quit the job. The scar I have is on the top of my forearm and I have to look at it every day :/ Is there any compensation for scarring?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Scarring after a burn injury at work is definitely something that can be claimed for.

      In your case, the scenario you describe certainly indicates that there is sufficient grounds to warrant further investigation in to a claim. To take this further, please call us or if you prefer, you can ask us to call you.

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  298. Marie

    What happens when my place of work refuses to let me take photos to persue a claim for my accident; it is the main footpath entrance to and from the school and on school grounds where I work.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Have you made a written request to the school asking for permission to photograph a hazard that you believe is dangerous and caused your injury? If not, you should do so and you should inform them that they are potentially preventing you from seeking a fair and just outcome to any legal proceedings by blocking your right to take such photographs. You can suggest that you would be happy to take photographs when the school is closed and confirm that no pupils or school information will be captured in the images to see if that helps.

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  299. Margaret

    I am a supply teacher and three months ago I was given a day’s work as a TA at a Special School for children with autism. I was put into a class of eight severely autistic upper KS2 boys, with a teacher and two other TAs. I was told it was the most challenging class in school. I was physically attacked all day long ( the boys were hitting, punching, grabbing, nipping, hair pulling and kicking) as were the other members of staff. One of the attacks on me came from a boy who was sitting (lolling) behind me on a chair. Out of the blue, he kicked me with extreme force at the back of my neck/ top of my vertebrae. He was wearing big outdoor shoes. I was in shock as I had been taken by surprise and it was very painful. It was towards the end of the school day and a Friday. One of the TAs told me to fill in an incident form. I noticed that each of the members of staff in the classroom were filling them in too, for incidents that had taken place that day. Following procedure, I then had to take the form to the Deputy Head teacher, who asked how I was and checked me over. Not wanting to cause a fuss on my first ever day there, and not wanting to appear weak, I said I was ok even though I was in great pain. I had difficulty driving home and the next day my husband said I had a huge bruise on my neck. Ever since, I have experienced pain at the back of my neck and a permanent burning sensation and now have to apply a heat, anti inflammatory ointment to it. It has become so bad I have made an appointment to see my GP about it this week as I feel I need to have it checked to see what is causing me so much pain all these weeks later. Can you advise me where I go from here please? Should I contact my teachers’ union? I have had to reduce the number of days I work because of this injury. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can contact your union to speak with their legal representatives as you may well have a claim. Whilst you would expect us to say this, we would advise that you speak with an independent specialist personal injury expert (such as Direct2Compensation) to ensure that any claim you make is managed properly and pursued by specialist experts.

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  300. Sheena

    Hi, I have been off sick since January with anxiety, stress, depression and panic attacks as a result from work pressures and I was taken to hospital. The workplace are saying they are holding no responsibility for my illnesses as I ask for extra work and brought it on myself.
    Since then they have done restructuring in the company and have made me redundant. I put a grievance in back in February and have not been happy with the outcome this has now gone to the third stage.
    I am now classed as disabled through mental illness and physiological damage that all of this has caused and cannot work for at least three years.
    I want compensation for what they have done to me, I cannot lead a normal life anymore, my husband has had to stop employment to stay at home and look after me.
    Please could you help us?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law requires employers to provide a safe and secure working environment for all staff. If an employer is made aware of health issues impacting on a staff member – whether physical or psychological, the employer must consider whether they should make any adjustments to the working environment to help the staff member.

      You do have a right to further investigate your rights to make a claim for work related stress and anxiety and we can assist with that as we work with a specialist who can advise you on such matters. If you would like to take this further and seek the experts advice, please email us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request a work related stress questionnaire. We can then send you one and you can complete and return the same so that we can hand that to our expert and they can contact you to advise you on your specific situation.

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  301. Mukhethwa

    If I get injured while I’m working overtime, Saturday overtime, do I get full pay for the hours I’ve been booked for or only the hours I’ve worked for before I got injured?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It would depend on the contract of employment that you have with your employer. UK law does not oblige any employer operating within the UK to pay staff full wages for any period of absence caused through injury or illness – even if the injuries were sustained in an accident at work.

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  302. Aditi

    Hi I work in a school (pupil referral unit) and we share a building with another specialist provision. They left a wooden board behind our connecting doors and when I was leaving to go home the board had not been removed, I could not see it through the vision panel and it obstructed my exit and jolted my back as i crashed into the door. I’ve been off work three times due to back problems. I’ve got a pre existing back injury with severe sciatica and disc bulging and now my upper back is affected. It was always only lower back and legs.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The incident you describe was caused by negligence in the leaving of the wooden board behind the connecting doors. As such, pursuing a claim should be a viable option. Hopefully you have recorded the incident and your injuries in an accident book or similar reporting system with your employer? Although you have pre-existing back issues, it would not prevent you from pursuing a claim for the new injuries sustained and any exacerbation of pre-existing symptoms.

      If you would like to look further in to making a claim with our specialist Solicitors, we’ll need to have a quick 5 minute chat with you to get some further basic information. You can call us on 01225430285 or if you prefer, use the website to send us a contact request and we’ll call you when it suits you.

      Reply
  303. Christie

    I was injured and my employer has not allowed me to return to work at all they are requesting all my medical records and I have already given them my doctors note it’s been a month.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, if an employer is of the view that you are not fit to work they are within their rights to refuse to allow you to work if they believe that you could worsen your own injury or potentially be a risk to others health and safety.

      If you believe that you are fit to work, you should see your Doctor and ask them to sign you as fit to work if they agree with you.

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  304. damian gray

    Hello,

    I am a TA at a primary School. I was attacked and injured by a child. The school knew about the risks and did not protect me. I have put in a claim for damages through my union. This was 4 months ago. I’m now back at work. Today i was made redundant apparently due to finances. I am a specialist looking after a single child with many needs. This child has been given to a colleague next year.

    Does this sound right?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      On the issue you raise regarding redundancy, this is something that you should discuss with an employment law specialist or your Union. Any redundancy must be done via the correct statutory process and following a consultation period.

      On the personal injury side of your comment, if your employer was aware of risks to your health and safety at work, they must make you aware of them and ensure that you are given all appropriate training and tools to minimise the risk of injury at work. As your claim has been made 4 months ago, you should soon find out whether or not the employer’s insurers are accepting or denying liability in your claim.

      Reply
  305. Jeffrey

    I was injured 6 years ago outside of the work place and the injury was severe. I was threatened by my boss, not to claim compensation and I felt intimidated by him. He made me sign a piece of paper stating that I would not claim. Is there anything I can do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The piece of paper you signed is unlikely to stand up to scrutiny and there is a sound argument to make against the employer for pressuring you in to not claiming. However, whether or not you can make a claim will come down to the fact that you were injured so long ago. Unfortunately, the UK personal injury laws require any adult to make a claim within 3 years of their injury or accident. In your case, you cite a 6 year gap between your injury and now. Unfortunately, this means that you are barred from taking action as more than 3 years has passed.

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  306. Andrea

    I was elbowed at work today by my manager. In the chest. It took my breath away and knocked the wind out of me. What rights do I have and what should I do? Call HR? Go to the Dr? It still hurts and I gasp badly when I take a see breath.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Of course, you should report the actions of your manager to your employer’s HR team as this could well constitute an assault at work and if so, disciplinary proceedings may be appropriate.

      Regarding the injuries and how you feel, you should seek attention from your GP or at a hospital. If you believe that the incident was an assault, you should also report the incident to the police.

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  307. Linda

    Hi there, I work full time for a local authority. There was a faulty handle on a door in the building I work which was reported to my bosses several times. I was closing the door one day and had to pull it with some force when the handle came off and I staggered backwards and fell down with some force onto my back. I ended up in severe pain and unable to walk properly so had to be off for two weeks. My back flared up again just over two months later, again, to the same severe extent as before. I was off for 6 weeks that time. I do a very manual job which I love but there are tasks I’ve been asked to do now, due to changes in circumstances in work, that are causing me slight back pain. I’m terrified now that if my back goes again and I have to be off, that they will sack me. I love my job but feel I’m being treated very unfairly as when I raised this issue they did hint if I couldn’t carry out these new tasks, they’d have to redeploy me or ultimately, pay me off. I’m a park ranger so I wouldn’t be able to do that type of job anymore, it would have to be perhaps office based which I don’t have the skill set for nor do I want to do this. The other option would be to have me work evenings in a football facility which is unsuitable for me.
    I can still carry out every other aspect of my job. The task they are asking that I’m finding too much is emptying over 50 bins over the whole park, 200 odd acres using a wheelbarrow. The bags of refuse weigh up to 12 to 14 kilos. We usually use a petrol driven buggy but it keeps breaking down and they won’t replace it. I’m so worried about this and would welcome any advice. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The initial cause of your injury (the faulty door handle that had been reported to the employer), is likely to see you succeed with a claim for back injury compensation. If you have not already pursued such action, we would be very happy to speak with you about your rights and explain how we can help you make a No Win No Fee claim with our specialist Solicitors. If this would be of interest, please do call us on 01225430285.

      You are clearly concerned about your long term fitness to perform your duties. Perhaps one benefit of making a claim that you may not have considered is that you could potentially access expert specialist medical treatments at the cost of the defendant insurers if you were to succeed. Of course, there is no guarantee, but it is common for such therapies to really benefit personal injury claimants and help them to recover fully.

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  308. Rod

    Hello. I suffered an injury to my lower back in January & have not been able to claim because my employer was not negligent. Why is there not personal injury insurance for accidents in the workplace? I have lost my livelihood because of this & can’t claim a penny. Many thanks Rod

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Depending on the nature of the work you undertake, it is possible to obtain insurance against loss of income or even injury. However, employers in the UK are not required to provide such insurance and it would be unreasonable to expect them to do so. However, UK employers are obliged to ensure that staff are provided with adequate training, safety equipment and that work is risk assessed in order that the risk of injury is minimised.

      In your case, if your employer has fulfilled their statutory obligations, there is nothing you can do.

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  309. Marty Mitchell

    A few months back, I fell off a forklift at my work, because this particular forklift has a glitch. It jumps, therefore I fell when it jumped and I bang my chest against the pallets I was moving. I wasn’t sure what I was suppose to do. I suffered for a couple of months in pain with bruised chest, trouble breathing and what felt like a couple of broken ribs. My employer neither wrote an accident report or offered to send me to the doctor. My wife, who is a nurse, begged me to make my employer send me to the doctor and put me on light duty while I was recovering but I was afraid that I might lose my job. When I told my boss that I was still suffering with pain and injury, he let me know he wasn’t happy about it and kept me on the same duties that were aggravating the injury. I’m really concerned now that the company is putting it’s employees at risk and isn’t following the law, after last week working with a chemical cleaning solution, I asked if it needed to be diluted and they said, No. Later I received chemical burns on my arms that left scarring only to find out that the chemical solution was suppose to be diluted. I did go to my own GP at my wives insisting. Is my employer breaking the law by not writing an accident report and having me see the doctor? And what are my options now?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK employment law and employer obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act do not require the employer to send you to a GP or Hospital, but they must not prevent you from seeking medical attention.

      You cite two issues regarding injuries at work and in both cases, employer negligence could be attached and you could pursue claims for injury compensation against the employer. It is important to note that employers are obliged to record the details of any injury in the workplace within an accident book or incident report system. Employers face further obligations under UK law to report more serious injuries and incidents to RIDDOR if relevant criteria are met.

      If you’d like to call us we would be very happy to help you to understand your rights with regards to making a claim for compensation against your employer.

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  310. Shaun

    I was recently injured at work, I’m a delivery driver and on at least two occasions before my accident I have reported these near misses, leaking oil on the back of my vehicle due to careless loading. I’ve asked my manager to speak to the vehicle loaders about being more vigilant during loading. My injuries are back, shoulder and elbow, as a result of slipping on this leaked oil. I have a doctors appointment and will be off work tomorrow as a result of these injuries, could be off for some time as my back doesn’t seem to be easing off pain wise. I can’t survive on ssp, what’s my choices?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you have previously reported hazards to your health to your employer and these reports have been ignored or the problem remains present, it simply adds strength to your claim for compensation now you have unfortunately suffered personal injury and loss of income as a result of the ongoing negligence towards your health and safety at work.

      You describe a scenario that would give me an initial view that you have a strong and valid claim against your employer. Clearly, you have suffered injury and are in pain and perhaps more importantly, you are now out of pocket due to being unable to work temporarily due to the injuries sustained. SSP is a very low income and it is likely that you will not be able to cover the costs of living whilst you receive that income. Whilst it is not an immediate fix, pursuing a claim against your employer with us for your injuries would also enable you to recover your lost income and incurred costs.

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  311. Jack

    An 80 Kilogram steel bar was dropped across the top of my foot due to my colleague talking and not paying attention to his end of the bar! I am now off work with a fracture to my foot, as it wasn’t negligence by my company but done in my works premises, but caused by a work colleague, am I entitled to full pay while I am off?

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    • Ian Morris

      UK law would not entitle you to full pay whilst off work through injury – even though you were injured at work. Indeed, your only route to recovering loss of income is by pursuing a claim against the employers insurance cover for your injury and including your loss of income in the claim.

      We would be happy to help you with this process.

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  312. Daniel

    Hello there, I had an accident at work two weeks ago involving 300kg and a forklift. My back and hips and shoulder are all in spasm and have been signed off until the 27th. It’s not right that I have to suffer being paid 94 pounds a week when the accident wasn’t even my fault. I currently smoke cannabis at weekends and rarely in the evening, my boss said if I was to claim he’s had a medical done on me and would have me sacked. Can he do that due the the urine sample he’d want from me? I have been smoking more to help with pain relief since I been signed off so any tests would come up positive. I feel that my boss is shafting me and I’m scared to put in a claim.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not your employer has a legal right to demand that you provide a urine sample for testing is a moot point and should not stop you from investigating whether or not you can pursue a claim for compensation against the employer.

      The best course of action in any claim enquiry is to do what you have done and be completely honest up front so that a Solicitor can advise you on the basis of full facts. The key in this incident was the cause of the injury and not whether or not you may have consumed cannabis at some stage. Clearly you have suffered painful and mobility restricting injuries and have every right to make a claim against the employer.

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  313. Shivaji

    I was off sick for 5 weeks due to the shoulder injury while playing sports but now my employer trying to argue with me that I had a lot of absentees is there anything I can say back to or what are my rights.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your injury was caused in a sporting accident, you are unlikely to have any grounds to make a claim for personal injury compensation as you would have been partaking in an inherently risky activity, with nobody liable to compensate you.

      As you have been off work, your employer may have rights to discipline you on grounds of absence. However, you need advice under employment law rights and not personal injury in this regard.

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  314. Fransha Brooks

    Hello, i was injured on my job as a longshoreman.
    I fell inside a tarp container which had plastic covering on top because of negligence on behalf of my employers crane operator. I was pushed down by the 24,000-34,0000 pound container causing me to fall inside almost entirely. I scarred tissue on my right side hip and back. I have been off from work for two months. I have been receiving physical therapy and over the counter pain reliever prescriptions from the doctor. I am on workers compensation however it is hardly enough to pay my bills. Do i have a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, it would appear that you have a valid claim for accident at work compensation. If you have not already done so, it would be a sensible move to ensure that a full report of the accident is recorded with the employer in their accident book and this is also a matter that ought to be brought to the attention of the Health and Safety Executive.

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  315. Marlene

    I burnt my hand at work. I was off for over 5 weeks. Apparently that was my fault but nobody even informed me if that was incident or accident, paperwork has been done while I was off and I just filled short statement what have happened. Also because of the Bradford index I am due for disciplinary meeting for being off sick.

    Can I claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may well be able to pursue a claim against the employer for the burn injury to your hand. You state that it was ‘apparently’ your fault – who told you that and on what basis are they qualified to make that judgement?

      It is not acceptable for the employer or a colleague/manager to apportion responsibility for your injury upon you as this needs to be considered in context and include the responsibility your employer had towards your safety at work. In a short conversation with you, we would be able to identify whether your employer has failed in their duty towards your health and safety – such as a lack of training, incorrect equipment or a lack of protective equipment etc. If we can identify a failure on your employers part, it would be reasonable to pursue a claim against the employer for the burn injury and any associated loss of income or incurred costs.

      We’ve an article covering burn injuries at work if you’d like to read it.

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  316. Michele

    I work with adults with autism who live independently and last week my client physically assaulted my car during a crisis. The passenger door will not open inside or out. My company has left me without the use of my own car for the weekend and I have lost time at work because I cannot safely transport clients until the door is replaced. Am I entitled to lost wages until I can get this fixed?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As there is no personal injury involved in this situation, we cannot assist you. If you too had been injured in this incident, we may have been able to pursue a claim against the employer if they had not properly risk assessed the individual who caused the damage and the damage to your car would have been recoverable (if you were to have won the claim) as part of your special damages.

      In this incident, you may be forced to look at claiming from your own insurance cover – although that may not pay out if you have not specifically taken insurance that covers you for your work.

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  317. Beth

    I have damaged my kidneys due to no toilet at my old work place. I had a week off as doctor said I needed to be in hospital but didn’t get paid sick pay. Also I worked 6 to 10 hours without a break which resulted in me not controlling my diabetes. Can I claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The main issue you will have in such a claim scenario would be causation. That is proving the causal link between the working conditions and your kidney damage. Whilst we do not disbelieve you at all, it is likely to be hard to get such a claim pursued on a No Win No Fee basis as there may well not be sufficient evidence available to support the claim.

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  318. Kate

    I have hurt my shoulders due to the work i do, it has been going on for nearly 2 years now, i have taken holiday to attend my physio, although my manager has been made aware that it is my job role that is causing my pain, he has made no effort to change my daily routine, and i am still expected to do the job that they know is causing the problem. I am now on the verge of leaving because no one seems prepared to help my situation. I just wondered is there anything they should be doing? Can i claim my holiday back? Do i have a claim against them? Thankyou

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Any person who suffers an injury as a result of the work that they are employed to do may have a valid claim if they can attribute their injury to employer negligence.

      In your case, we would need to identify possible negligence against the employer before we could be certain whether you had a valid claim. It would appear that you have a job that requires physicality and movement. If this is the case, we would be interested to know what training your employer has provided regarding lifting and moving of items, working with the arm above shoulder height and what equipment and tools you are provided with (or not provided with).

      Your situation certainly warrants further investigation as you could well have a claim to recover your used holiday allowance, compensation for the pain and discomfort, appropriate rehabilitation therapies and other costs. We just need to speak with you first before we can be sure! Please call us on 01225430285 or use our website to make a request for us to call you at a time that suits you.

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  319. Sianna

    Hello,

    My brother in law is a self employed painter and decorator. He has been an ongoing labour only sub contractor for one firm for years but is paid through an umbrella company by them.

    He is epileptic but had not had a seizure for a few years. The firm were aware of this.

    On Thursday he had a seizure at the top of a scaffolding tower and fell off, this has resulted in him breaking his back in 5 places (T3 to T8). He is in hospital and will be there for the coming weeks. His injury is recoverable with the consultants indicating a recovery time of around 6 months.

    His family will now have no income as of next week and his care needs when he arrives home will be substantial meaning that his wife will be unable to seek employment through this time.

    For the years he has been working for the company there seems to have been no regard for health and safety, risk assessment or safety briefings.

    Although I can see that labour only subcontractors should be covered under Employers Liability Insurance I am unsure if the use of the umbrella company would change this. Having looked at the company the entire point of them is to ensure the subcontractors are not seen as employees (Hudson).

    In these circumstances would my brother in Law have a claim against the company?

    My other concern would be that he would likely still want to rely on this firm for work upon recovery as it has been his sole income for many years.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not the epilepsy and any risk assessments around that issue would be relevant to the claim would need to be investigated. It would depend on what, if anything the employer had been made aware of in writing.

      The interest to us in this query from you though is a possible claim for compensation arising from the fall from such a height and given the serious injuries and long term consequences, a claim would likely be pursued. When scaffolding towers are in use, staff must be trained to use them safely and they should have the appropriate barriers on the top to prevent falls.

      We would be very happy to speak to the injured person to find out more about what happened and advise them as to what action we could assist them with in terms of a claim. Given the severity of the injuries and fractures to 5 vertebrae, even if he makes a good recovery it is likely that he will have permanent issues and therefore he needs to consider his long term best interests rather than those of the firm he works for. Realistically, will he be fit to continue with this kind of work after his recovery? If he were to succeed with a claim, not only would compensation for the injuries and long term consequences be taken care of, but he would recover loss of income now (possibly that of his partner too) and also loss of income in the future if he is deemed unfit to work in such a role.

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  320. Elaine

    I had an accident at work and have torn a tendon which needs an operation I’ll be of work for a while, will I still be paid a wage?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your accident at work happened in the UK, your employer will not be obliged to pay your usual income whilst you are off work for treatment of recovery. The only obligation on your employer will be to provide Statutory sick pay (SSP) whilst you are off. If this is the case, you’ll be out of pocket with lost income.

      However, if you pursue and win a claim our solicitors would recover compensation for lost income as well as your injury and the pain/discomfort caused by it.

      We need to know more about the injury, how it happened, what your work is etc in order to help you to identify whether or not you can pursue a claim.

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  321. Nick

    I had an accident whereby I fell from an LGV onto my back. I was off work for about 6 weeks. I was paid and to a certain extent it was my fault because of the incorrect footwear I had on.

    Is there grounds for a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Potentially there is a valid claim, but we really need to know more about the accident to be able to advise you properly. You mention wearing incorrect footwear. Whilst this could force you to have to accept a level of contributory negligence, your employer could still face some liability if they have not enforced the wearing of prescribed footwear and bear some responsibility for the fact that you fell from the wagon.

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      • Nick

        Thanks for your answer. With regards to contributory negligence I understand but I think I add to the problem because I was the manager of the department at the time. So in terms of whether I policed the footwear…….I didn’t! I no longer work there and felt in hindsight I was in pain and discomfort and this might have some bearing on whether I should proceed. My only out of pocket expence was about £30 for a 6 month prepaid prescription card. I’m not sure I have a case. But thank you for your time. BTW the company was ASDA, in case you were curious. Thanks again.

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  322. David

    If a work mate has run me down whilst driving a forklift and I am to claim loss of earnings due to being off work. Would I claim against the employer or the employee?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      In the accident at work scenario you describe, any claim would be made against the insurance held by your employer, rather than the employee. If you would like to find out more about pursuing a claim for compensation and discuss your concerns about claiming against an employer with us, please call us on 01225430285 or use our website to request that we call you.

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  323. Lillian

    My husband had an accident at work that left another employee death and now there is a law suit against my husband and the company. Can my husband get medical help for this he has not being the same and hasn’t being able to even work again. What can i do to help him?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your husband was injured in this accident, whether physically or emotionally (which would seem to be the case and totally understandable given the serious consequences of the accident), he too may be able to make a claim for accident at work compensation. Whether or not he would be able to make a claim will depend on the specific details of the accident.

      UK law affords any person who is injured, whether physically or emotionally due to the negligence of an employer the right to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

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  324. Karen

    Had accident at work, been left with headaches, doctors said I’ve nerve damage, been off work 6 months, in full pay, still undergoing and waiting for treatment. Work mentioned shorter hours, but I’ve to use my holiday leave to cover rest of hours, and they are considering terminating my contract. I’ve been there 25years. I’m still under the doctor they want me back to work on Monday, should i go back? What advice can you give me?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Our advice is to always follow the advice of your GP or Doctor, rather than do as your employer demands. Your GP/Doctor will always have your best interests at heart whereas your employer probably won’t!

      With regards to your accident at work, we may be able to assist you in making a claim for personal injury compensation and would like to discuss this with you to find out what happened and how in order that we could advise you as to whether or not you meet the criteria to pursue a claim.

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  325. Keith

    Hi my employer caused an accident. I got injured badly and had a lengthy time to recover. I have to see a nerve specialist now for spinal nerve injury as well. My employer is going to sack me on thurs. Have you any advice please?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have suffered a serious injury. Nerve damage is known to be a serious issue and recovery can be prolonged and possibly limited, so looking in to a possible claim is sensible in the circumstances.

      For us to advise you as to whether or not you have a valid claim to pursue for compensation for the spinal nerve damage and any associated loss of income and care costs, we need to know more about the accident. We need to know what happened, what you were doing and how you were injured in order to ascertain areas of potential negligence. You can call us on 0122543028 if you’d like to discuss things further, and we have more info on spinal injury claims here.

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  326. Haroon

    Hi there, I’ve been stressed out and had sleepless nights past few days due accusations been put on me at work which are lies and false, can I get stress leave etc get paid my weekly wage in full? Thanks.

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    • Ian Morris

      If you see your GP, they will advise you as to whether or not you should have some leave from work to enable you to reduce your stress. If the GP does sign you off, your employer is not obliged to pay your usual salary as the legal requirement is for them to pay SSP to those staff who qualify for it. You may receive full pay, it really depends on the contract you have with your employer. You can have a read about claims for stress at work if you’d like further info.

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  327. Jonathan

    Do I have a right to claim sick pay from my prime employer if an injury in a second job has prevented me from working in either role. I only qualify for Company sick pay from my prime employer?

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    • Ian Morris

      The only way you can claim loss of income from your primary employer in this case would be by succeeding with a claim against the secondary employer for the injury caused whilst working for them.

      When a claim for personal injury compensation is made, the claimant is able to claim compensation for the injury sustained, with the value being reached on the basis of severity of injury, recovery period or long term impact of the injury, as well as also recovering loss of income or incurred costs.

      We would be happy to assist you and discuss your accident at work and the injury caused with a view to advising as to whether or not you have a valid claim.

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  328. Laurie

    Hi I worked for the ambulance service and I hurt my back on a job, it’s been 7 years since I was let go due to not being able to do the job and I am sure nothing can be done now but thought I’d ask as I have suffered from depression since the accident

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The law of statute in personal injury claims in the UK is strictly 3 years. As such, given that 7 years has passed you are unable to take any action or pursue a claim in this matter.

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  329. Colin

    Hi Ian, I’ve had an accident at work in April 2019 and am still on sick awaiting an MRI scan for lower abdominal injury.
    My job entails stacking shotblasted and painted steel for production and delivery to customers. My main piece of equipment is an overhead magnetic crane for stacking large section steel beams as I work directly in a crush zone hence the crane. In April it broke down and we were told we had to stack it manually by hand with the aid of a crane with chains and lifting clamps which put us on the floor in the crush zone. Needless to say this was very dangerous or could be and you had to keep your wits about you as steel is constantly pushed into the crush zone. To try and stay safe we kept above the area by walking on tressles to avoid being trapped and keep production going.
    One of my coworkers fell off the tressles banged his face and injured himself, 2 weeks later I stepped up onto the tressles and felt something punch me in the lower abdomen hence I’m awaiting MRI scan to determine the injury, 2 weeks later another coworker strained his groin doing the same thing as me but didn’t report it as he’s worried for his job and has a young family. At no point at anytime was a risk assessment or safe working procedure, or tool box talk given to any of us to ensure our safety or wellbeing in the workplace. Furthermore the management colluded with my supervisor to keep it out the accident book even though they both have iosh and nebosh qualifications and have the conversations on my phone in black and white!! Could you tell me in your opinion if they are in the wrong and would I be correct in pursuing a claim for damages. I’m currently funding my living expenses myself as I only get SSP.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your description of the events at work indicate to me that you would be within your rights to pursue a claim against the employer for the injuries sustained and the costs you’ve incurred (loss of income and spending of savings etc).

      This is a matter that warrants going before our specialist Solicitors and I would like to assist with that. Please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to make further contact so that we can get the necessary information and have our specialists discuss this with you.

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  330. Julie

    Hi
    A colleague had her glasses pulled off her face and broken by a young person with disabilities, her employer refuses to pay for a replacement pair, stating that from an insurance perspective they do not own them, therefore do not have a duty (or a right) to do so.
    Please help

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    • Ian Morris

      Unfortunately, we cannot intervene in this matter as there is no physical injury. If there had been, recovering the cost of replacing or repairing the spectacles would have formed part of the special damages element of her claim. In this case, all she can do is make written representation to the employer outlining what has happened and how her spectacles have been damaged whilst performing her duties and request the employer to cover the replacement/repair cost.

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  331. Martin

    I just had a major surgery (unexpectedly) and despite giving my all for my firm, the director chose not to pay me full pay. That was a blow and obviously added pressure to my recovery. I simply cannot afford to stay off for the amount of time the hospital say.

    Moving forward, as an office employee, can I expect , or have a right to work from home for a period? That would be beneficial to me and my recovery.

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not you are entitled to the right to work from home is not something we can answer as this is an employment law matter and not one of personal injury. UK law does not oblige your employer to pay you if you are off work, indeed, the only legal requirement for the employer is to provide statutory sick pay (SSP) unless your contract with them affords you any greater benefit.

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  332. Brett

    Hi, I work in a concrete and fencing company. I mix and pour concrete to make the post. When I demould posts I can lift 9 foot posts. My job for the the last 3/4 years has involved alot of heavy lifting. In 2017 I was referred for an MRI as I was suffering knee pain in my right knee. While waiting for my results it gave way twice at work and I went to a&e. They looked at my MRI and fast tracked my consultant appointment.
    The consultant said that basically my knee was knackered and offered the option of a steroid injection which didn’t work. I returned 6 months later for a review which is when I was told I had arthritis and surgery was the only option. As I am only 44 we spoke about half a knee replacement. When the surgeon looked at my MRI he said it was so bad as it was bone on bone I needed a full knee replacement which I had March this year. I worked up until begin of march but the pain was crippling and I had to use a lot of my leave to get me through as we have no savings. I have been told by the surgeon I cannot go back to the work I was doing. I’m seeking counselling now as it has taken drained me mentally as well as physically. Do I have a claim?
    Many thanks.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Employers have a responsibility to ensure that any staff working in a role that requires repeated heavy lifting are given the correct tools, training and support to allow them to work as safely as possible. Employers must also adequately risk assess the weights and items that they are asking staff to lift and move and in appropriate cases provide additional support or lifting equipment to reduce the risk of injury.

      Of course, at this time we do not know what training, support, equipment and risk assessments your employer has put in place so we cannot be certain as to whether or not the employer has in anyway been negligent. However, you describe a very serious injury and a requirement for complex knee replacement surgery at a young age and this indicates to me that there is a claim that should be investigated further. We would be happy to assist with this and I suggest that you visit the ‘start a claim’ page of our site to provide your contact details so that we can speak with you regarding your work and ascertain the prospects of succeeding with a claim for you.

      If successful with a claim you would be able to claim compensation for the pain and discomfort caused by your knee pain, the impact of the surgery and your long term prospects with the knee as well as recover lost income caused by your time off and need to find new employment elsewhere. Our article on knee injury claims may be of further interest. Regarding the psychological impact that this has had upon you, it is important that you do seek counselling and that these issues are also noted on your medical records as they too could form part of the final valuation of any claim if you were to succeed.

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  333. Shakeel

    I have been working in an accident where I was manual lifting and pulling in deliveries. These deliveries weigh a ton and are really heavy to pull in by yourself. Normally you get another employee to assist you but with this new manager in place he only wanted me to pull it in. After pulling and straining for several hours I felt a sharp pain down in my testicles and started to have lower back pain I didn’t think much of it till the next day.

    I went to my GP and told him my symptoms where he done a check and I was diagnosed with epididymitis. He told me to stop lifting manual stuff and pulling deliveries. I provided an SSP and a doctor’s note as i couldn’t walk and was limping to a point where I was crying 24/7. I had about 2 weeks off work and was being verbally abused over calls that I should return to work as I’m down for rotas although providing a doctor’s note.

    Where do I go from here? A year has passed and I’ve still got the condition and it’s even worse and I’ve now got an month of work through an doctor’s note and the other manager is telling me that if I have to much time off I’m going to get the sack, although I have an ongoing condition with epididymitis which I’m seeing my hospital this week for pre-surgery assessment as I’ve taken Doxycycline and Ciprofloxacin which hasn’t helped.

    Any advice please let me know, thanks.

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    • Ian Morris

      If your Doctor believes that your epdidymitis was caused as a result of the manual handling injury sustained at work last year, you may have a valid claim against the employer for compensation for the pain and discomfort of the injury as well as any associated loss of income.

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  334. Gill

    I have been told by my union solicitor that they are not going any further with my case. This is after 18 months. What can I do? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You do have the right to ask a different Solicitor to obtain your file of papers from your previously instructed Solicitor and sign a form of authority to enable them to release that file. They can then review the work undertaken and see whether the decision to drop the claim due to a strong defendant position was the correct course of action or not. If not, a new Solicitor could take the claim further and attempt to succeed for you.

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  335. Tanja

    I had an accident at work (I am a housekeeper at a college) when my knee made a horrible loud noise and I can’t put weight on it or bend it. I was sent to A&E, had an MRI scan and saw a Doctor in the fracture clinic who said it was bursitis. My pain and swelling continued so my GP gave me the number of a physiotherapist (where they can assist me with steroid injection for severe pain and exercises). I visited the physio and I got exercise for my knee and on examination she suspected an injury to medial meniscus and possibly MCL. The swelling and the pain has improved, but I still feel significant pain with walking. From my work I received a letter about welfare meeting and I felt pressured. I showed the letter to the physiotherapist and she suggested I return to work, on lighter duties – half shift – and then increasing by an hour a week, with modified activities (avoid or modify activities that involve kneeling).

    I called my GP and he issued a sick note for SSP, and confirmed that I may be fit to work on amended duties – less squatting as this is caused severe pain in knee. I’m back to work after three months. The work place have given me new a designated area as I start work with 3 hours (it’s long walking distance to the building and the house have three floors and staircases). My pain in my knee has returned to severe and the swelling is back. Should I continue to work, or should I go back to the GP for a sick note? I feel that they punish me and are not helping me to recover. What are my rights as employee? Thank you!

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    • Ian Morris

      Whilst your pain and discomfort has returned to a serious level after going back to work, it would appear that your employer is working to support you by allowing revised duties and shorter working hours. Unfortunately, there may be little else that they can do. You could of course arrange a meeting with them to see if they have a different role in the short term that you could fulfill that does not require hours of walking or being on your feet. If so, that would enable you to rest and recover from the injury sustained.

      You do have the right to make a claim for compensation against your employer if you believe that your initial injury was caused by their negligence towards you – perhaps a lack of training or risk assessing your work. If bursitis is found, that is a repetitive strain injury and could be caused by your work and you should investigate this further. Please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to make further contact with us. We’ve also an article on bursitis claims if that’s of interest.

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  336. Ian Morris

    You may well be entitled to compensation and given the severity of the injury you’ve sustained and the pain, discomfort and distress that it will cause (and the loss of income), you have every right to make a claim in this matter. Your employers appear to be on notice that this particular lady required additional equipment to enable you to work safely with her. As they have not provided that equipment and don’t appear to have given a reason as to why it is not needed, then there is a reasonable prospect of holding them liable.

    We would certainly like to assist you further with this.

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  337. Hannah

    Hi this is not regarding me, its a family member however I feel she is scared to ask her boss anything due to him being rude to his staff. For the purpose of this I will call her *Amy

    Amy has worked for a company for nearly 10 years. first I don’t think she has a work contract, it is unknown to me if this has been completed or if it has whether or not she has it. she is worried to ask for a copy as she doesn’t want to feel uncomfortable or the boss to be rude to her.

    Amy is currently a sales representative for a family run company that rents out fridge vans to companies. her roles is to find business and also admin duties. However due to the high demand and previous experiences she has been delivering the vehicles to customers.

    Amy is meant to work 8-5, mon-fri however over the last 5 years its more “the dogs body” and completes all task, more so driving roles. Amy has since deteriorated in health due to many injuries such as a frozen shoulder due to lifting A-frames to attach vehicles together and also long distance driving has put strain onto her ankles, to which recently she has had to have an operation for. Amy went to the doctors and was told that long distance driving should be stopped for a while and was put on light duties or sick( I’m not sure which one) upon Amy’s return she was unable to drive and had her arm in a triangular bandage to rest and was told by her boss that vans needed valeting and she is required to wash the vans . Amy completes a few 10-12 hour days shifts with long distance driving and is told the night before what her start time is.

    I have asked Amy if there is an accident log book or union support to which she is unsure of and has never written in this when telling the boss how much pain she is in however the boss just replies “you’ll be fine”.

    I feel that this must be a breach as every company should have a log book or Datix. surely if she is suppose to be employed to complete a sales representative role and is injured she shouldn’t continuously be put at risk.

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    • Ian Morris

      The employer you describe would appear to be in breach of many health and safety obligations as well as possible employment law breaches. With regards to employment law, that is not something we can advise on.

      However, with the personal injury side to this story (frozen shoulder etc), the employer has an obligation to ensure that employees can work safely and that the risk of injury is minimised. This would require the employer to provide adequate training with regards to manual handling and lifting and also to correctly risk assess the nature of each role tasked to an employee. Of course, to succeed with a claim for compensation evidence will be needed to support the allegations that an injury was suffered in the workplace, so completing an accident book entry is important.

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  338. Tanya

    My son got injured at work. A 6mm, 113 kg, steel plate fell on him. He was NOT sent to the doctor to see that everything is ok. The following day I had to take him to the hospital with all the IOD forms. The doctor booked him of for the weekend and gave him very mild painkillers. Monday when he went back to work he could hardly move and went to the manager and said that he will go to hospital, due to him not feeling well, he was very pale. When they booked him off till Wednesday next week, the manger said to him that he had to evaluate his position at the company. What rights does my son have. Can they tell him to go?

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    • Ian Morris

      Under UK employment law and personal injury law, an employee cannot be dismissed for taking some time off work to recover from illness or injury. Of course, if an employee is unwell or unfit for an extended period and unable to return to work, there will come a point where an employer can legally terminate the employment on grounds of ill health. In your Sons case though, that should not be relevant. It would appear that the Doctor is simply saying that he requires a period of time to recover from the injuries sustained and he should be able to return to work in due course.

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  339. S

    I’m unsure what to do, I was at work last Friday in an aged care facility. I injured my back due to manual handling and behaviours from a resident, there was no side rails on the bed which when we were rolling the resident assisting to cares the resident was grabbing onto my self pulling my back towards her and became quite resistive when asked not to do so .
    Her behaviours have been well documented and management are well aware also have been asking for side bed rails for a long time as most other people in the facility have them so the resident doesn’t feel the need to grab onto us staff. It has been ignored from numerous staff until mused got injured on Friday and now bed rails have been put up straight away.
    They were not on due to their being none in stock they say, though it was a major hazard.
    My doctor suspect I have pulled my quadratus lumborum which is causing it to have spasms when I’m on my feet for a long period of time, and have been given pid medication to maintain the pain as my doctor said it should ease over time.
    I was told I was ok to go back to work, I turned up to my shift today and have been taken off the roster and my permanent shifts.

    Just not sure on we’re to go with this as my manager and ceo are not easy to speak to.

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    • Ian Morris

      The employer appears to have been on notice that this particular patient was a risk and that bed bars were needed. That they have then failed to provide them does not necessarily mean that you will succeed with a claim, but it certainly indicates that a claim should be made in order for them to have to provide a substantive defence. Our article on care worker injury claims may provide you with more info.

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  340. Richard Mcknight

    I went into a container to turn the washer on. The lights were not working and I fell over straps that should have been placed in boxes. I hurt my back and shoulder and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance. Been attending doctors for the last 10 weeks and now waiting on physio to help me. I have found out from another employee that he was told that the light in the container was reported 6 times and nothing was done to fix this. It was then fixed 3 days later after my accident.

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    • Ian Morris

      You describe a clear example of employer negligence and as such, you have a valid claim for compensation and should pursue this further with us. The fact that your employer was made aware on 6 (or more) occasions of the lights not working indicates that they were on notice of a potential health and safety issue. The employer was obliged to repair that issue and their failure to have the lights fixed has caused you injury. As such, you are entitled to seek compensation for the pain and discomfort caused to you and to recover any incurred costs or loss of income.

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  341. Nick

    Hi, so three weeks ago I cut my fingers at work, ended up calling an ambulance as we were struggling to stop the blood flow. I went straight to and A and E to check if there were any chards of crockery left in my finger (nothing). Had my fingers bandaged up for 5 days. However 3 weeks down the line, I have no feeling in certain parts of my fingers and struggle to hold things with those fingers as well. My injury was from a machine, however when I was getting first aid I did say a numerous amount of times that it was my fault and I was silly trying to fix the issue myself. But now looking back on the accident the machinery was at fault.
    My queries are: because I said it was my fault will this affect a claim for my injuries?
    Am I entitled to paid time off work to get medical attention if required?

    I’m planning on getting a doctors appointment as soon as possible.

    Hope you can help.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should disregard what you may have said verbally at the time of receiving 1st aid as you would have been in a state of distress and shock. If you genuinely feel that the machine was at fault and that the employer ought to have provided better equipment, training or maintenance of the machinery you can pursue a claim for compensation. Injuries to the fingers from serious lacerations can cause permanent or severe ongoing symptoms that impact on dexterity, feeling and grip strength. If you were to succeed with a claim for compensation, the settlement amount will reflect the long term consequences of the injuries you have sustained. Our article on finger injury claims has more details about this.

      Your employer is not obliged to pay you sick pay for time away from work – even if the time away from work was caused by a workplace accident. However, you can recover your lost income by way of claiming compensation for the injuries sustained.

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  342. Colin

    I worked for my past employee for 16 years. The job involved delivering and installing office furniture nationwide sometimes having to carry goods upstairs. Most of the items were over 25 kilos yet we were expected to do this work single-handedly. I have been told I will need both knee caps replacing at some point and believe this has happened due to constant strain on my knees. I no longer work there now – am I entitled to make a claim against them?

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    • Ian Morris

      You do have the right to make a claim, but it must be done within the claim limitation period which is 3 years from the date that you became aware of the symptoms of the knee pain and believed it to be work related. Therefore, you could already be struggling on that issue.

      The other main hurdle to cross would be causation and proving a causal link between your work and your knee trouble. A medical expert may well find that the knee issues you have are age related degeneration rather than simply through lifting and moving at work. If you are within 3 years of your first appointment with a GP regarding the knee pain and your Doctor believes that these problems are work related and not simply ‘wear and tear’ you could seek to make a claim against your employer.

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  343. thomas

    i was elbowed in september 2017 by a service user i was looking after that day, he just out of the blue elbowed me in the mouth loosening a front tooth which needed removing, also loosened most of my other upper teeth, the other teeth are now going to be extracted.
    i no longer work there i left almost immediately after only 3 weeks service.
    i did not wish to work with challenging clients and i had not had challenging behaviour training anyway so would not expect that behaviour. i found out afterwards that he was violent quite often so therefore ought to have been given the necessary training.

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    • Ian Morris

      You describe a possible episode of employer negligence in the lack of training you had received and no warning of the risk to your health and safety.

      We would be happy to further investigate this matter for you.

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  344. Betty

    I hurt my knee at work a few weeks ago and since this time have been terminated for other reasons.. can I still claim workcover or not?

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    • Ian Morris

      Under UK personal injury compensation law, if an employee has left the employment of a workplace where they had sustained an injury due to negligence of an employer or a lack of training, they can still pursue a claim for compensation. What really matters is what was placed on record within an accident book and what medical treatment has been given in order that sufficient evidence will be in place to support any claim.

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  345. Jan

    I was hurt at work by moving a table by myself as I was told out of the room. The table legs latch was broke and it no longer stayed in while being moved. I was not told about this being broken but they were aware because afterwards my supervisor said, oh I forgot to tell you. And now they are all putting off signing my incident report, the injury tore my ucl in my right arm.

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    • Ian Morris

      This could well be a strong and valid claim for accident at work compensation. We need to speak with you further to find out more about the accident and the work you do/training given by your employer. Please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to make further contact so that we can look further in to this for you.

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  346. craig

    Hi, I cut my leg whilst using a hedge cutter. I was only wearing work supplied thin trousers. I haven’t had a day off in 4 years and they made me use a days holiday for the single day I had off to help the wound heal. Spent about 6 hours in hospital awaiting sterilisation and butterfly stitches. Not happy about the way I have been treated and would like to make a claim.

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    • Ian Morris

      If an employer is expecting you to use potentially dangerous equipment, such as a hedge trimmer, the employer has an obligation to ensure that you are adequately trained to use the machine and that appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided or required.

      You describe a scenario that would appear to indicate that your employer has failed in this obligation and as such, you should seek to make a claim against them with us.

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  347. Jo

    On 13/11/18 I had an epileptic seizure at work. I had been requesting and been supported by two occupational therapists for having my rescue medication to stop seizures on site ( an SEN school) it was 18 months of risk assessments and requesting. The care plan was in place which include rescue medication. However it was still a dismissal if I brought it on site due to risk assessment.
    I had a seizure grandmal and due to not having medication was unable to use the rescue medication prescribed and on care plan. Paramedics were called and I went into status as they could not stop seizures for over half an hour.
    I have not been back to work as I am having between 4 and 8 absences a day, suffer memory difficulties and need full care due to difficulties left from the status episode. I am entitled to 6 months full pay and 6 months half pay. The recovery is going to be long and slow and most possibly never be able to teach again. I obviously have money loss from this and effectively will lose being able to teach for the next 14 years, a job I love. My family and life has altered to needing care and ongoing tests. My life as an independent, full time teacher with good health, although disability of epilepsy which I advocate as no reason to not work – to a person unable to work, earn money and stay on my own and keep safe ( words written in sick note and specialist). My union are supportive, but I feel I would like to know my legal rights, as my daily life and that of my family has changed so much. What are my legal options?

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    • Ian Morris

      We sympathise with your situation and can appreciate just how much this recent incident has impacted on your life. Unfortunately, it is likely to be very difficult (under UK personal injury law) to hold your employer liable in this as they clearly had risk assessed your need for medication and had to take the view that it was unsafe to keep it within a school setting.

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  348. Shannon

    Hi I’m 18 weeks pregnant and I work in retail I’ve recently got a new manager who has me working in furniture and storage. I was in the warehouse trying to do the task he gave me and boxes came down on me I have been suffering with pains in my stomach and feeling bruised from this. I went to my doctor who also said it might be bruised on the inside. I feel as if the manager is pushing me out of the job as he can’t sack me. I explained to him I wasn’t able to work 12 to 9 at night because I don’t drive and live a hour away on the bus and don’t feel comfortable coming more into my pregnancy and a few days later he gave me the whole week 12 to 9 shifts is there anything I could do about this please? I also have hospital appointments and he has me to go to work straight after I am there 7 or 8 months now and I am part time but work full time hours. Am I entitled to be payed for my hospital appointments?

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    • Ian Morris

      You have a right to make a claim for compensation for the injuries you sustained at work when those boxes fell upon you. If successful with the claim, you would be entitled to compensation for the injury (the value of which is based on medical evidence and your recovery) and importantly, you will be able to recover any lost income caused by the injuries sustained or time off for medical appointments.

      If you haven’t already done so, please do ensure that the details of your accident at work are recorded within the accident book.

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  349. Karen

    I had an accident at work last October. It was reported. I was put on the sick. I have keep up with meetings with my manager regularly. I have got a solicitor involved.
    I am coming to the end of my ssp. But I have a sick note until the 30th June.
    I just need some help. I know that I have not got a job to go back to. So I just need to know with the accident happening at work, do i hand in my notice or do i let them dismiss me?

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    • Ian Morris

      The accident at work and your employment rights are two separate matters and should not be seen in the same light. You can seek personal injury claim advice from your specialist Solicitor or of course from us, but for the issue of your employment rights and whether or not you should resign or wait should be addressed to an employment law specialist as soon as possible.

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  350. Autumn

    I have worked at the company I am with for 1 year. We have been understaffed for 6 months. I am 5.5 months pregnant with only 1 other employee, we work a 5 person job with only two of us. I was sent to the hospital Monday and was told I have nerve compression on the left side of my leg and a threatened miscarriage (my child is okay). I came back to work today they know my situation and had me work alone with no help today. I’m supposed to be on light duty because this job is 100% the reason I’m having these problems.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should make a formal written report to your employer outlining your concerns and mention the understaffing issue. With regards to the compressed nerve issue, if you have been injured as a result of the physical nature of your work and your employer has been negligent towards your health and safety at work – perhaps a lack of training, over exposure to heavy, repeated lifting etc, you could seek to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

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  351. del

    Hi I am currently in plaster with two broken arms – I slipped on the step of my van and fell forwards onto concrete. The plastic cover was not secured to the metal step and all the fixings were missing, this had been reported several times by myself and other drivers but no action was taken to repair it. I had concussion, injured knees and whiplash and was 130 miles away from the depot, I called the office to report I needed to get to hospital and i was struggling to steer and change gears they said ok bring the van back then go to hospital, I managed to do 100 motorway miles but had to pull over on an emergency lay-by on the motorway where I fell unconscious for 50 minutes until the police found me and called an ambulance. The van was on tracker so was visible at all times to the office but no contact was made by them – do the company have a duty of care to track an injured driver and would I be able to make a claim? My partner asked to see the van but the company had off-hired it, but not before my partner had managed to get a picture of the faulty step.

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    • Ian Morris

      On the basis of your description of the cause of your accident at work, my initial assessment is that you certainly have a valid claim for compensation and we would be very happy to assist you with such a claim.

      The fact that the plastic cover on the step of the vehicle was loose and had been reported several times, yet was not repaired or action not taken by the employer would make it likely that liability can be attached to the employer in this matter on the grounds of employer negligence. Health and Safety regulations place an obligation on employers to provide a safe working environment and when a possible hazard to health is reported, the employer cannot ignore such a report and must ensure that any hazards are removed.

      We would very much like to help you and given the nature of your work and the injuries sustained, you could recover a substantial sum of compensation for the injuries and also the loss of income.

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  352. Rosalyn

    I have primary biliary cirrhosis, which was discovered during a blood test from being off with stress, A over a year ago I had the flu and few days later I came out in a rash which may have been a indicator of PBC , I wanted visit the doctor and check the rash out to see if was infectious as I work with small children, I told to come and see how it develops. I have had rashes since with my PBC which is a life threatening illness and it may have been discovered earlier and have a less of an impact on my life. I have text messages and photos.

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  353. Anne Villa

    I am hospitalized for almost a week due to surgery. My employer imposes monetary penalty for every absences incurred. Is it allowable by law that ill employees should pay during absences? Please enlighten me. Thank you very much

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    • Ian Morris

      Under UK Law, an employer does not have to pay any staff member their usual income if they are away from work due to injury or illness – even if that injury or illness was caused by their work. The law will simply require that eligible staff are paid Statutory Sick Pay. Some employers do pay full incomes to unwell or injured staff but that is down to company policy rather than legal requirement.

      No employer can require an injured or unwell employee to pay them a fee if they are away from work due to ill health or injury.

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  354. Mary

    Hello, I was injured at work due to a truck flap slamming down on my pinky finger breaking it in two places. I ‘m a loader. I keep telling my employer I think my finger is broken and they pretty much ignored my cry for help. Finally after about a month I said I was really in pain, which was from them having me load truck with my injury. I ended up having surgery and pins put in. This happened Oct 2018 and still going through. Found out now I developed postramatic arthritis because my employer didn’t handle my situation properly. Was going to oss, but after my surgery was done majority of the time I was seeing his assistant, which was no help at all. When i developed other problems with my hand that I never before she said they were not from injury. They said there was nothing else they could do. So I got a second opinion and i was told I developed postramatic arthritis. Frankly I was humiliated by my job and where my job sent me. Now I can’t do things like I use to. Has me very stressed and depressed. What can I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      Were the details of your initial injury to the finger recorded in an accident book or incident report system at the time of your accident? Your options could be to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation after your accident at work and the injury to your finger as a result of employer negligence. Our article on finger injury claims will give you more information and associated compensation amounts.

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  355. Dave

    Hi, I had a accident back in December resulting in me twisting my knee. While I was off I was also diagnosed with a suspected groin hernia. I returned to work 1st March on light duties as I’m waiting to see consultant for their plan of action. My employer is saying that if there is no light duties for me some days then you will be on sick leave without pay. I also had to have a cyst removed from my back which I was advised may have been a result of my accident, I have had cyst for 20 yrs but no problem until after accident. I have worked for this company since 1996. Can you please advise where I stand on this matter?

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    • Ian Morris

      Your employer is within their rights to place you on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if your contract of employment does not stipulate an entitlement to usual salary whilst off work due to injury or illness – even if the injury or illness was caused in an accident at work.

      With this in mind, your only route to recovering lost income is by pursuing a claim for compensation. If you were to succeed with a claim in this situation, you would be entitled to a settlement for the knee injury and any other associated injuries and also full recovery of lost income or incurred costs.

      To succeed with a personal injury claim after an accident, we’ll need to be establish that that negligence can be attached to another party.

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  356. Nikki

    Hi i deliver for a chinese takeaway. A company has erected scaffolding right outside door and 1 of the bars is very low and has no hazard tape on it. On my way in door i struck my head on it which resulted in an egg shaped lump on my head and headaches. Apparently im the second person to walk into it. Where do i stand ?

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    • Ian Morris

      You have a potential claim for compensation, but you’ll need to make sure that the accident is reported to the property owner and scaffolding company. It would also be very helpful to take photographs showing the lack of hazard tape and ideally, a photograph with a clear measurement as to the height of the bar that you hit. You should also seek medical attention from your GP or Hospital for the symptoms of headaches in order to get the details recorded.

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  357. Dane

    My question is what if i got injured on the job and i had wrote a report and obtain my medical information but the company didn’t comply or get back to me until 4 months as passed, and now the employer is making a claim I took too long to claim a compensation. I would like to know if there’s a time period?

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    • Ian Morris

      UK law affords you 3 years from the date of an accident at work in which you can make a claim.

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  358. Shanta

    Can I be fired after a injury that happen to me at work?

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    • Ian Morris

      You cannot be dismissed for having an accident at work, but if you are badly injured and left unable to work for a long while, your employer could terminate your employment on ill health grounds eventually.

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  359. Ntombi

    Hi my mother is working as a registered nurse at a hospital and she fell inside the work premises but just after she had knocked off. Could she be able to claim for work compensation to get her monthly wages as normal since she is not fit to go to work for 6 weeks that the doctor gave her to heal?

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not your mother had finished duty or was still at work is irrelevant in this matter. What does matter is what caused her to fall and whether the cause of the fall can be attributed to negligence. If we can establish that she was tripped due to a hazard or item of disrepair then there is a strong possibility of claiming successfully for compensation for the injuries sustained and any incurred loss of income or costs.

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  360. Jamie

    Hi I’m trying to find out if my brother can make a claim, he’s been working as a cleaner for a good few years and when he started all he done was clean show houses but his boss started giving him different jobs which I’m sure he never had any training for. As in cleaning 5 storey building windows with a 100ft pole and using harmful chemicals. He worked 6 to 7 days a week from 6am till late, now he’s suffering with chronic back ache which he’s had 2 ops on, but he still went to work because he didn’t want to let anyone down, but now he can’t work, or even walk properly an he needs another operation on his back, but he’s been told if he has it there a 70% chance he won’t be able to walk after it. His boss won’t pay him his due sick pay and has sacked him leaving him in trouble with his mortgage and feeding his family.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your brother can make a claim of course, but to succeed he’ll need to be able to provide evidence that will enable them to hold the employer liable.

      In this case, it would be relevant to know if your brother has ever complained to his employer about the lack of training and heavy workload? What has been put on record with the employer regarding injuries or pain etc.

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  361. Chris

    My wife was injured at work in the NHS restraining a mentally ill patient. The restraint is part of the job, however during the restraint the other member of staff restraining the patient let go and refused to help out, meaning she was thrown about struggling to contain them. She was off work with shoulder damage, has returned to work but till in pain with the shoulder injury. The other member of staff admitted they had done this and said he would not do it again. No further action was taken against him, yet she has been left with an injury which affects her sleep patten, left her in pain and has stopped her doing her usual sports. Can the employer be held responsible for the the negligent act of its employee?

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    • Ian Morris

      An employer has overall responsibility for the actions of employees and in this case, it would certainly make sense to pursue a claim for compensation against the employer. We deal with quite a few claims against the NHS.

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  362. Helen

    I was badly injured at work suffering a fractured tibia and fibula I have had 2 operations and wore an external fixator for three months.
    I was given the job of changing light bulbs in the house (large home) some were very high up.
    I received no training to use a ladder and subsequently fell when attempting to change a hard to reach bulb.
    My employer says it is my fault as I decided how I was going to change the bulb.
    Are they at all liable?

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    • Ian Morris

      Your employer cannot simply pass judgement on negligence or liability and it would appear that they have failed in their obligations towards your health and safety whilst at work. Effectively, your employer is admitting that they failed to ensure that you could work as safely as possible as they have simply left you to do the work without guidance or training.

      Given the severity of your injury as a result of your fall from a ladder at work, you really should consider pursuing a claim against the employer on the basis of their negligence. Whilst there can be no guarantee of success with the claim, there is certainly every reason to pursue this matter and it would appear that you have a valid claim with every prospect of succeeding. Our article on ladder accident claims may provide further info for you.

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  363. Victoria

    I am a carer, whilst at a clients house I noticed that I’d made a mess on their carpet (leaves and grass brought in on my shoes). After all their personal care one of their son’s friends came in and said about the mess so I got out the hoover and cleaned it up. However, I felt my back go and got very hot sweating, shakes and vomiting. I phoned my boss who was great at the time offering to take me to A&E, now I have been to hospital and been told that I have deep gluteal syndrome and urgent referral to physio she is now saying that it’s not in the care plan to do the hoovering and that I should of left the mess. Is there anything I can do as I now can’t work

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    • Ian Morris

      If you are not required to perform housekeeping duties by your employer, there would be no reason for them to have expected you to use a vacuum cleaner or provide any training or risk assessment of the use of such equipment. If this were the case, then I don’t think you could possibly hold the employer liable for your injuries.

      If however, the use of domestic cleaning appliances is part of your work and your employer has not trained you in manual handling and the use of such equipment, you may be able to take this further.

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  364. L

    If my employer told me that he didn’t think I hurt my back at work did he have legal right to say that?

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    • Ian Morris

      The employer is entitled to their opinion, but the value of their opinion is minimal unless they can support it with evidence. If you believe that your back injury was caused at work, it is important that you put the evidence in place to support such a view. As such, make sure an accident report is completed and if you have not been issued with the right training or equipment to enable you to work safely, complain to the employer in writing and seek medical attention from your GP.

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  365. Howard

    So I was in a car crash last week delivering a car for work (car dealership), the crash was not my fault – there was a few cars involved on the m6. The crash resulted in me being hospitalised I was unconscious. I have recently been discharged from hospital, I checked my emails and work have sent me an email claiming they can’t offer me any more work. I’ve tried to contact them but I’m not having any luck speaking who I need to speak to.

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    • Ian Morris

      Regarding your work and your employment rights, that is a matter for an employment law specialist or your Union. As for the car accident and your injuries, we can help you with that.

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  366. Alison

    Hi, I am on a zero hours contract. I fell at work last week due to a missing piece of flooring. I have severe bruising to my wrist and ligament damage but no break. Would I be able to claim as no break? I get the feeling being on zero hours I would just not be employed anymore…

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether you have a zero hours contract, work via an agency, are part time or full time, you have the same rights to claim compensation as anyone else.

      You mention a missing piece of flooring at the workplace. This would appear to be clear employer negligence in their failure to provide a safe and secure working environment and i’d imagine that you would have a valid claim for compensation.

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  367. david

    I was injured in a road accident while at work (driving from one job to the next) whilst I was stationary and hit head on by a car traveling on the wrong side of the road.

    I’ve been off work with a whiplash injury for about 18 months now. The consultants have said it will take time to heal but the injury is not permanent. My employer is now trying to terminate my employment. I work for a large housing association carrying out repairs in the properties Been employed by them 5 years.

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    • Ian Morris

      There are two elements to the situation you describe – one of personal injury compensation for injuries and financial losses caused by a non-fault accident, and your rights under employment law with regards to whether or not your employer can terminate your position of employment due to your current inability to work.

      With regards to the personal injury compensation element of your situation, we can certainly advise and help you with this matter. Given that you were stationary when hit by another vehicle that was travelling on the wrong side of the carriageway, you were clearly the non-fault party and would be entitled to pursue a claim against the insurers of the at fault vehicle. Our specialist Solicitors could well succeed with a claim for you and would obtain you compensation for both the injuries you have sustained – which if causing such a long term problem would likely be a substantial settlement, but importantly recover any lost income or incurred costs caused by this incident.

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  368. Jane

    I am an employer of a small family construction company. One staff member hurt his back yesterday and has today said he wants to sue for loss of income etc. He is a family member so it makes it tricky.

    He was working with all the correct workwear and health and safety equipment needed. He was given precise instructions of what the task was and had direct communication with his supervisors if any problems occur. He was working alone at the time but has the adequate training needed for the job he was doing.

    We have advised we will cover his sick pay whilst off for 2 weeks, but he is asking for more money or he will sue for loss of income.

    He has not visited a GP. We want to know where we stand and if he can actually proceed with any kind of claim, we have no idea if he had any injury prior to this but it seems as he is 60+ plus and doing a manual job is not possible for him anymore. We are able to offer him less manual jobs, any advice would be appreciated.

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    • Ian Morris

      For an employee to succeed with a claim for compensation for an injury suffered at work, they will need to demonstrate that their employer has been negligent towards their health and safety at work. In the scenario you describe, it would appear that you have fulfilled the relevant obligations upon you as an employer – full training, correct PPE provision and work equipment. Therefore, as long as your training records are up to date and you have written notes of the work being undertaken and instructions given, it would appear to be a struggle for the employee to succeed with a claim against you.

      Of course, the employee can proceed with a claim as he will likely approach a specialist Solicitor and give a different side of the story to that provided by you. As such, a Solicitor acting in good faith may proceed with a claim. However, with the help of your insurers and the detailed evidence that you appear to have, his Solicitor would likely close the case on receipt of your robust denial.

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  369. Chloe

    Hi, I was involved in a accident at work where a hydraulic locker on a truck slammed shut on my ring finger and completely amputated the tip of the ring finger and broke the tip of my little finger. My boss pressed me into a private settlement of £3000 which I signed a waiver for, and he stated I wouldn’t receive anything if I was to claim privately for the accident and of course loss of wages and the business would be closed. I wasn’t trained properly for the job I had only been working there 5 months, been left alone in the business when the accident occurred, and it wasn’t reported nor recorded in the accident book. I work in commercial vehicle paint and of course the job can be dangerous, but I feel I was pressured into signing the waiver and the fact I’d loose my job as would everyone else working in the business, would I still be able to put a claim in a year on? Thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      If you have signed a settlement agreement as a full and final settlement, it is unlikely that an insurer will accept a further claim.

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  370. Alexander

    Hi I wonder if you can help. I work for Heathrow airport as a security officer. On November 7th 2017 at approximately 13:10 I was on a staff bus (which is needed to get to and from the terminal and staff car park) on my way into work when a taxi collided with the right hand side of the bus. I was sitting next to the impact, I came out of my seat and twisted my lower body and upper body in two different directions.
    I have recently had an MRI and received the results in which I’m told I may need to have surgery as my disc is pushing against a nerve causing constant pain every day through both of my legs.
    I saw the work occupational health who is suppose to be a physio therapist but never actually treated me. They wrote on a form that they see no medical reason as to why I can’t return to work but I have a written letter from the NHS with my results of the nerve pain caused by the disc pressing against the nerve caused from the bus accident.
    I’ve made a claim against the taxi driver but my work on the other hand are being a little difficult.

    So I received full pay from November until February the 4th so I was forced to return to work before my GP had advised me to return. I needed my income.
    Heathrow agreed to put me on 4 hour shifts and light duties as I cannot bend to search a passenger.
    Now they have a 12 week “recovery” phase in which you have to have had the adequate amount of physio and help to be back at work on full hours at the end of the 12 weeks. Now I’m not ready to do so just yet but here is the kicker.
    They have put me on a stage 1 warning for being off sick for such a length of time. There reasoning is “it isn’t a work related injury as I wasn’t performing my security officer duties”
    Being on a staff bus which is the way into work provided by the company is apparently not classed as even an industrial work injury. I believe they are putting the pressure on me to be at full hours by the first week of May which is the last of my 12 weeks. I appealed the stage 1 warning on the grounds that it is an industrial work related injury. It seems as if now they are now putting off giving me the outcome results of that meeting until the first week of May. I had my appeal meeting March 27th, it’s almost been a month.
    Can you advise what kind of accident this is?

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    • Ian Morris

      You would be entitled to make a claim for compensation against the insurers of whichever vehicle caused the accident and your injury. It would appear that the taxi is the fault party and as such, you could claim against them and recover compensation for your injury, loss of income and incurred medical expenses and losses. To proceed, you’ll need to be able to provide the necessary details – ideally the vehicle details (registration numbers etc), but if not, if you could provide your employers details as they will have a record, that would suffice.

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  371. Julie

    Employer is running a propane forklift in the building where we work and there is no ventilation or air exchanger. I already once ended up in the emergency room with carbon monoxide poisoning …. and he still continues to run the propane fork lift in the building after several attempts of telling him not to do so. I am concerned of the long term affects of continued affects in my health.

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    • Ian Morris

      Make sure your concerns are addressed to the employer in writing so that you have evidence to prove that you have made such a warning and report. You could also make contact with external agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive too.

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  372. ashok

    I am seeking representation. I started the claim with my union Solicitor and I don’t feel they have grasped the case or not pushing enough as it’s quite simple to me. My understanding is union solicitors don’t push as they’re on the side of the employer.

    I worked at a large company loading the delivery vans. For over three years I never suffered any injury or ever had a day off sick. Until in 2017 they changed their computer system and increased the maximum weight of the trays WITHOUT doing a new risk assessment. In the risk assessment dated 2016 it clearly stated the maximum weight of the trays is 13kg and in trials the average weight of the trays was 9kg. The trays now were 14kg maximum and sometimes weighed more and average weight 12kg or more. They changed the weight without doing a new risk assessment, I can prove this.

    In April 2018 I came across some trays weighing over 14kg and suffered a pelvis injury and had some 7 weeks off work and treatment. I have a witness statement on this. I again suffered a pelvis and back injury in October 2018.

    Surely if the risk assessment states 13kg then they have breached duty of care and this would be a simple case to go straight to Court on then they will settle? Letters back and forward my Solicitor has been doing is not getting anywhere.

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  373. Reqo

    I was working casual work, cash in hand. The vehicle tail lift isn’t 100% working correctly and I was sent down to load a van without the correct PPE and as I was fixing one of the flaps on the tail lift, it fell on my foot. I needed hospital treatment and now the owner of company says he doesn’t pay people who have been injured at work. I had 3 weeks of lost earnings at my own work and now I won’t receive a penny.

    Can you tell me the way forward?

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether you were doing casual work or working on a more official basis, the same health and safety laws apply to all employees. In this case, as long as you can prove that you were injured whilst working for this employer (accident book entry or other evidence), you can pursue a claim against them for compensation for the foot injury as well as to recover any lost income.

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  374. Zak skidmore

    Hi, I have been at work today doing repairs in tenant’s property when their dog came in and bit me twice on my arm causing damage to it severe enough for me to have to visit hospital. Who do I claim off and do I have a valid claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim for compensation and the most likely defendant will be the owners of the dog. Whether or not they have insurance in place to fund any claim that you make make or personal finance to cover the cost of any claim is another issue. Your employer could also bear some responsibility if they knew that there were dogs in the property and hadn’t warned you about this.

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  375. Jo

    I had an incident at work that caused me to get a broken bone – it was not of my own doing. There was no duty of care and we were short staffed. I have had 2 surgeries and my third is coming up. Full hip replacement. I have been off full time hours for 15 months but all up have only not been at work for 3 & 1/2 of those months. I’m seated or light duties. I am being paid still. Am I entitled to go for a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not an employer pays you during a period of absence from work after being injured in an accident at work does not impact in anyway on your right to make a claim for compensation. Given that you are of the view that your accident at work was caused by the negligence of your employer, you have every right to make a claim for the hip injuries you suffered.

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  376. David

    Hi, can an employer pay an employee off where the employee has handed in a sick note and is on statutory sick pay from an accident that happened at work?

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    • Ian Morris

      This matter is really something that should be discussed with an employment law expert. However, if an employee is off work for a lengthy period due to injuries sustained in an accident at work, the employer could eventually reach the view that the injured person is no longer fit enough to perform the duties and could have their position terminated. However, an employer MUST follow due process and abide by employment law before they terminate an injured employees contract.

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  377. Siyabonga Cenge

    Two days ago on the 2 April 2019 I slipped my hand when I was tightening a drill chuck and it hit a drill and broke it and cutting my left hand palm. I feel my employer is trying by all means for me to be at work and do light duties, yet the doctor booked me off. What do I do in this situation?

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    • Ian Morris

      If your employer has light duties available for you that will not cause any risk to your hand injury, there is no harm in attending work and at least you will still receive your usual income.

      Attending work on light duties after an accident at work would not prevent you from being able to make a claim, but it does stop you having the added stress of coping with a loss of income caused by an enforced absence whilst you recover.

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  378. Mark

    A friend of mine who has ADH and was actually on the sick at the time, did some work for somebody yesterday and cut his little finger off on a band saw. No training, no supervision, and the guy who he was working for told him he is not insured so he could not claim. Any advice?

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    • Ian Morris

      Given the lack of insurance cover, claiming compensation could be problematic. Further, working on a casual basis for someone makes the process difficult as the evidence needed to support a claim may be harder to secure.

      Your friend may be able to claim directly against the person responsible – if they have sufficient financial wherewithal to face a claim against them.

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  379. Tracy

    I have been working for my current employers for just over six years. Three years ago I started suffering with plantar fasciitis, the floor I stand on for 40 hours a week is concrete covered with very thin carpet tiles, I am in constant pain and it has affected my every day life, I have put on a lot of weight due to the fact that I do not want walk anywhere because of he pain, I have had cortisone injections in my feet and shockwave therapy which have not worked. Are my employers liable?

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    • Ian Morris

      The immediate issues that I can see are proving a causal link between the plantar fasciitis and your employer/work and most importantly the claim limitation period.

      The main issue here is that any claim MUST be made within 3 years of the date where you became or ought to have become aware of the symptoms.

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  380. Hanny

    If I have reported an accident to my employer I think they should give me a copy of the formal report/accident book, but they won’t. I was told they already reported my accident I don’t have to worry about that and they cannot give me a copy of the report or accident book. But if they don’t give me it, if something happens in the future I don’t have any proof. What should I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      The employer is not obliged to provide you with a copy of the accident report. Whilst there is no reason why they should not do so, they do not have to.

      If you are concerned as to the way the employer retains information within their accident book, you could make a formal request for a copy of the accident record in writing (by email) and retain their response, so that should the accident report become unavailable in the future, you can at least provide evidence that it did exist.

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  381. Martin

    I was hit by a employee driving MHE this happened inside, CCT footage was used proving the employee was at fault, and the investigation ended with them receiving a final written warning. Even though I was not physically injured can I make any claim ?

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    • Ian Morris

      The lack of injury could be an issue. You can only claim compensation if you can demonstrate a loss or injury serious enough to qualify to take action. Were you psychologically injured?

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  382. Patricia Curley

    I am a transport assistant for a Barton bus company. I take special needs children to and from school and while I was at work I fell over and broke my thigh and hip bones. I had a three hour operation and have a metal rod between my thigh and hip. I have been told that I will receive ssp, I know that’s not enough to pay my bills, I know they have transport assistant insurers so can you advise me on what I can do?

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    • Ian Morris

      You have clearly suffered a serious and nasty injury at work. You mention that you fell and that this caused the injury. What interests us at this stage is what caused you to fall? If you can identify a hazard, defect or act of negligence (lack of training, incorrect equipment etc) that caused the fall, you could pursue a claim for compensation and if successful, recover compensation for the injury itself but importantly recover all lost income previously and in the future – relating to this accident.

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  383. James

    Hello my name is James. I am a subcontractor for a construction company that installs metal buildings. I was on a job site the day after it rained and was still drizzling that day, while attempting to secure a sheet of metal to the side of the building my ladder sank in the mud and I subsequently fell and broke my arm and leg. My boss informed me he isn’t liable and offered to pay me for 6 weeks while I was out but have only seen 3. I was wondering if I have any legal recourse at all because he is now going from someone that seemed concerned and wanted to help to now someone that just seems to avoid me. Thanks for your time

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    • Ian Morris

      You do have a right to make a claim for compensation if you are injured in an accident at work. Given that you have fallen from height, the safe working at height regulations and Health and Safety guidelines covering such work would be considered. Whilst it could be seen that you have contributed to your own injury by erecting a ladder on soft ground, the employer is likely to bear responsibility for the health and safety failings that lead to your ladder accident.

      Hopefully an accident book entry or incident report form has been completed with the employer? If not, you should write to them to outline what happened and apportion responsibility to them for instructing you to work in risky conditions on unsafe ground.

      We would be happy to assist you in trying to claim compensation for your injury and also to recover all lost income caused by the accident – this could include future loss of income if the injury prevents you from working for sometime and you succeed with the claim.

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  384. Marcus

    Hi, I work in the removals industry as a driver. I have had manual handling training and that is not the problem!
    In 2017, I suffered an injury to my lower back whilst driving. I was wearing a seatbelt, which held me down, but the suspension of the vehicle is very bouncy, together with a suspension seat. I was thrown up and jarred my back, suffering a bulging disc, and I was off work on ssp for 5 1/2 months, which was a struggle.
    My employer is and always has been aware that the vehicle can cause injury – other drivers have complained about the bumpy ride and the fact that drivers’ seat is like an ejector seat!
    Last friday, 29-3-2019, it happened again. I had made a claim for a disability benefit under the advice of the C.A.B, with yearly reviews, and was notified from the previous injury I had lost 15% of faculty to my lower back and right leg.
    Am I within my right to make a claim against my employer?

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    • Ian Morris

      You do have a right to make a claim against your employer if you believe that your injury was caused as a result of their negligence or their failure to minimise the risk of injury in the workplace.

      The issue you may face is proving that the vehicle is dangerous and that the employer should have taken steps to prevent such an incident causing injury to you.

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  385. brian

    I am a prison officer in the course of my duties I was injured helping to restrain a prisoner who had become violent attacking other members of staff.