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, full-time staff or self-employed, working away or from home, 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. Adam

    Just curious if I’m due compensation from work something dropped on my thumb and cracked open the nail and it ripped the whole nail off the thumb

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    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can discuss your accident at work and advise you as to whether or not you can make a claim for compensation. It would certainly seem likely that you can pursue a claim for compensation for the pain and discomfort caused by your thumb injury as it appears that the injury was not your fault. Alternatively, go to the start your claim for compensation page of our website and provide further details about the accident (what work you do, how the item was dropped on your thumb and what it was) and we’ll contact you to help you with your claim.

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    • Mark

      I had an accident at work when moving a parcel in my van after I had finished my round off. The day after, I told my manager and union rep verbally about what had happened and I tried doing my job for 2 more days with a severe back ache not knowing how bad the injury was! The pain then became unbearable and I had to call in sick, having a few months off work.I did then report the accident on works computer system with my Manager.

      It transpired that I have got a prolapsed disc. Do I still have the right to make a claim as I had only reported it verbally until I went back to work after a few months?

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      • Ian Morris

        Although it would have been ideal for the details of the accident to be reported properly immediately, the fact that you did report it to both your Manager and Union Rep verbally at the time and then completed a written report when you returned to work should enable you to pursue a claim.

        Please call us on 01225430285 or use the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website to get further help.

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  2. Anon

    Burnt my hand at work without any training or induction on the machine, it was the day after a trial shift as they were short staffed.

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    • Ian Morris

      We can help you to claim compensation for the burn injury you have sustained. Our Solicitors have previously been successful with identical claims where a new staff member was not afforded training before being injured at work whilst operating potentially dangerous machinery. This is seen as employer negligence and you are likely to have a valid claim that should succeed.

      For further help, you can call us on 01225430285 or you can opt to ‘start your claim‘ via our website if you prefer.

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  3. Debbie

    Hi I fell got tangled in a plastic tie from around a box, it took me to the ground, fractured my thumb. I am a nurse and haven’t been in work since February 2021. I had to have surgery on friday 16 july for carpal tunnel syndrome caused by the fall. I spoke to a personal injury solicitor, he said the problem is they don’t know whose shop the cable tie came from.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Where did the accident happen? Were there any witnesses? Please provide further details to explain the incident and we can advise you further.

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  4. Matt

    Hi I was 3 hours into my first shift at my new job labourer in an engineering firm. I was cleaning out the bottom of a machine when I sliced my finger almost down to the bone I needed 4 stitches and although they provided me a pair of gloves they clearly wasn’t rip proof like they should be because It cut straight through. I then returned from hospital the same day and finished my shift and had not time to recover

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can help you to claim compensation after your accident at work. Although this was your first shift, the employer should have provided the correct training and appropriate PPE to prevent you from sustaining such an injury.

      Alternatively, you can start your claim via our website if you prefer.

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  5. chris

    Hello,

    I was at work and an automatic door fell off and hit my head.

    I worked for a few minutes more, around, half an hour, but then I had to leave as I started feeling dizzy and with a head ache.

    Can you please tell me what are my rights and what should I do?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,
    Chris

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is important to make sure that there is a record of the accident at the workplace. The employer should complete an accident book entry which simply confirms what happened, where and when and list any immediate injury symptoms. Having this record is important for the employer so that they can try to make sure the accident isn’t repeated and very important for you, should you go on to pursue a claim for compensation.

      You have a legal right to make a claim for compensation and all employers must have insurance in place for this very reason. You can make a claim without losing your job or facing any discrimination from the employer.

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  6. bea

    A kitchen cupboard door fell on my foot at work just now, there’s a mark on my foot and I’m struggling to weight bear just want to know if I have grounds for a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Our Solicitors have successfully pursued identical claims in the past and we would be more than happy to assist you in pursing a claim against the employers insurance for the injury sustained and any scaring or mark to your foot.

      The most important thing to do at this early stage is to make sure that the details of the incident are reported in an employers accident book, or at least in writing with the employer. This provides our Solicitors with a very helpful paper trail when they have to evidence a claim. You should also make contact with your GP or an NHS walk-in clinic/A&E setting to ensure that your symptoms are assessed and the details of your injury recorded on your medical records.

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  7. Gary

    I hurt my shoulder using my works can. I reported to my boss that the gear box was going wrong and was very stiff.
    He did nothing about it.
    Because of his negligence I have been suffering shoulder pain even since.
    I tried to go back to work, it didn’t hurt when I was resting and doing everyday things but as soon as I drove the van it hurt again.
    I ended up using all my holiday pay because I could not afford to live on SSP.
    The gearbox has now been fixed, which is great but I am still getting the pain because changing gear is using the same muscle that has been damaged.
    Can I make a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We would like to obtain some further information from you in order that our specialist Solicitors can consider the specifics of your enquiry and advise regarding any potential claim. Your employer appears to have ignored your reports of a risk of injury by failing to ensure that the gearbox issue was repaired and this may well be seen as employer negligence and open a viable route to seeking compensation for your shoulder injury and lost income/lost holiday pay.

      Please provide some more details via the start your claim for compensation page of our website and we will be in touch to discuss this matter with you.

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  8. Mark

    Hi I had an accident at work dislocated my ankle and broke my tibia an fibula, needing plates in my leg and a stay of 8 days in hospital. This is a life changing injury that I have. I have tried to claim with other solicitors, but because I had PPE on, they say I can’t claim. Can you help?

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    • Ian Morris

      As the employer has provided the required PPE, we can’t claim against them on that issue. However, there may still be grounds to pursue a claim if we can establish that they have failed to adequately risk assess the work you were doing or remove the risk of a foreseeable injury. With this in mind, we need to know more about the work you were doing and how you came to sustain the serious injury to your lower leg.

      It would be helpful if you could respond to our reply to explain the work you were doing at the time of the accident and how you were injured. Also, please advise where and when the injury occurred. It would also help if you could confirm whether or not you were appropriately trained to perform the duties you were tasked with at the time of the injury.

      We can then advise you further regarding any potential claim for compensation.

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  9. pa sarjo cham

    I was injured in an accident at work and ended up needing an operation. Despite the surgery, I am still having pain and the same problem. What can I do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may be able to pursue a claim for compensation and given the apparent severity of your injury, it would certainly seem sensible to pursue a claim.

      Please call us on 01225430285 for further help.

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  10. Sara

    Caught my foot in a pallet whilst unloading a delivery. I used to work for the Co Op, but we have been taken over by another company who have provided no training at all regarding working from pallets. There is no accident book at work, but they have my accident details saved on the works security camera.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You appear to have a valid claim and one that should be pursued. Please call us on 01225430285 or use our website to start a claim and get the help that you need. Although you may be anxious about making a claim against your employer, don’t worry! You are legally allowed to pursue a legitimate claim and any claim will be made against the mandatory insurance cover that your employer has to have in place, so it won’t impact your right to continue working or impact on your colleagues.

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  11. Mary

    Hello just a quick enquiry. My fingers got trapped in between the fire doors at work. I went to A&E and after scan I was told that I had sustained fractures. Can I claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 or use the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website to get further help as there may well be a justified and valid claim for compensation to pursue.

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    • Ian Morris

      You may be able to claim compensation if we can establish a fault with the door or an issue beyond your control that caused your fingers to become trapped. Do you know if the door had any faults? Fire doors are designed to be self-closing and heavy in order to prevent or slow the progress of fire. However, such doors should have a safety mechanism that causes them to slow close to prevent serious injury.

      Please provide further information – either in response to this reply or by emailing us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk so that we can further advise you.

      Reply
  12. Muhammadali

    A box of 5kg chicken fillet was drop on my head at work however I was bleeding then I had a black out for sometime. I went back to work to finish on my way out the boss told me that it’s part of the job and that i have to take it like a man.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you were injured, make sure that the incident is recorded in the employers accident book and that medical attention is sought as you would have a valid claim for compensation as a result of this incident.

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  13. Peter

    I’ve have received a shoulder injury from lifting heavy bags of rubble onto the back of a works Tipper truck.
    I have been to see the specialist and had an ultrasound which has provided information that my shoulder has been badly damaged.
    Can I seek compensation?.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Yes, you can pursue a claim if your employer has asked you to work dangerously and lift items exceeding safe lifting limits. If you would like further help, please go to the contact us page of our site and request a call so that we can help you make your claim for compensation.

      Reply
  14. Alison Thomas

    Can I claim even if company changed hands?

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    • Ian Morris

      Yes, if a business or site where you were injured has since been sold, you can still seek to pursue a claim against the liable party. As with all claims, the prospects of succeeding with a claim for personal injury compensation will be greatly improved if you have the right evidence available to support your claim. With this in mind, if the details of the incident in which you were injured were recorded in an accident book and medical attention was sought for any injuries sustained, you are in a good position to pursue your claim.

      For further help you can call us on 01225430285 or you can start your claim via our website if you prefer.

      Reply
  15. Andrew

    I sustained a back injury working at a foundry. My GP was concerned enough to send me to A&E to check it wasn’t Cauda Equina Syndrome. I sustained the injury moving an object in excess of 25Kg. The damage is to my tendons luckily, so I am not going to end up in a wheelchair this time. The issue is, I’m now in too much pain to work and the Hospital has advised a minimum of four weeks to recover. My employer has provided manual handling training, but there are no mechanical aids to assist in the lifting of heavy object in my area. Am I likely to have a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You appear to have a very strong claim against your employer on the basis of their negligence in their failure to provide manual handling training and aids/equipment to enable you to move items exceeding the safe lifting limit safely.

      We would be very happy to help you pursue your claim and believe that you would be successful in such action. If you do pursue a claim, our Solicitors will seek to recover compensation for the injury you have sustained as well as recovery of any incurred costs or lost income caused by the injury and employer negligence.

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  16. Denis

    I work as a caretaker while changing the bins around one bin jammed up and I ended up with a torn cartilage in my knee.
    I have reported the bins are dangerous but nothing gets done.
    Can I clam damages from my housing association?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As you have reported an item that could cause injury and nothing has been done, we can help you to start a claim for the injury that the item has caused you.

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  17. Jay

    I currently work for the NHS as a porter. Part of my role is to deliver patient notes around the hospital. This is usually a job that we divide between 2 or 3 of us, but unfortunately I was the only member of staffed trained to do this. If I had not done this then patients would have suffered as their notes would not have been at their appointments the following day. I injured my back doing this over 5 nights (roughly a tonne of notes a night) and have been off with back pain since. My workplace are refusing to do a risk assessment for me on the day I am due back as they “do not have time” do I have any rights with this as I do not believe this is right?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Make sure that you report any issues regarding your back and the workload you are expected to handle to your employer in writing. Should the employer then use an excuse of ‘being too busy’ or ‘not having enough time’ to consider your situation and whether or not they are upholding their obligations towards your health and safety at work and you sustain further injury, you may well have a right to pursue a claim against them.

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  18. Simon

    I work for a housing association as a gardener, as I was mowing the grass I fell down a manhole – the cover gave way and I dropped in the hole cuts and scratches down my leg.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Make sure that you have reported the accident to your employer in writing. Ideally, they should have an accident book system and you should list the date, time, location, cause and details of the injuries sustained.

      To get further help, please use the ‘start your claim‘ for compensation form on our website and we will have this matter looked in to for you.

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  19. Kim

    Hi I would like to know if I can make a claim? I was off work with bad back pain, signed off by doctor, got better went back end March. 2 days later I got bad pain, doctor said it was a work-related injury. I had an mri scan, 2 bulging discs, and now seeing a chiropractor every week. I’ve nearly gone to half pay, then ssp, and had to claim universal credit. Because I didn’t report or email them can I still make a claim for my injury or what can I do or is it too late?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We would be very happy to further investigate your situation and pursue a claim for you if we feel that it is viable to do so.

      Please provide further information regarding the injury, your work and how it happened, via the ‘start your claim‘ form on our website. We’ll then be in touch with you to offer some further advice.

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  20. matt

    I broke my arm at work after falling from a hatch in the floor in the loft, I was never told not to go up there or that it’s off limits. There’s no signage saying do not go up there, there is even a ladder that is fully accessible for anyone to go up. I was doing my daily duties as a labourer cleaning up and i went up there to clean like I do every day, as there was a bend in the corner the lights were off and i fell through to the floor below and broke my arm.

    Long story short i now cannot work for a minimum 4-6 weeks and when speaking to my agency they cannot grant me any sick pay themselves as I haven’t worked for them for 13 weeks yet. They said i need to claim this through job centre and apparently they’ll pay me sick pay which makes no sense and seems unfair. I rang universal credit and they said I’d just get standard UC payment something like 300 a month which will not cover a thing. What can i do as I’m really annoyed and lost for what to do as this was completely their fault for lack of health and safety and I have to suffer financially?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We would be very happy to help you pursue your claim for compensation for the pain and discomfort of your broken arm and to recover any lost income or other costs caused by your accident at work.

      The lack of signage, no lighting and no barrier around the hatch is likely to be seen as employer negligence and this should enable our Solicitors to succeed with your claim.

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  21. James

    Good morning

    My question is can my employer pay me off after 10 years plus service with them? Because my hernia has come back after a course I had to do, rope height work, which harness cut right into me and strained me.
    I have been off work for long term now as COVID has cancelled a lot of appointments and long waiting list for op.
    They have phoned me this morning and said they want me to walk away but with no pay off, as they said I am not fit for work. No alternative job.
    I am not sure what to do now, they are contacting me in 2 weeks time.
    Just want to know if I have a case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Was your hernia caused as a result of your work? If so, if you haven’t already started a claim for hernia injury compensation, please call us on 01225430285 so that we can help you recover any lost income and compensation for the pain and discomfort caused to you.

      In terms of your employment going forwards, whilst this is not a personal injury matter, we can help. If an employee is rendered unable to undertake the work that they were employed to perform due to ill health or injury, the employer can seek to terminate the employment. However, they must follow due process and must consider whether there are any alternative roles that can be undertaken before entering the termination process.

      As you have been with the employer for 10 years, you are protected by employment law and we can have our Solicitors consider your situation and advise you.

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  22. Andisiwe

    I was injured on duty and had an operation on the knee, the problem is that the operation is still painful yet the doctor is insisting that i should go back to work and be given light duties, but we don’t even have light duties. I would like to know what should i do because if i don’t go back to work because the doctor refuses to give me a sick note, instead he’s telling me that i should go back to work.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Have you informed the Doctor that there are no light duties available? (and have you checked with the employer regarding this?)

      If the Doctor is aware that there are no light duties available, yet still thinks you should return to work, your only option for further leave would be to take leave – whether paid or unpaid.

      How did you come to sustain your injury? As it appears to have happened whilst you were at work, we can certainly consider whether or not you can pursue a claim for compensation.

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  23. Tony ward

    I hurt myself at work after the first lockdown causing a hernia (awaiting op) through lifting which put me out of action but as covid locked us down again we were off until beginning of last month. We all went back to work and because I was being careful with a hernia i stepped out of my van and landed awkwardly, this jolting something in my back. I have been in and out of hospital since with diagnosed sciatica. I am in absolute trouble and now my job has politely hinted that when I’m well that I should consider leaving! So not only have I hurt myself at work they are now telling me I need to think about my future with the company!

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As your hernia injury appears to be as a result of your work, there is certainly a potential to pursue a claim against your employer for the injury caused. Whether it will be possible to also obtain compensation for the subsequent sciatica issue is unclear, but we can also look in to that for you.

      Our specialist Solicitors will ensure that should your claim succeed, any potential loss of income in the future (and previously) relating to this injury will be included within your claim.

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  24. Jan

    My friend slipped and fell at work the door was wet, hitting her little finger as she fell. She has to have an operation to have a pin put in her little finger as it was out of line and fractured and will need her arm/ hand in plaster for six weeks.
    Can she make a claim for this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The injury you mention appears to be serious and given the obvious impact that such an injury will have on them with all sorts of day-to-day tasks and even her ability to work, the potential value of any finger injury claim will reflect the severity of it.

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  25. Jude

    Hi, I work as a lone cleaner. I fell over the hoover onto a hard floor fracturing my femur. The Area Manager has lied stating I was wearing a uniform. I wasn’t provided a uniform. Can I do anything? Many thanks

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  26. Ian

    i have been working as a HGV mechanic, while positioning a tool my hand twitched and cause the truck to crush my neck. this caused a discs to be pressing on my spine causing alot pain. i worked with it for 5 month, found out i could be out of work for a while while i have surgery. This will cause me to lose a lot of income. what would be my rights in this situation? thank you

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    • Ian Morris

      On the one hand, you could be seen as the author of your own misfortune in that you mention your hand twitched and this caused the truck to move and crush you. As such, we therefore need to consider whether your employer could or should have done anything further to ensure that such an incident was not possible. With this in mind, can you identify any potential areas of employer negligence that could enable you to make a claim? Such issues would be inadequate training by the employer that left you at risk of injury, a failure of the employer to provide the appropriate tools and equipment, inadequate safety measures or broken equipment.

      If you can identify any such issues, we can certainly further consider a claim for compensation and associated incurred costs.

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  27. Sue

    I worked as bank staff on an NHS Ward. One night (about 6 months ago) I was moved wards and a patient who was agitated with possible dementia hit me in the chest with a chair causing a sternum injury. I had to go home and 12 hours later ended up in A&E with severe pain/breathing problems. As far as I’m aware, no one put anything in the accident book. No measures were in place to risk assess this gentleman, even though I requested several times to call security. I was told it wasn’t necessary as everything was under control. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to return to work as I’ve now been diagnosed with cardiac problems (not necessarily as a result of this injury) but my question is – would I be eligible to apply for compensation under these circumstances? Thank you

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    • Ian Morris

      We feel that you have a valid right to pursue a potential claim against the NHS for the injuries sustained. It would seem that you had provided warnings to the employer as to the risks posed by the individual in question and their failure to act upon those warnings or indeed undertake a risk assessment is of interest and may well be seen as employer negligence.

      Our No Win No Fee service affords you the opportunity to at least investigate your rights without having to worry about facing any cost liability should you not succeed and given the initial description of the incident, there is certainly a potential to succeed with a claim.

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  28. Billy

    I fell off a lorry at work about 2 months ago and been off for 1 month 1/2 of it. I’ve been there for 2 1/2 years but only contract I have is when I was in 6 months apprenticeship, but they say I’m still an apprentice. I was walking backwards on a hgv curtain side lorry and hadn’t realised the rear doors was open and fell off onto my back. I was with two other people so was under their guidance and there was nothing in place to prevent a fall or injury. I’m still in bad pain in my neck and back and my normal life is affected, let alone my work life, I just want to know my rights and if I’m liable?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should not worry about your contractual situation – that is irrelevant to any potential liability or claim for personal injury compensation. In the accident scenario you describe, there is certainly a potential to succeed with a claim for compensation to recover damages for your injuries and recover any lost income. The fact that there was no barrier to prevent a fall and no warning etc does strengthen your position. You may have understandable concerns about making a claim against your employer, but you need not worry. Any claim would be against the employers mandatory insurance cover and would not directly affect the business or any colleagues.

      Our advice at this stage would be for you to have a no obligation conversation with one of our specialist Solicitors to find out more about your rights, you can then decide what further action – if any, you would like to take.

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  29. Al

    I work in an educational establishment. I had to break up a physical fight to stop injury to both students. In the process, my ring finger has been broken and I require surgery to reattach a tendon. Although I will be paid my full salary, do I have a case for claiming personal injury compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      Has your employer ever provided any guidance or training to staff members in terms of how to deal with fights and physical altercations?

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  30. Tony

    I have fractured my finger at work. They are asking if I will still go to work for just training. If I go can I still make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether you can continue to work after an injury at work or if you need to take a period of sickness leave to recover from the accident at work, you can still make a claim for personal injury compensation.

      To ensure that your claim has the maximum prospect of succeeding, you need to make sure that an accurate accident report has been completed at work and that you seek medical attention, but whether or not you go to work during your recovery is not an issue.

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  31. Justin

    My wife is a phlebotomist and was accidentally got a used needle stick, her employer told her that they would have her tested to make sure she didn’t get hepatitis or HIV. Here we are a week later and they’ve gotten her no medical attention. She is very scare for the fact she works in a addiction center. What should we do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There is the potential to pursue a claim for the emotional trauma and stress caused by the worry as to any potentially dangerous infections. Our Solicitors can help your wife to make a needlestick injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  32. Mark

    Hi, could I claim? I work for a company that subcontract for a big company and we use their machines and equipment. I slipped and fell 6-8 ft from a machine at work and the part I fell from has no fall protection whereas the rest of the machine does. I end up with a fractured heel, nerve and soft tissue damage in my foot. I have been off for 13 weeks now and having to see a physiotherapist for my injury.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have sustained a nasty injury that would appear to have been avoidable if the appropriate safety measures had been taken. As such, this is likely to be seen as negligence and could well enable success in your claim for compensation.

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  33. Moira

    Is it the case that you can be time barred for putting in a claim for constructive dismissal? After I went back to work (I have sent an email prior to this one) I was on heavy medication and still had to have my shoulder surgery. I was moved to a lighter job, which turned out to be a nightmare. It happened in September 2018. I was too ill to deal with it and I didn’t no anything about constructive dismissal, I was naive to what employment rights I was entitled to and my claim for my accident at work was still ongoing.

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    • Ian Morris

      You can be time barred for employment law action. We would recommend that you contact an employment law specialist to discuss that aspect with them.

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  34. Kevin

    I’ve had an injury to my left arm. I have claimed but now after 3 years my company has today said that if I cannot fulfill my duties, they will have to release me from my employment. Can they do that? They previously put me on light duties for 3 years. Where do I stand?

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    • Ian Morris

      You are in an unfortunate position given the injury and the long term impact it is having on you. Essentially, if you are no longer fit or well enough to perform the duties you were employed to perform, an employer is within their rights to terminate your employment if there are no suitable alternative positions available.

      Before they can do so, they do need to go through due process and give you every opportunity to recover or return to your duties. Have you asked the employer if they have any alternative jobs that you could be moved to – or if they can get an occupational health assessment done to see if there are any reasonable adjustments that could be made that would enable you to work?

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  35. Dean

    Can i claim compensation for an injury through work? I have been using a hand held grinder for roughly 5 to 6 years and spending about 6 hours per day on it, but my boss has told me in the last 2 months to cut the usage time down to 1 hour per day. As a result of prolonged use on it my doctor has advised me to look for different work as i have damaged the muscles in my shoulder.

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    • Ian Morris

      So long as you make a claim within 3 years of the onset of any symptoms, you can pursue a claim against the employer.

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  36. Joanne

    Hello. I had an accident at work 18 months ago. I have put a claim in against them. I had an external fire door hit and damage my shoulder when the hinge mechanism failed, anyway I’ve worked all the way through apart from two weeks after I had cortisone injections. I was told at first it was just sprained, but had to have an Mri months later after 5 months physio. This showed it was actually a torn rotary cuff and fracture. I’m still in agony all this time after and on light duties. But I am to see my consultant finally tomorrow to see if he can help and if I need surgery to repair the tear. But work HR have come to me last week and told me they have accommodated me long enough on light duties and dependant on what the surgeon says as to whether I still have a job. They’ve told me they are moving me from my unit to anything else they can find me as they want someone who can do my job in my place. Even though I have been more or less doing my job with the exception of lifting heavy boxes. I was extremely shocked by their attitude and the whole incident has left me sleepless and worried I’m about to get sacked. I’m off work on holiday this week but when I go back this nightmare is starting again. My treatments have been slow because of Covid and lockdowns. Appointments cancelled many times. I am only seeing the consultant tomorrow because I’ve written explaining my pain and need someone to help.

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    • Ian Morris

      If your injury prevents you from performing the working duties you were recruited to perform, your employer is within their rights to terminate your position – although they must follow due process.

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  37. Sandra

    Hi, I have been squashed by a forklift and been diagnosed with damaged muscle tissue in the back and leg.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Our Solicitors can help you claim compensation for your injuries and also recover any loss of wages or incurred costs caused by your accident.

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  38. Kristofer

    I injured myself in my shoulder at a workplace over 2 years now and had to leave that job because they couldn’t offer me light work duties and my pain has been going on since then and hasn’t been resolved therefore my life is now affected by this injury. Would I still be able to claim for this or is it too late?

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    • Ian Morris

      You have a maximum claim limitation period of 3 years from the date of an injury in which you can pursue a claim.

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  39. Dariusz

    I tripped on an extension wire and hit my knee on a steel bench with force. The Hospital Doctor was of the view that I had probably snapped the ligaments in my knee. What action can I take? I am now waiting to see a physiotherapist.

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    • Ian Morris

      We can help you to make a claim for personal injury compensation for the injury to your knee and also to recover any loss of pay caused by the injury or costs that you incur as a result.

      In terms of the potential value of your claim, it is impossible to say at this stage due to the fact that we don’t know the extent of the injury or whether you will make a speedy recovery or suffer ongoing longer term problems.

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  40. Anthony

    The question I have is since last July I’ve been in pain with the driving and it’s given me pain in my right arm causing me to have time off work. I had a scan for muscle tissue damage which my doctor told me I would have to have time off to relax my arm and for my muscles to heal. It would be a long slow process. I had a word with my manager to see if he could reduce my driving, unfortunately he never did anything about it and I’m still in pain and driving even more. It’s coming to the point of me taking more time off just to give my arm a break, is this something you may be able to help with?

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    • Ian Morris

      Are you of the opinion that the pain in your arm has been caused through the work that you do? If so, how do you believe that this has happened? To succeed with a claim, you’ll need to demonstrate that the employer failed to prevent you from suffering an injury that was avoidable. As such, this could be through a failure to provide adequate manual handling training, insufficient help, being asked to lift or move items exceeding the safe lifting limit or other similar areas of employer negligence.

      If you would like to discuss this with us and allow us the opportunity to further consider whether or not you have any grounds to seek redress from your employer, please call us on 01225430285.

      In terms of seeking lighter duties or alternative work, an employer is not obliged to provide light duties or a different role if the business does not have a need. If you have not been able to obtain lighter duties or a different role, your options are to take sickness leave (signed off by a GP) or to continue to work with the pain.

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  41. Robert

    Can I get a written warning from my employer for a broken finger? I have been off for 10 weeks.

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    • Ian Morris

      If you are signed off work by your GP or Doctor due to an injury, your employer cannot discipline you for your absence.

      How did you break your finger? It may well be that you could pursue a finger injury compensation claim.

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  42. Farbes

    I injured and bruised my upper arm on 26/02/2021. I’m working for amazon. I was asked to scan and remove boxes of all weight and sizes from a conveyor belt, the thing is there are metal poles on the side of the belts for chains to block workers from working there. I was asked to work from there and i did so as my team leads asked. I reported my injury the next day as my arm started the bruise and turn blue. Also my witness at the time of accident are the first aiders themselves. The health and safety have recorded my statement and taken photos of my injury as well as the place it occurred. She herself said workers are not supposed to work from this part of the conveyor belt as u can clearly tell. Can you give me some advice as i believe there is a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that your injury at work can be attributed to employer negligence. As such, my initial view is that you have a valid claim that we can help you to pursue. It is important that you have reported the incident and that the employers Health and Safety representative has recorded your details and commented on the fact that employees should not be working in that area. This report could prove to be useful evidence to support you in the future should you decide to pursue a claim for compensation.

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  43. Svetlana Lapnicka

    Hello, I’m writing in regards of my neck injury and constant neck pain I’ve developed due to repetitive lifting and neck bending while working at McDonald’s. I’m 38 year old female and single mother so I thought this job is suitable for me until they don’t make me do anything else but working with lifting heavy baskets 4 days a week for few hours. As a result I’ve now developing herniated neck disc, i have to take 2 sets of painkillers, I struggle with lifting pretty much anything, I have to exercise my neck every day just to get some relief and I think my life is pretty much over since I’m in constant pain.
    My doctor says I will have to do exercises every day which don’t help because I’m making it worse at work every day and I might need neck surgery. I’m terrified I would be disabled so soon at such young age because my employer doesn’t understand my health problem it caused in the first place. My question is what am I allowed to claim and do i have the right not to do certain jobs at the work place? They might just get rid of me if I am not doing my job.

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    • Ian Morris

      You appear to have valid grounds to pursue a claim for compensation against your employer for the injuries you have sustained in the workplace.

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  44. Darren bosley

    I’m an order picker. My calf muscle popped at work reaching for a product which is very high, there are no apparatus to help with this part of my job. I’ve seen a nurse at my local m.i.u and been told I have a lot of tissue damage.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given the employers failure to provide steps/ladders to access items stored at height, there is a case to say that the employer has been negligent and failed to minimise the risk of injury in the workplace. As such, we would be happy to make your claim for compensation.
      If successful, we can recover compensation for the injury, recover lost income and seek costs for rehabilitation therapies to help you recover more quickly.

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  45. Jamie

    Will I get a claim for loosing my finger tip at work? I was rushing around under pressure.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given the severity of your finger injury, there is every reason to further investigate this matter. We can help you on a No Win No Fee basis, so you need not worry about costs and you won’t face losing your job if you do make a claim.

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  46. Mandy evans

    I am self employed. I rent a unit and it has a slippy floor. I don’t have a full lease for the unit yet and I am there under a tenancy of will. I was told this meant I could not do anything with the structure of the unit. The landlord knows there is a problem with the floor being slippy and rain coming under the door. I slipped on this and fractured my elbow – can I claim against the landlord?

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    • Ian Morris

      You have a right to make a claim against the owner of the property. If you would like to make a claim for compensation, please provide further details via the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website. We’ll then be in touch to further discuss this with you.

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  47. Michael

    I have a question. l have been driving a forklift for ten years & I now have back, neck, shoulder knee and feet pain – which are risk factors. Is my work place at fault for my injuries due to years of driving?

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    • Ian Morris

      Establishing causation – a causal link between your work and the injuries you mention is likely to be an issue in making any claim in this situation. Has your employer provided the appropriate training for you to work safely? Have you seen your employers risk assessment for the work you do? We would like to know more about your employment and the working environment.

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  48. Michael

    Can I get compensation based on years of operating a forklift based on the health risk factors that’s neck back and knee and feet pain

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    • Ian Morris

      You appear to be suffering from injuries sustained as a result of repeated use of certain machinery. As such, you may be able to make a claim for repetitive strain injury compensation. To do do, you’ll need to act within 3 years of any attendance at a Doctors surgery regarding the symptoms.

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  49. Michael

    Can I get compensation for health risk factors that happened over years of driving a forklift without losing my job?

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    • Ian Morris

      Any employee can take legitimate legal action against an employer for compensation without losing their job.

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  50. Lauren

    I had an injury at work a few months ago. I had no professional training only copy what I’d seen. I was not shown any protocols or safety techniques. I burnt my hand at work. They had no one first aid trained and ran under water then covered with a microfibre cloth. They then made me continue working. I had to seek hospital attention as the burn blistered. My workplace phoned and were annoyed I’d been signed off work. They made me feel guilty about having the time off and I didnt claim as I didnt want to lose my job. I have now moved on but I have a relative who works there I dont want her to be mistreated the way I was. Can I claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim. The employers failure to provide you with the required training was negligent and we would like to help you make a claim.

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  51. Sandy

    I have been injured at work. I am still suffering with a shoulder and 2 back injuries. There are some duties I cannot do right now because of this. My doctor provided a sick note stating desk duties only for 4 weeks – the majority of my role is administration. My employer has now demanded I choose between a cut in hours and salary or stay home sick on SSP. I cannot afford to live as it is. Due to the incompetence of someone else I was injured because I was pressured into trying to open a container that had been sealed by a machine. I have lost so much income and my home life is greatly affected. They also said that I cannot prove that the injury occurred at work!

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    • Ian Morris

      You should ignore your employers comments on establishing the causation of the injury. That can be left to our specialist Solicitors and a medical expert. We can get you help and if successful, our specialist Solicitors would recover compensation for your injury and also any loss of income caused by the same.

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  52. Nathan

    I have currently been off work due to a back injury, on the self assessment sick form I put down I didn’t do it at work as I was scared of potentially losing my job and I didn’t want to get my employer in trouble.
    Although I feel It was caused at work, would I still be able to go about putting forward a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      The issue you will face now is that you will struggle with evidence to support your claim as you have given your employer and their insurers a robust denial of liability by saying that the injury was not caused at work.

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  53. Ian

    Until recently, I worked in the Aviation Industry for over 15 years but am now redundant. However, in January of 2020 I was diagnosed with having had a TIA (Mini stroke) which I believe was a culmination of unnecessary work pressure and avoidable risks that my previous employer was aware of, during 2019.
    Am I in a position to pursue a claim of negligence at the workplace, or a disregard of duty of care?

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    • Ian Morris

      We can seek advice for you from our specialist Solicitors who could consider this matter for you. The likely problem that springs to mind is one of causation. That is establishing a causal link between the TIA and the stressful situation in your place of work the year beforehand.

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  54. Brian

    I fell from a ladder landing on large stones breaking a bone in my foot, bruised ribs and back. Stones have been reported as risk many times. Unsuitable ladder to access the job correctly, manager insisted we only use ladders fitted to that machine. 25 days lost time at work. Am i entitled to a copy of any minutes relating to my accident at work investigation?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Do you have a Solicitor acting for you? If not, please call us on 01225430285 (or use the start your claim for compensation form on our website) so that we can get our specialist Solicitor to act for you, recover compensation for the injury and any lost income. A specialist Solicitor could also obtain a copy of any accident report or investigation conducted by the employer.

      As an employee, you don’t have a prescribed right to obtain the accident book report, but also, the employer does not have to refuse you access to it.

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  55. Sammy

    I am a care worker who has osteoporosis and have mentioned to my boss several times that I can not do heavy duty jobs however she still puts me on them. When hoisting someone you are supposed to have 2 people by law, however I am the only person there to hoist. I have complained several times and she threatens to give me less hours which I can’t afford. I have now got 2 compression fractures in my spine and have to give my job up as career, can I claim? I am 53 years old.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your employer appears to be failing to ensure that you can work as safely as possible and the issues you cite could well be seen as employer negligence. As such, you have a right to make a claim and we would welcome further such contact from you.

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  56. Michael

    Following an injury at work age 67 I am presently off sick. I am anxious my employer will decide I am not capable of continuing with my employment. I was a fit and healthy 67 year prior to this with an excellent sick record. My question is can I claim loss of earnings and pension if my employer finds me incapable of continuing my job? My intention was always to retire at 70.

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    • Ian Morris

      You have a right to make a claim for personal injury compensation further to the injuries you sustained at work. That right includes recovery of loss of income related to the incident itself. As you may imagine, when an employee is working past the prescribed retirement age, it can be more problematic to recover future loss of income (if an employee is unable to return to work) than if they were not beyond the retirement age. However, it is not impossible and this issue is something our Solicitors come across more often these days.

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  57. Angelyn Agcang

    If there is an accident and one is injured, is it alright to go home and wait for more hours before seeking medical? And is it okay that the injured worker pays for the damage at work?

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    • Ian Morris

      Where the severity of injuries is not immediately obvious or if injuries manifest in the hours and days post accident, it is completely reasonable for an injured employee to go home and rest. Of course, when injuries do become obvious and the symptoms develop, the injured worker should seek medical attention and report the injuries as being work related.

      No employee should be required to pay for damages caused in an accident at work. Employers have insurance in place and should claim for any losses via such cover.

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  58. Islay

    I was at work when a big metal cover fell off the wall and pushed my wrist back. At first the hospital thought it was a fracture, then they thought ligament damage. Since then it hasn’t been right and it has stopped me from doing things I love, not to mention I lost a few days work. I was pressured not to take time off of work by my bosses, although this was verbal so no proof is possible, can I still claim? This happened last year.

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    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 or use the start your claim form on our website to make further contact. We can help you to make your claim and look forward to hearing from you.

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  59. Michael

    I had an accident at work. I work in a warehouse, mostly within the ‘Goods In’ area. I was sent to picking and when I picked up a heavy box (10-12 kg) it slipped on to my thumb. There was little space and between the boxes was some glue so I had to use more power to pick up the box and this is how I was injured.

    At first, I thought it was just dislocated and had popped back in as when I was working on the ‘Goods In’ section, my thumb was OK because I don’t need to use my left hand so often. However, when the employer sent me to picking again repeatedly, my thumb started to hurt and became swollen. I told the line manager about my issue and he told me I would have to see my GP and bring a light duties note from my GP. It took some time before the hospital realised my thumb was broken and I needed to have an operation. Even though I now I have a MED3 with “picking avoid” from my GP they sent me to picking work and my thumb worsened. Can I claim?

    The accident was recorded in the accident book.

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    • Ian Morris

      We can help you and would like to speak to you so you can start your claim for your thumb injury. You can contact us on 01225430285 or you can ask us to call you by providing more information via our online form to start your claim.

      Reply
  60. Claire

    Someone painted yellow arrows on the footpath in my work. I was walking along and slipped and have hurt my back. There was no hazard warnings. Do I have a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      What did you slip on? Wet paint? If so, you certainly have a claim.

      Make sure that your accident has been recorded in the employers accident book. If you can’t access the accident book, you can email your Line Manager to report the incident stating what happened, when and where and list any injury symptoms you have. Make sure you note the lack of signage in any report.

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  61. Tracy

    Hi. I was asked to hoover the store where I worked. The hoover had a wheel missing and keep falling on its side and catching on displays.
    At one point, it caught and I jerked and that was it, immediately my back hurt. I told the manager but it wasn’t put in an accident book. I phoned HR and asked if there was any way I could claim as this happened 2 years ago and I still have pain.They said no. I’m now on tablets issued by the doctor to help me sleep and relax the muscles. Physio has not helped at all.
    Claim companies are not interested as it would not benefit them financially unless it had happened in a car crash with other injuries. One company said it was no fee for them to claim but I did read the small print. If I lost I would have to pay back all their costs. Even though I cannot drive for longer than 15 mins or do normal every day tasks like bending down to pick something up I have decided to live with it as I am in no position to end up with a substantial bill.

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    • Ian Morris

      I think you may have misread the wording within the agreement from the company you mention. With our No Win No Fee service, you would never pay any costs if you did not succeed with the claim and the most you would ever contribute would be a maximum of 25% of any awarded settlement.

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  62. Konrad

    Somebody at work put coolant oil in to my water bottle i was vomiting few times and end up in hospital. What can I do about it?

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    • Ian Morris

      Has this incident been reported to the Police?

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      • Konrad

        Yes.

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        • Ian Morris

          As the incident has been reported to the Police, there is the potential to pursue a claim for criminal injury compensation. However, my concern is that although upsetting and you were unwell, were you sufficiently ‘injured’ to enable a claim to proceed? How long were you unwell for? Has the ingestion of coolant caused you any ongoing digestive problems or health issues? The other option would be a claim against the employer for bullying and harassment – that would only be an option if this incident was not a one off and it was a more sinister and prolonged attack against you rather than an ill-thought out practical joke.

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  63. Mark

    I was a passenger in a work vehicle when I sustained a concussion and whiplash. I took 2 weeks off then came back to work. I put in for a personal injury claim and when they got notification of it they took me out of my job role that I’ve been doing for the past 10 years and put me into a harder heavier job role that resulted in me injuring myself further and having to take another 7 weeks off. They ignore medical advice, ie doctor reports and occasionally health reports, and are making my life hard. Where do I stand? The case is still ongoing.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your ongoing claim for the road traffic accident/concussion should continue unaffected by the separate and further injuries.

      We can certainly look in to a second claim for the further injuries sustained in the new role and need to speak with you regarding that. We also have specialist Solictors who can look in to your rights under employment law and the change of job role that has lead to the further injuries.

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  64. Jim

    Hi. I suffered a dislocated finger and tendon and ligament damage at work which I’ve never been able to straighten and bend fully. I never felt able to claim for this whilst working there but have since been made redundant. The only problem is that it was 4 years ago so will I be unable to do anything about this now?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You cannot make a claim if more than 3 years has passed since the injury was sustained (unless you are under 21 years of age).

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  65. Darran

    Hi I left metal strapping on the floor whilst working, as i walked around the forklift i tripped over and landed on my side breaking my hip. Can i make a claim even though i left the metal strapping on the floor whilst working?

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    • Ian Morris

      As you knew that the strapping was present, you would likely have to accept an element of contributory negligence, but you may still be able to make claim. We would like to know more about whether or not you had been properly trained by the employer to perform your work safely?

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  66. Patrick

    I fell off a scaffolding ladder at work, no major injuries, luckily. The ladder was not sufficiently braced to the scaffold which cause me to fall roughly 2 meters on my leg and back.
    Slight swelling and bruising to my leg, 2 days off work. Scaffold was checked off twice, deemed safe. The scaffold was done by subcontractors, do I have a claim and if so who against as I don’t want to lose my job?

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    • Ian Morris

      In terms of liability, you would appear to have valid grounds to pursue a claim as you did not secure the ladder to the scaffolding. Our initial view is that it would be the scaffolding company who would be the potential defendant in this matter.

      We now need to consider your injuries, so must look at whether your severity of injury would warrant a claim. How long do you think it will be until you feel no symptoms (stiffness, soreness, pain or bruising)?

      Please contact us to get friendly, no obligation help in understanding your rights, to further discuss your accident or start your claim.

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  67. Linda

    Hi, I have just started work and signed a contract on the 7th January 2021, started my first assignment on the 11th in a client’s home. On my second week of work the client who has dementia fiddled with the lights and we had a blackout, so I went downstairs with the small torch provided at 6.35 am to check the main electricity and I tripped on the steps and fell on my right side. I’ve got severe pain on my right shoulder and hip. I’ve been taking painkillers and reported to my care agency, but nothing was done and I finish work on Monday 25th January. What should I do please?

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    • Ian Morris

      Along with reporting the matter to the agency for whom you work (if you have only done so orally, make sure that you follow that up with a written report of the accident – ideally send by email to the agency), you should also seek medical attention and advise the Doctors as to how you came to suffer the injuries.

      If you find that the injuries to not settle within the first 2-3 weeks post accident, please get back in contact and we’ll investigate the possibility of making a claim for you.

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  68. Patrick

    My wife worked as a full time teaching assistant in a school. She had been absent from work for 6 months due to lower back pain and arthritis of the hips. On her return to work she had poor mobility and balance issues. Her employer moved her to a class of 2 year olds. My wife voiced her concerns verbally and in writing about the risk of injury and having the dexterity to deal with this age group. Her fears were well founded as a child jumped on her back as she was bending down to stop 2 children fighting over a toy. She suffered a shoulder injury and exhaberated her hip condition. Can she claim personal injury compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      This is a matter that our specialist expert personal injury Solicitors would be happy to consider and discuss with your wife. As your wife has made the employer aware of concerns about the risk of injury, there are certainly questions to be asked and considered with regards to the injuries she has sustained.

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  69. Richard

    Hi, I’ve had an injury in work. I’m a window cleaner i lost my footing climbing back over a garage. I placed my one foot on a bin and fell causing damage to my scapula and tendon and ligament damage to my back. I must point out that my employer doesn’t make us climb anything, that’s up to us the employee, could I make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim if you can apportion the cause of your injury to employer negligence. You mention that the employer doesn’t make you climb over things, but do they provide you with the correct equipment to enable you to work safely and access the various areas you need to access to perform your duties.

      In this case, should the employer have provided a ladder and training to use the ladder safely so that you could access the area with less risk? Should the employer have provided some sort of boom so that you could wash windows in awkward areas from a distance and not having to scramble over a wall or roof to do so, thus enabling you to work safely?

      Employers are duty bound to ensure that the risks of injury are minimised in the workplace. Therefore, they must risk assess the work that they task employees with fulfilling and ensure that the appropriate training and equipment is provided to the employees. If an employer fails to ensure that such steps are taken, they may be liable should an employee then sustain injuries at work.

      You may well be unsure as to whether you can make a claim. Therefore, please call us on 01225430285 so that we can discuss your accident at work and help you to understand your rights and options in terms of a potential claim for compensation.

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  70. Alan

    I was injured at work in a gas storage cage. I was moving an empty large oxygen bottle into the cage. Another worker was at the other end of the cage trying to open a strap to get a full oxygen bottle. The full bottle weighs about 77kg. The strap broke and about ten full bottles fell over. Each bottle is close to five foot tall. The full bottles falling caught my right thumb as they fell and mashed it into the empty bottle I was moving.

    My thumb is fractured and the finger tip is severely messed up. I can provide a pic of the thumb if required. A first aider managed to slow down the bleeding and took me to hospital where the fracture was confirmed. No training was given to me regarding the gas cage. The bottles were not safely secured. My employer has now put metal rows in place to hold the bottles ensuring they don’t fall. I’m back at work on light duties. The accident happened 30 December 2020. The number of days I was off work was absorbed by the weekend and new year holiday Monday. In reality I missed three and a half days. My work brought me back the Wednesday after the holiday Monday and put me on light duties. I’m supposed to have surgery on the thumb but the NHS had to postpone it due to COVID. I’m just waiting now for the doctor to update me on treatment. My thumb is heavily strapped and has seeped blood for over 2 weeks. My thumb looks like it will take months to recover and it may be disfigured. Nerves in the finger seem to be ok. Do I have a claim against my employer?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether you wish to pursue a claim or just seek advice, it is important that you understand our rights after an accident at work. Our view is that you do have a valid and just right to make a claim against your employers insurance for the nasty injury you have sustained.

      Whilst the injury was caused accidentally, it could have been avoided if the employer had been a little more careful with regards to their storage facility. As you mention, they have now taken steps to prevent such an incident from happening again, but this should have been done before you sustained such a nasty injury.

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  71. Conor

    I am a delivery driver for Tesco and I fell when I was delivering groceries to a customers house due to the ice. The front door was three steps high up on a ledge and this is what I fell from. I landed on my shoulder and dislocated it. I have hyper-mobility syndrome which already affects my shoulders and it has made my issue worse. I am still off from work and after my sick note ends I will have been off for 4 and a half weeks. That is if I do not need to ask for another sick note. I am also losing out on the chance to earn extra cash due to missing out on overtime. I was just wondering if you could give me any information or advice. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Any claim would be against the property owner and not the employer. As such, it complicates the matter and makes taking action far harder.

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      • Conor

        What are the chances of winning the case?

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        • Ian Morris

          Unfortunately, we do not feel that the prospects of success in these circumstances are sufficient to enable our Solicitors to act on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  72. ANDRE

    I got my injury in 2019 at work and after physiotherapy is done my injury still hurts, especially in winter. What can I do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Have you tried making a claim for compensation for the injury you sustained at work? As the injury happened in 2019, UK law enables you to pursue a claim at any time in the following 3 years – so your limitation period will expire on the 3rd anniversary of the injury in 2022.

      If you need help or want to start your claim for compensation, please let us know.

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  73. Marc

    So I work in retail, was pulling a 4 wheeled dollie full of bananas when a customer walked out right in front of me. I stopped but the trailing heavy dollie I was dragging ran over my ankle and foot, I went to minor injuries for an x ray and they said it was a nasty sprain but not broke. I went back to work after 2 days as they said I wouldn’t get paid as I hadn’t been within the business for 6 months to get sick pay. However I still cannot walk properly and I am in a lot of pain.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We are happy to look in to this matter for you and make a claim for compensation for the injuries sustained and any associated loss of income.

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  74. clive

    My son was knocked on the back of the head by a falling metal platform while loading a trailer at ups. He was taken to A&E with large bruise on the back of his head, he had a scan and has no long term problems. UPS have admitted that the trailer was hit by another lorry pulling out of the bay but don’t seem to think there is any problem, don’t really know what to do, can you advise? Many thanks.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      In terms of liability, your Son would have a valid right to make a claim and I would anticipate it would succeed. The issue we therefore need to consider is the severity of the injury. You mention no long term problems, but if he had concussion and some neck pain/headaches for a while after the incident, the injury would be seen as sufficiently serious to warrant a claim and we would be more than happy to help him start his claim for compensation. Alternatively, he can call us on 01225430285 to discuss the incident and understand more about his rights after an accident at work.

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  75. John

    I work with chainsaws and woodchippers, while putting a branch through chipper it flicked up the length of wood quickly slamming my finger between it and roof of shoot. This left a deep cut on my finger, outcome was stitches to close wound, no damage to bone. Would this be eligible for a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      In the accident at work scenario you describe, we need to consider whether the employer has been negligent. As such, we would like to know what training you have had to use the machine in question and what PPE you have been issued or required to wear – specifically gloves.

      We would certainly like to speak with you to gain a better understanding of the above as we feel that there may well be valid grounds to pursue a compensation claim for the laceration injury you sustained at work.

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  76. steve

    I was hit by a battery powered hand jack. I had a brain bleed. I had brain surgery leaving me with a deformed area on my forehead. I have several problems after surgery. The operator of the jack had no license to operate the jack. He also failed a drug screen. The company sent out a memo listing people to have classes to attain a license to operate the jack. This was 6 days after my injury. The jack has a pre-inspection book that’s left on the jack. To this day the book is only filled out maybe once a week, not every day that is company policy. What are my chances on winning this claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Our initial view is that you appear to have a valid claim with every prospect of succeeding. The employer appears to have realised that they need to ensure that staff are appropriately trained, but not done anything about that until you had already been injured due to a lack of sufficient training!

      Your injury was clearly serious and has caused permanent and ongoing problems from visible scarring/deformity and no doubt other physical or psychological problems. We would be delighted to hear from you and help you make your claim.

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    • Ian Morris

      The fact that an employee was allowed to use the tool in question despite the fact that they had no licence to use the item (and cannot therefore have been properly trained), indicates that you should pursue a claim and that the claim should have good prospects of succeeding. Further, the operative who caused the injury subsequently failed a drug test and the employer has closed the door after the horse has bolted by then requiring all employees to undertake training after your accident.

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  77. Dean

    I work in a jigsaw warehouse as a gluer, on my gluing machine that was switched off I was cleaning and my hand was in the machine at the time (the rollers) they are called. My colleague I don’t think noticed my hand was in said machine and turned it back on, my middle finger got trapped and stuck and the amount of pain I was in was crazy. My other work colleague had to try and wedge the bars open so I could get my hand out of the machine, I went to the doctors, and then to the hospital who said I’ve fractured my middle finger after having an xray. Now with the machine itself there’s no isolator switch or any guards or a safe mechanism that would stop the machine, so once someone has switched it on, there’s nothing to stop anything from being eaten by it. I hope that all make sense, my middle finger is in so much pain I’ve gotta keep it attached to my (ring) finger. I have to do hand exercise every night for 6 weeks now as well, and they said the pain won’t go away for at least 2 to 3 weeks time and I’m going back into work tomorrow but my manger said he’ll put me on something else than gluing, just wanted to know if I could claim for that or not? Thankyou.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can absolutely claim compensation for your injury and we would like to help you to do so. The lack of safety guards or isolating switch on the machine indicates that you have not been provided with safe machinery or a safe way of working.

      You probably have concerns about making a claim against your employer, but you need not worry. Any claim would be against the employers insurance – which they have to have, so your claim does not damage your employer directly and none of your colleagues would even know that you had made a claim. You cannot be dismissed or discriminated against for making a legitimate claim, such as the one you would be making here.

      You have a legal right to make a claim and we can help you to exercise your right to do so on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  78. Charmaine

    I would like to ask a couple of questions.
    I had a car accident while travelling for one site to another, I have been off since July 2020 and on ssp and uc. I have had an occupational health management report done (my company requested it and the consultant was from BUPA) and they have advised I work part time and said the under the equality act i would be classed as disabled. I’ve put options to my md about working part time. If my employer is unable to accommodate me doing part time, what are my rights? What if they come back and say, sorry, we can’t offer part time as it is a full time job?
    Would it be possible to talk to someone for advice and options?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Thank you for contacting us. One of our team will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your situation and offer advice.

      In terms of the car accident that has caused your situation, have you started a claim for compensation? If not, we can certainly help you to do so. Any claim would account for the personal injuries sustained and importantly the long term consequences – particularly to your earning power. Our specialist Solicitors would seek ensure that your injuries were properly accounted for in your settlement so that your loss of income – both previously and in the future (if you are unable to work or earn as before) – were recovered.

      In terms of your job and whether your employer can accommodate your position on a part time basis, that is something that they must consider carefully. If the employer cannot accommodate you, they would be within their rights – so long as due process is followed – you terminate your employment on the grounds of health or fitness to work. With this in mind, it is vital that a specialist personal injury Solicitor is acting for you in your claim as that could have a very big impact on your future income.

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  79. Christina

    My daughter works in a respite care home for adults with learning disabilities. She was attacked – scratches in her eye and face and her hair was yanked out. This happened during a night shift when there is only one other sleep-over staff member on duty. She is now expected to return to care for the patient who has had their emergency stay extended and will be going in the day the patient is expected to be going home. What are her rights? She is scared for her physical safety but also her mental health having suffered long term clinical depression in the recent past.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Was your daughter appropriately trained to provide the car work that she has been tasked with? Had she been made aware of the risks posed by this resident? If not, she can pursue a claim against her employer for compensation on the grounds of negligence. This is certainly something we would like to speak with her about.

      In terms of returning to work, if your daughter has concerns, she need to address them to the employer – in writing – and speak with her GP about being signed off for a brief period to recover and regain her composure.

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  80. Laura s

    I have had 2 accidents at work in the last 2 months, both of them cause pain in the same arm. The first time I didn’t have to go hospital but the second time I did have to.

    The accident was due to poor equipment at work and missing screws. The injury is not severely painful, but I do feel it when I put pressure on my arm but that’s about it. Do you think I can claim compensation?

    It happened in the warehouse and it was a woodsman thing that fell on to me.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We believe you have two valid claims and we would like to help you to claim compensation for the injury to your arm on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  81. Anna

    I work as a store detective for security company on contract. I finished work and as I was walking towards the bridge leading towards Stratford station to go home I was assaulted. I got punched to my head right side of my temple. It was reported to the police and the male was arrested but released pending investigation. I reported to my work what happened then my line manager told me to do a statement on what happened. I received an email from my line manager and operational supervisor sent me over some documents to read and sign assignment instructions and risk assessment (health and safety documents) so I read them and signed them dated 08/12/2020 then I emailed them across I received another email to ask me to back date both documents to 09/07/2020. I signed them but got copies of email asking me to I now realised it’s not right, feels like they are breach of health and safety. Also, since 11/12/2020 I’ve been off work due to my head injury and my line manager told me my absence is unpaid so I replied with certain questions of why I’m not getting paid.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As you were injured as a result of a criminal act of violence and the incident was reported to the Police, you have a right to make a claim for compensation via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) scheme. The CICA is a government funded body that compensates the victims of criminal injuries. It does not however compensate for associated losses (wages etc) in the same way that a standard personal injury compensation claim.

      You can pursue a claim via the CICA scheme either with, or without representation by a specialist Solicitor. As you would expect, we would recommend that you allow a specialist Solicitor to act for you on a No Win No Fee basis as this will ensure that your claim is handled correctly and that your injuries are fully accounted for in any settlement. If you would like professional help with this, please call us on 01225430285. However, if you feel able to make the claim without legal representation, you can download an application form from the .gov website.

      It is unlikely that your employer has any liability in this matter, but our Solicitors can investigate that issue with a view to making sure that your rights are upheld.

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  82. Stephen

    I was ran over by a forklift at work which left me with severe injuries to my left ankle and foot.
    I was off sick for a year then returned back to work as I could no afford to stay off work any longer.
    I made a claim for compensation which was successful.
    6 months after returning to work I had to go back on the sick due to depression and I am still on the sick.
    When I returned to work initially they just seemed to think that I could carry on as normal as if nothing happened.I mentioned on numerous occasions that I was not coping and used to break down in tears because what I was telling them fell on deaf ears.I am currently receiving intensive beahavioual therapy.
    Do I have a valid case for a claim ?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Our specialist Solicitors can investigate this matter for you and look in to whether the employer has failed in their duty to ensure that your health needs are adequately considered and managed.

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  83. Mitch

    I have three hernias. My Doctor has said that this has happened due to hard work. I have been in this job for 8 years pulling fibreglass showers lifting & pulling the moulds and also cleaning fibreglass off the carts and throwing fibreglass in to hoppers.

    I worked in my previous job that was very physical with no hernias before starting at this workplace.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law affords you the right to make a claim against your employer if you can demonstrate that they failed to do all that they should have to prevent such injuries occurring.

      To make a claim, you’ll need to act within 3 years of the onset of any symptoms.

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  84. Abdulrasaq

    I was working in a factory where I had an accident which affected my hand. Four fingers were cut off in the accident. At work, we are using manual transmission but my employer did not provide any safety tools to use. Can I be compensated for my injuries and losses?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that your employer has failed in their obligation to provide a safe working environment and the correct tools to enable you to work safely. As such, you appear to have a valid right to make a claim for compensation against the employer.

      Please call us on 01225430285 to further discuss this matter and start your claim for compensation.

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  85. Martyn

    I have injured my back at work, and awaiting a chiropractic report on the damage done.
    I am expected to lift weights of up to 52kg (radiators & boilers), and have never been shown the correct way to do this, nor shown how to fill in an accident report.
    Do i have a claim against my employer?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You certainly have a valid claim. The weight of the items you mention (52kg) exceeds safe lifting limits and are of a weight that should never be lifted by one employee. This, combined with the employers failure to provide you with appropriate manual handling training indicate that you have strong claim.

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  86. Warren

    I have bursitis I mentioned to my manager that my shoulder was hurting he said to get medical confirmation. After a while I’d had ultrasound on my shoulder it showed that I had bursitis I had a note from my doctor to say I had bursitis. I went to my manager with this he didn’t even look at it and said what am I supposed to do with that I was shocked at his response. That was about 9 months ago I found out on the 24th of December I need a operation on my shoulder. About 4 months ago a job in the lab came up I went to see the manager to put my name forward for it he just shot me down the job would of been no lifting perfect for me. I feel very let down by my manager especially when he knew about my shoulder. I’m going to be out of work for up to 5. Weeks when I have my operation do I have a claim many thanks Warren.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You would appear to have valid grounds to make a claim for compensation. Please call us on 01225430285 to get further help and advice.

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  87. Lynne

    Whilst I’ve been off sick with my injury which was a direct result of lifting at work, my employer has ended my fixed term contract early. What are the chances of me making a successful claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Depending on the cause of the injury, we can then advise you further as to whether or not you can make a claim.

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  88. Sharon

    Hello there,

    I had an injury at work where I have sprained the side of my body near my hip.
    I have been off for awhile, recovering from my injury and getting statutory sick pay
    They have now emailed me my P45.

    The company I work for demands standing for 10hours shifts a day, 40 hours a week. My doctors have advised a gradual return to work or lighter duties.
    I struggle with standing for a long period of time, and in physiotherapy, and the doctors have prescribed me medication.

    Can they fire me for taking time off to recover from my injury, when it was a work related injury to begin with?

    The only reason why I’ve been taking time off is because they do not want to accommodate to my injuries. (such as reduce shift, or a chair).

    Is there any advise you could offer me?

    I am not quite sure what my rights are within my situation.
    I’ve not claimed compensation or anything like that.
    I did go to first aid within work, and then later the hospital.

    Kind regards
    Sharon

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      How long have you been away from work for? An employer can terminate an employees position if they are left unable to work in the role that they were recruited for due to injury or illness. However, due process should be followed and an employer should only terminate an employees position in such circumstances if they have been away from work for a long time and do not seem likely to be able to return. Of course, in cases where an employee is new and has not passed their probationary period or if they have not been with the employer for more than 2 years, it is much easier for an employer to let an employee go.

      In terms of your injury, there may be something we can do to assist you in recovering at least some lost pay and compensation for the pain and discomfort caused by your injury. However, before we can advise you about a claim for personal injury compensation, we’d need to know a little more about your injury, the work you were doing and how you were injured.

      I would be grateful if you could email me directly (ian@direct2compensation.co.uk) to explain how you were injured, what work you were doing and what training you have had – whether that be manual handling training, training for the use of certain machinery – or indeed no training. I can then look in to this for you further.

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  89. Carla

    I had an accident at work due to some metal shelving being left on the floor,since working at this place I’ve made numerous complaints about the safety of where my workspace is and for over a year nothing has been done. I slipped on the metal shelving unit and hit my back on some warehouse trolleys but because they were so tightly packed together they didn’t budge but instead all the pressure was put on my back. I had to leave work early and have already had 2 drs appointments and now been put on pain killers to help the pain Aswell as being told to take time off work. I don’t qualify for SSP due to my hours so now I’m going to be without pay due to what’s happened. Would I qualify for a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As you have reported issues of safety within the workplace that appear to have fallen on deaf ears, there is certainly a potential to now pursue a claim against the employer for personal injury compensation.

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  90. Christine

    Hi, I work as a personal shopper for a large well known supermarket . I’ve hurt my back pushing faulty trolleys that are also way to heavy. I’ve raised this with our team leader and to be honest they don’t care , nothing ever gets done about the trolleys ! What with this pandemic all they’re interested in is taking more money .

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As you have raised the issue with your supervisors, they should be investigating the matter. However, if you have only raised the issue verbally, there will be no evidence that you have reported this problem. Have you done so in writing?

      Reply
  91. Firoza

    Hi
    I work in retail outlet and there is always some kind of issues with the lift. Last year I got stuck in the lift and my store management has to call someone to make it work .

    But last night I got stuck in the lift again for 1 hr 40 min and my store team called fire brigade to in lock the lift and take me out .
    My work finishes at 8:30pm and I got home at 10:20 pm
    I have 2 young kids and I do have anxiety issues .
    Please advise can I raise a claim

    Many thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Have you reported this issue to the employer in writing and made them aware that you are now suffering with anxiety? Also, have you spoken with your GP about the impact on your mental health?

      Reply
  92. Charles

    Broken tile on floor has been broken for over a year, after repeated advise to have it fixed. Tripped on it and sprained lower back. Have video of fall and HR manager witnessed it.
    Will they have to pay for being negligent for the broken tile and me being injured.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As the hazard has been in situ for such a long time and repeatedly reported, there is certainly a potentially successful claim for personal injury compensation to be made.

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  93. Catherine

    Hi Ian,

    During my partner’s lunch break
    she went in to the woods for a vape. These woods are adjacent to the grounds of her workplace and where she is expected to go for a vape by her employer.

    She tripped over one tree root and landed on another resulting in two broken bones in her leg.

    Since then her employers have cleared all the tree roots as they were deemed a health and safety issue following her fall.

    She applied for NHS work place injury allowance and though her manager fought for her it was declined by the head of HR as she was on a break.

    Does she have any options available to her please? As a bank worker she lost three months of potential income though did get paid statutory sick pay.

    Many thanks
    Catherine

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This is a difficult situation as it is unlikely that the courts would expect the employer to have removed the tree roots and made a woodland area free from tripping hazards. I realise that the employer has taken this action since the accident, but that doesn’t mean that a claim would necessarily be successful.

      Do you know if the employer owns the land in question?

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  94. Mark

    I had an accident at work i was uploading my tipper van at the local dump the van has an obstruction on both sides of the gate and the load regularly gets stuck so I was maneuvering a small chest of drawers away from the obstruction and my hand slipped and ended up underneath the drawers with fell and I now have an open fracture on my index finge my employer said I would be paid but I have now received my wageslip and they haven’t paid me for the time off I dont no if I would be entitled to claim anything

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please provide further details so that we can investigate your claim for you. As the loads regularly became obstructed on the vehicle, there is a possibility to pursue a claim against the employer for the injuries sustained and to recover any loss of income or other losses caused by the injury.

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  95. Charlie

    Hello, I’m in need of a professional opinion and am not sure if I have a potential claim. On December the 14th I was involved in a accident at work within a 20ft container. There was a double stacked pallet of tubes which roughly weigh 300kg to 400kg each. The top pallet was ever so slightly over hanging and leaning inward which me and my collegue was aware of. When lifting and trying to move the double stacked pallets with a pump truck they wouldn’t budge. My colleague who was on the Forklift decided to assist me with trying to move the pallets. He managed to free the double stacked pallets by putting the forks under the pump truck slowly lifting it whilst gently reversing. At that time I was assisting him in guiding the stacked pallets closer to the edge of the container as I was pushing onto the top pallet to keep it balanced whilst being only partially on the forks. When it came to gently putting the pallets down, because the pump truck was raised, the slightly leaning pallet shifted towards me and pinned my left hand against my shoulder and the container wall. Luckily I wasn’t severely injured or pushed out of the container as it was still attached to a trailer. I do have an injury due to being pinned and my doctor says it sounds like I could have a damaged tendon. During the Risk assessment meeting the health and safety officer stated that there wasn’t enough procedures or safety policies put in place to stop accidents like this happening especially within a container. They do have a ramp on the goods out site which usually gets used for off loading container work. But this occasion to save time and extra work moving the pallets to a storage warehouse they opted to unload it at that site using a pump truck and a forklift. I am currently off of work due to back/shoulder pain and I’m not sure how long I’ll need to recover. I’m also not sure where I stand with this in context to claiming. Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      My initial view is that you have a valid claim and one that you should pursue further with our specialist Solicitors. Whilst the employer hasn’t set out to cause you injury, employers are obliged to ensure that the risks of injury in the workplace – such as the one you have sustained – are minimised. In this instance, their Health and Safety officer has admitted that the employer has failed and not had the appropriate policies and practices in place.

      Many people injured in an accident at work are anxious about making a claim against their employer and worry that making a claim could get them the sack. These concerns, whilst understandable should be ignored. As long as you are acting legitimately – which you clearly are and your employer has investigated the accident and effectively admitted fault, you have nothing to be concerned about. You are legally entitled to make a claim against the employer in such circumstances and the claim is made against the insurance that they are obliged to have. Therefore, the company isn’t damaged by your claim and no colleagues will face disciplinary procedures for your accident or your claim.

      If you would like to speak further about this matter, please call us on 01225430285. Alternatively, you can provide more information using the ‘start your claim’ form on our website. We’ll then be in touch to offer advice and answer any queries you may have.

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  96. Alois

    I got a splinter in my thumb whilst strapping a pallet. I asked for gloves and was given a completely unsuitable pair not designed for the job. The splinter became infected and I had to get a tetanus booster and antibiotics. I had a reaction to this and ended up off work being told to get a covid test before returning. I did, was negative. Tried returning but kept feeling fatigued etc ended up missing 3 weeks. The agency I was working for paid ssp and attempted to get this recorded in the accident book but it wasn’t. I want to know what I’m entitled to.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Our Solicitors can review this for you and advise as to whether you can claim compensation and loss of income. The employers failure to provide the correct safety gloves should afford you the chance to pursue a claim successfully.

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  97. Zebulon

    I was recently. Injured at work cutting my nose and hitting it .

    I was on a construction site normally as a labourer but this job was non CSCS card and it was demolition .

    I spoke to my supervisor and he started to question me if I’m going to claim. And making me feel anxiouse
    I have all on recording .

    My biggest question is
    I am worried about trying to claim as I already have a claim active for the last 12 months .

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As long as you are acting honestly and with integrity, you need not be concerned about a pre-existing claim. So long as you tell your Solicitor from the out-set that you already have an ongoing claim, they will not have a problem with pursuing a new claim for a new accident.

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  98. Tahmina

    I recently started working for a big company in the warehouse freezer section I was on a probation period of 12 weeks, during my second week I contracted pneumonia from working there I was sent home due to being sick during my shift, the next morning I was taken to hospital via ambulance where I also called in sick due to being hospitalised which was marked as an absence, I returned back to work after my 2 rest days but was put on medication that sedates me which I was supposed to be on for the due course of 7 days but I came off earlier so I can return back to work. I worked a further 12hr shift and then a 6hr shift as mid way through they failed my probation due to being off sick for those 2 days and was told to leave premises mid shift.. please advise me as I am in a very horrible situation at the moment

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      In terms of both personal injury and employment law, you are in an unfortunate situation. I’m afraid that you won’t be able to claim personal injury compensation for the pneumonia for 2 reasons. Firstly, causation. It will be impossible to prove that working in the freezer section caused pneumonia and that employer negligence played any part in you getting such an infection. Secondly, although we are not employment law experts, as you were in a probationary period, the employer has acted legitimately – albeit unfairly – in terminating your employment for sickness absence.

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  99. Aaron

    I was moving a heavy battery at work 27/8/20 and tore my bicep ligaments. I had surgery on the 21/9/20 and I’m still off work they have been paying me full basic pay, but are now looking to drop it to 75% of my basic. I have lost a lot of my overtime pay due to the injury at work and have depleted most of my savings.

    I was not going to claim as I want to carry on working here, also because they were paying me. However, if they drop me down to 75% I’m really going to have issues. I have about 6 weeks spare money to cover my outgoings and after that I don’t know what I’m going to do

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Anyone injured in an accident at work has a right to make a claim against the employers insurance cover. However, many injured workers won’t claim if their employer pays them their full salary whilst they are away from work recovering, as they don’t feel the need to pursue a claim for compensation.

      In your case, whether or not the employer drops your pay, you do have a right to claim compensation for both the injury, but also to recover any lost income – including overtime payments that you have missed out on.

      If you do want to make a claim, please call us on 01225430285. Our Solicitors can act on a No Win No Fee basis for you and recover compensation for the injury (pain, discomfort, impact on your day-to-day life etc) and importantly, recover any lost income – whether that be 25% of your income or more as well any lost overtime since the injury as well as recover any other costs or losses linked to the injury at work..

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  100. Bouabdallah

    I was injured in the company bus while going to work and have coccyx fracture، having PT right now but not sur if it will heal 100% or it will take months or more, can I ask for compensation and resign ?thank you

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Was the company vehicle involved in a collision? How did you come to fracture your coccyx? Injuries to the coccyx are extremely uncomfortable and can take a long while to heal. If we can show that the injury was caused through negligence or due to a vehicle accident, a personal injury claim would be valid and likely to succeed.

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      • Boua

        Yes they driver did not see the speed bumps and my INJURY ON DUTY was approved by the company

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        • Ian Morris

          Please call us on 01225430285 to start your claim for compensation.

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  101. Jen

    My hand has been jammed in the hinch side of fire door (the door need remain open during the day) without any warning, results of operation on nail bed repair and fractured bone. It’s happened at work, am I entitled to claim personal injury?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You do have a right to make a claim for personal injury compensation. An immediate question that springs to mind is why a fire door had to be propped open all day? Fire doors should not be kept open as they perform a vital role in preventing the spread of fire. As such, the employer may be found negligent on that score alone. Given the nature of the injury and the impact on your dexterity and potentially your ability to work and earn as normal, making a claim is a completely just and reasonable action.

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  102. Sean

    I work within the passenger Lift trade and carry out all various repairs/ works on lifts. If I carried out a repair and this repair wasn’t carried out correctly and caused the death of a passenger using the lift after I finished the repair.
    Am I covered under the company’s insurance??

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As long as you have been appropriately trained, you’re suitably qualified and are given the correct equipment and parts to do the work safely, you should face no personal liability. If your employer is not providing you with the appropriate training, support and equipment, you need to make written reports to them of this and potentially contact the authorities in order to protect yourself.

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  103. Diane

    I am cleared for light duty, but have to be sitting, and I work in Production, does my employer have to find something for me to do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law does not compel an employer to provide light duties, but they are obliged to provide light duties if such duties are available.

      Reply
  104. James

    I was injured at home then went to work claming I was injured at work. Is that fraud?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To claim anything other than the truth is fraudulent and in your case, attempting to claim that an injury sustained away from work was caused at work is a serious issue. Not only could it cost you your job under employment law (gross misconduct), you could face criminal action for such a claim.

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  105. BILLY

    Ok so here is the deal I was in a Class B flatbed rated at 48,000lbs. And I know I was overweight, like 53,000lbs. I know I told the Boss that I was overweight and he sent me on the way. Coming to a Non-stop right turn I slowed down to 15 mph standard because I have made that turn 2,000 times in the 8 years I worked for the company. I slowly flipped over to the drivers side. Luckily the windshield exploded out and after I came to a stop I climbed out looked over the situation and determined there was no fire, shut the truck off and called the Boss. I told him what happened and according to him I told him I quit. Now am I in my right mind after I roll over in a 50,000 truck. Injury to my arm and shoulder and hand went to the hospital two times luckily nothing was broke. Am I in the wrong here?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your employer was negligent in allowing a vehicle that was over the rated weight limit to be driven. You appear to have made the employer aware of the weight issue. If you have not already informed the authorities of this, you most certainly should.

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  106. Nicholas

    Hi I have been in a accident at work, which has left me with shoulder and neck pain my friend said I was knocked out by this. What happened was i work at a furniture/carpet shop and me and a fellow work college had to bring the big bins through some doors into a archway in the archway there is some sofas stacked up in boxes weighing approx 50kg as I have opened the door.. the bottom box had crumpled and the top box fell from height onto my head neck and shoulder which pushed me to the ground as well as my college once we was on the floor another box then fell on us making us unable to move and trapped under the boxes. I currently don’t know what to do I will be off work as I drive and can not move my shoulder and neck properly and also have to lift heavy items what do we do… I’m currently in hospital getting seen too now with my college please help thanks kind regards Nicholas

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You describe an accident that was totally avoidable if the employer had paid proper attention to the risks posed by stacking items in such an area, in such a way. This will be seen as employer negligence. As such, you have a strong and valid right to pursue a claim for compensation.

      We would be more than happy to help you make your claim via our No Win No Fee service and our expert specialist personal injury Solicitors. If you haven’t already done so, try to ensure that an accurate record of the incident is made with the employer.

      If you are able to call us, please do so on 01225430285 to get some advice and help and start your claim. Alternatively, if you are in Hospital or unable to speak on the phone right now, I’d be more than happy to liaise with you via email. You can reach me directly at: ian@direct2compensation.co.uk

      I look forward to helping you.

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  107. Chris

    Hello i was recently in a accident and injured my ribs at work and went to hosbital but they didnt scan me as they said theres nothing they can do for fracture ribs/cracked and now im off work i was just wondering would i be in tittle to a claim due to loss of earnings.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Anyone injured in an accident at work has a right to make a claim if the injuries were not their fault or can be attributed to employer or colleague negligence. The fact that your injury was of a nature that means that there is not much that Doctors can do other prescribe pain relief and allow time to heal is not a problem in terms of your claim. Whether or not you can make a claim will depend on how your ribs were injured.

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can discuss your accident at work with you and find out more about what happened. It is likely that you can pursue a claim and we’d be only too happy to help you.

      Reply
  108. Joe

    Hi I was working as a sub contractor in a business where a metal cabinet was mounted on a wall behind a opening exit door and boxes/obstacles behind the door. I moved rubbish from behind the door and when I got back up I hit my head on the edge of this cabinet and sub stained a cut to my head, treated by a staple and concussion a week later. Can you confirm having this cabinet on a wall behind a exit door is a serious hazard including the boxes/obstacles in accordance with the health and safety at work? Secondly that I can claim a successful injury claim as a subcontractor for my injury? Thank you

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We feel you have a valid claim and that the location of the cabinet was hazardous. As a sub-contractor, you have a right to make a claim against the business in question.

      Please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you, as we feel you can pursue a claim.

      Reply
  109. Ess

    I was moving files at work. The files were quite heavy and I had been moving files for a few days. Whilst moving these files I felt a sharp pain in my hand which caused me to have to drop the files. It was recorded in the accident book and I have had almost 2 years of agony and time off as a result of this incident.

    When I started this job I was told that they were paperless, so there should have been no files to move. This injury will affect my ability to get another job in this field, and there are talks of me losing my job due to me not being able to do the role anymore. What can I do (if anything) about this?

    To add to this, I have had an operation and a series of physiotherapy and medical treatment as a result of this injury.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you have not already made a claim for compensation, you appear to have a further 12 months available to do so and you should contact us immediately to find out how we can help you.

      The employer had a duty of care to ensure that you were trained in the safe lifting and moving (manual handling) of such items and it could well be that they have been negligent in their approach to asking you to move the files manually.

      If you would like to speak with us about this matter and get further advice and support, please call us on 01225430285.

      Reply
  110. Amar

    Hello,
    I worked at the Ivy restaurant and cut my finger while trying to separate two glasses from each other while setting the table. I cut nerves in my finger and had a surgery and my arm in a cast for a month and could not use my hand for 12 weeks. I have lost abilities in my finger and it will never be straight again. The insurance company of the employer has today denied compensation claiming that I had been trained in the task. However, they did not tell me in the training about the risk that the glass could break in my hand and give these types of injuries. Can I appeal is my question? Thank you in advance!

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Before closing your case, your Solictor may wish to contest the denial of liability that the defendant has raised. Although you may have had training, as you have cited, it would appear that the training didn’t appropriately cover the risk of the work you were doing. As such, this should be of interest to your Solicitor.

      Reply
  111. ellis

    i was working on site they let me the site with no cscs card or insurance i fell off scaffolding from roof hieght and dislocated my shoulder ive been to hospital i was just wondering if theres anything i could do

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You are likely to be able to pursue a claim against the site management company on the basis of their negligence in not ensuring that the required health and safety protocols were followed on the site and you subsequently sustained injury on the site.

      Reply
  112. Haley

    Today, my sister was moving a large piece of cardboard with another employee. The cardboard brushed up against a light fixture on the wall. This light brush caused the entire fixture to fall, hitting my sister in the back of the head and left shoulder. It took two male employees to remove the fixture off of her. I immediately got my supervisor as my team lead sat my sister down and got ice. I told my supervisor and he told my sister that when she felt better she could fill out an incident report, but never said that she should go to the quick care. 20 minutes later, my sister was in much worse condition. My team lead and I went to the supervisor and told him that she needed to go to the ER immediately. He agreed but had her sit in his office for about 20 minutes to fill out a report! At this point she wasn’t very aware of what was being asked of her and was feeling very dizzy and nauseous. After he filled out the report I rushed her to the ER where they told me that she was suffering with an acute concussion and acute cervical strain in her neck, left shoulder, left collarbone and upper spine. She is off of work for a week and has to do a follow-up that will determine if she has to take off even more time!

    My question is can I file a claim since a fixture like that shouldn’t have been able to fall off the wall like it did? What can I do about my supervisor initially downplaying the situation and not sending her to get looked at?

    I like my job and so does my sister, but this incident really rattled her and I felt frustrated by the fact that it shouldn’t have happened in the first place! I’m also frustrated by the initial lack of concern that my supervisor showed, especially since it was a head injury!

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There is a possibility of succeeding with a claim for the injury and associated loss as there is a fair argument that the light fixture was either in a risky position where workers could come in to contact with it and also that it was not adequately mounted to the wall.

      With regards to the approach adopted by the supervisor, whilst your frustrations that they didn’t appreciate the severity of the injuries, the Supervisor would not have been expected to know how your Sister would deteriorate and hasn’t been unduly negligent.

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  113. Peter

    I reported a faulty rear door, and tail lift on my lorry by way of a defect sheet and reported it to transport supervisor when I got back to work and explained how bad the door was to open. They said it would be fixed for me as I can not work with the door like that. The following day the tail lift was fixed and the doors seemed a bit better so again defected it and went on my way. During the day my rear doors was stuck hard again and I’m having to yank with both hands to open them and injured my left shoulder. When I returned to work and told them, I then found out no one had looked at fixing the doors! I have now been off work for 6 weeks due to the injury and need physiotherapy on my shoulder.

    Work told me I had to take sick leave and would not make reasonable adjustments for me to stay in work, so I have had to go sick. As I was leaving the office my supervisor then said to me that I will probably lose my job as i’ve have a lot of time off in the past due to my bad back. I visited my work place after a few weeks off for an Occupational Health assessment, but my manager was putting all the blame on me as to why I did not refuse to drive the wagon. I have explained that I thought someone had tried to fix it as the tail lift was fixed and again all the blame appeared to be placed onto me. So since i’ve been off, i’ve been in pain and worrying about my job. This has now left a bad taste in my mouth after them not taking any responsibility for this injury. I dont know where I stand on this and if I should make a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We think you should make a claim and the fact that you reported the fault with the wagon to the employer places the onus on the employer to either remove the wagon from use or make repairs so that you can use the vehicle without risk of injury. As the employer has failed to act on your report of a fault, they would appear to have been negligent and you therefore have a right to make a claim.

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  114. Stephen

    I’ve had to go to hospital from work for an injury will I get payed for the rest of my shift?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your employer does not provide sick pay (legally in the UK, employers are not obliged to pay workers who are off sick or injured – even when the injury was caused at work), the only way to recover the loss of income is by succeeding with a claim for accident at work compensation. We are experts in such claims and can help you on a No Win No Fee basis to recover the loss of income and compensation for your injury.

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  115. Warren

    I was injured at work over 3 years ago a pane of glass went in my arm,it took my employer 1 hour to get someone to take me to hospital,I got 5 stitches ,went to the office and put it in the accident book,I asked for a lift home which was half an hour away,but I was told it was my fault the accident,and no one left me home as they said they were to busy,I had to take a lend of 5 pounds from an office worker who over heard. My situation,I had to walk a mile in the rain to get a bus home in pain which took me over 2 hours ,was that right or can I still do anything about it,hospital have the records,I was afraid of losing my job as they have made life difficult for me in the past and still do

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law requires any person over the age of 18 years to make a claim within 3 years of the date of an accident or injury. In this case, unless you are under the age of 21 years at this time, you are now statute barred and cannot commence a claim.

      Reply
  116. Megan

    Hello,

    I work as a chef in a kitchen. In June 2019 i was working as usual and from behind me a kitchen porter accidently dropped a lot of dirty and heavy things onto the back of my leg (calf) and I immediately couldn’t walk. My seniors iced my leg and I kept working for 1 hour until I finally had the courage to say I couldn’t work and had to go to A&E. It was reported etc as it should have been and they got me a taxi to A&E. Doctors said it was tissue damage and I should have time off work. I couldn’t walk on that leg at all and I took 2 weeks off work and visited the doctors a few times to get it checked on. Now over 1 year later I still feel pain in that leg when I exercise and there is a dark marking on the whole of my calf where the really bad bruising was. Would I be able to claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 to make your claim for compensation. We feel that your claim should be pursued and passed to our specialist Solicitors. If you would prefer that we call you, simply go to our ‘start your claim for compensation’ page and complete the initial form. We’ll then contact you to take this further on a No Win No Fee basis.

      Reply
  117. harriet

    can you claim compensation with no evidence and not reporting accident in work place?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can pursue a claim, but evidence will be needed to enable a Solicitor to substantiate the claim. Were there any witnesses to your accident? Did you attend A&E or see your Doctor and advise them that your injuries were caused at work?

      Reply
  118. Tracy

    I have just started a new job and 4 days into it I had an accident I ended up with bruising and a swollen back I worked through it until I could hardly even walk let alone work. I have taken 3 days off sick plus’s to days that I would normally get can they sack me for this as I am on probation and I’m really worried.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      An employer is within their rights to terminate an employees position whilst they are on a probationary period – usually if their performance is poor or if they take extended or repeated periods of absence. However, in your case your time away from work can be justified by the employer as you were injured whilst on duty for them. It is unlikely that you would be dismissed, but they may wish to extend your probationary period.

      In terms of the injury you had, how did it happen? It could well be the case that you could pursue a claim for compensation against the employer.

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  119. JEFFREY

    Hi i crushed my right hand ring finger .against wall & tarmac roller . Due to another employee coming infront of me with a wacker plate .(Bosses brother-in-law)
    I’ve been claiming ESA tried to go bk to work that day .
    Didn’t get intouch with DWP but I’ve read by law I didn’t need to as long as only working less than 16 hours .
    Top of my fingers been amputated & rest made into a small ugly looking finger . Am I eligible to claim
    Thanks so much for your time

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Our Solicitors can then look at this matter and pursue a finger injury claim for you. Given the cause of your injury, it is quite possible that you would have a valid claim due to the actions of the employer in the way they allowed the work to be done. There are questions to answer for the employer including their risk assessments and method statement for the work being done along with the training and guidance you were given to use the machinery in question. If the employer cannot provide satisfactory responses to these issues, they will be held liable for your injuries and losses.

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  120. Mzonke

    I got injured at work and they didn’t give me a letter from my company, the letter that inform about my injure so that I can give it to the doctor, so what I should do because they told me that they wont give it to me, I got injured on 21 September 2020

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You shouldn’t need a letter to give the GP, you should simply see the GP and ask them to record your injuries and provide treatment – make sure you explain that you were injured whilst at work.
      With regards to the employer, the important thing is to try and get a written record of the injuries and accident with the employer. If they didn’t let you use the accident book at the time, you should email the employer providing your own written report of the incident, stating the date, time and location and explain what happened and how you were injured.

      If you would like to take this further, please email some additional information – perhaps forward the email you’ll send to your employer – along with your contact number to us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

      Reply
  121. E K

    I had carpal tunnel surgery in May 2016 for work related injury, is it too late to claim compensation, my work is still trying to make me do the same job which is repeatedly hurting my hand

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As more than 3 years has passed since your surgery, you are out of the claim limitation period and cannot therefore make a claim.

      However, if your employer causes further injury you may be able to make a claim against them.

      Reply
  122. David

    Hello there I had accident at work July 2019 which wasn’t my fault I have A ongoing claim with the company which they have accepted liability.
    It is company policy to have a three job rotation I have four but I can do it with no problem and they are trying to put me on job search which after 12 weeks if a new job isn’t found they can make me redundant what should I do about it?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This is an employment law matter and is something you should either discuss with your Union (if you are a member) or with a specialist employment law Solicitor.

      Reply
  123. Tina

    I resigned after 20 yrs due to there being no proper PPE and professional structure at the beginning of the pandemic was left with stress anxiety and depression had no help from my company whatsoever now I’ve received two letters saying I was over paid by £690 even though I left in May and they say I left in January 2020 these letters are making my life a misery as if it wasn’t for their negligence I would still be employed do I have any right to take matters further

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Due to the speed of the onset of the pandemic and the fact that all employers were left having to suddenly develop plans, policies and ppe provision, the courts will be lenient with them with regards to planning and preparation. Although your anxieties were understandably, it is most unlikely that you will be able to demonstrate employer negligence and make a claim for any stress or anxiety caused.

      With regards to their assumption of overpayment, you should be able to correct that by reminding them of your actual finish date and their mistake.

      Reply
  124. Robert

    I broke my toe at work and I didn’t put the accident in the accident book cos I didn’t think I had done much damage at the time, could I still claim?

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  125. GEORGE

    I’ve suffered accident at work but the boss insists he pay cash in hand could I still be able to claim compensation ??

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need to be able to provide evidence of your work and evidence of an accident at work to succeed with a claim. Whilst people working on a cash in hand basis can make a claim for compensation, it is of course far harder to succeed with such a claim when an employer is not keeping accurate records and not properly employing staff.

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  126. Tom

    Hello, today my relative has had an incident at work, were scissors she was provided fell apart, ending up cutting her. She has then had a blackout because of it (or so we think), around 5 minutes later and she fell backwards on set of stairs bumping her head. That in turn has made her feel very dizzy for the rest of the day and we are currently in the process of booking appointments and so on to check if anything major has happened during the fall. I have asked regarding training and maintanance of the equipment and apparently there was none. Would this be a potential claim should GP say it is something serious? Thanks and please forward answer to my email if possible.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There may well be a valid claim for the injuries caused by the faulty scissors and this is something our specialist Solicitors can look in to when your relative is ready to do so.

      Reply
  127. Francis

    I have a claim but I can’t use my injured thumb anymore because it doesn’t bend and I can’t fee the tip of it at all. Very painful. I just want to move on and get what money I can from this and find another job that I can actually do. I can’t grip anything with my hand now.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Do you have a Solicitor acting for you in your claim for the thumb injury? The thumb is a vital part of the use of the hand and damage that restricts the use of the thumb can lead to substantial compensation settlements for a successful claimant.

      Reply
  128. Kathryn

    What can I do if my employer is trying to say that I hurt my back because I already had back issues, but he did not know this and he is also trying to say that I should have asked for help – but it was part of my role?! The employer is also trying to use a another situation when I moved another item months previously, but the situation that led me to be off work for two months he is saying he didn’t know?! I have had long discussions and was on sick leave but had to get medical help privately and also see my Doctor.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Regardless of whether you had a pre-existing back condition or not – which would be known by reviewing your medical records – you can still make a claim for compensation if the negligent actions of an employer cause you to exacerbate and worsen the pre-existing condition or suffer new injuries.

      Your employer has no right to tell you how or where you injured your back, that is for medical experts and a Solicitor and an insurer to discuss.

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  129. Babatunde

    If you have an accident at work in which you break your ribs and you were off for 6 weeks on statutory sick pay but decid to come back to work, can I make a claim and still keep my job?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      One of the most common concerns that people have after an accident at work is whether they can make a claim for personal injury compensation without the risk of being dismissed for doing so. Simply put, an employer cannot dismiss an employee who exercises their legal right to pursue a legitimate claim for compensation. UK law is quite clear with regards to employee rights both after an accident at work and also with regards to employment rights. Please refer to our ‘Can I be sacked after an accident at work?‘ article for more information on this.

      Please call us on 01225430285 for further help and to ask questions. We are here to help and there is no obligation for you to proceed if you don’t want to. However, if you do wish to proceed our Solicitors will work to recover compensation for your injuries and recover any lost income caused by the injuries you sustained in an accident at work.

      Reply
      • babatunde

        thank you for the quick reply. I just want to ask one more question and want to know if I can claim from my health plan insurance (provided by my company for which I pay £14 per month and still make a claim for person injury compensation?

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        • Ian Morris

          I assume that your health plan insurance covers certain medical provisions – such as rehab therapies (physio/osteopathy etc)? If so, such cover will not have any impact on the right to make a separate claim for compensation for the pain and discomfort caused by the injury.

          As long as you disclose everything at the outset, our Solicitors can advise you accurately and pursue your claim accordingly.

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  130. Mark

    I work for a company in a warehouse yesterday I was hit from behind when I forklift truck came round the corner not beeping and being driven by someone without a license or training it did not stop instantly and I was stuck on the forks for a short distance I cut my arm and have done ligament damage to my angle and on crutches and need to go back to hospital in 2 weeks for another scan. I have been into work today to write a statement but feel pressured as they say the drive can go to prison even though they knew he drives it and they let him could really do with some advice as I feel they are putting me in a awarded situation so I don’t do anything about it

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You certainly shouldn’t agree to a report that is not accurate and if the report in anyway makes the potential to attach liability (which is currently clear and obvious) more ambiguous and difficult.

      We would be very happy to help you make a claim against the employers insurance for the painful injuries you have sustained. Given the injuries you have, it is clear that you will require some time away from work. As such, your employer is obliged to report the accident to RIDDOR and it should be investigated fully.

      You can make a claim against your employers insurance with the help of our specialist Solicitors. The claim does not directly impact on the business or any colleagues and won’t jeopardise your right to continue with your job once you have recovered.

      This is a situation you should seek specialist advice and guidance on at the earliest opportunity.

      Reply
  131. Lila

    I friend got hurt at work. A metal gate fell on her head. A manager asked where the pole was that holds the gate up? She now has a concussion from this incident. What is she able to do about this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Concussion can be a long term injury with considerable impact on the injured persons lifestyle. We can help your friend make a claim for personal injury compensation. She can call us on 01225430285 and we’ll help her start the process.

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  132. Alex

    My partner burnt her hand at work after not being provided with the correct PPE to carry out her job. As a result of this she took several trips to a walkin centre and spent roughly a week off work. Now they have issued her with a disciplinary hearing for taking time off. Is this something they can do and is there any legal standing to argue this. Further to this she was not paid any SSP for the time that she was off due to this injury.

    Any advise would be appreciated.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not the employer is acting legitimately in undertaking a disciplinary procedure for the absence from work caused by the accident at work is unclear, but this can be looked in to.

      However, the employers failure to provide the correct PPE to your partner is employer negligence and she therefore has a right to make a claim for personal injury compensation against the employer for the injuries sustained, the pain caused, any lost income or other costs such as petrol/parking at hospital visits etc.

      We’d like to help your partner make her claim, so please ask her to call us on 01225430285.

      Reply
  133. Geoffrey

    Hello, I’m not sure if my employer is at fault, I work as a contracted Security Officer for at a site in Warwickshire, on Thursday 15th Oct 2020 I suffered a head injury when a vehicle pole barrier came down on my head.

    I suppose it was mild concusion. There was no visible outside injury to my head and no lumps, but massive headaches and fuzzyness and slight dizzyness and a feeling I am not well and should not be at work. Today (17th Oct 2020) I have lower back pain, that I didn’t have prior to the accident, I must have injured my back twisting and diving to avoid the barrier, which did not do what I wanted and avoid the injury, much much more to tell you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This is a matter our specialist Solicitors can help you with and you have a valid right to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Concussion is a nasty injury that in the more serious of cases can cause long term problems, including blurred vision, headaches, nausea and dizzyness. It seems that you are suffering such symptoms now. Also, the lower back pain you mention is almost certainly linked to this incident and we would strongly recommend that you speak with a GP or attend A&E or a walk-in clinic to ensure that your injuries are treated and importantly, noted, on your medical records.

      If you have not already done so, please make sure that an accident report is completed at work. The report should indicate what happened, where and when.We believe you have a valid claim and we look forward to helping you.

      Reply
  134. Alexandra

    Hi I work with a company through an Agency, I had a press machine malfunction and spit broken plastic back at my face causing my eyebrow to slit open, I’ve just come back from urgent care I managed to get it glued together. In regard to the workplace, there was no machine training, no induction, no health and safety training or safety equipment like safety goggles or helmets. I was lucky that it only slit my eyebrow and didn’t end up causing serious damage to my eye! Am I eligible to claim for employer negligence?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your employer – not the agency, but the company for whom you were working at the time of the injury – has failed you and has been negligent with regards to your health and safety in the workplace. As such, you have every right to pursue a claim due to a lack of training and personal protective equipment provision.

      Please call us on 01225430285 to start your claim for compensation. We can answer any questions you may have and explain the claims process and ensure that you are represented by a specialist personal injury Solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis.

      Reply
  135. Ian Morris

    We need to know a little more about your injury and what happened to be able to advise you. With this in mind, please use our ‘start your claim‘ facility to provide some further details about the injury and how it happened so that we can advise you as to whether or not we can take this matter further.

    Reply
  136. Mary

    What is the cut off date for claims. I chipped the bone in my foot in work prob 4 years ago now just as I was ready to go on holiday. And I still have problems. I can not even wear my heeled shoes/boots. I no longer work there I was made redundant in March.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you were over the age of 18 at the time of the accident, you MUST make a claim within 3 years of the date of the accident. If more than 3 years has now passed, you are barred from making a claim.

      Reply
  137. Eileen

    I work as a package handler. I was told firstthat the shifts would be 3-4 hours. I am there 6-8 with no breaks and basically do a line by myself even though I have only been there a week. I a
    was told to ask someone to help me lift heavy packages but there is no one around to help. Today I was moving a package off my line that didn’t belong there and my two last toes got smashed by the object on my left foot. I told the manager and she had me continue to work even though I was limping and in pain. I am going to go see if they are broken as they are swollen and hurt to touch and I can’t put pressure on them

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Make sure that an accident book entry/incident record are made (in writing) with the employer and that appropriate medical attention is obtained.

      Although you are in week 1 with your employer, your rights to be given a safe working environment and appropriate training etc still apply and it would appear that you have a valid right to make a claim for accident at work compensation.

      Reply
  138. Kevin

    On the 21st August 2020 wy wife had an accident at work resulting in a bad head injury, swollen and bruises to both wrists, swollen and bruised knee, and swollen and bruised ankle which she had to wear a support boot for about 2 weeks because of the head injury the senior in charge should have called an ambulance but they called me

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 to get further advice and support and start the claims process.

      Reply
  139. Aaron

    Hi
    On the 02.10.2020 u was in a trench dipping the depth for the man in a 360 machine too dig out, I gave him the instruction that it was high.
    I then walked away from the dig, then had a stomach cramp which caused me to lean against the trench to regain my breath and composure, I thought I was a safe distance away from the dig, then whilst against the trench, I saw out of the corner of my eye the machine bucket come down, and then I felt the pain of the bucket hit and pin my left leg against the trench I shouted in panic and luckily the driver lifted the bucket up and not carried on going down.
    I then went to hospital for an x-ray which was to find no broken bones, thou I have sustained a deep abrasion and swelling with shooting pains at night.
    I have returned too work on light duties, thou still in some considerable discomfort.
    I was wearing head to toe orange p.p.e and feel that the driver should of seen me?
    My question is can I make a claim for the pain and discomfort and possibly a future scar?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This is a matter for which you can pursue a claim for personal injury compensation. Make sure that there has been a report (in writing) of the accident and your injuries with the employer (accident book) in order to ensure that appropriate evidence is available to support your claim.

      If you would like to pursue a claim for compensation, you can call us to do so on 01225430285.

      Reply
  140. Nicholas

    Hi. A few months ago as I was delivering some items at work I damaged my soft tissue in my arm. I have since been signed off work while it heals. In the meantime I have been attending hospital appointments for the injury which have included scans etc. I am a delivery driver and have been asking my employer if there is other work they can offer me – they have confirmed they do not. I am therefore left with no option but to resign as I can not continue living on £94 a week stat sick pay and I can then look for alternative lighter work.

    When I hand in my resignation letter should I put on there that I am unfortunately having to resign due to the injury which has left me unable to continue in the role I was in or should I refrain from mentioning that as I plan to seek advice over if I have a claim due to being injured at work.

    Any advice would be great.

    thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We feel that you should make sure that your current employer understands that you are forced to resign due to the injury you have sustained whilst at work. You do not need to inform the employer of any potential claim action and our Solicitors will further advise you on your rights and prospects in terms of a claim for personal injury compensation as a result of your work place injury.

      Reply
  141. Mario brown

    I cut the top of my right index finger off. My employer said that I could come and work on light duties. Would I be able to claim against the employer for lost wages?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given the severity of the injury you have sustained at work, you have every right to make a claim for accident at work compensation. We can help you with this and our specialist Solicitors are experts in pursuing claims against employers insurers to recover compensation for an injury and also to recover any loss of income or other costs caused by the accident or injury at work.

      Please call us on 01225430285.

      Reply
  142. Damien

    Hi, I had an accident at work and injured my left lower leg calf and it swelled up within a minute of injuring my leg, I have had no health and safety briefing and never signed any proper briefing and I worked for them on agency, I was off work for 3 weeks and I have been into hospital several times with the pain and that, I have taken other work and unfortunately the company I have worked for have not offered me much work so I have stayed away from them as a result because of the accident…
    Could you please advise..

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We feel that you have a valid claim and that this matter should be pursued. Employers have an obligation to ensure that employees are adequately trained and that the risk of injury in the workplace is minimised.

      Reply
  143. Timothy

    Hi,
    I injured my back at work nearly 2 year ago. I had a slipped disc which was proved by an mri scan. After several months of physiotherapy and several different types of medication the pain never went away. After 6 months I had nerve root injections which failed to ease to pain. A few month later my only option was to have an operation to partially remove the disc which has eased the sciatica but has left my back more strained. The last time I received any manual handling training was March 2015, injury happened October 2018. Also I never received a risk assessment on the tables that caused my injury. My concern is my back will never be the same, every morning I am in pain. Im 48 years of age but I honestly cant see me making it to my retirement age of 67 when Im in this much pain. Any advice would be appreciated. Thankyou.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As you sustained your injury in October 2018, you have little over 12 months of your 3 year claim limitation period remaining available. Therefore, if you have not already started your claim, you really should get in contact with us urgently.

      The employers failure to provide regular manual handling training and the lack of risk assessment are certainly matters of interest in terms of a potential claim and this is a matter our specialist Solicitors would like to further consider and pursue for you.

      Our specialist Solicitors would ensure that your claim accounted for the long term consequences of your back injury and if medical evidence supports your concern that you may not be able to work until retirement age, any settlement you receive could include an element to cover your future loss of income.

      Reply
  144. Chelsea

    Hi, I had a fall in work and broke my arm when I tripped over a residents walking frame.
    I’m told that it is just an unfortunate accident and I am only able to claim SSP whilst I am not able to work. Is this correct?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Although nobody would have intended for you to trip on the walking frame, it isn’t necessarily the case that you can’t make a claim. For example, if the frame was obstructing a walk way and if this had previously been discussed and the frame should have been moved or in a different position, but that was not enforced, you could make a claim.

      This is certainly something our Solicitors can discuss with you. As for SSP, the employer is correct. The legal requirement is only for SSP – unless you have a contractual agreement with your employer that affords you full pay whilst off sick.

      Reply
      • Chelsea

        Thank you

        Reply
        • Ian Morris

          If you would like to have this matter considered further, you can call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you if you prefer.

          Reply
  145. Dylan

    I fractured my vertebrae in my neck, received a concussion and had to get staples in my head. I did a week of training in the office instead of taking compensation and two weeks later i was back. It was already earlier than i should have but im a hard and dedicated worker. But my question is if i can sue or not basically because my boss is having me do everything i usually do and not listening to my doctors orders at all. When i bring it up all i get is “dont know what to say try your best”. But my pain isnt getting any better because im still at full duty there ignoring my light duty doctor orders.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      How did you fracture the vertebrae in your neck? If your accident was within the past 3 years and was not your fault, you still have the right to make a claim for personal injury compensation – even if you were able to get back to work soon after the injury and didn’t have a loss of income.

      If you would like to discuss your potential claim with us, please call us on 01225430285 or you can discuss the situation with us via email on justice@direct2compensation.co.uk

      Reply
  146. martin

    I sprained my foot whilst at work. My boss said that I am wasting my time if I try claiming compensation for the injury. Are they right?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your employer has no right to tell you whether you can or cannot make a claim or whether you have any prospect of succeeding with such a claim. That is a matter for a specialist Solicitor to decide and for the employers insurers to defend.

      As for your situation, we need to know how you sprained your foot? If you could respond to elaborate on what happened, we can then advise you further about a potential claim for compensation.

      Reply
  147. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  148. Elinor Watkins

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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  149. 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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  150. 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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  151. 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.

      Reply
  152. 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?

      Reply
  153. 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.

      Our article on foot injury claims and amounts might be of interest, but 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?

      Reply
  154. 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?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employer does not have to divulge such information.

      Reply
  155. 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.

      Reply
    • Joanne

      Hi my hand went under the conveyor belt guard . The belt was turned off ! The team leader manually grabbed to belt and dragging and crushing my hand back under guard ! I went into shock and couldn’t move or speak ! I was physically picked up and carried by a member off staff through the working hub ! At no point was maintenance called to release my hand and no ambulance was called ! A member of staff was given permission to drive me to hospital on his own with no first aider on hand ! My management are stating they have done nothing wrong !

      Reply
      • Ian Morris

        You should ignore what your Managers are saying at this stage and seek specialist expert advice from our Solicitors. There is every possibility that you have a valid claim for compensation that should be pursued and we can help you to exercise your legal rights in this respect

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  156. 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.

      Reply
  157. 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.

      Reply
  158. 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.

      Reply
  159. 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.

      Reply
  160. 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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  161. 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.

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  162. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  163. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  164. 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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  165. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  166. 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.

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  167. 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.

      Reply
  168. STEVEN

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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  169. 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?

      Reply
  170. 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.

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  171. 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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  172. 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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  173. 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.

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  174. 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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  175. 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.

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  176. 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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  177. 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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  178. 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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  179. 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 worse and i told my boss I had to have a week off for it to heal. That night he came took the van and told me i was lying 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 safety in place at all, if nets were up I would of been ok and 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. It is also illegal to sack someone for the accident if it was not due to their misconduct.

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  180. 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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  181. 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. Please note that by law they cannot sack you for an accident that wasn’t your fault.

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  182. 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.

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  183. 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.

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  184. 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 during 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 employment contract renew on the 6th August was not going forward and that my only entitlement 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?

    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.

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  185. 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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  186. 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
  187. 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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  188. 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
  189. 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.

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  190. 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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  191. 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.

      Reply
  192. 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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  193. 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.

      Reply
  194. 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.

      Reply
  195. 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!

      Reply
  196. 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.

      Reply
  197. 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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  198. 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.

      Reply
  199. 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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  200. 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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  201. 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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  202. 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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  203. 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.

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  204. 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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  205. 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.

      Reply
  206. 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 link between your employers actions, your work and the situation in which you find yourself.

      Reply
  207. 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.

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  208. 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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  209. 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.

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  210. 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.

      Reply
  211. 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.

      Reply
  212. 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.

      Reply
  213. 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.

      Reply
  214. 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.

      Reply
  215. 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.

      Reply
  216. 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
  217. 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.

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  218. 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
  219. 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.

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  220. 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.

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  221. 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
  222. 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.

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  223. 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.

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  224. 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.

      Reply
  225. 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.

      Reply
  226. 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
  227. 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
  228. 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. 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
  229. 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
  230. 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
  231. 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
  232. 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
  233. 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
  234. 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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  235. 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
  236. 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
  237. 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?

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  238. 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.

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  239. 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.

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  240. 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.

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  241. 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.

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  242. 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.

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  243. 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.

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  244. 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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  245. 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).

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  246. 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.

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  247. 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.

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  248. 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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  249. 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.

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  250. 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.

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  251. 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.

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  252. 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.

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  253. 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.

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  254. 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.

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  255. 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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  256. 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?

    Reply
    • 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. Our team can help you to find out whether or not you could pursue a claim for the damage to your knee.

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  257. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  258. 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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  259. 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.

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  260. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  261. 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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  262. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  263. 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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The accident scenario you describe leads us to take an initial view that you do have a valid claim.

      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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  264. 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.

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  265. 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?

    Reply
    • 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

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  266. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  267. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  268. 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!

    Reply
    • 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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  269. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

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  270. 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.

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  271. 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.

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  272. 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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  273. 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.

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  274. 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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  275. 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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  276. 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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  277. 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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  278. 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. We also have articles and many questions on care worker and support worker claims if they’re of interest.

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  279. 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.

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  280. 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?

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    • 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.

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  281. 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?

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    • 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.

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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?

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    • 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. 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?

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    • 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.

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  284. 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?

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    • 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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  285. 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?

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    • 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.

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  286. 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?

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    • 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.

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  287. 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?

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    • 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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  288. 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.

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    • 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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  289. 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?

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    • 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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  290. 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?

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    • 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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  291. 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?

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    • 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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  292. 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?

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    • 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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  293. 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?

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    • 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.

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  294. 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

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    • 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.

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  295. 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?

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    • 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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  296. 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?

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    • 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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  297. 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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  298. 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.

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    • 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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  299. 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.

      It’s also worth noting that you can’t be sacked for having an accident at work if it wasn’t your fault.

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  300. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  301. 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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  302. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  303. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  304. 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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  305. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  306. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  307. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  308. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  309. Shanta

    Can I be fired after a injury that happen to me at work?

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  310. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  311. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  312. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  313. 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…

    Reply
    • 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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  314. 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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  315. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  316. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  317. 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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  318. 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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  319. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  320. 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

    Reply
    • 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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  321. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  322. Kirsty

    Hello, I fell down the stairs 3 weeks ago in work. It all happened so quickly that I don’t know how I fell. After I was taken to the hospital I found out that I have a broken leg with an unstable fracture, but not only that my work place was repairing the stairs after my fall so I am unsure if the problem was there and have no proof that there was a problem before I fell. I have gone back to work as I have a desk job they have put me downstairs to work, but only given me paper to elevate my leg which isn’t adequate, meaning I most probably will come away from work again till I can manage better. They have given me full pay as I did the injury in work but I have not been given anything to sign, no accident book or back to work form.
    What would you advise please?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To make a claim the injured party has to be able to identify the cause of the accident in order that negligence can be proven. In your case, as you do not know why you fell it will be hard for you to pursue a claim as the defendants would simply state that there is no evidence they were responsible.

      You need to find out why the stairs were being repaired and whether there is any witness evidence to confirm what caused you to fall. Perhaps there is CCTV footage? If you can identify a hazard responsible for your fall, you could then look to make a claim for compensation. Have a read about whether you have a valid slip or fall claim for more information.

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  323. Sally

    I’m off work at the minute with a frozen shoulder/ tensionitus, I hurt it at work lifting last September and since then it has got worse. I’m waiting for a scan and may have to have surgery. What should I do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your shoulder injury was caused through physical work for which you have not been properly trained, not been given the correct tools or equipment or due to a working environment that fails to reduce the risk of injury to you, you can make a claim for compensation.

      The best thing to do at this stage would be to speak with us so that we can learn more about your work, what you have done and what your employer hasn’t done. We can then advise you as to whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation.

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  324. Matt

    I was working on site and was not provided with rams or inducted onto site before the job. I am an apprentice and was told to go out a fire exit by a member of staff in charge of a job to go to another part of the site as this was the only route at the time. I fell down a grate which wasn’t put on correctly. I am being told i should except responsibility for going out the fire exit even though was instructed to by by the person in charge of me. I am only an apprentice and just following instructions by someone fully qualified and in charge. Am i at fault and should i accept responsibility?

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    • Ian Morris

      I don’t see how or why you should accept responsibility for your accident at work. Firstly, you were acting on the instructions of the senior person for whom you were working. Secondly, the cause of your injury was an incorrectly/badly fitted grate. As such, I believe you have a valid claim.

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  325. fred

    I was at work i lifted a drain cover at a customer’s site. It was a one person lift, however the cover was about to drop into the drain so i lifted and twisted quickly to stop it falling. I hurt my back doctor signed me off for two weeks only getting ssp. Told my colleague did not mention it to work or report it, didn’t think it was too bad at first. Until over the following few days it got worse. I have just left the company now only with them for 5 months. I did have manual handling training, have i got a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      The fact that your former employer did provide manual handling training could be a red-herring in this incident. Whilst the training is an important issue and the provision of it is mandatory, it is also important that employers then provide a working environment that enables an employee to follow such training and work safely.

      In this case, you mention that the drain cover lift at this site was a one person lift. If that is the case and the employer had properly risk assessed it as such, it is very unlikely that you would have a valid claim as the employer would argue that the cause of the injury was your own mistake in almost dropping the cover (assuming that there was no mechanical/tool fault). However, if the employer should have provided 2 staff members, additional equipment or didn’t risk assess the job, you could have a claim.

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  326. Philip

    Hi I was injured at work. I work in a cardboard packaging firm. We have to load the board manually into the machine and load the board from pallets. When the pallet is empty, the next one is placed on. On this particular day I bent down to pick the bottom board up when the fork lift driver all of sudden drove the next pallet into me causing my right side to get trapped under the loading shelf. I was lucky not to have broken my leg! There wasn’t a sound of his horn to warn me that they were there – as per procedure.

    I finished my shift that day, but took myself the minor injuries unit and they said I had a sprain and severe bruising, but thankfully no break. I was off work for 7 days, with a couple of these days of me using annual leave. I was paid my normal wage as it was an accident at work, but since my accident a new safe system of work has come into place and after investigation the FLT driver was at fault. There was a witnesses to this.

    In the last 12 months I have suffered with restricted movement in my left shoulder for which I have had physio for and a scan. I have been told that this is a calcium build up which could be through injury as this was the side I was struck on. Obviously I haven’t had time off work as I don’t get paid if off and would lose my weekly bonus.

    I was just after advice as to whether I have a leg to stand on (pardon the pun!), but I am worried about how work would be with if I put a claim in? Since this has happened we have been taken over by a different owner.

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    • Ian Morris

      You describe an accident at work scenario that would initially seem to give you a very strong claim for accident at work compensation. The fact that the employer undertook an investigation and found the forklift driver to be at fault would be likely to give you good prospects of succeeding with your claim. We would be very happy to discuss your rights with you and explain how we can help you make a claim for compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.

      You mention your ongoing shoulder pain and restricted movement. Should you opt to pursue a claim, our specialist Solicitors will instruct medical experts to assess your injuries in full and your ongoing symptoms to provide a report as to the damage done in your accident at work. The contents of such a report would enable them to ensure that any compensation settlement you were to receive would be made at the maximum value.

      With regards to your concerns about how a claim against your employer would be received, you need to remember that you are legally entitled to pursue a claim should you sustain injury without losing any right to keep your employment. Any claim would be made against the insurance that your employer is legally required to have in place and would not directly impact on the business.

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  327. Kieran

    Hi quick question. I recently split my head open at work on a plate of metal that was half on a machine half off as they were cleaning down. The plate of metal should have been taken off or bolted down. I have been to the Doctors as I keep getting bad headaches now from this, I was just wondering if I have a claim or not against my work place? There will be CCTV evidence and there is also medical evidence – plus the details of my accident are recorded in the work accident book.

    Any advice would be of help.

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    • Ian Morris

      My initial view is that you should make a claim against the employer for your head injury. It would appear that the metal plate created a hazard by being left half on and half off the machine. As such, it would be feasible to argue that the employer should have risk assessed this and have a prescribed clean down method that ensures that this plate is not left in a dangerous position.

      It would seem that there is plenty of supporting evidence in place to assist a Solicitor in pursuing your claim. There is the accident book report which proves that your accident did happen at work and in the way you state it did. There is medical evidence to support the initial injury and the ongoing symptoms that the initial injury is causing. As such, I think you have every prospect of succeeding with a claim for compensation.

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  328. Craig

    Hello I was working for a courier company last year during the bad snow, I was told I still had to make my deliveries regardless of the weather – this was during the rare occasion the police advised no one to drive. Anyway, in between deliveries I got stuck in snow and a farmer had to help tow me out, after removing the rope I slipped on the snow and fell fracturing my wrist, this led to me being off work for 9 weeks on statuary sick pay and lead to financial difficulties. I don’t know if I am eligible for a claim or not but it does seem unfair.

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    • Ian Morris

      You describe a situation in which your employer has acted foolishly and potentially lead to you sustaining injury. However, whether or not you would have a valid claim for compensation against them is a moot point.

      My honest answer at this stage is that I do not know whether or not you would be able to hold the employer liable in this accident and for your subsequent losses. However, we could put this enquiry before our specialist Solicitors in order that they could consider whether or not your employers actions constitute a breach of health and safety regulations.

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  329. Darren

    I had a accident at work and I am now on the sick- when I took my sicknote to work HR and Health and safety manager have asked me to go into work next week for a meeting – is this a common factor? Or not?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There is nothing untoward in being called in for a meeting and given that the employer has asked for the Health and Safety Manager to be present, it would indicate that they wish to learn from you as to what happened and that it could be that they are hoping to be able to use your information to reduce a risk of this happening again.

      If you would like to discuss making a claim for accident at work compensation, please call us on 01225430285. We know your rights and can help you to understand where you stand legally with regards to your accident at work.

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  330. Chris

    My daughter works at a prominent preschool as a teacher. She hurt her back at work when her chair broke beneath her. My daughter has complained before accident that ALL the chairs are broken and needed to be replaced. She is not the only teacher that has made this complaint to the Directors. The company is paying for her medical care but the Directors still expect her to keep her long hours at work . My daughter is under much stress because of her discomfort, pain, long hours and also trying to keep up the level of her work. The School’s Directors are disregarding her injuries by still adding more children to her class roster. This is causing more stress and even more work for her. The directors of this large preschool franchise have no regard for her injury even though it was the directors fault that the chairs were never replaced. Should my daughter appeal to the franchise directly with her issues. She needs to reduce her hours so she can heel. What are her options?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      With regards to the situation you describe, we can certainly help with a claim for personal injury compensation. However, with regards to reducing hours and employment matters, that would need to be discussed with an employment law specialist law firm.

      Your Daughter and colleagues have informed the employer of issues affecting Health and Safety and put them on notice that the chairs are unsafe and need to be repaired. Under UK law, the employers failure to act on these reports and do nothing would likely see them found liable of employer negligence and therefore responsible for any injury caused by the faulty chairs. As such, she could make a claim for accident at work compensation for the back injury sustained and could obtain a compensation settlement for the pain and discomfort of the injury, appropriate funds for specialist rehabilitation therapy and recover any lost income caused by the accident.

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  331. Craig

    Hi, Three weeks ago I cut my left hand with a hand saw at work. I am one of three employees on a dairy farm. My role includes a house.

    I was sawing a length of wood ( I am right handed) holding the wood with my left hand. A piece of the wood broke off and the blade jumped to the left and cut my hand from in between my thumb and index finger to in between my index finger and middle finger. I called the other two employees asking to take me to hospital. A visiting Vet dressed the wound. One of them phoned my boss and he said not to do anything he was coming.

    He drove me to the hospital but on the way said “This how it’s going to go! This did not happen at work! You were at home and you had an accident there. I am your concerned neighbour and that is it!” He said nothing is going in the accident book.

    I had to attend A&E but they said I had to see a specialist. I had to have an operation the next morning to rejoin a severed tendon for my left index finger. I also cut into the cartilage of the index finger knuckle. The recovery process is 8-12 weeks.

    When I got back my boss said “If that is not 100% in a few months pack your bags because you will be out of here!”

    Now this is my livelihood and I am married with two young kids. I am not really sure where I stand now. Also it does not look like I am going to get the full use back of my left hand as the scar tissue is healing over my knuckle restricting the movement by quite a bit. (unable to touch index finger to thumb)

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There are a few issues that jump out at me having read your description of your accident at work and how your boss has handled the situation.

      Clearly, you have a very manipulative employer who is not acting in a legal manner and clearly not acting correctly with regards to Health and Safety at work and the correct reporting of serious injuries in the workplace.

      In the UK, any employee injured at work has a legal right to expect their employer to properly report and record the details of an accident within their accident book. Serious injuries that will include more than 7 days absence from work should be reported to RIDDOR. If your employer has failed to do this, they are skating on thin ice.

      Your employer also has a responsibility to ensure that you are adequately trained and that any potentially dangerous jobs are done using adequate safety equipment and tools. In this case, you may well have a claim given the way you were working with the saw and wood. Any person who believes that their injury at work can be attributed to employer negligence has a legal right to make a claim for compensation against the employer without it having any implications on their right to retain their position at work.

      However, you are in an unfortunate position in that your job includes the accommodation in which you live and you work directly for the business owner. Whilst he would be acting illegally if he were to terminate your employment and force you out of the property for making a claim, it is reasonable to expect (given your description of what he said to you en-route to Hospital and subsequently) that he would not take kindly to you making a claim for accident at work compensation. Therefore you have to consider your options.

      Not making a claim would not upset your employer and you would not face dismissal. However, if your hand injury does not recover well, it appears that your employer will terminate your employment anyway.

      Given the severity of your injury and the intensive treatment provided in Hospital, it would seem reasonable to expect you to face long term, if not permanent, implications from the injury and some loss of strength/dexterity with the hand. This will affect your working future and possibly your ability to earn the income you are used to and to provide for your family. By making a claim for compensation, you would be able to ensure that any future loss of income caused by the injury to your hand in the accident at work would be included in any settlement you obtained and therefore remove the worry about your long term future. We’ve an article on hand injury claims which goes into more detail if you’d like to read it.

      You do have 3 years to make a claim after an accident at work, so you can see what happens in the coming weeks and months. However, it is important to make sure that your accident is properly recorded so that your rights are protected going forward. To that end, I would strongly recommend that you write the details of your accident and injuries within the accident book or in writing to the employer.

      We would be very happy to assist you with a No Win No Fee claim for compensation. Should you wish to discuss this situation with me, please do call me on 01225430285.

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  332. Paula

    Hi Ian, I worked in a very busy restaurant from 2012 as a waitress but was given the job as serving tea and coffee. We served around 1000 breakfasts on weekends tea and coffee was free and demands were very high within the 6-7 hr shifts and the equivalent of 4 pints of milk in each hand. No breaks also. I ended up with severe tennis and golfers elbow, 3 cortisone injections in tennis part and 2 in golfers also a glucose injection.
    No light duties were allocated to me so ended up having elbow release operation which hasn’t been 100% successful. Had a solicitor for 3 yrs and its going to court next December or January and my ex-employer is fighting me all the way.
    I had no sick pay for 6 months which i was entitled to as i worked 30hrs a week, but more importantly i am right handed and op was on my left. His solicitor is demanding my work and medical records from when i was 26 and i am 50 in a few weeks.
    I have lost a percentage of movement in left elbow and is making me ill with the stress of it all.
    Shall i hang in there?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      I assume you have a Solicitor acting for you? If so, I would strongly suggest that you discuss your concerns with them. However, my view is that you should stick with this given the time already spent. The fact that someone is fighting and defending a claim is not a concern.

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  333. Regina mason

    My husband is a prison officer and has a cracked rib.
    He is being made to do a physical and if he fails he will lose his job as he has already had one where his blood pressure was high.
    Can they force him to do a physical whilst he has a broken rib?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You raise a query that is more related to employment law than personal injury and as such, it would be sensible for him to speak to an employment law or better still his union regarding the employers demands that he takes the physical assessment.

      It would seem fair to allow someone to recover from a noted injury before asking them to undertake a physical assessment.

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  334. Peter

    Should I exhaust the employees grievance procedure before making a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It depends what kind of claim you are seeking to make. In a claim for personal injury compensation, there is no need whatsoever to worry about the employers grievance procedures and the way that they handle any grievance that you make. This would be separate to any claim for personal injury compensation and as such, we would recommend that you commence your claim for personal injury compensation at the earliest opportunity.

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  335. Julien

    I fell through a ceiling and broke several ribs installing garage equipment. There was no risk assessment carried out and the equipment supplied was not fit for purpose. Am I eligible to claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As long as you make your claim within 3 years of the date of your accident, you have a legal right to pursue a claim for compensation. In the scenario you describe, you have a valid claim on the grounds of employer negligence being the cause of your accident at work and subsequent injuries.

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  336. Steven

    Was injured in car crash on way to work. Have been compensated by claim against other drivers insurance. Now my employer wants to claim part of my payout to cover the wages whist I was off work.
    Can they? And how long if at all is the cut off point after the accident can they still make the claim against may pay off?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law would not allow your employer to recover compensation from you – unless you have been paid by them and also had the same wages paid by the defendant. The compensation you have is your money and the employer has zero right to any of it.

      The employer will have to make their own claim against the defendant to recover any costs that they believe that they have incurred.

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  337. Joan

    I fell at work on ice and I am considering leaving now as my work is to strenuous and our hours have been cut. Two weeks ago I made a claim. Does this still stand if I left the company?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The law regarding personal injury compensation claims after an accident at work entitles any person to make a claim against their employer if they believe that their injuries were caused through negligence – whether by the employer or a colleague. It does not matter if you are still working for the employer or if you have left as that will have no bearing on the outcome of your claim.

      What will be important is having the right evidence to support your Solicitor in being able to attach liability to your claim and allowing you to succeed. As such it is vital that you make sure that your accident has been properly recorded with the previous employer. Ideally, an accident book entry was filled in at the time of the accident. If not, it would be a very good idea to make a written report to your former employer and send the same via email or recorded delivery.

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  338. Peter

    My wife suffered a heavy fall at work while carrying boxes and tripped over a plastic covering on some bottles landing heavily on her knee, cutting her chin and arm, heavy bruising to her knee and shin and big toe. She called me to collect her as her boss said she should go home as she was not fit for work. Then when she got her wages he stopped her a days pay saying it was her fault she fell over and also said she said it was her fault which she says she doesn’t remember saying. Any help with this would be mush appreciated.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The key issue here is the cause of your wife’s fall – the trip on the plastic wrapping from some bottles. If the wrapping was loose and partially obstructing a walkway where staff would be expected to be walking whilst going about their work, there is a strong possibility that the employer would be held liable for causing the fall and the subsequent injuries and losses sustained. Given that your wife was carrying boxes, she would not necessarily have had a clear view of her route. With this in mind, it further emphasises the responsibility of the employer to ensure that walkways are kept clear.

      If your wife disagrees with the employers comment regarding her having admitted fault, she should put the same in writing to the employer.

      We would be very happy to investigate this matter for your wife with a view to pursuing a No Win No Fee claim for compensation as our initial view is that there is a valid claim to be made here.

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      • Peter

        If I asked you to take up this case for my wife and we lost how much would I be looking at paying to the court or to the other person?

        Reply
        • Ian Morris

          We work on a fully No Win No Fee basis with regards to all of the claims for compensation that we assist with. Therefore, in the unfortunate event of a claim failing, the client pays no fees whatsoever.

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  339. James

    I recently broke my thumb while using a hammer and centre punch, will be absent from work as I have a cast on. I am in receipt of ssp only, am I entitled to make a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Simply being injured in an accident at work does not entitle you to make a claim for compensation. What will enable you to claim compensation after an accident at work is being able to attribute the accident and the injury to an act of negligence – either on the part of the employer, or a colleague.

      You mention you were injured whilst using a hammer and centre punch whilst at work. I assume therefore that your work is of a manual nature. As such, the employer would be expected to ensure that you are provided with the appropriate safety equipment (read our article on ppe for more information about this) along with ensuring that you are appropriately trained and qualified to perform the duties required.

      It would be a good idea for you to have a conversation with our specialist staff as we know your rights and can identify whether or not your employer has been negligent and therefore liable for the injuries you have suffered in your accident at work. If you are able to claim, not only can you claim compensation for the injury and impact that it will have on your day-to-day life, but importantly, our specialist Solicitors will also recover your lost income and incurred costs.

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  340. Leila

    Must the employer take you to appointments for physiotherapy?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      No, employers don’t have to provide transport, they must simply not prevent you from attending any medical treatments.

      Reply
      • Leila

        And if it is a foot injury? I can’t drive myself.

        Reply
        • Ian Morris

          You would have to arrange transport – via a friend who could give you a lift, public transport or a taxi. If so, you may be able to recover the costs by succeeding with a claim for personal injury compensation – if appropriate to make one – by way of the special damages element of your claim.

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  341. Andrew

    I had an accident at work on 29/12/2016 resulting with an operation to my right shoulder on the 06/06/2018. However, it seems likely that either another operation will take place or I may have to suffer the pain for the rest of my life. If for some reason I have to give my job up, albeit with a package from my employer, can I claim loss of future expenses, as I am only 57 and have at least another 10 working years to reach pension age? My employer has admitted liability and we are seeking compensation from their insurers for my injuries but would like to know if they would be liable to make up the difference in lost earnings for the next 10 years of my working life.
    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Any person who succeeds with a claim for personal injury compensation is able to obtain a settlement for their injury – the value of which is based on medical expert evidence and whether or not the injury has recovered, will recover, if so when or whether it is permanent. The successful claimant can also recover all associated loss of income and incurred costs. This is called special damages. In your case, if it is shown that you will not recover and are forced to have to abandon your work, you have a right to recover future loss of income and this should be pursued by your specialist Solicitor.

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  342. Beryl

    I had an accident while lifting goods in a retail outlet. This required lengthy absence following investigative and then reconstructive surgery. The injury resulted in me being unable to continue with the same job, and my employer can not accommodate me in a different role, so is pursuing dismissal due to incapability.

    As far as I can tell, the accident was only reported internally, and not reported to HSE. There has been minimal investigation and communication with me.

    What is the best way to proceed to ensure that I get any compensation that I am entitled to?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK Law would entitle you to pursue a claim for compensation as long as you do so within 3-years of the date of your accident.

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  343. Michelle

    I have been off work for 8 weeks with a bad back that I got from lifting something at work I have only work for the company for 5 months can I be dismissed?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can’t be dismissed for suffering an injury, but an employer would be within their rights to follow due process and potentially terminate your employment if you are unable to recover and therefore unfit to work.

      In your case, you may well be able to seek compensation from the employer for the damage to your back. Any employee who injures their back as a result of lifting at work has a right to make a claim for compensation. If the employer hasn’t provided the correct manual handling training, provided equipment to move items of excessive weight or not correctly risk assessed the work they are asking you to perform, you may succeed with a claim for compensation.

      It would be a good idea for you to speak with our expert staff to find out more about your rights after being injured at work. Please call us on 01225430285 for help with your claim.

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  344. margaret

    I sub contract for a cleaning company, my employment was in a boarding school, in September 2018 i stood on a wet carpet and slipped down a flight of stairs, which resulted in a left broken fibula and severe bruising down all of the right side. There was a hole in the ceiling and water had been leaking onto the floor, they had put two black buckets to catch the water and did not corden off any area, i was not told to keep clear of the area, the boarding school are denying responsibility, where do i stand?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Are you being represented by a specialist personal injury Solicitor? From your description of your accident and the cause of your fall, it would appear that there is no viable defence to be mounted by the school.

      We would like to speak with you about this incident so that we can find out more. I’d also direct you to our article on claiming after a fall at work for more information on this type of claim.

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  345. Richard bell

    I had a car accident at work and my company let me go after I was off sick, they said they would let me go if I made a claim they basically said I was lying but I was told I had a fractured back from the hospital. Is this legal what they have done?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, an employer has no legal right to terminate your employment on the basis that you have made a claim for compensation. Every UK citizen has a legal right to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation if they have been injured in an accident that was not their fault. Of course, if a person attempts to make a claim for personal injury compensation on a fraudulent basis, they are acting illegally and could face serious consequences, including dismissal from work and criminal proceedings.

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  346. H

    My work colleague had her thumb dislocated by a resident. The manager gave her the option of SSP which obviously wouldn’t kick in immediately or she could take the time off out of her annual leave. Is this allowed?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Yes, that is totally legal. Employers don’t have to pay full salaries to injured workers who are unable to work – even if their injury was suffered at work.

      Your colleague may wish to contact us to discuss the specific details of the incident in which she suffered the dislocated thumb. There may be no claim as it could just be an unfortunate incident. However, if it can be shown that the employer has failed in their statutory duties – such as a lack of training or inadequate risk assessments etc, a claim may be possible.

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  347. John

    My wife strained her back on the job while stocking a cold drink cooler. Her boss wants her to sign a paper saying it is not work related and she wont file workman’s comp claim. Is this legal and should she sign it? They are saying she can rescind the paperwork.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      No employee should sign anything at the behest of their employer, especially if the employer is asking them to sign something that is factually incorrect. With regards to your wife’s situation, she should seek medical attention and discuss her back injury with her Doctor. If the Doctor is happy to confirm that the injury is work related, that will enable her to pursue a claim for compensation.

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  348. Steve

    Good morning,
    My Wife works as a postal worker for the Royal Mail. Yesterday when out on her deliveries she rolled over on her ankle. At the time there was no pain at all, and she completed her round without any issue. It wasn’t until this morning that she was struggling to walk and her ankle has inflamed with bruising around the area. A manager at her office has sent her home but she was told that she should have reported the incident yesterday. This is a frequent issue in her line of work with uneven and sloping driveways on certain routes. She is currently not covered for full sick pay as she hasn’t completed her 6 month contractual period. I suppose my questions are: did she need to report the incident when it happened which had no sign of physical affect at the time? And is she entitled to full pay while she recovers as this has happened while at work?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Ideally, an accident or incident at work (or anywhere for that matter) should be reported immediately. However, it would be reasonable to say that reporting the incident within 24 hours, such as your wife has done this morning is acceptable and the employer ought not to refuse her the right to do so. She can make a record of the incident personally and send the same to her employer by email. She could rightly state that although she was aware of the incident, she had no pain or discomfort until much later and therefore hadn’t thought to report it.

      UK law does not require an employer to pay an employee full or normal salary whilst off work. However, many employers do have their own agreements/contractual arrangements that do provide sick pay for periods of absence from work. With regards to your wife working for Royal Mail, whether or not she is entitled to sick pay will depend on her contract of employment.

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      • Steve

        Hi Ian, Thanks for your reply.
        My wife had a meeting with her Manager and union representative this morning before being sent home. However, she was not asked to fill out an accident report by either of them? I have told her to email her report to her Manager so there is a record. Because she doesn’t receive sick pay this puts us in a difficult position financially. Is it worth perusing a claim if she is unable to work for a period of time?

        Many thanks in advance

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  349. Lisa

    My Husband was in an accident where he rolled a tractor loader down a 100ft hill, the tractor failed him as he reported to management that morning that the tyres were not fit for use, any way he was flung out of it and it crushed his leg. He had to have massive reconstruction surgery, some time has passed and he’s now able to hobble on the leg, his solicitor is just waiting on the other party as to whether or not they will admit liability. He has been offered another job but with an automatic tractor and wouldn’t have to use his foot for any heavy work. Will him returning to work affect his claim at all or would you advise him to stay off work until all this is cleared? He’s not been signed off as being fit for work but if he does get signed off by the Doctors this week, he wants to start this job.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Returning to work in a new role should not have any impact on his claim for injury or loss of income. The only thing returning to work does is stop his loss of income going forward. My view is that starting the new job is a positive thing and not negative. However, before he does return to work he should of course speak with his current Solicitor to get their input as they know the full details of the claim and any counter claim from the defendant and it would be sensible to act on their advice.

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  350. Yasmin

    I was working in a shoe shop and another employee chucked a shoe at me hitting my nose and just missing my eye. I was serving a customer at the time and my nose started to bleed. Luckily, the customer was a Doctor and he tried to stop the bleeding. I reported the incident to the manager and they just told the employee to take a few days off. I did not go to work and the employer tried to offer me higher positions in other branches.

    Can I claim compensation against the employer? They have not done anything to the employee and she is back at work as usual.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      I am not sure whether the employers failure to take appropriate action against the employee who cause you injury would leave you able to claim compensation against the employer. Of course, if you felt that the failure of the employer to take action left you unable to continue with your job you may have grounds for a claim for constructive dismissal – however, we cannot advise on such matters as that relates to employment law and not personal injury – which is our area of expertise.

      With regards to claiming compensation in this incident, you may be able to make a claim against the employer – but only if it can be shown that they have been negligent. For example, in your case the employer may be liable for the injuries you sustained if they knew that the employee who threw the shoe was aggressive and had previously behaved in a threatening or dangerous manner and this had not been acted upon. This could make the employer vicariously liable and as such, have to compensate you. However, if this was simply a random act of stupidity or violence, it is hard to see how you could hold the employer liable.

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  351. Michelle

    I am currently undergoing physio therapy treatment for a shoulder injury caused during my employment,
    Can they ask me to use my holiday entitlement or make my hours up for attending these appointments?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should not have to use Holiday allowance to attend medical assessments, however, whether it is a breach of law would need to be discussed with an employment law specialist

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  352. Naifa

    Hi,

    I work in Tescos warehouse and I was hit by my employee with a machine truck. It caused a dent in my leg. When I reported the incident the first aiders decided to put an ice pack on my leg then take pictures of my leg half hour later when the swelling had gone down. However I have the pictures of the initial injury. They decided to send me home since I wasn’t able to work anymore for that day. Tesco’s have said I will only be paid for hours I worked that day so I won’t be receiving the full payment? Could I claim on that? Also I wasn’t able to work the next day as the swelling continued. Furthermore I’ve addressed the payment issue with my manager but he’s chosen to ignore that and thought was appropriate to ask me if i can come to work the next day knowing full well what happened the day before.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your only route to recovering the lost income would be by making a claim for personal injury compensation. In this matter, the initial description of the incident would lead us to think that you have a valid claim that should be pursued. If you would like to take this further, please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to get in touch.

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  353. Andy

    Hi there
    I had a slip in work on ice in our yard 11 Jan 2018.
    To cut a long story short I had an operation on my knee to repair the damage, which was unsuccessful. I had a bit if arthritis but the only option left according to the surgeon is a complete knee replacement. My firm paid me full pay for 3 months but what i am wondering is because I will have to have 8 to 9 months off for the operation, are the firm obligated to pay me full pay as it was originally started from a works accident?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law does not require the employer to pay you in full for such a lengthy period and most employers would not pay full salary for such a length of time.

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  354. Les

    Hello, i was curious to my condition i been a postman for 37 years come march 2019 and now i need 2 knee replacements. Could i have a claim or would it be classed as just wear and tear over the period? i am now 60 royal mail try to get rid of people as soon as it starts to cost the company money i was hoping to last until i am 65 but the pain and stiffness is very uncomfortable.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The issue you would have is proving that your knee problems and the need for 2 total knee replacement procedures was caused by the negligence of your employer and not natural wear and tear. Of course, being a postal worker, you would have had a physical role with much walking and carrying of deliveries. As such, wear and tear would be expected within the knee joint and given the age you cite, it is likely that degeneration would be found within your knees and I have to say that it would be very hard to prove that your employer have caused this condition – or failed to minimise the risk of it.

      The other issue you would face is one of limitation – how long you have to make a claim. Given the situation with your knees, it is likely that you have been having symptoms of pain or discomfort for some time now. Therefore, it is quite likely that you would be outside of the 3-year claim limitation period anyway.

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  355. Eliza

    Hello, my husband got injured at work. He’s working in a factory with lots of chemicals and last night one of the substance splashed in his left eye even though he was wearing all the protective equipment. He only had 2 months at this job so he’s a new person. The thing is he’s been sent to hospital because his eye was red and itchy, so he gets treatment for few days and the doctor recommended 2 days off from work, it is everything written down on the sick note. However, after two hours when he saw the doctor he came back to work and his manager was waiting for him outside of the building and he didn’t even left him inside by saying this is your last day at this job because he splashed that chemical in his eye, and apparently his job is not up to standard, but he is new as well as other people there. I don’t think this is the right way to act as a manager and he made him to feel so sad and useless as we had a baby and he lost his job because of their negligence. Can you please advise me what to do please! Thank you!

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, as long as your Husband was properly trained and provided with all appropriate personal protective equipment, he would have no claim for compensation for the chemical burn to his eye.

      The other issue you mention with regards to termination of employment would need to be addressed to a Employment Law specialist.

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      • Eliza

        Thank you, I thought he will be able to get some compensation because is not his fault and even though he was wearing everything correctly it could probably be an issue with the personal protective clothing? Still a bit confused.

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        • Ian Morris

          If you would like to discuss this matter in more detail with us, please use the contact us option on our website. One of our team will then call you to discuss the situation in detail.

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  356. Leah tooke

    I fell on a wet floor at work there was wet floor signs and when I fell I broke my wrist. They gave me correct care and sent me home and I went to a&e but they are now telling me that I can’t work as it’s not a good look on the company and I can’t afford to have the time off. I wanted to return as soon as, can they do this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      An employer is free to request your non-attendance if it is deemed that your presence at work would present a risk to Health and Safety. However, whether or not they can force you to remain absent simply on the grounds of appearance is questionable.

      From the description you have provided of your accident and the slip on the wet floor, it would appear that you do not believe that the employer has been negligent and as such, you do not wish to pursue a personal injury claim against them. However, simply erecting a hazard sign would not in and of itself absolve the employer from liability for your injury. To that end, I wonder what the nature of the wet floor was? Was it a spillage? A leak? Were the hazard signs displayed clearly?

      Regarding your enforced absence from work, I would suggest that you make contact with an employment law specialist in order that you can get qualified advice as to your rights.

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  357. Warren April

    I was forced by my foreman and manager to perform duty on a fragile roof structure after a fire. Only a part of the roof had to be replaced and I asked my foreman and our building inspector regarding the unsafe roof structure, but my concerns were ignored. Whilst working, I fell around 4 metres through the asbestos roof and sustained a shoulder fracture, open flesh fracture on my leg and also hurt my back were my 12th vertebrae was shattered. 2 months after my fall I received an operation on injured shoulder after an orthopedic surgeon stated and confirmed my shoulder fracture.

    My employer doesn’t comply to health and safety regulations and if asked by me I receive threats to leave if I’m unsatisfied in working for my employer. The employer has also victimised me at work due to my always asking health and safety questions. On the job there was no scaffolding or any other safety measures present. Further, the building inspector also did not assess the fragile roof structure properly – his assessment just stated that a part of roof must be replaced with no safety guidelines for fragile roof structure work.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      My initial view is that you have a very strong claim for accident at work compensation. You have clearly highlighted a number of health and safety failings by your employer which should enable us to demonstrate clear employer negligence being the cause and as such, we would be confident of you succeeding with a claim.

      Clearly, your employer is not particularly honourable given their attitude towards your legitimate health and safety concerns. With this in mind, it is worth considering how any claim against your employer will be received with regards to your ongoing work with them. Whilst no employer can dismiss you legally for simply making a claim, that doesn’t always guarantee that you would not face difficulties. However, given the severity of your injuries and the long term implications that they present, you should not let the employers attitude prevent you from making a claim. If you were to succeed, your settlement would take in to account the long term implications of your injuries and also cover possible future loss of income and the benefit of such an outcome would far outweigh staying with such a dangerous employer.

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  358. Stephen

    Hi I injured my tendon in my wrist while working for a company through an agency, I received a course in workplace safety manual handling, however this is a national course anyone can take and not specific to the company. I received no induction day I don’t know where fire exist/assembly points are if they even exist. I was giving no training for the actual job wich just required manualy handling up to 50kg all day. I was never told where the first aiders or accident book was or how to use it. When I got injured it was recorded in the book by my supervisor but not singed by me as I couldn’t use my hand. Further more this is an agency so since I can’t lift with my right hand I have been told I am no longer required. I was giving ppe however when I stated that the boots were a bit loose I was told thats how they are supposed to be (I now know they are supposed to be tightly fitted and the ankle shouldn’t rise 1 inch). I didn’t want to make a claim but I won’t be getting paid for the days I have had off so far and I am no longer required by the company although I am through qn agency and pretty sure they can sack you whenever without a reason required. Please let me know what is available to me what rights I have and how to make claims.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As a temporary agency worker, you have the same legal right to make a claim for accident at work compensation as any full-time contracted employee.

      With regards to the description you have provided, I think you should make a claim against the employer (not the agency, but the employer) as there would appear to be breaches of health and safety protocol and employer negligence.

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  359. Vince

    I have repetitive strain injury from lifting appliances by myself. All the boxes said team lift. I had to take time off to heal but it wasnt enough. They wouldnt hire qualified help and wouldnt give me light duty. To make matters worse I was forced to use pto days when I was trying to recover.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK Health and Safety at Work laws, an employer must not place an employee at undue risk of injury. If your employer was refusing to minimise the risks of injury to you and giving you no option other than to lift heavy items alone, they are in breach of safe working regulations and you would have a strong prospect of succeeding with a claim for compensation against them.

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  360. ela

    I was working in kitchen as a KP when the manager realised we were running low with burger buns, so he sent me to the local shop. However whilst I was on my way to the shop I broke my hand and was taken to hospital. Now I will not be able to work for a minimum of 2 months.

    My company deny that I am entitled to compensation. Could you tell me if they are right or not? Am I entitled to compensation from my work place? I went to the shop during working hours only because the manager asked me to do this, so it was work related. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Although you are right in that you were injured during working hours, it is extremely unlikely that any court would hold your employer liable in this matter as they are not responsible for the actual cause of your hand injury. We assume that you have slipped or tripped and fallen whilst on your way to the shop and sustained your injury that way? If so, the only right you would have to seek compensation would be by pursuing a claim against the local authority (if you tripped on a broken pavement) or whichever business you slipped in.

      If you would like to discuss the actual accident and the cause of your injury with us, we will be able to advise you as to whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation.

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  361. Antony

    I work for a supermarket at nights doing delivery, since working there I have developed a hernia problem, I have had to have a few bit of time of work, my employer paid me the first 3 weeks full pay, but then started to pressure me to come back to work. Even when I went back there was not enough staff so I was still over working.

    My groin went again and this time I only got paid ssp, and when I did come back to work they tried to investigate me for being off which caused me stress thinking I would lose my job.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employer has a legal right to ensure that any absences are reasonable and they will have an absences policy that they will work against with regards to handling your attendance at work. As such, whilst it was clearly unfair, I don’t think you would have a valid claim against them for stress or anxiety.

      However, you may have a valid claim for the hernia injury and subsequent loss of income. The prospects of making such a claim successfully will rest on the nature of your work and what training and equipment the employer has provided you with to minimise the risk of such injury. We think it would be wise for us to speak with you so that we can find out more about your situation and then advise you as to whether or not your situation would merit a claim against your employer.

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  362. Delowar hossain

    I have been working in a company for about 7 years. Approximately two months ago I was injured at work and suffered a broken my leg. I have been on sick leave for more than two months and I am still not fully fit.

    My company paid me only 15 days of my full salary and 30 days at 50% of my basic salary, but the other days that I have been off work for, they will not pay. Can I get any kind of helpful information? Can I claim accident at work compensation for this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not you can claim accident at work compensation will depend on the cause of your injuries and whether employer negligence played a part in the incident.

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  363. Gary

    Can I ask my company for their finding of my accident and the witness reports as well?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can ask the employer for a copy of the accident and witness reports, but you may find that they will not provide them. They are not obliged to release them to you. However, if you pursue a claim for compensation it will be possible for your Solicitor to obtain release of the accident and witness reports.

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  364. Donald

    I was injured at work and took a claim out against them as felt they were negligent, then ended up getting made redundant. Can they keep my redundancy money back from me cause I made a claim against them?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, redundancy and personal injury compensation are separate matters and employers must follow the correct due process in both cases. If you have been made redundant, whatever redundancy package that you are entitled to must be provided. The employer cannot withhold any because you have exercised a legal right to claim compensation.

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  365. Ged

    I’ve almost severed my finger and had it sewn back on and there may be long term damage. My employer is pressuring me not to claim telling me that everyone will lose their job and the factory will close down, what shall i do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your employer should not be placing any pressure on you not to make a claim for compensation. Regardless of their concerns, you have a permanent injury that will affect your dexterity and ability to perform many tasks – this could affect you for the rest of your life and possibly limit your earning capability. Severe finger lacerations are serious and you need to consider the impact on your long term future ahead of any other matter. Your claim would be made against your employers insurance and should not cause the business to close or jobs to be lost. It is important to note that compensation claims for severe injuries to the finger can lead to high value compensation settlements. This is because of the importance of the fingers when it comes to grip strength, dexterity, close control skills and fine movements.

      Remember, you only have a limited time in which you can pursue a claim for compensation and whilst you may feel sympathy for your employer, your own rights and needs must come first.

      I would very much like to speak with you about your accident in order to be able to advise you as to whether or not the cause of your injury is something that would enable you to make a claim against the employer. It is important that you know where you stand legally before you consider the employer. If they have been negligent with regards to health and safety and caused this injury to you, you really should pursue your legal right and make a claim for compensation.

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  366. Lee

    In March 2017 I injured my back at work. We were getting a heavy roll of carpet in through a living room window as it was too big to bring through the front door. As the company I work for doesn’t have the necessary straps for the manual handling of such rolls we did the best we could. The roll slipped and I took the full weight, side on and ruptured my L5/S1 disc. I immediately called my employer and let him know. After an MRI scan and several consultations I received treatment (nerve block and epidural injection) for my prolapsed disc. I went back to work and fast forward to August this year, the disc above did the same. Back to the Gp’s, another MRI and I’m taking Tramadol and Gabapentin painkillers and still in a lot of pain all the time, I’ve told my employer that I can no longer lay flooring as the constant heavy lifting and bending over will cause further injury but am happy to work off the tools as a manager/foreman. He says he can’t find me another role other than fitting and continually asks if I’ll go out fitting. He’s said he’ll have to let me go but hasn’t indicated when that’ll be and also said he’ll cut my wages until I do go. There is no HR department other than him. I’ve worked for him for 17 years and I’m being told to wait at home and he’ll be in touch and I’ve waited over a week recently for a call. I’m being frozen out. I’m still waiting for my P60 from April and haven’t had a payslip in 2 years. There is no accident book or H&S literature in the office. It seems to me he’s breaking law after law here but I’m no expert. After a consultant appointment today I told my employer that the injury would not get better but only worse and that I would have to manage my back for the rest of my life. My employer immediately asked if I would fit an entrance mat as if he hadn’t heard what I’d just told him. I’m extremely worried and don’t know what to do or who to turn to.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given your situation and the severity and permanency of the injuries you have suffered to your back as a result of employer negligence (lack of correct training, lifting equipment, support and accident book), you should immediately pursue a claim against this employer.

      There is a risk that he may not have the correct insurance cover in place, but that should not stop you pursuing your claim and it would not stop our Solicitors investigating this for you and possibly pursuing him as personally liable if the relevant cover were not in place. You must remember that your ability to work and earn income for the remainder of your working life is now in jeopardy given this employers negligence, so making a claim with us on a No Win No Fee basis is not only something you can do without having to risk your own finances, but it is morally right and if successful would enable you to obtain compensation and loss of income.

      Our article on slipped disc compensation will give you more info and an idea of settlement values.

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  367. Helen

    I have been a contract cleaner for eleven years and have suffered several repetitive strain injuries in the past and have told my employer this. Due to the nature of the job we were expected to carry around heavy buckets with water in them, carry Hoovers up and down stairs and carry around heavy rubbish bags. On several occasion I asked for equipment to help make the job easier but was laughed at. This happened with my previous employer as I have been TUPED over in the last few months. Unfortunately I have now got a muscular shoulder injury and some time away from work without any sick pay, and cannot see me returning to the job in the foreseeable future. I have already told my new employer that the work load is getting too heavy and feel that I am being blamed for my injury. Can you help me as I feel very upset by the lack of help from my new employer. They are a contract cleaning company.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To be able to help you, we need to know why the employer is liable for your injuries? What training have you had? What equipment does your employer provide to you to minimise the risk of injury? Our article on repetitive strain injury claims may also be of help to you.

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  368. Carla

    I was recently diagnosed with tendonitis in both arms and placed on modified work which didn’t happen. Then my doctor pulled me from work for a month hoping rest would help, but it did not. So I am back to work on modified hours and work as my arms are extremely painful. I originally did not claim wsib. Since being back my boss is making me feel uncomfortable – a lack of communication with him. What do I do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      In the UK, if a Doctor has written advice to an employer, they are obliged to follow that in the first instance and must not cause further worsening of the injury knowingly. Commonly, employees suffering with an ongoing injury, such as tendonitis, would see an Occupational Health expert who could assess their working environment and tasks before making recommendations as to how the employer could support the employee to continue to work, but with some modifications to the working area or role.

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  369. Kathleen

    Hi I closed a work door on my finger and squashed it was also fractured I had to leave work two hours early to go to the hospital my work didn’t pay me for the 2 hours I missed of work if it’s an accident at work should they not pay me?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Regardless of who is at fault for an accident at work, there is no legal requirement for an employer to pay an employee if they are unable to work as a result of that accident. The only financial obligation towards an employee an employer faces after an accident at work is to provide Statutory Sickness Pay (SSP). Only in cases where an employee has paid sickness absence rights contained within their own contract of employment can they expect to be paid during any absence from work.

      In your case, if the injury to your finger rests with the negligence of the employer and not due to your own mistake, you could seek to pursue a claim for compensation against the employers insurance cover. If successful, not only would you receive compensation for the fractured finger but you could also recover any lost income – even if it were only 2 hours pay.

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  370. Susan

    I had a minor accident at work, but had to visit A and E after about a week to remove matter from my hand and have stiches to repair. Do I have to use Holiday entitlement in this case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      For most UK workers that have to take time off work as a result of illness or injury (even if the injury was caused by an accident at work), they will not receive their usual pay. Most employers do not provide sickness pay and unless it is written in to your contract as a benefit available to you, the best you can hope to receive if off work is statutory sickness pay (SSP) or to be allowed to use accrued paid holiday entitlement during your absence.

      After an accident at work, if you lose income or are forced to use accrued holiday entitlement during medical treatment or recovery periods your only way to seek recovery of that is to pursue a claim for compensation against the employer. In your case, if the injury to your hand happened because of employer/colleague negligence or equipment malfunction you could pursue a claim against the employer.

      However, you mention that you are not seeking compensation so unless the employer will pay you for the hours missed during your Hospital appointment you will have no option other than to use your accrued annual leave entitlement.

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  371. Brad

    I work in warehouse and approximately 3 months ago I had a injury to my thumb. At the time was packing bags of coffee which fall into a rotating table. While reaching for a bag my thumb was pulled in between the guard and the rotating table. I had to yank my thumb out and since then have had problems using my thumb. I continued to work for the rest of the week continually informing my employer that the pain not going away but only felt worse. Eventually I informed them I couldn’t take any more and went of sick. I have seen doctors a number of times, had an x-ray and an ultrasound. Use of my thumb is limited at this stage and some of the simplest of tasks are a challenge. This is mainly down to the pain associated with trying to use my thumb, more frustrating is the fact that I have not had a pain free day since the incident. Although this is my left thumb and I am right handed, until now I had no realisation as to how often I make use of my weaker hand. I am now awaiting an appointment with MICAS at the end of the month.
    To date my employer has continued to pay me, now I have been called in to attend a long-term absentee meeting. My stress levels have increased as the concern over if the injury will heal, as well as concern over losing my job or even the possibility of reduced wages.

    I would like to know what my rights are in a case like this. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your rights in this matter fall in to two strict categories – personal injury compensation and employment law.

      We specialise in personal injury law and can advise you in full as to whether or not you can make a claim and if so, what you can seek to recover. Our article on thumb injury claims might be of interest to you.

      The employment law issue would requires specialist advice – either from a Union or an employment law expert.

      We would like to speak further with you regarding the accident and your work with this employer. We’re particularly interested in what training and guidance the employer has provided re the use of the machinery.

      Our initial view is that you have a valid claim that should be pursued, but it is only by speaking with you on the phone that we can advise you properly.

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  372. Steve

    I work in the security industry with a well known company. I am contracted to work in a hospital and have been doing so for five years. Recently one of my colleagues was injured while restraining a drunk person (which we all do regualarly), he took a night off but has not been paid for his shift. We are all concerned now that we are not covered as SSP only covers us after three days and SSP will not cover our losses. Should we get paid our normal rate if injured during our shift doing that which we are trained to do?
    Management has yet to respond to us on this.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Sadly there is no obligation for employers to pay usual salaries whilst employees are off work due to injury or ill health – even if that were caused by an incident or accident at work.

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  373. Jun

    My husband had accident at work on Jan.11,2017 and went through WCB and stop paying him since July 8,2018 because I didn’t agree with the decision under vocational disability. What I need to know are the rights that my husband gets from his company aside from his compensation to WCB? Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, your Husband would be afforded a legal right to make a claim for compensation against the employer and their employer liability insurance to cover any injuries and loss of income. This would be for any accident that happened whilst at work in the UK. If that is the case, your Husband should contact us to discuss making a claim for compensation.

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  374. Betty

    I work in a factory with heavy machinery, whilst using a piece of machinery my hand got caught and I ended up with a fractured wrist I logged this in the accident book and the machine was found to be at fault and fixed within 24 hours…..do I have grounds for a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There are certainly very good grounds to make a claim for compensation in the circumstances. The fact that a fault was found with the machine AFTER you were injured could indicate that the machine was not correctly serviced or maintained. As such, you would likely succeed should you pursue a claim for compensation.

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  375. CAROLINE

    Can my employer who I am making a claim against for injury stop me from attending court to give evidence?

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    • Ian Morris

      If you are required to attend a hearing, no employer can refuse you the right to attend. It may be that they request that you use unpaid leave or your annual leave allowance to attend, but they cannot prevent you from seeking justice.

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  376. Lou

    My friend is claiming and is with an agency but was told he was going to get a contract. But prior to that he had an accident and ended up in A+E for well over 6 hours. As he was unsure on how long he was going to be at that facility he decided to claim as many co-employees had suggested. Now he is feeling a lot of pressure from one manager in particular. He has not only said it would be in his best interest that the claim didn’t go forward but has given him one night to write a statement for the company’s insurance. He is at a loss.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your friend’s manager is acting illegally if they are trying to coerce the claimant in to dropping their claim. Your friend has a legal right to make a claim for compensation if the cause of his injuries was down to employer negligence or through no fault of his own.

      Your friend should immediately report this Manager to the senior management team of the employer and also to the agency that have placed him with this firm.

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  377. Tebogo

    What are the rights to claim for an injury that occurred while the woman is pregnant?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The right to claim compensation apply under UK law whenever injury is caused by negligence or a failure to fulfil statutory duties. Therefore, in this case whether or not there is a valid claim will depend on the nature of the injury that has been sustained and how the injury was caused.

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  378. Cetra

    I had an accident at work. The supervisor put it in writing that it was their fault. I actually saw the paperwork. When I requested a copy of the report I only received a partial report. Is there any way that I can get the entire report by my lawyer executing it?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employer doesn’t have to provide you with a full copy, but if you have a Solicitor acting in this matter they can request a copy and should receive one.

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  379. Katy

    I had an accident at work 2 years ago this month, resulted In me being off for 2 weeks as I did not get sick pay from my work as I had only been employed by the company for 9 months.. This ended up with me having an operation and now a lifelong injury. I had to return back to work the first time with crutches and still had to walk about and do work supporting.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      What was the cause of your accident? If you could explain what happened, we’ll be able to advise you as to whether or not you can claim compensation and recover the lost income you incurred.

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  380. Beth

    I was required to perform repetitive tasks at work for over a month. I told my boss about pain I was feeling, but ultimately was still directed to keep working there (for what ended up being several more weeks). I now have seen my doctor and may be injured, and only now have been taken off those tasks.

    Any advice on this? I tried venting my frustrations with my boss (why wasn’t this handled better, more rotation etc), it didn’t go well…

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your Doctor diagnoses your injuries as being caused by a repetitive strain at your place of work, you should seek to pursue a claim against your employer. The employer does have an obligation to listen to any ‘complaints’ or warnings of injury by employees and take appropriate action to minimise any risks to health. In this case, it seems that the employer has failed to do so.

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  381. Sue

    I had an accident at work on Thursday – a blow to the head, but this wasn’t put in the accident book as my manager was in a rush to get home. I have been to the Doctor today and was told that I don’t have concussion and was told to take paracetamol.

    I don’t feel well enough to drive to work as I have blurred vision, swelling to my head, face and I am feeling very sick. I can’t turn my head fully to the right as I have pain in my neck and left arm.

    I wasn’t advised that I should be signed off but told to go to A&E if my symptoms get any worse. I have been at my job for 3 weeks now, have had no manual handling training, or safety training. I work at a playgroup where equipment has to be put away each evening into a timber frame with prop up lids that are are only secured by a bit of wood.

    I am concerned that I don’t feel well enough to drive an hour to go to work but don’t get sick pay and cannot afford to be off.

    Do you have any advice on what to do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you were hit on the head by the prop up lids on the timber storage frames that you have to store the equipment in, I would be of the view that you have a valid claim for compensation. It would seem to me that the piece of wood that is used to prop the lid up is an insufficient and unsafe way of keeping you safe at work.

      On the matter of your ongoing and worsening symptoms, I would strongly recommend that you attend A&E or return to your GP for further consultations. Concussion is a serious injury and needs to be appropriately treated.

      If you are not fit to work or drive, you should not work or drive. Whilst this will cause you to incur a loss of income, should you go on to have a collision whilst driving because you are impaired by injury you could face serious consequences.

      You should pursue a claim for compensation against your employer – a matter that we can assist you with. If you were to succeed with a claim, we would recover your loss of income as well as compensation for your injuries.

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  382. James Johnston

    I did receive a payment that was decent and I needed to take due to the situation I was in at that point, and they were not going to issue interim payments even though I was desperate. As I signed to say OK to that is it all over, or due to the ongoing problems can I still seek compensation?

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    • Ian Morris

      If you agreed to a full and final settlement, it is just that – full and final. There is no going back for further damages – regardless of your personal situation.

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  383. Karla Baker

    I had an accident at work where I walked into a bit of machinery, parts were not visible. The health and safety office had told my boss 20 mins beforehand that the machine needed to be moved as it was a hazard. I ended up in A&E having xrays, I have soft tissue and ligament damage lots of swelling and am on crutches. I’m only a casual, so don’t have set shifts, but this happened in a Thursday and I was due to work Friday and Saturday as well. Are they liable to pay me for those days as they’ve only offered me to take them as holiday?
    I haven’t signed any contract with the company, nor was I trained by a person qualified to train me. I had no interview or induction, I just turned up one day and started work. Is it worth me making a claim or not?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given your description of your accident at work, there is a strong likelihood that you would be able to hold the employer liable should you opt to pursue a claim for compensation in this matter. Given that you are on crutches and suffering from mobility limiting injuries and a loss of income, you would be able to recover compensation for the injuries sustained and all lost income if you were to succeed.

      Your employer is not obliged to pay you for your missed shifts, even though you were injured at work, and the only way to recover that loss of income is to make a claim against the employer.

      We would be very happy to assist you with the process.

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  384. Ben

    I’m an engineer and work in a factory with very large ovens. I was called to a strange smell inside the oven, as I opened the door there was a large gas explosion which pushed me 10-15ft across the floor. I sustained soft tissue damage to ribs, bruised lung, bruised hip, multiple cuts to head. I was taken by ambulance and had a CT scan at hospital. I also had concussion and am left with a scar on my face and it mentally affected me. I was off work 2 weeks on full pay, 6 weeks light duties. My question is would it be possible to claim as I know the ovens are regularly maintained and I am a qualified engineer, but no formal training was given on ovens although we regularly work on them.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You certainly can make a claim for compensation in this matter and we would very much like to help you with this. Facial scarring compensation values can be fairly substantial depending on the severity.

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  385. Claire

    My husband pulled his back out at work lifting a heavy tabletop, the pull resulted in an infection in his spine, and MRI results have shown he has muscle and nerve damage and sciatica as a result. He has taken 1 day off work at the beginning of the accident. Logged in their accident book and received a light duties sick note from his doctor, which was renewed this week for another month. They haven’t accommodated him much at all; kept him on similar lifting jobs of which he has to take regular breaks from and rest his back, and management are now “watching” my husband and asking other staff members to report on how much work he’s doing. I’m fearful that they are going to sack him, exasperated by the fact that we recently had a child 6 months ago. He has worked there for 18 years. Can they do this to him? They are not exactly sticklers for the law.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employer cannot ‘sack’ your Husband for being off work due to his injury. However, if his injury is long lasting and renders him unable to do the work that he was employed to do, the employer can – if they follow due process – eventually terminate his employment on the basis of ill health. It is important to state that he should seek specialist employment law advice on this issue should the employer start such a process.

      On the actual injury issue I wonder whether his employer could be liable for his injuries and if so, perhaps a claim for compensation and loss of income could follow? Has your Husband’s employer provided manual handling training to him during his work? Do they offer tools and equipment for lifting heavy items?

      We would very much like to discuss the possibilities of a claim with your Husband and invite him to call us.

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  386. Tracy Maxwell

    Hi I had an accident at work in June 2016.
    I had a solicitor put in a claim for employers liability, and their insurers rejected the claim, my solicitor has informed me that they don’t think I would win if i pursue through court. I’m annoyed at the fact that I am now classed as disabled by the DWP, have used all my statutory sick pay, and had to apply for ESA. I have jumped through hoops with them to be turned down and am now appealing their decision, all this is going on whilst I am waiting for a full knee replacement, I have lost out on wages as have been off work waiting for my full knee replacement due to the accident at work, just wondered if there was a way to claim anything from my employers. I am still employed by the company. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you have been represented by a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor through the claims process and your employers insurers have been able to mount a robust and strong defence against the claim, it is unlikely that you would be able to do anything further.

      I assume that your Solicitor has taken the defence to a Barrister and been given an opinion that your claim is unlikely to succeed in front of a judge. As such, you would be likely to get the same opinion from any specialist Solicitor.

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  387. Sharon

    I work in 2 jobs – each one being part time. I had a accident in 1 of my jobs and hurt my back, as a result of which I was out of work for 5 weeks. The job it happened in, I have been working there for 12 years. This job paid me while I was away from work, but I lost 5 weeks pay from the other job which in total was £937.50. Can I make a claim against the employer and their insurance in which it the accident happened?

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    • Ian Morris

      You are able to make a claim against your employers insurance for the injury you sustained and any loss of income – including lost income or costs that are not related to your employer. You would succeed with a claim should you be able to demonstrate that your employer was negligent and the injury that affected you could have been avoided.

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  388. Hiytham Mahmoud

    I am a bus driver and I got hurt during a rest break at work. I saw the Doctor about my injury and he has said that I must not drive for 2 weeks. I have reported this to my employer along with the Doctors instructions that I should lift nothing weighing more than 10lbs. However, the employer has said that they want me to do cleaning work in place of driving. What should I do?

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