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

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

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I was injured at work, what are my rights?

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

  1. Medical treatment

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

  2. Record the details

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

  3. Confirm your sick pay

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

  4. Attend medical appointments

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

  5. Take time to recover

    Taking time away from the workplace to aid your recovery will not only benefit you by reducing the length of time that you are injured, but also benefit your employer by enabling you to return to full duties at the earliest opportunity. If your employer is pressuring you to return to work if you want to keep your job, you should seek legal advice regarding this issue. An unfit employee is a dangerous employee and not only will you be risking your own health by rushing back to work, but you could also be risking the health of your colleagues.

  6. Seek light duties

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

  7. Claim compensation

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

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

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

Find out if you can claim compensation

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

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

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

Employer responsibilities

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

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

Employer pressure – threats are against the law

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

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

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

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

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Questions & Answers


  1. Craig

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  2. Audrey

    We build huge data cooling systems, which includes putting industrial fans of approximately 30 kilos or more into a metal frame that becomes the roof.
    We have to do this by hand, two people. Yesterday the other person dropped that one side too early and the fan with its sharp metal front fell on my left forearm. I needed emergency surgery since it destroyed an artery and nerves. I’m on heavy painkillers and the doctor reckons a recovery time from 2-3 months, she also told me my arm and hand will never be at 100%.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 or use our ‘start a claim‘ page as your situation and potential claim is something we would like to discuss with you. Our Solicitors will be keen to assist you in making a claim and would be able to recover compensation for the potentially permanent damage to your arm/hand and any associated loss of income in the future (if successful with a claim of course).

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Gwen

    My friend fell off a ladder that broke and he crushed his ribs. What should he do? He’s a trucker on duty.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Anyone injured in an accident at work should ensure that a full report of the injury is made in writing with the employer. Commonly, this would be in an accident book, but some employers will have a different system of recording accidents in the workplace. However, the key thing is to ensure that it is reported in order that supporting evidence is available should an employee later feel the need to pursue a claim for compensation.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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 and they have failed to ensure that you can work in a manner that enables you to work as safely as possible.

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

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

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  11. Mandy Newnham

    I was injured at work in 2013. It was a back injury after restraining a child with special needs. We had no training at the time this happened.
    It took the nhs years to treat this injury correctly and had spinal surgery in 2017. I carried on working during this time and was even put back in the same job with the same children and still wasn’t given correct training.
    Due to complications from the first surgery I now need a fusion.
    The whole process at the school wasn’t handled correctly at all and no back to work meetings took place for years and although on my original return to work form I ticked absence due to accident at work it was never flagged up.
    If I knew now what was going to happen I would have filed a complaint as they were clearly negligent.
    Do I have any rights to sue the school at all now?
    I know there is a 3 year period but I was unaware of the long term disability I would be in at that point due to NHS being so slow?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Sadly, our view is that the 3 year issue will prevent you from being able to do anything in terms of making a claim.

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  12. Lyndsey

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

    I was diagnosed in the left arm 3 years ago.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  13. Frank

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  14. David

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  15. 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

      Please contact us or call our team on 01225430285 so that we can present the details of your claim to our specialist Solicitors for you. 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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  16. DENISE

    I work in a nursing home, 27 months ago one of my duties were to clean the store cupboard, as i was stacking boxes a memory foam mattress which was stacked on its end slipped down and brushed against my leg causing me to fall forward. I put my arms out to protect myself and hurt my shoulder. I informed the nurse on shift who thought i should seek medical attention at a&e, my husband was working away and my daughter had 5 children to look after. I carried on my shift after taking pain relief, during my shift the pain was getting more intense and by morning the pain was off the scale. I managed to drive home which was probably against the law. I phoned my daughter and she phoned for an ambulance.
    She also phoned my work place and complained to them that they should of had a duty of care towards me as an employee, and told them that she had phoned for an ambulance as she thought i had broken my collar bone. Which was the case. After my treatment and returned home i informed my employer told them what had happened and for the nurse on shift to do a report. Am i entitled to make a claim? The bone is still broke and causing pain and discomfort still.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As long as your injury happened within the past 3 years (and you have said it was 27 months ago, so you are still inside that period), you have every right to make a claim.

      We would gladly help you make your claim for compensation. Please call our team on 01225430285 or if you prefer, you can ask us to call you.

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  17. ann marie

    My hand got injured on the job three years ago. I reported the matter to the office but they claim they cannot find my written complaint. I don’t have any medical records to show. But now i have difficulty using my hand, i’m still working with the company. How can i get compensated for my injuries?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law requires any claimant to make their claim for personal injury compensation within 3 years of the date of the accident in which they were injured. As your hand was injured 3 years ago, you are now barred from taking action by law and we cannot therefore assist you.

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  18. Denise

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  19. Tony

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  20. ROB

    I TRIPPED ON A STRAP IN WORK AND INJURED MY SHOULDER, I HAVE BEEN OUT FROM WORK FOR 4 WEEKS SICK AND NOT ABLE TO RETURN FOR A WHILE, I HAVE GIVEN MY EMPLOYER A WEEKS NOTICE, CAN I STILL CLAIM COMPENSATION?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The right to pursue a claim for compensation after an accident at work does not cease when the employee leaves the business, so you do retain your right to make your claim. Before you leave the employer, ensure that the details of the incident have been recorded in the work accident book if you can.

      You have 3 years to pursue your claim for compensation and given your description of the cause of your shoulder injury, our initial view is that you have a good claim with a likelihood that our Solicitors would be able to pursue the matter successfully for you. If you were to succeed with a claim, you would be able to recover compensation for the shoulder injury, the value of which would only be known later in the process once a medical expert can give a recovery prognosis and also you would be able to recover any lost income. costs incurred or losses that are due to the injury.

      Please call us on 01225430285 to find out how we can help you. Alternatively, to start your claim you can ask us to call you at a time that suits you. Our team are ready and available to answer your questions, explain how No Win No Fee works and help you with the process of making a claim for compensation.

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  21. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  22. Damian

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  23. 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. Why not use our ‘start a claim‘ page to provide us some further basic information. Our team can then contact you and help you to find out whether or not you could pursue a claim for the damage to your knee.

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  24. Lakshman

    I am a delivery driver and I was at work sitting in the car when the next door business (fish and chip shop) threw hot coffee over my face leaving no visual scars but I suffered a strained neck.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Essentially the injury you sustained was caused as a result of a criminal assault and any right to claim compensation would most likely be via a criminal injuries compensation authority scheme claim. However, to make such a claim you would need to have reported the incident to the police and cooperated fully with the police investigations.

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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  28. Liz

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  29. matthew

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

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

    Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  30. 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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  31. Bernie

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  32. 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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  33. Helen

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  34. Arnetta Lawrence

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  35. JONATHAN GOODING

    Hi, My son used to work in the kitchen of our local bowling alley. He was emptying the dishwasher in work and grabbed two plates together to dry. It seemed one of the plates had cracked and the cracked plate cut the inside of his middle finger on his left hand, he is left handed. This resulted with his manager taking him to A+E and his finger in a terrible state was sutured with about 6 stitches or more. He now has a numb finger where he has suffered nerve damage and is unable to bend his finger. It was approx 5 years ago and do wonder whether he would be entitled to make a claim as it is affecting his work, now he is a barber. I wonder if you would be kind enough to advise us. Many thanks.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your Son is under the age of 21 years, he would be within the limitation period for such a claim. UK law requires that any person wishing to make a claim for personal injury compensation must do so within 3 years of the date of their accident or for those under the age of 18 at the time of injury, before their 21st birthday.

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  36. Gerry

    I was using a ladder to get into the loft, the ladder slipped and I fell from ceiling height. I’d said several times that a 2nd person was needed to foot the ladder but there wasn’t one. Does this make it my responsibility?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you fell from the ladder whilst at work, your employer is likely to have some responsibility to ensure that you are able to use a ladder safely. UK safe working practices would require an employer to provide training and guidance for those expected to work at height, including safe ladder usage. An employer would also have an obligation to look in to your report of a risk of injury when you suggested that a colleague should be assisting with safety.

      The apparent failure of your employer to fulfill their obligations in this accident at work, could indicate employer negligence and that may enable you to pursue a claim against them.

      If your accident was recent, make sure that an accident book entry or incident report has been completed at work. The report should indicate that you had mentioned that a colleague should assist or if you have not had any training etc. You should also ensure that appropriate medical attention is sought to ensure that medical evidence is available to support any future claim.

      If you would like our help in looking further in to making a claim and getting some more advice about your situation, please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you and our team will be able to help you.

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  37. Kenneth

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  38. Moesha

    Im a bartender and handle glass frequently at work, I have to empty the bottle bins and always accidentally cut myself every shift – yet my boss has never done accident forms for them.

    The other day I actually cut myself badly for the first time at work, my boss finally did an accident form but said my hands fine. She even said this is why we wear gloves (yet I told her ages ago I don’t know where any are, she said behind the bar somewhere, which wasn’t helpful). I went a&e got medical glue on it, my hand started bleeding again and the hospital said I should of had stitches. I’m now unable to work until it heals and don’t get sick pay. I also dance and worry it’s going to affect that.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employer has effectively admitted negligence in saying that they have gloves for such work, but not provided you with them or even shown you where to get them. The accident report completion is good evidence, but you would be wise to put in writing the comment about the gloves and that all you have been told is that they are ‘behind the bar somewhere’.

      By making a claim against the employer for the laceration injury, you will (if successful) be able to recover your lost income or other expenses as well as compensation for the injury itself. Our Solicitors would be very happy to discuss your situation in detail with you to offer qualified advice and if deemed appropriate, act for you – should you wish to instruct them.

      To find out more about making a claim for compensation and to further understand the No Win No Fee system and what that really means, please call us on 01225430285.

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  39. Scott

    I started work at new work place that builds powder coat ovens, it was like working in the 80’s no Ppe was given or training etc, job included using rock wool insulation building panels, answered using power coating machine/oven, not at any point was I offered training or a mask etc, now i’ve been off ill with chest infection/pleurisy, pressured to go back to work or I have no job. Then took a turn at work, struggled to breathe. I went to go told to rest and recover and in this time was let go. Do I have a case as I think the environment contributed to my illness which left me with no job?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To make a claim for ill health caused as a result of the negligence of an employer, an employee must demonstrate a causal link between their workplace and the health condition or injury that they have sustained.

      In your case, much would depend on the length of time that you had been working at the workplace without the PPE, your previous health and what your medical records state on that issue.

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  40. John

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  41. Carolyn

    I tripped over a carpet at work badly dislocating my shoulder there are bits of carpet everywhere and they are not taped down to make customers aware that they could be a hazard.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should report the accident to the employer and record the details in their accident book. If possible (and it may well not be possible), it would be good to obtain some photographic evidence of the carpet and the dangerous condition of it.

      We would be very happy to assist you in pursuing a claim for the injury to your shoulder and any associated losses as it would appear that you may well have a very strong claim for compensation. To speak further with us and find out how we can help you, please call us or ask us to call you and we’ll be only too happy to help you.

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  42. Fiona

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  43. Mark

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  44. genadijs

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  45. Anne

    In 2017 I began working as a carer. I explained I had a bad back so could not do any lifting with service users, for the 1st month I just did sit calls and a bit of shopping, and all was well until I was asked to do a call with another girl and was told I would be just driving her to the calls and assisting in giving food/drink and medication. On the 3rd call of the evening I was told by girl I was with I would need to help her “drag“ the lady who was bedridden up the bed, I wasn’t happy explaining I had bad back, but was told I have to or the lady can’t be turned to wash. I proceeded and my back clicked. I left company and I work as a receptionist now but my back is terrible and keeps going on me, my present employer said I should have had manual handling training before being sent out. I never really thought much more just that it was bad luck, but people have said that the company were responsible for making my back so much worse, I’ve lost lots of sick days in my present job, as my back has never been right.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your previous employer should have ensured that you’d received manual handling training in order that you were made aware as to how to lift and move safely and to help you minimise the risk of injury whilst at work. If they failed to provide that training, it is likely to be seen as negligence.

      Was your injury at work with the former employer recorded in an accident book or other incident reporting system? If not, it may be very difficult to pursue a claim. However, if it was and the accident/injury happened within the past 3 years, you can make a claim for compensation.

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  46. Kay

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  47. Sharon

    I fell off ladder dec 2016 at a department store. I was a vendor and not a store employee.

    The company I was working for settled about 3 months ago but I wanted to let the department store know that they were at fault also for the unsteady ladder and the injuries I have from the fall on to concrete. I fell approximately 20 feet, sustaining concussion and other injuries.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that you have already settled your claim and whilst you are justified in wanting to hold the department store liable also, the reality is that you cannot now pursue a second claim for the same incident.

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  48. Sharon white

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  49. Ian

    I broke my thumb moving a rack of shoes that were not straight by trapping it between another rack. Although it wasn’t my job to I thought I’d just help out. I noticed the rack wasn’t correct as I was walking by, I was off work for 1 month

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To succeed with a claim for personal injury compensation, the injured party must be able to demonstrate that their injury was avoidable and that another party has caused (or failed to do all that could be expected of them to minimise the risk of injury) the injury as a result of their negligence.

      In your case, you can pursue a claim if you can identify any negligence against the employer or premises owner where the shoe rack is situated. Given your description of the incident in which you broke your thumb, it is not clear as to where any negligence may rest.

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  50. Colin

    I have got a repetitive strain injury caused by my job. I have had no training related to my injuries and now need a operation. I will be off work for 12 to 18 weeks, how do I stand with compensation?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Amongst our network of specialist personal injury Solicitors, we have experts able to pursue claims for conditions such as repetitive strain injuries. Such claims can be pursued on a No Win No Fee basis and must be acted upon at the earliest opportunity (following diagnosis).

      If you were to succeed with a claim, you would be entitled to compensation for the pain and discomfort caused by the injury but also you would be able to recover any lost pay or incurred costs.

      You can get the ball rolling for your claim by asking us to call you. One of our team will contact you and discuss the situation and answer any questions before passing your details to the right specialist Solicitor.

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  51. 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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  52. Kylie

    My husband injured his hand and required surgery (pin insertion) all done through work cover. 15 years on he is now getting terrible pain and swelling possibly needing further surgery to remove pins, is this in any way covered by work cover?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Within the legal system of the United Kingdom, any obligations your Husband’s employer had with regard to medical treatment or compensation liabilities after his accident at work would expire after 3 years from the date of the accident. Therefore, in this situation, he would have to pursue any medical treatment via the National Health Service where he would not pay for treatment.

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  53. Renz

    I was injured in the gym using the cable machine, while doing face pull exercise the cable snapped and i fell backwards down to the corner, knocked my arms had a cut bleeding knock my head too, that was last May this year.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is possible to pursue a claim against the gym in which you were injured or the company that owns the equipment. To be able to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation under UK law, a claimant must act within 3 years of the date of the accident, so you are within that time frame. However, if you have not already looked in to making a claim it would be wise to act now and avoid any further delay to your claim.

      Succeeding with a personal injury claim in the scenario you describe would come down to whether or not the gym can demonstrate that they have an adequate regime of equipment inspection and maintenance in place.

      Please call our team on 01225430285 so that we can get some initial basic details from you and then submit your claim to our specialist Solicitor panel for consideration and hopefully successful pursuit.

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  54. Mariusz

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  55. Yo/corina

    Asking for a friend who is hurting severely at work from one of her feet. She went to a doctor who said she had arthritis. She has been employed for 19 years at the same workplace. What can she do? Is the employer liable at all due to Repetitive strain?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is extremely hard to prove causation in a claim where the ‘injury’ sustained is one of arthritis. Causation is the causal link between an injury and an alleged cause of injury. To explain, if one were to fall over a loose floor surface and break an arm, the causation of the injury is clear – the broken floor. Therefore one could make a claim against whoever was responsible for allowing the floor to be loose or broken. However, when a claimant has arthritis in the foot – which is a condition that can be caused by age or numerous other life issues, it is extremely hard to prove that the arthritis was caused by being stood up at work every day.

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  56. sharon

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  57. 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. Please call us on 01225430285 or make further contact with us on our website to start the process of making a claim for compensation.

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

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  58. 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?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  59. Matt

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

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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

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  60. justinas

    Hello there,

    Please could someone look into this matter Urgently,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Huge Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  61. mandy

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  62. 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.

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

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  63. Sasho

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  64. 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.

      If you would like to speak with us to start the ball rolling and pursue your rights on a No Win No Fee basis, please call us on 01225430285. If you prefer, you could get us to call you when you’re free and we can help you that way.

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  65. 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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  66. Seb

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

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

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  67. Paul

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  68. James

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

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

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

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

    Some guidance in this issue would be great.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  69. Terry

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  70. kent

    I was incarcerated 1995 and was in a work release program, while at work I was injured when a stack of roof trusses fell over and hit me in the head. I believe I have been permanently damaged and have been struggling in all areas of my life since I feel I was pressured by the work program and my employer to return to work and downplay the injuries I had.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Regardless of your background and the reasons for your involvement in the work you were doing, UK health and safety at work law would still afford you the same rights to a safe working environment and the right to pursue a claim for compensation if you were injured whilst at work.

      To succeed with a claim, you need to have made a report of your accident and injuries to your employer or the work release programme staff and sought medical attention. You’ll also need to pursue your claim within 3 years of the date of the incident as UK law requires that ALL claims for personal injury are made within 3 years of the date of an accident.

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  71. Daniel

    Towards the end of my shift at work I was working from a step ladder. I felt the ladder become unstable, so I tried to jump away from ladder and landed awkwardly on my heels. I had safety boots on, a hard hat & a hi vis vest. I honestly thought I had broken my back because of the instant pain that I felt. Moments later, I managed to get to my feet and I walked outside with increasing pain in my knees and ankles and reported the incident to the general foreman where we put an entry into the accident book.

    I drove home (about 1 mile away) and around 3 hours later I attended A&E, where an x-ray was performed. I was told that I had suffered soft tissue injuries and given anti-inflammatory medication along with paracetamol and discharged. I had an appointment with my GP the following day where I got stronger pain relief. A few days later I called my GP to tell them that the pain relief wasn’t working, so they gave me another drug which worked a bit better and I was able to return to work after 8 days off (And I needed the cash).

    I did 4 weeks of light duties and then the contract finished. I claimed JSA for 6 weeks until I got another job. However, I found that I couldn’t do the job because of the painful issues with my ankles and knees. I had many follow up appointments with my GP because of these issues and tried many drugs to combat my pain. These drugs caused more issues in the end.

    I had an MRI scan with the NHS of my knee, which revealed a meniscus tear. It wasn’t until 6 months later that I was told that my issues were because I had osteoarthritis. I was told by a GP who randomly called me to say I was addicted to pain killers. I had been taking pain relief often over the years for painful back issues that I had, but not to the point of needing them. I took them for pain and pain only.
    At times I could not walk without severe pain. This has forced me to stop working. This has brought my back problems to the fore.

    I tried to claim from the DWP, from ESA, IIDB, & also PIP. I was refused all benefits, I’ve had a real struggle the past 2 years since my fall. I can only claim universal credit.

    I’m almost housebound without my car which is off the road until next week. Some 21 months later my solicitor arranged a MRI of my ankle and found that I’d actually fractured the talus bone in my heel. My solicitor had arranged an appointment with a private hospital which is tomorrow. I don’t even have my bus fare to get there. All I can say is there is zero help anywhere if you have injury at work. I’ve felt so helpless at times.
    Oh and when I fell from the ladder my work colleague examined the step ladder. The foot on the steps had snapped. I have pictures.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The scenario you describe of struggles after being injured in a way that prevents you from being able to earn as you did before your injury and therefore not be in a position to live a normal and full life is one we hear all too often from claimants – especially those injured in an accident at work.

      It would appear that you have a claim for personal injury compensation ongoing and that your Solicitor is pursuing that issue correctly. The medical appointment is important as it will help your Solicitor to assign an appropriate value to the injuries that you have sustained in your accident at work. If you are struggling to afford to attend, you should liaise with your Solicitor to see if they can assist. You may also be able to seek an interim payment from the defendants in your claim – if they have admitted liability. Again, you should speak with your Solicitor on this issue.

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  72. 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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  73. MICHAEL

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  74. theresa

    I am a paid apprentice working at an equestrian center with the hope of becoming an instructor, I have been there 3 weeks (and am on probation). I have had an accident at work, I was thrown from a horse into a fence dragged for a bit and then kicked by horse which caught my helmet. I was told oh you’re fine get back on horse, as i was worried i may lose my position if i didn’t get back on horse i took a deep breath and got back on for another half hour. I was told the horse i had been given was a bit frisky as it had not been ridden for a week, they knew i was not fully confident in cantering and this is what i was learning when the horse threw me, i left and went home but after a couple of hours the pain started kicking in and i could not move even vomiting as pain was so strong, I ended up in hospital having emergency scan, i was lucky no broken bones or internal bleeding but obviously muscle pain especially in lower back. My work said they watched it back on cctv and said the fall was not that bad and i was able to get back on horse and look comfortable for a further half hour and the horse had done nothing wrong. I have been off work for 2 weeks with lower back pain since. I don’t know if i will get any form of pay as yet but am worried they may sack me, not sure whether to make a claim for personal injury as i suffer from anxiety and conversion disorder and the way this has been handled by workplace has caused me a lot of anxiety.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your employers are not within their rights to question the advice or diagnosis of a medical professional and although you were able to continue with your duties in the immediate aftermath of your accident, that does not mean that you didn’t sustain injury. Indeed, evidence shows that in many cases soft tissue injuries may not be immediately noticed by an injured person and that it is common for such injury symptoms to develop in the hours and days following a trauma.

      In your case, it is hard to know whether or not a claim for compensation against the employer would succeed. Whilst the horse in question may have been ‘a bit frisky’, riding horses is an activity that presents an inherent risk to the rider and even the best of riders with the calmest of horses may sustain injury.

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      • Theresa

        Thanks for responding it’s not so much of the fall but the handling of after falling I felt pressured to get back on horse even though I was in pain and shock

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        • Ian Morris

          Your employers certainly need to consider their handling of staff safety and the inherent risk of injury in such a workplace.

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  75. Byron

    I suffered a cut to my finger today whilst at work. The cut was caused by a glass jar that was smashed whilst loading stock onto the shelves. Everything was logged and cctv was recovered, I have been A & E and had butterfly stitches. I have been told to avoid bending the top of my middle finger for 10 days whilst the wound heals. Do I have a case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There is a possible claim for compensation as a result of your injury. We would need to consider whether the employer could have prevented the injury – perhaps by providing safety gloves?

      Our Solicitors would certainly be happy to consider your claim and offer qualified advice, so please do call us on 01225430285 to speak with our team or if you prefer, you can use this link to make further contact.

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  76. Lee

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  77. MARCIN G

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  78. Lucy

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  79. Richard

    If you’re told to lean an old 8 foot a frame ladder against the building, climb up and chip hammer brick out of a wall using the hammer 13 feet high above your head, is that negligence by my employer and third party gg2 there for safety and production? I broke 7 ribs, collapsed lung, 3 herniated discs and severe nerve damage.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The accident at work scenario you describe does raise questions about the employers approach to health and safety and whether or not they have acted correctly.

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can further discuss your accident and then seek some advice for you from our specialist Solicitors. Alternatively, you can ask us to call you if you prefer.

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  80. Sophie

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  81. Kathrine

    Boyfriend is a community carer, he broke ankle whilst at work, was off 6 months. Doctor gave him phased return to work being reduced hours and reduced walking, his office is aware of this but continue to give him calls far away. He can’t afford bus fares and can’t walk fast without pain, and work said this morning his first call was far away and he refused to do it based on his ankle and restricted duties on medical advice. Now they want to call him in office to give him a formal disciplinary and sack him, what can he do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  82. Jacob

    I slipped at work due to a leaking roof at work that had been verbally reported for years on and off to our boss and ignored until the accident. I have video and photo evidence of this taken before the date of the incident and also a work colleague that witnessed the accident happen and he also verbally reported it, as have numerous colleagues.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The cause of your accident should have been avoided given that the leak to the roof had previously been reported to the employer on numerous occasions. The reports of the leaking roof should have been acted upon prior to your accident. As such, liability is likely to attach to the employer should you pursue a claim for compensation.

      Providing your injuries were of a sufficient severity you have a valid right to make a claim for compensation and we would be very happy to assist you in making your claim. If you would like to discuss this matter with our specialist staff and find out how we can help you, please call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you at a time that suits you.

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  83. Mark

    My job allows many people to bring in 500-watt stereos and lets them people turn them up so loud that it makes my ears ring and gives me a massive headache. For 10 hours a day and I have told them that and their reply was for me to put my earplugs in deeper. Instead of getting the music turned down. Is it possible to sue for loss of hearing and all the headaches?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To protect your interests, you should make sure that you report the concerns you have regarding your hearing and possible hearing damage from the powerful stereos to your employer in writing.

      You should request ear defenders and if this is ignored and a medical professional diagnoses hearing loss you may then have a claim against your employer.

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  84. Stephina

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  85. Jerry

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  86. Dave barton

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

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  87. Joe

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  88. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  89. Andrea

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  90. Paul

    I had a head injury about 5 years ago and am now getting a lot of neck pain. The disc in my neck has been crushed and it’s affecting nervous system.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Unfortunately, unless you are under the age of 21, you will now be statute barred by the UK Law as any personal injury claim MUST be pursued within 3 years of the date of the incident in which you were injured.

      If you are under 21 years of age, you may still be entitled to make a claim.

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  91. 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?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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    • Paul

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

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

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      • Ian Morris

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

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

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  92. Marie austin

    My question is that as a resident moved suddenly as I was securing them for personal care he moved suddenly resulting in a disc slipping in my axial what claim does that come under??

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    • Ian Morris

      If your employer has not provided you with adequate manual handling training, failed to provide you with the correct equipment to move the resident safely or had not correctly risk assessed the needs of the resident and the care plan for them, you could pursue a claim for personal injury compensation against the employer for negligence.

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  93. Siobhan

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  94. Bryn

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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

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

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  95. Knowledge

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  96. 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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  97. Hunter

    I got hit in the back and neck by a rack caused by a forklift driver, the racks are a foot away from my work space and we have to grab parts off the racks.

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    • Ian Morris

      The working area you describe could be something that puts your employer in a position of negligence as to only allow 1′ (30cm’s) between the racks and your workspace would seem to be a recipe for disaster.

      You should ensure that the injury you suffered is recorded correctly with your employer in their accident book and if any symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, you should contact us to start your claim.

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  98. Elonwy

    I was recently injured at work. Someone left an empty plastic box on the floor in the hallway near the printer, I tripped over it while retrieving work from the printer and suffered a concussion. I’m now signed off work because I have post-concussion syndrome, basically means I am suffering from headaches that can last all day and are resistant to treatment. Already starting to feel the pinch of only receiving SSP. Is there a claim here?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Potentially, you could claim compensation and recover your lost income for the concussion injury you have suffered as a result of your fall at work. We would certainly like to further investigate such a claim for you.

      Employers have an obligation to ensure that a workplace is as safe as possible and that the risk of injury to staff & visitors is minimised so far as possible. This obligation would also include an employer having to ensure that walkways were not obstructed and that tripping hazards are not left in situ.

      If you would like to further discuss this matter with us and allow us to present your claim to our specialist Solicitors for detailed consideration with a view to proceeding to claim on a No Win No Fee basis, please call our team on 01225430285. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can let us know when you would like us to call you. Initially, we would spend around 5 minutes on the phone with you to take some basic details regarding the incident and we could then pass this to our specialist Solicitors so that they could review and consider this matter in full.

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  99. Brandon

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  100. Omar

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  101. 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?????

    Reply
    • 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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  102. Scott

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

    Thank you in advance

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  103. Dwaine

    I have suffered a back injury at work.

    Can I claim for a bad back due to pushing 2 ton reels along to the crane position? These reels where deemed safe for 2 people to push but has caused me discomfort and have been off work for last couple of weeks. I have all evidence and everything is logged. Now the employer is extending the crane but the damage is already done to my back.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Were you pushing/moving the reels alone or with a colleague? If something is a two tonne weight, it is hard to understand how they could be deemed safe for a 2 person team to move – unless specific equipment was provided to reduce the burden on the individuals in question.

      Given the substantial weight of the items you were moving, I feel that your situation warrants further specialist consideration by our expert Solicitors. The appropriate thing to do with your claim enquiry is for our team to have a brief chat with you to take some initial basic information so that we can then submit your enquiry to our specialist Solicitors to consider and then contact you directly for a detailed discussion with you with a view to making a claim for compensation for the injury you have sustained to your back.

      You can start your claim with our No Win No Fee service by calling us on 01225430285 or you can ask us to call you at a time that suits you.

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  104. Tan

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  105. Jerry

    I cut myself at work with a Sawzall I did have to go home for the rest of the day because I got sick and the next day. I can move my finger decent. My concern is my finger and thumb feel like they are asleep all the time. And while holding a glass sometimes I will just drop it. It’s like my hand just quits working. And then not all the time but sometimes my thumb area will get a deep pain in it and I have to yank on it and pop it for it to quit. It didn’t hurt when it happened it’s now five months after the incident that I’m starting to see all these things I told my boss about them and he told me not to worry about it his wife was a nurse and the feeling will come back all that it is is a little after shock. And no I didn’t go to the hospital when it happened we just glued it.

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    • Ian Morris

      The situation you describe highlights why it is so important that the details of any accident in the workplace are properly reported and recorded in an accident book and that appropriate medical attention is sought for the injuries sustained.

      An accident book entry and appropriate medical records provides a specialist Solicitor acting for a claimant with helpful evidence to be used to support their efforts in attempting to succeed with a claim for personal injury compensation.

      In your case, if the accident was not officially recorded and reported in the employers accident book, how can you demonstrate that the accident happened at work. Further, the lack of medical records makes it harder for you to prove that the injury sustained at the time, is related to the problem that you have now. In other words, a defendant insurer and their legal representative will find many avenues to make it difficult for you to succeed with a claim against them.

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  106. Beverly

    Hi, I work in a Care home and had a fall at work two days before Xmas last year. The fall was caused by one of the residents leaving a cable on the floor of his room which I trip over landing heavily on my shoulder. I am still in pain and receiving physio for the injury, my employer says he will have nothing to do with it as I received training and should have anticipated any hazards in the room when I entered it. Am I entitled to any compensation? I have had no time off work due to the injury.

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    • Ian Morris

      You certainly have the right to make a claim. It could be the case that you may have to accept some contributory negligence in that there may be an argument that you should perhaps of checked for the tripping hazard. However, that should not prevent you from attempting to make a claim.

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  107. Jabulani

    I was injured on duty at work on 10th October 2015. I broke all my ribs, my right femur, knee, shoulder and my thumb. Now those body’s parts are adjusted with screws. I tried to put a claim in but until today I didn’t get even a cent and now at work they don’t care about me.

    Please can you assist me in this matter?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Unfortunately, we cannot help you in this matter. Sadly, given the date of accident being in 2015 and it now being 2019, you are outside of the statutory claim limitation period and are barred from taking action.

      In the UK, claims for personal injury compensation must be made within 3 years from the date of the accident.

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  108. David

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

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

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

    What would a claim be worth?

    Can I claim for my lose of income?

    Many thanks.

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  109. Ellen Thamaha

    I was injured from work in June,and broke my left wrist so now I’m going for physio, but I don’t know for how long. I am asking if I’m still going to get my compensation money?

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    • Ian Morris

      As you were only injured in June (3 months ago), you should not yet be concerned about your compensation payment and when it will come. Claims for personal injury compensation after an accident at work in the UK can take 18 months or more to go from start to settlement, so it is too early to expect settlement in your case.

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  110. 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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  111. 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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  112. Jilly

    I am a trained support worker and help people with learning disabilities. One of the clients I support who is non verbal had been displaying some violent behaviour in the last few weeks. I was not in during this time but was updated on it as I was off.
    When I was on shift 2 weeks ago she unprovoked got up and kicked me hard in my ankle. However, I have a previous injury there from an accident and have neuropathic nerve damage which was known at the start of my employment. It is managed with medication and pain clinic.
    I understand she would not know cognitively or understand that it was my bad ankle but it still happened and it has really exacerbated my previous injury and I cannot work because of this currently.
    I have swelling and bruising and hospital and doctor confirmed that I have sustained a soft tissue injury due to her hard kick.
    All has been documented, reported, but my employer is not giving me an answer about sick pay and any other benefits after 2 weeks. I am not with a union. Where so i stand with my rights please? Any help would be really appreciated. Thank you.

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    • Ian Morris

      As you rightly point out, the client who caused this injury would not have kicked you knowing the consequences or the possible impact that such action could have on you. With this in mind, the only possible route to pursue this further would be by looking in to whether or not the employer could realistically have done anything to reduce the chances of this happening to you or a colleague.

      Of course, at this stage we do not know whether or not a claim could proceed, but we do feel that this matter should be discussed with our specialist Solicitors so that you can get a qualified view as to the prospects that such a claim would have. To this end, if you would like to take this further and have a chat with our Solicitors, our team will need to will need to call you at a time that suits to take some further information. We could then pass this to one of our specialist Solicitors so that they could call you to discuss this with you. We also have an article and many questions on care worker claims if it is of interest.

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  113. Lee

    I injured my lower back at work in may. I tripped on damaged flooring which caused soft tissue damage, which caused swelling and sciatic problems. I received physio from occupational health and was given strong pain killers. After 6 weeks I returned to work but my back hasn’t been quite right since. I’ve continued to do the stretches given to me by the physio. Monday night I was operating a heavy lifting assistor and as I lifted I felt a pop and severe pain in the lower part of my back again. Would this be considered as a flare up of my original injury?

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    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that the ‘new’ injury is indeed a worsening of or exacerbation of the previously sustained injury. However, we would need to speak with you further to ask some questions about the use of the heavy lift assist equipment and training of use of the same to be able to advise you further on that issue.

      You mention that you initially injured your back when tripping on damaged flooring in May. If you have not already pursued a claim for that, you should certainly consider doing so now as it would appear that you have a every chance of succeeding with such a claim if you were to do so. We would certainly like to help you with this. Please call our team on 01225430285 or ask us to call you at a time that suits you if you would like to take this further.

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  114. Jen

    I worked at a fuel station and had to unload stock that was delivered on a pallet by cash and carry. After unloading the stock, I used to leave the pallet on the floor, but was told by one of the bosses to move it out of the way of the front of the shop to the wall which was approx 10-12m away. The pallet weighed 28kg and I lifted it onto my right side and hurt my back doing so. We had no accident book or procedures, so I wrote the details of my injury in in the staff hand over book and told my useless manager too. However, the following week I was made to unload 2 pallets of stock despite my injury which was further aggravated, so I went to see the GP as an emergency appointment (I was not able to get an appointment earlier).

    The GP did me a sick note to say no heavy lifting as I was happy to go work but no lifting. Again stock day came 3 days after giving my sick note and the big boss asked why I wasn’t bringing all the stock in (they expected us to serve customers and do stock asap), so I explained that I had a sick note and I was told that as I couldn’t do my duties and as I was a week off my 6 month probationary period ending, I would be let go, so I left on my own accord as I was not going to be bullied but also due to the lack of care the employer showed for their employees – which is frankly ridiculous.

    It’s now September and I still have a sick note as I’m not fit for work since as my back hurts from sitting or standing for any prolonged period. I get sciatic pain which is intermittent. The MRI scan I have had didn’t show anything and my GP only made a referral for physiotherapy some 5 months after my accident. So my first physiotherapy appointment is not until this October.

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    • Ian Morris

      The key issue here is that you appear to have been caused injury through employer negligence and as such, you should pursue a claim against your former employer for the injury you have sustained and the associated losses incurred.

      The pallet that you were asked to move alone was 28kg’s which exceeds the safe lifting limit of 25kg’s which indicates your employer was negligent towards your health and safety at work. Further, if your employer failed to provide you with manual handling training so that you could work safely and know what you could or could not lift or move, the employer will have a tough time defending any claim you may go on to make.

      We would certainly like to help you make a claim for compensation for your injury and feel that on face value, you have a valid claim that should be presented to our specialist Solicitors for detailed consideration. To this end, please call us on 01225430285 or you may prefer to use our online service to get us to call you when it suits you so that we can help you with this matter.

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  115. Mandy

    Hi I dislocated my patella at work in January 2019, I was misdiagnosed after several consultations until July this year when they finally realised my injury which turned out to need surgery which was undertaken in August. In may I was called into a meeting with HR where I was informed that if I didn’t have a return to work date they would evoke termination of my employment so I went back with my knee still unstable with limited mobility, I work in a school so luckily my operation took place during the summer break but unfortunately the recovery period is looking to take a long time and I am now concerned that they will try and terminate my employment on the two year rule as I cannot give them a return to work date yet. I am looking at making a claim against the NHS and a possible claim for unfair dismissal if I am forced out of my job due to injury. Thank you.

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    • Ian Morris

      May we ask how you sustained the injury to your knee and where that happened? It could be that you could pursue a claim for compensation. If so, and if you were to succeed, you would be able to recover any lost income (which could be substantial if the injury were to cost you your job) along with obtaining compensation for the knee injury (here’s a guide to settlement amounts) and the impact on your independence and mobility caused by the damage you have sustained. We would need to know more about the injury and how it happened before we could advise you as to whether or not you can pursue a claim, so please do provide further details.

      Should you wish to pursue a claim against the NHS on the grounds of medical negligence, you will need to seek the assistance of a clinical negligence Solicitor. Claims for clinical negligence compensation are extremely difficult to pursue and certainly require expert representation by a specialist Solicitor within that claim type. If your employer chooses to terminate your employment and you decide to pursue a claim for unfair dismissal, that matter will need to be discussed with an employment law Solicitor or your Union.

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  116. Tom

    Hi, I had an accident in work yesterday, I ended up being trapped between a conveyor belt and boxes in the back of the container. I only suffered minor injuries, heavy bruising and minor tissue damage on my legs, the accident happened due to a fault on the machine which I believe had been reported on a number of occasions and had not been fixed by my employer. I have found it very difficult walking and sleeping through the discomfort, I would imagine at the very least I can receive my lost earnings back, I was just wondering on any info available on further compensation claims from my employer, with the accident basically being a major health and safety risk on their part and it could have been a lot more serious had other employees not been around.

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    • Ian Morris

      Whilst it would appear that you have avoided any serious injury, the nature of the injuries you suffered in your accident at work yesterday are likely to be sufficient to enable you to pursue a claim for compensation along with recovery of loss of income or other costs related to this incident.

      Your injuries would appear to be that of a soft tissue nature and with regards to the heavy bruising, you are likely to suffer some discomfort for a period of weeks as a result. It would be a sensible move to ensure that an accident book report is completed at your workplace and that you take photographs of your bruising – although ideally, you should attend a minor injuries unit or visit your GP.

      As your employer has previously been made aware of a fault with the machinery in the workplace, they cannot say that they were unaware of the issue. The employer had an obligation to carry out comprehensive repairs to ensure that the item was safe for use and if those repairs could not be carried out, the machine in question should have been removed from use or replaced. As they have failed to carry out their obligation with regards to ensuring a safe working environment, there is a clear argument to support your claim against them for compensation for your workplace on the grounds of employer negligence.

      We would be very happy to discuss our No Win No Fee service with you and help you make a claim for compensation. If you would like to take this further, please do call us on 01225430285 so that our team can answer any questions you may have and take the information our Solicitors will need to be able to offer you qualified advice and expert representation in this matter. Alternatively, if you would prefer us to call you just let us know.

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  117. Jennifer

    I am on a working arrangement where I work 4 days a week 37 hours total and 9 and a half hours a day. I work from home Tuesdays and Wednesdays and I am expected to be in work Thursdays and Fridays. I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome this year April and so requested for a copy of my equipment to use at work at home as well. This was requested 3 months ago and still has not arrived. I was working over 9 hours just using my work laptop when Occupational Health specified I needed special equipment and a full office set up of key road dual screens and foot rest etc. None of this still has arrived and one month ago I was working from home and I pulled something in my back. This has caused me to be off sick for a month now and my sick leave finishes in a few days and I will go back to my doctor for light duties sick note. I have however due to feeling pressures from my manager started working from home last week and doing what I can everyday to help out. The back injury still pains and I cannot work longer than 2 hours at a time as I am in pain. Can I claim for a work injury? My equipment has not come still!

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    • Ian Morris

      You could well have two valid claims against your employer and we would like to further investigate both matters for you on a No Win No Fee basis.

      Firstly, you could make a claim for carpal tunnel syndrome compensation. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS is a repetitive strain injury and you do have the right to make a claim for compensation against your employer.
      Secondly, we can look in to the nature of your back injury and could make a claim for compensation on that issue also. Of course, we need to better understand your injury and how it happened, but given the apparent lackadaisical approach that your employer has taken to acting on the recommendations of the occupational health, there is every prospect that they will face difficulty in defending a claim should you make one.

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

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  118. joan

    My partner suffered an injury at work. He was opening a skip, a metal bar sprang back knocking a tooth out and fracture to jaw. He has been signed off for 2 weeks but may need more. He should get SSP. Apparently the skip had been closed incorrectly causing the accident, not by my partner though. The employer is generally good and fair, and does adhere to health and safety. We wondered if might be eligible for compensation, just to cover loss of wages.

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    • Ian Morris

      At face value, the description you have given of your partners accident at work and the injuries he has sustained would indicate that he has a valid claim for compensation – both for the pain and discomfort of the injury, but also to cover medical (dental) treatment (which could be very expensive given the loss of a tooth) and for any lost income.

      Sadly, the only way your Partner can make a claim for loss of income is to make a claim for personal injury compensation. If successful – which at this stage, we would expect to be the case – your partner would then be able to recover the difference between the SSP payments he receives and the usual income he would have otherwise received.

      We would be very happy to help him in this matter and invite him to call us (01225430285) or ask us to call him so that our team can explain his rights and inform him as to how we can help him in this matter.

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  119. turner

    A week before i went on vacation i injured my back at work. my employer does not have workers comp insurance because it was cancelled due to a incidence of injuries. i was taken to a walk in clinic for care that was paid for by my employer, examined and provided rx medication. my employer reimbursed me for trx when i returned from vacation.
    when i returned from vacation i gave notice that i was leaving the company and continued to struggle with excruciating back pain. my employer authorized me seek medical attention at a walk in clinic close to my home. they would reimburse me upon receiving receipt of payment.
    i continue to be in excruciating pain and anticipate that i’ll need further medical care. and of course employment.
    what should i do?

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    • Ian Morris

      The workers comp you cite is not a UK requirement. Under UK law, if you are working for an employer in the UK and are injured in an accident at work or whilst performing your working duties, you would have a right to make a claim against your employers employer liability insurance cover should your employer have failed to provide adequate training and equipment to enable you to work safely.

      Have you spoken with a specialist in workplace injury compensation?

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  120. Mark Tait

    I injured my back when i was 19, i am now 46 and still suffering from lower back pain most days. At the time i worked for the NHS and was told by my ward sister to lift a patient by myself, even though he was a two person lift and i pointed this out to her. I was ordered to get on with it as we were short of staff.
    Whilst changing the patient he let himself fall on top of me. This resulted in me receiving a slipped vertebrae in the lower of my back and at the top of my back as well as ripping the muscles and ligaments in my shoulders. I was off work for over a year and received occupational therapy weekly. After returning to work over a year later i only managed to stay for 2 month, but could not manage to do the job and ended up leaving, that was my nursing career over. I never claimed anything as i was unaware at the time of my rights.

    Now that i am 46, i am still suffering from lower back pain almost daily, some days are worse than others but its always there. Can i claim compensation for this or any type of benefits?

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    • Ian Morris

      Unfortunately, you cannot claim compensation for the injury as some 27 years have passed since your injury. UK law required you to have made a claim within 3 years of the injury.

      You may be entitled to certain benefits if you can no longer work or require care etc. You should pursue your rights in terms of benefits entitlement with the appropriate authority – the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP).

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  121. Nicky

    My father is currently in hospital since being injured in a fire in the truck he was sleeping in while working (sleeper cab – end of shift sleep not a quick nap). The truck was burnt out. He is fully sedated and on a ventilator. I understand that the police reported the incident to the HSE. He had only worked for this employer for 3 days and we have been requested by the police not to make contact. How should we proceed?

    He is not receiving any wages or sick pay. In addition it is likely, if he survives, that he will have a number of life changing after effects of the accident. His partner does not know where to turn and is obviously focused on being with him at the hospital in case he wakes up.

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    • Ian Morris

      Clearly, this matter involves a very serious incident in which the severity of injuries and possible long term consequences of them could be substantial.

      At this stage, it is unlikely that the cause of the fire is known or whether any negligence can be attached to the employer and it is probable that it could a while before such details are understood. If the Police have attended and the HSE have been informed, investigations will be underway. As you will appreciate, the outcome of such investigations will give an indication as to whether a claim will succeed and if so, against whom.

      It would be sensible for an initial conversation between yourself/your Father’s partner and one of our specialist Solicitors to take place at this stage as there certainly is potential to pursue a claim for the serious injuries and long term consequences of this incident. Whilst your Father does have 3 years from the date of the incident in which to pursue a claim, it could be a wise move to get the ball rolling at this stage. To do so, please use our call back service so that we can speak with you to take some initial information for our Solicitors in order that they can then contact you to discuss this in detail.

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  122. Warren

    I currently have big problems at work. I am a victim of harassment, moral pressure, bullying and victimization. I do not know what to do. I raised a grievance against my managers but the investigation of the head office is not over.
    I still have to work with them and now since they knows about my grievance it’s become worst. I fell at work, I lost consciousness.
    I was stunned by the fact that no ambulance was called when I collapsed in front of staff and customers, I was down for a while and felt so much pain. This is just unacceptable and I cannot tolerate someone ridiculing me like that.
    I need Help please.

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    • Ian Morris

      You mention that you have an ongoing grievance procedure in place. At this stage, you really need to await the outcome of that process.

      You should ensure that any issues you are having with your colleagues and management team are recorded in writing and addressed to the relevant people within your employer – HR, Line Management etc.

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  123. MD

    Hi, I’m just curious. My son had an accident while at work but the accident happened outside work. He’s been asked by his boss to buy food outside. He uses his bike to buy the food, but unfortunately the bike broke and that causes him getting hurt. He broke one of his finger and now subject to surgery to fix it.
    Can my son get an injury compensation from his work or not? Though, he is just in probationary period at his job.

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    • Ian Morris

      If the bicycle belongs to the employer, there could be a valid claim to be pursued against the employer. If the cycle is owned by your Son, he would not be able to hold his employer liable for the injury to his finger caused in this incident.

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  124. Lou

    I work 5 nights a week, sometimes for 9-10 day stretches, and for 6-10 hour shifts, and only one day off here or there. I do the same tasks every night, which included pushing and pulling heavy carts, lifting and twisting crates and boxes, cutting tape, prying open glued boxes, lifting gallons above my head, constantly grabbing and pulling items towards me at different angles. I went to a doctor this morning that has told me I have a sprained wrist due to overuse. Is my employer liable?

    I do work a second job, I’ve had this job far longer, only work 1-2 shifts for a total of 10 hours max per week. There is no heavy lifting over 6 lbs, and it is not often enough to be a problem. But the manager at the job I am claiming the incident at, is trying to accuse my second job of being the cause of my injury. What do I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      Your employer may well be liable for the injury to your wrist. UK law requires all employers to adequately train staff, provide the correct equipment and risk assess all roles to ensure that employees can work safely with the risk of injury minimised.

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  125. Rita

    My husband is an engineer and last week he turned away from his machine and someone had left a delivery behind him, which he tripped over, he was reading a drawing at the time. They didn’t call an ambulance, they moved him manually which took over an hour to get him into a firms van, which has resulted in a broken bone in his pelvis. He is in a hospital approx 10 miles away, when i spoke to his manager he said the accident was 50/50 as Brian was not looking where he was going. I disagree surely health and safety, this shouldn’t have been left there directly behind him, people say we should make a personal injury claim but his concerns are he still and hopes to continue to work there. Your comments please.

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    • Ian Morris

      You are right in that he should make a claim and the delivery should not have been left in such an area. Of course, we do not know the layout of the working area, but our initial view is that negligence will attach in this and a claim could proceed.

      Your Husband has a serious injury and should consider that such an injury is likely to have long term (and probably permanent) implications to his health and physical condition. He is free to make a claim against the employers insurance without it impacting on his right to continue working for them and he should not be concerned about the employer in such a serious situation.

      We would be very happy to assist your Husband in these circumstances. If he would like to find out more and consider his options with a better understanding of his rights after an accident at work, please call us on 01225430285 or if it is easier for him we can call him at a time that suits his situation.

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  126. Brenda

    I have carpal tunnel, also tennis elbow and trigger thumb from the work that I do which is operating a weed eater and zero turn mower. Can the company let me go if my doctor gives me a letter saying I cannot weed etc but I can do my other work?

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    • Ian Morris

      We cannot answer on questions of employment law and would recommend that you make contact with an employment law Solicitor to discuss your rights in this matter.

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  127. Nicola

    I started work with the company 3 months ago, about 10 days ago the weather was very hot and we were asked to open the windows of the hotel bedrooms for guests. As I pulled the heavy window up which is on a pulley type system this failed and the full weight came down on my left hand, pulling my arm and neck, I now have constant pain and numbness in my shoulder and neck. My neck movement is at 40% and the doctor has put me off work and on medication. I asked the top supervisor for the accident book to be told we don’t have one, what should I do? Thank you.

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    • Ian Morris

      You should make a written report of the incident that caused your injury – describing what happened and how you are injured (along with noting the lack of an accident book) to your employer and send it to your HR team and your line manager.

      We would be happy to assist you in taking such a claim further. Please use this link to start your claim so that we can help you.

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  128. Vijaypal singh

    Last week i had injury with an angle grinder. I used the angel grinder to cut plastic pipe in trench and suddenly it stuck and reverse back to cut my leg. I just want to enquire about the claim. If I want to claim how much I can get?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is not possible to advise you of a possible settlement amount as we simply do not know the severity of the injury and the longer term implications of this injury to you. We can however help you to make a claim for compensation and invite you to take your claim further with us.

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  129. Brendan

    This is a bit lengthy, so bear with me…

    I was injured at my job back in August of 2018, and was subsequently put on light duty. I was on it for 3 months, during which I was moved around multiple times to do different jobs in the warehouse I work in, but I was (per doctor’s orders), not allowed to do ANY standing work (I broke my foot). I was eventually moved into a small office that wasn’t being used, with no air conditioning, and it was very hot inside the warehouse every day. The new warehouse manager told my immediate supervisor that she “didn’t want to see me around”, so he literally had to hide me like that. I came off light duty just before Halloween, I believe.

    Now, my conundrum begins in February of this year. I was injured at work AGAIN, due to an accident brought on by my own habit with attempting to get faulty, improperly maintained equipment to work. My ankle was crushed from both sides between a pallet jack and a fully loaded pallet. After the shock of the injury, I immediately began to worry about getting fired for being hurt again, due to the ridiculous way I was treated with my prior injury. I wondered whether I should even report it, or just try to tough out the rest of the day, hiding the injury and then say it happened outside of work. I regrettably decided to do the latter. I went to the doctor outside of work and discovered I had a severe ankle sprain and avulsion fracture.

    I have short term disability insurance that I pay for after taxes through my employer, so I used it, claiming I was injured at home. I have now (as of August 11th) exhausted the payment benefits of it. I am very worried about losing my job, because my ankle is not healed. I suspect I may have caused permanent damage. I was just wondering, if there is any possibility that you know of that I can be able to claim this injury with workers comp and have them take care of me. I really made a huge mistake and hope you can help somehow.

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    • Ian Morris

      You are right in that you made a mistake in not telling the truth about this serious injury. Unfortunately, I cannot see how you could now try to make a claim against your employer for the injury as you would struggle to succeed. Further, you could face allegations of insurance fraud by changing your version of events.

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  130. George geo

    I was hit twice on a dumper truck by a forklift reversing into me and hurt my back at work on a construction site in March. Reported it to site agent and he refused to put in accident book and wanting me off job as I was complaining about it. I am off work at moment with my back again. Where do I stand about claiming loss of earnings?

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    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim for compensation and if successful, you could recover any lost income caused in this incident.

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  131. Tracy

    I had an accident in the kitchen at work yesterday. I was cooking as head chef and an external company were breaking down an old walk-in fridge and they kicked a large industrial ladder which hit me hard in the back and knocked me onto the cooker.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The incident you describe would appear to be something for which you could seek to claim personal injury compensation for – as long as you have been sufficiently injured and have sought medical treatment.

      To protect your interests, ensure that an accident book report was completed and that the details of any injury you have sustained is noted.

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  132. Andrew

    I lost the tip of my finger on a machine at work. I placed my finger into the machine while it was still running and it got mangled. I was operating the machine alone which is normal.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you were operating the machine having had specific training from your employer and with the appropriate safety equipment and guidance it is unlikely that you could succeed with a claim.

      However, if you were not trained or if there was a fault with the machine or the way that your employer had shown you to use the item, you could claim compensation.

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  133. 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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  134. Dee

    I work as a cleaner and when I moved the needle box there was a needle that she used for stitching with thread not disposed of properly and it stuck in my finger, it bled very heavy and there was one doctor still in surgery and she advised me on what to do and disposed of the needle. I have had one blood test done and still have two more before I know if I’m in the clear, since that incident all yellow needle boxes have been attached to the wall so underneath can be seen. Fast forward two weeks and in the same room they still hadn’t disposed of needles properly. I emailed my boss and sent her photos, I no longer clean the boxes since what happened but plain negligence and they have no regard for my health and safety. Have I a claim for my Needlestick injury?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Yes, you have a valid claim for the stress and anxiety caused to you by the needlestick injury you have sustained.

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  135. David

    I have broken my big toe at work I have been to the doctors and they have put me on light duties for 2 weeks but work haven’t got anything for me to do and sent me home with no pay. Have I got a case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To be able to make a claim for compensation as a result of your workplace injury, you’ll need to be able to identify a possible area of negligence against the employer or a colleague (or another party). With this in mind, we need to understand more about how you came to break your toe. You have clearly suffered a nasty injury and a break to the big toe is commonly associated with a reasonably lengthy recovery period and short term problems with mobility and independence.

      So that we can help you further, use our ‘start a claim’ page to tell us what happened and how you were injured. We can then call you back to discuss your injury and help you make a claim if appropriate to do so.

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  136. Kelly

    I work as a support worker and was hit over the head by a resident. At the time I was offered to go home by the nurse in charge but as I felt ok apart from a sore neck decided to stay. Later on I my neck became worse but I also began to get shooting pains to the side of my head and began to go dizzy and blurry vision. I asked to go home so that I could visit the hospital but was told no due to low staffing numbers. Because of this an emergency ambulance took me to hospital where I was told I had mild concussion and a sprained neck. My work also docked my wages for leaving early. The following week my neck was still sore. It due to already loosing pay I had no choice but to attend work. Would I have a claim at all? Thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      The scenario you describe is certainly something for which you can pursue a claim for compensation against your employer. Your claim will succeed if we can show that the employer hadn’t adequately risk assessed the resident that you were working with or advised you appropriately of the risks that they present. If you succeeded with your claim, you would also be able to recover any lost income relevant to this incident.

      Please call us on 01225430285 to start your claim.

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  137. gary

    I was required to carry some material through a small gap. I hit my knee on some other material which was sticking out at the end of the gap which then inflicted an open wound onto my knee cap which required the hospitals attention. Not only that but my employer does not have any first aiders and is aware of this. People have told me to put a claim in for this as it wasn’t my fault.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Anyone injured in a non-fault accident at work has a right to make a claim for compensation against the employers obligatory insurance cover. In your case, your claim will succeed if it can be shown that your employer failed in their obligations towards your health and safety at work. There is clearly an argument to be made that the work you were asked to do was dangerous and the item that caused your laceration should not have been in situ.

      Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can take some further details from you and present your claim to our specialist Solicitors for detailed consideration.

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  138. Rory

    Hi, I was injured at work recently and ended up with a broken toe. I have been encouraged to seek a claim but i didn’t wear my steel toe capped boots as they’re really uncomfortable.
    Do I have a case at all? The cage which run over my foot was being pushed by a delivery driver as I was pulling it along, I had no idea he was there and thought I had sole control of the cage. As I attempted to negotiate a turn it carried on at full speed and ran over my foot.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Does your employer inform you and require that you wear steel-toe capped shoes? If so, as you have chosen not to wear them, you would have to accept some contributory negligence if you were to claim. If the employer has not provided such footwear and does not mandate that you wear them, you should pursue a claim and be able to hold the employer 100% liable for your injuries.

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  139. Samantha

    I have sprained my wrist 3 times in the last 2 years at my current job. I believe I have done serious damage and want to reach out to an orthrapedic specialist. My employer is refusing to give me copies of my injury reports. My question is, is that legal? I have the most recent report because it was not filled out and filed “by the books”.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Why do you need the reports to be able to see the Orthopaedic specialist? If you were to make a claim for compensation against your employer for the injuries and damage to your wrist, our specialist Solicitors would be able to request copies of any accident reports for you.

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  140. George

    Can I make a claim for injury at work as I don’t have cscs card?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Yes, the employer and construction site management operator has responsibility to ensure that you are qualified to work on site. Therefore, if you have been injured at work you can look in to making a claim for compensation.

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  141. Georgia

    Hired by a retail firm 2 weeks ago and we had brief basic health and safety/manual handling during induction. Told in interview new starters were “helping to build the shop” it was opening a fortnight later. First day 8 hours of building interior walls/heavy shelving. Only shown to do it by other new starters that had began the day before me. The next morning black and blue arms (i took photos) i went to do it again. The same. Several people cut their hands and i and other staff were left to find the first aid box. I asked if we could have gloves and the manager asked me “what kind of gloves would you use?” then walked away. We were not told to wear long sleeves to protect our arms my arms were bruised from top to bottom. On the 4th day i was put with a small group of 4 colleagues to build more shelving. The deputy manager joined us telling us we were not working quickly enough he told us we had to begin a side of the shelving and compete him to finish the other side. Myself and another lady began to do the shelving in pairs as it was so heavy to hold them up alone our arms were shaky. During break we were told that it should have been finished by now. We had sweated and rushed beyond our capability all the while egged on by the Deputy manager. The next day my wrists and hands were in agony. I have seen the g.p who has advised me not to return to the job and has prescribed me Prednisilone for the pain. I have another appointment in the morning . I have been in too much pain to drive brush my hair hold my cup so many things. Are they liable? I feel so drained with the pain and know this activity has caused it. I was hired to work in a shop as a sales assistant then was carrying and lifting heavy shelving repeatedly for hours. Is it right?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is important that you make sure that a written report of your injuries and the cause is made with the employer. If your injuries remain present for 4 weeks or more, you could then look at making a claim for personal injury compensation.

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  142. Julie

    Hi I’ve an ongoing injury from June 2016 from an accident at work. I’ve just had an operation at the beginning of July and might need another, am i too late to make a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Sadly, as your injury dates back to June 2016, your claim limitation period would have expired in June 2019. UK law affords any person over the age of 18 years a maximum period of 3 years in which they can make a claim for compensation.

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  143. Alfonzo

    I was on a roof busy working, my plan was to put building line on the trusses, as i walk i step on a rotten sheet and i didn’t know it was rotten. The one moment i was on the roof, seconds later i fell through – both my feet broken, one month in hospital. Suddenly i got a call from my employer saying i don’t have to come back to work, is that right? I just want to know my rights?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      How long had you worked for the employer? If you were working as an employee and acting on the instructions of a supervisor or hadn’t been trained properly, you could potentially pursue a claim for compensation in this matter.

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  144. Mary

    Is your employer liable to pay you a salary if you were only hospitalised for two weeks and then had two weeks at home after being released from hospital on doctors orders?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Employers in the UK are not obliged to pay full salaries to people off work if they are sick or injured, even if they are off work due to injuries suffered at work. Whether or not you would receive sick pay will depend on your contract of employment and what rights you have with your employer. UK law only guarantees qualifying employees Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

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  145. Annie

    My employer put me to work on a table made for people who are 5ft 6 and shorter I am 5ft 11 and had to bend farther for 11 hours and now have back pain and hip pain.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Do you know for certain that the table in question was designed for people of height of 5’6″ and below? Did you ever complain to your employer in writing regarding the table height?

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  146. Mike

    Hi, I had an accident at work on a construction site. On 12th of June 2019 during manual lifting my left hand index finger tip got crushed by an RSJ steel beam. I was rushed to the hospital, got first help and x-ray done there. I was directed to the plastics hospital to rebuild the finger tip as the bone is crushed and finger need to be stitched up and nail removed. Yesterday I had a surgery – doctor said it’s gonna take around 3 months to get well, but there might be some issues with finger in the future like lack sensation of temperature, good grip, responsiveness etc.

    Im a self employed, working through recruitment agency. Company who I work for now gave me few days off to sort out my finger, but were asking to come back to work next Monday. They also offered me to pay me my salary while I will be recovering 2-3 months under the condition that I will be present at work, but not performing any tasks. Just sit there 8:00 till 16:00. All this was communicated to me verbally by my supervisor after he spoke with the company’s director.

    I don’t know what to do, whether to take their offer as it sounds a bit dodgy, because there is no written agreement between us, so they will be able to get rid of me asap, not paying me the money for 2-3 months while I recover.

    Also, if I’ll agree to their terms: coming to work and be there 8:00 – 16:00 Monday-Friday, will I be able to file an injury claim after few months when I’ll see how did my finger healed and whether there’s no complications?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law affords you a claim limitation period of 3 years from the date of any accident within the UK in which you can make a claim for personal injury compensation. However, it is important to note that the details of the accident need to have been reported properly and recorded within an employers/site accident book. Also, it is always a wise move to make a claim as early as possible within that 3 year period.

      You are right to carefully consider whether the employers offer to pay your salary if you attend work is a wise move. On the one hand, it could be seen as a great gesture from the employer. The fact that they are willing to pay you would immediately remove any concerns you may have had as to how you would cope without an income during your recovery. However, as you say, you have nothing in writing to bind them to this agreement.

      The other key thing to consider is the long term impact that the injury you have had may have on your career and future earning capabilities. You have clearly suffered a nasty injury and it is most likely that you will not make a full recovery and could well have loss of fine motor skills and dexterity. As the injury is to an index finger, the potential impact on your life and work could be extensive. Whilst your employer may pay you in the short term, they would not cover any future loss of income down the line.

      The sensible move would be to make an immediate claim for personal injury compensation. Such a move would ensure that your best interests were protected. Whilst you may have to cope with a short term loss of income, you would be certain that the full extent of the damage to your finger was understood and noted by a specialist medical expert and that any compensation settlement down the line would take this in to account and would ensure that any loss of strength or dexterity and loss of income – both previous and in the future – were included in the claim.

      If you would like to pursue a claim or discuss your options with us, please do call us on 01225430285. Alternatively, you can get us to call you when it suits you.

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  147. Stuart

    I drive a lorry with a Hiab crane which means I have to be able to access the bed of the lorry to hook up bags I am delivering. The lorry does not have any steps or ladders meaning I have to climb up the back of the lorry on the bumper and light fittings to access the bed, I mentioned this about a year ago when they first bought the vehicle but nothing has been done to rectify this. Subsequently this last week I fell from the lorry and landed on the chassis on my ribs causing quite severe pain and I am currently in a minor injury unit getting checked out. What are my rights regarding compensation as my employer has now decided that they are not paying sick pay even though they have not changed my contract?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have a valid claim for accident at work compensation and should seriously consider making a claim for compensation. You have previously pointed out a risk to your health and safety at work to your employer. As the employer has ignored this report and taken no action, it indicates that they will have questions to answer regarding the injuries you sustained.

      We would be happy to help you make your claim and would like to present this matter to our Solicitors for you. You can call us on 01225430285 or we can call you at a time that suits if you prefer.

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      • Stuart

        Thanks Ian
        I have got a meeting with the directors this week and it is great to know that you think I have a very strong case against them I will be in touch soon

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        • Ian Morris

          Thank you. Good luck with your meeting!

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  148. Missy

    Do I have to file workman’s compensation if I get hurt at work?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Making a claim for compensation after an accident at work is a completely optional matter. Whilst most injured employees would wish to make a claim, you are not obliged to do so.

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  149. Karen

    Hi
    I work in a call centre and been employed by same employer for quite some years. They are aware that I have degenerative discs and after years of asking was finally given a raised desk. However the damage is done and being sat down for 35 hours a week took its toll. I’ve had nerve blocks which worked at first but not anymore and have had quite a few instances off work due to chronic back pain and now sciatica daily. My back consultant says the only thing left is to have surgery, decompression and a wallis implant. I wouldn’t have got to this state if I had been given a desk where I could stand up at on first asking years ago!
    Where do I stand as they aren’t happy I will have to take more time off after operation 6-8 weeks and only in SSP?

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    • Ian Morris

      There is the potential to make a claim, but it is not without difficulty given the nature of the injury and issues you’d face in the claim. The defendant is likely to argue that you have a degenerative condition and not one that they caused. They will argue with you on issues of causation. Also, you could face a problem with claim limitation. You have 3 years to make a claim under UK personal injury law and it could be that your 3 years is already up – depending on when you began to suffer symptoms and when you first attended your GP regarding this problem.

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  150. Jamie

    What can I do about my supervisor refusing to give me a medical pass after getting injured? A coworker struck me so hard i fell backwards. Sprained my left hand, had whiplash and caused injury to my spine. He smash/struck me with what we call a limousine. I told the supervisor twice I was hurt. There was witnesses. But he still made me stay on line and do my job. Now he’s denying that I asked him for a medical pass playing stupid like he had no clue. Now they’re trying to pin this on me. I was injured. I’m new to the company. After work I did go to the Emergency Room.

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    • Ian Morris

      As with any issues such as the one you raise, evidence is the key. Sadly, if there was nothing in writing and only verbal discussions were held it does put you in a weak position. Will any of your co-workers vouch for you?

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  151. Charlotte wolfe

    Hi my daughter broke her finger and works one day a week as a make up artist, she wants to go to work on sat but her employer said she’s not insured to have her working…..is this the case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employer has every right to refuse to allow an injured person to work if they feel that it will be impossible to allow them to work safely or if they know that their insurance would be invalid if anything were to happen.

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  152. Gaetano

    Hi i was injured at work and instead of going on wsib my employer and I agreed to light duties at the shop. They have been paying every week but last week I didn’t show up on Monday because I was going to get assessed by a doctor which they knew about . And Tuesday till Friday I called them saying that I won’t be in because of serious family matter. Should they still have paid me for that week?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This question is one of employment law and not personal injury. Please re-direct your query to an employment law specialist.

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  153. Donald

    If an employer stages a reconstruction photograph, can the photographs be used against you?

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    • Ian Morris

      Employers are free to provide whatever evidence they have to defend any claim that may be made against them. However, they cannot use falsified or fraudulent evidence to undermine a claim and if they were to do so, could face serious criminal and legal consequences.

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  154. Geoff

    Hi
    I was involved in an incident as a part of my duty about 15 years ago where I was blamed for the death of another staff member. I had a performance counseling meeting with an employee who documented the meeting in his diary and within hours had a heart attack and died. His son and others believed that I had stressed him to the extent that he had a heat attack. After his death I received death threats and I was physically attacked while I was working twice, followed home and had the people come to my house and threaten me. The company I worked with sent me to 2 sessions with a counselor and put on extra security at the hotel I was working in. Action was taken against 2 of the offenders and I had restraining orders put in place. Everything seemed ok but after a few years the incidents started to come back to my mind. Over a period of time this became worse and I found it increasingly more difficult to be in crowds and noisy places. Especially pubs and gaming rooms with loud alcohol affected people. I resigned from my position and bought a small country hotel but over a few years the anxiety and stress periods increased and I asked my GP for help. I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress and anxiety. I had some counseling but after more time I was advised to sell my business. I am now receiving a small payment from AMP as I had an income protection cover attached but it will end soon. My question is, Would I have a case against the company that I worked for when the first incident occurred as I am now unemployable in any role where there may be conflict etc.

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    • Ian Morris

      Notwithstanding the awful situation you have described and the clear (and understandable) impact that this has had on your health and well-being since, it is unfortunately hard to see how you could make a claim against your former employer.

      The main issue present is one of limitation. You describe an initial incident that took place many years ago (approximately 15). UK law would have required you to pursue any claim action within 3 years of the date of the incident and as such, even though you are suffering from returning and ongoing symptoms, we believe that you are well outside of the claim limitation period.

      Further, the damage done to you was by way of the offending individuals and it is unlikely that you would be able to demonstrate negligence on behalf of your former employer.

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  155. Paul

    I suffered a broken finger and tendon at work on an auxiliary engine. The key ignition was broken. So had to use the emergency pullcord. But this has been the case for over a year. He didn’t want to pay out to replace the key ignition. Due to this the pullcord has gone harder to use, hence snapping my finger and tendon. Have since had an operation to repair the injury. And could be off for 10 weeks or so. He claims it’s my fault. He has since the injury installed a ‘hotwire’ to start it, which I see as also dangerous!
    Where do I stand with such a negligent boss?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employer is guilty of negligence in this accident scenario and as such, you would have every right to make a claim for compensation as the injury was completely avoidable. UK Health and Safety legislation obliges Employers to ensure that the risks of injury within the workplace are minimised so far as practically possible. Therefore, refusing to repair a broken item on the basis of cost is not an acceptable reason for allowing a potential risk to injury to remain present in the workplace.

      If you would like to discuss your accident at work with us and look at the possibility of making a claim for compensation, call us on 01225430285 or you can ask us to call you.

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  156. joel

    hi i have recently been off work due to trigger finger been off for a week and then signed off for a week with the doctors not say to return on light duties due to pain in my hand and arm but been put back on my normal role after telling them i was in pain still. what should i do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should make a written report to your employer of your injury and note that they failed to listen to your warnings of ongoing pain and then contact us to make a claim for compensation. You can call us or we can call you at a time that suits

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  157. 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. Please call us on 01225430285 or request a call back.

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  158. Suzanne

    A couple of years back our company changed out our cell phones for a much larger heavier Samsung. From the beginning I knew I was going to have difficulty with it due to the size and weight. I am a petite female and this phone with the case they require you to have my hands barely fit around. I brought this to the attention of my immediate supervisor and was told there is no other option. Side note: another employee was given a smaller device just for asking. Several months went by and my hands continued to decline. It took me going to a hand specialist and producing documentation that I am now at the point of needing surgery on both hands. I was then finally given a smaller phone. Around the same time another employee said they did not like this phone and refused to use it and was granted the smaller phone with no documentation. Is this legal? I now have to undergo two surgeries and will be out with cut pay. I would appreciate some insight on this. Thank you. Ps I’ve been a valued employee there for 16 years

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    • Ian Morris

      The phones that you were tasked with using are likely to be found to be safe for use and not of a weight that would be considered to he a hazard to use. That said, there is no obvious reason for the employer to fail to consider providing you with an alternative handset.

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  159. Megan

    An employee stepped over a dog in the public house I run. The dog got up when she stepped over it, causing her to pull a muscle and fall into the bar awkwardly.

    She has since been on a two week holiday to Greece (the day after it happened she seemed fine), but when she came back, she went to the Doctors and has been signed off for 6-8 weeks.

    Where do I stand if she was to claim against me? Am I to blame for her stepping over the dog? Or is the dogs owner at fault for letting the dog lie on the floor? She knew the dog was there.

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    • Ian Morris

      The fact that she appeared fine the day after the incident is a red herring as it is often the case with soft tissue injuries that the onset of symptoms can be delayed for a few days. As her GP has signed her off for 6-8 weeks, it indicates that the Doctor is sufficiently concerned about an injury being present.

      It is hard to see how she could proceed with a claim against you in this incident.

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  160. Megan

    I was burned and scarred by a heat lamp at work, and they never reported it or offered any treatment. The heat lamp was never moved even after I voiced concerns of its safety. My employer knew about the incident (and others from other employees) and has still done nothing to correct it. I have since quit the job. The scar I have is on the top of my forearm and I have to look at it every day :/ Is there any compensation for scarring?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Scarring after an injury such as caused by a burn is definitely something that compensation 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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  161. Marie

    What happens when my place of work refuses to let me take photos to persue a claim for my accident; it is the main footpath entrance to and from the school and on school grounds where I work.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Have you made a written request to the school asking for permission to photograph a hazard that you believe is dangerous and caused your injury? If not, you should do so and you should inform them that they are potentially preventing you from seeking a fair and just outcome to any legal proceedings by blocking your right to take such photographs. You can suggest that you would be happy to take photographs when the school is closed and confirm that no pupils or school information will be captured in the images to see if that helps.

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  162. Margaret

    I am a supply teacher and three months ago I was given a day’s work as a TA at a Special School for children with autism. I was put into a class of eight severely autistic upper KS2 boys, with a teacher and two other TAs. I was told it was the most challenging class in school. I was physically attacked all day long ( the boys were hitting, punching, grabbing, nipping, hair pulling and kicking) as were the other members of staff. One of the attacks on me came from a boy who was sitting (lolling) behind me on a chair. Out of the blue, he kicked me with extreme force at the back of my neck/ top of my vertebrae. He was wearing big outdoor shoes. I was in shock as I had been taken by surprise and it was very painful. It was towards the end of the school day and a Friday. One of the TAs told me to fill in an incident form. I noticed that each of the members of staff in the classroom were filling them in too, for incidents that had taken place that day. Following procedure, I then had to take the form to the Deputy Head teacher, who asked how I was and checked me over. Not wanting to cause a fuss on my first ever day there, and not wanting to appear weak, I said I was ok even though I was in great pain. I had difficulty driving home and the next day my husband said I had a huge bruise on my neck. Ever since, I have experienced pain at the back of my neck and a permanent burning sensation and now have to apply a heat, anti inflammatory ointment to it. It has become so bad I have made an appointment to see my GP about it this week as I feel I need to have it checked to see what is causing me so much pain all these weeks later. Can you advise me where I go from here please? Should I contact my teachers’ union? I have had to reduce the number of days I work because of this injury. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can contact your union to speak with their legal representatives as you may well have a claim. Whilst you would expect us to say this, we would advise that you speak with an independent specialist personal injury expert (such as Direct2Compensation) to ensure that any claim you make is managed properly and pursued by specialist experts.

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  163. Sheena

    Hi, I have been off sick since January with anxiety, stress, depression and panic attacks as a result from work pressures and I was taken to hospital. The workplace are saying they are holding no responsibility for my illnesses as I ask for extra work and brought it on myself.
    Since then they have done restructuring in the company and have made me redundant. I put a grievance in back in February and have not been happy with the outcome this has now gone to the third stage.
    I am now classed as disabled through mental illness and physiological damage that all of this has caused and cannot work for at least three years.
    I want compensation for what they have done to me, I cannot lead a normal life anymore, my husband has had to stop employment to stay at home and look after me.
    Please could you help us?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law requires employers to provide a safe and secure working environment for all staff. If an employer is made aware of health issues impacting on a staff member – whether physical or psychological, the employer must consider whether they should make any adjustments to the working environment to help the staff member.

      You do have a right to further investigate your rights to make a claim for work related stress and anxiety and we can assist with that as we work with a specialist who can advise you on such matters. If you would like to take this further and seek the experts advice, please email us at: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk to request a work related stress questionnaire. We can then send you one and you can complete and return the same so that we can hand that to our expert and they can contact you to advise you on your specific situation.

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  164. Mukhethwa

    If I get injured while I’m working overtime, Saturday overtime, do I get full pay for the hours I’ve been booked for or only the hours I’ve worked for before I got injured?

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    • Ian Morris

      It would depend on the contract of employment that you have with your employer. UK law does not oblige any employer operating within the UK to pay staff full wages for any period of absence caused through injury or illness – even if the injuries were sustained in an accident at work.

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  165. Aditi

    Hi I work in a school (pupil referral unit) and we share a building with another specialist provision. They left a wooden board behind our connecting doors and when I was leaving to go home the board had not been removed, I could not see it through the vision panel and it obstructed my exit and jolted my back as i crashed into the door. I’ve been off work three times due to back problems. I’ve got a pre existing back injury with severe sciatica and disc bulging and now my upper back is affected. It was always only lower back and legs.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The incident you describe was caused by negligence in the leaving of the wooden board behind the connecting doors. As such, pursuing a claim should be a viable option. Hopefully you have recorded the incident and your injuries in an accident book or similar reporting system with your employer? Although you have pre-existing back issues, it would not prevent you from pursuing a claim for the new injuries sustained and any exacerbation of pre-existing symptoms.

      If you would like to look further in to making a claim with our specialist Solicitors, we’ll need to have a quick 5 minute chat with you to get some further basic information. You can call us on 01225430285 or if you prefer, use the website to send us a contact request and we’ll call you when it suits you.

      Reply
  166. Christie

    I was injured and my employer has not allowed me to return to work at all they are requesting all my medical records and I have already given them my doctors note it’s been a month.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, if an employer is of the view that you are not fit to work they are within their rights to refuse to allow you to work if they believe that you could worsen your own injury or potentially be a risk to others health and safety.

      If you believe that you are fit to work, you should see your Doctor and ask them to sign you as fit to work if they agree with you.

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  167. damian gray

    Hello,

    I am a TA at a primary School. I was attacked and injured by a child. The school knew about the risks and did not protect me. I have put in a claim for damages through my union. This was 4 months ago. I’m now back at work. Today i was made redundant apparently due to finances. I am a specialist looking after a single child with many needs. This child has been given to a colleague next year.

    Does this sound right?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      On the issue you raise regarding redundancy, this is something that you should discuss with an employment law specialist or your Union. Any redundancy must be done via the correct statutory process and following a consultation period.

      On the personal injury side of your comment, if your employer was aware of risks to your health and safety at work, they must make you aware of them and ensure that you are given all appropriate training and tools to minimise the risk of injury at work. As your claim has been made 4 months ago, you should soon find out whether or not the employer’s insurers are accepting or denying liability in your claim.

      Reply
  168. Jeffrey

    I was injured 6 years ago outside of the work place and the injury was severe. I was threatened by my boss, not to claim compensation and I felt intimidated by him. He made me sign a piece of paper stating that I would not claim. Is there anything I can do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The piece of paper you signed is unlikely to stand up to scrutiny and there is a sound argument to make against the employer for pressuring you in to not claiming. However, whether or not you can make a claim will come down to the fact that you were injured so long ago. Unfortunately, the UK personal injury laws require any adult to make a claim within 3 years of their injury or accident. In your case, you cite a 6 year gap between your injury and now. Unfortunately, this means that you are barred from taking action as more than 3 years has passed.

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  169. Andrea

    I was elbowed at work today by my manager. In the chest. It took my breath away and knocked the wind out of me. What rights do I have and what should I do? Call HR? Go to the Dr? It still hurts and I gasp badly when I take a see breath.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Of course, you should report the actions of your manager to your employer’s HR team as this could well constitute an assault at work and if so, disciplinary proceedings may be appropriate.

      Regarding the injuries and how you feel, you should seek attention from your GP or at a hospital. If you believe that the incident was an assault, you should also report the incident to the police.

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  170. Linda

    Hi there, I work full time for a local authority. There was a faulty handle on a door in the building I work which was reported to my bosses several times. I was closing the door one day and had to pull it with some force when the handle came off and I staggered backwards and fell down with some force onto my back. I ended up in severe pain and unable to walk properly so had to be off for two weeks. My back flared up again just over two months later, again, to the same severe extent as before. I was off for 6 weeks that time. I do a very manual job which I love but there are tasks I’ve been asked to do now, due to changes in circumstances in work, that are causing me slight back pain. I’m terrified now that if my back goes again and I have to be off, that they will sack me. I love my job but feel I’m being treated very unfairly as when I raised this issue they did hint if I couldn’t carry out these new tasks, they’d have to redeploy me or ultimately, pay me off. I’m a park ranger so I wouldn’t be able to do that type of job anymore, it would have to be perhaps office based which I don’t have the skill set for nor do I want to do this. The other option would be to have me work evenings in a football facility which is unsuitable for me.
    I can still carry out every other aspect of my job. The task they are asking that I’m finding too much is emptying over 50 bins over the whole park, 200 odd acres using a wheelbarrow. The bags of refuse weigh up to 12 to 14 kilos. We usually use a petrol driven buggy but it keeps breaking down and they won’t replace it. I’m so worried about this and would welcome any advice. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The initial cause of your injury (the faulty door handle that had been reported to the employer), is likely to see you succeed with a claim for back injury compensation. If you have not already pursued such action, we would be very happy to speak with you about your rights and explain how we can help you make a No Win No Fee claim with our specialist Solicitors. If this would be of interest, please do call us on 01225430285.

      You are clearly concerned about your long term fitness to perform your duties. Perhaps one benefit of making a claim that you may not have considered is that you could potentially access expert specialist medical treatments at the cost of the defendant insurers if you were to succeed. Of course, there is no guarantee, but it is common for such therapies to really benefit personal injury claimants and help them to recover fully.

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  171. Rod

    Hello. I suffered an injury to my lower back in January & have not been able to claim because my employer was not negligent. Why is there not personal injury insurance for accidents in the workplace? I have lost my livelihood because of this & can’t claim a penny. Many thanks Rod

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Depending on the nature of the work you undertake, it is possible to obtain insurance against loss of income or even injury. However, employers in the UK are not required to provide such insurance and it would be unreasonable to expect them to do so. However, UK employers are obliged to ensure that staff are provided with adequate training, safety equipment and that work is risk assessed in order that the risk of injury is minimised.

      In your case, if your employer has fulfilled their statutory obligations, there is nothing you can do.

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  172. Marty Mitchell

    A few months back, I fell off a forklift at my work, because this particular forklift has a glitch. It jumps, therefore I fell when it jumped and I bang my chest against the pallets I was moving. I wasn’t sure what I was suppose to do. I suffered for a couple of months in pain with bruised chest, trouble breathing and what felt like a couple of broken ribs. My employer neither wrote an accident report or offered to send me to the doctor. My wife, who is a nurse, begged me to make my employer send me to the doctor and put me on light duty while I was recovering but I was afraid that I might lose my job. When I told my boss that I was still suffering with pain and injury, he let me know he wasn’t happy about it and kept me on the same duties that were aggravating the injury. I’m really concerned now that the company is putting it’s employees at risk and isn’t following the law, after last week working with a chemical cleaning solution, I asked if it needed to be diluted and they said, No. Later I received chemical burns on my arms that left scarring only to find out that the chemical solution was suppose to be diluted. I did go to my own GP at my wives insisting. Is my employer breaking the law by not writing an accident report and having me see the doctor? And what are my options now?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK employment law and employer obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act do not require the employer to send you to a GP or Hospital, but they must not prevent you from seeking medical attention.

      You cite two issues regarding injuries at work and in both cases, employer negligence could be attached and you could pursue claims for injury compensation against the employer. It is important to note that employers are obliged to record the details of any injury in the workplace within an accident book or incident report system. Employers face further obligations under UK law to report more serious injuries and incidents to RIDDOR if relevant criteria are met.

      If you’d like to call us we would be very happy to help you to understand your rights with regards to making a claim for compensation against your employer.

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  173. Shaun

    I was recently injured at work, I’m a delivery driver and on at least two occasions before my accident I have reported these near misses, leaking oil on the back of my vehicle due to careless loading. I’ve asked my manager to speak to the vehicle loaders about being more vigilant during loading. My injuries are back, shoulder and elbow, as a result of slipping on this leaked oil. I have a doctors appointment and will be off work tomorrow as a result of these injuries, could be off for some time as my back doesn’t seem to be easing off pain wise. I can’t survive on ssp, what’s my choices?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you have previously reported hazards to your health to your employer and these reports have been ignored or the problem remains present, it simply adds strength to your claim for compensation now you have unfortunately suffered personal injury and loss of income as a result of the ongoing negligence towards your health and safety at work.

      You describe a scenario that would give me an initial view that you have a strong and valid claim against your employer. Clearly, you have suffered injury and are in pain and perhaps more importantly, you are now out of pocket due to being unable to work temporarily due to the injuries sustained. SSP is a very low income and it is likely that you will not be able to cover the costs of living whilst you receive that income. Whilst it is not an immediate fix, pursuing a claim against your employer with us for your injuries would also enable you to recover your lost income and incurred costs.

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  174. Jack

    An 80 Kilogram steel bar was dropped across the top of my foot due to my colleague talking and not paying attention to his end of the bar! I am now off work with a fracture to my foot, as it wasn’t negligence by my company but done in my works premises, but caused by a work colleague, am I entitled to full pay while I am off?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law would not entitle you to full pay whilst off work through injury – even though you were injured at work. Indeed, your only route to recovering loss of income is by pursuing a claim against the employers insurance cover for your injury and including your loss of income in the claim.

      We would be happy to help you with this process.

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  175. Daniel

    Hello there, I had an accident at work two weeks ago involving 300kg and a forklift. My back and hips and shoulder are all in spasm and have been signed off until the 27th. It’s not right that I have to suffer being paid 94 pounds a week when the accident wasn’t even my fault. I currently smoke cannabis at weekends and rarely in the evening, my boss said if I was to claim he’s had a medical done on me and would have me sacked. Can he do that due the the urine sample he’d want from me? I have been smoking more to help with pain relief since I been signed off so any tests would come up positive. I feel that my boss is shafting me and I’m scared to put in a claim.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not your employer has a legal right to demand that you provide a urine sample for testing is a moot point and should not stop you from investigating whether or not you can pursue a claim for compensation against the employer.

      The best course of action in any claim enquiry is to do what you have done and be completely honest up front so that a Solicitor can advise you on the basis of full facts. The key in this incident was the cause of the injury and not whether or not you may have consumed cannabis at some stage. Clearly you have suffered painful and mobility restricting injuries and have every right to make a claim against the employer.

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  176. Shivaji

    I was off sick for 5 weeks due to the shoulder injury while playing sports but now my employer trying to argue with me that I had a lot of absentees is there anything I can say back to or what are my rights.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your injury was caused in a sporting accident, you are unlikely to have any grounds to make a claim for personal injury compensation as you would have been partaking in an inherently risky activity, with nobody liable to compensate you.

      As you have been off work, your employer may have rights to discipline you on grounds of absence. However, you need advice under employment law rights and not personal injury in this regard.

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  177. Fransha Brooks

    Hello, i was injured on my job as a longshoreman.
    I fell inside a tarp container which had plastic covering on top because of negligence on behalf of my employers crane operator. I was pushed down by the 24,000-34,0000 pound container causing me to fall inside almost entirely. I scarred tissue on my right side hip and back. I have been off from work for two months. I have been receiving physical therapy and over the counter pain reliever prescriptions from the doctor. I am on workers compensation however it is hardly enough to pay my bills. Do i have a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, it would appear that you have a valid claim for accident at work compensation. If you have not already done so, it would be a sensible move to ensure that a full report of the accident is recorded with the employer in their accident book and this is also a matter that ought to be brought to the attention of the Health and Safety Executive.

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  178. Chase

    What happens if I don’t get hurt at work but I’m outta work for weeks with a broken hand is there anything I can do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you are injured away from your workplace and that injury prevents you from working, your employer is not liable and under UK law would have no legal obligation to pay your usual salary unless you were contractually entitled to full pay whilst off sick. It is most likely that you are only legally entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and the employer must pay you that.

      The only course of action you would have regarding recovery of any loss of income or compensation would be by claiming against the cause of the broken hand. Therefore if you fell somewhere or were injured in a road traffic accident for example, you could pursue a claim against the relevant person or authority and if successful recover your loss of income etc from them.

      If you need some further help with this, please do call us on 01225430285.

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  179. Marlene

    I burnt my hand at work. I was off for over 5 weeks. Apparently that was my fault but nobody even informed me if that was incident or accident, paperwork has been done while I was off and I just filled short statement what have happened. Also because of the Bradford index I am due for disciplinary meeting for being off sick.

    Can I claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may well be able to pursue a claim against the employer for the burn injury to your hand. You state that it was ‘apparently’ your fault – who told you that and on what basis are they qualified to make that judgement?

      It is not acceptable for the employer or a colleague/manager to apportion responsibility for your injury upon you as this needs to be considered in context and include the responsibility your employer had towards your safety at work. In a short conversation with you, we would be able to identify whether your employer has failed in their duty towards your health and safety – such as a lack of training, incorrect equipment or a lack of protective equipment etc. If we can identify a failure on your employers part, it would be reasonable to pursue a claim against the employer for the burn injury and any associated loss of income or incurred costs.

      We’ve an article covering burn injuries at work if you’d like to read it.

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  180. Michele

    I work with adults with autism who live independently and last week my client physically assaulted my car during a crisis. The passenger door will not open inside or out. My company has left me without the use of my own car for the weekend and I have lost time at work because I cannot safely transport clients until the door is replaced. Am I entitled to lost wages until I can get this fixed?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As there is no personal injury involved in this situation, we cannot assist you. If you too had been injured in this incident, we may have been able to pursue a claim against the employer if they had not properly risk assessed the individual who caused the damage and the damage to your car would have been recoverable (if you were to have won the claim) as part of your special damages.

      In this incident, you may be forced to look at claiming from your own insurance cover – although that may not pay out if you have not specifically taken insurance that covers you for your work.

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  181. Beth

    I have damaged my kidneys due to no toilet at my old work place. I had a week off as doctor said I needed to be in hospital but didn’t get paid sick pay. Also I worked 6 to 10 hours without a break which resulted in me not controlling my diabetes. Can I claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The main issue you will have in such a claim scenario would be causation. That is proving the causal link between the working conditions and your kidney damage. Whilst we do not disbelieve you at all, it is likely to be hard to get such a claim pursued on a No Win No Fee basis as there may well not be sufficient evidence available to support the claim.

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  182. Kate

    I have hurt my shoulders due to the work i do, it has been going on for nearly 2 years now, i have taken holiday to attend my physio, although my manager has been made aware that it is my job role that is causing my pain, he has made no effort to change my daily routine, and i am still expected to do the job that they know is causing the problem. I am now on the verge of leaving because no one seems prepared to help my situation. I just wondered is there anything they should be doing? Can i claim my holiday back? Do i have a claim against them? Thankyou

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Any person who suffers an injury as a result of the work that they are employed to do may have a valid claim if they can attribute their injury to employer negligence.

      In your case, we would need to identify possible negligence against the employer before we could be certain whether you had a valid claim. It would appear that you have a job that requires physicality and movement. If this is the case, we would be interested to know what training your employer has provided regarding lifting and moving of items, working with the arm above shoulder height and what equipment and tools you are provided with (or not provided with).

      Your situation certainly warrants further investigation as you could well have a claim to recover your used holiday allowance, compensation for the pain and discomfort, appropriate rehabilitation therapies and other costs. We just need to speak with you first before we can be sure! Please call us on 01225430285 or use our website to make a request for us to call you at a time that suits you.

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  183. Sianna

    Hello,

    My brother in law is a self employed painter and decorator. He has been an ongoing labour only sub contractor for one firm for years but is paid through an umbrella company by them.

    He is epileptic but had not had a seizure for a few years. The firm were aware of this.

    On Thursday he had a seizure at the top of a scaffolding tower and fell off, this has resulted in him breaking his back in 5 places (T3 to T8). He is in hospital and will be there for the coming weeks. His injury is recoverable with the consultants indicating a recovery time of around 6 months.

    His family will now have no income as of next week and his care needs when he arrives home will be substantial meaning that his wife will be unable to seek employment through this time.

    For the years he has been working for the company there seems to have been no regard for health and safety, risk assessment or safety briefings.

    Although I can see that labour only subcontractors should be covered under Employers Liability Insurance I am unsure if the use of the umbrella company would change this. Having looked at the company the entire point of them is to ensure the subcontractors are not seen as employees (Hudson).

    In these circumstances would my brother in Law have a claim against the company?

    My other concern would be that he would likely still want to rely on this firm for work upon recovery as it has been his sole income for many years.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not the epilepsy and any risk assessments around that issue would be relevant to the claim would need to be investigated. It would depend on what, if anything the employer had been made aware of in writing.

      The interest to us in this query from you though is a possible claim for compensation arising from the fall from such a height and given the serious injuries and long term consequences, a claim would likely be pursued. When scaffolding towers are in use, staff must be trained to use them safely and they should have the appropriate barriers on the top to prevent falls.

      We would be very happy to speak to the injured person to find out more about what happened and advise them as to what action we could assist them with in terms of a claim. Given the severity of the injuries and fractures to 5 vertebrae, even if he makes a good recovery it is likely that he will have permanent issues and therefore he needs to consider his long term best interests rather than those of the firm he works for. Realistically, will he be fit to continue with this kind of work after his recovery? If he were to succeed with a claim, not only would compensation for the injuries and long term consequences be taken care of, but he would recover loss of income now (possibly that of his partner too) and also loss of income in the future if he is deemed unfit to work in such a role.

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  184. Elaine

    I had an accident at work and have torn a tendon which needs an operation I’ll be of work for a while, will I still be paid a wage?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your accident at work happened in the UK, your employer will not be obliged to pay your usual income whilst you are off work for treatment of recovery. The only obligation on your employer will be to provide Statutory sick pay (SSP) whilst you are off. If this is the case, you’ll be out of pocket with lost income.

      However, if you pursue and win a claim our solicitors would recover compensation for lost income as well as your injury and the pain/discomfort caused by it.

      We need to know more about the injury, how it happened, what your work is etc in order to help you to identify whether or not you can pursue a claim.

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  185. Nick

    I had an accident whereby I fell from an LGV onto my back. I was off work for about 6 weeks. I was paid and to a certain extent it was my fault because of the incorrect footwear I had on.

    Is there grounds for a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Potentially there is a valid claim, but we really need to know more about the accident to be able to advise you properly. You mention wearing incorrect footwear. Whilst this could force you to have to accept a level of contributory negligence, your employer could still face some liability if they have not enforced the wearing of prescribed footwear and bear some responsibility for the fact that you fell from the wagon.

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      • Nick

        Thanks for your answer. With regards to contributory negligence I understand but I think I add to the problem because I was the manager of the department at the time. So in terms of whether I policed the footwear…….I didn’t! I no longer work there and felt in hindsight I was in pain and discomfort and this might have some bearing on whether I should proceed. My only out of pocket expence was about £30 for a 6 month prepaid prescription card. I’m not sure I have a case. But thank you for your time. BTW the company was ASDA, in case you were curious. Thanks again.

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  186. David

    If a work mate has run me down whilst driving a forklift and I am to claim loss of earnings due to being off work. Would I claim against the employer or the employee?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      In the accident at work scenario you describe, any claim would be made against the insurance held by your employer, rather than the employee. If you would like to find out more about pursuing a claim for compensation and discuss your concerns about claiming against an employer with us, please call us on 01225430285 or use our website to request that we call you.

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  187. Lillian

    My husband had an accident at work that left another employee death and now there is a law suit against my husband and the company. Can my husband get medical help for this he has not being the same and hasn’t being able to even work again. What can i do to help him?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your husband was injured in this accident, whether physically or emotionally (which would seem to be the case and totally understandable given the serious consequences of the accident), he too may be able to make a claim for accident at work compensation. Whether or not he would be able to make a claim will depend on the specific details of the accident.

      UK law affords any person who is injured, whether physically or emotionally due to the negligence of an employer the right to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

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  188. Karen

    Had accident at work, been left with headaches, doctors said I’ve nerve damage, been off work 6 months, in full pay, still undergoing and waiting for treatment. Work mentioned shorter hours, but I’ve to use my holiday leave to cover rest of hours, and they are considering terminating my contract. I’ve been there 25years. I’m still under the doctor they want me back to work on Monday, should i go back? What advice can you give me?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Our advice is to always follow the advice of your GP or Doctor, rather than do as your employer demands. Your GP/Doctor will always have your best interests at heart whereas your employer probably won’t!

      With regards to your accident at work, we may be able to assist you in making a claim for personal injury compensation and would like to discuss this with you to find out what happened and how in order that we could advise you as to whether or not you meet the criteria to pursue a claim.

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  189. Keith

    Hi my employer caused an accident. I got injured badly and had a lengthy time to recover. I have to see a nerve specialist now for spinal nerve injury as well. My employer is going to sack me on thurs. Have you any advice please?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have suffered a serious injury. Nerve damage is known to be a serious issue and recovery can be prolonged and possibly limited, so looking in to a possible claim is sensible in the circumstances.

      For us to advise you as to whether or not you have a valid claim to pursue for compensation for the spinal nerve damage and any associated loss of income and care costs, we need to know more about the accident. We need to know what happened, what you were doing and how you were injured in order to ascertain areas of potential negligence. You can call us on 0122543028 if you’d like to discuss things further, and we have more info on spinal injury claims here.

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  190. Angela

    I had my head split open with a brush at work from a vulnerable adult!! I had to take time of work as I became very anxious and received medication from doctors. To this day I suffer panic attacks even though I still work there I have moved on to Nightshift as I feel I can’t leave the house through the day!! I lost earnings and returned back to work early against doctors wishes and for financial purposes and was told I would receive nothing.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may have a valid claim for accident at work compensation. Whilst the employer did not directly cause your injury as it was caused by an individual with limited capacity. However, the employer would have a responsibility to ensure that the risks posed by the vulnerable adult were properly assessed and that the appropriate mitigating steps had been taken to minimise the risk of injury in the workplace.

      Our specialist Solicitors will be able to identify whether or not your employer has breached their obligations towards your health and safety at work and whether you can pursue a claim for compensation. Please call us on 01225430285 or use our website to make further contact with us.

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  191. Haroon

    Hi there, I’ve been stressed out and had sleepless nights past few days due accusations been put on me at work which are lies and false, can I get stress leave etc get paid my weekly wage in full? Thanks.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you see your GP, they will advise you as to whether or not you should have some leave from work to enable you to reduce your stress. If the GP does sign you off, your employer is not obliged to pay your usual salary as the legal requirement is for them to pay SSP to those staff who qualify for it. You may receive full pay, it really depends on the contract you have with your employer. You can have a read about claims for stress at work if you’d like further info.

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  192. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  193. Laurie

    Hi I worked for the ambulance service and I hurt my back on a job, it’s been 7 years since I was let go due to not being able to do the job and I am sure nothing can be done now but thought I’d ask as I have suffered from depression since the accident

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The law of statute in personal injury claims in the UK is strictly 3 years. As such, given that 7 years has passed you are unable to take any action or pursue a claim in this matter.

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  194. Colin

    Hi Ian, I’ve had an accident at work in April 2019 and am still on sick awaiting an MRI scan for lower abdominal injury.
    My job entails stacking shotblasted and painted steel for production and delivery to customers. My main piece of equipment is an overhead magnetic crane for stacking large section steel beams as I work directly in a crush zone hence the crane. In April it broke down and we were told we had to stack it manually by hand with the aid of a crane with chains and lifting clamps which put us on the floor in the crush zone. Needless to say this was very dangerous or could be and you had to keep your wits about you as steel is constantly pushed into the crush zone. To try and stay safe we kept above the area by walking on tressles to avoid being trapped and keep production going.
    One of my coworkers fell off the tressles banged his face and injured himself, 2 weeks later I stepped up onto the tressles and felt something punch me in the lower abdomen hence I’m awaiting MRI scan to determine the injury, 2 weeks later another coworker strained his groin doing the same thing as me but didn’t report it as he’s worried for his job and has a young family. At no point at anytime was a risk assessment or safe working procedure, or tool box talk given to any of us to ensure our safety or wellbeing in the workplace. Furthermore the management colluded with my supervisor to keep it out the accident book even though they both have iosh and nebosh qualifications and have the conversations on my phone in black and white!! Could you tell me in your opinion if they are in the wrong and would I be correct in pursuing a claim for damages. I’m currently funding my living expenses myself as I only get SSP.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your description of the events at work indicate to me that you would be within your rights to pursue a claim against the employer for the injuries sustained and the costs you’ve incurred (loss of income and spending of savings etc).

      This is a matter that warrants going before our specialist Solicitors and I would like to assist with that. Please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to make further contact so that we can get the necessary information and have our specialists discuss this with you.

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  195. Julie

    Hi
    A colleague had her glasses pulled off her face and broken by a young person with disabilities, her employer refuses to pay for a replacement pair, stating that from an insurance perspective they do not own them, therefore do not have a duty (or a right) to do so.
    Please help

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    • Ian Morris

      Unfortunately, we cannot intervene in this matter as there is no physical injury. If there had been, recovering the cost of replacing or repairing the spectacles would have formed part of the special damages element of her claim. In this case, all she can do is make written representation to the employer outlining what has happened and how her spectacles have been damaged whilst performing her duties and request the employer to cover the replacement/repair cost.

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  196. Martin

    I just had a major surgery (unexpectedly) and despite giving my all for my firm, the director chose not to pay me full pay. That was a blow and obviously added pressure to my recovery. I simply cannot afford to stay off for the amount of time the hospital say.

    Moving forward, as an office employee, can I expect , or have a right to work from home for a period? That would be beneficial to me and my recovery.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not you are entitled to the right to work from home is not something we can answer as this is an employment law matter and not one of personal injury. UK law does not oblige your employer to pay you if you are off work, indeed, the only legal requirement for the employer is to provide statutory sick pay (SSP) unless your contract with them affords you any greater benefit.

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  197. Brett

    Hi, I work in a concrete and fencing company. I mix and pour concrete to make the post. When I demould posts I can lift 9 foot posts. My job for the the last 3/4 years has involved alot of heavy lifting. In 2017 I was referred for an MRI as I was suffering knee pain in my right knee. While waiting for my results it gave way twice at work and I went to a&e. They looked at my MRI and fast tracked my consultant appointment.
    The consultant said that basically my knee was knackered and offered the option of a steroid injection which didn’t work. I returned 6 months later for a review which is when I was told I had arthritis and surgery was the only option. As I am only 44 we spoke about half a knee replacement. When the surgeon looked at my MRI he said it was so bad as it was bone on bone I needed a full knee replacement which I had March this year. I worked up until begin of march but the pain was crippling and I had to use a lot of my leave to get me through as we have no savings. I have been told by the surgeon I cannot go back to the work I was doing. I’m seeking counselling now as it has taken drained me mentally as well as physically. Do I have a claim?
    Many thanks.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Employers have a responsibility to ensure that any staff working in a role that requires repeated heavy lifting are given the correct tools, training and support to allow them to work as safely as possible. Employers must also adequately risk assess the weights and items that they are asking staff to lift and move and in appropriate cases provide additional support or lifting equipment to reduce the risk of injury.

      Of course, at this time we do not know what training, support, equipment and risk assessments your employer has put in place so we cannot be certain as to whether or not the employer has in anyway been negligent. However, you describe a very serious injury and a requirement for complex knee replacement surgery at a young age and this indicates to me that there is a claim that should be investigated further. We would be happy to assist with this and I suggest that you visit the ‘start a claim’ page of our site to provide your contact details so that we can speak with you regarding your work and ascertain the prospects of succeeding with a claim for you.

      If successful with a claim you would be able to claim compensation for the pain and discomfort caused by your knee pain, the impact of the surgery and your long term prospects with the knee as well as recover lost income caused by your time off and need to find new employment elsewhere. Our article on knee injury claims may be of further interest. Regarding the psychological impact that this has had upon you, it is important that you do seek counselling and that these issues are also noted on your medical records as they too could form part of the final valuation of any claim if you were to succeed.

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  198. Nicola Lang

    My twin daughters have both been injured at work. They are only 16 and doing an apprenticeship at a large Equestrian centre. First daughter was told to take a horse to the field in her first week working and was kicked in the head which needed stitches. One month later my other daughter broke her collar bone when the managers dog ran in front of the horse she was riding, resulting in both horse and rider to fall. Could you please advise?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is hard to advise specifically on either of the two injury scenarios you describe given that anyone working with Horses will have to accept that they are animals and may present a risk to those working with them. However, there could be a valid claim for both daughters if we can establish that the employer has failed to adequately minimise the risk of injury at work by providing the correct training, correct safety equipment and risk assessing the work being requested.

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  199. 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.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your Doctor believes that your epdidymitis was caused as a result of the manual handling injury sustained at work last year, you may have a valid claim against the employer for compensation for the pain and discomfort of the injury as well as any associated loss of income.

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  200. Gill

    I have been told by my union solicitor that they are not going any further with my case. This is after 18 months. What can I do? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You do have the right to ask a different Solicitor to obtain your file of papers from your previously instructed Solicitor and sign a form of authority to enable them to release that file. They can then review the work undertaken and see whether the decision to drop the claim due to a strong defendant position was the correct course of action or not. If not, a new Solicitor could take the claim further and attempt to succeed for you.

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  201. Pete

    Hi I had a car crash while on work time driving to a branch. I was off work for 8 months went back to work and lost my lgv as I had a bleed on the brain so have to wait for a time to get it back so I get very tired from long hours and lots of driving, and no they are talking about that I can’t do my job.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Employers are entitled to terminate the employment of an employee on grounds of ill health or being unfit to perform the role that they were employed to do. However, the employer must go through due process before making any such decision.

      We are not employment law specialists and your situation is one that needs to be addressed to such an expert. To this end, please make contact with a specialist in employment law for advice as to whether or not your employer is acting within the law and that your rights are protected.

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  202. Tanja

    I had an accident at work (I am a housekeeper at a college) when my knee made a horrible loud noise and I can’t put weight on it or bend it. I was sent to A&E, had an MRI scan and saw a Doctor in the fracture clinic who said it was bursitis. My pain and swelling continued so my GP gave me the number of a physiotherapist (where they can assist me with steroid injection for severe pain and exercises). I visited the physio and I got exercise for my knee and on examination she suspected an injury to medial meniscus and possibly MCL. The swelling and the pain has improved, but I still feel significant pain with walking. From my work I received a letter about welfare meeting and I felt pressured. I showed the letter to the physiotherapist and she suggested I return to work, on lighter duties – half shift – and then increasing by an hour a week, with modified activities (avoid or modify activities that involve kneeling).

    I called my GP and he issued a sick note for SSP, and confirmed that I may be fit to work on amended duties – less squatting as this is caused severe pain in knee. I’m back to work after three months. The work place have given me new a designated area as I start work with 3 hours (it’s long walking distance to the building and the house have three floors and staircases). My pain in my knee has returned to severe and the swelling is back. Should I continue to work, or should I go back to the GP for a sick note? I feel that they punish me and are not helping me to recover. What are my rights as employee? Thank you!

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Whilst your pain and discomfort has returned to a serious level after going back to work, it would appear that your employer is working to support you by allowing revised duties and shorter working hours. Unfortunately, there may be little else that they can do. You could of course arrange a meeting with them to see if they have a different role in the short term that you could fulfill that does not require hours of walking or being on your feet. If so, that would enable you to rest and recover from the injury sustained.

      You do have the right to make a claim for compensation against your employer if you believe that your initial injury was caused by their negligence towards you – perhaps a lack of training or risk assessing your work. If bursitis is found, that is a repetitive strain injury and could be caused by your work and you should investigate this further. Please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to make further contact with us. We’ve also an article on bursitis claims if that’s of interest.

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  203. Ian Morris

    You may well be entitled to compensation and given the severity of the injury you’ve sustained and the pain, discomfort and distress that it will cause (and the loss of income), you have every right to make a claim in this matter. Your employers appear to be on notice that this particular lady required additional equipment to enable you to work safely with her. As they have not provided that equipment and don’t appear to have given a reason as to why it is not needed, then there is a reasonable prospect of holding them liable.

    We would certainly like to assist you further with this.

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  204. 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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  205. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  206. S

    I’m unsure what to do, I was at work last Friday in an aged care facility. I injured my back due to manual handling and behaviours from a resident, there was no side rails on the bed which when we were rolling the resident assisting to cares the resident was grabbing onto my self pulling my back towards her and became quite resistive when asked not to do so .
    Her behaviours have been well documented and management are well aware also have been asking for side bed rails for a long time as most other people in the facility have them so the resident doesn’t feel the need to grab onto us staff. It has been ignored from numerous staff until mused got injured on Friday and now bed rails have been put up straight away.
    They were not on due to their being none in stock they say, though it was a major hazard.
    My doctor suspect I have pulled my quadratus lumborum which is causing it to have spasms when I’m on my feet for a long period of time, and have been given pid medication to maintain the pain as my doctor said it should ease over time.
    I was told I was ok to go back to work, I turned up to my shift today and have been taken off the roster and my permanent shifts.

    Just not sure on we’re to go with this as my manager and ceo are not easy to speak to.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employer appears to have been on notice that this particular patient was a risk and that bed bars were needed. That they have then failed to provide them does not necessarily mean that you will succeed with a claim, but it certainly indicates that a claim should be made in order for them to have to provide a substantive defence. Our article on care worker injury claims may provide you with more info.

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  207. Richard Mcknight

    I went into a container to turn the washer on. The lights were not working and I fell over straps that should have been placed in boxes. I hurt my back and shoulder and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance. Been attending doctors for the last 10 weeks and now waiting on physio to help me. I have found out from another employee that he was told that the light in the container was reported 6 times and nothing was done to fix this. It was then fixed 3 days later after my accident.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You describe a clear example of employer negligence and as such, you have a valid claim for compensation and should pursue this further with us. The fact that your employer was made aware on 6 (or more) occasions of the lights not working indicates that they were on notice of a potential health and safety issue. The employer was obliged to repair that issue and their failure to have the lights fixed has caused you injury. As such, you are entitled to seek compensation for the pain and discomfort caused to you and to recover any incurred costs or loss of income.

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  208. 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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  209. Colin

    I worked for my past employee for 16 years. The job involved delivering and installing office furniture nationwide sometimes having to carry goods upstairs. Most of the items were over 25 kilos yet we were expected to do this work single-handedly. I have been told I will need both knee caps replacing at some point and believe this has happened due to constant strain on my knees. I no longer work there now – am I entitled to make a claim against them?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You do have the right to make a claim, but it must be done within the claim limitation period which is 3 years from the date that you became aware of the symptoms of the knee pain and believed it to be work related. Therefore, you could already be struggling on that issue.

      The other main hurdle to cross would be causation and proving a causal link between your work and your knee trouble. A medical expert may well find that the knee issues you have are age related degeneration rather than simply through lifting and moving at work. If you are within 3 years of your first appointment with a GP regarding the knee pain and your Doctor believes that these problems are work related and not simply ‘wear and tear’ you could seek to make a claim against your employer.

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  210. thomas

    i was elbowed in september 2017 by a service user i was looking after that day, he just out of the blue elbowed me in the mouth loosening a front tooth which needed removing, also loosened most of my other upper teeth, the other teeth are now going to be extracted.
    i no longer work there i left almost immediately after only 3 weeks service.
    i did not wish to work with challenging clients and i had not had challenging behaviour training anyway so would not expect that behaviour. i found out afterwards that he was violent quite often so therefore ought to have been given the necessary training.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You describe a possible episode of employer negligence in the lack of training you had received and no warning of the risk to your health and safety.

      We would be happy to further investigate this matter for you.

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  211. Betty

    I hurt my knee at work a few weeks ago and since this time have been terminated for other reasons.. can I still claim workcover or not?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK personal injury compensation law, if an employee has left the employment of a workplace where they had sustained an injury due to negligence of an employer or a lack of training, they can still pursue a claim for compensation. What really matters is what was placed on record within an accident book and what medical treatment has been given in order that sufficient evidence will be in place to support any claim.

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  212. juan

    I fractured my finger placing grills at my worksite. I had no experience and nobody had shown me how to do it. It isn’t even in my department because i’m supposed to be with the pour crew. The employer did send me to the doctor and everything. I’m going to almost 2 months and my index finger hasn’t got better – I cant fully close my hand because my index finger is still swollen. Is there anything i can do? I can’t operate well with my job duties because of my finger.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law obliges all employers to ensure that staff can work safely and that the risk of injury in the workplace is minimised. With this in mind, an employer needs to ensure that staff are adequately trained in order that they can work safely and it would seem that in your case, this has not been the case.

      Injuries to the fingers, particularly the index fingers can be very problematic and hinder day-to-day activities and dexterity, therefore claiming compensation for the pain and discomfort of such an injury along with hopeful access to specialist rehabilitation therapies provided during the claims process is a just and sensible move to make.

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  213. Molly

    My son is a roofer. The guard rail gave way when he lent on it. He fell from the roof to the ground. Now has bruising in the shoulder and a bubble of fluid and a tear. His employer is not happy. Asking for advice.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      In this case, it would be reasonable and just to make a claim for the injuries he sustained at work. Whether the claim is against his employer or due to another party (whoever erected or has responsibility for the safety and maintenance of the site most likely), he would appear to have a valid claim for compensation.

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  214. Jan

    I was hurt at work by moving a table by myself as I was told out of the room. The table legs latch was broke and it no longer stayed in while being moved. I was not told about this being broken but they were aware because afterwards my supervisor said, oh I forgot to tell you. And now they are all putting off signing my incident report, the injury tore my ucl in my right arm.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This could well be a strong and valid claim for accident at work compensation. We need to speak with you further to find out more about the accident and the work you do/training given by your employer. Please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to make further contact so that we can look further in to this for you.

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  215. 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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  216. 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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  217. Shannon

    Hi I’m 18 weeks pregnant and I work in retail I’ve recently got a new manager who has me working in furniture and storage. I was in the warehouse trying to do the task he gave me and boxes came down on me I have been suffering with pains in my stomach and feeling bruised from this. I went to my doctor who also said it might be bruised on the inside. I feel as if the manager is pushing me out of the job as he can’t sack me. I explained to him I wasn’t able to work 12 to 9 at night because I don’t drive and live a hour away on the bus and don’t feel comfortable coming more into my pregnancy and a few days later he gave me the whole week 12 to 9 shifts is there anything I could do about this please? I also have hospital appointments and he has me to go to work straight after I am there 7 or 8 months now and I am part time but work full time hours. Am I entitled to be payed for my hospital appointments?

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    • Ian Morris

      You have a right to make a claim for compensation for the injuries you sustained at work when those boxes fell upon you. If successful with the claim, you would be entitled to compensation for the injury (the value of which is based on medical evidence and your recovery) and importantly, you will be able to recover any lost income caused by the injuries sustained or time off for medical appointments.

      If you haven’t already done so, please do ensure that the details of your accident at work are recorded within the accident book.

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  218. Karen

    I had an accident at work last October. It was reported. I was put on the sick. I have keep up with meetings with my manager regularly. I have got a solicitor involved.
    I am coming to the end of my ssp. But I have a sick note until the 30th June.
    I just need some help. I know that I have not got a job to go back to. So I just need to know with the accident happening at work, do i hand in my notice or do i let them dismiss me?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The accident at work and your employment rights are two separate matters and should not be seen in the same light. You can seek personal injury claim advice from your specialist Solicitor or of course from us, but for the issue of your employment rights and whether or not you should resign or wait should be addressed to an employment law specialist as soon as possible.

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  219. Autumn

    I have worked at the company I am with for 1 year. We have been understaffed for 6 months. I am 5.5 months pregnant with only 1 other employee, we work a 5 person job with only two of us. I was sent to the hospital Monday and was told I have nerve compression on the left side of my leg and a threatened miscarriage (my child is okay). I came back to work today they know my situation and had me work alone with no help today. I’m supposed to be on light duty because this job is 100% the reason I’m having these problems.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should make a formal written report to your employer outlining your concerns and mention the understaffing issue. With regards to the compressed nerve issue, if you have been injured as a result of the physical nature of your work and your employer has been negligent towards your health and safety at work – perhaps a lack of training, over exposure to heavy, repeated lifting etc, you could seek to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

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  220. 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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  221. Rosalyn

    I have primary biliary cirrhosis, which was discovered during a blood test from being off with stress, A over a year ago I had the flu and few days later I came out in a rash which may have been a indicator of PBC , I wanted visit the doctor and check the rash out to see if was infectious as I work with small children, I told to come and see how it develops. I have had rashes since with my PBC which is a life threatening illness and it may have been discovered earlier and have a less of an impact on my life. I have text messages and photos.

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  222. Anne Villa

    I am hospitalized for almost a week due to surgery. My employer imposes monetary penalty for every absences incurred. Is it allowable by law that ill employees should pay during absences? Please enlighten me. Thank you very much

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    • Ian Morris

      Under UK Law, an employer does not have to pay any staff member their usual income if they are away from work due to injury or illness – even if that injury or illness was caused by their work. The law will simply require that eligible staff are paid Statutory Sick Pay. Some employers do pay full incomes to unwell or injured staff but that is down to company policy rather than legal requirement.

      No employer can require an injured or unwell employee to pay them a fee if they are away from work due to ill health or injury.

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  223. Mary

    Hello, I was injured at work due to a truck flap slamming down on my pinky finger breaking it in two places. I ‘m a loader. I keep telling my employer I think my finger is broken and they pretty much ignored my cry for help. Finally after about a month I said I was really in pain, which was from them having me load truck with my injury. I ended up having surgery and pins put in. This happened Oct 2018 and still going through. Found out now I developed postramatic arthritis because my employer didn’t handle my situation properly. Was going to oss, but after my surgery was done majority of the time I was seeing his assistant, which was no help at all. When i developed other problems with my hand that I never before she said they were not from injury. They said there was nothing else they could do. So I got a second opinion and i was told I developed postramatic arthritis. Frankly I was humiliated by my job and where my job sent me. Now I can’t do things like I use to. Has me very stressed and depressed. What can I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      Were the details of your initial injury to the finger recorded in an accident book or incident report system at the time of your accident? Your options could be to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation after your accident at work and the injury to your finger as a result of employer negligence. Our article on finger injury claims will give you more information and associated compensation amounts.

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  224. Dave

    Hi, I had a accident back in December resulting in me twisting my knee. While I was off I was also diagnosed with a suspected groin hernia. I returned to work 1st March on light duties as I’m waiting to see consultant for their plan of action. My employer is saying that if there is no light duties for me some days then you will be on sick leave without pay. I also had to have a cyst removed from my back which I was advised may have been a result of my accident, I have had cyst for 20 yrs but no problem until after accident. I have worked for this company since 1996. Can you please advise where I stand on this matter?

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    • Ian Morris

      Your employer is within their rights to place you on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if your contract of employment does not stipulate an entitlement to usual salary whilst off work due to injury or illness – even if the injury or illness was caused in an accident at work.

      With this in mind, your only route to recovering lost income is by pursuing a claim for compensation. If you were to succeed with a claim in this situation, you would be entitled to a settlement for the knee injury and any other associated injuries and also full recovery of lost income or incurred costs.

      To succeed with a personal injury claim after an accident, we’ll need to be establish that that negligence can be attached to another party.

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  225. Nikki

    Hi i deliver for a chinese takeaway. A company has erected scaffolding right outside door and 1 of the bars is very low and has no hazard tape on it. On my way in door i struck my head on it which resulted in an egg shaped lump on my head and headaches. Apparently im the second person to walk into it. Where do i stand ?

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    • Ian Morris

      You have a potential claim for compensation, but you’ll need to make sure that the accident is reported to the property owner and scaffolding company. It would also be very helpful to take photographs showing the lack of hazard tape and ideally, a photograph with a clear measurement as to the height of the bar that you hit. You should also seek medical attention from your GP or Hospital for the symptoms of headaches in order to get the details recorded.

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  226. Sue

    I was injured in mini bus accident while working. I was a passenger but went back to the job after 2 days. It was the other vehicle that caused accident, I have internal bruising and it could take 4/6 weeks to get better, can I claim for this injury?

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    • Ian Morris

      You can definitely pursue a claim for the injuries you sustained in the road traffic accident you mention. The fact that you have returned to work will not prevent you from making a claim.

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  227. Dane

    My question is what if i got injured on the job and i had wrote a report and obtain my medical information but the company didn’t comply or get back to me until 4 months as passed, and now the employer is making a claim I took too long to claim a compensation. I would like to know if there’s a time period?

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    • Ian Morris

      UK law affords you 3 years from the date of an accident at work in which you can make a claim.

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  228. Shanta

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

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    • Ian Morris

      You cannot be dismissed for having an accident at work, but if you are badly injured and left unable to work for a long while, your employer could terminate your employment on ill health grounds eventually.

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  229. Ntombi

    Hi my mother is working as a registered nurse at a hospital and she fell inside the work premises but just after she had knocked off. Could she be able to claim for work compensation to get her monthly wages as normal since she is not fit to go to work for 6 weeks that the doctor gave her to heal?

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not your mother had finished duty or was still at work is irrelevant in this matter. What does matter is what caused her to fall and whether the cause of the fall can be attributed to negligence. If we can establish that she was tripped due to a hazard or item of disrepair then there is a strong possibility of claiming successfully for compensation for the injuries sustained and any incurred loss of income or costs.

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  230. Jamie

    Hi I’m trying to find out if my brother can make a claim, he’s been working as a cleaner for a good few years and when he started all he done was clean show houses but his boss started giving him different jobs which I’m sure he never had any training for. As in cleaning 5 storey building windows with a 100ft pole and using harmful chemicals. He worked 6 to 7 days a week from 6am till late, now he’s suffering with chronic back ache which he’s had 2 ops on, but he still went to work because he didn’t want to let anyone down, but now he can’t work, or even walk properly an he needs another operation on his back, but he’s been told if he has it there a 70% chance he won’t be able to walk after it. His boss won’t pay him his due sick pay and has sacked him leaving him in trouble with his mortgage and feeding his family.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your brother can make a claim of course, but to succeed he’ll need to be able to provide evidence that will enable them to hold the employer liable.

      In this case, it would be relevant to know if your brother has ever complained to his employer about the lack of training and heavy workload? What has been put on record with the employer regarding injuries or pain etc.

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  231. Chris

    My wife was injured at work in the NHS restraining a mentally ill patient. The restraint is part of the job, however during the restraint the other member of staff restraining the patient let go and refused to help out, meaning she was thrown about struggling to contain them. She was off work with shoulder damage, has returned to work but till in pain with the shoulder injury. The other member of staff admitted they had done this and said he would not do it again. No further action was taken against him, yet she has been left with an injury which affects her sleep patten, left her in pain and has stopped her doing her usual sports. Can the employer be held responsible for the the negligent act of its employee?

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    • Ian Morris

      An employer has overall responsibility for the actions of employees and in this case, it would certainly make sense to pursue a claim for compensation against the employer. We deal with quite a few claims against the NHS.

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  232. 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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  233. Victoria

    I am a carer, whilst at a clients house I noticed that I’d made a mess on their carpet (leaves and grass brought in on my shoes). After all their personal care one of their son’s friends came in and said about the mess so I got out the hoover and cleaned it up. However, I felt my back go and got very hot sweating, shakes and vomiting. I phoned my boss who was great at the time offering to take me to A&E, now I have been to hospital and been told that I have deep gluteal syndrome and urgent referral to physio she is now saying that it’s not in the care plan to do the hoovering and that I should of left the mess. Is there anything I can do as I now can’t work

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    • Ian Morris

      If you are not required to perform housekeeping duties by your employer, there would be no reason for them to have expected you to use a vacuum cleaner or provide any training or risk assessment of the use of such equipment. If this were the case, then I don’t think you could possibly hold the employer liable for your injuries.

      If however, the use of domestic cleaning appliances is part of your work and your employer has not trained you in manual handling and the use of such equipment, you may be able to take this further.

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  234. L

    If my employer told me that he didn’t think I hurt my back at work did he have legal right to say that?

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    • Ian Morris

      The employer is entitled to their opinion, but the value of their opinion is minimal unless they can support it with evidence. If you believe that your back injury was caused at work, it is important that you put the evidence in place to support such a view. As such, make sure an accident report is completed and if you have not been issued with the right training or equipment to enable you to work safely, complain to the employer in writing and seek medical attention from your GP.

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  235. Howard

    So I was in a car crash last week delivering a car for work (car dealership), the crash was not my fault – there was a few cars involved on the m6. The crash resulted in me being hospitalised I was unconscious. I have recently been discharged from hospital, I checked my emails and work have sent me an email claiming they can’t offer me any more work. I’ve tried to contact them but I’m not having any luck speaking who I need to speak to.

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    • Ian Morris

      Regarding your work and your employment rights, that is a matter for an employment law specialist or your Union. As for the car accident and your injuries, we can help you with that.

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  236. Alison

    Hi, I am on a zero hours contract. I fell at work last week due to a missing piece of flooring. I have severe bruising to my wrist and ligament damage but no break. Would I be able to claim as no break? I get the feeling being on zero hours I would just not be employed anymore…

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether you have a zero hours contract, work via an agency, are part time or full time, you have the same rights to claim compensation as anyone else.

      You mention a missing piece of flooring at the workplace. This would appear to be clear employer negligence in their failure to provide a safe and secure working environment and i’d imagine that you would have a valid claim for compensation.

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  237. david

    I was injured in a road accident while at work (driving from one job to the next) whilst I was stationary and hit head on by a car traveling on the wrong side of the road.

    I’ve been off work with a whiplash injury for about 18 months now. The consultants have said it will take time to heal but the injury is not permanent. My employer is now trying to terminate my employment. I work for a large housing association carrying out repairs in the properties Been employed by them 5 years.

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    • Ian Morris

      There are two elements to the situation you describe – one of personal injury compensation for injuries and financial losses caused by a non-fault accident, and your rights under employment law with regards to whether or not your employer can terminate your position of employment due to your current inability to work.

      With regards to the personal injury compensation element of your situation, we can certainly advise and help you with this matter. Given that you were stationary when hit by another vehicle that was travelling on the wrong side of the carriageway, you were clearly the non-fault party and would be entitled to pursue a claim against the insurers of the at fault vehicle. Our specialist Solicitors could well succeed with a claim for you and would obtain you compensation for both the injuries you have sustained – which if causing such a long term problem would likely be a substantial settlement, but importantly recover any lost income or incurred costs caused by this incident.

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  238. Jane

    I am an employer of a small family construction company. One staff member hurt his back yesterday and has today said he wants to sue for loss of income etc. He is a family member so it makes it tricky.

    He was working with all the correct workwear and health and safety equipment needed. He was given precise instructions of what the task was and had direct communication with his supervisors if any problems occur. He was working alone at the time but has the adequate training needed for the job he was doing.

    We have advised we will cover his sick pay whilst off for 2 weeks, but he is asking for more money or he will sue for loss of income.

    He has not visited a GP. We want to know where we stand and if he can actually proceed with any kind of claim, we have no idea if he had any injury prior to this but it seems as he is 60+ plus and doing a manual job is not possible for him anymore. We are able to offer him less manual jobs, any advice would be appreciated.

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    • Ian Morris

      For an employee to succeed with a claim for compensation for an injury suffered at work, they will need to demonstrate that their employer has been negligent towards their health and safety at work. In the scenario you describe, it would appear that you have fulfilled the relevant obligations upon you as an employer – full training, correct PPE provision and work equipment. Therefore, as long as your training records are up to date and you have written notes of the work being undertaken and instructions given, it would appear to be a struggle for the employee to succeed with a claim against you.

      Of course, the employee can proceed with a claim as he will likely approach a specialist Solicitor and give a different side of the story to that provided by you. As such, a Solicitor acting in good faith may proceed with a claim. However, with the help of your insurers and the detailed evidence that you appear to have, his Solicitor would likely close the case on receipt of your robust denial.

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  239. 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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  240. Alexander

    Hi I wonder if you can help. I work for Heathrow airport as a security officer. On November 7th 2017 at approximately 13:10 I was on a staff bus (which is needed to get to and from the terminal and staff car park) on my way into work when a taxi collided with the right hand side of the bus. I was sitting next to the impact, I came out of my seat and twisted my lower body and upper body in two different directions.
    I have recently had an MRI and received the results in which I’m told I may need to have surgery as my disc is pushing against a nerve causing constant pain every day through both of my legs.
    I saw the work occupational health who is suppose to be a physio therapist but never actually treated me. They wrote on a form that they see no medical reason as to why I can’t return to work but I have a written letter from the NHS with my results of the nerve pain caused by the disc pressing against the nerve caused from the bus accident.
    I’ve made a claim against the taxi driver but my work on the other hand are being a little difficult.

    So I received full pay from November until February the 4th so I was forced to return to work before my GP had advised me to return. I needed my income.
    Heathrow agreed to put me on 4 hour shifts and light duties as I cannot bend to search a passenger.
    Now they have a 12 week “recovery” phase in which you have to have had the adequate amount of physio and help to be back at work on full hours at the end of the 12 weeks. Now I’m not ready to do so just yet but here is the kicker.
    They have put me on a stage 1 warning for being off sick for such a length of time. There reasoning is “it isn’t a work related injury as I wasn’t performing my security officer duties”
    Being on a staff bus which is the way into work provided by the company is apparently not classed as even an industrial work injury. I believe they are putting the pressure on me to be at full hours by the first week of May which is the last of my 12 weeks. I appealed the stage 1 warning on the grounds that it is an industrial work related injury. It seems as if now they are now putting off giving me the outcome results of that meeting until the first week of May. I had my appeal meeting March 27th, it’s almost been a month.
    Can you advise what kind of accident this is?

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    • Ian Morris

      You would be entitled to make a claim for compensation against the insurers of whichever vehicle caused the accident and your injury. It would appear that the taxi is the fault party and as such, you could claim against them and recover compensation for your injury, loss of income and incurred medical expenses and losses. To proceed, you’ll need to be able to provide the necessary details – ideally the vehicle details (registration numbers etc), but if not, if you could provide your employers details as they will have a record, that would suffice.

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  241. Julie

    Employer is running a propane forklift in the building where we work and there is no ventilation or air exchanger. I already once ended up in the emergency room with carbon monoxide poisoning …. and he still continues to run the propane fork lift in the building after several attempts of telling him not to do so. I am concerned of the long term affects of continued affects in my health.

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    • Ian Morris

      Make sure your concerns are addressed to the employer in writing so that you have evidence to prove that you have made such a warning and report. You could also make contact with external agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive too.

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  242. ashok

    I am seeking representation. I started the claim with my union Solicitor and I don’t feel they have grasped the case or not pushing enough as it’s quite simple to me. My understanding is union solicitors don’t push as they’re on the side of the employer.

    I worked at a large company loading the delivery vans. For over three years I never suffered any injury or ever had a day off sick. Until in 2017 they changed their computer system and increased the maximum weight of the trays WITHOUT doing a new risk assessment. In the risk assessment dated 2016 it clearly stated the maximum weight of the trays is 13kg and in trials the average weight of the trays was 9kg. The trays now were 14kg maximum and sometimes weighed more and average weight 12kg or more. They changed the weight without doing a new risk assessment, I can prove this.

    In April 2018 I came across some trays weighing over 14kg and suffered a pelvis injury and had some 7 weeks off work and treatment. I have a witness statement on this. I again suffered a pelvis and back injury in October 2018.

    Surely if the risk assessment states 13kg then they have breached duty of care and this would be a simple case to go straight to Court on then they will settle? Letters back and forward my Solicitor has been doing is not getting anywhere.

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  243. Reqo

    I was working casual work, cash in hand. The vehicle tail lift isn’t 100% working correctly and I was sent down to load a van without the correct PPE and as I was fixing one of the flaps on the tail lift, it fell on my foot. I needed hospital treatment and now the owner of company says he doesn’t pay people who have been injured at work. I had 3 weeks of lost earnings at my own work and now I won’t receive a penny.

    Can you tell me the way forward?

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether you were doing casual work or working on a more official basis, the same health and safety laws apply to all employees. In this case, as long as you can prove that you were injured whilst working for this employer (accident book entry or other evidence), you can pursue a claim against them for compensation for the foot injury as well as to recover any lost income.

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  244. Zak skidmore

    Hi, I have been at work today doing repairs in tenant’s property when their dog came in and bit me twice on my arm causing damage to it severe enough for me to have to visit hospital. Who do I claim off and do I have a valid claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim for compensation and the most likely defendant will be the owners of the dog. Whether or not they have insurance in place to fund any claim that you make make or personal finance to cover the cost of any claim is another issue. Your employer could also bear some responsibility if they knew that there were dogs in the property and hadn’t warned you about this.

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  245. Jo

    I had an incident at work that caused me to get a broken bone – it was not of my own doing. There was no duty of care and we were short staffed. I have had 2 surgeries and my third is coming up. Full hip replacement. I have been off full time hours for 15 months but all up have only not been at work for 3 & 1/2 of those months. I’m seated or light duties. I am being paid still. Am I entitled to go for a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not an employer pays you during a period of absence from work after being injured in an accident at work does not impact in anyway on your right to make a claim for compensation. Given that you are of the view that your accident at work was caused by the negligence of your employer, you have every right to make a claim for the injuries you suffered.

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  246. David

    Hi, can an employer pay an employee off where the employee has handed in a sick note and is on statutory sick pay from an accident that happened at work?

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    • Ian Morris

      This matter is really something that should be discussed with an employment law expert. However, if an employee is off work for a lengthy period due to injuries sustained in an accident at work, the employer could eventually reach the view that the injured person is no longer fit enough to perform the duties and could have their position terminated. However, an employer MUST follow due process and abide by employment law before they terminate an injured employees contract.

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  247. Siyabonga Cenge

    Two days ago on the 2 April 2019 I slipped my hand when I was tightening a drill chuck and it hit a drill and broke it and cutting my left hand palm. I feel my employer is trying by all means for me to be at work and do light duties, yet the doctor booked me off. What do I do in this situation?

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    • Ian Morris

      If your employer has light duties available for you that will not cause any risk to your hand injury, there is no harm in attending work and at least you will still receive your usual income.

      Attending work on light duties after an accident at work would not prevent you from being able to make a claim, but it does stop you having the added stress of coping with a loss of income caused by an enforced absence whilst you recover.

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  248. 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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  249. 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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  250. Hanny

    If I have reported an accident to my employer I think they should give me a copy of the formal report/accident book, but they won’t. I was told they already reported my accident I don’t have to worry about that and they cannot give me a copy of the report or accident book. But if they don’t give me it, if something happens in the future I don’t have any proof. What should I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      The employer is not obliged to provide you with a copy of the accident report. Whilst there is no reason why they should not do so, they do not have to.

      If you are concerned as to the way the employer retains information within their accident book, you could make a formal request for a copy of the accident record in writing (by email) and retain their response, so that should the accident report become unavailable in the future, you can at least provide evidence that it did exist.

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  251. Martin

    I was hit by a employee driving MHE this happened inside, CCT footage was used proving the employee was at fault, and the investigation ended with them receiving a final written warning. Even though I was not physically injured can I make any claim ?

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    • Ian Morris

      The lack of injury could be an issue. You can only claim compensation if you can demonstrate a loss or injury serious enough to qualify to take action. Were you psychologically injured?

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  252. Patricia Curley

    I am a transport assistant for a Barton bus company. I take special needs children to and from school and while I was at work I fell over and broke my thigh and hip bones. I had a three hour operation and have a metal rod between my thigh and hip. I have been told that I will receive ssp, I know that’s not enough to pay my bills, I know they have transport assistant insurers so can you advise me on what I can do?

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    • Ian Morris

      You have clearly suffered a serious and nasty injury at work. You mention that you fell and that this caused the injury. What interests us at this stage is what caused you to fall? If you can identify a hazard, defect or act of negligence (lack of training, incorrect equipment etc) that caused the fall, you could pursue a claim for compensation and if successful, recover compensation for the injury itself but importantly recover all lost income previously and in the future – relating to this accident.

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  253. James

    Hello my name is James. I am a subcontractor for a construction company that installs metal buildings. I was on a job site the day after it rained and was still drizzling that day, while attempting to secure a sheet of metal to the side of the building my ladder sank in the mud and I subsequently fell and broke my arm and leg. My boss informed me he isn’t liable and offered to pay me for 6 weeks while I was out but have only seen 3. I was wondering if I have any legal recourse at all because he is now going from someone that seemed concerned and wanted to help to now someone that just seems to avoid me. Thanks for your time

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    • Ian Morris

      You do have a right to make a claim for compensation if you are injured in an accident at work. Given that you have fallen from height, the safe working at height regulations and Health and Safety guidelines covering such work would be considered. Whilst it could be seen that you have contributed to your own injury by erecting a ladder on soft ground, the employer is likely to bear responsibility for the health and safety failings that lead to your ladder accident.

      Hopefully an accident book entry or incident report form has been completed with the employer? If not, you should write to them to outline what happened and apportion responsibility to them for instructing you to work in risky conditions on unsafe ground.

      We would be happy to assist you in trying to claim compensation for your injury and also to recover all lost income caused by the accident – this could include future loss of income if the injury prevents you from working for sometime and you succeed with the claim.

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  254. Marcus

    Hi, I work in the removals industry as a driver. I have had manual handling training and that is not the problem!
    In 2017, I suffered an injury to my lower back whilst driving. I was wearing a seatbelt, which held me down, but the suspension of the vehicle is very bouncy, together with a suspension seat. I was thrown up and jarred my back, suffering a bulging disc, and I was off work on ssp for 5 1/2 months, which was a struggle.
    My employer is and always has been aware that the vehicle can cause injury – other drivers have complained about the bumpy ride and the fact that drivers’ seat is like an ejector seat!
    Last friday, 29-3-2019, it happened again. I had made a claim for a disability benefit under the advice of the C.A.B, with yearly reviews, and was notified from the previous injury I had lost 15% of faculty to my lower back and right leg.
    Am I within my right to make a claim against my employer?

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    • Ian Morris

      You do have a right to make a claim against your employer if you believe that your injury was caused as a result of their negligence or their failure to minimise the risk of injury in the workplace.

      The issue you may face is proving that the vehicle is dangerous and that the employer should have taken steps to prevent such an incident causing injury to you.

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  255. brian

    I am a prison officer in the course of my duties I was injured helping to restrain a prisoner who had become violent attacking other members of staff.

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    • Ian Morris

      Any employee who is injured in an accident at work has a legal right to make a claim for compensation if they believe that their employer has failed to uphold their obligations to Health & Safety and prevent an accident that would otherwise have been avoidable.

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  256. Kate

    I fell down stairs on my way from the work car park to the office. I fell forwards and ended up dislocating a shoulder, injuring my elbow, knee and ankle on one side and the knee on the other side. I went to hospital in an ambulance for the shoulder to be put back in. It was very cold and icy on the day I fell as well as a lot of dead compacted leaves on the stairs. After my fall, someone from the company arranged for the stairs to be cleared. Do I have grounds to pursue a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      There certainly is grounds to pursue a claim for compensation. Whether or not you would succeed with the claim is yet to be established, but given the apparent long term problem of the compacted leaves on the stairs, it would appear that the employer had ample opportunity to have the hazard removed before you fell. It is helpful to your claim that the employer did arrange for the hazard to be removed after your accident, but that is not an admission of liability.

      We would be very happy to assist you further with a claim for compensation.

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  257. 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?

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    • 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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  258. Matt

    My partner encountered belittling, racism and mobbing at her work, by her office supervisor. In the past, many people tried to report this supervisor to HR, but with no effect. It seems like this person is protected by employers, despite being a bully, and raging alcoholic, not attending work, or coming to the office reeking of alcohol. My partner had a mental breakdown last week, and it is bad. It changed her to the point I don’t recognise her. It affects our life. She had to start taking antidepressants, might possibly have to attend therapy, and the company wants to do mediating meeting. She’s in no state to attend, and is scared to come back to work, this one or any other. We are convinced, that on this meeting they will try and convince my partner that she is overreacting and that this situation is her fault.
    How could this be resolved? She only filed an informal, anonymous complaint. Coming back to work to file a formal complaint will be very hard and traumatizing for her. She keeps having panic attacks, and cries a lot.

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    • Ian Morris

      To have any prospect of succeeding with a claim for work related stress or anxiety, the ‘injured’ person needs to have made sure that their struggles and concerns are on record, in writing, with the employer.

      If there is nothing on record with the employer before an employee becomes too anxious or distressed to work, it is very easy for the employer to argue that they did not know of any concerns and therefore had no chance to resolve them.

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  259. 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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  260. Nan Aye

    Im a housekeeper in a hotel. Last week I tripped carrying linen up a flight of stairs. I could not walk on my ankle. The hotel called an ambulance that took so long to arrive that my husband came and took me to the hospital in his car after members of staff helped me outside. The hospital said it wasn’t broken after x-ray and it was more than likely hurt ligaments. My next shift wasn’t for 3 days and they said to rest and take ibuprofen. I returned to work as instructed asking for lighter duties which weren’t given. I have pain in my ankle and its swollen at the end of the day. Moving the linen is a porters job but the maids end up doing it as the porters are seldom around and the supervisors don’t call them when asked. We only have 25 minutes to clean each room so have to do this to complete our duties. I have mentioned this to management but the problem is never addressed.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Make sure that a record of your accident and injuries is made with the employer, within their accident book. The issue regarding the lack of porters is important and should be noted in your accident report.

      My initial view is that you have a valid claim for compensation that ought to be pursued further. We would be happy to assist you on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  261. Josie

    I work as a cleaner and I was carrying a bucket of boiling water when the handle gave way and the water went over my foot. I was off work for 5 weeks and only got sick pay, then when I returned to work and talked to my boss and told him I was very disappointed that I only got sick pay he then said that he had told the accountant to pay me full pay. Have I got a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      My initial view is that you do have a valid claim against the employers insurance cover in this matter. Carrying water of sufficient temperature to cause burn injuries by way of scalding in a bucket is perhaps not the safest way of asking staff members to carry such items. As such, employer negligence may well attach and you could well succeed with a claim for compensation.

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  262. 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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  263. Jarrod

    I have severe contact dermatitis on my left and right hand due to negligence of employer. 3 of my fingers have been left with long term damage, I have to sleep at night with a hand mould which I got through compensation. Both my hands are left with scars all over and dermatitis due to leaky diesel gun which I asked to be changed 4 times but never did due to laziness and negligence. I have photos and proof.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK Health and Safety at Work law, any employer that requires workers to use substances that may be hazardous to health must comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations. If an employer fails to comply with these guidelines, which will include ensuring that appropriate personal protective equipment is provided and that any reports of risks to health are acted upon, they are likely to be liable if an employee develops injury, such as chemical burns, industrial dermatitis or respiratory damage.

      In your case, you describe a scenario in which your employer has failed to act on the repeated report of a broken and dangerous piece of work equipment. With this in mind, it would certainly give an initial indication that you do have a valid claim for compensation against your employer.

      You do however mention that you now sleep with a hand mould provided through compensation. As such, if you have already made a claim for compensation, you will not be able to return to the same claim/same injuries for further damages. That said, if the severe contact dermatitis you mention is a ‘new’ injury and has not formed part of a claim previously, we would be very happy to look at that for you.

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  264. Simon

    Hello am 26 and had a paper round from the age of 12 till I was 17, I was injured at 13 while delivering, a moped hit me while being chased by police plowing straight into me and sliced my full arm open and trapped a nerve in my back, I haven’t been the same since with sever back pains daily, I don’t know we’re to go or what to do, I haven’t been on disability hopping that one day I could work again.

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    • Ian Morris

      It is such a pity that you were not advised to make a claim earlier in your life. UK personal injury law applies a strict claim limitation period. In your case, as you were 13 at the time of your accident, you could have made a claim at any stage between the date of your accident and your 21st birthday. Once this period had passed, you would have become statute barred and unable to pursue any action.

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  265. 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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  266. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  267. Sam

    Hi couple of months ago I was working in a busy yard when a foreign object (possibly wood shards or metal) hit my eye damaging my cornea, I was taken to the hosiptal to be checked over and was given eye drops and anti inflammatorys to calm the pain, now the cut and foreign object has been removed I still find my eye is a little blurry in that particular area do I have grounds to get compensation? Thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      Depending on the nature of your work and the kind of risks you faced, your employer will have certain obligations to ensure that your health and safety is protected as far as possible.

      It would appear that you were working in an area where the risks of injury such as that you have sustained is present. As such, the employer should have ensured that you were provided with or required to wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Any employee working in an area of risk that has not been provided with the correct PPE by their employer and then sustains injury as a result has a right to make a claim for compensation against the employer. The situation you describe could well indicate that you can make a claim for compensation.

      Damage to the eyes in an accident at work can have serious implications and any risk to eyesight can see successful compensation claims settle at a substantial value.

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  268. 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 compensation. 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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  269. 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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  270. 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?

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    • 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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    • Ronnisha Johnson

      I was doing rounds with my supervisor, when he made a mistake and slammed my fingers in the cell block doors

      Reply
      • Ian Morris

        In this scenario it is important that the details of the workplace injury are recorded within the workplace accident book. You should also seek medical attention. Given the nature of the work and the obvious risks presented by heavy cell block doors, your employer should have given a clear warning to you regarding the placement of your hands by the doors and the supervisor should routinely check that there is no risk of injury when closing the doors.

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  271. Matthew

    I have worked for Plymouth council for nearly 20 years, 4.5 years as season /agency and 14 yrs full time as a grass cutter using strimmers, mowers, hedge cutters and leaf blowers. In the past 2 years I have developed carpal tunnel syndrome and I am now awaiting surgery in my right hand in about a month and after I’ll have surgery in my left hand.

    Currently the council are being hauled in through HSE from Bristol and have breached health and safety in many ways and received fines and still haven’t met the criteria for safe working practices. In my 14 years, I have worked a 42 hr week strimming for up too 8hrs a day besides dinner breaks. This has been every week, Monday to Friday. It has now become apparent that the machinery we have been using all this time breaches the exposure levels and have been decommissioned by HSE AND our other grass cutting machines (like mowers & especially the leaf blowers) can now can only use for 2 hours max per day. The council didn’t reveal to RIDDOR about how many carpal tunnel cases had actually occurred as there is a lot more than the two that they have told RIDDOR about.

    I have been to see the Occupational Health through work and been assessed. The assessment states that I cannot use vibration machinery. I am now awaiting surgery in a month or so and I’ve been told firstly on my right wrist and then i’ll have the same on my left wrist when right has healed. I am only 39 yrs of age and have read of compensation in a gardener up the line getting a pay out for his injuries and this is opening the path for myself to seek compensation as I am young and my career will likely have to change as there machinery was not fit for purpose (as some of our tools were 10+ years old). When the employer was asked by HSE as to how they check for vibration, they were told by our garage fitters that they refer to the operators handbooks. The HSE response to this was to question whether it is reasonable to assume that a 10 year old machine would vibrate in the same way as it did when it came out of the factory.

    The council has been issued with pending further penalties by the HSE with them saying machinery not sufficient and vibration exposure is still too high. Therefore, I am inquiring as what to do. I came out of the trade union as the trade union was like a sheep to the wolves in sticking up for workers rights and I felt it was a waste of my time. I wake (and have done for years) with numb hands and pain in my thumbs. I have lost strength – especially in my right hand and I am now very unsure of my future. I have a 3 yr old son and a baby due may this year I’m a single dad separated from their Mother. I feel daunted by the council on my compensation rights and daunted how I will be treated if I go ahead with a claim. My worry is that the council normally finds a way to push employees who claim out and what will become of my gardening career? Do I wait until after the operation is done or is that too late? I have GP and surgeons and works GP Doctors assessments that all confirm carpal tunnel.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should waste no further time and pursue your legal rights and make a claim for carpal tunnel syndrome against the employer before the possibility of you being out of time to make a claim is an issue.

      From your description of the situation at work, it would appear on first reading, that your employer has been negligent towards your health and safety. As such, I would have confidence of you succeeding with a claim for compensation. The main issue that you face is making sure you claim before you are out of time to do so. Although you are only just about to have surgery, your limitation period would have started some time ago – when symptoms were present and you began liaising with your GP.

      With regards to your rights to retain your position at work, you are in a very strong position. Everyone has a legal right to make a claim against their employer without losing their job for doing so. As you have worked for the employer for 14 years, you are well protected by employment rights and could not face redundancy for simply making a claim. Indeed, the only way your employer could terminate your position would be because you were left unfit to work and could no longer perform the duties to which you had been employed. The employer would have to follow due process to do so and it is likely that you’ll make a good recovery as long as you follow doctor’s orders and do the appropriate rehab and rest.

      We look forward to helping you.

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  272. 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?

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    • 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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  273. Elaine

    Hi i injured my finger cleaning a toilet bowl in work, there was a large crack on it and resulted in me having to get 5 paper stitches on my finger and take off work for a week! Can i make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      Given that your injury was caused by a dangerous hazard in the workplace, it is likely that you could make a claim for compensation against the employers insurance cover. Any person injured in a workplace accident where the injury can be attributed to negligence is likely to succeed with a claim for compensation under UK law. In this case, the fact that the toilet bowl was broken is something that may well see the employer having to admit a safety breach and therefore pay compensation.

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  274. 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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  275. Julianna

    I work in a store and while working, a customer hit me in the face for no reason. In connection with the incident, I was ordered by doctor to take sick leave. The doctor treated me for facial and neck injuries and has also determined psychological issues.

    After the incident, HR suggested to me that I can take unpaid days off or transfer to another store. I’m not happy with that. As a result, I ask to consider my current situation and a possibility of compensation for medical expenses and psychological injuries.

    The store has cctv. Garda has report too but they don’t know the person. My incident form sent to Lidl risk management. No one want to take responsibility.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Any person who is the victim of injuries as a result of a criminal assault within the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland) has a right to make a claim via the criminal injuries compensation authority (CICA). This is a tax payer funded scheme and anyone who has reported an assault to the Police and cooperated fully with the Police by giving statements and pressing charges if applicable, has a right to make such a claim.

      Loss of income is only recoverable if you are off work for more than 28 weeks.

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  276. Jason Lancaster

    Hi. I slipped and fell backwards while carrying a worktop. My co worker was messing about. I wasn’t part of the horseplay. I slipped on dust and fell backwards the worktop landed on me. I have soft tissue damage to my shoulder also hurt my back and leg. I have had to return to work in pain because I don’t get full sick pay only ssp. Can I claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that your slip was caused by a slippery loose floor surface – dust – and that the horseplay of your colleagues was unhelpful, but not the cause.

      Given your description of your accident, it would seem viable to make a claim for compensation. If you have not already done so, please do make sure that your accident details have been recorded within your employers accident book and that your injury has been noted by your GP or Hospital Doctor.

      We would be very happy to assist you with your claim for compensation.

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  277. 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?

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    • 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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  278. gail

    I fell walking into a walk in cooler at work. I tripped on the step going in while carrying a pan. My face ended up hitting a metal rack and bouncing off and hitting it again causing a contusion on my forehead, fractured my nose, and bad bruising on the muscles surrounding my shoulder and collar bone.

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    • Ian Morris

      Has your employer provided a warning sign or clear hazard markers (such as yellow and black marking tape) on the step at the entrance to the walk in cooler? If they have failed to indicate that there is a possible tripping hazard you could potentially have a valid claim for accident at work compensation.

      If you think that your employer has been negligent in anyway with regards to your accident at work, please call us on 01225430285.

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      • gail

        I fell walking into a walk in cooler at work. I tripped on the step going in while carrying a pan. My face ended up hitting a metal rack and bouncing off and hitting it again causing a contusion on my forehead, fractured my nose, and bad bruising on the muscles surrounding my shoulder and collar bone.

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      • gail

        There are no signs or markings at all around the cooler.

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  279. Ahmed

    Hi, can i make claim? I get my neck pain and my shoulder because I had a hard job. I have been working for 6 year in the same place I have asked to changed my job but they refused. I have a lot of pain and I get medication 4 times a day and waiting for surgery for my neck.

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    • Ian Morris

      You can’t simply make a claim because you develop an injury – even if it is serious – or because your job is physically hard. However, you can make a claim if the injury has been caused as a result of a lack of employer training, their failure to provide you with the correct equipment and tools to work safely and been negligent in their approach to your health and safety at work.

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  280. Tonya

    I stopped in at this company I thought was open for business and I offered help mounting a tire, I was injured during the process can I sue?

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    • Ian Morris

      If you have willfully assisted in a voluntary basis to perform a procedure that you are not experienced in and have no training in and then sustain injury, it is unlikely that you could then pursue them for compensation.

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  281. 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.

      Reply
  282. 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.

      Reply
  283. Alex

    Hi, I received a back injury at work after lifting a wheelbarrow that a colleague had filled too heavy, I was out of work for 3 months and I am still undergoing investigation 3 years later as it still stops me working from time to time and affects my home life. My accident happened on the 23rd feb 2016, my question is that am I too late to claim now or as I’m still suffering can I make a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you were injured in the UK, you would not be able to claim. UK law would only allow you to claim if you made the claim within 3 years of the date of your accident at work.

      Reply
  284. Karen

    I was severely injured at work in 2008, and since then have been awarded Industrial Injuries Benefit for life, but I’m not entitled to any other benefits, even though I cannot work.
    I have regular treatment for my injury, and am continually prescribed Fentanyl for pain relief.
    It’s now in the 11th year since I was injured, and I would like to know if I would be eligible to make a claim against my ex employer. Thank you in advance, Karen.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law would not allow you to make a claim against your former employer due to the amount of years that have passed since you were injured at work. UK law only allows you a period of 3 years to make your claim for compensation.

      Reply
  285. 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.

      Reply
    • Jodie

      I got chemicals in my eye at work and I had to go to the hospital for treatment. I was never provided with ppe by my employer. I had my eyes washed out and it was very painful. When will I be able to put a claim in?

      Reply
      • Ian Morris

        You can make a claim for compensation immediately, so we would advise that you either use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website or call us on 01225430285 at the earliest opportunity.

        At this time, we need to find out more about the incident and the severity of the damage to your eyes. The employer is likely to be guilty of employer negligence due to their failure to provide you with safety wear and it could be that they have failed to adhere to the COSHH regulations for use of such chemicals.

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  286. Patrick Diggin

    I am tasked with carrying out accident investigations at work, my HR manager has now said that a member of the HR department must be in the room when the injured person is making/ writing their statement. Do you think this right and what would you suggest?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This is an issue of company policy and not law. Therefore, if the company chooses to have an accident investigation and reporting policy that includes the need for HR representation during the completion of an accident book record, that is their right to do so.

      Of course, it may not always be possible or practical for someone from HR to be present. In this case, the policy should have an allowance for making accident reports in such circumstances.

      With any accident report, it is important for the report to be made at the earliest opportunity in order that a fresh and accurate recall of events is available.

      Reply
  287. Lea

    Hi I pulled my back at work due to faulty equipment and had to take 3 months off, can I make a claim for this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your injury was caused by faulty equipment in the workplace, there is every chance that you could make a claim against the employer.

      Our expert specialist Solicitors will work to identify areas of employer negligence with regards to their maintenance and repair regime for equipment and tools within the workplace and achieve success with such a claim.

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  288. 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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  289. Chris

    My company were struggling financially and we were constantly being left on our own. We move furniture in a shop and into vans and customer vehicles. A number of staff complained about the risk and I then subsequently had an injury. I was lifting a piece of furniture into the car and the customer then shut the book with my finger in it. I broke my middle finger and had to have surgery. I was in pain for weeks and still do not have feeling in it. The company went into liquidation and I have tried to pursue this but they say because of vicarious liability they are not responsible. I don’t understand how they cant be. There were also no first aid trained staff in the company.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You say that you have already tried to claim, but the claim has failed. Were you represented by a specialist Solicitor? If so, it would seem that the defendants have mounted a strong defence that has been considered by your Solicitor to be robust and likely to stand up to court scrutiny. If this is the case, there is very little that could be done without new evidence to materially undermine any defence raised.

      Reply
  290. 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.

      Reply
  291. 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.

      Reply
      • 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.

          Reply
  292. Mal

    I suffer with plantar fasciitis my job is meter reading so on my feet most of the day over the last 3 weeks it seems to have got worse I am now worried my employer may terminate my contract.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should discuss your employment rights with an employment law Solicitor or with your union.

      Reply
  293. Joe

    Curious to know if after going through cataract surgery (company admitted liability for causing negligent health and safety policies) 6 months back and have to be prescribed glasses in 2 weeks time, would it be the company’s insurance company offering an offer or 3rd party insurers? Also would that be final part of claim as haven’t had any offers yet claim has been going for a year and 2 months.

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  294. frankie

    Hi, I had a fall at work in August 18, flooring was being replaced and some vinyl was left not stuck down and I caught my foot under it and fell onto a concrete floor. My right knee took all of my weight and I fractured my knee. I wore a leg brace for 12 weeks and was off work for four months. I received my full wages during this time.

    After the leg brace was removed I had another x-ray, the fracture has not healed and I am having ongoing problems with my mobility and pain. An accident form was filled in at the time there were witnesses and I have photos of the flooring.

    Also the company who were fitting the flooring were sub contracted by the main contractor so I am unsure who is responsible.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Who the liable party are is, at this stage at least, irrelevant. From what you have said, you have a very strong claim for compensation and this is something we would very much like to assist you with.

      Our expert specialist Solicitors would find out who the liable and negligent party were and then proceed with a claim against them to recover compensation for your physical injuries and any associated loss of income or incurred costs. If you’d some info on potential compensation amounts have a read of our article on knee injury claims.

      Reply
  295. 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.

      Reply
  296. Ang

    Hi, I was injured at work. I was helping put the delivery away and we have a truck with a long arm on it for carpets. The guy was reversing it into the yard and because it was at foot level i didn’t see it. So I fell and hurt my shoulder and have a minor break to radial head, the doctor said around 6 weeks recovery. I went to A&E and back to work following day. Just wondering is this worth perusing? The pain is rather bad and I’m single mother so hard to get dressed etc, all healthy and safety completed in work and the incident was put in the accident book.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given the injury you have suffered and the trouble that it will cause you whilst you recover, it is certainly worthwhile further investigating this matter for you. It is good to see that you have made an accident book entry with your employer as this helps to provide important evidence to support any claim that may follow for the injuries that you sustained.

      Reply
  297. 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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  298. 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.

      Reply
  299. Tyler

    I was working as a carpenters helper when a roof job came up for us. Previously these shingle roof jobs normally have 3 to 4 guys working on it in order to work safely. However, my boss refused to bring in more helpers so that we could complete the job safely. In this instance, he simply took the job on a whim for himself and me.

    Before the end of the job, my knee swelled up to where I couldn’t walk. Eventually, I climbed down off the roof in real pain. As I was hurting so bad, I never saw a screw that sticking up on the ground and stepped on it. The screw pierced through my shoe into my foot. I panicked an jerked the screw out. My boss never offered me medical attention and simply took me home without making an accident report either. A few day passed and the pain in my knee and foot wouldn’t stop so I went to the ER for treatment.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK personal injury law, the issue you will have is two fold. Firstly, how can you prove who discarded the screw and who is therefore liable and responsible for your injury. Secondly, the accident has not been recorded properly and therefore proving causation will be very difficult.

      Reply
  300. 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.

      Reply
  301. Aditi

    I work in retail clothing shop and my manager was in rushed and she was trying to do stuff faster and by mistake she threw metal object on one of the racks and it didn’t go inside the box but fell on my head and neck. I am still in pain, she didn’t use the step ladder to put the things away – am I still able to claim for negligence of my manager?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Was your injury and the cause (the actions of your Manager) recorded in the workplace accident book? If so, you may be able to succeed with a claim for compensation.

      Reply
  302. Josh

    I was working on a ladder on a roof, the ladder slid out from under me and I fell on to the roof and then on to the ground, breaking my foot which lead to me having surgery and pins put in.

    When I reported the fall my employer told me not to say I was on the roof because I wasn’t suppose to be on it with out being tied off but when I was trained for the job they never showed me how to tie off. The people that trained me told me to get on the roof to do the job which isn’t the correct way to do it.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You have been badly advised by your employer with regards to making an inaccurate report of the accident. If there is no written evidence to support the fact that you were injured having fallen from height, you could struggle to succeed with a claim for compensation.

      The lack of training in safe working at height is negligence and would usually be something you could then attach employer negligence to.

      Reply
  303. John

    I was not offered first aid after being assaulted at work, instead two hours later took myself to hospital for treatment where I got a stitch in my lip, do I have a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The lack of first aid is bad practice, but not negligent and in and of itself, so not something you could claim for. You may however, have a claim for criminal injuries as a result of the assault – but only if the matter was reported to the Police and you then provided statements and full cooperation to the Police.

      Reply
  304. Sherry owens

    I started a new job needed a box cutter took one from home and got cut. After being cut I was told that the box cutter I had was not surppose to be used only the retractable one and they issued them. But I was never told anything about what kinda box cutter to have are they will issue me one. Can i be fired my boss said HR could fire me for this. Can they?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      I don’t foresee how you can be fired for this action, but your choice of using your own box cutter and then suffering injury would render you unable to make a claim for compensation against the employer.

      Reply
  305. Chris

    I had a workplace accident in November 2017 in which I was burnt. I spent 9 days in hospital and needed a skin graft. I had 13 weeks off work.

    On my return to work, I was threatened with the sack for putting a claim in. I had my company first aid certificate taken off me and I was bullied for 3 months until I left the company. I had a letter last week telling me that my solicitor who was handling my claim is no longer seeking damages and dropped the case. Can I appeal or try again with another solicitor?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You do have the right to seek a 2nd opinion from another specialist Solicitor with regards to the closing of this claim and potentially switch to using them instead. It would be useful to know on what grounds the Solicitor has dropped the claim – I assume that the employers insurance have provided a robust defence that indicates that the employer was not negligent?

      Reply
  306. Barry

    Hi I had an accident at work in July last year and am in the middle of a claim. I lost my job in september due to taking too much time off work but the company never gave me any verbal or written warnings. I believe they were worried about me making a claim and found an easy way of getting me out of the company, also I never had any introduction or manual handling procedures. I have reported them to hse but they are not even bothering with the company when the place is a health trap. We was made to work when the factory was smoked out by plastic burning from the machines and some of the plastic said it was dangerous to you lungs. I believe the company is negligence to all their staff.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Employers are legally able to terminate employee positions on the grounds of ill health and inability to work – even if they were injured whilst at work. That said, they must follow due process and act in accordance with Employment Law.

      Your current solicitor should ensure that your personal injury claim is represented properly and if applicable, claim loss of income relevant to the loss of your position with the firm.

      Reply
  307. Emma

    I was involved in an accident at work last year. This involved me nearly drowning due to me working with a child with special needs who panicked and wrapped his arm around my neck. 4 people had to come in and remove his arm from around my neck. I had never worked with this boy before and feel that the risk assessment was not up to date and therefore I was put in a very difficult situation. This has caused me to has numerous medical appointments and i now suffer from anxiety and depression.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If the risk assessment was not accurate and in date, your employer could be held liable. The issue you would have is proving causation – that is to prove that the anxiety and depression was 100% attributable to the incident at work.

      Reply
  308. John

    My work could not have prevented me being headbutted by a drunk passenger but never offered first aid and 2 hours later after continued bleeding from a split lip I had to go to hospital and got 1 stitch. Do I have a case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employers failure to provide 1st aid is bad practice, but not something you could claim compensation for.

      Reply
  309. Donna

    My partner class 2 delivery driver, accidentally closed the shutter on his left hand which caused swelling and a lot of pain, he rung and had to wait for a replacement driver and was put in another truck which broke down, recovery vehicle came but the hydraulics went so had to wait for another recovery truck!!!! This taking more time/hours and then taken too a&e, has the company breached anything?? My partner still on route too the hospital time since accident is over 7 hours!!!

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The company haven’t necessarily done anything wrong. They may have been inept in their handling of this situation and perhaps should have got your Partner to Hospital sooner than they have, but that would not constitute a claim.

      Reply
  310. Anne-Marie

    I am a school escort working for a council. On 12th October last year during storm Callum, a tree fell on the taxi minibus I was in and i injured my back and was taken to hospital. I am still suffering pain now but have returned to work. The council say I can not claim compensation from them as it was an act of god…Where do I stand in this please?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As the passenger in this accident, you may have a chance of claiming compensation from the minibus insurers. However there is a chance that you could be blocked from claiming under the ‘act of god’ issue you have come up against so far.

      To succeed with a claim against the owner of the tree, or organisation responsible for the management of it (the local authority), you would have to demonstrate that their Tree Officers and Parks Department were negligent and that the tree that fell was unsafe and should have been felled before the storm felled it. As you can imagine, to prove such negligence would be extremely difficult and it is most likely that the force of the storm was simply beyond mitigation.

      Reply
  311. 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.

      Reply
  312. Steven

    I had an accident whilst at work. I fell 30 feet out of a tree due to equipment malfunction. The equipment was correctly maintained and logged as well as still
    Under manufacture warranty/guarantee. Do I have rights to sue the manufacturer?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You certainly have rights to make such a claim. However, proving that there was any negligence on the manufacturers part will be extremely difficult.

      Reply
  313. Tony

    I got injured at work 15 years ago and the insurer denied the claim on unclear circumstances. I tried to revive the case 3 years ago to no avail. I was given a 10% disability as the insurer said they was no claim. The insurer’s letter of no claim prevented me from further inquiring on my compensation.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Sadly UK personal injury law will prevent you from being able to do anything about making a claim now as more than 3 years has passed since your accident. UK personal injury law is strict in that any claimant MUST make a claim within 3 years of the date of their accident, unless they are a child when injured – in which case, they must make their claim before their 21st birthday.

      Reply
  314. Lee

    I work as a Labourer and recently I was asked to move a bag which my boss knew contained a used and dirty needle. I was told make sure I had my gloves on and not to touch it with my hands. While moving bag with my gloves on and aid of a litter picker, the bag burst at the bottom and the needle stabbed my leg. Now my boss is telling me to say that I didn’t know the needle was in the bag as it could come back on me?! I am just wondering what my rights are?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You could claim compensation for the incident in which this dirty needle has punctured your leg. Without doubt you should report the correct and full details of the incident (as with any accident anywhere, the details should always be reported honestly), to your employer. There is no way that the incident could come back on you – if you were acting on your Managers instructions.

      Needle stick injuries usually don’t cause particularly serious physical injuries, but can include nerve damage in some cases. However, suffering a needle stick injury from a dirty ‘used’ needle could cause serious infection with life long illnesses. The only way to confirm whether or not such an infection has been suffered is to seek medical attention and undergo a blood test. During the wait for the outcome of the blood test, it is likely that the injured person will be stressed and worried.

      Reply
  315. Raymond

    I injured myself at work and reported it the same day but waited 6 months to go to the hospital as i was hoping that it would get better.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You could still make a claim for compensation in this accident. The immediate accident book report will provide evidence to confirm that the accident happened at work. The fact that you self-medicated for so long is not particularly problematic.

      Reply
  316. Beverley Patrick

    I have developed occipital neuralgia because of heavy equipment at work and now have to see a neurologist. I also have a ache in my back and tender neck.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Has your Doctor confirmed that the condition has been caused by the work you do? If so and if your employer has failed to provide you with adequate training and guidance with regards to manual handling and safe lifting of heavy items, you could seek to make a claim for compensation.

      Reply
  317. Julia

    Hi i just need a little advice, my boss at work where i clean has suggested we leave all the chairs out from under the desks where we clean computers to hoover under, what happens if i fall over one of those chairs, who then is responsible?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you are concerned that the employers working instructions are hazardous, you should put your concerns in writing to them. If the employer fails to act on your concerns and you then sustain an injury whilst going about your working duties as per the employers instructions, they would probably be liable should you then sustain injury.

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  318. 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.

      Reply
  319. Janet

    I had a bad fall at work 12 years ago. I did look into claiming compensation at the time, but I was advised against it, as I fell and badly broke my ankle and also my shoulder.
    I was a teaching assistant and fell in the area I worked in. A child threw a wooden building brick , and I fell over it.
    I have now bad arthritis in my leg and knee. I have pins and plates and a metal rod in my leg.
    Need advice.
    Thanks.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Sadly, you are now unable to take any action for the ongoing symptoms and trouble you have as a result of your accident 12 years ago. UK Personal Injury law only allows a maximum claim limitation period of 3 years from the date of the accident in which you can make a claim for compensation. In your case, you are now 9 years outside of that limitation period.

      Reply
  320. 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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  321. Caitlynn

    If something weighs more then 50lbs should it be on the very top shelf at you work where barley anyone can reach it??

    If it caused me permanent damage is there something I can do to get help with the money I will lose??

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law and safe working regulations would indicate that any item of such weight should only be located in a safe location. Whilst that could be at height, it would not be safe to expect a single employee to have to lift an move items above the safe lifting weight at such height.

      Reply
  322. Samantha

    I had a minor accident where the Hoover pole become detached and hit me in the eye causing me to go dizzy and see stars, should I make a claim I feel silly as it was with a Hoover?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You shouldn’t feel silly – accidents happen and are often not foreseen. My concern with regards to your injury is that whilst it was distressing for you at the time, I am not convinced that it would be seen as serious enough to warrant making a claim for compensation. Did you report the accident details in an accident book? Did you seek medical attention?

      Reply
  323. 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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  324. Blanca

    I have a friend who fell a couple months ago in Mexico. For the past 6 months, everything was ok until last Thursday, he was carrying cement blocks at work and he fell after he lost control of his legs. Now he’s in a lot of pain. The Doctor has said that his problem is that a disc in his spine is out of place. He doesn’t have insurance and his Doctors bills are expensive. My boss’ secretary told me he can apply for work compensation because this happened at work. However, as he has had this problem before he started working with this new boss, is it the case that he can claim on the insurance?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK personal injury law would not allow him to claim compensation for the damaged disc in his back, unless it can be shown that he slipped a disc at work.

      In this case, whilst he collapsed at work it would appear that the injury may have been caused when he fell in Mexico. Has his employer provided manual handling training and ensure that he is lifting items safely and correctly?

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  325. Helen

    Hi, I had a fall in August 2018 at work and broke my humerus bone. I have since had numerous hospital and GP appointments as well as physiotherapy, which I am still having. I do not have full movement in my rotator cuff yet. I recently returned to work on a phased in period. Would i be able to claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The injury you have sustained after you fell at work is a serious one and you are likely to suffer with some permanent problems as a result. Therefore, if you could succeed with a claim for personal injury compensation, the settlement value that would be assigned to your claim would reflect this.

      Whether or not you can make a claim will depend on what caused you to fall. We would very much like to know more about your accident and find out what happened in order that we can then advise you on the appropriate course of action.

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  326. 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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  327. 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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  328. Bellie lipska

    Okay i got injured on the job back in September of 2018 and was discharged from Banner Occupational in November 2018 and my claim was denied the day i was discharged I told the doctor i was still in pain and nothing has helped pain relievers, physical therapy, ice pack and heating pads they all have failed but they discharged me anyway. I been working in pain ever since i September i can’t bend my finger without pain and i found out if i don’t wear the finger splint i got from the store my finger hurts all the time but when i wear the splint I’m pain free and i ended up back in urgent care just recently for this injury and they want me to reopen the case and sent me to a Orthopedic Hand Surgeon well I talked to Human Resources at my work and they told me i had to tell the Ortho that it’s a personal injury. Which is a lie.
    What would you do?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is always important to make sure that you act with total honesty and do not mislead any parties or act dishonestly when claiming compensation.

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  329. 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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  330. Sarah

    Hi, I worked at a catering business for a good 8 months and was seriously overworked. We were constantly understaffed and were made to work 7 day weeks (even though contract said may work weekends). I never got given the safety boots I requested, I wasn’t shown where the accident book is or how to us it, our health and safety and manual handling was all done via computer not physically…

    Every time we were feeling sick we were made to feel guilty and almost forced to come in. The job involved being on my feet all the time but as we were understaffed we were always rushing.

    The week before I left (had to move back home as stepdad was terminally ill) the doctors gave me a sick note as my feet were hurting a lot and I found it super hard to walk on them- he said the fact I was on my feet consistently I haven’t been able to get the chance to rest them and it’s caused by stress. When handing my sick note to my boss he said ‘oh so your not coming in then?’…what do you think?

    Since leaving my Injury is still there and it’s affecting me a lot. After a doc’s appointment today they said I have ‘plantar fasciitis ‘ and I’m not allowed to work for another 4 weeks! In total that’s 5 weeks of no work and loss of potential earnings.

    This is really bad as my money is running short and I’m meant to be financially helping my mum as my stepdad has now passed away. The injury is affecting me daily and it’s hard to ordinary things like get up from my bed or walk to the shops, I can’t even complete one 8 hour shift!!

    Is there a possibility I could claim compensation?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      There is a potential to claim compensation, but the issue you will face is proving that the condition that is causing you the severe pain (plantar fascitis) was caused by the previous employer and negligence on their part.

      We would be happy to present a claim enquiry on this matter to our specialist Solicitors in order that they can discuss this matter with your and review whether or not sufficient evidence is likely to be available to support your claim. This would enable them to make an informed judgement as to whether or not your situation is something that would meet the criteria needed to pursue a claim.

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  331. Jonathan

    Hello there,
    I was just wondering if you can give me some advice on a situation that happened at work. Another colleague who was working with me on a roof had an argument with me and resulted in him kicking me from behind as I was about to leave the roof via a door, I then grabbed him to stop him attacking me as he was double my size he threw me to the floor then we wrestled. I was constantly trying to get him away from me during the process he landed on me and dislocated my shoulder and my face was cut and I have a bruise on nose and eye. Also I had a knee op 12 days prior that also made my knee in some pain.

    There are more details to this situation but this is the main details which I have mentioned depending on how work deal with this I would like to take legal action with this situation.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Did you report this matter to your employer and the Police? From the initial description information you have provided, I cannot (at this stage) see how the employer could be held liable as the actions that cause you injury rest with the colleague who attacked you and not due to employer negligence. To that end, as things stand the only route to compensation that I can see is via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

      We have specialist Solicitors able to pursue claims via the CICA and if you would like to investigate making a claim via this route, please contact us. To qualify for a CICA claim, you must report the matter to the Police, cooperate with the Police and seek medical attention for your injuries.

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  332. David

    My daughter who was a Police Officer was sent on a Scuba Diving Course, to a civilian Diving School over 5 years ago and as a result of their negligence receive injuries that have resulted in her being ill health retired from the police force and is unlikely to work again. A negligence claim was submitted against the Dive School in question and the case was due to be heard in the High Court in Scotland in July 2018. A couple of months before the court case, at an initial hearing, the Dive School admitted that they did not have adequate insurance i.e. that they were not covered for accidents that occurred in open water, again further negligence on their part. As a result of this my daughter was given the choice of proceeding with the court case which would have bankrupted the Dive School and she would not have received anything or accepting an out of court settlement of less than 10% of the proposed amount her solicitors were asking for. Reluctantly she took the settlement to at least give her some money. She has been out of the Police Force for over 2 years now but I have written to the force on her behalf as I think they have some liability for sending her on a course to a Civilian organisation without carrying out adequate due dilligence and ensuring their officer was covered in the event of accident, given the nature of the course. I wrote to the Police several months ago and all I have been told to date is that it is with their legal department. Does my daughter have a valid case against her ex employer?

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  333. 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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  334. Sally

    Hi I had an accident at work where I sustained burns and was off work for a while. Problem is the business is closing down now, can I still pursue a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Yes, you can still pursue a claim and even if the business is already closed the possibility of claiming remains open to you. The employer would have insurance in place that would cover the period of time where you worked for the employer. Ideally, you should start your claim at the earliest opportunity.

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  335. James

    I broke my toe at work after dropping a heavy object on it. When I started my job I signed something which said I wouldn’t lift heavy objects. Would this mean I would not be able to claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may still be able to make a claim for compensation against your employer. We would like to investigate your claim and take this matter forward for you.

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  336. Teresa

    I crushed my thumb in baling machine at work, I had brief training year ago, I’ve broke my thumb and had a bone put in place and then metal bits 4 weeks ago. I see surgeon again 10 days time will find out when they taking metal bits out etc, and have physio, been signed of work, first couple days work phoned twice and said I could go back light duties. I normally fill shelves, hospital wouldn’t let me go back then, 4 weeks later they say I can but light duties and be very careful with my thumb which they put on my sick note. I took it work and they said they’d phone me next day, 2 days later nothing. I phoned this time, spoke to a manager that was on duty when I broke my thumb she said she was unaware that I could come back on light duties but would phone me back to let me know what was happening, 5 days later nothing, I don’t know what to do.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We would like to speak with you further about your accident at work in order that we can ascertain whether or not you can make a claim for compensation. Please use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website to make further contact with us.

      Reply
  337. 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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  338. 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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  339. 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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      • Andy

        Ok many thanks for your help

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  340. ivor

    I work for Sky as a TV engineer and slipped on wet grass at a customers property and have broken my ankle in three places.

    I was off work last year for 3 months with depression and because I’ve been off twice in a 12 month period, the company is using this against me to not pay me a wage saying I’m not entitled. I have been off for the last 7 weeks so far only receiving the basic SSP payments.

    I feel the company are punishing me for doing my job – they have a massive push on mental health but yet they’re not wanting to pay me for an accident I had doing a job for them! Do I have any claim? This is now putting a strain on my marriage and I’m falling back into depression again with all the worry.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Sadly, the law does not oblige an employer to pay sick pay to people who are off work – even if they are off work due to an injury sustained in an accident at work. Whilst you may have contractual rights with your employer regarding sick pay, they may be within their rights to not pay sickness payments for any 2nd period of sickness leave within 12 months. You could well overturn this and it could be a good move to take a grievance out against them regard this issue.

      The only way you can make a claim for compensation in this matter would be by demonstrating that your employer has been negligent and that your slip and subsequent injury was due to their failings. Given that you slipped on wet grass it is hard to know whether you would have any reasonable prospect of holding the employer liable for negligence in this matter.

      What were you doing at the time of the slip?

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  341. 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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  342. 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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  343. Gen

    A ‘worker’, as defined by the Employment Rights Act 1996 Section 230 3 (b), suffers personal injury at work due to use of faulty equipment supplied by his employer. Can he advance a common law negligence claim against his employer in the same manner as it would be for an ’employee’?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Has the worker in the scenario you describe pursued a claim for personal injury compensation? If injury were sustained by an employer due to faulty or inadequate equipment provided by an employer, the injured worker could pursue a civil claim for personal injury compensation against the employer to recover all costs and lost income incurred due to the negligence of the employer as well as a settlement to cover the extent of the injury sustained in said incident.

      If you would like any further help with making a claim for personal injury compensation, please call us on 01225430285.

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  344. Joseph

    I worked as a detailer for Garlyn Shelton. On Friday December 14th I left work early due to breathing complications. All I remember is giving the emergency room my licence and telling them I was having an asthma attack. I didn’t open my eyes again until 6 days later. I was incubated during the whole time I was unconscious. After discharge on Christmas eve I was trying to remember the last thing I was doing before coming to E.R. I was at work using bug wash, lysol all purpose, wipe and shine, tire shine, solvent, etc. on cars and through out the day my health was declining to the point where I drove myself to the E.R. I just wanted to know is there a claim involved due to no proper training using these chemicals?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, an employer requiring workers to use any chemical products must have a COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) policy. Employers have an obligation to follow the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, which is to either prevent or reduce their workers’ exposure to substances that are hazardous to their health. This would include provision of personal protective equipment (breathing masks), gloves, ventilated working areas and any other relevant protections.

      If an employer were to fail to fulfill these statutory obligations and an employee were to sustain injury or ill health, it is most likely that the employer would be liable and have to settle a financial claim for compensation on the basis of employer negligence for any injuries and losses caused.

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  345. 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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  346. Donna

    I fell at work on a polished wooden floor just inside the main entrance doors. The floor has a slight slope to it. After a 18 months of pain I am now claiming pip for my disabilities. My job is going to end due to incapability. They have only just put a rubber mat in place due to parents falling in the same place. I work in a school as a cover teacher.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Our view is that you have a valid claim for personal injury compensation against the employer for their failure to minimise the risk of injury on the polished sloping floor. Having spoken with you, we understand that a rubber mat has now been placed on this floor after further falls and as such, the risk of slipping has finally been addressed and dealt with. Therefore, there is a clear argument in your favour should any claim follow in that the employer failed to act on the risk of foreseeable injury presented by a slippery sloping floor surface and exposed you to the risk of injury.

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  347. Natasha

    I got assulted by a patient in work when on shift as a nurse. I sustained muscle and soft tissue damage to my forearm & two staved fingers. Not to mention i was very teary and upset after the incident. Would i be entitled to make a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You certainly have the right to make a claim for accident at work compensation. Your claim would succeed if we can establish that your employer was negligent in this incident. We have successfully pursued very similar claims in the past and the claims succeeded because we could show that the employer had failed to provide the appropriate level of support, guidance and training or that they had not properly risk assessed the patient and their needs/risks.

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  348. howard

    I slipped and fell at work and wasn’t sent for treatment and did regular duty for two months until my elbow swelled. Then was sent to an orthopedic surgeon and they said I had a broken elbow.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Under UK personal injury law, your employer would not necessarily be responsible for ensuring that you sought and obtained medical treatment as it would be for you to decide whether the pain/discomfort of an injury required medical treatment.

      However, the employer could well be liable for the actual injury if the cause of your broken elbow (your slip) can be attributed to employer negligence. We would like to speak with you further as you could well have a valid claim for accident at work compensation with which we could assist.

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  349. 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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  350. Gemma

    I had an accident at work 6 months ago and didn’t know at the time I would need an operation and leading to loss of earnings. Is it too late to claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      A period of 6 months between an accident at work and making a claim is nowhere near to being too late. It is not uncommon (particularly when the full extent of an injury is not known or appreciated) for a claimant to not make a claim immediately.

      We would be very happy to help you with your claim.

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  351. Andrew

    Hi I broke my hip at work I have tried to make a claim, but the company has deleted the cctv and also lied by saying the shop floor is cleaned every half an hour. Can you help me please?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Was your previous attempt at making a claim for compensation handled by a specialist personal injury Solicitor? If so, the only way that you would have any prospect of succeeding with a 2nd attempt would be by providing new evidence.

      It is clear from what you say that the employer has been dishonest in their defence of the claim, but for you to prove that is not easy. You would need some evidence such as witness statements from colleagues – who may not be willing to go against the employer – confirming that the floor is not cleaned regularly as they state and perhaps witnesses to your fall. Do you know if the employer was asked to provide evidence to support their claim that they clean the floors every 30 minutes?

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  352. 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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  353. 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.

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    • 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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  354. 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.

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    • 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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  355. 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.

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    • 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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  356. James

    I cut my hand on a piece of metal. It cut through my thumb and tore my tendon. I had to get an operation to repair it, they found it in my wrist and had to stretch it back to my thumb. I had to get physio twice a week for 12 weeks then once a fortnight as I lost all the strength in my hand. My employer paid me my full wage while I was off for 4 weeks. Would I be entitled to make a claim?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is good that your employer payed you in full – that at least stops you having to cope with a loss of wages after your accident at work and them paying you will not prevent you from being able to pursue a claim for compensation.

      Whether or not you have a valid claim will depend on whether your employer failed in their duty of care to provide you with the correct protection, training and equipment. The best way to find out if you do have a valid claim for accident at work compensation is to call us on 01225430285 and speak with our expert staff.

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  357. Roberto

    Got hurt at work I asked my HR if they would pay me due to work related injury, he said things don’t work that way here. I’m confused.

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    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, an employer does not have to pay your usual salary if you are off work due to illness or injury (even if it was a workplace related injury).

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  358. Dave

    I was working in a factory where there was no extraction, basically the air was not good and I had 3 chest infections then borderline pneumonia. I was using a chemical that was not fit for purpose, in water there was 2 mig welders with no extraction, 5 lumsden grinder with loads of tramp oil going in the air. When I was off ill, they had coshh in to do tests. I found out that on the day of testing there was only one grinder working as the employee was off ill – but usually he runs 4 grinders daily!

    I’m still of sick with asthma tests coming up, but the employers have cleaned everything up and stopped using the chemical in the water and there’s no more tramp oil in the grinders. The employer has also put some extraction for the welders. I did take photos of this as I could feel it affecting my chest I also complained with a letter.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your complaint in writing and your photographs are important as they provide evidence of a possible case of employer negligence and protect your interests should you wish to make a claim for compensation.

      Employers requiring staff members who work with chemicals and dangerous dusts etc have a strict obligation to ensure that all chemicals are used safely and that they are correct for the work and properly stored. They must also ensure adequate ventilation and provision of the correct personal protective equipment.

      It would seem in your case that your employer could have some trouble proving that they have carried out their obligations towards your health and safety and may indeed be guilty of employer negligence in failing to protect you from damage to your respiratory system. If you would like to further investigate your rights with regards to a claim for compensation, we will gladly help.

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  359. 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?

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    • 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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  360. John

    I had an accident on a scallop beam trawler and part of my job is to tightening swords that scrape the sea bed. We had came into the harbour, landed everything then was sorting the fishing gear before we got away. Me and my work mate was tightening swords when the 4 ton of fishing gear came down and hit and squashed my head and I now have a scar on my head, broken nose, eye socket and awaiting 2 operations. I have been off a couple of months. They are paying me weekly but I want to know if I am eligible for compensation for injuries and loss of earnings and for my operations?

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    • Ian Morris

      Although you were injured at work, it is hard to advise whether or not you have a valid claim for accident at work compensation because of the location of the accident. As you were injured at sea it could be that maritime law supersedes UK law and that could make pursuit of compensation harder. However, we would like to further investigate this for you and work to find out whether or not you can pursue a claim.

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  361. Vickie

    On all 7 of the employer responsibilities check list, my husband was never informed on any. The accident was not even reported in a book.
    My husband fell over a child’s toy placed in a walk way whilst unloading a vehicle and broke his wrist.
    It took the boss over an hour to get him to hospital.
    My husband never reported as did continue to work however should of been on minimal tasks but did further damage to the wrist and it will never be the same.
    We are not after claiming for loss of wages but i want to claim for his injury as his wrist will never be the same.
    Since the accident nothing changed and with the dark weather vehicles being unloaded without adequate lighting again putting staff at risk and the boss laughs it off.
    Pls advise.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you feel that your Husband’s wrist injury was caused or contributed to by employer negligence he may well have a valid claim for compensation for the injury he has sustained (which would automatically include recovery of lost income or incurred costs should it succeed).

      For us to be able to advise your Husband, we need to know more about his job and what training he had received and what he was doing at the time of the accident. We have an article on wrist injury claims which will provide you with further info.

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  362. Gary

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

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    • 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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  363. 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?

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    • 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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  364. corinne

    I work as a certified nursing assistant (cna) and when I got pregnant I told them my doctor advised me to not be lifting more than 22 pounds. I was then told by both my supervisors that they’ve had pregnant women work full duty up till the day they deliver, and that I will have to continue to do my regular duties until I had a doctor’s note. By the time I finally got the note I was about 15 weeks pregnant. Well the day I turned 19 weeks I started having lots of bleeding due to placenta abruption which can happen from lifting heavy weight. I’m wondering if this would be a workers comp claim considering the only time I lifted heavy weight was when I was working – lifting, pulling and pushing super heavy residents. We were also understaffed almost everyday so I was also putting a lot of stress on myself and my body working there pregnant and lifting weight I shouldn’t have been lifting in the first place. I really think the start of all these problems with my pregnancy started with my work. Does it sound like I have a case?

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    • Ian Morris

      UK law would require your employer to ensure that you are properly trained in how to lift safely (manual handling training) and that your physical health is taken in to account when work tasks are provided. If your employer has failed to train you and placed you at risk of injury, you may well have a right to make a claim for compensation.

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  365. Mel

    My employers have followed all the procedures correctly, however I have had injury caused twice by someone they employ and he is still working there and I’m losing wages due to injuries.

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    • Ian Morris

      To recover wages lost as a result of absence after a workplace accident, the only option for most people is to pursue a claim for accident at work compensation. UK law does not oblige employers to pay employee salaries to those off work – even if they are off work through injury sustained at work, indeed, the only obligation is to provide Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) which is just under £90 weekly. If you were injured through someone else’s negligence, then you have a good prospect of succeeding with a claim and could recover lost income as well as compensation for your injuries.

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  366. Phyllis

    We’ve been under staffed for 3 months and I had double shifts and pulled muscle in my back. Been to see hospital and occupational therapist, both agreed injury was caused at work, I now feel they have arranged a meeting to get rid of me after working for them for 19 years.

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    • Ian Morris

      It is not uncommon for people to feel very vulnerable after a work related injury if their job has a physical element to it. Such claimants regularly share their fears of getting dismissed from work if they are forced to take time off to recover.

      However, employers are subject to strict rules regarding employee rights and must follow due process. Remember, UK law affords any person injured in an accident at work that was caused, or failed to be prevented as a result of employer negligence, the legal right to claim compensation and loss of income against the negligent employer. The employer has no legal right to dismiss an employee for making a legitimate claim.

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  367. 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?

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    • 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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  368. 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.

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    • 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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  369. 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.

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    • 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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      • Helen

        My previous employer and managers didn’t listen when l complained that the work load was getting too heavy and that injuries were occurring due to this. I was told its a physical job what do you expect. I found this to be ignorant of the health and safety to myself and one other employee.
        No training was given what so ever both manual handling and chemical training in all the time l and one other employee was employed.
        No equipment was provided that would elevate making the job easier even though l asked.
        The company that my recent employer is contracted to l feel are at fault as l have complained on several occasions about the amount of weight l have to deal with when dealing with their rubbish which contributed to my recent injury.

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        • Ian Morris

          Were any of your complaints or concerns regarding the health and safety issues made in writing? (email/text etc?)

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  370. Catherine

    I writing to see if you can help with our enquiry. My husband has worked for a company now for around five and a half years, in the year 2016 my husband ended up having to go off work on sick leave (full company pay) had MRI scans to show he had a slipped disc and a rotary cuff, snapped tendons. My Husbands got full private medical insurance so this covered his operations, physio and consultant costs. After six months off my Husband was forced back in to work with no phase return and was made to use holidays for future operations, he had no meetings to ask how he was doing for him to fill out his own personnel records. His role remained the same working in a Warehouse which has a freezer section and ambient section, the role in the freezer mainly lifting heavy items and climbing ladders to fix jams. My Husbands role is a Manager, so he had to fix it or the work wouldn’t carry on and the business would loose money. Around the September of 2017 he was still having issues with the cold going into his shoulder which was causing him pain and the company he worked for finally listened after letters from his consultants that he needed to be out of the cold and moved into the warm side.

    At the start of the year over the weekend shifts his Managers had been pushing for him to work in the freezer side, so one to two days a week. In June of this year he started to get pain in his slipped disc, he told his Managers and they still carried on putting him in the cold ie with no freezer coat other than a fleece. Around the 11th of June this year my Husband couldn’t move and I took him to see a doctor who then referred him to the top spinal surgeon in the UK and Europe.

    The consultant ordered MRI to discover he had a swollen disc and a cracked disc, the consultant put him on sick and he has been on sick for the last six months as these type of injuries aren’t fixed overnight. He had two operations to his spine but he will always have this issue. He was very close to being in a wheelchair with these injuries as they are the lowest discs in the back. Now he has gone to work this morning to discuss his return to work and they basically accused him of manipulating the sick policy and his consultant and he is on the verge of losing his job because he’s been on sick leave on and off for six month periods at a time. We are very worried, as if they had looked after him in the correct way this wouldn’t have happened.

    Now he works nights so sleeps most of the day and works most of the night, he doesn’t go to the gym or do anything with heavy lifting other than work. The reason I’m writing is to see where he would stand on a claim regarding his injuries. We have all the consultant letters and you can get all the documents from work regarding how bad he’s has been treated.

    He now has to live with this injury for the rest of his life and he most probably lose his job down to his injuries and sick leave.

    I look forward to receiving your reply, I hope you can help and advise.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your Husband does have a potential claim against his employer – for any injuries that were caused by his work and as a result of employer negligence within the last 3 years. To this end, it would be sensible for us to speak further with your Husband and review the supporting evidence that you mention in order that we can have a specialist Solicitor consider whether or not a claim for compensation can proceed.

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  371. 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?

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    • 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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  372. 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?

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    • 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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  373. 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?

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    • 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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  374. Sam

    I work in retail and part of this is moving cages of stock off a truck. One of the cages was too heavy and buckled the wheels under the weight of the stock, trapping my finger between it and another cage, ripping out my nail in the process. I wasn’t given formal training or spoken to about/provided any safety equipment, such as gloves. I’m only seventeen and don’t get paid very much, but I had to miss out on 8 hours worth of wage when I’m only working 12 hours this week. From talking with my boss he is unsure if it will even be compensated through company health insurance as I didn’t have to stay overnight in hospital. Is there a claim here?

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    • Ian Morris

      My initial view is that you do have a valid claim against the employer’s insurance cover in this matter. If the cages of stock were over-loaded or dangerously heavy, then the employer is likely to be liable when you sustain injury as a result. Further, the employer has failed to provide training or safety gloves for your use and as such, I believe you have good prospects of succeeding with a claim.

      We would be very happy to help you pursue a claim for compensation here. The loss of a finger nail is painful, unpleasant to look at and will affect the use of the finger for a while. As such, there are no problems with regards to the value of the claim either.

      It is worth pointing out that as you are 17 years of age, you will require a parent of legal guardian to sign the Solicitors paperwork – unless you will turn 18 very soon?

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  375. DAVID

    I work for the railway, 31.5 years. We have our own lockers for uniform and kit bags. The kit bags are fairly heavy which is why they are now trolley bags. In an unprecedented move a few weeks ago they moved our lockers away from the booking on point and messroom to a building further down the platform and via lift to second floor. On the 14th November these lifts didnt work , 2nd floor means 4 flights of stairs , easy going up but coming down with my trolley bag i stumbled and missed 2 steps , bashed my left knee on stair rim. My knees, especially the other one , right one has severe arthiritis and i wear a knee straightener brace so i was perhaps trying to over compensate the weight coming down the stairs . I reported the incident , continued working and i havent missed a day. My knee developed a lump , which has dissapeared but when i even touch the area where it hit , it is extremely painful. I can walk , bend it , but 10 days on , i cant touch it, well i can but its very painful. I assumed it would have dissipated by now and was hoping to avoid x-rays or hospital , I filled in the 2 page accident at work form and the line manager understands the bag weight and did say perhaps there was some unneccesary paperwork in there . It was just his opinion , everyones kit bag generally weighs the same . The railway scheme for any illness or injury are farly generous as in 6 months full-pay . I am not contemplating taking anytime off, but this pain, which is extremely sharp to the touch, doesnt appear to want to dissapear.

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    • Ian Morris

      Clearly, you should attend a Doctor and seek referral for an x-ray to inspect the damage caused to your knee. It is good to read that you have completed an accident report form.

      At this stage it is hard to advise on the prospects or otherwise any claim for compensation you may choose to pursue would represent, but I can see that there is an argument to be made here as to the lifting and carrying of a heavy kit bag (that is a requirement of the job) down so many flights of stairs if a lift was broken. Therefore, we would be happy to take some further details and present your enquiry to our specialist Solicitors for a detailed consideration for you. If you would like us to do that, please let me know.

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  376. John

    Repetitive strain injury, clear evident process that will prove such injury. Not shown how to lift. Minimal staff to complete task. Issues raised. However, corrupt work place, known to lie. How do I approach?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      When any issues are raised with an employer, it is always sensible to ensure that they are reported in writing and that a copy of any such report is retained by the complainant. Such written records make it far harder for a dishonest defendant to deny any such reports were made.

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  377. Karen

    I work at a busy restaurant, a steakhouse with peanuts on the floor front of house and food/ clutter on the floor back of house. I was taking a stack of dishes to the designated dishwashing area, with non slip shoes i slipped on food and water by the drain and had a concussion. I woke up convulsing and throwing up in the back of the restaurant with the owner and another server who is also an certified emt. I had to ask the owner to file an incident report, he only let me fill out half before he told me to get up and fill the rest out himself. I was not given a copy. I went to the er 3 times in under four weeks and was diagnosed post concussive syndrome. Doctors excused me 9 days but I haven’t worked in 3 weeks because I am still in pain. Should I quit? I’m still on anti nausea medication and pain meds.

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    • Ian Morris

      UK law wouldn’t require you to quit your work simply through ill health after just 3 weeks off work. You should return to your Doctor and request that you are signed off appropriately in order that you can recover.

      The cause of your accident would give risk to a claim for slipping accident compensation under UK law too.

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  378. Sam

    I am an additional learning support teaching assistant. I had my nose broken by one of the pupils. It was an accident. It was not an assault. However, I had to attend A&E that day and my employer docked my pay. My septum has now moved to the left and I can’t breathe through my right nostril. I was told by ENT that I can have an operation to put this right but I’m afraid to do this as they will dock my pay again. I already work 2 jobs I can’t afford to lose pay I’ve no fault of my own.

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    • Ian Morris

      If the injury was caused by nothing more than an unfortunate accident, there is very little you can do. However, it could be that the employer hasn’t conducted the correct risk assessments or that you were not made aware or trained properly in the risk that the child you were working with would present. If so, you may have grounds to make a claim for compensation.

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  379. Garry

    I work doing weed-spraying on the public footpaths and roads so do a lot of walking with a 20litre knapsack containing chemical and water. At the end of the day something happened to my foot and was unable to walk or put pressure on it and I was signed off for 5 days, the doctor said I’d strained my plantar fasciitis. I’m only entitled to SSP and that’s not enough to cover my weekly wage so I need to know where I stand?

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    • Ian Morris

      Does your employer require you to wear specific footwear for the work? If so, have they risk assessed the footwear and ensured that it is fit for purpose?

      If they have not, you maybe able to pursue them for compensation for the injury sustained and the loss of income caused to you.

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  380. Lynda

    My son had an injury at work. He went in Saturday morning early to finish some work off before Monday. He wasn’t told his key fob didn’t work before a certain time so he thought the door entry system was broken so he climbed into the building elseware fell over 10 ft and broke both ankles, he was on his own and couldn’t move. Someone should have told him he couldn’t get in before a certain time, and someone else should have been there. Can he make a claim for his injuries?

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    • Ian Morris

      There is a potential claim here and whilst the circumstances are unusual, I think it worthwhile presenting such a claim to our specialist Solicitors for consideration.

      Whilst the employer should have advised all workers as to the hours upon which they can arrive/depart and when the gate system will work on their key fobs, your Son may have to accept a portion of responsibility (contributory negligence) as although he was attempting to access work for good reasons, he should have considered the risks to his own safety by climbing the fence. Accepting a portion of responsibility will not prevent him from being able to claim, but would have an impact on the level of damages/compensation that he may receive.

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  381. Colin Alty

    Hi, just a quick query. I was injured during an incident at work. I am a custody officer at a court. Short story is, my hand hit a metal gate post during a restraint of a prisoner who didn’t want to get on the vehicle. I have been off since May 2018. This incident could of been prevented, by information being passed that he was refusing and a proper process could have taken place I.e. protective clothing being worn before hand. I am now being pressured into capability dismissal. I am still under investigation at the hospital. I am waiting for further appointment to see orthopaedic consultant and a specialist nurse for pain control. They think I have something called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. I have been on company Assault on Duty for nearly 6 months which is full pay but after that I go onto ssp even though I haven’t used any of my sick allocation. Just wondered if you had any advice please. Thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      Given the possible long term implications of your injury and your initial view that the employer failed in their duty of care to ensure that appropriate communication and risk of injury had been passed down the line to you, you should consider speaking with our specialist Solicitors to further investigate whether or not you can pursue a claim for compensation in this matter.

      My initial view is that there is a possible claim here on the grounds of employer negligence.

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  382. Yvonne

    My daughter has just started working as a ground worker with a tree surgery company on a self-employed basis. She says she is covered by her employer’s insurance whilst working for him. She wants to train as an arborist and is considering asking him if she can work with the team on her days off so that he can give her climbing and chainsaw experience. My question is would she still be covered by his insurance on those days as technically he is giving her free training rather than employing her as she won’t be getting paid? If not, is it possible to get personal accident and liability insurance for her as an individual doing this?

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    • Ian Morris

      Any person can obtain insurance, of course the problem may be the cost. However, your daughter may well be covered by the employer’s insurance – as long as they are appropriately covered – whilst receiving training or working for the employer. My advice would be for your daughter to seek a written assurance that the insurance does indeed cover her whilst training.

      In the industry you cite, it is common for new employees to receive training in safe chainsaw use and climbing safety. Any training should be provided by someone with the appropriate qualification to provide the training or by attending a specialist training provider for accreditation.

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  383. Bibi

    Hi had an accident at work a few months ago. I file it in the accident book. Although I complained to my manager and supervisors, they did not wanted to know, I was ignored and called mini moaner, even not even validating my presence when I was telling them my wrist is in terrible pain when lifting or holding the hoover. I was told by my manager that they’re not running a holiday camp. My supervisors ignored my complaints for months saying I have no choice as they are short of staff and other staff has pain but not complaining. One supervisor said she has pain in her wrist and she has no problems with continued working.

    Then the longest serving staff started to ignore me, at times when I walked in the office, they would stop talking and blatantly ignore me. Then the lies of me swearing or using bad language towards them. My supervisors husband who works as a room attendant as our colleague, swears at me and told me all you foreigners go back to my country calling me racists names. I complained to my manager and my supervisor who’s hisband had made the comments against me but was told that I was telling lies. I was also been accused of swearing at others, which is untrue and feel I constantly on my guard. I became so scared I stop using my locker fearing the maintenance man who also accused me of swearing at him. I made a complaint to my head manager but the situation got worse where I feel isolated and afraid to speak to anyone fearing it would be misconstrued. I’m now on medication not anle to sleep fearing the worst of my reputation being ruined. I am now off work with with progressive pain and swelling not able to grip and lift much weight and awaiting a mri scan on my wrist.

    I am no longer a happy person and have a deep fear trusting work place and fear bonding with anyone or faith in work and embraces new outside events. . please help.

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    • Ian Morris

      You need help on two fronts here. Firstly with the injury to your wrist and a possible claim for compensation against the employer for the injuries you sustained and the impact that it has had on your day-to-day life.

      Secondly, you should approach a specialist employment Solicitor to discuss the actions of the employer with regards to their handling of you and a possible claim against them for breach of employment law.

      We can assist you with regards to the personal injury element of your claim and would be able to refer any employment law query to a specialist firm we have links with. Please use our ‘start a claim’ page to send us some further information and we’ll then call you to help you take this further.

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  384. Kelly

    While at work filming a sketch for an online show, me and another employee were asked to pull each other out of a paddling pool full of fake snow, by the legs. Because I didn’t want the humiliation of being pulled, I reluctantly agreed to pull my college, a fully grown man, by the legs, not thinking it would result in a pulled/strained ligament in the lower part of my back. I felt pressure immediately, but about 15-20 minutes after I did it, the pain started to come on really bad. When I complained about the pain, I was advised to put it in the accident book by another college, to which the guy who’d asked us to preform the act, logged it. Soon after, I was in tears & advised to call 111 by a team leader to see if I should goto the hospital. It was painful to walk, sit or stand. After speaking to someone on the phone, I was told to see an out of hours doctor that night to assess the damage. The doctor told me I’d pulled/strained the ligament that goes