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

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

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I was injured at work, what are my rights?

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

  1. Medical treatment

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

  2. Record the details

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

  3. Confirm your sick pay

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

  4. Attend medical appointments

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

  5. Take time to recover

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

  6. Seek light duties

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

  7. Claim compensation

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

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

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

Find out if you can claim compensation

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

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

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

Employer responsibilities

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

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

Employer pressure – threats are against the law

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

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

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

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

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Questions & Answers


  1. Mark

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We would be happy to help you make your claim for compensation. Please use the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website to provide further information and we’ll be able to further investigate and pursue your claim. You have sustained a nasty injury that would appear to have been avoidable if the appropriate safety measures had been taken. As such, this is likely to be seen as negligence and could well enable success in your claim for compensation.

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  2. Anisa

    I was suffering a heart attack at work i mentioned to my manager about my symptoms and that i was in a lot of pain however no attention was given and i was told to wait until my shift ended to take myself to hospital. When i went to the hospital an hour later i had suffered a heart attack

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The situation you describe is unlikely to enable you to pursue a claim against your employer for negligence. Although you may have reported feeling unwell, your employer/Manager is not a medical professional and would not have known of your situation. Although with the benefit of hindsight, they should have allowed you to seek medical attention immediately, the reality is that they have not caused you any long term injury through direct negligence and as such, we don’t foresee that you have grounds for a claim against the employer.

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  3. Moira

    One last question, is it the case that you can be time barred for putting in a claim for constructive dismissal. After I went back to work (I have sent an email prior to this one) I was on heavy medication and still had to have my shoulder surgery. I was moved to a lighter job, which turned out to be a nightmare. I was being openly bullied by a member of staff and it was the talk of the service. I stood up to her openly but inside it was draining the life out of me. I was still attending my psychologist and psychiatrist and put up a front as if it wasn’t bothering me. It ended up so bad that my senior supervisor asked to speak to me in the lounge one day, I was working with her and another male support worker. She sat down with me and said, everyone in the work is talking about you. I was in total shock and I just looked at her waiting for her to say what they were saying but she didn’t elaborate, then started talking about other things. I couldn’t get my head around it. A week or so passed and I text her about what she said and I told her that I wanted our manager to come to the service and to discuss it. She said that she didn’t no what I was talking about, completely denied it, next thing I get a phone call from our manager saying that I was texting our senior, as if I was harassing her. I told him my side of the story and he said that he would come to speak to the both of us. He did come out and told me what day it would be, he asked my senior to go up to the office to speak to her and I was a nervous wreck downstairs waiting on my turn but they were in the office for about 30mins and both came down stairs laughing and carrying on and I was in a clients room supporting him and my manager went into the kitchen said hi to the staff that was on then left saying bye to me as he passed the room I was in. I was never asked what was going on and 3 weeks later I resigned. I could not cope at all, I was trying to get my mental health back and this was making it worse. Looking back I should have went to my union but my nerves were still really bad and I didn’t no any laws or rights I could have had and I had no fight left on me. I was still mentally ill and was just glad to get away from it all. My question is, is it possible to seek legal advice on this. It happened in September 2018. I was too ill to deal with it and I didn’t no anything about constructive dismissal, I was nieve to what employment rights I was entitled to and my claim for my accident at work was still ongoing. I no for a fact that everybody in the team were not talking about me as I had been very good friends for years and they were as shocked as I was. Is there any special circumstances that could be taken into consideration.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  4. Dean

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      If you would like to make a claim, please provide further details via the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website and we’ll be in touch to help you.

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  5. SANDRINE

    I work as an employed landscape gardener, whilst being at a customer’s garden, I slipped on slippery flagstones and fell on my hand hurting my wrist/thumb.
    I wrote it in the accident book and after a few days went to see my GP as it did not get better. He advised me to see a physio who then advised on X-rays, long story short, I was referred to a hand specialist who did 3 cortisone injections over 12 months- with cancellation in between due to Covid.
    Those hardly worked so I have been working in pain since October 2019 and reduced my hours/ pay because of it.
    I have now had to have a trapeziectomy (removing a bone between my hand and my wrist) which involves weeks without working, unpaid. I am paid the basic SSP by my employer but nothing else and have to claim on my personal accident/sickness insurance which is only covering part of my wages.
    Can I claim for my loss of earning for the past year and the time I have to be off work until my hand has recovered enough to be able to resume my duties as a gardener?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can pursue a claim for personal injury compensation – which if successful, would enable you recover settlement for your injuries and also recover the difference between any payment you would normally have received and the income you have obtained.

      In this case, the claim would be against the property owner directly as it would not appear to be a claim against the employer.

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  6. Joanne

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  7. carolyn

    I slipped at work on the wet stairs thwre was no wet floor signs our. got checked by gp who said poasiy a sprain 9 weeks later still in pain gp referring me to musculoskeletal clinic haven’t taken time off work can’t afford to can I still claim.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can still pursue a claim for compensation because whether or not you take time off work due to an accident at work is irrelevant to the outcome of a claim for compensation. In this matter, there was no hazard sign on display even though the stairs were wet and this should see you succeed with a claim on the basis of negligence after your slip on a wet floor at work.

      If you would like to make a claim for compensation for the injury you have sustained, please call us on 01225430285 for help. Alternatively, you can start your claim for compensation via our website if you prefer.

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  8. Hazel

    I have acquired severe pains in my right Groin area over the past year at work, and am now off work with a medical certificate.
    I am an “online shopper” with Asda supermarket. The trolleys are 8 totes(boxes) high piled up high with everything and vastly overweight. Large big packs of Dog food/cat litter/Alcohol to name but a few items are heavy. We have to push/pull./stop/start our trolleys, to manoeuvre them around the public who also shop in the narrow aisles…overtime I have sustained a medical pain/condition that has prevented me from doing my job of being an online shopper. The trolleys are just tooo heavy. I am not the only colleague there to suffer, some have sustained back pains.
    Soon Asda will be forcing us to use these big trolleys with 10 totes and not 8. Thus increasing the weight and load and amount of items we have to pick/load into trolleys, pull/push around. They are only interested in the profitability element of it all. Not our health or capabilities. They increase the pick rate regularly, and enforce it upon us. Hence, it increases our load and weight within a certain time frame daily
    I have had an ultra sound Scan, was referred to a physiotherapist, who has now referred me to a orthopedic for a consultation.
    I broke down in tears at work on Tuesday. Was sent home because of the awful pain I was in whilst doing my job .
    I have in a previous occasion told my section Manager who has marked my record at work, but now I cannot return to that Dept, as it will aggrevate the pain I am in.

    Can you help please? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your description of your work, workload and weights involved indicates that your situation should be considered by one of our specialist Solicitors in order that they can advise you as to your rights and potential claim for compensation.

      To take this further, please use the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website to provide further information. We can then arrange for one of our specialist Solicitors to have an initial no-obligation conversation with you and if it is then deemed viable to do so, they would take the claim further on a No Win No Fee basis for you.

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  9. Julie corr

    I’m a agency worker . I went to one place had hand over but did not mentioned he bites . I was bittin on ring finger and little finger badly .when this happend she was laughing and saying he bit the otheir agency yestaday but did not tell me till it happened. To cut it short next day when to hospitail and ended up staying in for four days on iv drip and segery as I had authorities septic

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please use the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form to make a formal enquiry. It would appear that you have valid grounds to pursue a claim on the basis of inadequate handover and failure of the employer to provide necessary risk information to you.

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  10. Sandra

    Hi I been squashed by the forklift been diagnosed damage muscle tissue in the back and leg

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Our Solicitors can help you claim compensation for your injuries and also recover any loss of wages or incurred costs caused by your accident. Please go to the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ page of our website to provide further information so that we can help you.

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  11. Kristofer

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  12. Kerry

    Hi I was cleaning in a dirty house – a hoarders house – and stepped on a dirty sewing needle that went through my shoe and into my foot. I have not been given any special protective footwear or respiratory mask or heavy duty gloves for this job and as a result of this I have had to have a tetanus shot and have pain in my foot from the injury.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your injury was avoidable and your employer should have provided you with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) for the work that they had tasked you with. The failure of the employer to protect you will be seen as employer negligence and you should succeed with a claim for compensation for the pain and discomfort of the injury and for the stress caused to you.

      Please use our web page to start your claim for compensation or call us on 01225430275.

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  13. Wayne

    hi was driving back to yard and was blown over in a 7.5tons wagon and was injured paramedics came aswell my employer said they would sort me out but never did and only got 1 days pay can I claim for my injuries

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If no other vehicles were involved and the only cause of the accident was strong winds, you probably can’t claim personal compensation.

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  14. Janine

    I am a teaching assistant working with reception class. I was accidentally headbutted from underneath by a child and I have since been to numerous dental appointments due to pain in my front teeth. I have a large crack high up on one of my teeth and potential nerve damage on the other. I am having to have 2 weekly review and possibly may have to have further treatment possibly an implant. As the school is covered by the local authority where would I stand on a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The key issue to look at is whether the incident in which you were injured could reasonably have been avoided should the employer have taken action to prevent such an incident – or if they failed to take reasonable action that they should have taken to prevent the incident.

      Do you feel that there was anything your employer could have done but didn’t, or did do that they shouldn’t, that contributed to your injury?

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  15. Neil

    Hello Ian I tripped on the top step of a step ladder going into the back of trailer . I fell flat injuring my hip and knees . The gate on the step ladder had been removed if it had not it would of stopped my fall . I have a personal risk assessment stating I should not use step ladders to enter trailers because of my disability knee . Work have ignored my risk assessment and put me on this job for over 4 years causing me physical and mental stress . I have been of work now for over 4 months would I be able to put a claim in many thanks Neil

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You appear to have a valid claim for personal injury compensation against your employer on the grounds of their negligence. As the employer has failed to follow the details of the risk assessment, our specialist Solicitors should be able to demonstrate their negligence and force an admission of liability to ensure success with your claim.

      If you would like to pursue this further, please call us on 01225430285. Alternatively, you can use the form on our website to start your claim and provide further information that way.

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  16. Dariusz

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      We can help you to make a claim for personal injury compensation for the injury to your knee and also to recover any loss of pay caused by the injury or costs that you incur as a result. Please call us on 01225430285 or if you prefer, use our website to start your No Win No Fee claim for compensation.

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

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  17. Sharon

    I fell at work and sprained my ankle but still working can I claim

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    • Ian Morris

      What caused you to fall at work? Please describe your accident and we can then advise you on any potential claim. Also, if you haven’t already done so, please make sure that a detailed report of the accident is recorded within your employers accident book.

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  18. Anthony

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  19. Isatu Fatmata

    I am on zero contract a care worker was coming down the office stairs to go work and had missed a step and fell. Do I claim compensation for so much pain and fracture I sustained

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      To make a claim, you’ll have to be able to identify some negligence as being the cause of your injury. As you fell on the steps, you would need to identify that there was some sort of unmarked slipping hazard (a spillage, wet surface or item) on the surface of the step, or that the steps were disrepaired or dangerous. If your fall was simply an unfortunate accident that happened because you misplaced your footing, you cannot pursue a claim.

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  20. Michelle

    Hello.
    My employer is making us female sales assistants push heavy roll cages through a public area. Due to moving to new premises and the lift not being installed. The driver has written on his delivery note ‘girls will help’
    We are threatened constantly by the area manager…..if we don’t pick up the pace he will MAKE us work until 8pm…..we close at 5.30. He is making everybody at work stressed. He gets away with it. I don’t want to inform head office as they are just as bad and I need my job until I can find something else. I’m depressed when I have to go into work. Sometimes I’m physically sick. I’ve never felt so bad as I get on really well with my manager and colleagues but this needs to end. I just need to know if anything can be done.
    Thank you for reading

    Regards
    Michelle

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You must not rely on verbal conversations with your employer and you should make sure that your concerns about your Managers conduct and the impact that their conduct is having on your mental health and stress levels are brought to the attention of the HR department in writing.

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      • Michelle

        They are just bullies. HR are useless. They don’t care.
        Head office or the area manager are the ones who said we will help with the roll cages. Surely if we are off the premises we are not insured?
        My manager is constantly bullied and put down by the area manager. It’s a degrading place to work. Women are treated like skivvies. It’s disgusting. And yet they get away with it. It’s a big company. Not a convenience store.

        Thank you for your reply

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        • Ian Morris

          Are there any trade bodies or industry regulators in the sector in which you work that you can approach about the working conditions?

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  21. Robert

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If you are signed off work by your GP or Doctor due to an injury, your employer cannot discipline you for your absence. Of course, if you have a history of excessive absences through illness

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

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  22. Stephen Kavanagh

    I was in work in Tesco packing shelves while I was doing that I felt a sudden pain in my back and couldn’t barely bend or move, so I reported it to my boss and they sent me home.

    I’ve been out of work for the last 5 weeks now with my back and have just returned to work. would I qualify for compensation? Thank you

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If your employer has not provided you with manual handling training (how to lift and move items safely), expected you to lift items exceeding the safe lifting limit or provides a working environment that makes it impossible to work in accordance with manual handling training guidance, you can make a claim for your injury.

      In your case, it is certainly worth us looking in to this for you. Please provide further details via the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website and we’ll investigate your situation and potential claim.

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  23. Jane

    I have suffered an injury recently, a slip in the office. I have a pre existing back condition.

    Following this I have been to the hospital. Phased my return to work to comply with not driving on the meds I had to take.

    But my getting to work contingency plan has failed through. I still cannot walk any distance though I can drive now, but we do not allow staff to park on site.

    I’ve asked for a temporary adjustment be made that I am allowed to park on site to allow me to get to work and they are being resistant.

    Do I have any rights?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      As you have suffered injury as a result of a slip on the floor of your workplace, you have a right to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This remains the case whether you have exacerbated a pre-existing condition or sustained new injuries (or both). We have specialist Solicitors who can help you to recover compensation for your injuries, look in to the possibility of obtaining specialist rehabilitation therapy and recover your losses on a No Win No Fee basis. If you would like further help with this, please call us on 01225430285 or start your claim on our website.

      You also have a right to request reasonable adjustments to your working conditions. Your employer must consider any such request and provide those adjustments if it is reasonable for them to do so.

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  24. Justme

    What are my rights do to having low temperature at work. I started doing this job (security officer/reception) in the middle of November.Heating system in this area doesn’t work (many emails have send and issue still has not been fixed), apart from small manual heater under my desk. Now i have health problems (refliux, feeling constantly tired and high blood pressure) and I guess is related do to working in cold environment (big glass door constantly opens near my desk and inside temperature is the same as outside). Had this issue all winter. There’s no one to give breaks for me and my job is just sitting all time (10 hours) at the desk.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      This is a matter that you should report to the relevant Health and Safety authorities and seek their guidance as to your employers actions and the heating issues you have raised.

      In terms of a claim for compensation, I do not foresee that you could succeed at this stage as you have no confirmed medical evidence to support the assertion that your health issues can be directly attributed to the cold environment in which you are working.

      It is however important to keep reporting this issue to your employer – in writing – and retaining a record of all such correspondence.

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  25. Farbes

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Please use the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website to make further contact with us so that we can help you. Alternatively, you can call us on 01225430285 to speak with us and start the claims process.

      Reply
  26. Abdul

    I was working in the stairs level 1 to 6 as a key man I was up and down like hundred times a day which caused my legs to loose power to stand like 3 month now doing the same job constantly rushing opening the doors and closing them last 2 weeks was walking on the stairs with my site manager which they were giving me pressure to open doors while I was on level 4 to 3 one of the manager called my name can you open level 4 and the site manger was with me saying let’s go level 3 I was under pressure given by both of them I just realised I slipped and injured my shoulder and my ribs what I can remember the carpenters were there doing some timber works there are timber rubbish everywhere that caused the slippery stairs I can’t even sleep well my employer making threats made me to sign accident form saying it was my fault I step on my foot and slip . I could not walk the ambulance came and pick me .I am self employed labour I had to go to work yesterday they put me to run the lift due to my injuries but went on work , I came back home I am in agony my ribs are killing me and my shoulder still in pain I am forced to go to work I have bills to pay

    But the 2 manger they both fucked me I can see on there face because I don’t know the law and all my colleagues are the one asking me why your back you need to do the claim

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It is vitally important that the incorrect recording of the accident – under duress by the Managers – is brought to the attention of the employer at the earliest opportunity, in writing. Currently, your employers accident book indicates that you suffered injury through your own misfortune. As such, their insurers will use that as a defence in any claim and that is likely to see you unable to recover damages in a case that you really should succeed with (given your version of events) as you don’t have evidence to support your claim – due to the false record of the incident. You should make a formal complaint about the pressure placed on you by the Managers in question and you should do so in writing immediately so that the accident is properly reported and recorded.

      As the stairs were covered in dust, sawdust and off-cuts of timber, you may well succeed with a claim for compensation both for your injuries and any associated loss of income.

      As and when you have made a written correction of the accident report, please use the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ page of our website to provide us with some further information. We can then help you to make a claim for compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  27. Svetlana Lapnicka

    Hello, I’m writing in regards of my neck injury and constant neck pain I’ve developed due to repetitive lifting and neck bending while working at McDonald’s. I’m 38 year old female and single mother so I thought this job is suitable for me until they don’t make me do anything else but working with lifting heavy baskets 4 days a week for few hours as a result I’ve now developing herniated neck disc, i have to take 2 sets of painkillers, I struggle with lifting pretty much anything, I have to exercise my neck every day just to get some relief and I think my life is pretty much over since I’m in constant pain.
    My doctor says I will have to do exercises every day which don’t help because I’m making it worse at work every day and I might need neck surgery but it won’t happen I Would need chiropractor first and it’s not on nhs and it might not do help either and I don’t have money for it. I’m terrified I would be disable soon in such young age because my employer doesn’t understand my health problem it caused in the first place .- they just yell and tell me what to do which I’m doing and making it worse. My question is what I’m allowed to claim and if i have the right not to do certain jobs at the work place until I will sort it out which I don’t know when – it’s been going on for over a year . They might just get rid of me if I am not doing ‘my job ‘. I live in a small town and my son is too young to be left home alone and they only warehouses here and no other jobs which actually only require lifting .
    Thank u

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Please provide further information via the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website and we’ll be in touch to help you pursue a No Win No Fee claim.

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  28. Theresa

    Can I still claim, at my previous work 5-6year ago I had a car accident with the company car. I felt OK at that time after 2 years after the accident I got back pain and neck pain. Last year I went for a neck surgery and still have problems. Can I still sue this company.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      UK law applies a strict statute of limitation for personal injury compensation. This requires that any claimant must act within 3 years of the date of an injury. As more than 3 years have passed since you sustained injury, you are unable to take action and cannot now pursue a claim.

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  29. Darren bosley

    Im an order picker.my calf muscle popped at work reaching for a product which is very high,there are no apparatus to help with this part of my job.ive seen a nurse at my local m.i.u and been told I have a lot of tissue damage.may need ultra scan,waiting for doctor appointment.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given the employers failure to provide steps/ladders to access items stored at height, there is a case to say that the employer has been negligent and failed to minimise the risk of injury in the workplace. As such, we would be happy to make your claim for compensation. Please call us on 01225430285 or you may prefer to start your claim via our online form.

      If successful, we can recover compensation for the injury, recover lost income and seek costs for rehabilitation therapies to help you recover more quickly.

      Reply
  30. Jamie

    Wil I get a claim for loosing my finger tip at work I was rushing around aunder pressure

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please provide further details to us via the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website. Given the severity of your injury, there is every reason to further investigate this matter. We can help you on a No Win No Fee basis, so you need not worry about costs and you won’t face losing your job if you do make a claim.

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  31. Paul

    I am self employed and was doing a few jobs for a company and while at work I slipped in Oil from a previous job while carry a heavy box and it landed on my foot and crushed my toes have had two weeks off work and struggled to walk have I got a case??

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      It would appear that you have a valid claim for compensation, so please contact us. As long as it was not you who spilled the oil or had left the floor in a hazardous condition, you can pursue a claim against the company responsible for the premises where you slipped.

      Please provide further information on the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ page of our website or if you prefer, call us on 01225430285 for further help.

      Reply
  32. Mandy evans

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  33. Michael

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  34. Deborah

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    Can I make a claim as
    I am on the sick because I have end stage arthritis in my knee and waiting for surgery amongst other health issues I feel my job working as a health care worker doing 12+ hour shifts have contributed to my knee deterioration I’ve been on the sick for 5 months but feel I have no choice but go back next month as my wages will reduce to half pay also I could lose my job

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The issue you will have is establishing causation – a causal link between your work and your knee injury. Clearly, without evidence (medically) to confirm such a link, a defendant will simply argue that it is a degeneration that has happened naturally and no claim would proceed. Notwithstanding your pain, discomfort and stress, it would be very difficult to pursue such a claim on a No Win No Fee basis at this stage as it is extremely difficult to prove negligence.

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  35. Michael

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  36. Michael

    Can I get compensation for health risk factors that happened over years of driving
    a forklift because l now suffer from the risks with out losing my job

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please email further details of your query and situation at work to justice@direct2compensation.co.uk so that we can advise you on any potential avenues to make a claim for compensation.

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

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  37. Lauren

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Please use the form on our site to start your claim for compensation and we’ll be in contact to help you.

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  38. Sandy

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You should ignore your employers comments on establishing the causation of the injury. That can be left to our specialist Solicitors and a medical expert. If you would like to pursue a claim, please use the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website to provide further details. We can then get you help and if successful, our specialist Solicitors would recover compensation for your injury and also any loss of income caused by the same.

      Reply
  39. Nathan

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  40. Ian

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Please email a summary of the situation at work and your health incident with contact information to us at justice@direct2compensation.co.uk and we’ll have this looked in to for you.

      Reply
  41. Brian

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  42. Dhiessa Joy Villarin

    My cousin got into an accident, last Friday, he was scheduled to deliver some parcel that time and by afternoon he went to buy lunch, and there he got into a motor accident. He was still on duty that time, and just took a break for lunch. Can we still ask for compensation from his employer with that case?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Such a claim would not be addressed to the employer as they are not liable. Although he was at work at the time, the employer bears no liability for the road traffic accident.

      Reply
  43. Cheril

    My accident involved me breaking my front tooth and due to lockdown i had to go to a private dentist I lost 2 days pay and will have to have the the composite replaced intermitantly in the future, do i have grounds for a claim

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      In order for us to advise you, we need to speak with you to find out more about your accident. Please call us on 01225430285 or if you prefer, provide the details to start your claim for compensation via our website.

      As well as recovering compensation for the pain and distress caused by your injury, if successful our Solicitors will ensure that any loss of income or other costs (such as dental work) is recovered by way of the special damages element of a compensation settlement.

      Reply
  44. Vanessa

    I have been injured at work (shoulder and back). Moving and handling an elderly, whilst she’s standing and cleaning her up behind her she sat back down and her weight landed on me and felt painful. Can I make a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please use the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website to make further contact with us. We have specialist Solicitors who can consider the specific details of your injury at work and advise you on the potential to pursue a No Win No Fee claim for compensation.

      Reply
  45. Sammy

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Please use the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website to provide further details and we’ll investigate your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

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  46. Michael

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      If you would like further assistance or wish to make a claim, please call us on 01225430285 or use the ‘start your claim for compensation‘ form on our website and we’ll call you.

      Reply
  47. Angelyn Agcang

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  48. Michael

    Back in 2016 I started getting lower back pain and also sciatica,  I’ve been to the medical centre, physio, back classes, osteopath sessions and none have been able to help me.

    I was off on the sick at the end of Nov 20 which I then went through private healthcare, which ended up in me having an MRI scan and the results were 3 broken discs amongst other things.
    The surgeon said im too young for an operation and it can take upto 5 years to recover,if I ever fully recover. I’m currently back at work but on light duties for the next 3 months until the surgeon wants to see me again.

    I believe this is work related with the lack of rotation in the zone also with nothing being put into place in the past. I have mentioned shift rotation multiple times to supervisors and in staff surveys but nothing has been done. I’ve complained about my back problems to supervisors on numerous occassions which I’ve had lack of support with and I have even been accused of lieing about it as an excuse to “get off line”.
    I have a full hospital report from the surgeon outlining all the issues with my back, he refers to my back as being like an “70-80 year old”, I am only 30 years old. I have had no problems with my back before I started working at the workplace and I am worried about my future health and if I will ever make a full recovery or be able to have a normal life again. Its had serious effects on my mental health due to being unable to do the things I enjoy, such as playing golf and exercising.
    I’m really looking for some advise as to where to go with this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Given the situation you find yourself in and the potentially long term implications of such problems with your back, the best course of action would be for you to provide more information. We can then have one of our specialist Solicitors contact you to discuss your options and consider the potential to pursue a claim for compensation.

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  49. Elizabeth

    I slipped and fell on a spillage of detergent at my work. There was no wet floor sign and no first aider in building to attend me. My left arm took the impact on the slip which stopped the back of my head hitting the floor. I’ve been off for couple of weeks with my injury.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim for personal injury compensation against your employers insurance. As you have slipped on a hazardous substance on the floor at work that was not marked with a hazard warning sign, you have a right to seek compensation for the pain and distress caused by your injuries and to recover any loss of income or incurred costs relating to the accident at work.

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  50. John

    I had an accident at work today, I was using a ladder to access scaffolding the ladder was tied with ropes but one the knots untied and I fell from about 1.5meters on to my back and I have been in pain since. I only have a CITB pass sheet and don’t hold the card yet. Can you help advise me?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You can make a claim for compensation for the pain and discomfort caused by the ladder falling from the scaffolding and you can make a claim without jeopardising your future employment or damaging your employer. When someone is injured in an accident at work – such as your fall from a ladder, a claim can be made against the mandatory insurance cover that employers or 3rd party site management companies must have in place.

      Please call us on 01225430285 to further discuss your accident and get specific advice about your rights after an accident at work and how we can help you to claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.

      Reply
  51. Joanne

    Used a roll lifter which I had not been trained on and no risk assessment I had a spinal fusion 3 years ago which they are aware of. No witnesses but told first aider and manager I hurt myself but nothing was put in the accident book. I did ask another colleague how to use it and he said he hadn’t been trained so he didnt know

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please call us on 01225430285 or use the ‘start your claim for compensation’ page of our website to make further contact. The fact that your employer failed to ensure that you had been properly trained in the use of the roll lifter and you sustained injury whilst using it is likely to be seen as employer negligence. If this can be established, our specialist Solicitors should be able to recover compensation from your employers insurance cover for the injuries you have sustained and any losses you have incurred as a result of your workplace injury.

      Reply
  52. Islay

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  53. Michael

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

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

    The accident was recorded in the accident book.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  54. Claire

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
  55. steve

    I wrote before. I was hit by a battery ran handjack. What type of attorney do I need to obtain?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You need a specialist in personal injury compensation. Direct2Compensation is a specialist within personal injury compensation. We can help people injured in an accident at work in claiming compensation if they were injured whilst at work for any UK employer.

      Reply
  56. Tracy

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  57. Konrad

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Has this incident been reported to the Police?

      Reply
      • Konrad

        Yes.

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        • Ian Morris

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

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  58. Mark

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
  59. Jim

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  60. Darran

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  61. Patrick

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Please contact us to get friendly, no obligation help in understanding your rights, to further discuss your accident or start your claim. You can either call us on 01225430285 or ask us to call you if you prefer.

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  62. Linda

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  63. Patrick

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  64. Richard

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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

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  65. Alan

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  66. Claire

    Can you make a claim against a work injury more so for them Being negligent and moving someone after falling off a horse With a open fracture to the tibia and they made me go get my daughter after they moved her to take her to hospital without phoning for a ambulance

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    • Ian Morris

      It is unlikely that the issue you raise can form the basis of a claim. Whilst negligent handling post accident may well have taken place, it is not a matter that would be considered personal injury.

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  67. Conor

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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      • Conor

        what are the chances of winning the case?

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        • Ian Morris

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

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  68. ANDRE

    I got my injury in 2019 at work and after physiotherapy is done my injury still hurts specially in winter then its at the baddest what can I do that someone can’t help me.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  69. steve

    I was told by an attorney that to prove improper safety policy.causing me to have brain surgery. I must prove in court the company did so to hurt someone on purpose. Can this be true?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You don’t have to prove that the employer set out to hurt someone, but simply that they failed to adequately undertake to ensure that the risk of injury was minimised – so far as practically possible.

      In this case, the lack of employee training prior to your accident and the ongoing failures to ensure that the pre-inspection book is completed each and every time the item is used should enable employer negligence to be proven in your favour.

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  70. Marc

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  71. clive

    hi my son was knocked on the back of the head by a falling metal platform while loading a trailer at ups, he was taken to A&E with large bruse on the back of his head he has had a scan and has no long term problems UPS have addmited that the trailer was hit by another lorry pulling out of the bay but dont seem to think there is any problem, dont realy know what to do can you advise. many thanks

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  72. John

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  73. steve

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

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    • Ian Morris

      Our initial view is that you appear to have a valid claim with every prospect of succeeding. The employer appears to have realised that they need to ensure that staff are appropriately trained, but not done anything about that until you had already been injured due to a lack of sufficient training! Therefore, our Solicitors should be able to demonstrate employer negligence in this case and succeed with a claim for you.

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  74. Dean

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  75. Costas

    I have been working in retail for 10 years I have painful vains on my groin area due to heavy lifting I told them this for the past year but they did not listen I’m currently it has caused me mental issues

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      When did your symptoms start? If you developed the symptoms within the past 3 years and your employer has not provided adequate training or equipment to assist with the lifting of heavy items, you may well have grounds to make a claim for compensation.

      If you would like to discuss your situation with us and get some further advice or potentially pursue a claim, you can call us on 01225430285.

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  76. Charmaine

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  77. Christina

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  78. Laura s

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

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  79. Anna

    I work as a store detective for security company on Contract I work at different locations I was working A a store Stradford Westfield on 05/12/2020 I finished work As I was walking towards the bridge leading towards Stratford station to go home I was assaulted I got punched to my head right side of my temple it was reported to the police the male was arrested but released pending investigation so on Sunday I reported to my work what happened to my supervisor then my line manager told me to do a statement what happened so I felt abit disoriented on my return to work on 08/12/2020 I received a email from line manager and operational supervisor sent me over some documents to read and sign assignment instructions and risk assessment ( health and safety documents so I read them and signed them dated 08/12/2020 then I emailed them across I received another email to say he for to tell the operational supervisor to ask me to back date both documents to 09/07/2020 I signed them but got copies of email asking me to I now realised it’s not right feels like they are breach of health and safety also since 11/12/2020 I’ve been off work due to my head injury and my line manager told me my absence is unpaid so I replied with certain questions of why I’m not getting paid

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  80. Stephen

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  81. Mitch

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  82. Abdulrasaq

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  83. Martyn

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  84. Warren

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  85. Lynne

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  86. Sharon

    Hello there,

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

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

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

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

    Is there any advise you could offer me?

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

    Kind regards
    Sharon

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  87. Carla

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  88. Christine

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  89. Firoza

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

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

    Many thanks

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  90. Charles

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  91. Catherine

    Hi Ian,

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

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

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

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

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

    Many thanks
    Catherine

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  92. Mark

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  93. Charlie

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  94. Alois

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  95. Zebulon

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

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

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  96. Tahmina

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  97. Aaron

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  98. Bouabdallah

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
      • Boua

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

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        • Ian Morris

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

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  99. Jen

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  100. Sean

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  101. Diane

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  102. James

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  103. BILLY

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  104. Nicholas

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

      I look forward to helping you.

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  105. Chris

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
  106. Joe

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
  107. Ess

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

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

      Reply
  108. Amar

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  109. ellis

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  110. Haley

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

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  111. Peter

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  112. Stephen

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  113. Warren

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  114. Megan

    Hello,

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  115. harriet

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  116. Tracy

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  117. JEFFREY

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  118. Mzonke

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
  119. E K

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
  120. David

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  121. Tina

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
  122. Robert

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

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  123. GEORGE

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  124. Tom

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  125. Francis

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  126. Kathryn

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  127. Babatunde

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
      • babatunde

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

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        • Ian Morris

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

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

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  128. Mark

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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

      Reply
  129. Lila

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  130. Alex

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

    Any advise would be appreciated.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

      Reply
  131. Geoffrey

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  132. Alexandra

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
  133. Ian Morris

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

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  134. Mary

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  135. Eileen

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  136. Kevin

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  137. Aaron

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  138. Nicholas

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

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

    Any advice would be great.

    thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  139. Mario brown

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Please call us on 01225430285.

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  140. Damien

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  141. Timothy

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

      Reply
  142. Chelsea

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
      • Chelsea

        Thank you

        Reply
        • Ian Morris

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

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  143. Dylan

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
  144. martin

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
  145. Maria

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
  146. Elinor Watkins

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

      Thirdly, you should call us on 01225430285 to find out how our specialist Solicitors can help you obtain compensation for the injury, recover any loss of wages and ensure that specialist rehabilitation therapies are provided if appropriate.

      Reply
  147. Michelle

    Hi

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

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

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

      Reply
  148. john

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  149. Jarrod

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

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

    It it possible to claim for injury retrospectively?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  150. ela

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  151. Ellis Narburgh

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Our article on foot injury claims and amounts might be of interest, but in this case, it would be difficult to establish that there was a causal link between your work and the cellulitis condition. Why do you believe that your employer may bear responsibility for the condition?

      Reply
  152. James

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      The employer does not have to divulge such information.

      Reply
  153. John

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
    • Joanne

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

      Reply
      • Ian Morris

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

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  154. Christopher noble

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
  155. zach

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Reply
  156. Adam

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  157. Caroline

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  158. John

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      We would be more than happy to help you with your claim or discuss with you how the process works and what you should expect.

      Reply
  159. Steven mathebula

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  160. Linda chiles

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  161. Luke

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  162. Jermaine Wilford

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  163. Lorraine

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      We would be happy to further investigate the potential of claiming compensation for the painful and nasty injury sustained.

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  164. Paul

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  165. Aran

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  166. STEVEN

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  167. Sharon knott

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  168. Darren

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  169. Gilberto

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  170. Hayley

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  171. Elspeth

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  172. Hayley

    Hi!

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

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

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  173. paul mison

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  174. Tracey

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  175. Lewis

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  176. Simon

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  177. Steven

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Please call our team on 01225430285 so that we can take some further details and help you make claims for personal injury compensation. It would appear that the employer has been negligent and as such, you have a right to pursue personal injury compensation claims for the injuries you have sustained at work. It is also illegal to sack someone for the accident if it was not due to their misconduct.

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  178. Terri

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  179. m.w

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      The area that we may be able to help you with relates to a potential claim against the employers insurance for the physical and emotional injuries caused to you in the incidents at work. If you would like to discuss the potential to claim compensation with us, please call us on 01225430285. Please note that by law they cannot sack you for an accident that wasn’t your fault.

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  180. R.N.R

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  181. Katia

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  182. Joao

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  183. Emily

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  184. Sebastian Samuel

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  185. Carolyn Gulliford

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

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  186. David svenski

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  187. John

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  188. Abbie

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  189. Matt

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  190. Samantha

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  191. Helen

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  192. Richard

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  193. Kim

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  194. Valerie

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  195. Marie

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  196. Christian

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  197. Brendan Pound

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  198. Steve

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  199. Michael

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  200. David

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  201. Virendra

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  202. Tia Drayson

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  203. Dimitrios

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  204. Shaun

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  205. laura

    Hi

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

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  206. Liam

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  207. Theresa

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  208. David

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

    Regards
    David

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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

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  209. Joe

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  210. Alicia

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  211. Alex

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  212. Anthony

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  213. James

    Hi

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      Whilst we don’t know whether a claim for the cause of your injury will succeed, our initial view is that you have every right to pursue a claim and have this investigated by a specialist personal injury Solicitor – such as those who represent our clients.

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  214. Joanne

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  215. Geoff

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  216. Mark

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  217. Adam

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      The scenario you describe is certainly something that may well see you able to pursue a claim for compensation. We would like to find out more and further investigate this for you.

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  218. Ian Morris

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

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  219. Lara smith

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  220. Simon

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  221. Tammy

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

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  222. Kim

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  223. Kellie

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  224. Keith

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  225. Anne

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  226. Marita

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Your Husband has every right to make a claim for personal injury compensation. We would be very happy to help him make a claim. If your Husband is unsure about making a claim, he may want to have an informal discussion with us to find out a little more about the process and gain an understanding of his rights. We would be very happy to chat with him regarding his injuries and the incident at work.

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  227. Sarah

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  228. Karen

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  229. Callum

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  230. Ashley

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  231. John

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

    John

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  232. Hikmet

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  233. Karen

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  234. Andrew

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  235. Paul

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  236. Patricia

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  237. Bruno

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  238. Ben

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  239. Jc

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  240. Donna

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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

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  241. Matt

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  242. vanessa

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  243. Craig

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You may well have a valid claim given the apparent failures of the employer with regards to health and safety training and provision of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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  244. 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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  245. 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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  246. 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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  247. 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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  248. 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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  249. 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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  250. Linda Jones

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

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  251. 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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  252. 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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  253. David

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  254. Sharon Williams

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  255. 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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  256. 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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  257. 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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  258. 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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  259. Martin

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  260. 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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  261. 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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  262. 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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  263. 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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  264. 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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  265. 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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  266. 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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  267. 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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  268. 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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  269. 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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  270. 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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  271. 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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  272. 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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  273. Mark

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  274. 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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  275. 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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  276. Ronald

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  277. 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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  278. sharon

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  279. Emma

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

      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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  280. John

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  281. Matt

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

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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

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  282. 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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  283. Jade

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

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  284. 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 soft tissue personal injury compensation.

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  285. David

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  286. 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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  287. 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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  288. 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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  289. 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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  290. 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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  291. 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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  292. 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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  293. 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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  294. Lee

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

      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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  295. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  296. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  297. 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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  298. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  299. 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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  300. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  301. 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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  302. 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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  303. 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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  304. 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?

      Reply
      • Ian Morris

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

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

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  305. 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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  306. 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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  307. 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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  308. 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?

    Reply
    • 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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  309. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  310. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  311. 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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  312. 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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  313. 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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  314. Kellie

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

    Reply
    • 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?

        Reply
        • 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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  315. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  316. 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 articles and many questions on care worker and support worker claims if they’re of interest.

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  317. Jen

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

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

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  318. 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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  319. 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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  320. 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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  321. 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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  322. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  323. 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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  324. 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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  325. 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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  326. Nicola

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      We would be happy to assist you in taking such a claim further.

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  327. 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.

    Reply
    • 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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  328. 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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  329. 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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  330. 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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  331. 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?

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    • 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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  332. 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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  333. 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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  334. 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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  335. 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.

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  336. 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”.

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    • 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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  337. George

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

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    • 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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  338. 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?

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    • 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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  339. Alfonzo

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  340. 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?

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    • 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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  341. 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.

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    • 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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  342. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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  343. Stuart

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

      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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  344. Missy

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

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    • 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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  345. Karen

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  346. Jamie

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  347. 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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  348. Gaetano

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

      Reply
  349. Donald

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  350. Geoff

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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

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

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  351. 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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  352. 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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  353. Dan

    I have slipped off a step on the side of a machine and broken my elbow, they secured the step once it had happened, am now on light duties and haven’t had time off work. What are your thoughts on this?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      You mention that the step has since been secured? We assume then, that the step was not secured before you fell and was therefore hazardous?

      If our assumption is correct it would seem that you have a valid claim for compensation and we would like to discuss this with you further. You could well have a grounds for a successful claim in this scenario. Please call us on 01225430285 or request a call back.

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  354. Megan

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Scarring after a burn injury at work is definitely something that can be claimed for.

      In your case, the scenario you describe certainly indicates that there is sufficient grounds to warrant further investigation in to a claim. To take this further, please call us or if you prefer, you can ask us to call you.

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  355. 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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  356. 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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  357. 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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  358. Mukhethwa

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

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

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

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  359. 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.

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  360. 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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  361. 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.

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  362. 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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  363. 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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  364. 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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  365. 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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  366. 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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  367. 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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  368. 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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  369. 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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  370. 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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  371. 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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  372. 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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  373. 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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  374. 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, even for the self-employed. 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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  375. 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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  376. 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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  377. 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?

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    • 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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  378. Lillian

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  379. Karen

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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  380. Haroon

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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  381. Jonathan

    Do I have a right to claim sick pay from my prime employer if an injury in a second job has prevented me from working in either role. I only qualify for Company sick pay from my prime employer?

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    • Ian Morris

      The only way you can claim loss of income from your primary employer in this case would be by succeeding with a claim against the secondary employer for the injury caused whilst working for them.

      When a claim for personal injury compensation is made, the claimant is able to claim compensation for the injury sustained, with the value being reached on the basis of severity of injury, recovery period or long term impact of the injury, as well as also recovering loss of income or incurred costs.

      We would be happy to assist you and discuss your accident at work and the injury caused with a view to advising as to whether or not you have a valid claim.

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  382. 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

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    • 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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  383. Colin

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

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    • Ian Morris

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

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

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