Regardless of where you work, you always have the right to a safe working environment. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and every year hundreds of thousands of employees in the UK suffer injuries in their workplace. While many injuries may not be serious, 142 people were killed at work during 2020/21.

Cleversons Solicitors have a team of personal injury solicitors dedicated to helping those involved in workplace accidents. Regardless of how serious your injuries may be, we can help you get the care and compensation you deserve. Look through some of the most common types of accidents at work or speak to our team now by calling 0800 368 5102.

Work accident compensation claims

Depending on which industry you work in, there is a huge range of different accidents which could occur. However, many industries are notoriously dangerous and see a much higher prevalence of fatal injuries. In the UK, the construction and agriculture, forestry and fishing industries are the most dangerous industries in terms of number of fatalities, however other industries including manufacturing and office workers are also susceptible to serious injuries.

At Cleversons Solicitors we take pride in providing an outstanding service to all our clients, we provide you with the support and guidance you will need following an accident at work. We give you access to independent medical expects who can determine the best steps to take on your path to recovery.

Can I make an accident at work claim?

If you have suffered an injury in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault in the last three years, then you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Regardless of what job you do, or where you work, you have the right to a safe working environment.

Employers should always carry out risk assessments to proactively identify and address any potential hazards. Employers failing to manage the potential risks in their workplace could put their employees in danger. Some of the other ways employers can put their employees in danger include:

  • Not providing sufficient personal protective equipment
  • Not maintaining equipment and machinery efficiently
  • Not ensuring the workplace is free of hazards, such as liquid spills
  • Failing to enforce health and safety regulations
  • Not training employees appropriately
  • Not addressing colleagues’ negligence
  • Not ensuring vehicles are carrying an appropriate load

If your employer has failed to provide you with a safe space to work in and you have suffered an injury as a result, you could make a claim for compensation.

Construction site accidents

Construction sites often come with inherent dangers to anyone present, both workers and visitors. However, there is a strict list of guidelines which must be adhered to by all on the construction site to minimise the risk.

According to the health and safety executive (HSE), in the construction industry alone there is on average 61,000 non-fatal work-related injuries in the UK every year. In 2020, 39 workers lost their lives in fatal accidents in their workplaces.

If you have suffered injuries in an accident on a construction site, find out more about how much you could be entitled to on our construction site accident page.

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Farming and Agricultural accident claims

Farmers and those involved in the wider agriculture industries often are in job roles which require them to operate and be around heavy machinery. They are also more likely to be based in rural, quiet locations so accidents may not be responded to as quickly as other industries.

Statistics from the labour force survey shows that on average, 12,000 workers sustain an injury at work in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry every year in the UK. This is thought to be around 3.9% of workers in the whole sector and is nearly double the national average for all industries.

If you have been involved in an accident at work in the farming and agriculture sector, find out more information about how you can make a claim for compensation here.

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Falls from a height

Many job roles require employees to work at heights above 12ft regularly, which greatly increases the risk of serious injury or death should a fall from height occur. However, preventative measures should be used by employers to minimise the risk to workers.

Our team of personal injury solicitors understand it can be difficult to make a claim against your workplace and support you throughout the claim to ensure you make a strong recovery. Find out more about how to make a compensation claim following your office accident by heading to our office accident claims page.

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Manual handling injuries

Regardless of which industry you work in, manual handling is likely to be part of your job role at some point during your career. Whilst some jobs may not require much manual handling, many require employees to handle, lift or carry objects on several occasions throughout their day.

If an employer fails to provide correct training, PPE, and guidance on these tasks it could lead to an accident and someone suffering an injury. 19% of all non-fatal injuries to employees (as reported by employers) in 2019/20 were due to handling, lifting, or carrying accidents. (HSE)

If you’ve been left injured after a manual handling accident in your workplace we can help you get the compensation you deserve, visit our dedicated manual handling accident page here.

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How much could you claim?

Every accident is unique and they’re dealt with on an individual basis, although there are two main factors that are taken into consideration: the pain and suffering caused by your injuries (general damages) and any financial loses you experience as a result of the accident (special damages).

For us to establish how serious your injuries are, you will be referred to a medical expert who will carry out a full assessment. A report will be provided, detailing the seriousness of your injuries and what treatment you will need to aid your recovery. This will be used to calculate how much compensation you should receive, based on the severity and time scale of your injuries.

Financial losses are to recovery any money you have lost since your accident at work, this can include wages from time taken off work, money spent on medical care and medication, and any future loss of earnings if the accident leaves you unable to progress further in your career.

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on the severity and length of your injury. Speak to one of our expert personal injury solicitors today to get an estimation of your compensation, call 0800 368 5102 or complete an online enquiry form.

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    How long do you have to make a claim?

    After being injured in an accident at work, you have three years to make a claim. However, it’s always a good idea to start the claims process as soon as you can following the accident. The details will be easier for you to remember and it is important to gather as much evidence as possible.

    Delays to starting a claim could lead to potentially vital evidence such as CCTV footage being deleted automatically, and Cleversons can help you on your path to recovery by providing access to medical experts.

    Start your claim now by completing the online enquiry form below or call our team on 0800 368 5102 for a free no obligation chat.

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