Personal injury claims: Accidents at work

Despite advances in workplace health and safety, accidents at work still happen and can have a devastating effect, physically, mentally and financially.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported that in 2017/18 there were 555,000 non-fatal injuries which happened at work. During the same period, 144 workers were killed. Nearly a third of work related injuries were due to slipping or tripping accidents, and a further 20% were due to handling, lifting or carrying incidents. 30.7 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury, and the estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions was 15 billion pounds.

Workplace accidents, whether slipping, tripping, lifting or any other form of accident, can be serious and cause not only personal injury but also time off work and sometimes loss of employment, resulting in great financial hardship.

Claims arising out of workplace accidents can be complicated by the fact that some people are reluctant to pursue claims because of the fear that it may result in them losing their job as they will be claiming against their employer.

Employers are required by law to have Employers’ Liability Insurance to cover workplace accidents. Clients often do not realise that it is the insurer and not the employer who deals with the claim. If you do face difficulties with your employer, we have a specialist employment team who are on hand to provide assistance and advice. So we are well placed to handle both aspects of your claim.

Boyce Hatton offer a no-win, no-fee service. Please contact us to see if we can help you. We do not charge for our initial advice and offer a free, no obligation initial interview.