Everyone deserves to work in a safe environment. Most injuries in the workplace can be prevented if your employer provides appropriate training, safe and well-maintained equipment and complete risk assessments, whilst taking precautions to avoid injuries.
If your employer has not complied with their obligations and you have suffered injuries which you believe were due to inadequate risk assessments, poor training and safety procedures and/or poorly maintained equipment, you may be able to claim damages for your injuries and losses.
Robert James Solicitors have over 25 years’ experience and an excellent track record of supporting clients in making Accidents at Work claims. If you or your loved ones require legal advice and support on how best to proceed with a Accidents at Work claim, call one of our specialist solicitors on 0151 559 0120 or complete our online claim form and one of our solicitors will call you back.
Good to Know
Frequently asked questions related to Accidents at Work are answered below. If you have any other questions about Serious Injury Claims, contact us for further information and advice.
How long do I have to claim if I have been in a work place accident?
In most injury claims the timescale to bring a claim is either 3 years from the date of the accident, or 3 years from the date of knowledge that another person/organisation caused your injuries. In cases involving minors they have until 3 years from the day they turn 18 years of age, or from the date of knowledge.
If a person was killed in an accident, or died at a later date, the timescale to bring a claim is 3 years from the date of death, or 3 years from the date of knowledge of their personal representative, whichever is the later.
A person may not have capacity to conduct the litigation and therefore the time limit to bring a claim would not begin until they regain capacity. Such persons would normally be represented by a litigation friend or professional deputy in proceedings.
If you, your family or friends require advice regarding the timescales to bring a claim, please contact one of our specialist solicitors on 0151 559 0120.
How long will it take to settle my personal injury claim?
The short answer is that each case is different; however, in the most straightforward of cases, we would expect your case to be settled within six to nine months from the date we receive your initial instructions.
In more complex cases the timescales taken to resolve the case will often be dictated by the liability status of the case and your personal needs. In cases where you require substantial rehabilitation over periods of many years, naturally this will mean that your case may take longer to settle.
It is not uncommon for complex cases to take between 2 to 3 years and up to 5 years to settle. If a prolonged delay causes you financial hardship, we can advise you on the merits of seeking an interim payment from the defendant. If you would like more information on average case lengths or interim payments, please consider the blog below or call one of our specialist solicitors on 0151 559 0120.
Can I be sacked for making a personal injury claim against my employer?
The simple answer is no. Although your employer may put pressure or you not to make a claim, you cannot be dismissed after an accident at work if you have made or are thinking about making a claim. If your employer attempts to do so then you should seek independent legal advice as you are likely to be able to make a successful claim for unfair dismissal.