Being involved in an industrial accident or accident at work can be a distressing experience. It can leave you worrying about your health, livelihood, and long-term quality of life.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, there were 609,000 injuries at work between 2016 and 2017, and, unfortunately, there are many ways in which an industrial accident can occur. These include:
If you have been injured at work through something which was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. This can be a way of taking back positive control of your life and recovering money to which you are entitled. It cannot undo the accident but it can hopefully ease some of the financial worries you might be feeling at this difficult time.
Naturally, some industries are more dangerous than others. Workplaces with many hazards present have a greater chance of injuring workers. However, employers should make additional efforts in relation to dangerous work – simply because a work environment is inherently more dangerous. This does not excuse any failures in their duties to protect their workers. Particularly dangerous industries include:
- Construction – involving heavy materials, equipment and possible exposure to asbestos.
- Farming and agriculture.
- Manufacturing and production line work.
- Waste and recycling.
- Transportation and storage.
Claim compensation for an industrial accident with Truth Legal
Choosing your legal representatives when making a claim is an important decision. Selecting the right solicitors can make a huge difference to the running of your case. You want to be assured of their experience and expertise, but they must also be people you can trust.
Truth Legal’s friendly team of specialist personal injury solicitors have extensive experience of securing compensation for victims of accidents at work. We pride ourselves on providing an ethical, honest service to all of our clients.
We are based in Harrogate with presences in York, Manchester, and London. Whenever possible, we would like to sit down with you for a free, no-obligation consultation and to discuss any ways in which we can help you. Alternatively, we can speak with you over the telephone. Contact us now to begin your claim.
If you already have an industrial injury claim ongoing, and you wish to switch solicitors to Truth Legal, you are entitled to do so. The process is straightforward.
There could be many reasons why switching solicitor would be in your best interest. Your case may have been assigned to a law firm you didn’t choose by a claims management company, your insurance company, or your trade union. This is common practice for such organisations. But if claiming compensation is important to you, why leave the crucial decision of appointing your legal representatives to others?
If your current legal representatives are not providing you with the service you deserve, or trust has broken down between you, consider changing your solicitors to Truth Legal.
The only time you cannot transfer your case to other solicitors is if your claim has already been settled. A personal injury claim cannot be re-opened once it has been completed in this way. However, if you believe that your legal representatives did not advise you correctly, or conduct your case properly, you may be able to bring a claim against them for professional negligence.
What can be included as part of industrial accident compensation claim?
Your injuries are not the only damage for which you can claim compensation. Your life can be affected in many different ways as a result of the harm you have suffered. This can lead to you incurring many other losses and expenses. If these losses have arisen as a direct consequence of the accident at work or your injuries you can include them in your claim.
Some of the most common losses include:
- Travel expenses
- Medical expenses and treatment costs
- Loss of earnings
- Care and assistance
- Future loss of earnings
Besides losses you have already incurred, you can include losses which you anticipate you will incur in future. These future losses, like all losses in your claim, must be supported by evidence and must follow as a direct result of your injuries. For example, if the harm you sustained will mean you need long-term care in future, any expenses relating to this could be added in your compensation claim.
To find out more about the different kinds of loss for which you can claim compensation, download our free ebook: The Ultimate Personal Injury Compensation Guide.
Is there a time limit for industrial accident claims?
Legal time limits apply to all personal injury claims. As a general rule, you must settle your claim, or start court proceedings, within 3 years of the date of the accident.
There are situations, however, where different limits will apply. For example, if you have suffered an industrial disease, then it may be difficult to pinpoint a date when your ‘injury’ occurred. With some conditions, such as occupational asthma, symptoms may take time to develop after the harmful exposure. In these situations, a 3-year time limit will run from the date when you knew, or ought to have had known, of the harm you had suffered. In most cases this will be when a doctor diagnoses you with your condition.
Other complicated rules can also change the time limit which applies. If you think you may have a personal injury claim, it is best to consult a solicitor for advice as soon as possible to avoid the risk of running out of time. If you are concerned about time limits or wish to know where you stand, please do not hesitate to contact us.
‘No Win No Fee’ industrial accident claims
In the majority of situations, Truth Legal can conduct your claim on the basis of a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement. This removes any financial risk of making a claim as, in all but very rare circumstances, you will not have to pay our fees if your claim does not succeed.
If we are successful, often a small percentage of your award will go towards our fees, with most of our costs being paid by the other party’s insurance company. This is how ‘No Win, No Fee’ Agreements usually operate.
If you have any questions about funding your claim, please contact us so that we can explain matters further.
We have also partnered with CrowdJustice, a leading crowdfunding platform specifically designed to help clients get access to funding for their case. Find 0ut more about Crowdfunding for legal cases.
Starting a personal injury claim can often feel like a big decision. If you have any concerns about this, or you would just like some more information, please contact us today so we can discuss your situation.
Our initial consultations are free and there is no pressure on you to take matters any further.
Let us help you to claim the compensation you deserve.