Accidents at Work FAQs

Suffering an injury caused by an accident at work can be life changing and may leave you with various questions that need answering, particularly if you’re having to take time off work and pay for unexpected costs. We’ve tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions below, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, or want to start a claim with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert solicitors.

You can either call us now on 0800 10 757 95, or fill in our contact form and we will get back to you at time suitable for you.

How long do I have to make a claim?

Most people who have suffered an injury at work will not be aware of the three-year limitation period on making claims. This means that a claim must be made within three years of the date on which the injury occurred or, alternatively, three years from the date the claimant was diagnosed with the work injury.

This is stipulated in Section 14 of the Limitation Act 1980. The limitation period takes effect when the claimant has knowledge of any of the following:

  • The work injury is significant
  • The work injury is a result of an act that could be considered to constitute negligence, nuisance or breach of duty
  • The identity of the defendant

If you have not initiated legal proceedings for an injury at work within the three-year time limit, your case may be time-barred and you may not be entitled to compensation.

Why is there such urgency with making a claim?

It is important you make your claim as soon as possible - doing so will open up a number of advantages that could help your case:

  • It is more likely that the details of your accident will be easier to remember, which will mean the claim has a stronger chance of success
  • The site of the incident can be photographed if this has not already happened. This can help establish evidence and the validity of any claim
  • Witnesses cannot be interfered with, so the sooner you make your claim, the less likely it is that witnesses to the accident can be silenced or advised to be evasive by the employer or negligent party

What is the role of the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work?

The European Agency for Health and Safety at Work was set up in 1996 to collect and disseminate information about health and safety practices in the workplace. The organisation works to create a safer, healthier and more productive working environment to prevent accidents at work.

Health and safety at work is high on the list of the EU’s health and safety priorities, as every day a worker in the EU is injured because of an accident in the workplace. Each year, the agency hosts the European Week for Safety and Health at Work - dedicated to young people to ensure they make a safe and healthy start to their working lives.

Is the UK the safest place to work?

Although accidents still happen, the UK has been recorded as the safest place to work in the EU, with a relatively low number of accidents, illnesses and deaths, as detailed here:

  • 0.59 per 100,000 workers died in 2009 at work, a figure closely followed by Germany (0.66), France (2.07) and Italy (1.73)
  • 2% of workers in Britain reported an accident that entailed an absence from work, the lowest number in the EU
  • 3.2% of British workers recorded a workplace illness that resulted in sick leave. Again, this was lower than any other EU country

What are employers doing to prevent accidents?

Across the EU, employers are striving to improve workplace safety and working conditions in order to reduce the number of accidents and claims.

However, current legislation is often difficult to implement and some employers continue to cut corners. New employees are often not trained properly and many younger, inexperienced employees are not aware of their rights. Site inspections sometimes do not happen as regularly as they should, and as a result, accidents at work continue to occur.

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If you’ve had a work accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. A settlement can help to alleviate the financial issues involved with taking time off work, as well as helping to cover medical expenses and supporting your family.

There are several ways you can get in touch; you can chat online, arrange a call back, or call us directly on 0800 10 757 95.

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