Industrial injury -
Help pursuing work accident compensation
Industrial injury affects thousands of people in the UK every year. Wherever you work, you could potentially be at risk of being involved in an accident. Clearly some professions are more dangerous than others. People with physical jobs that involve lifting and handling are more at risk than someone who sits at a desk all day. But there are hazards in every workplace, and it is the responsibility of your employer to follow health and safety guidelines to ensure you are protected from the risk of industrial injury whilst you are at work.
How we can help if you have suffered an industrial injury in a work accident
The Claim Solicitors specialise in industrial injury claims and help hundreds of people each year that have been injured in accidents at work. We can ensure you are adequately compensated for your injuries and where appropriate we can arrange treatment and rehabilitation services to help you recover as quickly as possible.
If you have been off work without pay, we can also help you claim for loss of earnings and any other expenses you have incurred following the injury, such as prescription costs, taxi fares and phone bills.
From the moment you contact us, phone calls, legal advice and the services of a specialist personal injury solicitor are at your disposal, and put to good use to make sure you get the best compensation award possible. What's more, we work on a no win, no fee basis, which means that you don't pay a single penny if your claim is unsuccessful. It means that making a claim is risk free and therefore, stress free.
A recent work industrial injury claim following an accident at work
Our client, Mr W, was employed to deal with computers. Whilst at work one day, Mr W was walking through a door to the outside of his works building, carrying a computer monitor. As Mr W passed through the door and let it shut, a bicycle that had been left leaning on the wall next to the door, fell towards him, causing him to fall. The bike landed on top of him, as did the computer monitor, and Mr W was trapped underneath the bicycle.
After the accident, Mr W visited his GP, where he was diagnosed with torn quad muscles and damaged ligaments on his right leg. He also suffered a cut to his left leg and severe bruising to his legs, arms and hands. The GP advised the claimant to use crutches to aid his mobility as he was unable to walk unaided and also suggested the claimant would benefit from physiotherapy.
Two months after the accident, Mr W began suffering from loss of feeling in his abdomen. He was prescribed painkilling medication and referred to a neurologist. He was also admitted to hospital as an in- patient for one week where he had a full body scan which showed that there was a cystic lesion to the thoracic cord of his spine. He was referred to go to the pain clinic on four occasions for treatment and also suffered physiologically as a result of the accident and he was prescribed anti-depressants.
Although Mr W had been using another firm of solicitors to deal with his claim, he approached The Claim Solicitors, as he was not happy with their work. The previous firm of solicitors had been in contact with Mr W's employer (the defendant) and they had reported that liability for Mr W's accident was being denied. We contacted the defendant, asking them to reconsider their position and admit fault for Mr W's accident.
We gathered a great deal of evidence to support Mr W's claim, including independent medical reports from a neurologist. However, the defendant did not change their position on liability and we received substantial documentation from them in support of their denial of liability.
Mr W provided us with a witness statement highlighting the circumstances of the accident and the substantial effect that it had on his life. We also put together a schedule of loss, highlighting all the elements Mr W wished to make a claim for as a result of his injury. Court proceedings were issued on Mr W's behalf and we worked with a barrister on the run up to a potential trial date.
After intense negotiations and a case management conference with the defendant's legal representatives, the made an offer to settle Mr W's case for £20,000, which Mr W was very happy with.
We can help you make an industrial injury claim
If you have been injured in a work accident, call us now for expert legal advice. We will work hard for you to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to, including any loss of earnings and out of pocket expenses, such as prescription charges or medical bills. Call us now on 0800 197 32 32.