Accidents At Work

Accident at work claim solicitor
Your employer must protect you from harm

Your employer has a duty to ensure that they have adopted preventative measures to ensure that you can come to work and be safe from harm. If you have had an injury whilst at work, which is not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.

Your employer must protect employees, contractors and visitors from injuries and accidents and they must protect them against the consequences of such risk through a number of measures including;

  • Providing full and proper training;
  • Undertaking health and safety risk assessments;
  • Providing proper safety clothing and/or equipment;
  • Ensuring the premises are clean and safe for work;
  • Providing first aid equipment to prepare for any injury;
  • Ensuring any vehicles have been routinely inspected and maintained;
  • Providing  equipment for extinguishing and minimising the spread of fire;
  • Ensuring machinery undergoes maintenance to ensure it is safe and suitable for work;
  • Providing protection against respiratory diseases – Asbestos Related Claims;
  • Providing protections against loud noises – Industrial Hearing Loss;

Accidents suffered at work can have very serious consequences.  They may prevent you from working, caring for your family properly or prevent you from enjoying your favourite pastimes.

We have successfully recovered compensation in the following circumstances;

  • Industrial cases;
  • Exposure to chemicals cases;
  • Exposure to asbestos dust;
  • Accidents as a result of unsafe or faulty machinery;
  • Slips and trips at work;
  • Trapped by or impacted by falling objects;
  • Lack of safety clothing and/or equipment;
  • Unsafe work systems.

To succeed in an action against your employer you must be able to prove that your employer did not take reasonable steps to prevent you from sustaining an injury whilst at work. We can quickly assess whether your accident can be attributable to the negligence of your employer. If so, you will be entitled to compensation. You need to have confidence that your solicitor will be able to appropriately value the level of compensation you deserve. You will be entitled to any loss of earnings caused by your accident.

For over 30 years Boyd Rice Solicitors have been representing clients who suffered injuries as a result of accidents in work.

If you have been involved in an accident at work please contact one of the injury claims team on 02891 817715, by email claims@boydricesolicitors.com or complete our Online Enquiry and let us explain how we can help you.

We offer a free initial consultation where we will confidentially discuss the circumstances of your accident and will assess how we can assist you in the best way possible. We use leading experts to investigate accidents and our team of medical practitioners are extremely experienced.

You will be under no obligation to instruct us and we will be delighted to advise in any way that we can. Please do not let funding concerns deter you from getting in touch with us. We will discuss all available ways to fund your case enabling you to make a fully informed decision as to whether you wish to proceed with the claim. “No Win No Fee” payment arrangements are not permitted in Northern Ireland however you may be entitled to legal costs insurance or legal aid. We seek to recover your legal costs from the party that has caused your injury.


Free Initial Consultation, Speak to our Specialist Solicitor

Neil McGranaghan
Neil McGranaghan
DIRECTOR
  • Neil manages the injury claim department in Boyd Rice Solicitors.
  • He regularly appears in the County Court and the High Court on behalf of his clients.
  • Neil is a member of APIL- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
  • Neil and his team handled more injury claims than any other Firm of Solicitors in Newtownards and the surrounding areas in 2019.
  • For further information, please have a look at Neil’s client testimonials on Google, he is renowned for going above and beyond for his clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

We will discuss with you in detail the circumstances that led to your accident and will gather any evidence that you have retained. We then will need to send a detailed letter of claim to your employer outlining the accident circumstances and indicating why we hold them at fault for your accident. This is normally passed to their Employer’s Liability insurer who will begin liability investigations. Normally the insurance company will compensate you for your injuries and not your employer themselves. The Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 imposes a legal obligation on employers to take out and maintain insurance in respect of their employees claims arising from work related injuries.

The next step is to arrange a medical examination with a medical expert (who specialises in the types of injuries that you are suffering from) in order to confirm injuries resulting from the accident.

In short everything that you deem to be relevant to your accident. This could be (but is not limited to);

 

Your contract of employment

Payslips

The Accident Report Form

Health Service Executive report form

Training records and certificates

Employees’ Handbook

Witness statements

CCTV footage

Photographs of the accident locus

 

We will request a copy of the CCTV footage immediately as this may be recorded over. CCTV footage can form a pivotal part of your claim. You are entitled to request a copy of the footage as well and should do that at the earliest possible opportunity.

Every case is different however we always aim to conclude cases within 12 months from receipt of your instructions however the timescale for resolution of your claim is largely dependant on the timescale for resolution of your injuries.

The time limit or limitation period is 3 years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of your injury but we would advise bringing the claim at the earliest opportunity.

If you have sustained an injury at work and only receive statutory sick pay (SSP) during your period of absence from work we will seek recovery of the difference between SSP and your full wages.

The amount that you are awarded in respect of your injuries is based on a medical report outlining the extent of the injury caused. For a general guide please consult our claim calculator.
https://www.boydricesolicitors.com/claim-calculator/

If your employer’s negligence has resulted in you sustaining injuries then you have a legal entitlement to claim compensation without fear of being dismissed. If your employer were to dismiss you for bringing a claim you could potentially have another claim in the Industrial Tribunal for unfair dismissal.

Many employers chose not to and that is exactly why many of our clients approach us to pursue a claim on their behalf as they feel let down by their employer. Employers are not required by law to provide occupational sick pay schemes for their staff. You will in all likelihood only receive SSP. We will seek recovery of the difference between your full pay and the amount you receive in SSP vis a vis your claim. If you employer does pay you full pay that should not be construed as an admission of liability, they can do this without accepting liability for the incident in question.

Yes, you are entitled to claim compensation for personal injury even if you were partly to blame. Your employer should provide training in respect of how to carry out your job in a safe manner. The Courts acknowledge that humans are not perfect and don’t always do things to the letter and as such the concept of contributory negligence was developed.  If you were partly to blame for your accident then your employer can still be held somewhat liable. Essentially the question for the Court in these circumstances is to what extent did you deviate from your training and were the author of your own misfortune. Even if you feel that you were partly to blame for the accident you should still seek our advice as you may still be entitled to make a claim. If you are found to be partly to blame or your actions have contributed to the accident you can still claim compensation but your final award of compensation will be reduced to reflect the fact that you contributed to the accident. Depending upon the severity of the injuries sustained the final award can still be significant even in cases where you are partly to blame for the accident.

Yes, if you go privately please keep receipts and we will seek recovery of the cost of physiotherapy on your behalf. Alternatively you can arrange for physiotherapy through the NHS.

You can still make a claim if you are fully recovered but will still need to be examined by an independent medical expert.

It is always best to speak to us at the earliest possible opportunity so that we can gather a comprehensive overview of how your injuries have impacted your day-to-day routine.

Provided we can track the Employers’ Liability insurer then we should still be able to progress a claim on your behalf. Clearly the earlier that you get in contact with us in this scenario the better! If the Company was taken over by another Company and is trading under a new name then normally the new Company will inherit the liabilities of the old Company and a claim can still be progressed.

The simple answer is no, not unless you tell them or the case ends up in Court and a written decision is prepared. Well over 90% of claims of this nature resolve before they get anywhere near a Court.

No, there is no central claims register in this jurisdiction so you will not be at a disadvantage in the work place if you do decide to leave the Company at some stage in the future.

Yes but your employer can be held liable for the negligent actions of one of its employees that lead to another employee being injured. This is known as vicarious liability. Your accident may have been caused by your employer failing to provide adequate training to your colleague and on that basis your employer should be held liable for your injuries and you should be compensated accordingly.

 

Yes, nowadays you will find that your employer’s insurance company will review your social media activity. Social media investigations are now commonplace and can seriously damage, and some cases destroy, a personal injury claim.

The same health and safety at work regulations cover all employees, therefore any can make a claim. This is regardless of whether they are full-time or part-time, on a short-term contract or even working via a third party agency on temporary terms. Employers must ensure that all staff are adequately trained to work safely and provided with the right equipment. They should also have knowledge of company procedures, how to access support and how to report any incidents and where to seek first aid assistance.

In a straightforward case, where liability is accepted by the Defendant and you recover from your injuries quickly, resolving your claim may only take a matter of months. In other cases, delays are caused by the need to fully explore a client’s injuries, evidence not being available immediately, witness availability or the ability of the Court to hear the case. Boyd Rice Solicitors have a long-standing reputation for progressing cases quickly and our average case takes 6-9 months to bring to conclusion.

Yes, it is very common for individuals who have sustained a physical injury from an accident to then develop psychiatric injury such as an adjustment disorder or depression. In order to determine the extent of your psychological injury we will arrange for you to be examined by a Consultant Psychiatrist.

We obtain and collate all the evidence required for the claim. Bringing a claim can be a complicated and stressful process especially when the claim is being progressed against your employer. We support our clients by dealing with any stress that may arise during the claim meaning our clients can focus on their recovery.

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