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Injury at Work Compensation Claims Guide

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Injury at Work Compensation Claims Guide


In England and Wales, personal injury compensation claims are a vital avenue for people who have suffered injuries due to someone else's negligence or a workplace accident. This guide focuses on the specifics of workplace injury claims explaining how to bring a claim, who is eligible, the types of injuries covered, and the benefits of consulting a specialist.

Bringing About an Injury at Work Claim


Bringing an injury at work claim involves several essential steps, but the first is that you only have 3 years to bring a claim against your employer.  This is called the limitation period, ensuring enough time is allowed for the employer to investigate the claim and for you to have treatment and support.  Once this time has passed you cannot bring a claim at all and are barred by law from pursuing a personal injury claim. 

Get in touch and we can advise if you still have time to bring a claim.

If you are still within the time limit, we will then take details from you regarding the claim and discuss funding.

Pick up the phone and call us on 0800 999 1078 or drop us an email at We will spend time with you explaining the process and you can then choose if you wish to get your claim underway. 

Who Can Claim for Workplace Injuries

Anyone who has suffered a workplace injury due to someone else's negligence or a breach of duty of care may be eligible to claim compensation. This includes employees, contractors, and visitors to a workplace. The key is establishing that another party's actions or negligence led to your injury. We will assess this information when we speak with you, and what basis a claim can be brought.

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What to do following an incident or at the early stages of the incident:

  1. Report the Incident - Reporting the accident or injury to your employer as soon as possible is very important. Most employers have a formal procedure for reporting workplace accidents. Ensure you follow this procedure and keep a copy of the accident report. Having written evidence of what happened will assist your case. 

  2. Seek medical advice or assistance – The majority of injuries in the workplace are serious and usually involve attending the hospital or even staying overnight. Nonetheless, any injury sustained no matter what this is really should be checked out by a professional. It also assists the claim to have an entry in your medical records confirming when and how you were injured. 

  3. Take photos of the accident scene or ask someone else to – These can be very important to show equipment is damaged or defective, which may have caused your accident to happen. Photos of injuries, if possible, also give an objective record of the injury after impact.

  4. Keep any paperwork –  Paperwork can be contract information, training manuals, emails about your role, cancelled jobs and your reporting of any deficiencies at work which might not have been resolved.

  5. Keep a diary of your injuries – This should include who you have seen for treatment, where you attended, letters for appointments and how you feel. The impact upon you and your family is essential for us to understand, so we can tell the people representing your employer how your life has been affected. 

  6. Keep a note of any money spent following the incident – This can be any costs including parking, medical equipment, medication, and items purchased if you have stayed in the hospital. We will need these for evidence to claim back money spent as a result of the accident.

  7. Check if you are being paid your salary and if so, how much – keep documents such as your payslip showing if you have been paid by your employer as a result of being absent or if you are receiving statutory pay. All of this helps us to claim back or predict what you need to claim back and forms part of your compensation claim.

 Types of Injuries at Work Covered


Workplace injuries can vary widely in their severity and nature. Common types of workplace injuries that can lead to compensation claims include:

  • Slips, Trips, and Falls - Accidents resulting from wet floors, uneven surfaces, cluttered walkways, scaffolding incorrectly erected, machinery not maintained properly, and insufficient training on the usage of machinery. 

  • Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) - Conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis caused by repetitive tasks. These can lead to CRPS development. 

  • Falling Objects - Injuries caused by objects falling from shelves or other elevated areas.

  • Machinery Accidents - Injuries due to faulty or poorly maintained machinery. These injuries may involve severing a limb or finger.

  • Burns and Chemical Exposure - Harm caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals or hot surfaces.

  • Construction Accidents - Accidents at construction sites, such as falls from heights or equipment malfunctions, poor supervision, and lack of proper staff on site. 

Benefits of a Specialist Solicitor

Consulting a specialist personal injury solicitor with experience in workplace injury claims is crucial for several reasons:

  • Expertise - a specialist understands the complexities of workplace injury claims and can navigate the legal process effectively.  A specialist also has extensive experience in bringing these types of claims with excellent results.  

  • Peace of Mind - having a specialist team by your side can ease the stress of dealing with insurance companies and legal procedures, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

  • Compensation - a specialist with a passion for getting the best result for their clients will always secure the maximum compensation possible. Read what past clients have to say about working with FT Chronic Pain Solicitors.

Seeking the assistance of a specialist personal injury solicitor ensures you receive the right support and guidance needed to pursue your claim successfully and obtain the compensation you deserve. You have the right to a safe workplace and if negligence leads to injury, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses.

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