Claiming Compensation for an Accident at Work in England and Wales

Experiencing an accident at work can be a life-changing event, with the potential to impact your health, livelihood, and family circumstances.

At Browell Smith & Co Solicitors, we understand the challenges you could face after an accident at work. Our team are dedicated to helping you recover financial losses and access necessary aids, adaptations, or even private medical treatments if required. Our Personal Injury Solicitors will support you and your family throughout the entire process, ensuring you receive the compensation and care that you deserve.

Understanding Workplace Accidents

Workplace accidents can occur in many forms and industries, and quite often they can lead to serious injuries and even financial hardship.

Common types of workplace accidents include:

  • Falls from Height: Particularly prevalent in construction and maintenance roles, falls from ladders, scaffolding, or roofs can result in severe injuries.
  • Defective Equipment: Malfunctioning or poorly maintained equipment can cause significant harm to workers.
  • Back Injuries from Heavy Lifting: Improper lifting techniques or insufficient training can lead to debilitating back injuries.
  • Accidents Involving Plant or Machinery: Workers can be run over or struck by heavy machinery due to inadequate safety protocols or a failure to separate pedestrians from plant equipment.


Claiming Compensation for a Workplace Accident

If you have been injured in a workplace accident due to employer negligence or unsafe working conditions, you may be entitled to claim compensation. This compensation can help cover:

  • Medical Expenses: Costs for immediate and ongoing medical treatments.
  • Financial Losses: Lost wages and potential future earnings.
  • Necessary Aids and Adaptations: Modifications to your home or workplace to accommodate your injury.
  • Private Medical Treatments: Access to specialised care and rehabilitation

How Browell Smith & Co Can Help

Our team of experienced solicitors are here to guide you through the process of claiming compensation for a workplace accident. We offer comprehensive support, ensuring your case is handled with the utmost care and professionalism throughout.

1. Expert Legal Advice

We provide clear and expert legal advice tailored to your specific situation. Our goal is to make the process as straightforward and stress-free as possible for you and your family.

2. Thorough Case Management

From gathering evidence to negotiating with insurers or dealing with litigation in Court, we manage every aspect of your claim. Our thorough approach ensures that all details are covered, giving you peace of mind.

3. Support for Your Recovery

We work to secure compensation that not only addresses immediate needs but also covers future medical treatments and necessary adaptations. Our team will support you in accessing private medical care if required, ensuring you receive the best possible treatment.

Case Study: Roofer Injured Due to Lack of Safety Equipment

P, a 35-year-old roofer, experienced a severe accident at work when he fell from a roof due to his employer’s failure to provide suitable scaffolding and a harness. Despite repeatedly requesting the necessary safety equipment, P was forced to work under unsafe conditions.

One day, while working on a residential roof, P lost his balance and fell 15 feet to the ground. He sustained multiple fractures, including a broken leg and several cracked ribs, leading to prolonged hospital stays and extensive rehabilitation.

P’s injuries not only caused him immense physical pain but also left him unable to work for several months, resulting in significant financial strain on his family.

Our team can immediately begin gathering evidence, including witness statements and safety records from employers and the Health & Safety Executive. We can gather evidence to demonstrate negligent failures and recover compensation to cover financial losses for clients like P and their family, in addition to claiming the costs of private medical treatment and any aids adaptations or alternative accommodation needs that may arise as a result of the injury. We work closely with medical experts, case managers and rehabilitation providers to ensure that our clients are fully supported throughout the process.

Speak to our expert solicitors today!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, Browell Smith & Co Solicitors are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you claim the compensation you deserve.

For more information or to schedule a home visit, please call us at 0191 691 3416 or request a callback on our website. At Browell Smith & Co, we are here to help you navigate this difficult journey with compassion and expertise.

Asbestos responsible for the death of almost 150 health and education workers

Fresh concerns have been raised about the dangers of asbestos remaining in dilapidated schools and hospitals after new analysis found that almost 150 health and education workers were recorded as dying from cancer-related illnesses to the material in recent years.

Mesothelioma is a cancer which occurs almost entirely in cases where the individual has been exposed to asbestos often in very small amounts.

Figures supplied by the Office of National Statistics have recorded 147 deaths among staff working in schools, universities and hospitals. Although mesothelioma has typically been associated with occupations such as shipbuilding and engineering the occupations of the 147 recorded deaths were teachers, nurses, lecturers, doctors, psychologists and radiologists.

Concerned by the increasing risks of poorly maintained school and hospital buildings The Health and Safety Executive have launched a programme of inspections to investigate how schools are able to best manage the risks of asbestos in buildings and to examine carefully the ongoing risks presented to staff pupils and patients in many existing buildings.

Asbestos Exposure Claims

If you are a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma having worked in a school or hospital building that may have contained asbestos our specialist team of Asbestos Lawyers can advise you as to whether you can bring a claim and ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family. You will receive 100% of your compensation and we will not charge any fees if you win.

Claims for Assault

Who can claim?

If you have been assaulted, and have suffered injuries as a result you may be able to claim compensation. Even if you do not know the identity of the person who assaulted you, you may still be able to bring a claim. The amount of compensation you can receive will vary depending on the circumstances of the injury.

If the assault happened outside of work, you may be able to submit a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA is a government orgnanisation that aims to provide compensation for victims who have suffered violent crimes throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

You can technically pursue an individual directly for assault, however, the chances are that they will not have the funds required to pay you compensation. If you are assaulted during the course of your employment, you may be able to bring the claim against your employer as they do have a duty to provide adequate protection and a safe system of work.

Who is eligible to claim under CICA?

There are conditions, which have been set out within the scheme under which you can claim. These conditions are if you are the victim of a violent crime and sustained a qualifying criminal injury, you are a qualifying relative of a person who died because of a violent crime and the incident happened within the last two years.

You may also be able to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation under the terms of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 providing the assault falls within the parameters laid down by the court.

Contact our Personal Injury Solicitors today

At Browell Smith & Co, we are able to assist you in submitting a claim to the CICA. Should this be something you are interested in, please contact us on 0191 250 3200 so that we may discuss any enquiries you have. Once we view your enquiry, if we believe your claim has prospects of success we will offer you our No Win No Fee Agreement (Conditional Fee Agreement). Under this arrangement, our fees will be covered by a percentage of any awarded compensation, which will be agreed upon when we accept instructions at the outset of the matter. There are no hidden fees and if your injury at work claim is not successful, there will be nothing for you to pay.

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