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Everything you need to know about Accidents at Work


In my time as a solicitor, I’ve dealt with countless victims that have been involved in accidents at work. The questions are usually the same: Can I claim compensation? How does the process work? How long does it take?

If you have been involved in an accident at work, it is important that you seek legal advice right away. At Lance Mason, we’ll explain how everything works without peppering you with legal jargon (we all know how you hate that!) and make sure to keep the process as simple and easy as possible.

Your employer has certain standards that need to be maintained and duties that need to be fulfilled in order to ensure that the working environment is reasonably safe for employees. When these standards are not met and you suffer an injury as a result, this is where I come in! As a personal injury solicitor, I do my best to ensure that our clients always get the compensation they deserve.

For the purposes of clarity, I’ve compiled some guidelines for accidents at work- I hope you find them useful!

What your employer should do

In the work place an employer is legally obliged to maintain certain health and safety standards to minimize the risk of workplace accidents. To offer adequate protection from the chance of an accident at work, employers must:

• carry out regular health and safety assessments and risk assessments of working conditions and equipment as well as correct any problems

• ensure that adequate safety measures are in place and being followed

• provide proper equipment for the job

• provide correct and adequate training for all employees to ensure they can carry out the requirements of their job and use their equipment safely

Every employee must follow the safety procedures outlined by his or her employer and exercise care. Should an employee become aware of any health and safety issues he or she must notify their employer. Issues could include worn out equipment, lack of training or personal health problems which could impair the employee's ability to do his or her job and which could lead to a work accident or injury as a result.

Where negligence or a breach of care leads to an accident at work, the employee is eligible to make a no win, no fee compensation claim with Lance Mason

What you should do

If you suffer a serious work related injury you should seek advice as soon as possible from a specialist solicitor. We can tell you whether you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. We will help you document the circumstances which led to your accident and will discuss with you the effects of your accident or injury on both your physical wellbeing and quality of life.

As I always explain to new clients, not every accident at work will result in compensation but seeking the right advice at an early stage will enable you to remain in control of the situation and have the correct information to move forward.

What we will do for you

We can provide assistance on any workplace accident claim, even if you are self-employed. We have been successful in claiming compensation for many work-related compensation claims which include, but are not limited to:

• building site injuries

• factory and industrial accidents

• office accidents

• injuries resulting from slips, trips and falls

• claims for psychological injuries.

If we believe that you have a work accident compensation claim, we will take on your case and handle your claim on a no win, no fee basis.

Claims can take time. If you are no longer able to work as a result of your accident, we can advise you on where to go to obtain financial assistance or claim benefits. Where possible we will also apply for interim payments of your compensation to replace earnings and cover extra expenses. We will help you get the right medical advice, rehabilitation assistance and any medical equipment that you may need to maximize your recovery or to reduce the discomfort caused by your injury.

You can claim compensation even if you think that you may have been partially to blame. It's important to know where you stand and we can help you put your mind at rest with just one phone call.

Making a personal injury claim

For free and expert advice on making a personal injury claim, contact our specialist personal injury solicitors on 08000 84 2000. Alternatively, you can submit a quick online enquiry form and a member of the team will call you straight back.


By: Lesley Layton