Recent figures show that nearly 30 million days a year are lost to workplace injury and illness. Although accidents can happen anywhere, accidents in the workplace can be particularly traumatic because, as well as dealing with your injury and the additional inconvenience and costs involved, you may find your employer tries to deny responsibility or claim that your injury is less severe than it actually is. And you don’t want to fall out with your employer if you can help it.
Did you know that, according to recent figures over 1.2 million people in the UK feel they are suffering from illnesses and injuries they believe were caused in the workplace? And 180 workers were actually killed at work. This resulted in nearly 30 million work days being lost over the year. If you were at work at the time, you may feel uneasy about seeing a legal specialist about your claim, but it is your best interests to get the best advice you can. It is not always easy to establish fault after an accident, and it is wise to seek professional advice from a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can after the incident.
The first thing your lawyer will want to know is the exact details of the accident. You can help them by having any relevant information readily to hand. This would be a full description of events, but could also include pictures and a list of witnesses. Then they will be able to decide if you have a case that you can pursue. After all, the case may not be so clear cut when viewed objectively. The employer has a responsibility to their employees, to keep them safe and protect them from harm, but the employee also has a responsibility to act professionally and not take unreasonable risks. In many cases the lawyer will be able to advise you of your position immediately. These first consultations are usually free. In the case of industrial illness, it is helpful if you can show that you either alerted your employer to the risks and those warnings were ignored, or that the employer should have known about the dangers but did not act. Any paperwork that shows this is helpful to your claim.
Try to contact your lawyer as soon after the accident as possible. Make sure you find a lawyer who specialises in personal injury law. When you are dealing with your employer, you can feel intimidated or be persuaded to let them sort out your compensation for you. However this would be a mistake. Your employer may have the best intentions, but they will be advised by their insurance company, whose primary aim is to save money. If you leave it to your employer, who in turn leaves it to the insurance company, you are likely to receive a lot less compensation than you deserve. It could also take a lot longer. This could be a time when, due to being in hospital or off work, you need the money most. Either way, all claims for a direct personal injury need to be made within three years of the accident date. However, if you have suffered an industrial illness, the time span may be longer. An expert lawyer would be able to advise you in this matter.
When it comes to paying your lawyer for their services, you don’t need to worry. Most lawyers will take on a personal injury case on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. This means that whatever the outcome, the services of the lawyer will come at minimal cost to you. The amount you could receive will depend on what injuries you have suffered and what extra costs you have incurred. Your lawyer will also be keen that the settlement takes into account any future costs for treatment that you may need, like physiotherapy for example. People often don’t like the idea of using a lawyer to pursue a personal injury claim, but you must remember that the money is for you to get your life back together again and to support your family through this difficult time.
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