Accidents at Work FAQs
No. We provide a 'No Win - No Fee' service, which means if you lose you pay nothing. If we incur any expenses on your behalf such as the cost of obtaining a medical report you will not be asked to pay for these costs.
YES. You pay a success fee, but only in the event that you win your case. The level of the success fee will depend on the type and value of your claim. There is nothing else for you to pay. No Loans, No Interest, No Hidden Charges and No Insurance Premiums
How much is my claim worth?
It is very difficult to say without arranging for you to be seen by a medical expert. It may be that you have to be seen by a number of different experts before the evidence is complete. You will be entitled to claim for pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Lawyers refer to this head of claim as General Damages. You will also be able to recover compensation for losses incurred from the date of the accident until the claim is settled. This could include loss of earnings, travelling expenses, care provided by family members. A separate head of claim is future losses. This could include loss of earnings if you are unable to work or your ability to earn money is reduced or on-going care provided by family members.
Should you be dismissed as a result of claiming against your employer, following an injury at work, then your dismissal is likely to be automatically unfair. Similarly should be you be dismissed due to your employer's breach of health and safety legislation, causing an accident and injury, then again your dismissal is likely to be automatically unfair.
It is unlikely. Should your injuries be so significant that you can't return to work then understandably your employer will need to find a replacement. Similarly, should your injuries likely keep you off work for a number of months/years, then, subject to your contract, your employer may seek to terminate your employment. However, any such termination must be in accordance with your contract, be well considered and carried out whilst maintaining sufficient communication with you.
No. You can choose any solicitor you wish. Just because you are a member of a union does not mean that you have to use their recommended solicitor.
Yes. As part of your claim, whether you are an employee or self employed, your can recover the earnings you lose due to time off work caused by the injuries your sustained in the accident. Such lost earnings will be based on your average net earnings, worked out from your wage slips, accounts or tax returns.
As soon as you are fit enough and have recovered for your injuries you should return to work. The court will look favourably on an injured person who returns to work as soon as they are able, however, you should not return prematurely as this could delay your recovery from the injuries you sustained. Should there be any doubt then you should seek medical advice.
Generally it is always sensible to maintain good communication with your employer concerning your injuries and time off work; equally, a good and caring employer will wish to keep in contact with you during your absence and will wish you a quick recovery in the hope that you can return to work as soon as is possible. Accordingly, attendance at welfare meetings or visits from your employer are not uncommon. However, such meetings should not be used to discuss your case and claim and should be limited to your recovery or for accident investigation purposes, so as to assist your employer in preventing a reoccurrence.
Unless there is an express term within your contract you are not obliged to disclose your medical records or submit for a medical examination as arranged by your employer.