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Workplace Accident and Injury Claims

Accidents at work affect thousands of people every year, ranging from trips and slips to more dangerous falls from height or vehicle / machinery collisions. These can result in both minor and severe injuries, and can sometimes lead to fatalities.
Around 581,000 people experienced an injury at work across Great Britain in 2018/19.
The type of work accident that can occur often depends on the nature of your role and the setting where it takes place. Common types of workplace accidents include:
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Vehicle crashes and collisions
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Inhaling toxic fumes
  • Hit by a falling object
  • Occupational assault
  • Defective equipment injuries

If you have suffered any of the above - or another form of accident - you may have a work injury claim. Even if you were left with just minor bruises or are unsure where the blame lies, bringing a claim could also lead to improvements in the workplace that prevent future accidents. Speak to a specialist accident at work lawyer and determine whether you have a claim.
Ready to talk? Discuss your case with one of our accident at work solicitors. Call 020 7650 1200 or  

Where do accidents at work happen?

Injuries at work can happen in many settings. Dozens of workers die in the construction sector every year, with 30 of the 147 workplace fatalities in 2018/19 attributed to the construction industry. Workplace accidents can also happen in factories, offices, laboratories, schools and colleges, on farms and at sea.
The types of workplace injuries sustained often vary depending on where they happen. Some of the main types of accidents at work include:
  • Crush injuries – Hands, digits or limbs can be drawn into unguarded machinery in factories or on farms, while minor crush injuries can include trapping your fingers in an office door.
  • Defective equipment – Using faulty equipment on a construction site, factory, warehouse or farm, as well as office equipment such as kitchen appliances and stair lifts, can cause serious injuries. It’s your employer’s responsibility to provide and seek to maintain safe, working equipment.
  • Falling from heights – Working on building sites and using ladders, scaffolding and tower scaffolds can present a serious falling risk. Proper planning, safety checks and training should be in place to prevent accidents.
  • Hit by falling objects – Around 700 workplace falling object injuries are reported annually, especially in the food and drink sector. It affects many industries. 
  • Manual handling – Causes more than a third of all workplace injuries – such as strains, joint injuries and muscle pain, mostly in manual labour roles. 
  • Slips and trips – The most common cause of major injury in UK workplaces.  This can happen in any work environment, usually due to obstructions, hazards and uneven surfaces.
  • Work vehicle accidents – Common in factories, warehouses and farms where forklift, cherry picker, dumper trucks and tractors drive around the site. Any workplace where cars, vans and lorries are present can also pose as an accident risk.  

Making an injury at work claim

Your employer has a duty of care to protect employees, contractors and visitors from accidents and injuries. If an employer fails in their duty and you suffer any type of injury, you may be able to bring an injury at work claim.

To deliver a satisfactory duty of care, employers must:
  • Provide and maintain suitable tools and machinery for your work
  • Keep the workplace safe and tidy
  • Provide you with equipment for lifting heavy objects. Where this is not possible they must seek to reduce the risk of a lifting injury by alternative means, such as additional colleague assistance 
  • Provide you with appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Control and protect your exposure to dangerous chemicals to reduce the risk of injury

How to claim for an injury at work

Start your accident at work claim by speaking to someone from our team about your case. We offer a free initial consultation, where a specialist accident at work lawyer from our personal injury team will listen to the details of your case. 
They may ask related questions about your injuries and what happened, to determine whether you have a strong claim or not. 
Depending on their assessment, they will advise you on whether they believe you can bring a claim and the next steps to take. To support your workplace injury claim,  we may need to gather evidence relevant to your case, such as: 
  • Medical records and documents – demonstrates the validity of your sustained injuries
  • Witness statements from colleagues, medical professionals and others who saw the accident happen 
  • Financial records and documents
  • Photographs of your injuries, the accident location, any equipment or other relevant items 

To discuss accident at work claims:
  • Call 020 7650 1200 and speak to one of our accident at work solicitors or

Workplace injury compensation

The amount of accident at work compensation you could receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and their impact on your life. 
It can be used to help your physical and mental rehabilitation, to rebuild your life after suffering such harm. Our team of work injury solicitors have a strong track record of securing successful compensation claims of different types and amounts for workplace accidents. 
Work injury compensation aims to cover:
  • Lost earnings through taking time off work to recover and not being able to work again due to the severity of your injuries
  • Physical therapy as part of your rehabilitation
  • Equipment or home adaptations to support your long-term injuries – such as walking aids or a wheelchair in the event of an amputation
  • Specialist medication and treatment not offered by the NHS
  • Travel expenses to therapy and treatment sessions 
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Funeral costs for your family in the event of a death from a workplace accident

Why choose Leigh Day?

Our team of accident at work solicitors within the wider personal injury department has more than 30 years’ experience working across a wide range of cases, from minor injuries to fatalities in the workplace. This includes working on complex cases involving everything from crush injuries to vehicle accidents at work. 

Sally Moore is head of the personal injury department at Leigh Day.

She represents individuals in high value cases where they have experienced life changing personal injuries – including through accidents at work. 
“She is among the country's standout practitioners for high-value personal injury accident claims, and is frequently sought out to handle brain, spinal, amputation and fatal accident cases.” – Chambers and partners, 2020
Sally is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and a member of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group.

She has acted and represented clients who have suffered severe brain, spinal and amputation and crush injuries.
Contact Leigh Day to discuss your accident at work claim. Call 020 7650 1200 or

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