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What To Do If You Have An Accident At Work

For an infographic on this topic, please refer to our “Are You Eligible To Make An Accident At Work Claim?

Whilst employees are under the legal obligation to ensure the safety of all its employees, unfortunately accidents can occur. If an accident does have and it was due to negligence from your employer you should seek professional help in order to see what your options are.

There is a 3 year window to make a claim from an accident at work, it begins when the accident occurs or when you realise that the accident is work related.

Some common accidents that can happen at work include slips and trips, machinery malfunctioning, a lack of health and safety training


Step 1 – Report it to your employer

When an accident occurs in the work place it’s crucial that you report it in the accidents book but because some businesses do not always have an accidents book, you’ll need to document the accident in detail and send a copy of it to your employer.


Step 2 – Seek medical attention

Go see a doctor. Depending the circumstances, this might be the first step. Please ensure that you seek medical attention if the injury warrants it.


Step 3 – Check to see if there were witnesses

If there were witnesses to your accident it could really help your situation if you were able to get their name and contact details. This would be very useful as your solicitors or legal advisor would be able to contact them in case they saw something different that could help your case.


Step 4 – Take pictures or videos is possible

If possible, take photographs or a video of the scene where the accident took place as this could really help your claim against your employer.


Step 5 – Check to see if you’re a member of a trade union

If you’re a member of a trade union, you might be entitled to reduced legal costs so before you get in contact with a solicitor, this way you’ll feel a lot more comfortable about the situation and it will be less daunting.


Step 6 – Seek legal advice

Get legal advice. You should now approach a solicitor and explain the situation. It’s good to be prepared with thorough details of your accident. You’ll be asked to supply the date of the injury, comprehensive details of the accident, contact details of all the witnesses, insurance documents, and finally proof of earnings to determine how much you lost due to the accident. If you’re in Liverpool, Wigan or any of the surrounding areas, Tranter Cleere will happily discuss your claim with you.


The Accident At Work Claims Process

After the phone call with your solicitor they will get in touch with your employer or your insurance company. The employer will then get in touch with their own insurance company in order to assess the claim, this can sometimes take a while. Your employer will either deny the claim you’ve made against them or they will accept it, taking responsibility and blame for the accident. If this is the case, it will more often than not be settled outside of court. If your employer refuses to take responsibility for the accident, it can then go to court and your solicitors can help you fight your case.


General advice

Many people assume that their employer could fire them if they make a claim against them. This is incorrect and in the unlikely case that you were dismissed from work, you’ll be able to pursue further legal action for unfair dismissal.

You should only go back to work once you’re fully recovered, even if you’re being pressured by your employer to return. It’s important to keep you employer updated on your current situation so that they don’t feel out of the loop, at the end of the day they will likely have an interest in your well being and not communicating with them could prove problematic further down the road.

You can claim for just more than the injury you received, you’ll also be able to claim any lost earnings that you may have incurred during your time off.



Football Accidents that Ended in Lawsuits

It is not often that we hear of football players suing each other because of an accident, but it does happen sometimes. It is difficult for players to prove that their accidents were caused by negligence or that injuries were intentionally caused, and without this proof, a club will not be able to win a case. All players have a responsibility to behave in a safe manner and try to avoid injuring other players, but this rule is not always abided by.

We have listed the top three cases where players have sued other players for injuries that have occurred during a match. Some have been successful and some have not…
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3 Common Accident Injuries – And How To Treat Them (INFOGRAPHIC)

Knowing what to do following an accident can be difficult, particularly when somebody else is at fault. Whatever the situation, caring for your injuries is absolutely essential to a much quicker recovery – and our latest infographic here at Tranter Cleere runs through some of the most common injuries following accidents and how you can treat them.

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Accidents in the Workplace: Where Do The Risks Lie?

UPDATE: We’ve now revamped this post to include as much new data from the year 2013/14 as possible – read on for changes in incident rates and any trends. For full information, read the HSE’s annual accident report here

We’re all well aware that nowhere is completely safe – but that doesn’t mean you should have to put up with an unnecessarily dangerous working environment. We’ve compiled figures from various sources, including the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the industry publication The Law Society Gazette, to run through just what the risks are at workplaces across the UK.
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Criminal Injuries Compensation

Key FAQs: Can I Claim For Work-Related Diseases & Illnesses?

To give you some background on how prevalent work-related diseases and illnesses are, it’s important to look at the latest trends from government statistics. Each year, the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) publish statistics from what’s known as the Labour Force Survey, and this gives an insight into the number of new cases of work-related ill health. The latest data was collected in 2012, and showed that there were an estimated 1.1 million people with a work-related illness and over 450,000 new cases that year.

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The Personal Injury Glossary – Understanding Your Claim

If you’ve just launched, or are thinking of launching, a personal injury claim then you may have found that there are a wide array of technical legal terms that you don’t understand.

Here at Tranter Cleere we are personal injury solicitors with many years of experience behind us, and as such we understand that what our clients want most from us is reassurance and support, and this means that we endeavour to explain everything in plain English.

With this in mind, we’ve taken the time to compile this glossary of personal injury legal terms to ensure you understand everything about your claim.

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What Does ‘No Win, No Fee’ Actually Mean?

Since their launch back in 1995, ‘no win, no fee’ cases (also known as conditional fee arrangements) have enjoyed a massive rise to prominence, with dozens of firms offering a risk-free legal case should you be injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault.
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