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No Win No Fee solicitors
Serious injury experts

Accidents at work

Although accidents at work are extremely common, thankfully, employees suffering very serious and catastrophic injuries at work is a relatively rare occurrence. Despite this, we are regularly instructed in cases where employees have sustained significant injuries whilst at work.  Often these accidents are caused or contributed to by the fault of the employer.

Employers have a duty to take reasonable care of their employees’ health and safety when they are at work. This duty is imposed by both the decisions of the Courts and also by statute and regulations.  Some of the common areas where employers may become liable are by:

  • Failing to provide a safe system of work

  • Failing to provide adequate training

  • Failing to provide a safe place of work

  • Failing to provide suitable equipment or machinery

  • Failing to employ competent members of staff

Cases involving accidents at work can be highly technical. They can also be emotionally challenging, particularly where someone may be reluctant or nervous about bringing a case against their employer.  This is particularly the case when the conflict with the employer can lead to employment issues, arguments in respect of pay and threats of dismissal.

We have an excellent record in such cases. We have also won many serious injury cases resulting from accidents at work that other law firms have rejected, them having decided that they lacked the required prospects of success.

We work hard on behalf of our clients to achieve the best possible outcome in terms of liability for the accident, and also to maximise the amount of damages for the injuries and losses suffered.

Disclosure

Accidents at work very often require a forensic analysis of extensive documentation. It is imperative that such evidence is made available for a lawyer to assess exactly the background of the case and the circumstances of the event, and to advise the claimant accordingly. 

There can be a reluctance to co-operate on the part of employers and/or their insurers, and we frequently have to make applications to the courts to compel employers to provide the correct documentation at an early stage in a case.

Knowing exactly what to ask for is as important as being able to analyse it properly.

This can also apply to inspecting the workplace and/or the machinery and equipment. The employer can be forced to allow an inspection if they unreasonably refuse access.

There are many issues to investigate some of which include:

  • Whether the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have been involved and have prepared a report;

  • Examination of the employers’ documentation including:

    • Risk assessment and health and safety checklists

    • Accident book

    • Complaints book

    • Personnel files

    • Occupational health files

    • Minutes of Health and Safety meetings

    • Internal memos relating to the systems of work

    • Training records

    • Equipment maintenance records

Expert evidence

Workplace accidents often require evidence from an expert who will be asked to provide an opinion regarding industry standards. The expert, who is usually an engineer, will also provide detailed advice regarding many other relevant factors including the layout of the place of work, the sequence in which work is carried out, the methods used, the provision of instructions and the provision of proper warnings and notices. We have excellent relationships with some of the leading UK experts and legal counsel in this area.

We have recently acted or are currently acting in cases involving traumatic amputations of limbs and hands/fingers on production lines or by machinery, severe orthopaedic injuries after a fall through scaffolding, falling objects, explosions, crushing accidents involving forklift trucks and severe burns due to high temperature and chemicals.