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Work Accident

At Bolt Burdon Kemp we specialise in serious accidents at work. We are recognised as one of the leading firms in this area by the independent Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. We have over 30 years’ experience of acting for employees who are injured at work.

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We have dealt with many cases in the following industries:

 

  • Construction
    Construction sites can be a hazardous workplace, and without adequate training or PPE, accidents can be commonplace. We also see injuries due to falls from height, slips and trips, structural collapse, trench collapses, falling objects, equipment related accidents, chemical spills, fires and explosions, electrocution, repetitive motion and vehicle accidents.
  • Trades
    Subcontractors working on major construction sites, as well as those working on smaller scale developments are equally vulnerable to accidents at work. These can include falls from height (often relating to ladders), collapsing scaffolds, and falling through weak roofs and ceilings.
  • Factory workers
    Factory worker accidents vary depending on the industry. For example, burns are prevalent in metalwork, while crushed and amputated limbs and digits are common in any environment involving machinery.
  • HGV drivers
    While road traffic accidents are the most common claim for heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, there are other risks associated with the profession, including injuries caused by hazardous cargo (for example, chemical injuries when transporting quicklime).
  • Services – police/fire
    Service workers may commonly find themselves in road traffic accidents, falls from height, and in slips and trips. They may also face more industry-specific dangers like assault, accidents when pursuing or apprehending suspects, issues during attendance at the scene of a fire, inadequate training (and accidents occurring during training exercises), provision of incorrect (or a lack of) personal protective equipment, and working in hazardous work environments.
  • Office workers
    Injuries sustained in offices can be no less devastating than those that happen in more obviously hazardous workplaces. We have seen injuries as a result of unsafe wiring, chargers being left out and causing trips, slips on unsafe flooring, and falls down sets of stairs. Inappropriate work equipment can also lead to back injuries or repetitive strain injury, while stress at work can cause debilitating physical and mental difficulties.


Whatever the scenario, if you’ve been involved in an accident at work and suffered a serious injury or developed an illness or disease, we’ll fight to obtain the highest possible compensation for you. In addition we will arrange for you to receive treatment or rehabilitation, and advice about any welfare benefits you may be entitled to while you’re off work. And, if you can’t return to your job because of the injuries suffered, we’ll arrange for you to receive vocational advice to help you get back to a form of work that suits your new circumstances.

How do I win my work accident claim?

  • In assessing whether you have a work accident claim, we consider the duties placed on employers in relation to their employees’ health and safety at work.

    In order to bring a successful work accident claim you must prove that:

    • You are an employee/subcontractor of the company or person who injured you – this is not as easy as it sounds, especially if you are employed through an agency;
    • You suffered an injury – this may be complicated if the work accident has aggravated a pre-existing medical problem rather than caused an entirely new condition;
    • There was a breach of duty;

    Your work accident claim occurred less than 3 years ago (although there are some exceptions to this rule).

  • Making a claim against my employer

    • Making a claim against a negligent employer can be daunting. It’s natural to have fears about what this could mean for your relationship with them, and how your future could be affected.

    It’s important to remember that, as a responsible employer, they have a duty of care to you and their other employees. By bringing a claim, you are shining a light on practises that need to be improved within their operation. In doing so you are protecting both the company and the workforce from having the same – or worse – accident happen again.

£59,000 compensation helps to ease pain of a nasty fall

Scott Richards (not our client’s real name) approached Bolt Burdon Kemp to fight for compensation after he fell backwards down a flight of stairs at work because the banister had come away from the wall. Scott subsequently developed persisting pain in his back and hip, making physical activity and prolonged sitting and standing very difficult. He also became clinically depressed. After court proceedings were issued, Scott’s employer admitted responsibility and we successfully negotiated a final compensation package of £59,000.

Meet our Accident Claims Team

Joshua Hughes
Head of Complex Injury
Ben Pepper
Associate – Part of the Accident Claims Team
Heather Petrie
Senior Solicitor – Part of the Adult Brain Injury Team
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