Accidents at Work

As an employee you are entitled to assume that you will be able to carry out your job safely.

Your employer has an obligation to take all reasonable steps to avoid risk to employees.

If your employer fails to provide what is often known as the four “safes”

  • A safe place of work
  • Safe plant and equipment
  • Safe fellow employees
  • Safe system of work

and you are injured because of this then you will have a claim against your employer. The claim will be compensation for your injury, and for any financial losses suffered as a result of that injury.

Clients often ask if they can just claim their loss of earnings. This could be because they are worried about putting in a claim against their employer. Employers have insurance to cover accidents at work and are not allowed to sack you just because you had an accident.

If you have been injured at work as a result of an accident which was not your fault do not hesitate to contact Ridley & Hall’s personal injury team for a free consultation and advice. If you are unable to travel to our office we are happy in most cases to come and see you at home.

Recent cases

  • A man sustained a severe hernia injury during a lifting incident at work. Damages were secured after considerable argument for pain suffering and loss of amenity, loss of earnings past present and future and other pecuniary loss incurred as a result of the accident. The Defendants finally made a favourable offer to settle the claim two days before the hearing.
  • A woman slipped on ice and fell in her employer’s car park. She fractured her dominant wrist and sustained soft tissues and whiplash injuries. She successfully brought a claim for damages which settled before proceedings were commenced.
  • A man sustained a compound fracture/dislocation of his right dominant wrist whilst moving packaged fireplace surrounds which meant that he could no longer do his pre-accident job. A claim for damages was successfully made and a settlement negotiated for £35,000 net
  • A woman nearing retirement tripped over a box of files left in the middle of a walkway and severely fractured her elbow. She attempted to return to work but found that she could not properly do her pre-accident duties and had to rely on the assist of work colleagues. She was in constant pain and decided to opt for early retirement. But for the accident she would have continued working at least on a part time basis for several years. A claim was successfully negotiated for pain suffering and loss of amenity, loss of past, present and future earnings, past present and future care needed, loss of ability to do DIY and gardening. An Occupational Therapist prepared a report on the necessity for equipment to be provided to assist the Claimant in living independently. The claim settled for £65,000 in 2007