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Personal Injury Compensation Claims for Accidents at Work

Workplace Accidents
  About Accidents at Work
Employers Liability
  Who is at fault for your Workplace Accident?
Compensation Claim Advice
  Making a Compensation Claim after an accident at Work
News Stories about Workplace Accidents
  News Stories we have published about Accidents at Work
Client Comments
  Comments from clients we have helped with Workplace Accident Compensation Claims
Our Accidents at Work Client Testimonials
  Testimonials from clients who have received Workplace Accident Compensation
Accidents at Work Contacts
  A list of organisations which may be able to help

Workplace Accidents

About Accidents at Work

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident at work, which was not your fault and you suffer from a workplace injury, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.

As with all accident compensation claims, you would need to prove that your injury, illness or disease was caused as a result of the negligence of another party (in this case your employer) and once you appoint a personal injury solicitor, they will assist you in compiling your evidence and presenting it to the third party insurers.

Every personal injury compensation claim is very different and while some are settled within a matter of months, others can take years. Most claims for workplace accidents and workplace injuries are settled out of Court; however, some will need to progress this far.

At Thompsons, our specialist accident at work solicitors and lawyers can deal with all types of workplace accident and workplace injury claims ranging from lacerations, burns and soft tissue damage to catastrophic injuries such as brain injuries or spinal injuries and even fatal injuries.

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Employers Liability

Who is at fault for your Workplace Accident?     

All employers have a responsibility to protect their employees, contractors and visitors from accidents and injuries. This includes ensuring: -

They provide their employees with the necessary machinery and tools to complete their jobs. They also need to ensure the machines and tools are maintained to a safe condition.

The workplace is kept in a safe and tidy condition. Employees should be provided with suitable workstations and chairs and the floor and corridors should be clean and free from hazards. Doors and gates should not be obstructed.

All employees required to lift heavy objects should receive training to show them how to do this safely.

All employers are provided with any safety wear they require to complete their jobs, such as goggles, hard hats, ear defenders, dust masks, safety gloves, safety boots or high-visibility jackets.

You can also make a personal injury compensation claim if your workplace accident or workplace injury was caused by the negligence of another member of staff.

Employees working at heights are protected by the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

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Compensation Claim Advice

Making a Compensation Claim after an Accident at Work

If you or anyone you know has been involved in a workplace accident and suffered a workplace injury, illness or disease, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in dealing with personal injury compensation claims for people injured during the course of their employment.

Below, you will find information about the most common types of accidents at work claims we deal with together with details about how to begin your own personal injury compensation claim. If you cannot find the information you require here, telephone us on 08000 224 224 for assistance or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

Accidents at Work for Members of the Armed Forces
Assaulted at Work
Claim Advice for Accidents in Construction
Crane Accident Compensation
Dangerous Machinery in the Workplace
Dangerous Practices and Procedures at Work
Falls from Height at Work
Farm Accident Compensation Claims
Fork Lift Truck Accident Compensation
Needlestick Injuries
Oil Rig Accident Claims
PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
Scaffolding Accidents
Workplace Manual Handling Compensation Claim
Workplace Slips and Trips

There are strict time limits in place to make any injury claim, including compensation claims for workplace accidents and workplace injuries.  For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

To read a report we have published on our website outlining the outcomes of personal injury compensation claims for people who are legally represented and those who are unrepresented, visit Report produced by Frontier Economics - Critique for Thompsons Solicitors.

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News Stories about Workplace Accidents

News Stories we have published about Accidents at Work

In the past, we have published many different news stories about accidents at work claims we have dealt with.  To read these, visit our Accidents at Work News page.

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Client Comments

Comments from clients we have helped with Workplace Accident Compensation Claims

When our specialist personal injury solicitors have recovered compensation for people who have been involved in a workplace accident and suffered a workplace injury they often receive a thank you letter from the person injured at work.  Read extracts from some of the letters, below.

• Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors helped Janet Miler recover £40,000 compensation after she sustained a back injury in an accident at work.  She said "I can now start to get on with the rest of my life and make plans for my future".  To read more about this accident at work, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• When David Wright suffered from a workplace injury, Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £32,000 compensation for him.  He was working as a machine minder and was asked to work on one particular machine with only one week of training.  As Mr Wright stepped down from the machine, he stepped onto a bundle of pipes on the floor and fell, injuring his lower back.  His thank you letter read "It is with great pleasure that I write to thank you for all your hard work in dealing with my case, I would like to say that throughout the whole time you have been very very kind, honest, polite and professional when discussing the case with me."  To read more about this accident at work, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £20,000 compensation for Rosaleen Bolton after she suffered a workplace injury.  Her workplace accident happened as she was transporting a patient from the shower room of Plumstead Hospital back to his bed with help from a colleague.  During the manoeuvre, the hoist they were using stopped working and as Ms Bolton struggled to try and get the hoist working again whilst maintaining the safety of the patient, she injured her back.  Her thank you letter read "Many many thanks for all your efforts on my behalf."  To read more about this accident at work, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• When Mr Lomax suffered a workplace accident, he was helped by his Trade Union, Amicus and Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors to recover £18,000 compensation.  Mr Lomax was trying to rise from his chair at work when it slid away from him causing him to fall onto the floor and injure his head and lower back.  The chair he had been provided with had no arms and had wheels on the bottom.  The floor surface was made of vinyl and was subject to spillages which were not cleaned up regularly.  His thank you letter read "I cannot thank you enough for the skilful manner in which you have handled my case, I know it could not have been easy or straight forward and realise that you must have put in a great deal of thought, negotiating skill and effort in order to reach this result. I shall always be grateful to yourself and of course, Amicus, for the support given to me." To read more about this accident at work, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors also helped residential social worker, Mr Fitzpatrick-Odahemier recover compensation of £15,735 following a workplace injury.  He had never received any lifting and handling training and on the day of his workplace accident was lifting a fish tank when he badly injured his back.  It was found that he had suffered a prolapse and also suffered from ongoing debilitating symptoms leading him to retire on the grounds of ill health.  After receiving his compensation he said "Your hard work, professionalism and perseverance and the way you have supported our concerns with this case throughout has, I'm sure helped to secure this successful outcome".  To read more about this claim for a Workplace Accident, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• When Mr Edmonson was injured whilst working on a building site, Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £12,000 compensation for him. He was standing at the bottom of a ladder when a concrete block fell from above and impacted with his head. He suffered terrible injuries including a fractured skull, memory loss, headaches and giddiness. His compensation award was reduced as he had chosen not to wear a hard hat at the time of his accident. His thank you letter read "I would like to thank you for all the hard work you have done, also help and advice that you and your company have given me, in making a successful settlement for me, in my claim for compensation. I am very pleased with the service I have received. Thank you once again".  To read more about this claim for a Workplace Accident, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• When Janice Martin sustained a back injury at work, Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £10,500 compensation from her employers.  She was supervising children in a school playground when a fight broke out.  She was injured whilst trying to separate the boys and calm down the situation.  Her thank you letter read "I would like to bring to your attention the excellent work undertaken by Angela Doran whilst assisting me to pursue a claim against the London Borough of Havering Education Department.  She was highly professional in all aspects and kept me informed at every stage.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Thompsons Solicitors and Angela in particular for assisting me during this difficult time.  To read more about this Workplace Accident, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• When Mr Gray was injured at work, Thompsons' specialist personal injury lawyers recovered £9,546.91 compensation for him.  He was making a delivery of 24 pallets of gas cylinders in his truck and despite the fact that the pallets were stacked singly inside Mr Gray’s truck, the fork lift truck driver decided to try and unload the pallets, two at once. He stacked two pallets on top of one another and then proceeded to lift them from the back of the truck with his fork lift truck. The bottom pallet collapsed and one of the pallets fell onto Mr Gray, knocking him to the ground. Mr Gray sustained torn ligaments in his right knee as well as bruising and swelling to other parts of his body.  His thank you letter read: "To Deborah, Andrea and all staff concerned with the successful settlement of my claim. I would like to say Thank you very much".  To read more about this Fork Lift Truck Accident, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £8,500 compensation for Andrea Bayley after she suffered from two workplace accidents.  Her first workplace injury occurred when she was walking down a set of paved stairs and one of the loose stones moved beneath her feet causing her to jar her back.  Her second workplace accident involved her tripping on a section of loose lino flooring.  Her thank you letter read "Just a short note to thank you for your help with my claim.  Your hard work is much appreciated".  To read more about this claim for a Workplace Accident, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• Mr Richards wrote to thank Thompsons for our help after we recovered £7,500 compensation for him after an accident at work.  He had been working on the roof of a warehouse assembling a podium when a post attached to the podium swung around and hit him in the mouth, damaging his front teeth.  He had never used the equipment before and had received no training.  An extract from his thank you letter read "I would like to thank you for all the work you have done on my behalf, I am most grateful."

• Thompsons solicitors’ specialist personal injury lawyers recently help a care assistant recover compensation after she suffered a workplace accident. She was giving out medication to some of the residents when the telephone rang and she made her way across the room to answer the telephone. She tripped on the joining of the carpet and fell, injuring her knee and her face. With help from Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors, she was awarded £6,300 compensation. Her thank you letter read: "I acknowledge receipt of the cheques in settlement of my claim. I would like to thank you for the efficient way in which this has been dealt with, and I am very relieved not to have had to go to court to justify my claim".  To read more about this workplace injury, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• Matthew McKiernan was injured at work whilst he was climbing down a set of vertical ladders.  He slipped and fell backwards causing his foot to become tangled between the rungs and his head to impact with the ladders.  He was absent from work for 10 or 11 weeks while a torn muscle in his thigh healed and with help from Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors he received £6,007.90 compensation.  His thank you letter read "Thank you for representing me so professionally. I wish you every success in your career and thank you again".  To read more about this claim for a Workplace Accident, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• When Mr Rich was injured at work, Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £3,800 compensation for him. His workplace accident happened while he was delivering electoral registration forms to privately owned houses and as he was walking along one of the driveways he stepped onto a drain cover which collapsed beneath him. The drain cover had been damaged by the home owner carrying out defective alterations to his driveway.  Mr Rich said "May I take this opportunity to thank you personally for your attention to the case and Thompsons in general for acting on my behalf". To read more about this workplace accident claim, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors helped Mr Brain to recover £3,800 compensation after his accident at work.  He injured his lower back after he was asked to lift and carry an object weighing approximately 35kg. The object was also very difficult to move as it measured approximately 13 feet in length.  Mr Brain said "And may I just say a big thank you to you for all your help in this matter and the excellent work you have done to get me the best possible outcome. And making it worry free".  To read more about this workplace accident, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• When Mr Smith was involved in an accident at work, Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £3,500 compensation for him. Before Mr Smith's workplace accident, he had complained to his employers that the crane he was required to use was unsafe. No action was taken and he was injured when a piece of metal fell from the crane and cut into his leg.  He said "I am very pleased with the outcome and also with your services. All the best in the future and I thank you again."  To read more about this workplace accident visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• When Mr Borgogno was injured in an accident at work Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors were able to obtain £3250 in compensation for his head injury.  His email said "I am very pleased with the settlement that has been offered.  I would like to thank yourself and Nicola Gilbert for the excellent work that both of you have put in to get this result.  Once again thank you."  To read more about this workplace accident visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section

• Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors helped Teacher, Phillipa Claydon recover compensation after she injured her back at work.  Phillipa Claydon is an Art tutor and arrived at work to find her classroom filled with heavy sound equipment, speakers and other equipment used by the music department. This equipment should have been cleared away before her class but it had not and no-one was around to assist her; therefore the client had to move the equipment herself. As she was doing this, she injured her back.  Mrs Claydon received £3,000 compensation. Her thank you letter read "Thank you so much for your support and hard work. You have made everything so easy".  To read more about this workplace accident visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• Mr Beecham worked as a port operator in Harwich and was at work when he needed to lower a ramp using a strut. The strut snapped and he was left to bear the entire weight of the gangway ramp which is a 2 metre heavy alloy steel structure. He fell backwards as a result of this and fractured his wrist. Thompsons Solicitors made a claim for compensation against his employers and recovered £2,800 for him. Mr Beecham was very happy with this and an extract from his thank you letter read "I would ... like to thank you and all at Thompsons for the way you handled my case and I am very pleased with the service I received from you all."

• Mr Hayes suffered a workplace accident in which he fractured his wrist.  He was asked to retrieve an object from a storage cupboard; however, found that the objects in question had all been stacked one on top of another so high that he could not reach the box on the top without standing on a chair.  He lost his balance and fell.  Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £2,700 compensation for Mr Hayes and his thank you letter said "I am writing to you to express my utmost thanks for your support, courtesy and honesty whilst handling my case.  I was at complete ease with you and felt I was more in the company of a friend rather than a solicitor." To read more about this workplace accident visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• When Gary Carter was injured Thompsons specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £2500 compensation. His thank you letter read “I have received your letter today and would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for the way you handled my case. I am very grateful for all the work you have put in and for the sum of money you got for me. Thank you very much”. To read more about this injury at work, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• When a nurse sustained a head injury at work, Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors helped her recover £2,250 compensation.  The nurse was in the changing rooms at work when a cleaner entered the room and knocked the plastic covering from the ceiling strip light. The plastic covering impacted with the client's head and shoulder and she suffered from headaches and dizziness.  The nurse said "I would like to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for your competence in dealing with my injury claim.  I am indeed grateful to receive the compensation awarded to me which is only as a result of your professionalism in pursuing this matter".  To read more about this workplace accident visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £2,000 compensation for Pennie Roscoe, a member of cabin crew who suffered an injury at work.  She was walking past a toilet door on an aeroplane when she caught her right elbow on the sharp edge of an ashtray attached to the door and cut herself.  She was left with a scar on her elbow.  She said ""Sorry this letter has taken a long time to reach you but I just wanted to write to you and thank you for all the hard work you have put into my case".  To read more about this workplace accident visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• When Sian Ellis was walking along a pathway in work, she slipped causing her to twist her back and injured her groin. The path had not been maintained properly by her employers and had soil and moss growing on it where the cement had worn away.  Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £2,000 compensation for her and she said "Just a note to say thank you for all your help and advice when dealing with my case. Once again, many thanks for your help. You took all the stress and worry away".  To read more about this workplace accident, visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £1,750 compensation for Mr Woodcock after he was injured in an accident at work where he slipped on a pool of oil. He sustained gashes to his face and leg as well as some tendon damage in his hand. He said "Thanks for all your help with this successful claim. I would definitely recommend you to other people who require solicitors. I look forward to receiving the compensation. Once again thanks very much".  To read more about this workplace accident visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

• Ms McGrath sustained a workplace injury by tripping over a waste bin which had been left in a corridor.  She injured her knee and was in pain for three months.  Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £1,127 compensation for her and her thank you letter read "Thank you for the cheque for £1,127.  I would also like to thank you and your staff for the excellent service I have received".  To read more about this workplace accident visit our Accidents at Work Letters of Thanks section.

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Our Accidents at Work Client Testimonials

Testimonials from clients who have received Workplace Accident Compensation

Follow the links below to read some testimonials from clients we have helped with their workplace accident claims:

You also may be interested in reading Roger's story.  He was seriously injured in an accident at work.

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Accidents at Work Contacts

A list of organisations which may be able to help

HSE (The Health and Safety Executive) - Their mission is to protect people's health and safety by ensuring risks in the changing workplace are properly controlled.

Directgov - Information on rights and responsibilities related to health and safety, stress, accidents in the workplace and more.

DWP (The Department for Work and Pensions - now part of Directgov) - Information about benefits you can claim after suffering a workplace accident or workplace illness.

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