If you’ve been involved in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, you will want to have your claim in order so that you can focus on getting your life back on track. Sadly, while it’s only human to want to move on from the trauma of the accident and all the heartache it can bring about, you may need to be patient when pursuing an accident at work claim – owing to a number of reasons, these types of claim take time.
What do you need to know in the event of an accident at work?
Right after your work accident, the last thing on your mind will be starting a compensation claim – and that’s as it should be, as you’ll have more important things to think about. Like seeking medical attention or simply taking a break.
However, the sooner your injury is assessed and diagnosed by a medical professional; the sooner you’ll have the grounds needed to make a claim.
After you get the ball rolling, your personal injury lawyer will request that you attend a medical to clarify, confirm and assess the details concerning your injury that will impact the value of your claim.
Once the accident at work claim process is underway – providing a personal injury lawyer thinks you have a case worth pursuing and you wish to proceed (only you can make that decision), the length of time it takes to resolve comes down to the nature of your injuries and the claim itself.
How much is my accident at work claim worth?
Several factors affect the amount of compensation pay-out you are entitled to following an accident at work – your injuries, loss of earnings and any out-of-pocket expenses need to be considered. You can use our accident at work compensation calculator which has been created to estimate how much you may be able to claim for, based on the injuries you have sustained.
Here’s how long the accident at work claim may take and why.
In a straightforward accident at work cases – such as slips, trips or falls in the workplace when for example – your injury heals during the process of the claim and the other side don’t dispute your claim, you’re probably looking at around 4-8 months for the claim to be settled.
Things can really start to stretch out if your claim is more complicated and the employer disputes your case. Regrettably, this can happen, as not all companies (or their insurers) are particularly keen to settle easily if they think there may be some holes in your case.
That’s where medical details, eyewitness accounts and documentation regarding the nature of your injury and its effect on your ability to live and work normally really come into play.
In the event of a disputed claim, it really does depend on the details of the injury and the claim itself. Combined with back and forth legal wrangling, it can end up adding several more months to the process, with some particularly difficult cases taking well over a year or more.
That’s why it’s doubly important to make sure you have a reliable and professional personal injury lawyer on your side with all the relevant experience of dealing with accident at work claims.
Remember to discuss costs from the beginning as some firms may not pursue accident at work claims on a no win no fee basis if they span over a long period of time.
Then, even if your claim is eventually successful, there could be a time lapse between the agreed settlement, and you receive the compensation. Again, sadly, not all companies like paying out fair and square if they come off worst and may use stalling techniques to slow the process.
Don’t let that put you off making a claim if you think you are genuinely in the right. No matter how long it takes, if you have a valid accident at work claim, it’s your right to pursue it. No amount of arm-twisting or pressure by employers should deter you from that.
Speak to one of our dedicated personal injury lawyers today to find out more.