How much for an accident at work claim?
With a reported 41,000 non-fatal workplace injuries in Scotland last year alone, it’s clear that workplace accidents are a common occurrence. Being involved in an accident at work can have a devastating impact on the lives of you and your loved ones. You may be suffering from physical injuries, leaving you unable to work and facing loss of earnings as a result. If the accident wasn’t your fault, and it occurred within the last three years, you are entitled to claim compensation for your pain and suffering.
How much money will I get for an accident at work?
The severity of injuries suffered in the workplace can be dependent on the environment that you work in, and the health and safety procedures that are in place there. It’s important to remember that every accident at work is different, and so no two cases are the same – meaning it’s difficult to say exactly how much compensation you could be entitled to. This is why choosing the right personal injury solicitor to handle your accident at work claim is so important. The amount of money you may be entitled to for an accident at work claim will be dependent on many factors, including;
How serious your injuries are
The type and severity of your injuries will have a direct effect on the amount of compensation for your accident at work claim. The more serious the injury, the more compensation it’s likely you will be able to claim for.
Your ability to work
If your injuries are so severe that you have had to take time off work, you could be entitled to loss of earnings compensation. And, if your injuries will affect your ability to work in the future, this will also be considered by your solicitor when seeking compensation on your behalf.
What medical expenses you are faced with
Following your accident, you may need rehabilitation treatments like physiotherapy or counselling. If you choose to receive these treatments privately following your accident, costs can start to add up. However, it is possible to seek reimbursement for this from the at-fault party, alongside compensation for your pain and suffering.
What out-of-pocket expenses you have to pay
When you are in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may find that, alongside being faced with unexpected medical expenses, you also have to pay for things that you wouldn’t normally have to. These include things like hospital car parking, travel costs involved in your recovery and any other financial losses you might have experienced as a result of your accident. These costs are known as out-of-pocket expenses, and you can claim these back as part of your compensation.
What extra help you might need
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need to make modifications to your home to suit your needs. You may also require care, be it from family members or specially hired carers, to help you get dressed, washed, or do your food shop. The cost of these modifications or care expenses will also be something you can seek from the at-fault party as part of your claim.
Who pays compensation for an accident at work?
By law, employers are required to have Employer’s Liability Insurance. This insurance protects your employers financially if an employee were to make a claim for compensation against them. So, if you were to make an accident at work claim against your employer, any compensation you receive would be paid out by the insurer and not out of the pocket of your employer. This ensures that you are adequately compensated for any injuries you sustain.
Why should I choose Watermans as my personal injury lawyer?
We know that making an accident at work claim might seem like a lot of hassle. At Watermans, our personal injury experts handle all aspects of your accident at work claim, so that you don’t have to worry about it. We act on your behalf, to get you the compensation you deserve while you recover from your workplace injuries. To speak to our expert team today, call us on 0131 555 7055, or fill out the contact form below.