What is an accident at work?

Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that all employees work in a safe manner, in a safe environment, and with the appropriate level of protective equipment. An accident at work is an injury caused by an accident as a result of your employer’s negligence to their duty of care.

Although accidents cannot be fully prevented, it is up to your employer to take the necessary steps to reduce the possibility of accidents happening in your workplace. For example your employer needs to make sure spillages are cleaned up or have the appropriate signage to warn others of a wet surface. If they don’t and you slip and injure yourself, they are actually responsible for your injury, even though you were the one who slipped.

If your employer compromises your safety and you are injured as a result of your accident at work, then we are here to help you with your claim.

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How can we help?

We know that making a compensation claim against your employer or former employer can be quite a daunting experience. By bringing your claim to us, we will take the reins and handle your case on your behalf.

We’ll try to make your claim as stress-free and as contactless as possible and will guide you from start to finish by assigning you a personal claim handler. They are here to answer any questions you have and will provide you with regular updates on the progress of your claim.

Don’t worry if you are unsure about whether you can make a work accident claim or not. It’s our job to determine if your employer is responsible for your accident and injuries. Due to our no win no fee policy, if we find they’re not responsible, then we will not charge you for our service. If they are responsible, then you are in the best hands possible as we deal with employers’ liability claims on a daily basis.

Frequently asked questions

Your injuries may require treatment that need to be paid for; or your injuries may force you to take time off work, resulting in loss of earnings. In the case of a serious work injury, it may have ruined your prospects of a future or dream job.

By making a workplace accident claim, we will get you compensation that pays you for what you lost financially.

Also, a claim against your employer will highlight how your accident happened and make them aware of this so they can take the steps to prevent such a situation from happening to other employees.

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If you're worried about any form of disciplinary action or the possibility of being bullied by your colleagues or work boss, please let your claim handler know asap.

If this has happened or is happening to you, this can constitute as an unfair dismissal or discrimination, which you can pursue with an employment law solicitor.

You should not be worried that it will get in the way of you getting compensation and the justice that you deserve.

All communications with us are confidential, so if you think you have a claim but want to know more before doing anything, please call us to speak to one of our claim advisors.

Usually you have up to 3 years from when the accident occurred to make a claim.

For industrial disease claims, you have 3 years from when you realise that your symptoms are caused by a work-related illness, or when it is discovered by a medical expert.

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An industrial disease is a health condition or illness caused by an unsafe work environment. For example you work as a construction worker and develop tinnitus or hearing loss as a result of the constant loud noise in the background.

Other forms of industrial diseases caused by your work include repetitive strain injury, vibration white finger and mesothelioma (asbestos poisoning).

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There are many factors that determine how much compensation you will get, such as:

  • what part(s) of the body you have injured
  • the severity of the injury
  • how long it will take to fully recover
  • any loss of earnings
  • payment for treatment
  • and more...

Every case is different so we cannot say upfront how much compensation you are due.

Read here for a full breakdown of how compensation is calculated.

Only 3% of cases we handle go to trial. The court is seen as a last resort when neither side can come to an agreement on liability (the fault of the accident), or settlement offer, or other.

We will always try to do everything we can to settle a case before it reaches the court. In the event it does reach the court, we will fully support and prepare you for this.

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Case Study: Sandu

Sandu, from Lancashire, worked as a welder where he welded steel frames and tanks for petrol tankers. Due to negligence by his employers, Sandu was exposed to dangerous fumes and suffered carbon monoxide poisoning.

Although Sandu was provided with a 20-metre air-fed filter mask to carry out his work, only one mask was available. This meant when someone else was using the mask, Sandu had to continue without. Also, when the store shut early this would leave Sandu without a mask for any tank welding jobs afterwards.

Sandu’s employers had breached their duty of care to Sandu for failing to supply him with a filter and mask during his hours of work.

Sandu's words

I started suffering from dizziness, nausea, pains in the back where the lungs are and breathing problems. I also started suffering from a cough. This progressed over a period of 2 months to vomiting and difficulty breathing and coughing and headaches.

I went to the hospital and the doctor even without asking me what I do for a living knew I was a welder and that I was poisoned.

I tried to find on the internet a lawyers office and the first thing that appeared was Scott Rees. I called them and I started everything, and at the end, everything was ok.

Our words

Although Sandu was provided with some protective equipment, he wasn’t provided with everything he needed at all times during his work schedule. This was clear negligence by his employers.

After bringing his claim to us, we found out the company he used to work for had closed down, which worried Sandu but we assured him this is nothing new to us and we can still proceed with his injury claim.

Although this delayed the process a little, we fought on and eventually secured compensation and justice for Sandu. We’re glad that Sandu can finally put this episode to bed and continue on with his life.

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Personal injury compensation specialists

With over 25 years experience in personal injury claims, we are one of the most highly experienced accident injury specialists in the whole of the UK.

We are accredited by the Law Society and fully regulated with audits on a yearly basis to ensure that our high standards are kept.

Although Scott Rees & Co are based in Newton-le-Willows, you do not need to be local to us to use our services as we are a national solicitor firm. We can assist with most personal injury claims by sending letters, emails and phone calls only. On the off chance we need to meet with you face to face, we are fully prepared to travel across the UK.

What is NO WIN, NO FEE?

It is an agreement that we will only charge for our service if we help you win your case. In the reverse, this also means that you will not have to pay us for our time if your claim is unsuccessful.

The majority of personal injury claims we take on will be on a no win, no fee policy. This will be made clear to you when you bring your claim to us.

The no win, no fee system makes us affordable to all because there are no upfront costs to pay. Simply pick up the phone, tell us about the accident and we will assess whether we can help you with your claim or not.

Start by calling 0800 614 361

Unsure if you are entitled to compensation? Don’t worry! Call us today and let the professionals assess your case for you.

For your FREE initial consultation, please call us on 0800 61 43 61 to speak to one of our first-rate claim advisors. Alternatively, you can request a callback by filling in your details in our Online Claim Form.

Lastly, if you know someone who has been affected by a work accident, then why not recommend them to us and receive up to £250? (subject to terms and conditions)

Other types of accidents at work

Construction accidents

Excavator on construction work site

A construction site can be a dangerous place to work, but with the right training, equipment, tools, risk assessment and decisions, these can help minimise the dangers to provide a safer working environment. Common building site accidents include falling off scaffolding, struck by a falling object, faulty machinery, lifting heavy objects, electric shocks, burns and scalds, slips and trips due to negligence or incorrect working attire, and more.

Read more about construction accident claims.

Scaffold accidents

Construction workers on scaffold

A scaffold is one of the most dangerous work places as you are working on a platform that is secured by steel and wood. There are a lot of open spaces everywhere, which means tools can fall and injure someone below; when it rains the workplace is wet and slippery; and you can fall from the open gaps where no wall is present. As you are working with heights, falling from scaffold accidents are quite common in this industry.

Read more about scaffold accident claims.

Lifting heavy object accidents

Construction worker lifting heavy object

Also known as ‘manual handling’, these are accidents that involve lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying and putting down heavy objects that put a strain on the body. Has your employer asked you to carry something far too heavy by yourself? Has it resulted in an injury that has caused you to take time off work? Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that any manual handling tasks are done safely with the correct number of persons. If you have suffered a work lifting injury, then you should make an enquiry.

Read more about lifting heavy object accident claims.

Burns and scalding accidents

Sparks flying from cutter at work

Burns can be caused by extreme heat, extreme cold, chemical reactions and electricity. The difference between a burn and a scald is a burn is caused by dry heat, such as an iron or fire, and a scald is caused by wet heat, such as hot water or steam. Burn injuries are very common with kitchens, mechanics, electricians, industrial plants and more. If you have suffered any sort of burn that has resulted in severe pain and scarring, you could be entitled to compensation.

Read more about burn injury at work claims.

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Video Testimonials

Alex Tomlinson

Alex suffered a mild concussion after a car crashed into the front side of his car. After a frightening experience, we did our best to provide Alex with a stress-free claim and guidance from start to finish.


Sandu worked as a welder but was not provided a mask by his employers. This resulted in Sandu being poisoned by carbon monoxide. After finding us online, we helped Sandu file a successful claim against his ex-employers.

Philip Holden

Philip's home and work life was affected after procedures to his foot surgery were neglected. Philip filed a medical negligence claim against the hospital and we were able to help him win his compensation claim.

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