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Accidents at Work
According to the Health and Safety Executive (http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/) there are 1.3 million employees suffering with illness or injuries which have been caused or made worse by work.
It is your basic right to work in safe environment. Your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure that their employees have:
- A safe place of work
- Safe plant and equipment
- Safe fellow employees
- Have a safe system of work
Some employees are understandably worried about making a claim against their employers. In most cases these claims are brought against your employer’s liability insurance, not your employer directly. Your boss is certainly not allowed to sack you just because you had an accident.
At Ridley & Hall we specialise in accident at work claims and have successfully settled many cases over the years.
- 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
What our clients say:
The case concluded as hoped. I was at all times treated with courtesy, consideration and empathy by Sarah Young who was at all times professional yet approachable in all matters relating to a very complex case. I personally thank her on behalf of myself and children for the way she conducted my case which brought great relief and a most satisfactory conclusion and will help us move forward.
I can’t thank you enough for the way the claim was handled. After being in the accident, the thought of making a claim seemed like a lengthy and quite daunting procedure to take on, but you were really helpful and communication was brilliant throughout the whole thing. There was never a point where I felt confused or left in the dark about anything that was unfolding with the claim and the way you handled things was amazing! A cyclist who was involved in an accident with a motorist. Samantha Hirst at Ridley and Hall successfully negotiated a settlement with the motorist’s insurance company.
My claim was handled very professionally and dealt with really well and quickly on Sam’s part I appreciate all that Sam and the team did.
My first meeting with Sarah Young was really great. She seemed to care about my situation and gave good advice on what we should expect throughout our case. My case has now come to an end thanks to Sarah. I would highly recommend her services to others in similar situations.