Accidents at Work

If you have suffered an injury or accident at work (within the last 3 years) and it wasn’t your fault, you could be able to make a claim for compensation.

Our expert work-injury solicitors will help you make a No Win, No Fee claim for compensation for your injury.


Here are some examples of compensation amounts awarded for injuries suffered from a work accident:

  • Severe injury to foot – up to £37,000*
  • Leg injuries including torn cartilage, weakness and instability – up to £13,000*
  • Moderate injuries such as frozen shoulder – up to £6,000*
  • Fractured finger with recovery within a few weeks – up to £1,750*
  • Moderate back injury – up to £21,500*
  • Complete loss of function in the wrist – up to £33,000*
  • Serious injury to ring or middle fingers – up to £7,750*

* these figures are guidelines of what is commonly awarded for similar work injuries.


Some typical examples of work accidents include the following:

  • Tripped over a cable
  • Construction site accident (including ladder accidents and scaffolding accidents)
  • Slipped on a wet floor at work, with no warning sign
  • Been injured as a result of mistakes made by other employees
  • Had a road accident whilst delivering goods
  • Not been provided with protective equipment
  • Used unsuitable or fault equipment provided by the employer
  • Been provided with inadequate training
  • Manual handling injuries, e.g. had to lift heavy objects which caused an injury
  • Involved in a forklift truck (FLT) accident


Common accidents at work include:

Back injury due to lifting object, Scaffolding Accidents, Factory Accidents, Vibration white Finger, Forklift Truck Accidents, Slip/Trip Injuries, Asbestos Related Disease, Industrial Dermatitis Disease, Industrial Deafness, Accidents due to Inadequate Training.

All employers in the UK are obliged to comply with strict health and safety legislation to ensure that their employees are not put at risk of being injured and that the work environment is safe. In spite of this, many personal injury accidents still occur at work.

If the work accident involved a person under 18, then the three years do not start until their 18th birthday. Industrial disease has slightly different rules, see our section on Industrial Diseases for more information.

Injuries sustained from work accidents may mean you have to take time off work to recover which can lead to financial difficulties. Making a work accident claim will help ease the financial burden and also provide you with adequate treatment to enable a full recovery.


If you want to read further literature on this subject, here are some pointers:

  • Lack of Training
  • Slipping Accidents
  • Farm Accidents
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Manual Handling Accident Claims
  • Fears About Claiming Against an Employer

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