If you have suffered an accident at work within the last three years and it was not your fault, you may be owed compensation.
A workplace injury can affect your ability to work, leave you in significant pain and impact many other areas of your life. Claiming any compensation you are entitled to can be crucial to helping you deal with these consequences and allow you to move forward with your life.
David W Harris & Co are specialist personal injury lawyers in South Wales with decades of experience helping people to claim accident at work compensation. We know what a distressing time this can be, so offer sensitive, personal support to make things easier for you.
Our accident at work lawyers in South Wales can help with all types of workplace injury claims, including:
- Lifting and manual handling injuries
- Slip, trip and falls at work
- Being struck by falling objects
- Falls from height at work
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
- Industrial deafness
- Machinery injuries
- Toxic fume inhalation
- Road traffic accidents while working
- Workplace head and brain injuries
- Vibration white finger claims
- Asbestos-related disease claims
- Criminal injuries sustained at work
Whether you have suffered a relatively minor workplace injury or something more serious with the potential for a substantial settlement, our expert team can help.
We regularly help clients claim compensation in the £1,000-£500,000 range and recently secured a £14million settlement for one of our clients.
We offer no win, no fee accident at work claims, so there is usually no upfront cost or financial risk in pursuing a claim with David W Harris & Co. We also take trade union-funded cases where appropriate.
Get a free first consultation with our workplace injury solicitors in South Wales
Unsure if you are entitled to workplace injury compensation or want to know more about how the claims process works?
We offer a free first consultation to answer your questions and help you decide whether you wish to pursue an accident at work compensation claim. If you'd like an idea of how much compensation you could receive for your claim, you can use our personal injury calculator.
Please use our simple online enquiry form to book a free initial chat with our team. There will be no obligation to take things further unless you wish to do so.
Why use David W Harris & Co. for your workplace injury claim?
There are numerous reasons to work with our expert accident at work lawyers, including:
- No win, no fee funding for workplace injury claims
- Millions of pounds in compensation recovered for our clients over the last 35 years
- Our expertise is independently recognised:
- We cover the whole of South Wales with offices in Pontypridd, Talbot Green and Swansea – home visits can also be arranged where appropriate
- Most accident at work claims we handle are settled out of court, saving you time, legal costs and stress
- We have a strong track record of securing maximum workplace injury compensation for our clients
Find out more about our personal injury claims expertise.
Accident at work claims fees and funding
There are two main options for funding an accident at work claim:
1.No win, no fee accident at work claims – where you sign a ‘conditional fee agreement’ or ‘CFA’ with us, which means you do not need to pay us anything to start a claim and our fees will only be applied if we secure compensation for you.
2.Trade union funding – if you are a member of a trade union, they may cover some or all of the legal cost of making a workplace injury claim.
We will be happy to discuss the different options for funding an accident at work claim with you during your initial consultation with our team.
Find out more about no win, no fee personal injury claims funding
Common questions about accident at work claims
Is there a time limit for accident at work compensation claims?
Three years is the standard time limit for making a workplace injury claim. This will normally be counted from the date when you were aware of your injuries and that they had been caused by someone else’s negligence or deliberate action.
Head over to our personal injury claims page to find out more about time limits for personal injury claims.
How much can you claim for a workplace injury?
The level of compensation for a workplace injury that you can claim will entirely depend on the situation, including the severity of your injuries and their impact on your life.
Accident at work compensation can include damages for matters including:
- Financial losses due to your injuries – including lost wages, the cost of paying for treatment, specialist equipment etc.
- Expected future financial losses – e.g. reduction in your future earning potential, the need to pay for ongoing care etc.
- Loss of amenity – i.e. no longer being able to carry out activities you previously could, such as driving, playing sport etc.
- Pain and suffering – for your physical and emotional pain.
Our South Wales accident at work lawyers can talk through the potential damages available and provide an estimate of what may be achievable during your free initial consultation.
Can you be fired for making an accident at work claim?
No, you cannot legally be fired for making an accident at work claim. Your employer has a duty of care to keep all of their employees safe, so if they have breached this duty and you were injured as a result, you have done nothing wrong and are entitled to claim compensation. You cannot legally be penalised for doing so.
If your employer were to fire you, harass you or in any other way treat you unfairly as a result of you making a compensation claim, you would likely be able to make an employment claim against them.
If you do not wish to return to work, it may be possible to negotiate a settlement agreement with your employer allowing you to leave your job in exchange for a one-off payment in addition to any compensation you are owed.
Can you claim workplace injury compensation if your employer has gone out of business?
Yes, in many cases it is still possible to make a claim even if a former employer has gone out of business. This is because the claim will generally be made against the employer’s former insurer who will almost always still be in business.
This is good news for claims related to incidents that happened a long time ago, such as asbestos exposure at work, where it may be many years later before you realise that your health was damaged at work.
What to do next about starting an accident at work claim
Simply use our short online enquiry form to tell us you would like to speak to a member of our personal injury team about a potential accident at work claim and we will be in touch promptly.