If you have been injured in an accident at work that was not your fault, then it may be possible to make a personal injury claim with your employer, be them past or present. To help you establish your eligibility for making a work accident compensation UK claim, below you will find everything you need to know about eligibility criteria.
Time limits for making a claim
In the United Kingdom there are strict time limits in place for bringing forward a work accident compensation UK claim. That time limit is three years and it starts from the date your accident happened or from the date your injuries became clear. After three years your claim will be time-barred or statute barred under the Limitation Act 1980. This can only be extended under exceptional circumstances or in the case of some industrial diseases, such as asbestos-related diseases and other chronic diseases.
Liability criteria for making a claim
For the other side to be under any obligation to pay you work accident compensation UK, they have to be in some way liable for the accident in which you were injured. That means you must have a level of diminished liability and you cannot make a claim if you were wholly responsible for your accident. This is rarely ever the case with workplace accidents, however your claim will still need to be investigated by a lawyer and it will have to be proven that you have a level of diminished liability in order for your claim to be successful.
Historic claims and industrial diseases
As briefly touched on above, the three year time limit does not apply to some forms of industrial disease. In addition to this, historic claims have also been successfully processed down the years, in part because twenty or thirty years ago people had no idea that they could make a claim for compensation. If you are suffering from an industrial disease or a chronic illness that can be linked to past employment, then you may be eligible for financial compensation and you should seek specialist legal advice immediately.
How much work accident compensation UK could I claim?
The amount of personal injury compensation you could claim is determined by the type of injuries you have sustained, the extent of those injuries and how your injuries have and will affect your life. However you can also claim back out of pocket expenses related to your accident and any lost income, including overtime and benefits. For a better estimated pay-out for your workplace accident, or to find out more about the accident claims process, call our free and no obligation claims helpline today on 0800 157 1437.