Accidents at Work

Employers have a responsibility to protect their employees from accidents and illnesses; in the same respect Employees have a responsibility to maintain their own duty of care in maintaining health and safety procedure, and therefore follow their own training.

Our personal injury team is made up of specialists who are extremely experienced in dealing with substantial work accident compensation claims in virtually every type of workplace.

Can I claim for an accident in the workplace?

Despite the contractual agreement made between employers and employees, accidents do still occur. 

However, an employee can claim if the accident could have been prevented from occurring by the employer or colleagues exercising more care and complying with the relevant health and safety regulations and company training.

Many people have accidents at work in a range of circumstances and environments. If an injury is sustained it tends to be very minor, such as a scratch or bruise, however in some cases injuries can be very serious, life changing or, in the worst cases, fatal.

If you have been hurt at work due to an employer failing to exercise its duty of care for employee's health and safety; or if you have been hurt at work by a colleague failing to comply with their training, you should be able to succeed in a claim for compensation against an employer.

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Who can make an accident at work claim?

All employees are able to make a claim. 

Don't forget even if you are not an actual "Employee" of the company at fault, for instance you may be a labour only subcontractor for them, you can still claim against them. For these purposes you will usually be treated the same as an employee.

We can also help if your accident occurred abroad if the company you are/were working for had a Head Quarters/Office in England or Wales.


Types of work accident compensation claims

Accident at work claims arise out of various different circumstances. Examples of these are claims arising out of:

  • Defective machinery or dangerous machinery
  • Slips or trips on debris or dangerous surfaces
  • Slips, trips or falls on mis-fitted carpets, loose cables or cluttered office spaces
  • Injuries involving lifting or manual handling
  • Injuries suffered in the construction industry
  • Exposure to harmful and dangerous substances
  • Employees being exposed to violet attacks by patients or customers
  • Injuries suffered as a result of inadequate protective equipment or inadequate training

These are only a few examples of the many areas in which we can help you in pursuing a claim for damages arising out of an accident at work.

BHP Law aim to keep the work accident claims process as simple as possible by guiding you every step of the way and making sure we explain everything in plain English.

If you are worried about the costs and funding your claim, put your mind at ease by reading our detailed explanation of the various funding agreements, including "no win no fee". At BHP Law we like to be clear about costs and give you the best advice at the best price possible. We also take Personal Injury work on as a Conditional Fee agreement basis, in order to maximise the amount of compensation you receive.

We are committed to providing a sympathetic and understanding work accident compensation service which will recognise your needs and most cases settle without clients having to go to Court.

If you would like to have a chat about your options or how we may be able to help you please contact a member of the team, complete our call back form or contact us directly at your local office.


Your Personal Injury Team

Ruth Markham


Ruth is a former member of the Bar Council before cross qualifying as a solicitor. She joined BHP Law in March 2014 as an associate and was made head…

Jonathan Barker

Senior Associate

Jonathan advises on all aspects of Mental Health and Court of Protection Law, alongside work in Civil Litigation. He is an Accredited Member of the Law…

Tracy Farman


In January 2022 Tracy Farman joined BHP Law’s Personal Injury and Medical Negligence department, in Durham, after working for a solicitors practice…

Holly Sanderson


Holly completed a four-year course at Northumbria University and received an integrated master’s degree as well as her Legal Practice Course qualification…

What Our Clients Say

I have taken time to write these words about BHP Law. My case of an injury at work was taken over in May 2014, as things had not progressed with my previous solicitor. Since BHP Law became involved things have progressed at a good rate.

Earlier this year, Ruth Markham, has taken charge of my case. I found Ruth to be very pro-active and she gets things done whatever the problems may be. Ruth gives me some much needed confidence with my case and I have to say I find her very professional in her duties and  to bring my case to a successful conclusion. I have no hesitation in recommending BHP Law (Ruth). If you want progress and confidence that things are happening, go to BHP Law.

Mr. John Davies

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