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Accident at work claims - help after having an accident whilst at work

Accidents at work are not confined to the sort of jobs which are commonly regarded as dangerous, such as construction work or heavy industry.

Whether you work outdoors, in an office, a shop or industry, workplace accidents are all too common.

Nobody should be exposed unreasonably to risk of injury while working with, or for the benefit of others.

For over a 100 years, we at Digby Brown have fought to raise the standard of Health and Safety in the workplace by holding employers to account, and vigorously representing those who suffer injury in workplace accidents.

Health and safety at work

The purpose of Health and Safety law is to protect people in their places of work.

Your employer has a duty to take reasonable care for your safety. In particular, an employer has a general duty to provide:

  • a reasonably safe system of work
  • a reasonably safe place of work
  • reasonably safe work equipment
  • reasonable training and instruction

In addition, over the years various statutes and regulations have been enacted to govern the health and safety regime within workplaces. These regulations provide standards and duties to do with just about every type of workplace and work activity.

There are regulations concerning maintenance and organisation of the workplace, provision and use of work equipment, personal protective equipment, lifting equipment, display screen equipment.

There are also regulations dealing with types of work such as manual handling and working at height and regulations concerning different types of workplace, such as construction sites.

Work accident claims - how a personal injury solicitor can help

Placing your work accident claim in the hands of a personal injury specialist, who knows which regulation to apply to the circumstances of an accident, can make all the difference.

If your employer breaches one or more of their general or statutory duties, and thus causes an accident at work, they or their insurers may be liable to pay reasonable compensation.

Your employer is also responsible for ensuring that other people you work with behave appropriately and do not cause accidents.

Employers cannot pretend to be ignorant of potential risks. The law requires employers to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks that workers are exposed to and take measures to avoid those risks, so far as is reasonably practical.

When handling workplace compensation claims, expertise matters.

Insurance companies who defend workplace claims have significant resources at their disposal.

If you have suffered injury in the course of your work, it is essential that you receive advice from a specialist personal injury lawyer who can identify when Health and Safety duties have been breached.

No win no fee personal injury solicitors

The expression “No Win – No Fee” is often used in personal injury cases.  It is used as a way of funding a compensation claim where the accident victim does not have the means to pay for the costs involved as the case progresses. 

A number of solicitors are prepared to handle personal injury cases on a “No Win – No Fee” basis but very few are able to offer their clients complete protection if the case is unsuccessful. 

In that event, the client could end up being liable for many thousands of pounds in legal expenses or the case won't be fully investigated and therefore likely to under-settle.

Compensate 'no win no fee' funding

Digby Brown has its own funding company, Compensate, which provides the funding to allow the case to be fully investigated, employ the best experts surrounding the circumstances of the accident and/or injuries sustained and where and if necessary go to court.

If for whatever reason the case is unsuccessful, Compensate pays all your legal expenses and those of your opponent – you pay nothing

On average our clients receive over 3 times the pre-litigation offer

Because of Compensate funding Digby Brown's success rate is extremely high and on average our clients receive three times the pre-litigation offer.

In the event the case is successful, a small percentage of your damages will be deducted with VAT to pay for this service. The percentage which Compensate will charge depends on the degree of risk involved. We believe that this is the fairest method of giving clients access to justice whilst ensuring their cases are fully investigated, prepared and funded.

Don’t take our word for it, just read many of the court decisions and case studies on our website, or watch Joanne's story.

Beware of compensation offers which may be too good

We know you will have seen many adverts offering 100% compensation or telling you that you will not lose any of your compensation, however we believe there are a number of problems with companies that do this.

  • How do they make their money if they don’t charge you anything?
  • If they aren’t taking any money from you, the client, what incentive do they have to ensure you receive the right level of compensation, appropriate to the injuries you have sustained?
  • Fully preparing a case, finding out exactly what happened and what the consequences of your injuries may mean in the long term, is expensive, how do they do this properly?
  • If they aren’t fully preparing these cases will they just accept the first offer they are given on your behalf by the Insurance company?
  • It makes simple business sense, the less work they do the higher their profit margin is - they simply have no incentive to work harder on your behalf.
  • These adverts in the main are from English firms on national television which operates in a different way and therefore wouldn’t apply to a Scottish person.

We know from the many client cases we mandate from other firms of solicitors (in the main at the request of the client who is extremely unsatisfied with the service received for the other firm) that many shortcuts are taken in preparation and that the first offer received is being recommended for acceptance, regardless of the value. 

Getting something for nothing is usually the first sign of poor service.

Correct level of compensation with Digby Brown

Our experience and statistics show time and time again we will achieve the correct level of compensation which will be substantially more than the insurer is initially prepared to offer.

Even after we have deducted our percentage as a success fee you will gain considerably more than you would have achieved using a 100% compensation model.

Contact Digby Brown's personal injury solicitors

We have offices across Scotland in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Kirkcaldy, Inverness, Aberdeen and Ayr.

For further information about no win no fee, or anything else, call us on 0333 200 5925 or fill in our enquiry form below and someone will get back in touch with you.

Why should you contact Digby Brown Solicitors for workplace claims?

With over 100 personal injury solicitors dedicated to recovering compensation for accident victims, Digby Brown is among Scotland’s leading specialists in handling workplace claims.

Our expertise allows us to quickly assess whether you have good compensation claim, and thereafter maximize your prospects of securing compensation.

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