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All employers have a duty to take reasonable care of the health, safety & welfare of employees.  This duty extends to protecting both the physical and mental health of all those who are employed in the workplace.

How have you been affected?

If there is a breach of this duty, an employee can suffer a physical or psychological injury or an illness, and these can be often be serious. Employees can fall absent due to their symptoms, which can then cause financial difficulties and affect their quality of life.  Tragically, an employer’s negligence can even result in death.

There are several ways in which an employer is required to meet relevant health & safety standards, but essentially the employer’s duty will fall into 4 broad categories: 

An employer must provide

  1. a safe place of work
  2. a safe system of work
  3. safe equipment and machinery and
  4. safe and competent colleagues.

A more detailed framework of statutory legislation and laws provides additional protection to employees in the workplace.  For example, if an employee is expected to undertake any tasks that are potentially hazardous - such as handling chemicals or working in excessively noisy conditions - then it is the employer’s responsibility to take all necessary precautions to protect the employee from harm. This includes providing protective clothing or earplugs where necessary. 

The employer must do all it reasonably can to keep the employee safe. So employers have a duty to ensure that all employees receive adequate and suitable training to a standard that allows them to perform their work safely and confidently.

If you have suffered an injury or illness due to unsafe working conditions, it’s time to talk to Your Legal Friend.  We have over 30 years’ experience of dealing with workplace accident and illness claims. We know that these cases can sometimes be complicated - for example if an employer has ceased trading, or where it is difficult to establish who is at fault.   We understand the anxiety and vulnerability that injury or illness can cause. That’s why we’re committed to helping you through every stage of the claiming process, providing expert guidance and compassionate support along the way and ensuring the best outcome for you – all with the reassurance that there are no upfront fees or payments necessary.

Throughout your claim, Your Legal Friend will help you every step of the way

  • Specialist work accident and occupational illness solicitors
  • No win, no fee – guaranteed
  • 95% success rate
  • Over £200,000,000 successfully claimed in the last 10 years
  • Over 30 years of experience in personal injury compensation

Talk to us today

For an informal, confidential chat about making a claim with one of our expert personal injury solicitors, call us now on 01515505228 (calls free from landlines and mobiles). Or just complete the 'Start a new claim’ option on the right and we'll call you straight back.

Alison Saul, Director of Personal Injury leads our Personal Injury and Road Accident teams.   A fully qualified solicitor with over 15 years of experience and expertise, Alison is dedicated to achieving the highest levels of compensation for her clients as well as ensuring high quality client care.

Alison is assisted by her team managers, Philip Waters Lee Quinn, Jenna Hargreaves, and Kathryn Langton.  Philip, Lee, and Jenna lead legal teams focussing on Road Traffic Accident cases while Kathyrn leads our Personal Injury team.  Together they have a wealth of experience in personal injury compensation.

  • There are many people injured in accidents each year through no fault of their own and the circumstances will be different in each instance. Our team has extensive experience of successfully managing a wide range of personal injury claims, so we can help you secure the maximum compensation you deserve.

    Director of Personal Injury,
    Alison Saul

Philip, a qualified solicitor, has over 18 years’ experience in personal injury compensation.  Having previously worked for a large insurance company, he has extensive insights in how to engage effectively with insurers to achieve the level of compensation our clients deserve. Philip deals with cases of high value, complex cases, and recently secured £1.6 million in compensation for one of his clients who suffered catastrophic injuries in a road accident.

Lee has over 15 years’ specialist experience in Personal Injury claims and also manages a wide variety of high value, complex cases. Lee has extensive experience of working with insurance companies, acting for both claimants and defendants, and so understands how to secure the highest levels of compensation for the victims of road traffic accidents.

Jenna is a qualified solicitor and has studied to become a barrister. Jenna leads the internal reviews of our case management processes to ensure excellent, efficient case handling and high levels of client satisfaction.

Kathryn, also a qualified solicitor, specialises in accidents at work, public liability and accidents abroad.  Kathryn deals with a wide variety of cases, often including accidents that involve serious, complex injuries.

Talk to us today

For an informal, confidential chat about making a claim with one of our expert personal injury solicitors, call us now on 0808 231 5461 (calls free from landlines and mobiles). Or just complete the 'Start a new claim’ option on the right and we'll call you straight back.

Personal injury – 10 simple steps to achieving your compensation

Here are the 10 easy steps to help you on your way to a personal injury claim today.

Step 1 - Obtaining a full description of your accident

We need to understand as much as possible about your accident – how it happened and why, your injuries, what happened immediately afterwards, and how the accident has affected your life.

Step 2 - Obtaining your medical records

We will ask your GP and hospital for your full medical records so that we can establish the extent of your injuries, the treatment you received, and how long it will take you to recover.

Step 3 - Contacting the company responsible for your accident

Once we have decided who is responsible for your accident, we will inform them that you intend to claim compensation and send them the details you have provided.  We will let you know their response and, if they dispute the case, we will ask you to provide your comments on their response. 

Step 4 - Arranging your medical assessment

We will arrange for an independent clinician to evaluate the extent of your injuries and whether they will affect your ability to work in the short or long term.

Step 5 - Collating details of your financial loss

In addition to compensation for your injuries, you can claim for another other expenses you have incurred as a result of your accident, including lost earnings, expenses travelling to medical appointments, and the cost of care and help with everyday tasks.  

Step 6 - Providing you with our valuation of your losses

Once we have received all your medical reports, we can provide a valuation for y our injuries and associated losses.  We will send this to you along with your medical report. You then need to complete and sign the medical slip and schedule of losses and return them to us.

Step 7 - Sending your valuation to the other party's insurer

Once we have received your signed medical slip and schedule of losses, we send these to the defendant’s insurer and ask for their best offer to settle the case.

Step 8 - Negotiating the maximum settlement possible

We work hard to achieve the maximum possible settlement for your case, which can take some time to negotiate. So we text and email you to keep you up to date with our progress.

Step 9 - Issuing Court proceedings

If the defendant’s insurer refuses to make a realistic offer, then we issue Court proceedings for a hearing.  It is very unlikely that you need to attend this hearing, so there’s no need to worry about it. 

Step 10 - Sending you your compensation payment

Once we receive your compensation payment from the defendant’s insurer, we let you know.  Most important of all, we send you your compensation payment straight away!

How long does a claim take?

Because the circumstances surrounding every claim and their effects are different, it’s very difficult to give a definitive answer on how long it takes to settle a claim.  Often it depends on how quickly our clients provide us with essential information, how quickly we can get medical records and assessments, and whether the insurance companies are willing to provide realistic offers to settle the claims.

Whilst we aim to settle your claim as quickly as possible, we also want to ensure we secure the maximum compensation for you.  This often means we have to do some hard negotiation with the defendants – which takes extra time.  Our aim is to balance progressing the claim as fast as possible with getting you the maximum settlement.

We realise that you’ll be keen to know about the progress of your claim so we will send you regular emails and texts to keep you up to date, and also to remind you if there is any information we’re waiting for from you.