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Healthcare Worker Injury Claims

If you have been injured during your employment as a care worker or care assistant, our expert legal team may be able to help you claim compensation.

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Healthcare Worker Claims Advice

Working in care is both physically and emotionally demanding. You are required to be compassionate and understanding but also have a very physical role to fulfil. Being injured on the job, especially in the manner that it can happen in a care environment, can thus make healthcare worker accidents claims some of the most sensitive to deal with. We’re here to help you every step of the way to ensure that you receive the best treatment, any necessary rehabilitation and are justly compensated.

 

As with most types of injury claim, no two cases are alike. Though the individual circumstances of a claim vary widely, there are often characteristics which make a claim more likely to arise in certain surroundings. Common accidents involving care workers include:

 

  • Slips, trips & falls
  • Assaults
  • Manual Handling injuries
  • Food and drink preparation accidents

 

Almost all our accident at work compensation claims are funded through a no win, no fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim and you will only be liable for our legal costs should you be successful.¹³

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Common Injuries to Nurses & Healthcare Workers

Slipping Or Falling Over

If you have suffered injury as a result of a slip, trip or fall accident whilst carrying out your work duties then we may be able to help you. These types of accidents can occur anywhere and can have a far-reaching effect on you, your family and those you provide care for, especially if you are unable to work due to your injuries.

 

There are many causes of slip, trip and fall accidents including floors left wet after cleaning, spillages which have not properly been cleared, tripping hazards and obstacles, poorly maintained surfaces/ flooring, incorrect footwear, poor lighting and contrasting flooring levels.

 

Your employer has a duty of care to you and should have taken steps to ensure your safety in all areas you are required to visit as part of your role in supporting service users.

 

 

Healthcare Workers Assault Compensation

Supporting service users can be demanding for both parties and certain situations can escalate quickly. Whilst some incidents cannot be foreseen; certain safeguards should be in place to reduce the risk of those working in the care industry from becoming victims of assault.

 

Adequate risk assessments should be produced, and processes should be in place and followed when caring for service users. Those with a violent history should be cared for with additional safeguards in place to protect both parties. Employers should also ensure that adequate staffing levels are maintained.

 

Lifting & Handling Injury Claim

Manual handling incidents can occur in many workplaces. Whether you provide care in private homes or within a care home setting, moving and handling is most likely a large part of your role. Lifting equipment, assisting with laundry and waste removal and helping service users move around can all lead to repetitive lifting injuries. Your employer should provide you with adequate training and provide any safety equipment required to carry out your duties safely.

 

Failure to do so, or incorrect practice, could lead to either party being injured. Common injuries affecting care providers involve musculoskeletal injuries. Call Smith Jones Solicitors today for more information on how you are able to proceed with a manual handling claim.

 

 

Kitchen Injury Claims

Your work duties may include the preparation of food and drinks. Where appropriate, your employer should provide training and protective equipment, and risk assessments should be carried out to minimise the risk of injury to staff and service users. If food preparation is one of the tasks you regularly carry out, you may have experienced burns or scalding injuries, both of which are extremely painful and can leave scarring.

 

Please call our Freephone helpline on 0800 195 9590 for more information and advice in relation to an injury sustained in care work. Every claim is different, and our friendly team will be happy to discuss the individual circumstances of your accident with you when you call.

 

Rehabilitation & Time Off

The injuries you have sustained may require further medical treatment such as physiotherapy to resolve the problem and get you back to your normal activities. As part of your claim for compensation, we will arrange for a medical expert to examine your injuries and provide a report which will be used as evidence in your claim. If a course of physiotherapy is recommended, we can arrange this whilst your claim is ongoing, meaning that you can focus on your recovery, while we take care of everything else.

 

Certain injuries may require you to take time off work. We understand that this can be an extremely worrying time for most families and will help you to work out any earnings you have lost as a result of the accident. This can then be claimed as part of your claim in addition to the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.

 

 

Our Accreditations

Our aim is to support our clients through every step of the claim process. We are proud to offer a level of excellence in legal practice which allows us to operate under the ‘Lexcel’ quality mark for legal practice management and client care.

 

Our team are specialists in personal injury litigation and hold a number of specialist accreditations from the Law Society and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

 

 

Suing Your Employer

Through years of representing injured workers, we understand you may be apprehensive when it comes to making a claim against your employer, however good your relationship is with them.

 

As employers have a legal duty to provide safe working surroundings, they are obliged to insure themselves against potential accidents. You can rest assured they will more than likely have little involvement in the claim process. Instead, their insurer will deal with the process on their behalf much as we will do on your behalf. Our experience in this type of claim is extensive, making us your ideal representative in bringing a case against your employer.

 

 

How Your Case Is Funded

Almost all our accident at work compensation claims are funded through a no win, no fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim and you will only be liable for our legal costs should you be successful.¹³

 

For more detailed information regarding funding and legal fees, you can speak to a member of our team on 0800 195 9590. Regardless of how and where you are employed, accidents at work do happen and the consequences can be devastating. With over 30 years of legal practice, we have assisted clients who have been injured in a vast range of accidents. Our team are experienced in dealing with complex and sensitive issues and will handle your enquiry with the utmost professionalism and compassion.

 

Call freephone 0800 195 9590 to speak with a member of our specialist team, or alternatively submit your enquiry online and we will call you back.