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Employers must take all reasonable steps to protect their employees from foreseeable accidents and injury. They are responsible for accidents caused by their own failure to protect their workers’ safety, and for injury caused by their employees’ negligence at work.

What is an accident at work?

Employers need to protect their employees from foreseeable injury and create a safe working environment with the necessary training, protective clothing, and equipment. Workplace facilities must be regularly checked and maintained, and procedures implemented to identify and reduce the risk of injury.

Workplace accidents can sometimes be dismissed as carelessness, with the employee encouraged to assume that it was all their fault. However, if the accident was caused, partly or wholly, by the employer’s negligence, the injured employee may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and financial loss.


Accident at work compensation claims

If you or a family member have been severely injured at work but are not sure whether the accident should have been prevented, our expert solicitors can advise you quickly, and confidentially, whether you can claim. It costs nothing to talk to us and find out about your rights, and it might open the door to much-needed rehabilitation, practical support and financial help in meeting the costs which follow a serious injury, as well as the long-term security of substantial compensation.

Starting your accident at work claim

Our clients benefit from: free, clear, straightforward, confidential advice from our experienced solicitors;

  • no win no fee (CFA) funding arrangements for eligible claims;
  • early funded rehabilitation, to maximise recovery, with individualised immediate;
  • needs assessments (INAs) by specialist case managers;
  • interim (advance) payments to reduce financial hardship and meet urgent needs;
  • ongoing support (liaison with multidisciplinary medical, therapeutic and care teams, where needed);
  • deputyship or personal injury trusts, where needed;
  • high value settlements, carefully calculated to meet our client’s future needs.


Why choose Boyes Turner?

Boyes Turner’s specialist serious injury claims lawyers have been helping clients recover compensation and rebuild their lives after accidents and injury in the workplace for over 20 years. We understand the H&S regulations which govern workplace accidents and have the expertise to quickly identify the negligent causes of our clients’ injuries. We specialise in claims involving complex and severe injury.

Our personal injury lawyers are recognised as experts in their field by:

  • Chambers Directory
  • The Legal 500
  • APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)
  • The Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel
  • Headway
  • Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
  • The Major Trauma Group
  • Mesothelioma UK

Work accident compensation claims frequently asked questions

How common are accidents at work and workplace injuries?

142 people died in fatal workplace accidents in Britain in the year 2020 to 2021, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures from RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations).

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What are the most common causes of workplace injuries?

The most common workplace injuries that lead to compensation claims include:

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What kind of workplace injuries can lead to an accident at work compensation claim?

Boyes Turner’s personal injury team specialise in helping clients who have suffered severe, life-changing injury or permanent disability as a result of someone else’s negligence. We can help clients, and their families, after their employer’s negligence led to injuries such as:

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What kinds of employer negligence can lead to a workplace injury compensation claim?

Employers must comply with multiple health and safety (H&S) standards and guidelines and carry out regular risk assessments. They also owe their employees a general duty of care to prevent foreseeable accidents and injury.

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Who is at risk of suffering an accident at work or workplace injury?

Accidents can take place in any environment where an employer or business owner fails to consider the risks of accidental injuries and take reasonable steps to prevent them. However, some industries or occupations have higher rates of serious injury from workplace accidents.

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Who can claim compensation for workplace injuries?

Business owners and employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace or business premises to all visitors to their site, not just full-time employees.

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How much compensation can I claim for a workplace injury?

Each client’s claim is carefully calculated to compensate them for their injury, its impact on their life, and to meet their additional needs arising from that injury now and in the future.

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Who pays the compensation in a workplace injury claim?

Employers and business owners are required by law to have insurance in place to cover claims for injury and death. Employers (and their insurers) are also liable for injury caused by the negligence of their employees.

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Previous claims for accidents at work

  • £1.1 million settlement for the family of a former welder who had been exposed to asbestos by two employers, in a fatal mesothelioma claim.
  • £300,000 settlement from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for a soldier whose pre-existing PTSD was exacerbated when he was redeployed for a second tour of duty in Afghanistan. MOD denied liability but the case settled after their psychiatry expert’s report, disclosed in preparation for trial, criticised the assessment by the MOD psychiatrist who had authorised our client’s redeployment.
  • £300,000 compensation for a roofer who fell from a slipping ladder at roof height. He received £26,000 of insurer-funded surgery and rehabilitation and interim payments of £44,500 to help his recovery and relieve his financial hardship whilst we worked on his claim.

  • £300,000 settlement for a mechanic who suffered a brain injury when he slipped whilst working in an MOT bay which had been left unsafe by another employee.
  • £300,000 settlement for a man who suffered a moderate head injury, psychological symptoms and at risk of epilepsy after he was hit with a pickaxe by a co-worker whilst working on the road.
  • £220,000 settlement for a client who suffered soft tissue injuries to his neck and back, chronic pain and a minor head injury with post-concussion syndrome when he was hit on the head by a metal roller shutter door which came down unexpectedly on top of him. We secured Rehabilitation Code funding from the insurers for the defendant (our client’s employer) at an early stage to pay for our client to have physiotherapy, steroid injections and CBT treatment.
  • £188,000 settlement for a telecoms engineer who suffered a moderate head injury in an accident whilst lifting a heavy cabinet down a staircase with a colleague. On our advice, our client rejected an initial settlement offer of £5,000. We negotiated a £188,000 settlement despite the claim being disputed throughout by our client’s employer.
  • £135,000 settlement for a healthcare assistant in her sixties who suffered facial injuries, fibromyalgia and PTSD after being head-butted by a patient at work. Her employer admitted responsibility for the assault and an interim payment helped ease our client’s financial hardship and pay for psychological treatment whilst we worked towards settlement of the case.
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Meet your specialist team

Our specialist Work accident compensation claims team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
Kim Milan

Kim Milan

Senior Partner

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Claire Roantree


Martin Anderson

Martin Anderson

Associate Solicitor

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Oliver Dugdale


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Beth Hatton


Kim Milan
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Awards & accreditations

Our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been nationally recognised for over 20 years because of their expertise, empathy and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients.

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What our clients say


Kim at Boyes Turner was recommended to me after I had received ineffective service from another company. From the outset, Kim has been professional, reassuring and supportive. I have always had faith in her ability to get the best outcome, not only financially, but also in helping my rehabilitation from a traumatic brain injury. She is friendly and empathetic, with unquestionable professional integrity. She was quick to grasp the important issues in my case, was meticulous in her investigating the details and analysing them, realistic in what the outcomes were likely to be and achieved a successful outcome.

I would not hesitate in recommending her and Boyes Turner.

Boyes Turner Client

"Amazing people"

Almost 5 years ago my sons suffered a life changing brain injury accident. A new life for everyone, so many unknowns so many difficult decisions. I met Claire and the team shortly after the accident. So many questions answered but more than that, amazing lovely people. Claire has been guiding me and the family throughout this ordeal with such compassion, there every time I needed her we couldn’t of asked for a nicer person. I have met many others with in Boyes Turner and all have been genuine lovely people, I’m now working with Ruth and Lindsay from the court of protection. Again, I can't say enough about them amazing lovely people. They truly do won't the best for my son and they did and continue to do so.

Barry Williams

"Personal Injury Claim"

Claire is exceptionally knowledgeable in the personal injury legal domain, especially in the specific area of my injury. From our very first conversation, she was clear in explaining the potential different routes that the process could take and provided me with expectations of what I could expect along the journey.

She ensured that all bases were covered, organising meetings, discussions and necessary specialist appointments, in order to bring together the case and take it forward. Claire was then able to use her extensive pool of contacts, to appoint an "area leading" barrister, to represent me.

Overall, I was very pleased with appointing Claire and Boyes Turner to act as my solicitor for the legal claim that I pursued. Thank you for all of your support.

Boyes Turner Client

"Boyes turner workplace injury claim"

I approached Claire Roantree of Boyes Turner in regards to making a claim about a workplace burns injury. It was something that had scarred me physically and mentally and taken a huge toll on the lives of me and my family. Claire wasted no time in finding out what happened and made sure I was treated by known experts and quickly finding an answer to my burns scarring and how I could be treated to help manage my pain. Claire also helped me by appointing a psychiatrist to understand my situation and help me cope with post traumatic stress disorder. As well as taking as much stress of the claim away, she was thorough in every situation, making sure I had the best possible claim, and handled it all expertly, I am so very grateful to her and her team. They have helped guide my life back into a positive direction and I can't thank her enough!

Boyes Turner Client

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Excellent service from Claire and her team at all times. We were kept up to date at each stage of our claim. The outcome was much better than we expected and we would not hesitate to recommend Boyes Turner to family and friends.

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