If I have an accident or injury at work, what are my legal rights?

If you have just had an accident at work or your job is making you ill, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

You can make a personal injury claim if, as a result of your employer’s negligence, you suffer an injury at work – i.e. you become ill as a result of your employer failing to take appropriate steps to avoid you suffering a reasonably foreseeable injury. Your injury may be a physical injury, such as back strain, or you may have suffered psychologically, as a result of stress, bullying or intimidation.

Your claim is likely to be a civil claim for breach of your employment contract and/or negligence by your employer. It is heard in a civil court: either the County Court or the High Court.  

You should take legal advice as soon as possible, to establish what kind of claim you should bring and in which court. Time limits are often very short.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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