Injury At Work Claims

This guide aims to offer you information about injury at work claims. We will explore who could be eligible to start a claim after being injured in an accident in the workplace. Also, we will discuss the evidence that can be gathered to help strengthen your potential case.

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Injury At Work Claims

Additionally, our guide will look at the legislation that outlines the responsibilities employers have in relation to the health and safety of their employees.

You can also find examples of how injuries could be sustained if this legislation isn’t adhered to, and the compensation you could potentially be awarded for the harm you sustained.

To conclude, we will discuss the benefits of working with a personal injury lawyer under a No Win No Fee contract.

For more information about your potential claim, please get in touch with an advisor. To reach them, you can:

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  1. Injury At Work Claims – When Are You Eligible To Claim?
  2. How Could An Injury At Work Be Caused By Employer Negligence?
  3. Compensation For An Injury At Work
  4. Evidence You Could Use In An Accident At Work Claim
  5. Make A Work Injury Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  6. Learn More About Injury At Work Claims

Injury At Work Claims – When Are You Eligible To Claim?

Duty of care for employers is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It states that every employer has a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees at work by carrying out reasonable and practicable steps. This can be achieved by, for example, carrying out regular risk assessments, implementing any measures to reduce the potential risk posed by any hazards they become aware of, and providing adequate training to employees.

Eligibility for making a personal injury claim after a workplace accident relies upon being able to show three main points:

  • That your employer owed you a duty of care at the time and place of the accident.
  • They breached this duty.
  • You were caused physical or psychological injuries, or both, as a result.

Together these points can define negligence for personal injury claims. If you can prove negligence occurred, you may have grounds to seek injury at work compensation.

Additionally, you need to start your claim within three years from the date of the accident. This is stated in the Limitation Act 1980. However, exceptions can be made in some circumstances.

If you have evidence that your employer breached their duty of care, and this caused you to suffer an injury, please call our advisors on the number above. They can provide further guidance on injury at work claims and discuss the potential next steps you could take, as well as how long you have to take legal action.

How Could An Injury At Work Be Caused By Employer Negligence?

There are several ways an injury at work could be caused by an employer breaching their duty of work. Below, we have provided some examples of accidents at work, and the subsequent injuries that could be sustained:

  • An employer provides faulty equipment for you to use, for example, a weak or damaged ladder when working on a roof. As a result, the employee could fall from a height and suffer a broken leg and broken forearm.
  • A wet floor is left without any warning signs, leading to an employee suffering a serious wrist injury, back injury or broken foot, after they slip and fall.
  • There is a failure on the part of the employer to provide the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a hard hat when working on a construction site. As a result, the employee sustains severe brain damage when being hit on the head by a falling object in a construction accident.

Other injuries that could be sustained in a workplace accident can include a facial scar, broken arm or crushed ankle injury.

To discuss your specific case, please get in touch with an advisor on the number above. They can assess whether you’re eligible to seek personal injury compensation following an accident at work.

Compensation For An Injury At Work

Personal injury settlements can be comprised of up to two heads of claim:

  • General damages aim to compensate the person for the pain and suffering caused by their injuries.
  • Special damages aim to compensate the person for the monetary losses they experienced because of their injuries. For example, you could incur medical costs from having to pay for your prescriptions. This is a cost you could claim reimbursement for under special damages, provided you have evidence, such as receipts.

Solicitors can use different resources to help them value general damages, such as medical evidence, and the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). We have included an excerpt of the guideline compensation brackets laid out in this document. However, please note, all claims are valued on an individual basis. As such, your settlement will differ to what’s listed in the table.

Guideline Award Brackets

HarmSeverity LevelAward BracketsDefinition
Chest(b) Traumatic injury to the chest, lung(s), and/or heart£65,740 to £100,670

Injury causes permanent damage, function impairment and physical disability. There is also a reduced life expectancy.
Foot(a) Amputation of both feet£169,400 to £201,490

Due to the loss of the ankle joint, this bracket is treated similarly to a below the knee amputation of both legs.
Back(a) Severe (iii) £38,780 to £69,730Continuing and severe pain and discomfort from soft tissue injuries that cause chronic conditions.
Hand(e) Serious£29,000 to £61,910

Injuries that reduce the capacity of the hand by half.
Leg(b) Severe (iv) £27,760 to £39,200Complicated or multiple fractures that usually affect a single limb.
Neck(b) Moderate (i) £24,990 to

Injuries such as fractures and dislocations that cause severe immediate symptoms which may require surgery.
Knee(b) Moderate (i) £14,840 to £26,190Injuries which involve dislocations or torn cartilage and cause a mild future disability.
Ankle(c) Moderate £13,740 to £26,590

Fractures and ligamentous tears that create less serious disabilities.
Shoulder(c) Moderate£7,890 to £12,770

Frozen shoulder that causes restricted movement and discomfort which persists for approximately 2 years but are not permanent.
Eye(h) Minor £3,950 to £8,730

Injuries such as being struck in the eye or being splashed with liquids. These cause initial pain and temporary vision interference.

For more information on the factors considered when valuing compensation in successful injury at work claims, call our team. They could also offer a free and personalised estimate of your potential settlement.

Evidence You Could Use In An Accident At Work Claim

Evidence can help to strengthen injury at work claims as it can demonstrate that employer negligence occurred. As such, you may benefit from gathering the following:

  • CCTV footage which shows the accident.
  • A diary that details your mental state and medical treatments needed.
  • The contact details of any witnesses to the accident who would be willing to provide a supporting statement at a later date.
  • Photos of the injuries and the location where they occurred.
  • Medical evidence, such as X-rays or copies of specialists’ reports.

An injury at work solicitor from our panel has the expertise and knowledge to help you collect relevant evidence as well. Why not see if you could be eligible to have them represent your case? Speak to our advisors for a free case check by calling the number above.

Make A Work Injury Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

The personal injury solicitors on our panel can provide expert guidance on the injury at work claims process. They could also calculate compensation that takes into account all the ways your injuries may have impacted you.

If you are eligible to work with them, you could benefit from their services under a type of No Win No Fee contract. A version of this is called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This usually means that no fees are required for completed work on your case if it fails. Also, no fees for their services are required either upfront or while the claim is in progress.

A successful claim outcome will see a small percentage deducted from your compensation. This is called a success fee. However, the percentage they are allowed to take is restricted by the law. You will also be given the chance to discuss the fee with your solicitor prior to any work being started on your case.

Please speak to our advisors if you have any other questions about working with a solicitor from our panel. They can also discuss injury at work claims in more detail. To reach them:

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Thank you for reading our helpful guide on injury at work claims, and when you could potentially have grounds to seek accident at work compensation. For more information, please get in contact with an advisor on the number above.

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