Can You Claim For An Accident At Work Due To Manager Negligence

This guide will discuss when you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim if you have been injured in an accident at work due to manager negligence. We will discuss the duty of care you are owed while working and who you would need to make your claim against.

Additionally, this guide looks at what acts of manager negligence could lead to you being injured as an employee. We will also share the importance of gathering evidence as part of the claiming process and provide some examples. Furthermore, we will discuss the different heads of claim that could be awarded for a successful accident at work claim. Lastly, this guide will share some of the various benefits of claiming with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. 

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  1. Can You Claim For An Accident At Work Due To Manager Negligence?
  2. What Is Negligence In The Workplace From Your Manager?
  3. What Is Useful Evidence That Could Help You In Accident At Work Claims?
  4. Potential Compensation From Injuries Caused By Negligence At Work
  5. Claim For A Work Injury On A No Win No Fee Basis
  6. Learn More About How To Claim For An Accident At The Workplace

Can You Claim For An Accident At Work Due To Manager Negligence?

All employers owe their employees a duty of care while at work, as outlined in The Health and Safety at Work etc. 1974. This duty of care entails taking reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their employees. Taking reasonable steps includes regularly risk-assessing hazards and providing the required training. This also means that your employer must ensure that your manager is fully trained for their duties and responsibilities. A change in duties could lead to accidents.

To be eligible to make a personal injury claim following an accident at work, you would need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Your employer owed you a duty of care.
  2. This duty of care was breached.
  3. You were injured because of this breach.

Managers are given extra responsibilities in the workplace and, given their roles, are trained to help prevent potential risks to health and safety. If you are injured in an accident at work due to manager negligence, in many cases your employer would be vicariously liable for your injuries. This means they are responsible for the actions of their employees. Therefore you would make your claim against them and not your manager.

What Is Negligence In The Workplace From Your Manager?

There are various ways that you could be injured at work due to manager negligence. Some examples may include:

  • Failure to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) – While working on a construction site, your manager fails to provide you with a hard hat, despite them being available. Due to this, you suffer a head injury when some equipment falls from some scaffolding.
  • Lack of training – Your manager asks you to use a forklift at your warehouse job, despite knowing you have not received training on how to operate one. Despite expressing your concerns, they make you do the job anyway. This causes you to crash the forklift, and you suffer a broken foot and shoulder injury.
  • Tripping hazards – For example, while working in an office, your manager failed to inform you of a potential tripping hazard that could not be eliminated, or clearly signposted this hazard with a warning sign. This could possibly lead you to tripping and suffering an ankle injury.

To check whether you have an eligible accident at work claim, don’t hesitate to contact our advisors.

What Is Useful Evidence That Could Help You In Accident At Work Claims?

If you have been injured in an accident at work due to manager negligence, you will need to gather evidence to support your case. This will need to prove how your manager caused your accident and the subsequent injuries you suffered.

Examples of evidence you could gather include:

  • CCTV footage of your workplace accident taking place
  • The contact information of anyone who witnesses your accident, as they may be able to provide a statement.
  • Photographs of the accident scene and your visible injuries.
  • Medical evidence of your injuries, such as your medical records.
  • A copy of the report in the accident book.

A solicitor from our panel could help you with gathering the evidence you need to support your claim. Contact our advisors today to see whether you could be eligible to work with them.

Potential Compensation From Injuries Caused By Negligence At Work

Your compensation settlement could consist of general and special damages if you make a successful personal injury following an accident at work.

General damages, which is awarded to all successful claimants, compensate you for the physical and psychological damage your injuries have caused you.

When this head of your claim is being calculated, the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) could be referred to for guidance. This text provides compensation guidelines for different injuries. We have included some of the guidelines found in the 16th edition of the JCG in the table below. These are only to be used for guidance.

The first entry, however, has not been taken from the JCG.

Compensation Table

Injury Severity Guideline compensation bracket Comments
Multiple serious injuries and their expenses Serious Up to £1,000,000+ Multiple serious injuries with their expenses, like medical costs.
Brain damage Very severe (a) £282,010 to £403,990 The person will require full-time nursing care, and will suffer little to no language function, showing little response to their environment that is meaningful.
Brain damage Moderately severe (b) £282,010 to £403,990 Substantial dependence on others for care and disabilities may include limb paralysis and impaired intellect.
Leg Severe (b) (ii) Very Serious £54,830 to £87,890 Such as multiple fractures that have taken years to heal and have lead to limited movement and need extensive treatment.
Leg Severe (b) (iv) Moderate £27,760 to £39,200 Multiple or complicated fractures or crushing injuries to a single limb that can result in instability in the knee and muscle wasting.
Hands Serious damage to both hands (b) £55,820 to £84,570 The hands will suffer a significant loss of function as well as a cosmetic disability that is permanent.
Knee Severe (a) (ii) £52,120 to £69,730 A leg fracture that has extended to the knee joint, causing constant pain.
Knee Moderate (b) (i) £14,840 to £26,190 Dislocations or torn cartilages resulting in instability and a mild future disability.
Arm Less Severe (c) £19,200 to £39,170 An immense degree of recovery is expected to take place or already has despite there being significant disabilities.
Shoulder Serious (b) £12,770 to £19,200 Pain in the shoulder and neck due to the lower part of the brachial plexus being damaged and the shoulder dislocated.

Claiming For Financial Losses In A Work Injury Claim

The financial expenses caused by your injuries could be compensated under special damages as part of your settlement. These financial expenses could include past and future lost wages, travel costs, and medical expenses. 

You will need to keep evidence to prove the finances your injury has cost you. Receipts, invoices, payslips, and bank statements could be used as evidence when claiming special damages as part of your claim.

For a free valuation of your claim, you can contact one of our advisors.

Claim For A Work Injury On A No Win No Fee Basis

Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors have years of experience working on a variety of accident-at-work claims and could help you with yours. If one of them agrees to take on your case, they may offer to work with you through a Conditional Fee Agreement.

With this No Win No Fee contract in place, you will not have to pay for your solicitor’s services upfront, during your claims process or if it ends unsuccessfully. 

If compensation is awarded to you following a successful claim, your solicitor will take a success fee out of this payout. Since the percentage of how much a solicitor can take as this success fee is limited by law, you will still get most of your awarded total compensation. 

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