This guide will offer advice on claiming if you have been injured while working on a production line. Throughout this guide we will cover the important factors that you should consider when making an accident at work claim.
In this guide, we will look at the relevant legislation to an employer’s duty of care. We will also look at some examples of accidents that could cause you to be injured.
In addition to this, we will look at evidence. This is an important factor in proving negligence and also in demonstrating how your injuries have impacted you.
Furthermore, compensation amounts relevant to your injury will be addressed in this guide. We will provide a compensation table to give you a visual idea of what you might be owed.
If you would like to find out whether you have a valid claim, you can contact our team of advisors for free. If they feel your claim is valid, they could connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
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In order to be eligible to claim, you must prove that your employer’s negligence led to your injury. In brief, negligence is when an employer breaches their duty of care, causing you to be injured.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 sets out the duty of care your employer owes you. An employer’s duty of care is to take reasonable and practicable steps to prevent injury to those that work for them.
To summarise, you need to show that:
- Firstly, the employer owed you a duty of care.
- Secondly, there was a breach in the duty of care.
- Thirdly, the breach caused your injury.
How Long After Being Injured While Working On A Production Line Could I Claim?
In general, the standard time limit for beginning a claim, which can also be referred to as the limitation period, is three years from the date of the accident. This is outlined under the Limitation Act 1980.
In scenarios such as, if the claimant is mentally incapable of claiming for themselves, they would have three years from the date of regained capacity in which to start the claim. A litigation friend can claim on their behalf while the time limit is paused. This is an adult appointed by the court to act in the best interest of the claimant.
There can be other exceptions to the time limit; speak with a member of our team today to see if you could be entitled to claim even if more than three years have passed since your accident.
Below, we have included some examples of how you could be injured while working on a production line as a result of negligence:
- You could be injured in a conveyor belt accident if your employer failed to train you properly on how to carry out your role. This could result in a finger injury.
- If you work on a production line with hazardous chemicals, and you’re not provided with sufficient protective equipment, you could inhale a chemical that causes damage to your lungs and a chemical burn to the skin on your face.
- The belt of the production line malfunctions because of a lack of maintenance and spins too quickly, sending an object flying into the air that strikes you in the face. As a result, you sustain an eye injury.
In order to prove negligence in a claim for accident at work compensation, it is important to provide sufficient evidence. Below, we will provide examples of evidence you could collect:
- CCTV footage or photographs of the accident site and injury.
- Maintain an up-to-date diary of your recovery and how it’s affecting your life.
- Keep hold of any medical records of any care or treatment you have received.
- Take contact details of potential witnesses so that they can give a statement.
- Fill out the accident at work book.
For free legal advice on the process of claiming, speak with a member of our team today.
Compensation for successful accident at work claims have two potential heads of claim, general and special damages. General damages will cover the pain and suffering that has been caused by the injury. Whereas special damages will account for the financial loss felt by the claimant after the accident.
In order to give you a better idea about compensation values, we have attached a compensation table below. Within this table, the figures stated are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a legal tool used by solicitors to value a claim.
|Injuries Impacting Sight
|In the region of £268,720
|Injuries Impacting Sight
|£9,110 to £20,980
|Minor but permanent impaired vision of one or both eyes.
|Severe Back Injuries
|£91,090 to £160,980
|Damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots leading to serious consequences such as, paralysis and impaired bladder, bowel and sexual function.
|Severe Arm Injuries
|£96,160 to £130,930
|Injuries which fall short of amputation but leave the injured person little better off than if this had occurred.
|Serious Hand Injuries
|£29,000 to £61,190
|Reduced hand to about 50% capacity.
|Minor Hand, Finger and Thumb Injuries
|Up to £4,750
|Injuries which have generally recovered within six months.
|Wrist Injuries (b)
|£24,500 to £39,170
|Permanent disability with some useful movement remaining.
|Moderate Knee Injuries
|£14,840 to £26,190
|Dislocation, torn cartilage or meniscus resulting in minor symptoms of instability, wasting and weakness.
|Serious Shoulder Injuries
|£12,770 to £19,200
|Dislocation of shoulder and damage to lower brachial plexus causing neck and shoulder pain.
|Moderate or Minor Elbow Injuries
|Up to £12,590
|Simple fractures, tennis elbow and lacerations causing no permanent damage.
Types Of Payout For Special Damages
Given that special damages claim for financial losses, here are some examples you could claim for:
- Travel cost.
- Medical care.
- Loss of income.
- Future loss of income.
- Adaptations to home and vehicle.
Please note, the figures in the table above are not guaranteed as every claim is different.
A solicitor could offer you a kind of No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement. When you work with this kind of No Win No Fee lawyer, there are no upfront legal bills and any ongoing legal fees will be dealt with by the lawyer. Furthermore, there would usually be nothing to pay your lawyer if your claim is unsuccessful.
However, in the event of a successful claim, only a small success fee would be withdrawn from your compensation. In addition, this fee is legally capped, under the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, meaning you can’t be overcharged.
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If you are interested in the services of a No Win No Fee solicitor or feel like you need some extra legal help, we can connect you with one of our panel of expert lawyers for free today.
This section will cover any extra resources we think you might find useful if you have been injured while working on a production line.
Find out more about lost wages due to a work injury.
Claiming for an electric shock injury.
If you’ve suffered an injury because you received no manual handling training at work, then you could be entitled to compensation. This guide offers lots of useful advice on proving such a claim and the legal requirements surrounding workplace manual handling training.
Learn about what the most common accidents at work are.
Read this guide for information regarding broken bone injury at work claims.
More on head injury at work claims.
Here are some external links you may find useful.
NHS – First Aid.
Article by AE