I’ve Stood On A Nail At Work – Can I Claim Compensation?

This guide discusses the eligibility criteria for making a personal injury claim if you have stood on a nail at work. All employers owe a safe working environment for all employees under their duty of care. Thus, you may be eligible to claim compensation if you prove that your employer has breached this duty, causing you to be injured. 

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Can I claim if I stood on a nail at work?

We will explore the eligibility criteria for a successful accident at work claim and the evidence you could use to support your claim. Furthermore, we will list some examples of injuries you could sustain from standing on a nail at work. This guide also offers the benefits of using No Win No Fee claim solicitors.

Please continue reading to learn more about claiming for a workplace injury and the impact that standing on a nail could have. Alternatively, you can find out more about your workplace injury through one of the following channels:

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  1. I’ve Stood On A Nail At Work – Can I Claim Compensation?
  2. Could I Claim For Employer Negligence If I’ve Stood On A Nail At Work?
  3. What Evidence Could I Use For An Accident At Work Claim?
  4. Potential Accident At Work Compensation.
  5. Make A No Win No Fee Accident At Work Claim Using Our Panel Of Solicitors.
  6. Learn More About Claiming For Accident At The Workplace.

I’ve Stood On A Nail At Work – Can I Claim Compensation?

If you have stood on a nail at work, your claim is only valid if your injuries resulted from a breach of your employer’s duty of care. All employers have an automatic duty of care to the people they employ. 

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 sets this duty of care out; it states that employers need to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their employees. These reasonable steps include performing risk assessments to minimise potential hazards, for example. This is set out in The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

You must prove the following in order to claim: 

  • Your employer owed a duty of care to you at the time and place of the accident. 
  • Your employer’s actions, or inaction, constituted a breach of this duty of care.
  • This breach of duty caused your injuries. 

Do you want advice on whether you could potentially have a valid compensation claim? If so, get in touch with a member of our team; they will be more than happy to chat about whether you do or do not have an eligible claim. 

Could I Claim For Employer Negligence If I’ve Stood On A Nail At Work?

There are a number of ways an employer’s breach of duty could cause an accident in which someone is injured. For example, suppose you have an office job and some new shelves are being put up. If you stood on a nail at work while on your way back to your desk and experienced a puncture wound on your foot as a result, this could be grounds for you to claim. 

Another example of an employer breaching the duty of care that they owe could be not providing employees with the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This requirement is established in the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

For instance, if you work on a building and construction site, your employer may be required to provide you with boots that have a puncture-proof sole. If you stepped on a nail during work on a construction site and were injured because you were wearing unsuitable shoes, you could potentially be eligible to make a personal injury claim.

If you have stood on a nail at work and want to discuss your potential claim eligibility, don’t hesitate to contact our team today. Provided you do have a valid claim, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. 

What Evidence Could I Use For An Accident At Work Claim?

Using evidence to support your claim can be beneficial in a number of ways. For example, you can use evidence to support employer negligence and also to show the extent to which your injuries impacted your quality of life.

Viable evidence can include:

  • Video footage of the accident, including CCTV footage. You can request CCTV that you appear in.
  • Keeping a diary of how your injuries have affected you. 
  • Photographs of the accident site and your injuries.
  • The contact details of any potential witnesses who are willing to provide a statement at a later date. 
  • Copies of medical records and doctor’s notes. 

If you have a valid claim and choose to work with one, a solicitor from our panel may be able to help you gather any evidence you necessitate. So, if you have stood on a nail at work and would like guidance on the claims process, our team is available to speak with you any time of day. 

Potential Accident At Work Compensation

In the event of a successful claim, personal injury compensation payouts can consist of two heads of claim – general and special damages. 

General damages compensate for the physical and psychological impact that injuries cause. The severity of your injury, the recovery time, and the effect on your quality of life can all impact how much this head of claim is worth. 

To help evaluate your general damages, solicitors often refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) and your medical records. The figures listed are not guaranteed, and your settlement will be judged individually, as every accident and injury is unique. 

Provided is a table of injuries listed in the JCG that could result from standing on a nail at work. These should only be used as guidance and not as a guarantee of the amount your claim will be worth. 

Compensation Table

Injury Severity Compensation Comments
Foot Very severe (c) £83,960 to £109,650 Permanent and severe pain or really serious disablement of a permanent nature.
Severe (d) £41,970 to £70,030 This bracket can include an unusually severe injury to one foot, such as ulceration or injuries that have required extensive surgery.
Serious (e) £24,990 to £39,200 Ongoing pain from traumatic arthritis or the risk of arthritis, ongoing treatment, and the risk of surgery.
Modest (g) Up to £13,740 Ruptured ligaments, puncture wounds and other similar injuries causing ongoing symptoms and a permanent limp.
Toe Amputation (a) £36,520 to £56,080 Amputation of all toes.
Amputation (b) In the region of £31,310 Amputation of the Great toe.
Severe (c) £13,740 to £21,070 This bracket includes injuries that result in severe damage and produce ongoing significant symptoms.
Moderate (e) Up to £9,600

Laceration injuries to one or more toes.

Special Damages In A Workplace Accident Claim

Special damages compensate for financial losses sustained due to your injury. For example, this could include a loss of earnings, the cost of care, medical costs or travel costs. You may need to provide evidence to portray your spent expenses in the form of receipts, payslips, and invoices.

Several financial losses that could be caused by standing on a nail at work include, but are not limited to:

  • Loss of earnings, as you require time off work to recover. Payslips can show this. 
  • You suffer from a ruptured foot ligament injury and which leaves you with a permanent disability. As a result, you need to install a stairlift in your home.  
  • You take public transport when travelling to and from your doctor’s appointments. Bank statements, travel tickets, or receipts can show this. 

If you have stood on a nail at work and have suffered been injured as a result, get in touch with us today. An advisor could confirm if you have a valid claim. 

Make A No Win No Fee Accident At Work Claim Using Our Panel Of Solicitors

If you wish to proceed in making an accident at work claim after you have stood on a nail at work, you might choose to work with a solicitor. Working with one offering a No Win No Fee agreement could be beneficial to you. 

Someone from our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors may offer to represent you under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This agreement means that you do not owe any fees to your solicitor for their services unless the claim is successful. In this case, your solicitor will deduct a legally-capped percentage from your compensation payout, known as the success fee. 

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