Are you looking to seek workplace accident compensation? You might wonder whether you can claim for an injury suffered at work or how much you might be owed in compensation for a successful claim.
Employers owe their employees a duty of care. This means that by law, they must take reasonably practicable steps to protect the health and safety of their workforce. If this duty of care was breached, causing an injury, this would amount to negligence.
This guide will examine the personal injury claims process, including the steps you can take to strengthen your claim.
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There are many ways you could injure yourself at work; some could be minor, and others more severe, even fatal. For example, you could trip over a trailing lead while working in an office. On the other hand, you might be involved in a forklift incident while on the factory floor.
Not all injuries sustained in the workplace are claimable. For example, you may be at fault for the accident in which you were injured. As previously mentioned, your injuries must stem from your employer breaching their duty of care.
An accident at work claims seeks to return you to the state you were in before you were injured, as much as possible. Not only could you receive compensation for any physical or psychological injuries, but any financial harm endured due to your injuries could also be reimbursed.
If you want to find out if you are entitled to claim workplace accident compensation, do not hesitate to speak with an advisor from our team.
The duty of care that employers owe their employees is outlined by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The legislation states that employers must reasonably ensure workplace safety, provide a safe environment, maintain equipment and facilities.
Depending on the nature of your work as well as the accident, the injuries you endure could vary. For example:
- Manual handling accidents could take place in a warehouse or factory
- Slips, trips and falls could happen in a supermarket
- Those caused by faulty equipment, machinery or similar circumstances may occur in construction
- A repetitive strain injury may be suffered in an office job which requires you to type a lot
- A sprain or strain could be suffered in a delivery job that requires you to lift heavy objects
To find out if you have a valid personal injury claim following a workplace accident, call our advisors now for free legal advice.
What Are The Most Common Workplace Accidents?
As per Health and Safety Executives’ statistics based on reports made:
- 1.8 million suffered from an illness believed to be contracted at work, of which
- 914,000 suffered from work-induced stress, depression or anxiety
- and 477,000 employees endured a work-related musculoskeletal issue
- 123 of the workers suffered fatal accidents, also
- 61, 713 reported injuries by employers under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).
For more details on whether you can make a workplace accident compensation claim, please speak with an advisor from our team.
Several steps can be taken to potentially strengthen your case’s chance of success.
Firstly, you should seek medical attention. Not only does this allow you to be treated for any injuries sustained, but it is also useful in generating medical records that can be used to support your claim.
Then you may wish to:
- Fill out the accident at work book
- Gather witnesses’ details for statements to be taken at a later date
- Acquire CCTV footage of the incident
- Take photographs of your injuries and the cause of the accident
It could also be useful to get legal advice. An advisor from our team can offer you a consultation free of charge at a time that suits you best.
A compensation calculator can give you a rough estimate of how much compensation you could be awarded for a successful claim. It can assess your potential accident at work claim, covering areas such as:
- The type of injury suffered as well as its severity
- How much you may be owed in terms of general damages
While you could still be compensated for any monetary harm suffered, this may not be included in your estimate.
Alternatively, you could speak with a member of our team to find out how much you may be awarded if your claim is won.
Accident at work claims are generally split into two heads of claim. These are called general and special damages. Firstly, general damages seek to reimburse you for any physical or psychological pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
For example, you could receive a payout for a shoulder injury. Furthermore, if this prevents you from leaving the house and leads to you suffering mental harm, you might also be compensated for that.
You may wonder how much workplace accident compensation you may be entitled to for a successful claim. We have included a table of potential compensation amounts taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).
The JCG is a document used by legal professionals to aid the when valuing claims. Although each personal injury claim is different, so these amounts should only be used as a guideline.
|£201,490 to £270,100
|The below the knee amputation of both legs.
|£96,250 to £135,920
|The most severe of leg injuries other than amputation.
|£90,720 to £150,110
|Cases that include moderate to modest intellectual deficit.
|Amputation – Loss Of One Arm (i)
|Not less than £137,160
|The loss of one arm at the shoulder.
|In the region of
|Neck injuries connected with incomplete paraplegia or no movement in the neck despite wearing a collar at all times.
|£83,960 to £109,650
|The amputation of one foot as well as the ankle joint.
|£55,820 to £84,570
|Serious damage to both hands that leads to loss of function and cosmetic disabilities.
|£52,120 to £69,730
|A leg fracture that extends to the knee joint resulting in continuous pain and limitation of movement.
|£39,170 to £54,830
|A severely disabling injury.
|£12,770 to £19,200
|The dislocation of the shoulder as well as damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus.
Special damages aim to reimburse you for any monetary harm suffered due to your injuries. For example, if you suffer a back injury, you may not be able to work until a recovery is made.
Special damages may compensate for any loss of earnings incurred as a result. It could also reimburse you for:
- Travel costs
- Home adaptations
- Care costs
You may wish to gather evidence of any financial harm suffered to strengthen your chances of being reimbursed for them.
An advisor from our team can provide you with more information on the payout you could receive.
Entering into a No Win No Fee agreement with a personal injury claim solicitors can be very beneficial. They may offer their services through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which means that you generally do not have to pay for the services that your solicitor provides upfront or while your claim is ongoing.
In addition, you typically only have to pay for the services your solicitor provides in case of a successful claim. Therefore, you most likely will not have to pay in the event of an unsuccessful claim.
As previously stated, our advisors can offer you free a consultation. You can get in contact by:
Our Related Workplace Accident Claim Guides
We have provided you with additional guides that can provide you with key information when looking to make an accident at work claim:
- How long after an accident at work can I make a claim?
- The most common accidents at work
- Who is liable for an accident at work claim?
- If you’ve suffered an injury after a slip and fall on mud at work, you may find this guide useful. It explains the claims process and offers examples of different types of injuries and causes.
Additionally, we have included further reading that may be of use to you:
- NHS – First Aid
- GOV – Compensation After An Accident Or Injury
- Health and Safety Executive – Employer’s responsibilities
Thanks for reading this guide on how to seek workplace accident compensation.