When Could Factory Accident Claims Be Made?

A factory accident can potentially cause injuries which seriously impact your day-to-day working and social life. Those injuries may also lead to financial losses and expenses, such as loss of earnings if you’ve needed to take unpaid time off work to recover. If you have been injured in this kind of work accident, we will discuss the eligibility requirements factory accident claims must meet in order to be considered valid.

Within this guide, we’ll explain the duty of care you are owed within the workplace, and when you may be able to make a personal injury claim if this duty is breached. We will also discuss what evidence you may need to gather to support your case and how your compensation may be calculated if you make a successful claim. We’ll also explain how our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors could support personal injury claims for workplace accidents.

To get free advice on how to claim for a factory accident, you can contact our team of advisors. They can also help answer any questions you may have and discuss your case with you. They can be reached by:

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  1. What Are The Eligibility Requirements For Factory Accident Claims?
  2. What Are Some Examples Of Factory Accidents?
  3. What Do I Need To Make Factory Accident Claims?
  4. How Much Factory Accident Compensation Could I Receive?
  5. Why Make A No Win No Fee Factory Injury Claim?
  6. More Resources About Claiming For Accidents At Work

What Are The Eligibility Requirements For Factory Accident Claims?

When you are at work, such as at a factory, your employer owes you and your colleagues a duty of care. This is established by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It means that employers need to take reasonable steps to protect their workers from harm while they are in the work environment and performing their duties.

The responsibilities an employer will usually have as part of their duty of care may include the following:

  • Giving employees adequate training to safely perform their work duties and to minimise the risk of injuries.
  • Ensure that equipment provided for work tasks, such as heavy machinery, is in safe working order.
  • Ensure that work areas are free of potential hazards such as loose wires and cables or spillages.

You may have valid grounds to claim compensation following a factory accident if the following applies to your case:

  • Your employer owed you a duty of care.
  • They breached this duty. For example, they failed to provide you with necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • This breach directly caused your injuries.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility requirements for factory accident claims, or you would like to discuss your particular case, you can contact our advisors.

Worker with factory injuries lying on the floor after an accident happened

What Are Some Examples Of Factory Accidents?

There are numerous kinds of accidents that could possibly occur in a factory if an employer managing such a workplace fails to uphold their duty of care. Examples include the following:

  • A slip, trip or fall accident inside a factory. For example, an employer failed to tidy away or signpost trailing cables and leads. This causes an employer to trip on them and suffer an ankle injury.
  • An employer fails to regularly maintain machinery within a factory. As a result, a piece of heavy machinery malfunctions, causing an employee to suffer a crushed arm.
  • Manual handling tasks were assigned to an employee, despite their employer knowing they had received no manual handling training. This causes the employee to suffer a back injury, such as a soft tissue injury or strain, when trying to lift the load due to poor lifting technique.

These are only a few examples of accidents that may lead to factory accident claims. To discuss your specific case and to see whether you may be eligible to make a compensation claim, you can contact our friendly advisory team.

What Do I Need To Make Factory Accident Claims?

To support your factory accident compensation claim, you’ll need evidence that confirms the injuries sustained and how they occurred due to your employer breaching the duty of care they owed you.

Examples of evidence that could be gathered to support factory accident claims include:

  • Medical records that confirm your injuries and whatever treatment you’ve received for them.
  • Video footage of the factory accident that led to your injury, such as CCTV footage.
  • Photographs showing the scene of the factory accident and any visible injuries you suffered because of it.
  • The contact information of any witnesses who can provide a statement about your factory accident.

If a personal injury solicitor is helping you with your case, then they can assist you with gathering evidence as part of their services. 

To see whether a solicitor on our panel could help you with your case, or to see whether you may be eligible to claim factory accident compensation, you can contact our advisors.

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How Much Factory Accident Compensation Could I Receive?

How much compensation could be awarded in factory accident claims will depend on the unique circumstances of each case. For example, the type of injury you suffered, it’s severity and recovery period could all affect how much compensation you receive.

However, settlements for successful claims could consist of general damages and special damages.

General damages are included to compensate you for the pain and suffering that has been caused by the injuries you are claiming for. It is also awarded in all successful cases.

Included in the table below are some of the compensation guidelines found in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document may be used by those who value your claim for general damages, as it lists guideline compensation brackets alongside various kinds of injuries.

Please note that the table should only be used for guidance. The first entry is not taken from the JCG either.

InjurySeverity Of InjuryPotential Compensation
Multiple serious injuries plus special damagesSeriousUp to £1,000,000+
Brain InjuryVery Severe (a)£344,150 to £493,000
Back injurySevere (a)(i)£111,150 to £196,450
Arm InjurySevere (a)£117,360 to £159,770
Chest injuryTraumatic injury to chest (b)£80,240 to £122,850
Eye injuryComplete loss of sight in one eye (e)£60,130 to £66,920
Ankle injurySevere (b)£38,210 to £61,090
Jaw fracturesVery serious (e)(i)£37,210 to £55,570
Facial DisfigurementSignificant Scarring (c)£11,120 to £36,720
Foot injuryModest (g)Up to £16,770

If you successfully claim general damages, then your personal injury compensation could potentially also include special damages. This head of loss covers the financial expenses or losses you’ve experienced because of your injuries. Examples of what may be covered under special damages include:

  • Travel expenses paid towards attending vital appointments, such as doctor’s appointments.
  • Loss of earnings if your injuries from the factory accident have led you to take unpaid time off work.
  • The cost of certain medicines or treatments, such as physiotherapy.

You will need evidence to claim special damages. This could be documents such as wage slips, receipts, or bank statements.

For more information on how compensation is awarded in factory accident compensation claims, you can contact one of our advisors. They can also provide you with a free valuation of your claim.

Why Make A No Win No Fee Factory Injury Claim?

If you have valid grounds to start a personal injury claim, then our advisors could connect you with one of the factory accident solicitors on our panel. Working with a solicitor comes with various benefits, such as:

  • Help with gathering evidence.
  • Someone to guide you through the claims process.
  • Someone to negotiate a settlement on your behalf.

Additionally, a solicitor from our panel may offer to support your case under the terms of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Having such a No Win No Fee agreement in place when making your claim means that you won’t need to pay your solicitor for their services either upfront or while your claim is being processed. You also usually don’t need to pay for your solicitor’s work if the claim does not succeed.

If your factory accident claim is successful, then a success fee will be taken by your solicitor to cover the payment for their services. This means that they’ll take a small percentage of the compensation awarded to you. There is a legal cap in place for this percentage which helps ensure that you get to keep most of the compensation awarded.

To learn more about how the solicitors on our panel could help with the factor accident claims process, contact our advisors for free. Our team can also answer questions you may have about starting a claim. To get in touch, you can:

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More Resources About Claiming For Accidents At Work

Additional accident at work claim guides by us:

  • You can read our guide with advice on claiming specifically for injuries caused by a fall at work.
  • If you’re asking, “What are my rights after an accident at work?” then you can read our guide that focuses on answering that question.
  • You can also view our guide on how to claim for a head injury at work and what amount of compensation may be awarded.

Further external resources:

  • If you’re looking for advice on claiming Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) because you have injuries that require you to take time off work, then you can read the Government’s official guide about this.
  • You can read general guidance on health and safety procedures for all workplaces by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the national health and safety regulator for employers in Britain.
  • If you’ve suffered a head injury or concussion in an accident at work, then you can read the NHS’s guidance on when and how you should get treatment for such injuries.

If you still have any questions regarding factory accident claims, or you would like to discuss the specific details of your case, you can contact our advisors.