Check If You Can Make A Workplace Injury Claim?

Workplace injury claims guide

Workplace injury claims guide

You might be eligible to make a workplace injury claim if an accident at work injured you. You could claim compensation if the workplace accident was not your fault. Your employer is responsible for implementing proper health and safety standards. So, you could claim compensation if your employer caused the accident by acting negligently.

You could potentially claim compensation for injuries caused by the following accidents:

  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Falls from a height
  • Industrial illnesses
  • Chemical burns
  • Manual handling injuries

To hold a valid claim though you must be able to show how your employer failed to take reasonable steps when protecting your safety at work.

Our panel of accident at work solicitors could offer to handle your compensation claim. If you call our advisors they will assess your case. There is no obligation to use our services by getting in touch. If they can see that your case has good grounds they could connect you with a personal injury solicitor.

What’s more, if they decide to work on your case they could provide a No Win No Fee service. Therefore you will only have to pay a success fee if they win your compensation claim against your employer.

Contact Public Interest Lawyers to begin your accident at work claim. Call us on 0800 408 7825 to speak to an advisor about your claim today.

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Can I Make A Workplace Injury Claim

What is a workplace injury claim? It is a compensation claim for injuries that an accident at work caused. According to health and safety legislation in the UK, your employer owes you a duty of care when you are at work. Therefore your employer is responsible for ensuring that your working environment is hygienic and safe. No workplace is 100% safe but all reasonable steps must be taken to mitigate risks.

Your employer may be liable for your workplace injuries under the following circumstances:

  • Firstly, your employer owed you a duty of care (i.e. you were an employee, casual worker or contractor).
  • Secondly, your employer neglected their duty of care towards you. And the negligence caused an accident.
  • And the workplace accident injured you.

If your workplace injury compensation claim is successful, you will receive up to two heads of claim. These include general damages, which compensates you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity your injuries caused. And your payout can also include special damages. Special damages compensate you for the financial losses that your injuries have caused. For example, you could claim back medical costs and any loss of earnings.

What Workplace Injuries Could You Claim For?

If an employer neglects their duty of care, their negligence can lead to accidents in the workplace. Here are some examples of accidents at work:

  • Spillages on the floor can cause slip and fall injuries. Likewise, hazards on the floor or broken flooring can cause trip or fall accidents. The worker could suffer a soft tissue injury or a fracture.
  • A broken railing can cause a fall from a height. The worker could suffer a traumatic head injury, or a back injury at work, as a result.
  • If an employer does not give a worker the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), this negligence can cause chemical burns in at work. The chemical burns can leave permanent scars, which can be psychologically distressing.
  • If employers do not train workers to safely carry out manual handling tasks, they could experience a musculoskeletal injury.

Whether you experienced a minor accident at work or a severe injury, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Please call our claims helpline to find out more.

How Many Workplace Injuries Happen Each Year?

The Health and Safety Executive collects workplace accident statistics. The Labour Force Survey reported that 441,000 workplace injuries happened in 2020/21 through self reporting. Unfortunately, workplace injuries can have an ongoing effect on people’s lives. An estimated 1.7 million people in Great Britain are affected by a work-related illness.

What Duty Of Care Does Your Employer Have?

You could potentially make a workplace injury claim if your employer breached their duty of care. And you were injured as a result.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer owes you a duty of care. This is to take reasonable steps to ensure your safety while at work.

How should your employer implement their duty of care? Your employer should have a health and safety policy and follow relevant health and safety regulations. Moreover, employers are responsible for regular risk assessments and removing or controlling potential hazards. What’s more, your employer should train workers to carry out relevant tasks safely.

How Long Do I Have To Start A Workplace Injury Claim?

You may be wondering how long you have to claim for an accident at work? The time limit for making a workplace injury claim is three years. Therefore, you must begin your claim within three years of the injury. Or within three years of the date that a doctor diagnosed your injuries. These principles are codified by the Limitation Act 1980. Can you make a personal injury claim after 3 years? Yes, in some circumstances you can. Please contact us to discuss your circumstances with an advisor.

To support your claim, you can provide your accident at work solicitor with the following pieces of evidence:

  • A copy of your accident at work report
  • Copies of your medical assessment and medical records
  • Photographs of the hazard that caused the accident
  • Photographs of the injuries, if they are visible
  • Witness details incase a statement is needed at a later date

Workplace Injury Claims Calculator

Clients often ask us how much a workplace injury claim is worth. As each and every claim is unique to the claimant it is impossible to give an average amount for how much a workplace injury claim could be settled for. As we stated above a successful claim will include general and special damages. General damages will compensate for the injury and specials damages looks at financial loss. Below is a table with compensation brackets in.

InjurySeverityPossible SettlementNotes
Facial InjuryLess Severe Scarring£16,860 to £45,440There is substantial disfigurement and the person has also had a significant psychological reaction.
Facial InjurySignificant Scarring£8,550 to £28,240The worst effects of the scarring or facial injury will have been reduced through plastic surgery. There will still be some cosmetic disabilities. There is not a great psychological reaction or the reaction has reduced.
Colles FractureSingle LevelIn the region of £6,970There only includes uncomplicated Colles' fractures.
Shoulder InjuryModerate - C£7,410 to £11,980Frozen shoulder injuries which limits movement in the shoulder. There is discomfort and symptoms of the injury that lasts for about 2 years.
Shoulder InjuryClavicle Fracture - E£4,830 to £11,490Damages awarded depend on the severity of the fracture, how serious any disability is and what residual symptoms there are.
Brain InjuryModerate - C - i£140,870 to £205,580Moderate to severe intellectual deficit, changes in personality, there may also be effects on this person's speech, sight or senses.
Brain InjuryModerate - C - II£85,150 to £140,870This person may have between a moderate and modest intellectual deficit. This person's ability to work has been reduced greatly and may have been removed. This person also has some risk of epilepsy.
Back InjurySevere - A - i£85,470 to £151,070The most severe injuries to the back such as those affecting the nerve roots and spinal cord. This person could have severe pain, be disabled suffer incomplete paralysis and their sexual, bowel and bladder function may be impaired.
Back InjurySevere - A - ii£69,600 to £82,980This injury has a special feature which takes it out of/ above the lower brackets in which it is an orthopaedic injury.
Scar Injury£2,220 to £7,350Several superficial scars or a single scar which is noticeable. It may be on the arms, legs or hands.

We used Judicial College guidelines to create the compensation amounts in this table. However, your compensation payout may be lower or higher, depending on your circumstances. An advisor can accurately estimate how much compensation you can claim for your injuries. Please note we have not included special damages you could claim in this table.

Why Make A No Win No Fee Claim With Our Panel Of Solicitors?

If you have been injured because of an accident at work that was not your fault, please contact us today. Our panel of solicitors have solid experience handling claims for accidents at work. Wherever you are based in Great Britain, we can help you. Furthermore, you can make a No Win No Fee claim. You will sign a Conditional Fee Agreement to formalise the process.

Advantages of making a No Win No Fee claim include:

  • You don’t have to pay an upfront solicitors fee
  • You will only pay a success fee if your legal team win your claim.
  • And your success fee is deducted from your compensation payout.

To begin your workplace injury compensation claim, please contact us today. Call us on 0800 408 7825 to discuss your claim with a trained advisor. Or you can type a question for us into the Live Support widget.

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