Accidents At Work Compensation Examples And Case Studies

By Cat Mulligan. Last Updated 18th October 2023. If you’ve been injured in an accident at work, you may be wondering how much compensation you could receive. Not all accidents at work will result in compensation. To be eligible to make a personal injury claim, you will need to prove that you suffered your injury due to your employer breaching their duty of care. In this guide, we will discuss the duty of care all employers owe.

We’ll also explore slip and falls and other common examples of potential accidents at work, and compensation examples for common workplace injuries taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JGC). Following this, we’ll explain how No Win No Fee agreements work and how a solicitor from our panel could help you make a personal injury claim.

Our advisors are available around the clock to offer advice and further guidance surrounding your claim. When you get in touch, a member of our team can offer you a free consultation for your claim. During this consultation, they can answer any questions you may have about the claims process and may connect you with a solicitor from our panel.

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  1. Accident At Work Compensation Examples – How Much Could I Claim?
  2. Accident At Work Case Studies
  3. When Could I Claim Accident At Work Compensation?
  4. Examples Of Accidents At Work
  5. How Long Do I Have To Make An Accident At Work Claim?
  6. Injury At Work Compensation – Claim With A No Win No Fee Lawyer
  7. Further Accidents At Work Compensation Examples Claims

Accident At Work Compensation Examples – How Much Could I Claim?

If you suffered an injury due to employer negligence, you might want to learn more about how work accident compensation could be awarded. Firstly, in a successful workplace accident claim, general damages compensate for pain and suffering. In addition, some claims include special damages to recover costs incurred due to the injury.

General Damages

As stated above, general damages compensates pain and suffering in personal injury claims. To help assign value to injuries, legal professionals use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document lists injuries and their severity levels along with compensation brackets.

Our table below contains figures from the latest update of the JCG. As each claim is different, we’ve provided the table to help you understand how your pain and suffering could be valued. It is only to be used as guidance.

Injury Severity Notes Amount
Brain Damage Moderate (ii) This covers cases in which there is a moderate decrease in intellect, the ability to work is significantly lowered and there is a slight risk of epilepsy. £90,720 to £150,110
Brain Damage Less Severe A good recovery has been made. However, there may be some lasting issues, such as memory loss, or poor concentration. The level of compensation awarded here can depend on the severity of the initial injury, or any lasting disability. £15,320 to £43,060
Knee Injury Severe (ii) Constant pain with limited knee movement due a leg fracture that has extended into the knee joint. £52,120 to £69,730
Knee Injury Moderate (i) Dislocation of the knee or a torn cartilage/meniscus which results in instability or weakness. £14,840 to £26,190
Back Injury Moderate (ii) Damage to the ligaments and muscles, causing backache. Or the exacerbation of pre-existing conditions or prolapsed discs. The level of compensation awarded here can depend on the severity of the initial injury, degree of pain and impact of symptoms. £12,510 to £27,760
Back Injury Minor (i) A full recovery is made without surgery within two to five years from a soft tissue injury, strain, or sprain. £7,890 to £12,510
Foot Injury Moderate Displaced metatarsal fractures leading to long-term deformities and lasting symptoms. £13,740 to £24,990
Foot Injury Modest Puncture wounds, metatarsal fractures or ruptured ligaments that result in a limp with pain and aching. Up to £13,740
Shoulder Injury Moderate A limitation of movement and discomfort for about two years due to a frozen shoulder. Or soft tissue injuries persisting over two years. £7,890 to £12,770
Shoulder Injury Fracture of Clavicle How much is awarded will depend on any residual symptoms, the extent of the fracture and whether the union is anatomically displaced. £5,150 to £12,240

Special Damages

As we mentioned above, some claimants may recover special damages for any expenses incurred as a result of the injury. It is likely you will need to submit proof, such as receipts, invoices or your wage slips.

Losses that could be recovered in a personal injury claim include:

  • Medical expenses, such as plastic surgery and prescriptions.
  • Medical aids; these may include wheelchair rental or purchase.
  • Carer assistance costs if you need professional help with your injury, such as bandage changes.
  • Loss of earnings; this could also include pension contributions.

Our advisors can answer questions you may have about how compensation could be awarded for injuries suffered in accidents in the workplace. If you would like your claim valued on your individual circumstances, they also do this. Our advice is free.

Accident At Work Examples And Case Studies

Below, you can find some examples of accident at work case studies.

Over £140,000 For A Scaffolding Accident

In Mr Lukas’s case, a scaffolding plank was not properly secured and he fell, hurting his ankle quite badly. As a result of the accident, Mr Lukas suffered damaged ligaments to his ankle as well as damage to his cartilage. He was awarded a total of £143,770.38.

£280,000 For A Factory Machine Accident

In Ms Bernard’s case, she was working on a rewind roll machine that didn’t have any protective guard. While carrying out her duties, her hand was pulled into the machine. Ms Bernard suffered multiple and very serious hand fractures. Due to the significance of the injuries, she also needed skin grafts and was left with permanent scarring. She was awarded £280,000.

Over £60,000 For A Farm Accident 

Mr Hounslow was working on a farm when he was tasked to remove the plastic wrapping that covered cattle feed. To do this, he had to climb to a height of around 10 feet. There was no harness to secure him and no mesh or net to guard against a fall. Mr Hammond did fall and landed on solid concrete.

Mr Hounslow suffered significant injuries from his fall from a height, suffering fractures and broken bones. He was awarded £61,560.

£100,000 For A Burn Injury At Work

Mr Dingle was tasked to fill containers with a caustic solution to wash machinery. However, he was given no training on the task of working with such substances, nor was he given any PPE. He didn’t realise that the pipe the caustic substance travelled through had a leak, which had spilt onto him. After a short while, he felt a burning sensation on his leg. 

When Mr Dingle checked his leg he’d found the caustic substance had burned it. But it had also travelled down his leg to his heel, where his skin had turned black. He suffered a significant burn to his right heel which required a skin graft, as well as serious burns to his leg. He was awarded £100,000.00 in compensation.

When Could I Claim Accident At Work Compensation? 

In order to claim compensation for an accident at work, you first have to prove that:

  •   Your employer owed you a duty of care.
  •   This duty was breached.
  •   You suffered harm as a result.

Employers owe their employees a duty of care, which is a legal responsibility for their health and safety, under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). This legislation states that employers must take all reasonably practicable steps to keep their employees safe while working.

The steps your employer should take depend on your job role, but they can include carrying out risk assessments, providing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), and providing sufficient training.

If your employer breaches their duty of care, causing you to become injured, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim for accident at work compensation.

Our advisors are on hand to help if you’d like to find out if your claim is valid. Or, you can read on to find some examples of accidents at work.

Examples Of Accidents At Work

If you would like to claim compensation for at work injuries, you may like to see examples of workplace accidents.

As we stated above, your employer owes you a duty of care to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees while at work. It is when they breach this and injuries occur as a result that compensation for at work injuries claims could be awarded. For example, a hand injury claim could be made if you injured your hand because your employer did not provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) that was required to carry out work tasks safely.

Other examples of workplace accidents could include:

  • Slips trips and falls from cluttered walkways.
  • Falls from height due to lack of railings.
  • Head injuries from objects falling from a height.
  • Inadequate training causing back injuries, for example, if an employee isn’t taught how to lift an object.
  • Malfunctioning equipment and machinery due to lack of appropriate safety checks.

You may not see an example of an accident that caused your suffering on our list. However, you could potentially still claim. Call our advisors for a free assessment of your claim for compensation for at work injuries.

How Long Do I Have To Make An Accident At Work Claim?

When it comes to making a claim for an injury after a workplace accident it’s important to be aware of the time limits that apply.

Under the Limitation Act 1980, you have just three years from the date of the accidentto begin proceedings. If you fail to do so within this time, you may be prevented from claiming altogether.

There are exceptions to this three-year rule, however. One of them relates to children (under the age of 18). As they can’t legally represent themselves, the time limit is frozen until they turn 18. The time limit begins to run from the date of their 18th birthday and expires on their 21st birthday.

It is, however, possible to take action before the injured person turns 18. They will require the support of a litigation friend, which could be a parent or guardian, another family member or a trusted friend or individual (like a solicitor).

The most important take-away is to not delay when it comes to making an accident at work claim. The longer you leave it, the harder it is to investigate and prove.

Injury At Work Compensation – Claim With A No Win No Fee Lawyer

Now that we’ve discussed examples of workplace accidents, you might be interested in learning about the benefits of a No Win No Fee solicitor. This type of arrangement means that if your work place injury claim fails, you are not responsible for paying your solicitor for their work.

A solicitor that offers you a No Win No Fee agreement could help you claim compensation for an accident at work. A No Win No Fee agreement typically means:

  • No upfront payment
  • Ongoing costs during the claims process are covered
  • The success fee you pay if your claim is successful is limited so that you aren’t overcharged for the percentage they take from your compensation

If you think you would benefit from working with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel to help you secure an injury at work compensation payout, you can get in touch by:

  • Calling our 24/7 legal advice line for free on 0800 408 7825
  • Requesting a free call back by completing a form on our contact page
  • Speaking with an online claims advisor using our live chat service

Further Accidents At Work Compensation Examples Claims

Thank you for reading our guide on accidents at work compensation examples; we hope it was helpful. You can contact our advisors if you have any further questions that were not answered in this guide. Within this section, you can find more helpful resources. 

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