By Max Morris. Last Updated 11th May 2022. In this guide, we will look at examples of compensation amounts for accidents at work. If you’ve had an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, you could hold your employer liable for any resulting injuries and claim compensation. Follow our comprehensive guide to see examples of compensation for accidents at work and figure out how much your injury may be worth.
In order to claim, you would need to be able to produce evidence that the injury you sustained was caused by someone else breaching their duty of care towards you. This will be explained further in this guide.
If you’re caught in an accident at work, you will likely need medical care, some of which may be charged directly to you. It’s possible you could be unable to work at all, causing a loss of income. Or it could even just make general daily activities harder, such as getting around the house or using the bathroom.
No matter your situation, our experienced team of advisors can offer free legal advice or pass you on to someone from our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors if your claim has a solid chance of success. Through us, you could make a personal injury claim and get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Read on for more information and our extensive accidents at work compensation examples. Feel free to get in touch for further information, or to make a potential claim, at 0800 408 7825.
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According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) site, an accident is defined as a ‘separate, identifiable, unintended incident that causes physical injury’. Your employer is bound to a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. So if you, for example, have slipped, tripped or fallen due to a hazard (e.g. an unattended spillage) in the workplace, and broken a bone, this means they may have breached their duty of care towards you and potentially leaves them liable to pay you compensation.
Your employer could be liable if they have not taken the appropriate measures to ensure their staff members are safe and healthy in the workplace. Employers are obliged to keep staff up to date on workplace guidelines on health and safety, necessary training (including regarding moving or heavy machinery), and the location of the accident log book.
You should also be appropriately equipped at all times and aware of any necessary protective gear that will help keep you safe in the workplace, such as welding masks, heavy-duty gloves or other PPE. If the employer has followed the correct procedures, they may not have breached their duty of care, meaning they may not be liable.
This section will provide examples of workplace accidents to give you a better idea of what you may be able to claim for. According to the HSE, below are the five most-common reasons for non-fatal injuries to employees in workplaces across Great Britain in 2020/21, as reported through RIDDOR.
- Slips, trips or falls on the same level
- Handling, carrying or lifting
- Being struck by a moving object
- Falling from a height
- Acts of violence
The most common cause of accidents at work from the ones listed above are slips, trips or falls on the same level (33%). The lowest of the five above are falls from a height and acts of violence (both are 8%). Furthermore, in this same time period, there were 102,000 non-fatal injuries that led to an absence from work of over seven days. You may be able to claim compensation for accidents at work if you’re able to prove that they were caused by third-party negligence.
To learn more about this, or to see if you’re eligible to claim, please contact us for free legal advice using the contact details above.
Many hazards could cause an accident at work. For example, an untidy, unclean or disorganised workspace could cause a slip, trip or fall that could cause grievous injury. Or perhaps the flooring is old and warped in places, leading to uneven footing.
For handling, lifting and carrying, it can be a case of people not being given the proper training, leading to muscle strain or even collapse. All employees expected to handle heavy items should be properly trained or even equipped with appropriate apparatus to make this job easier.
If you do not see accidents at work compensation examples that relate to your circumstances here, though, you could still make a valid claim. Each claim is judged individually, depending on the situation.
Anyone can make a claim for compensation after an accident at work. As long as you can prove that someone has breached their duty of care towards you and you were injured as a result, your claim could easily be viable.
Workplace accident claims can be made with the help of a solicitor, such as the ones on our specialist panel. It is best to get legal advice as soon as possible — this could be done today by getting in touch with us.
When you consider making a claim, it is best first to gather evidence. It’s recommended to record your accident in the logbook as soon as possible after it happens, so as to avoid the situation details being confused over time. Witness statements, CCTV evidence, photographs and medical notes are also desirable; essentially, the more evidence you have, the stronger your claim could be.
It is also worth noting that your solicitor does not need to be situated near you, but can be based anywhere in the country as long as they have the requisite experience.
There are other benefits you may be entitled to if you’ve had an accident at work. This could include sick pay from your employer, as laid out in your contract, or Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Your workplace could also offer other benefits if you’re off due to an accident.
You can only claim SSP if sick pay is not part of your employment contract. The government provides it. To qualify, you must:
- Be classed as an employee
- Earn around at least £120 a week
- Have been self-isolating or ill for at least four days in a row
Please see below for our table of accident at work compensation examples for a variety of injuries. These figures are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines. These are guidelines that legal professionals use to help them value injuries. The figures below are taken from the 16th edition of the Guidelines to provide you with the most up-to-date information.
Injury Severity Amount Notes
Brain Moderate (ii) £90,720 to £150,110 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.
Brain Less Severe £15,320 to £43,060 This covers cases in which 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.
Back Moderate (ii) £12,510 to £27,760 This covers cases in which there are issues with ligaments and muscles, causing backache, 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.
Back Minor (i) £7,890 to £12,510 This covers cases in which a full recovery is made without surgery within two to five years.
Shoulder Moderate £7,890 to £12,770 This covers cases where there is a limitation of movement and discomfort for about two years. Or soft tissue injuries persisting over two years.
Knee Moderate (i) £14,840 to £26,190 This covers cases where there could be dislocation or torn cartilage which results in instability or weakness.
Foot Moderate £13,740 to £24,990 This covers cases where there could be fractures leading to long-term deformities and lasting symptoms.
This table is not extensive, so do not worry if you don’t see your injury here. Get in touch with us for more information and free legal advice.
You may also be compensated for special damages. This covers any losses or expenses already accumulated or any that may arise in the future because of your injuries. It can cover:
- Loss of past and future wages
- Medical expenses
- Travel expenses
- Adjustments to the home, such as the installation of a stairlift or wheelchair ramp
In order to claim special damages, you’ll first need to provide evidence of the costs you have incurred due to your injuries. This could include invoices and receipts.
We work with a panel of specialist accident at work solicitors. They devote all of their time representing workers who’ve been injured, sometimes quite seriously, as a result of the negligence of their employers.
In this section, we wanted to share with you some of the cases they’ve successfully settled. We’ve also included the settlements they were able to settle for these accidents at work. These compensation examples should hopefully give you an idea of the level of their skill and expertise.
It’s worth noting that the injury at work case studies you’ll read below include financial losses, like loss of earnings or loss of a bonus, as well as compensation for pain, suffering and loss of amenity too.
Real-Life Accident At Work Compensation Examples
We have changed the names of our panel’s clients to protect their anonymity. However, they’re all real-life cases that we can verify if needed.
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.
If you’ve judged by our accidents at work compensation examples (and our guidance) that you could be able to make a personal injury claim, get in touch today on 0800 408 7825. Alternatively, you can get in touch via our website.
If your case is passed along to a solicitor, they can represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if your case is not successful, there will be nothing for you to pay your solicitor.
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.
Your Rights After an Accident at Work – A guide to your rights after an accident at work.
Reporting Accidents at Work – A guide to why it is important to report an accident at work.
Getting Paid if You’ve Been Injured at Work – A guide to getting paid after an accident at work.
Physiotherapy Services – Search for physiotherapy in your area on the NHS website.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – A charity that aims to reduce the rate of accidental injury through advice and guidance.
We also have some other guides you may find useful:
- Public accident claims hot spots
- Council slip and trip accidents
- Public transport accidents
- How to make a public liability claim
- Making a claim against the council
- Claiming for a pothole injury
- Making a claim against a shop
- Accidents in a public park
- Cycling accident claims
- Claiming for injuries suffered while shopping
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