Accidents at Work Compensation Examples

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.

accidents at work compensation examples

Accidents at work compensation examples guide

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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  1. Accidents At Work Compensation Examples
  2. Common Types Of Accidents At Work
  3. Common Causes Of Accidents At Work
  4. How Do I Claim Accident At Work Compensation?
  5. What Else Could I Be Entitled To?
  6. Accidents At Work Compensation Examples For Different Injuries
  7. Use A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  8. Further Accidents At Work Compensation Examples Claims

Accidents At Work Compensation Examples

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.

Common Types Of Accidents At Work 

These are the most common types of accidents at work that cause non-fatal injuries to employees in Great Britain, as found in the HSE’s statistics.

  • Slips trips or falls on the same level
  • Handling, lifting or carrying
  • Struck by a moving object
  • Acts of violence
  • Falls from a height

According to the HSE, it can also be seen that slips, trips, or falls on the same level are the most common of this type of accident at work, sitting at 29% of non-fatal accidents reported in 2019-20. The least common of the above are falls from a height, at only 8% of non-fatal accidents reported in the same year.

Common Causes Of Accidents At Work 

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. 

How Do I Claim Accident At Work Compensation?

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. 

What Else Could I Be Entitled To?

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

Accidents At Work Compensation Examples For Different Injuries

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.

InjurySeverityAmountNotes
BrainModerate (ii)£85,150 to £140,870This 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.
BrainLess Severe£14,380 to £40,410This 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.
BackModerate (ii)£11,730 to £26,050This 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.
BackMinor (i)£7,410 to £11,730This covers cases in which a full recovery is made without surgery within two to five years.
ShoulderModerate£7,410 to £11,980This covers cases where there is a limitation of movement and discomfort for about two years. Or soft tissue injuries persisting over two years.
KneeModerate (i)£13,920 to £24,580This covers cases where there could be dislocation or torn cartilage which results in instability or weakness.
FootModerate£12,900 to £23,460This 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. 

Use A No Win No Fee Solicitor

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.

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. 

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.

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Article by AO

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