Work-related injuries can occur in a variety of settings. The term is used to describe any injury sustained whilst working. However, it’s important to know when you could be eligible to make a claim. Injuries at work can be minor, or they can be quite serious. In some extreme cases, they could be permanent or even fatal.
This article also addresses the kind of evidence you’ll need to gather as part of the claims process, along with how your compensation could be calculated. We encourage you to get in touch with any questions you have. We’re here to help. There is no obligation to make a claim once you’ve spoken to us.
However, if we think you have a valid claim for any work-related injuries, then we may be able to put you through to an expert solicitor. Read on for more.
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In order to make claims for workplace-related injuries, you need to establish negligence occurred on the part of your employer. Being injured in the workplace does not automatically make you eligible to receive compensation. You need to establish that your injuries were caused by their negligence.
Negligence is when someone who owes you a duty of care breaches this duty, causes an incident or accident as a consequence and you’re injured. Your employer owes you a duty of care to protect your safety in the workplace.
They should take all reasonable steps to reduce the risk of injury in the workplace, as stated in Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. If all reasonable steps are taken, then the likelihood of you being able to make a claim can be reduced.
Simply being involved in a workplace accident is also not enough to be owed compensation. You need to have been injured as a result, and you need to have evidence to prove that employer negligence was the cause.
How Many Work-Related Injuries Occur Each Year?
Certain incidents in the workplace must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).
HSE statistics show how many non-fatal injuries took place in 2020/21 along with some of the most common causes. As you can see from the graph below, slips, trips and falls on the same level accounted for the most injuries over this period.
As mentioned earlier, you will need to be able to back up your version of events with proof. There are various pieces of quality evidence that you can gather. The more you have, the better. We’ve included some examples below, but this list is not exhaustive. It simply contains some of the more common and useful forms you can acquire.
- Witness contact details. There may have been others who were injured in the same accident, or people who witnessed the events unfold. They could corroborate your story.
- CCTV footage. Some workplaces will have CCTV cameras. If you appear in the footage, you could have a legal right to make a request for it.
- Photographs. Taking pictures of injuries and the hazard(s) that led to your work-related injuries can be very useful.
- Medical reports. These should be generated from the treatment you receive.
- Accident book. Every workplace must have an accident book if there are more than 10 employees, and it should contain important details that pertain to the incident.
You would also be invited for an independent medical assessment. This can be arranged locally to you so that travel is kept to a minimum. This is so the severity of your injuries can be assessed so your claim can be valued appropriately.
Before you consider making a claim for work-related injuries, it’s important that you seek medical attention first. Even minor injuries may become worse if left untreated. Your health should take priority before seeking legal advice.
You’ll also need to inform your employer that you wish to make a claim against them. There is a possibility that they will admit fault and offer you a settlement at this early stage. However, be aware that the amount they offer you could be quite low when compared with what you stand to be awarded.
We advise seeking legal guidance before accepting an offer of compensation. Otherwise, you could be missing out on the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve.
As mentioned earlier, every employer has a legal duty of care to their employees. This means it is their responsibility that the risk of work-related injuries is kept as low as possible.
You may be confused as to whether your accident was caused by a breach of this duty of care. So, we’ve included some example scenarios below of when your employer could be said to have breached their duty of care to you.
- Wet floors. There may have been a spillage or cleaning carried out recently. This could be a slip hazard and must be attended to or have the appropriate signage as soon as possible. Otherwise, employees could slip, trip, or fall.
- Inadequate training. Some roles require specialist tasks to be carried out using specific techniques and/or equipment. If your employer does not supply you with appropriate training, then you could be injured whilst performing your role. A good example of this is being told how to lift safely in manual handling jobs.
- Insufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Hardhats, safety goggles, and breathing apparatus are all examples of PPE that your employer must provide if your role requires them in order for it to be performed safely.
Get in touch for more information on how a duty of care breach could lead to workplace injuries.
This table contains some examples of how much workplace accidents could be worth in general damages. This is the figure that’s calculated to account for your pain and suffering caused by your workplace injuries. An employee’s work-related injuries and illnesses can be physical or psychological.
Legal professionals will use a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to assist them in arriving at an appropriate value. The table below contains some example entries of figures in the JCG. The figures displayed are not a guaranteed amount. They are merely based on similar cases that have taken place in the past.
Injury Description Amount
Paralysis (b) Paraplegia £205,580 to £266,740
Psychiatric damage (c) Moderate £5,500 to £17,900
Sight (e) Complete blindness in one eye £46,240 to £51,460
Hearing (b) Total deafness £85,170 to £102,890
Chest (e) Residual damage caused by inhalation of smoke/toxic fumes £5,000 to £11,820
Neck (b)(i) Moderate £23,460 to £36,120
Back (a)(ii) Severe £69,600 to £82,980
Shoulder (e) Clavicle fracture £4,830 to £11,490
Hands (b) Serious, both hands £52,310 to £79,360
Teeth (f)(iii) Several front teeth lost or seriously damaged £8,200 to £10,710
You could also be awarded special damages. These are costs that have arisen due to workplace injuries. For example:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenses
- Loss of enjoyment
- Damage to property
- Adaptations to your home
- Care costs
Get in touch today for more examples of special damages, and the evidence you will need to prove them.
Speaking with us directly is a great way for you to find out more about the legal ramifications of your specific circumstances. All of the personal injury solicitors on our panel work on a No Win No Fee basis. An arrangement such as this can help reduce the financial burden that can be associated with making a claim with the help of a solicitor.
When working with a No Win No Fee solicitor, you are only required to pay their fee following the conclusion of a successful claim. Their fee is covered by a small percentage of your settlement. This is capped by law, so the majority of your settlement is protected.
If your No Win No Fee claim is not successful, then you are not obligated to pay your solicitor their fee at all. There are also no hidden or upfront fees.
Get in touch today and find out if you could be eligible to make a claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
Work-Related Injury Resources
Follow the links below for more on work-related injuries and more.
What to do in the event of lost wages due to workplace injury.
Our guide on reporting an accident in the workplace.
An article on getting signed off work due to a workplace injury.
Find out if you could appoint a litigation friend to claim on your behalf.
Government information on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
An NHS article on broken bones.
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