You could make a broken leg at work claim if you’ve been injured as a result of employer negligence. This article addresses the criteria that need to be met in order for you to claim, along with other considerations such as the evidence you’ll require and how an accident such as this could occur.
Fractured leg injuries can vary in severity. Because of this, the level of compensation you can receive can also vary as a result. This topic is also addressed in more detail in later sections of this guide.
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In order for you to make a compensation claim for a broken leg, the accident that caused it needs to be due to your employer’s negligent behaviour. You cannot claim compensation for an injury that occurred despite your employer adhering to the duty of care that they owed you.
You can also sometimes still make a claim if you were partially at fault for the circumstances that led to your injury. This is known as a split liability claim. In these instances, you could still receive a partial payout. If your injuries were due to only your own actions, then it becomes much less likely that you could be awarded anything.
There are a number of different injuries in the workplace that could cause a broken leg. Some of these, such as slips, trips and falls, could happen in many different kinds of workplaces. Others, such as accidents with machinery or falls from a height, might be more common in industries where these hazards are present.
Read on for more information on how you could sustain a broken leg at work because of negligence, or speak with one of our advisors for free legal advice about the process of making a broken leg at work claim.
Different workplaces will have different risks. Accidents resulting in broken bones can take place in more than one workplace, but we have included some examples below. A leg fracture is just one possible outcome of these scenarios.
- Struck by machinery or a moving vehicle – Certain warehouse and construction environments will necessitate the use of vehicles such as forklifts or machinery such as cranes. If the operator is not sufficiently trained in its use, then they could collide with another employee. Furthermore, if the machinery is faulty, and the employer knew about this or should have known through carrying out the correct checks, then this could be an example of negligence.
- Falls from a height – certain roles in the workplace will require you to work at a height. If certain safety procedures are not put in place, then employees could fall and sustain a multitude of injuries. For example, an employee might not be given the right non-slip shoes for their role, causing them to slip and injure themselves.
- Slips, trips and falls – Slips and falls can lead to broken bones, including a fractured leg. This could result from negligence if a spill was not cleaned up or signposted within a reasonable timeframe.
Get in touch with our team if you have any questions about whether your broken leg injury was caused by negligence. You could be connected with a solicitor from our panel if you have a valid broken leg at work claim.
Workplace Injury Statistics
There are certain reportable incidents for which the details must be passed onto the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).
The statistics are then compiled so that the most common causes of workplace injuries can be monitored. As you can see from the graph below, the most common cause of reportable non-fatal injuries in 2020/21 was slips, trips, or falls on the same level.
In order to give yourself the best chance of making a successful leg injury compensation claim, you’ll need to gather evidence. If you have no proof, you may not receive compensation for your injuries at all.
In this section, we’ve included some examples of helpful pieces of evidence that may help you.
- Accident book – every workplace that employs 10 people or more must have one of these. It should be filled out following a workplace accident.
- CCTV footage/photographs – visual evidence of the hazards that caused your injuries, as well as photos of the injuries themselves, could be useful in supporting your claim. You have a right to request CCTV footage of yourself.
- Written witness statements – there may be onlookers who witnessed the accident. You can take their contact details so a statement can later be taken.
- Medical records – these will contain details such as the treatment you’ve received.
You may also need to undergo an independent medical appointment so that the severity of your injuries can be verified. This medical report can also be presented during the process of making your broken leg at work claim.
If you work with a solicitor from our panel, then they could arrange this medical assessment for you in your local area to reduce travel time. Speak with an advisor today for more free legal advice regarding the claims process.
The duty of care that employers owe their employees is stated in section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It states that all employers must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that the workplace is safe.
For example, your employer is required to carry out risk assessments in the workplace so that hazards can be identified and removed or reduced. If the employer failed to carry out a risk assessment and an injury occurred as a result, a claim could be made by the injured employee. Similarly, if a risk assessment was carried out, but the results were not acted upon, then this could be considered negligence.
If negligence results in an injury like a fractured bone, then a broken leg at work claim could be made. Speak with one of our advisors today for more information on the process of claiming.
You may be wondering, “how much compensation can you get in a broken leg at work claim?”. The amount can vary depending on how severe your injury is.
If you have broken your leg because of employer negligence, the claim for compensation may involve more than one sum. The head of the claim that’s calculated to account for your physical pain and psychological damage is called general damages.
The figure is calculated by legal professionals. They use a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to assist them in this process. We’ve included some example figures from the JCG in the table below. The figures are only guidelines and are based on compensation awarded for similar injuries in past cases.
Injury Severity Amount Notes
Leg (a)(i) Amputation of both legs £225,960 to £264,650 Amputation of both legs above the knee, or one below the knee and the other above to a high level
Leg (a)(ii) Both legs amputated below the knee £189,110 to £253,480 Compensation will depend on the level of amputation
Leg (a)(iii) One leg amputated above the knee £98,380 to £129,010 Compensation will depend on the level of amputation
Leg (a)(iv) One leg amputated below the knee £91,950 to £124,800 Compensation will depend on additional factors
Leg (b)(i) Most serious injuries short of amputation £90,320 to £127,530 For example, extensive degloving of the leg or where fractures have not united
Leg (b)(ii) Very serious £51,460 to £85,600 Lasting issues with mobility
Leg (b)(iii) Serious £36,790 to £51,460 Can include serious compound fractures and injury to ligaments or joints
Leg (c)(i) Less serious £16,860 to £26,050 Fractures where an incomplete recovery has been made
Leg (c)(ii) Less serious £8,550 to £13,210 Simple fractures, no joint damage
Leg (c)(iii) Less serious Up to £11,110 Simple tibia/fibula fractures or soft tissue injuries
It’s possible you could also be awarded special damages. This figure is to reimburse you for any outgoings or financial losses caused by your injuries. For example, you may have experienced a loss of earnings due to being unable to work while you recover. Further examples may include the cost of prescriptions, prosthetic limbs, walking aids, etc.
Get in touch for more information on what can be included in a special damages payment in a broken leg at work claim.
All of the expert personal injury solicitors on our panel can offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you are not expected to pay their costs unless your claim is successful. Then, their fee is covered by a small percentage that’s taken from your settlement. This percentage is kept small by law, so the majority of your payout is protected.
If you do not receive any compensation when your solicitor is operating on a No Win No Fee basis, then you are not required to pay them anything.
Get in touch today if you want to find out if you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor. You can:
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Making A Claim Against An Employer
If you wish to make a broken leg at work claim, then you may also find the links below useful.
- Our guide on getting signed off work due to a workplace injury.
- Information on claiming compensation for lost wages.
- An article on how much compensation you could be awarded due to a fall.
- Read about litigation friends and the role that they can play in personal injury claims.
- NHS information on what to do if you’ve sustained a broken leg.
- Government information about Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
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