Work-Related Injury Claims

This guide will provide advice about work-related injury claims. In order to seek compensation after being injured in a workplace accident, you need to meet the eligibility criteria. This guide will explain what these criteria are and look at some examples of workplace accidents that could entitle the injured party to claim.

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Work-Related Injury Claims Guide 

Furthermore, this guide will explain how settlements are valued by legal professionals. We will look at some of the factors that could influence a potential payout and the evidence that can be used to support claims. 

If you want more information about accident claims after being injured at work, contact us for free today. One of our advisors may be able to connect you with a solicitor to work on your claim if your case is valid. 

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  1. Work-Related Injury Claims – When Are You Able To Make One?
  2. How Could Negligence Lead To You Making A Work Injury Claim?
  3. Potential Evidence When Seeking Accident At Work Compensation
  4. What Compensation Could Be Received In Work-Related Injury Claims?
  5. You Could Use Our Accident At Work Solicitors To Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis
  6. More Information About Work-Related Injury Claims

Work-Related Injury Claims – When Are You Able To Make One?

You must establish that your employer breaching their duty of care caused you to be injured in order for you to have a valid personal injury claim. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 sets out the duty of care owed by employers to those who work with them

An employer’s duty of care is to take reasonable and practicable steps to prevent injury in the workplace. Below we have included some examples of steps they may need to take to adhere to this duty of care: 

  • Carry out risk assessments and act to remove or reduce any hazards that are highlighted as a result
  • Provide employees with any training that they need to do their job safely
  • Supply personal protective equipment that’s requried to safely carry out a role
  • Ensure good housekeeping
  • Maintain machinery and equipment

If you would like a free assessment of your claim, why not get in touch with our team today? You could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel with experience in handling work-related injury claims.

 How Could Negligence Lead To You Making A Work Injury Claim?

Below are some examples of how a breach of duty of care could result in an accident that causes injury. This isn’t a complete list, so don’t worry if you’ve been injured in a way we have not mentioned; you could still be entitled to claim:

  • A slip and fall at work on a wet floor that was not cleaned up or signposted in a reasonable timeframe.
  • A fall at work from a height after your employer gives you a ladder to use that they know to be faulty. 
  • Performing a manual handling task without receiving the proper training, which means your poor technique causes a back injury.
  • Your job entails working with hazardous chemicals and your employer doesn’t provide you with  personal protective equipment (PPE). Because of this, you sustain chemical burns to your eyes, hands and arms

Is There A Time Limit When Making An Accident At Work Claim?

Generally, the personal injury claim time limit for beginning proceedings is three years from the date of the accident. This runs from the date the incident occurred and is outlined in the Limitation Act 1980.

However, there can be exceptions to this time limit. If you would like to find out how long you could have to potentially begin a claim, speak with a member of our team today. Provided you have a valid claim and would like to proceed, you could be passed to a solicitor from our panel.  

Potential Evidence When Seeking Accident At Work Compensation

Evidence can be useful to have when making a personal injury claim. It can offer two advantages; not only can it be used to show how the incident happened, which could demonstrate negligence, but it can also be used to highlight the extent to which you were affected. 

Below are some forms of proof that you could use:

  • CCTV footage. You may be able to request CCTV footage of yourself to support your claim.
  • A diary of your symptoms and how they’ve affected you or impacted your quality of life. 
  • Medical records. Furthermore, you could be invited to an assessment with an independent medical expert. 
  • A report of the accident in the accident book. If you can’t fill this out at the time of the incident, a colleague can do this for you. 
  • Photograph the injury and accident site.
  • Contact details of witnesses to the incident who are willing to provide a statement. 

If you would like any help collecting evidence for your case, you may benefit from working with a lawyer who has experience in work-related injury claims. To see whether you could be connected with a work injury solicitor, speak with an advisor today. 

What Compensation Could Be Received In Work-Related Injury Claims?

If your claim is a success, you could receive up to two heads that make up a personal injury settlement. The first of these, which is the head that is always awarded in successful personal injury claims, is known as general damages

General damages compensate for the pain and suffering that is caused by the injury you’ve sustained. General damages can compensate for physical and/or mental injuries. 

Compensation Table

Below, you we have included a table containing some examples of injuries and their compensation brackets provided by the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a tool used by solicitors to help them value claims.

Back injury(a) Severe (i)£91,090 to £160,980Very serious consequences occur after damage to the spinal cord and roots of the nerves. The effects will be unusually severe for a back injury and might include incomplete paralysis and impaired function of the bowel and bladder.
Injuries to the hip/pelvis(a) Severe (i)£78,400 to £130,930Extensive fractures of the pelvis. This could include a ruptured bladder. May cause intolerable pain and require spinal fusion.
Leg injuries(b) Severe (ii) Very Serious £54,830 to £87,890Permanent mobility issues. Injuries that have taken multiple years to heal with a great deal of treatment.
Other arm injuries(b) Permanent and substantial disablement£39,170 to £59,860Serious fractures of one or both forearms where the injured person is left with functional or cosmetic disability of a severe nature.
Knee injuries (a) Severe (iii)£26,190 to £43,460Less severe disability than in higher brackets but symptoms such as discomfort and limited movement may persist.
Neck injury(b) Moderate (i)£24,990 to £38,490Fractures or dislocations causing severe immediate symptoms. A spinal fusion might be required.
Injuries to the elbow(b) Less severe£15,650 to £32,010Where function is impaired but surgery is not needed, and any disability caused isn't significant.
Wrist injuries(c) Less severe£12,590 to £24,500Results in some permanent disability. This could come in the form of ongoing pain and stiffness, for example.
Hand injuries(h) Moderate£5,720 to £13,280Crush injuries, deep lacerations. soft tissue injuries and penetrating wounds.
Ankle injuries (d) ModestUp to £13,740Minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains and injuries to tendons and ligaments.

It must be remembered that these valuations are not guaranteed, and should only be used as guidelines. Your settlement is based on your own unique circumstances. 

Claiming For Special Damages

You could also receive a head of claim called special damages. Special damages compensate for any financial loss you have incurred due to the injury. Examples include: 

  • Travel costs, for example if you have had to pay for parking when attending medical appointments. 
  • Medical bills if you’ve had to pay for any treatment that you cannot get for free. 
  • Loss of income, including future loss of income.
  • Adaptations to home and vehicle to cope with a disability. For example, you might need to install a wetroom if your injuries mean you can no longer get in or out of a bath or shower. 

It is important to provide evidence to support this head of claim. For example, you could use receipts or invoices to show how much you have lost or spent as a result of the accident in which you were injured.  

Get in touch with our team today if you’d like to speak with someone about the kinds of damages that could make up a settlement. Someone from our team will be happy to discuss work-related injury claims with you and may be able to connect you with a lawyer.

You Could Use Our Accident At Work Solicitors To Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis

You could be able to work with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors offering a Conditional Fee Agreement. This is an agreement through which you can access their services without having to pay upfront. Furthermore, this kind of agreement means you generally don’t need to pay them as the claim is ongoing. 

In the event of a successful claim, you would have a percentage of your settlement. This is legally capped as per the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013; this means that you can’t be overcharged. You don’t pay this fee in the event of an unsuccessful claim. 

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If you would like to chat with someone about work-related injury claims, contact us today for free. Someone from our team may be able to connect you with one of our lawyers, provided that your claim is valid. You can contact us using the details below: 

More Information About Work-Related Injury Claims

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If you have further questions about work-related injury claims, speak with an advisor today. They can offer free advice.

Writer Matthew Wong

Publisher Fern Spall