No matter what precautions are put in place, accidents at work can and do happen under varying circumstances. Injuries caused by these work accidents can range in severity from minor lacerations and sprains to broken bones, amputations, severe burns and sometimes sadly, even fatalities.
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident at work and you suffer from a workplace injury, you may be able to file a work accident claim for compensation.
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In the U.K., employers and business owners are legally responsible for the welfare and safety of their staff and any visitors to their premises. The legal clause states that all businesses must compulsorily hold insurance and conform to Health & Safety regulations to ensure that they meet those guidelines. If you feel that your employers failed to meet these responsibilities and that is has led to the accident at work, you can receive compensation by filing a work accident claim.
In certain circumstances, even if you contributed to your own accident at work, you may still be able to claim injury compensation for an accident at work if your employer is deemed to have been the main instigator of your injury.
What Can I make A Work Accident Claim For?
You may have a valid basis for a work accident claim if you are injured at work for example for any of the below mentioned reasons and have suffered a personal injury:
• Slip, trip or fall
• Dangerous practices and procedures in the workplace
• Defective or poorly maintained equipment
• Dangerous machinery at work
• Noxious environment or toxic substances
• Falling object
• Non-adherence to Health & Safety regulations
• Negligence of co-workers
• Insufficient or improper training
• Assault at work
• Accident while operating a forklift or crane
• Faulty lifting and manual handling practices brought on by lack of training
• Industrial injuries such as hand arm vibration syndrome or vibration white finger
Please feel free to call/ contact us if you want further advice or are indeed looking for accident at work solicitors to handle a claim that you feel you may have.
How much compensation you might be able to claim for a work accident varies due to different factors. These will include how severe your accident at work is, do you need to take time off from work to recover and if you do for how long, who else may be affected by your work injury such as family members and so forth.
The best way to get a good idea of the amount of work accident compensation you might receive is to have a free initial consultation with one of our solicitors or trained advisors by phone so that we can assess your situation properly.
We can also advise you of exactly what our fees will be if you want us to take your claim on, which would be on a No Win No Fee basis. However, there is a table below that may help you get a rough idea of various compensation amounts for different types of personal injuries.
In the U.K. there is a standard 3 year time limit within which you can file a work accident claim. If you have not initiated legal proceedings within 3 years, your case may be considered to be time-barred and you may not be entitled to any compensation.
The 3 year deadline commences from the date that the accident occurred, or from the date on which you realised that your injury was associated with the workplace accident. The second clause is particularly useful in cases that have involved exposure to asbestos. This is because you might not find out for many years after exposure to asbestos that you have contracted mesothelioma, an asbestos related disease.
In fatal cases, the 3 year limitation commences from the date of death. In case the death was due to mesothelioma, the 3 year deadline would commence from the date of the post mortem as the mesothelioma may have gone undiagnosed until they died and it was only discovered during the post mortem.
If the person dies while in the process of dealing with their work accident case, the 3 year deadline begins from the date of their death to allow their family time to continue with the claim.
Every personal injury compensation case has its own circumstances and will proceed differently depending upon these circumstances and the reactions of the employers. While some are settled amicably and within a matter of months, others can take several years.
Some common types of work injuries include:
• Head injuries
• Burn and scald injuries
• Spinal injuries
• Brain injuries
• Loss of sight
• Spinal and spinal cord injuries
• Fatal injuries
As with any personal injury claim, the amount of compensation awarded will vary from one accident at work claim to the next so it is never possible to calculate 100% accurately what compensation amount your accident at work claim might be awarded.
However, there are brackets for which various degrees of injury will fit into which are set out by the Judiciary Study Board. These can be used as a guide by accident at work solicitors to provide early estimates on various kinds of accidents at work.
The table displayed below displays average compensation amounts that personal injury claimants might be awarded, and can be used as an accident at work claim calculator.
|Part of Body||Severity||Compensation Amount||Comments|
|Achilles Injury||Mild to Severe||£5,250 - £30,050||Severely damaged or severed muscle that's causing restriction and/or disability to the weaker ankle muscles.|
|Ankle Injury||Mild to Severe||£10,250 - £53,050||Dislocation, deformation, disfigurement, possibly an operation is needed - sprained or broken ankle.|
|Arm Injury||Extremely Severe||£74,150 - £227,200||This range of compensation covers the amputation of both complete arms, the amputation of a single arm, or whether an arm is amputated partially or completely. Future restrictions will also be considered.|
|Arm Injury||Moderate to Severe||£30,050 - £99,700||For major restriction and disability present in one or both the arms and causes significant pain and suffering.|
|Arm Injury||Mild||£4,450 - £30,200||The range shown is set for persons who have suffered a restriction in movement and/or disability in the arms but who will recover.|
|Back Injury||Extremely Severe||£29,700 - £123,250||Severe injury to the upper or lower back, possibly causing paralysis or any relating issues to organs in the lower parts of the body.|
|Back Injury||Moderate to Severe||£8,700 - £30,700||This range of compensation amounts might cover ligaments or the soft tissue on the back, any constant pain and /or any discomfort.|
|Back Injury||Mild||£300 - |
|For soft tissue, a slipped disc, any muscle pain would receive this amount of injury compensation.|
|Ear Injury||Extremely Severe||£69,050 - £108,450||Complete loss of hearing because of the injury.|
|Ear Injury||Moderate to Severe||£22, 250 - £34,450||Complete hearing loss in one of the ears. The final compensation amount will depend on how the hearing loss affects the person.|
|Ear Injury||Mild||£4,250 - £37,450||This range of compensation is awarded for hearing loss in one or both ears and for those that now suffer with tinnitus because of the injury or the work environment.|
|Elbow Injury||Extremely Severe||£29,150 - £42,200||Total restriction in elbow movement that has now caused a disability or that has needed surgery.|
|Elbow Injury||Moderate to Severe||£11,350 - £23,850||Because of the injury to the elbow there is now restriction of movement in the arm.|
|Elbow Injury||Mild||£3,050 - £9,700||An injury to the elbow that is mild to moderate which now causes pain but total movement will be possible.|
|Eye Injury||Extremely Severe||£81,150 - £205,250||Loss of sight in one eye and some loss in the other, or loss of sight in both eyes will receive the maximum compensation.|
|Eye Injury||Moderate to Severe||£7,050 - £49,350||This range of injury compensation is awarded with very restricted vision in a single eye or loss of sight in one eye.|
|Eye Injury||Mild||£1,550 - £7,550||Pain in an eye, vision problems or temporary loss of vision in an eye.|
|Face Injury||Extremely Severe||£15,350 - £73,150||Facial disfigurement and scarring might warrant somewhere in this range of injury compensation. The severity of the injury shall determine how much compensation is awarded.|
|Face Injury||Moderate to Severe||£12,150 - £27,250||This compensation range cover fractures and breaks to the facial area, for example the nose.|
|Face Injury||Mild||£1,650 - £12,300||These amounts cover scarring. Please note that men tend to receive lower compensation than women.|
|Finger Injury||Mild to Severe||£370 - |
|This range covers the amputation of fingers or a broken finger which should mend completely.|
|Foot Injury||Extremely Severe||£64,050 - £152,700||This range covers the amputation of one or both feet and how it might affect the persons life.|
|Foot Injury||Moderate to Severe||£18,450 - £52,850||Severe injury to one or both feet that causes restriction, fractures or disability to the foot.|
|Foot Injury||Mild||£5,250 - £11,000||Covering injury to a foot that will recover.|
|Hand Injury||Extremely Severe||£46,250 - £151,200||This range of compensation amounts shall cover the amputation of one or both hands or if a hand is made completely useless due to the injury.|
|Hand Injury||Moderate to Severe||£22,450 - £47,700||Unable to use a hand properly and/ or disfigurement to fingers.|
|Hand Injury||Mild||£695 - |
|Soft tissue damage, ractures, cuts and surgery will warrant this range of injury compensation.|
|Head Injury||Extremely Severe||£215,050 - £310,050||Victims who are unresponsive due to severe brain damage and are unresponsive or what might be referred to as a vegetative state.|
|Head Injury||Moderate to Severe||£12,450 - £200,050||Lost feeling in limbs, change in personality and/ or a mental disability.|
|Head Injury||Mild||£1,450 - £9,450||Head injuries which haven't caused brain damage but might still have lasting effects.|
|Knee Injury||Extremely Severe||£39,650 - £72,920||Disability because of a knee injury, major damage to muscles, muscle wastage and soft tissue damage.|
|Knee Injury||Moderate to Severe||£20,200 - £33,150||Disability because of a knee injury, damage to the muscle, cartilage, soft tissue, that causes pain and suffering.|
|Knee Injury||Mild||£4,700 - £19,550||A knee injury which is painful but the knee will recover in time so it has a full and normal working function.|
|Leg Injury||Extremely Severe||£75,050 - £214,950||Amputation of one or both legs. The compensation range also takes into consideration should the leg have been amputated below or above the knee.|
|Leg Injury||Serious-Moderate||£21,700 - £104,050||Injuries to the leg which has caused restriction in movement and disability that might have a life long prognosis.|
|Leg Injury||Mild||£1,750 - £17,850||Leg fractures, brakes or soft tissue damage which has affected the muscle and has caused great pain and discomfort.|
|Neck Injury||Extremely Severe||£35,450 - £112, 400||Very severe neck injuries, those causing movement problems to other parts of the body.|
|Neck Injury||Moderate to Severe||£29,550 - £42,250||Neck fractures, causing pain when moving, causing stiffness and inability to use the full movement of the persons neck.|
|Neck Injury||Mild||£1,750 - |
|Whiplash type injuries, can depend on the length of time the injury lasts, how painful the injury is and what the long-term prognosis is.|
|Shoulder Injury||Extremely Severe||£9,450 - £36,950||Paralysis, limb numbness, restriction in movement because of the injury in the neck and shoulder.|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate to Severe||£6,200 - £9,700||Neck tissue damage that might last for a considerable length of time and that restricts the movement in the eersons arm and elbow.|
|Shoulder Injury||Mild||£355 - |
|Damage to soft tissue that should recover within the year or slighly longer, and causes or has caused moderate pain.|
|Toe Injury||Severe - Mild||£4,450 - £43,200||Covers the amputation of the victims big toe or several other toes.|
|Wrist Injury||Severe - Mild||£2,500 - £44,450||The wrist isn't able to function because of the injury but the prognosis says the wrist will recover fully.|
*Please note that the accident at work claim calculator should be used as a guide only and not be taken as fact that your claim if successful would be awarded the same amount of compensation as shown in the table below.
When filing a work accident claim, it is always recommended you contact a reputed and experienced solicitor to give you the proper accident claims help and advice to get started, such as ourselves.
Once you have found a solicitor (if you don’t have one already), they can then take up your case as their experience can make a tremendous difference to the success or failure of your claim and also to the amount of compensation you receive.
If you don’t know where to start in looking for a reputable solicitor then we’d of course certainly recommend getting in touch with ourselves today.
Our experienced work accident claims solicitors have been dealing with accidents at work claims for many years, and if you do indeed have a claim then we can get started on filing your compensation claim immediately.
Unlike some other companies we won’t refer you to one solicitor and then another and keep messing you about. We deal directly with your work accident claim and also do most things electronically so you won’t always be waiting around for paperwork to arrive in the post.
All of our accident at work claims are taken on as No win No fee and any fees that we charge are highly competitive.
Caveat To Making A Work Accident Claim
As with all kinds of accident compensation cases, the most important aspect of filing a work accident claim is being able to prove that your personal injury was caused as a consequence of the negligence of your employer.
Even if it was a straightforward accident in a factory for example, caused clearly by your employer’s negligence, it may sometimes be difficult to prove it in court. This is when it is important to appoint a personal injury solicitor who will assist you in assembling all the evidence and presenting it convincingly.
Last updated: 31st July, 2016.