Broken glass injuries can result from just about any type of accident where glass is involved and the worst part is it does not take a lot of glass to inflict serious injuries. Even a small shard of glass can result in life-changing injuries such as blindness if it cuts the retina.
If you or a loved one suffered any type of broken glass injury in a no-fault accident, you may be able to file a broken glass injury claim for compensation.
Types Of Accidents That Cause Broken Glass Injuries
Car windscreens, glass doors, office partitions, bottles, and window panes can all cause severe injuries if they break. You could sustain broken glass injuries under any of these circumstances, and more:
- A damaged glass door or window shatters over you
- You slip, trip and fall on broken glass that hasn’t been cleared up in the workplace or a public place such as a hotel, shop, or restaurant
- You’re injured as the driver or passenger in a vehicle involved in a road accident
Common Injuries Related To Broken Glass
Broken glass can cause a wide range of injuries that go beyond the expected cuts and lacerations. All of the injuries listed below may be associated with broken glass:
- Broken glass in hands causing shallow to deep level cuts and lacerations
- Damage to the connective tissue or muscles
- Nerve damage
- Severe puncture wounds
- Infection of the wounds
- Severed limbs
- Bleeding to death
- Disfiguring scars
What To Do After A Broken Glass Injury
If you are injured by broken or smashed glass, you are sure to be bleeding. The most important thing to do at this time is to get treatment for the cuts.
If the wounds are severe or you are bleeding profusely, call for an ambulance so you can get to A&E and get your wounds treated right away. Getting medical attention for your injuries is vital to ensure that you understand the full extent of your broken glass injuries and get timely treatment to prevent further complications.
How To Start A Broken Glass Injury Claim
The first step towards starting a broken glass injury claim is to get in touch with an experienced personal injury solicitor for free advice. You can call ours now on 0800 6524 881. Our personal injury solicitors are highly experienced in this particular area of the law and will help you understand your legal rights to compensation. Here’s how it works when you contact our personal injury solicitors.
We offer prospective claimants a complimentary consultation. At this consultation, an advisor or solicitor will want to know all details of how the broken glass accident happened and what medical treatment entailed.
If, after discussing what happened and why, and looking over any evidence you might already have, the solicitor finds that you don’t have a strong claim, they may advise you not to proceed any further. On the other hand, if the solicitor finds that you have a strong claim and a good chance of winning, they may advise you to go ahead with your broken glass injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis. Essentially a No Win No Fee agreement allows you to make a broken glass injury claim without having to bear any of the legal costs until the claim is won.
How A No Win No Fee Agreement Works
The premise of our No Win No Fee agreement is quite simple – if your broken glass injury claim is unsuccessful and you are not awarded compensation, you don’t have to pay anything. You would only pay a fee if your claim is successful and you are awarded compensation. Generally, the amount you have to pay will be a percentage of the total amount awarded to you, and would be deducted directly from the compensation.
The biggest benefit of signing a No Win No Fee agreement is that it allows you get expert legal advice and representation without having to pay any upfront legal fees.
Evidence That Can Strengthen Your Claim
Getting photographs or video footage of the scene of the broken glass accident and of your injuries makes for extremely helpful evidence to support your injury claim. These can act as irrefutable evidence of the accident and your injuries, and can boost your chances of winning compensation. If you are too injured to get take photographs/video yourself, ask somebody else to do it for you. If there are any security cameras in the area, ask to see the footage and get a copy if the camera happened to record the accident.
Ask for contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident. Witness statements also carry a lot of weight in personal injury claims.
What Compensation You Could Claim For After A Broken Glass Injury
After a broken glass injury that wasn’t your fault, you could claim compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- All medical costs related to treating your broken glass injuries
- All travel expenses
- Cost of home care
- Long term medical care such as physiotherapy or counselling
- Cost of adapting your home or vehicle to accommodate your injuries
- Loss of income, including loss of future income
- Loss of amenity
How Much Compensation For A Broken Glass Injury?
The amount of compensation for injuries caused by broken glass will vary from case to case as several factors need to be considered. These factors include how severe the injuries are, whether any income has been lost if you were off work recovering, and what the prognosis is for the future.
The best way to calculate how much compensation for a broken glass injury you could receive is to get in touch with a solicitor who offers a free consultation. This way they’ll be able to provide a personalised compensation settlement figure once they know the relevant details.
However, you can utilise our personal injury compensation calculator below to view average settlement amounts for various injuries in the meantime.
Importantly, as well as claiming compensation for your pain and suffering, you may also be able to claim for any financial costs due to your injuries. This might include medical expenses, care costs, and loss of earnings too. These factors are not included in the compensation calculator as a solicitor would need to calculate these figures manually.
Time Limit For Filing A Broken Glass Injury Claim
There is a 3-year time-limit for filing personal injury claims in the UK. This means you must file your broken glass injury claim within 3 years of sustaining the injury. You could forfeit your right to claim compensation if you fail to file your claim within 3 years. If the claim is for a child however you could either claim as a litigation friend or they could claim themself within 3 years following their 18th birthday.
Putting together a strong broken glass injury claim can take a considerable amount of time, which is why getting in touch with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible about making a broken glass injury claim is important.