Broken glass injuries can occur in almost any type of accident where glass is present. The problem is that even the smallest shard of glass can lead to very serious injuries. Importantly, you might be able to claim compensation for injuries caused by broken glass if the accident in which you were injured was caused by somebody else. Our guide on broken class injury claims will explain the types of accidents that could result in glass injuries, when you could claim compensation, and how much compensation you might be awarded.
Our specially trained advisors provide free legal advice on broken glass injury claims. They’ll also offer an initial consultation where they explain your options and you can ask any questions you might have. If your claim has strong enough grounds, we’ll connect you with one of our personal injury solicitors. They provide a No Win No Fee service for all accepted claims. That means that you don’t pay any legal fees unless you are compensated.
Please read on to learn about claiming compensation if you’ve been injured by broken glass or, if you’re ready to discuss your claim today, please call us on 0800 6524 881.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Broken Glass Injury Claim?
- Accidents Leading To Broken Glass Injury Claims
- How Much Compensation For Broken Glass Injury Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support A Broken Glass Injury Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Broken Glass Injury Compensation
- Starting A Broken Glass Injury Claim
Before we look at the types of accidents that could lead to broken glass injury claims, let’s check the criteria that our solicitors check before accepting a claim. They will assess whether:
- You were owed a legal duty of care by the defendant in your case; and
- The defendant’s negligence resulted in an accident; and
- You were injured by broken glass in that accident.
During the claims process, your main role will be to provide evidence to demonstrate how the accident happened and how you’ve suffered. This is something our personal injury solicitors can help with and we’ll explain the types of evidence that could help a little later on.
You needn’t worry about checking that you were owed a duty of care as your solicitor will check which legislation applies to your case at the start of your claim.
Here are some examples of accidents that commonly involve broken glass injuries and lead to compensation claims:
- Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs).
When vehicles collide, windscreens often smash and send broken glass everywhere which could cause cuts and lacerations. If another driver was responsible for your road traffic accident, you could be eligible to sue them for damages.
- Slips, Trips and Falls.
If you slip and fall, you’ll often put your hands out in front of you to break your fall. One example of when you may be eligible to claim is if you fell in a supermarket because of a trip hazard and your hands are cut by a glass door. Another is where you slip in a nightclub accident and sustain injuries on glass bottles that have not been cleared away promptly.
- Accidents at work.
You could claim if your employer has failed to make your workplace as safe as possible. For example, if a pane of glass was dropped by a crane accident at work because it was not secured properly, you could claim for any injuries.
- Public place accidents.
An example in this category is if your child cuts themselves on broken glass in a public playground accident because the council had failed to clear the area regularly.
- Walking into glass windows.
Finally, you could claim if you’ve been injured because you walked through a pane of glass that was too clear. That’s because, legally, large glass doors or panels need markings on them to let you know that they are there.
These are just a few scenarios that might lead to a broken glass injury claim. If you’ve been injured in any other way, please let us know and we’ll review your options with you for free.
You could claim compensation for any glass injury sustained in an accident that was not your fault. That means that you could claim for:
In the very worst cases, accidents involving broken glass can lead to severed arteries which can be fatal if not treated quickly enough.
The way in which you’ve suffered will determine what you’ll be compensated for if your broken glass compensation claim is successful. If you work with one of our personal injury solicitors, they’ll try to secure the maximum compensation possible in your case. For broken glass injury claims, they could seek damages to cover:
- The physical pain you suffered during and after your accident.
- Psychological injuries caused by your accident. This could include embarrassment caused by facial scars for example.
- The effect your injuries has on your family, social life and hobbies.
- Loss of income.
- Any travel expenses you incurred as a result of your injuries.
- The cost of replacing any items damaged during your accident.
- Care costs if somebody had to support you while you were recovering.
- Medical costs (such as private medical treatment).
- Loss of future earnings for more serious broken glass injuries.
- Modifications to your vehicle or home if they’ll help you cope with a permanent disability.
When you make a broken glass injury claim, you’ll need an independent medical assessment to ascertain the severity of your injuries. The medical expert who conducts your assessment will then produce a report to explain your prognosis. We can’t say exactly how much your claim might be worth until your report has been obtained.
We have supplied a compensation calculator, below, to give you some potential compensation figures for a range of different injuries caused by broken glass:
These are guideline figures only. If you win your claim, you could be awarded a lower (or higher) settlement amount.
It goes without saying that money won’t make up for the fact a loved one has died in an accident. However, our solicitors could help you to claim for a bereavement payment, funeral costs and compensation if you were financially dependent on the deceased.
You’ll want to provide evidence in your claim as it is highly unlikely that any insurance company will simply accept liability for the accident or your injuries. Therefore, if you are injured by broken glass, you should:
- Report the accident and ask for a copy of the incident report. It could be used as evidence to prove when and where you were injured.
- Seek treatment for your broken glass injuries at a hospital. After they have been treated, you could ask for a copy of your medical notes to prove how badly you were injured.
- Ask any witnesses for their details. If necessary, your solicitor might contact them to ask them for a statement about what they saw happen.
- Take photographs of the accident scene if you can do so safely. Pictures can be an easy way to explain what happened. Also, take photos of any visible injuries.
- Request copies of security or dashcam footage. You’re legally allowed to request such footage but you’ll need to act quickly before it is deleted.
If you’re struggling to secure any evidence or would like us to review what you’ve already obtained, please get in touch with our team today.
If you’re involved in an accident and wish to claim compensation for it, you’ll need to adhere to the relevant time limit. For most broken glass injury claims, you’ll have 3-years to claim from the date you were injured.
We suggest that you contact us sooner rather than later as it’s usually a lot easier to secure evidence the sooner you begin. Also, in some cases, starting early might allow your solicitor to request an interim payment from the defendant to pay for you to have private medical treatment for your injuries.
The 3-year time limit is not relevant if your child has been cut by broken glass in an accident. In this case, you can claim at any time before they become 18 years old as a litigation friend. If you decide not to claim, your child will need to claim themselves before their 21st birthday.
We are ready to help you start your claim if you have decided to take action. Simply call one of our advisors on 0800 6524 881 to start the ball rolling. They will explain whether you could be compensated for your broken glass injury and could connect you with one of our solicitors.
If your case is accepted, your solicitor will manage the whole case for you and deal with the defendant on your behalf. Importantly, you won’t have to pay any legal fees unless you win compensation because of your solicitor’s No Win No Fee service.
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