When thinking of a garage mechanic, ‘dangerous occupation’ doesn’t tend to spring to mind. However, garage mechanics are exposed to a wide range of hazards, and often need to use heavy machinery due to the nature of their job. Importantly, if you’re a garage mechanic injured at work due to the negligence of your employer, you may be eligible to make a garage mechanic injury claim for compensation.
This guide provides an overview of the various situations that can lead to injuries to garage mechanics, explains the grounds for which you may be eligible for compensation, and what types of evidence can be useful in supporting a claim.
When you’ve finished reading, please don’t hesitate to call 0800 6524 881 and speak to us for advice on your options.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Garage Mechanic Injury Claim?
- Common Causes Of Accidents Involving Garage Mechanics
- Common Injuries To Garage Mechanics
- How Much Compensation For A Garage Mechanic Injury Claim?
- Evidence To Support A Garage Mechanic Injury Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Compensation
- Starting The Garage Mechanic Injury Claims Process
Our personal injury solicitors carefully evaluate each case to ensure a high chance of success before taking on a garage mechanic injury claim. During their initial consultation, a claims advisor will determine whether:
- Your employer failed to uphold their duty of care; and
- Their negligence led to an accident or incident at work; and
- You sustained an injury as a garage mechanic due to that negligence.
If the solicitor advises you to proceed with making a claim you’ll need to provide evidence of the accident’s cause and your injuries. Therefore, we’ll explain what evidence you may be able to use to improve your chances of being compensated.
Various laws and regulations govern the motor repair industry in the UK with the aim to address the specific risks apparent in garage settings.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states that employers have a duty of care to their employees to provide a safe working environment. To comply, employers are required to carry out risk assessments to identify potential dangers and implement appropriate safety measures.
For car repair garage owners, compliance with this law and others essentially means they’re required to:
- Conduct risk assessments and implement protective measures.
- Provide the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Ensure adequate training is provided for all employees.
If a garage mechanic is injured as a result of their employer failing to comply with the laws and regulations of the motor repair industry and therefore neglecting their duty of care, the employee may be able to pursue a claim for compensation.
Car repair garage accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes of such accidents include:
- Insufficient training and knowledge of the safety procedures within the workplace.
- Inadequate or faulty PPE.
- Not following or neglecting the appropriate safety protocols.
- Poor maintenance of machinery and equipment.
- Inadequate lighting.
- Untidy or cluttered work areas causing slip, trip and fall accidents.
- Insufficient ventilation causing a build-up of dangerous fumes such as carbon monoxide.
- Failing to effectively secure machinery and heavy loads.
- Unsafe or improper use of tools, equipment and machinery.
- Failing to comply with COSHH regulations.
It’s imperative that employers put measures in place to prevent injuries to garage mechanics. If they fail to do so and you’re injured as a result, you may have good grounds in which to make a compensation claim against your employer.
Various injuries may result from being involved in an accident as a car mechanic with some of the most common including:
- Workplace back injuries from heavy lifting.
- Cuts and lacerations from machinery or sharp tools.
- Burns from welding or other work.
- Injuries to the eyes from debris or chemicals.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning due to poor ventilation.
- Noise-induced hearing loss or tinnitus from prolonged exposure to loud noise.
- Occupational dermatitis and other skin conditions due to exposure to oil, grease, fuel and chemicals.
- Injuries to the fingers or hands from using power tools or machinery.
- Head injuries caused by falls or falling objects.
- Electric shock at work caused by faulty or poorly maintained electrical equipment.
Garage mechanics should be aware of the potential hazards they face from working in a car repair garage and should wear the appropriate protective equipment and adhere to the relevant safety procedures to lower the risks of accidents and injuries from happening.
However, if it can be proven you’ve suffered an injury from your employer’s negligence, please contact our advisors to see if you’re eligible to claim compensation.
When determining the appropriate amount of compensation for a garage mechanic injury claim, various factors need to be taken into consideration before a final settlement amount is reached.
These factors might include:
- General Damages
- The severity of the injury.
- Level of pain and suffering experienced and any loss of amenity.
- Long-term prognosis and effect on emotional well-being.
- Special Damages
- Medical expenses such as costs for treatment, prescriptions or therapy for example.
- Travel expenses including costs of travelling to and from appointments for medical care or treatment.
- If you had a severe injury that caused you to need any vehicle adaptions, this will also be taken into account.
- Loss of income. This might include any income lost, or predicted future income lost. Any bonuses or missed promotions will also be considered.
- Care claim. If you have needed care in the home because of your injury, you could include this in the claim.
A personal injury solicitor will discuss with you all the components that make up the final compensation award.
Without knowing all of the facts needed to determine any settlement amount for a garage mechanic injury claim, we cannot accurately estimate how much you may be compensated. However, if you’re looking for some idea of what you might get in general damages, you can use our compensation calculator.
Please note that although the amounts given are in line with the latest Judicial College guidelines, they are not set in stone so should only be considered as a guide.
As already mentioned earlier, you’ll want to provide evidence to support your garage mechanic injury claim.
The types of suitable evidence could include:
- Medical reports. A copy of any medical reports telling of your injury, treatment and prognosis.
- Photographs. Take photos of where the accident happened in the repair garage and of your injury over a period of time for visual reference.
- Accident report. All workplaces are required by law to have an accident book. Make sure your accident is recorded in the book and ask for a copy of the report.
- CCTV footage. Ask for a copy of any videos or CCTV of the accident if available.
- Statements from witnesses. Take down the names and details of anybody who witnessed your accident in the repair garage.
- Receipts. Keep receipts and records of any expenses incurred due to your injury.
Collecting evidence as soon as possible is important as the accident is still fresh in everyone’s minds and footage such as videos, photos and CCTV may be more readily available. Keeping a diary of events may also be helpful to make sure nothing is forgotten and missed when it comes to stating the facts about your ordeal.
According to the Limitation Act 1980, there is a time limit of 3 years in which to start a personal injury claim, generally starting from the date of the accident. However, in cases where injuries are not immediately apparent, for example, claims for industrial deafness, the 3-year time limit would start from the date your injury was diagnosed.
In cases where the injury was severe, such as a serious brain injury, rendering the claimant mentally unable to initiate legal proceedings, someone can make a claim on their behalf by becoming a litigation friend. If nobody starts a claim on their behalf, the time limit, in this case, would not start until the point at which the claimant regains the capability to make a claim for themself.
Starting your claim as soon as possible is, in our experience, the best way to ensure you do not run out of time to get the compensation you deserve.
Unless you have a legal background, we strongly recommend you speak with one of our advisors as soon as possible. They will be able to determine if you have a valid reason to make a claim and will offer you a free consultation with one of our personal injury solicitors if you do.
If the solicitor believes you have a strong case, they will offer to conduct your claim for you on a No Win No Fee basis. This means there will be no upfront costs to pay. Payment for legal fees will only be required if the claim is a success and compensation is awarded. If it is unsuccessful, no payment will be required at all.
Please contact us on 0800 6524 881 for a free consultation and get your garage mechanic injury claim started today.