Have you been injured by a jagged object? Was the accident that caused your injury caused by the negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care? If so, then you may be able to claim compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained.
An injury caused by a jagged object can impact your quality of life negatively. The injury itself can cause you pain and suffering and may need stitches to heal, resulting in a scar. Furthermore, you may acquire an infection because of the injury you sustained.
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- What Is A Jagged Object Injury?
- Where Could You Suffer A Jagged Object Injury?
- Types Of Injuries Caused By Jagged Objects
- Lacerations, Cuts And Puncture Wounds
- Open Wounds
- Scarring To The Face Or Body
- Infected Wounds
- Treating Jagged Object Injuries
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In this guide, we will look at the laws which force those in charge of workplaces and public spaces to take as much care as possible to ensure that you are safe when using them. These laws are designed to protect you, and a breach in them means the liable party could be responsible for your injuries. So, we discuss how to prove liability and use medical evidence to form the foundation of a personal injury compensation claim.
We will also examine the kind of injuries that can be caused by a jagged object. In addition, we’ll look at the recovery process for an injury of this nature.
A typical settlement figure may be made up of two heads of claim, referred to as special damages and general damages. We will examine how these damages are calculated and the evidence required to support your claim.
You may want to claim with the help of a solicitor, but be worried about the cost this could incur. We explain how legal representation in the form of a No Win No Fee lawyer could be beneficial to you.
If you still have questions about claiming after finishing this guide, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. Otherwise, read on for more information on jagged injury claims.
How much a jagged injury claim is worth depends on how severe it is and how it might impact your quality of life. For example, higher awards may be appropriate where there has been residual scarring on an area of the body that is visible, such as the face.
Immediately after your accident, you might need medical attention. Depending on severity this could require a trip to A&E or a walk-in centre. The medical report from your initial assessment can be used as evidence to support your claim.
Legal professionals use a publication that outlines guideline compensation brackets for injuries of varying severities. It’s called the Judicial College Guidelines and below is a summary of some of the award amounts that are included in it.
|Injury type||Severity||Suggested Amount from JCG|
|Scar||This bracket covers a number of noticeable scars, or a single disfiguring scar, to the legs, arms, hands, back or chest.||£7,350 to £21,330|
|Scar||Where the injured person experiences cosmetic deficit because of a single noticeable scar or several superficial scars to the hands, arms or legs.||£2,220 to £7,350|
|Scar||Where a relatively young claimant has suffer scarring so severe that it causes a severe psychological reaction and a disfiguring cosmetic effect||£27,940 to £91,350|
|Cut to hand||Moderate - Injuries within this bracket will include penetrating wounds and deep lacerations||£5,260 to £12,460|
|Cut to hand||Severe - Injuries of this nature may, for example, have reduced the hand to|
about 50 per cent capacity. Included would be cases
where several fingers have been amputated but rejoined
to the hand leaving it clawed, clumsy, and unsightly, or
amputation of some fingers together with part of the palm
resulting in gross diminution of grip and dexterity and
gross cosmetic disfigurement.
|£27,220 to £58,100|
|Cut to foot||Minor- a puncture wound to the foot may necessitate an award within this bracket||Up to £12,900|
|Cut to foot||Severe- for a jagged object injury to be valued within this bracket, an injury such as extensive degloving would have to have occurred.||£39,390 to £65,710|
You will usually be invited to a medical assessment as part of your claim. In this assessment, an independent expert will confirm that your injuries were caused by your accident and note their findings and prognosis in a report. This report will then be used with the help of the Judicial College Guidelines to value your claim.
In addition to general damages, you could be compensated for any financial loss caused by the injury. You may be able to claim for:
- Loss of earnings for time taken off work
- Child care arrangements
- Travel costs to medical appointments, like fuel and parking
- The cost of public transport if your injuries mean you cannot drive
- Care costs if you need help from a professional
- Rehabilitation or physiotherapy costs
To be clear, you will need thorough evidence to support these claims. Receipts, bank statements, bills, invoices and other forms of tangible proof can all be considered. The aim of special damages is to return you as much as possible to the financial position you were in before the accident occurred.
A jagged object injury occurs when you are cut, pierced or otherwise injured by an object with a sharp, uneven edge. A jagged object could include a piece of glass, the unfinished metal edge of a piece of furniture or the blade of a piece of equipment like a saw.
Initially, the injury caused by the jagged object could be detrimental in and of itself. It may cause you some degree of pain and suffering. Furthermore, depending on where the injury occurred, it might stop you from being able to do the things you usually do. For instance, a deep cut on the palm of your hand caused by a jagged object may mean that you’re unable to do your role safely, leading to you taking time off work as you recover.
However, you may also experience problems outside the initial cut or laceration that you sustained. Scarring can happen when you’ve been cut by a jagged object. It can be relatively minor, but it can also be quite serious and cause severe psychological distress in the injured person depending on the severity of the scar and how much of an impact it has on your appearance.
Furthermore, any injury in which the skin is broken poses a risk of infection. For instance, tetanus is a condition that can occur when bacteria gets into a wound. When it enters the body, it can release a toxin that causes symptoms like muscle stiffness or spasms.
For free legal advice about claiming for a jagged object injury, why not get in touch with our team today? Otherwise, read on to find out more about where you might sustain a jagged object injury that you can claim for.
A jagged object injury could be sustained in a number of different scenarios. If a jagged object injury occurs somewhere where you were owed a duty of care, and the injury was caused by a breach in this duty of care, then you may be able to claim.
The Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 (HASAWA) sets out the duty of care that your employer has to ensure your safety while at work. It states that your employer needs to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your wellbeing as you carry out your role. If they fail to do this and you’re injured as a result, you may be able to claim. The Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 puts a similar expectation on those in control of public spaces to ensure the safety of those who use the space.
Under the HASAWA, your employer should undertake regular risk assessments. Similarly, the occupier of a public place should take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that the space is safe for members of the public to use. If they fail to do so and you’re injured as a result, you may be able to claim.
Road users are also covered by a duty of care that is outlined in the Highway Code. This sets out the duty of care that all road users owe to one another. It includes abiding by the speed limit, not undertaking dangerous manoeuvres and following road markings and signs.
If another driver neglects their duty of care to you and a collision occurs, this could result in broken glass and sharp pieces of metal being exposed. If you were cut by a jagged object in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to claim.
Jagged objects can cause a number of different injuries. The amount of compensation you could be owed for the injury you sustain will depend on a number of factors, including how much pain you’re caused by the injury and the long-term impact that the injury may have on you.
In addition to the pain and suffering caused by an injury sustained in an accident involving a jagged object, there are a number of other issues that can arise. These can include things like infection, scarring and blood loss. It’s important that you seek medical attention for an injury caused by a jagged object to ensure that you receive the correct treatment for your injury.
Please read on for more information on the kinds of injuries that you could sustain as the result of an accident with a jagged object.
A laceration is a term usually used to describe a deep cut in the skin. A laceration could be the result of contact with machinery or someone falling on a jagged object, causing a tear in the skin. They are usually irregular wounds, meaning that the cut itself is jagged and uneven. A laceration can affect only the top layer of the skin; however, more serious lacerations may extend through the skin’s full thickness.
Puncture wounds are caused by something sharp that penetrates multiple layers of the skin and damage the tissue or organs underneath. A puncture wound may not result in excessive bleeding, even if the skin has been deeply penetrated. However, this does not mean that the wound cannot be serious. There may also be a higher risk of infection with puncture wounds as dirt and bacteria could be transmitted from the sharp object that caused the injury into the wound.
An ‘open wound’ is an injury that causes a break in body tissue, and usually involves a cut to the skin. Depending on the type of cut and the force behind it, an open wound can be deep and involve significant tissue damage around the edge or it can be a clean, deep slice.
Lacerations and puncture wounds are two kinds of open wounds that we have already looked at. But there are other kinds of open wounds. For example, an abrasion occurs when the skin is scraped against a rough surface. This can include things like road rash, where the surface of the road scrapes your skin.
An avulsion is a kind of open wound where the skin and tissue underneath are torn away. These kinds of injuries can be very painful; however, they may also result in damage to nerves which prevent the injured person from feeling pain.
Scarring happens as the body tries to repair the damage. Some scars are unobtrusive and appear as white lines on the surface of the skin. These are referred to as normal or fine line scars.
Other forms of scarring can be more noticeable and quite life-altering in the way they impact self-esteem. For instance, keloid scars occur when the body produces excess collagen at the site of a wound. This causes the scar to continue growing even when the wound is healed. Hypertrophic scars are another kind of scar that is characterised by the production of excess collagen; however, these do not extend beyond the boundary of the original wound as keloid scars do.
It may not be possible for a scar to be completely removed, but there are treatments available to reduce their appearance. The treatment available includes things like:
- Topical silicone gel
- Steroid injections
- Pressure dressings
- Camouflage makeup
In some cases, you may be offered a combination of these treatments.
It’s important to note that some wounds can become infected at the point of injury. A sharp edge that is unclean can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream, so it’s essential to always seek appropriate medical attention if you think there is a risk of infection.
In some cases, a tetanus shot will be required or there may be the need for an emergency course of antibiotics to deal with an infection caused by a jagged object injury. Serious infections can lead to blood poisoning (sepsis) and gangrene. If an infected wound is left untreated, the infection may progress to a point where amputation is required.
You should always seek medical attention for an injury caused by a jagged object, as you may not be able to tell yourself how serious the injury is. For instance, a puncture wound caused by a jagged object may pose a risk of infection, nerve injury or tissue damage. However, this kind of wound may not bleed much which could lead you to mistakenly believe that medical attention is not required.
If the wound is at risk of being infected, a medical professional will usually decide against closing the wound, as this could keep the infection inside. Instead, it will usually be covered by a protective dressing until it can be closed. If the wound is infected, this can usually be treated with antibiotics.
If your wound is to be closed, there are a number of ways this can be done. For instance, you may be offered stitches to close your wound. This can also be done using special strips or skin glue.
The best first step to take after you’ve been injured by a jagged object is to seek medical attention. As we’ve already touched upon, this is really important in ensuring that you get the right treatment for your injury within an appropriate timeframe. However, as well as this, it will also provide evidence to support your claim as it progresses.
You can also collect evidence of the accident itself to support your version of events. For instance, you may take photographs of the jagged object that caused your injury or obtain CCTV footage that shows the event happening. You could also collect details of witnesses so that a statement can be taken from them at a later date.
The general damages head of your claim will be valued with the help of medical reports and the Judicial College Guidelines. However, for the special damages head of your claim, you will need to provide your own evidence of the costs you have incurred. This could include things like receipts and invoiced for anything you’ve had to pay as a result of your injury.
There’s no legal requirement to have a solicitor act on your behalf when making a claim. However, you may find that their guidance and support help the claims process run more smoothly. It could also help you get more money from your claim.
Please read on to find out more about how No Win No Fee agreements can help people who want to claim fund legal representation.
A No Win No Fee agreement is a way of funding a personal injury claim. Also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), it’s a contract between you and your solicitor that sets out the conditions that they need to meet before you pay them.
With a No Win No Fee agreement, you won’t be asked to pay anything to your solicitor upfront or while they work on your claim. You also won’t be asked to pay them anything in the event that your claim doesn’t succeed.
If you win your claim, your solicitor will be paid through a “success fee” which is deducted from your compensation to cover their costs. It’s legally capped so you’ll always get the majority of the compensation awarded to you.
If you’re interested in starting a No Win No Fee agreement, why not get in touch with our team today? If they feel your claim has a good chance of success, one of our advisors could connect you with a No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel.
If your jagged object injury was caused by a breach of duty of care, we may be able to help you start a claim. Whether it happened at work, in a car accident or in public, get in touch to discuss starting a claim. You can contact us by:
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Below, we’ve answered some commonly asked questions about jagged object injury claims.
What could be the long term effects of an injury?
Nerve damage, scarring and internal wounds can persist for years after an accident caused by a jagged object. Also, trauma and psychological issues can continue long term. It’s important that any medical assessment reflects these consequences as much as possible. This will ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to.
Could you claim on behalf of a child?
Yes. A litigation friend is a responsible adult who has the best interest of the child at heart. They can represent them in court proceedings. You can be appointed a child’s litigation friend as a parent or guardian, relative, family friend or solicitor amongst other things.
How do you establish liability?
To establish who is liable for your injuries, the courts will look at the duty of care owed to you and whether this was breached. Even if you’re determined to be partially at fault for your accident, you could still be entitled to claim. Your compensation will be reduced appropriately.
Thank you for reading our guide on making a jagged object injury claim.