If you’re wondering “can I sue Amazon in the UK?” we could help. In this guide, we explore the types of workplace accidents that could occur in a warehouse.
We examine the legislation in place to help protect employee health and safety at work. In addition, we look at examples of how warehouse accidents leading to injuries could be prevented.
Also, we look at examples of injuries that could occur when employers breach their duty of care. We also explain the duty of care in relation to workplace health and safety.
You might have questions such as ‘what proof is needed to sue Amazon in the UK’? There are steps you might have taken following your workplace injuries. We look at how these could be used to strengthen your accident at work claim.
If you have evidence that your workplace injuries were caused by negligence, you might find the process of claiming easier with a personal injury solicitor. We explore No Win No Fee arrangements and how using one might benefit your claim.
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If you experience a work-related accident that results in your being injured, you might be able to make an accident at work claim. To make a claim, you must prove your employer owed you a duty of care and a breach in it caused your injuries.
All employers owe their employees a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). This includes warehouse employees. We explore the duty of care later on in this guide.
It’s important to consider the time limit that applies to making a personal injury claim. This is generally three years, but some exceptions apply. Get in touch with our team for more information.
To find out if you have a valid case to sue Amazon in the UK, speak with our team today.
A warehouse accident could result in injuries. These injuries can range in severity from minor to severe. In some cases, you might sustain permanent injuries that you will not recover from.
It’s not enough for you to be injured as the basis for a claim. Your injury must have been caused by a breach of duty of care. This means that your injury must have come about because of your employer’s failure to take reasonably practicable steps to keep you safe.
Accidents in a warehouse could include:
- A slip, trip and fall that results in broken bones.
- Manual handling incidents which could lead to a back injury.
- Accidents involving insecure or unsafe stock storage. These could result in a crush injury and a head injury if you are struck by a falling object.
- A ladder accident, which could cause a fall from height.
If you can prove your injuries were caused by a breach in the duty of care, contact our advisors to find out if you could sue Amazon in the UK.
Injury at work statistics
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) collects workplace injury statistics. This includes 51,211 injuries reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) during 2020/21.
Of these injuries:
- 4,263 were head injuries
- 10,860 were sustained in the torso region
- 18,988 reported injuries were to the upper limbs
- 14,938 injuries were to the lower limbs.
Employees are owed a duty of care by their employers. This is under HASAWA. Additional regulations add to this, such as the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
Your employer should take reasonably practical steps to reduce the risk of workplace injury. These could include:
- Providing appropriate training. Training should be relevant to your work duties and provided free of charge. You could injure your back, for example, if you are involved in a forklift truck accident because of a lack of or inadequate training.
- Machinery maintenance. If you need to use equipment to carry out your job, then this should be maintained to help ensure that you aren’t injured by equipment that malfunctions or has deteriorated.
- Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) should also be provided for free. In a warehouse, a hard hat, for example, could protect you from head injuries should a falling object strike your head.
Provided you have evidence of a breach in the duty of care, our advisors could discuss your eligibility to sue Amazon in the UK.
You must have evidence that you’ve experienced a workplace injury in order to claim compensation. After an accident, there are some steps you can take to strengthen your case.
Following an injury, you should:
- Seek medical attention. This generates records that can be used to support your claim. Furthermore, this gives you the best chance of diagnosing and treating any injuries you’ve sustained as promptly as possible.
- Request CCTV footage of the accident that caused your injuries, if appropriate.
- Fill in the accident log book.
- Seek legal advice. Legal representation could make the claims run more smoothly. If you noted witness contact details, for example, a solicitor could get in touch with them for a statement.
Talk to our advisors about whether you have a valid case to sue Amazon in the UK.
You might ask ‘how is a personal injury claim calculated’? Your claim could be made up of two heads; general damages and special damages. We explore each in further detail below.
You might be invited to attend an independent medical assessment as part of the claims process. This is to gain a fuller knowledge of your injuries and what impact they might have on your quality of life.
You could claim for the pain caused by physical injuries experienced as a result of your accident under general damages. In addition, you could claim for a psychological injury alone if your accident caused post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), for example.
To help assign value to your injuries, legal professionals will refer to a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). In it, you can find potential compensation brackets relating to a range of different injuries.
We’ve included examples from the 16th edition of the JCG in the table below. It was released in April 2022.
|Moderate brain injury (ii)
|£90,720 to £150,110
|Some epilepsy risk, reduced or removed work ability and moderate to modest intellectual deficit.
|Chest injuries (b)
|£65,740 to £100,670
|Permanent damage, function impairment, disability and life expectancy reduction from trauma injury to chest, lungs and/or heart.
|£59,860 to £100,670
|Inability to function at pre-trauma level in all areas of life permanently.
|Other arm injuries (b)
|£39,170 to £59,860
|Significant residual disability from serious fractures in one or both forearms.
|Severe pelvis and hip injuries (a) (iii)
|£39,170 to £52,500
|Severe hip and pelvic injuries, such as acetabulum fracture causing degenerative changes and leg instability.
|Severe back injuries (a) (iii)
|£38,780 to £69,730
|Disability and chronic conditions even after treatment from disc lesions, fractures or soft tissue injuries.
|Toe injuries (a)
|£36,520 to £56,080
|Residual mobility effects from amputation of all toes.
|Moderate neck injuries (b) (i)
|£24,990 to £38,490
|Severe immediate symptoms from fractures and dislocations.
|Shoulder injuries (b)
|£12,770 to £19,200
|Shoulder and neck pain and sensory problems down arm from a serious shoulder injury.
|Digestive system (a) (iii)
|£6,610 to £12,590
|Damage from a traumatic injury, such as industrial lacerations.
Your injury could result in costs you wouldn’t have otherwise incurred. Special damages is the head of your claim where you might be able to recover these costs. In order to do so, however, you must supply proof. This could include receipts for additional medical expenses, for example, or payslips to claim for your loss of earnings.
Examples of special damages also include:
- Loss of future earnings.
- Home adaptations.
- Travel costs to attend medical appointments.
Contact our advisors to gain more understanding of what’s required to successfully sue Amazon in the UK.
You might want to hire a solicitor for your injury at work claim. Upfront solicitors fees can be high. However, you can have legal representation without paying an upfront solicitors fee.
Under a No Win No Fee arrangement, of which a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) is a popular kind, you can have a solicitor without paying a high upfront solicitors fee. Your solicitor’s fee will come out of your award should your claim be successful.
Under a No Win No Fee arrangement, these are called a success fee and they’re legally capped. If your claim isn’t successful, however, you will not pay a success fee.
Our advisors could help answer your questions, such as ‘what evidence do I need to sue Amazon in the UK’? Your claim could be passed to a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel if it’s valid.
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The following links might be helpful:
- Health and Safety Executive Employee Rights Leaflet
- First Aid Guide from the NHS
- Request CCTV Footage of Yourself Government Guide
We also have a bunch of dedicated guides on making an accident at work claim, which you can read below:
- Employers’ responsibility when a worker is injured
- Could I claim after I slipped on a wet floor at work?
- Incorrect PPE causing workplace eye injuries
- Agency worker claims
- Slipped on ice at work claims
- What happens if an employee doesn’t report an accident?
- How long can you claim after an accident at work?
- Do I need a lawyer if I get hurt at work?
- New employee accident at work claim
- What are my employer’s responsibilities?
- Could I still claim if I didn’t take time off work after an accident?
- Who pays my medical expenses after a work injury?
- Can I claim for falling down the stairs at work?
- How to claim for a work accident?
- What to do if I injured myself at work?
- How long after a workplace injury can you claim?
- Workplace accidents caused by tiredness and fatigue
- Can you be fired for a work-related accident?
- Foot injuries caused by a lack of work safety boots
- Could I claim for a workplace injury if I’m not an employee?
- Personal injury claim against your employer
- Tendon injury at work claim
- Accident at work claim with no injury
- Forklift truck accident claim
- Can I make an accident at work claim after I’ve left the company?
- Foot injury at work claim
- Broken finger at work claims
- How to make a warehouse accident claim
- How to claim for a workplace accident
- Make a claim for scaffolding injuries
- Find out if you could make a claim against an Amazon driver with our helpful guide
For more information on whether you have a valid case to sue Amazon in the UK, speak with us today.
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