Check How To Get Compensation For Work Related Injuries

Have you suffered any work related injuries? Are you wondering how you can claim for compensation? This article will explain if you are eligible for compensation, what work related injuries you could claim for, the time limits for a personal injury claim and how much compensation you could receive.

Work related injuries

A guide to claiming for work related injuries

Injuries can range from minor to life-altering with consequences affecting your physicality, mental health and can even impact your ability to work. When dealing with your pain and the financial costs during your injury you might be confused about where to start when making a claim.

Contact our advisors today and they can help determine whether you have grounds for your personal injury claim for your work related injuries. If they see that your claim is valid, they may pass it to our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors who can help you get the legal process started. Get in touch today by: 

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  1. Am I Eligible To Get Compensation For Work Related Injuries?
  2. What Work Related Injuries Could I Claim For?
  3. How Many Work Related Injuries Happen In The UK?
  4. Time Limits For Workplace Injury Claims
  5. Calculating Payouts For Work Related Injuries
  6. How We Could Help You Start Your Claim For Work Related Injuries

Am I Eligible To Get Compensation For Work Related Injuries?

To figure out whether you are eligible for workers’ compensation for your work related injuries, you first need to work out who was at fault. Not all injuries received due to accidents in the workplace will mean you can claim compensation as first it is important to find out if the accident was caused by negligence or was simply an incident that could not have been avoided. 

All employers owe their employees a duty of care, also known as their, responsibility to take practicable steps to provide a reasonably safe working environment. The Health and Safety at Work etc. ct 1974 is a piece of legislation that outlines the health and safety regulations an employer can follow to ensure their employees remain safe in the workplace.

For more questions on claiming compensation for your work related injuries, contact our advisors today. 

What Work Related Injuries Could I Claim For?

To make a claim you have to prove your injuries were caused by your employer breaching their duty of care resulting in an accident that caused your injury. An example of some possible workplace accidents include:

  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Falls from a height 
  • Dropping heavy objects
  • Machine Malfunctioning

To establish liability you must be able to prove that they were negligent of health and safety regulations and contributed to your injury. Health and safety laws establish the practicable steps an employer can take under their duty of care, for example:

  • Maintaining work systems – Ensuring equipment and tool are kept to an adequately safe standard. Failure to maintain equipment may result in malfunctions, such as an emergency stop button breaking and a hand being crushed in the machine. 
  • Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) – According to The Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations, 2022 free and suitable PPE should be provided to all employees where necessary.
  • General housekeeping – Walkways should be free of spills and clear of obstructions. Loose wires pose trip hazards and could cause an injury. 
  • Providing sufficient training and supervision – Employers should provide free and relevant training where necessary for employees to safely perform their job. Operating machinery without proper training can increase the chance of injury.

Employers should conduct risk assessments per the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to ensure that they are successfully lessening the risks that hazards pose in the workplace. Failing to perform the assessments can lead to accidents that could have easily been prevented. This would be seen as a breach of the duty of care. 

How Many Work Related Injuries Happen In The UK?

Under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) there is a list of reportable incidents for specific injuries, which includes:

  • Fractures, with exceptions for toes, fingers and thumbs
  • Amputations
  • Injuries leading to reduction or loss of sight in one or both eyes
  • Head or torso crush injuries with damage to internal organs or the brain
  • Burn injuries
  • Scalping necessitating hospital treatment
  • Loss of consciousness due to asphyxia or head injury
  • Enclosed space injuries such as hypothermia, heat-induced illness or over 24 hour hospital admittance 

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), employers reported 51,211 non-fatal employer injuries under RIDDOR in 2020/21. Fractures (RIDNAT) accounted for 20,052 reported cases in 2014/15 and declined to the 15,159 reports in 2020/21. The following graph of fracture report comparison between 2014/15 and 2020/21:

Time Limits For Workplace Injury Claims

Time limits for personal injury claims are established in The Limitation Act 1980 and are usually:

  • 3 years from the date of the injury.
  • 3 years from the discovery of the injury, for example, industrial asbestos-related illnesses where the injury may take time to develop or longer to surface or be diagnosed. 

Outside of the 3 years, there are exceptions to the general rules, which include:

  • The 3-year time limit does not begin until the 18th birthday lasting until the 21st birthday.
  • Under 18 a litigation friend can claim on your behalf.
  • If mentally incapable a litigation friend can claim for you. 

A litigation friend can be appointed on your behalf as a representative of your best interests. 

Contact our advisors for more information on the work related injury claim time limits. 

Calculating Payouts For Work Related Injuries

If your claim succeeds you may receive compensation for your work related injuries, however, the amount awarded depends on the type of injury and the level of severity. 

The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) publishes the potential compensation brackets for general damages, which covers the pain and suffering sustained during your injury. The following table consists of compensation brackets for injuries laid out by the JCG:

Moderate brain damage (i)£140,870 to £205,580Moderate to severe intellectual deficit, effects on sight, personality change, effects to senses and speech with risk of epilepsy and no employment.
Less severe post-traumatic stress disorder (d)£3,710 to £7,680Virtual recovery within one to two years and persisting minor symptoms over any longer period.
Loss of sight in one eye with reduced vision in the remaining eye (ii)£60,010 to £99,440Reduced vision in the remaining eye and/or problems such as double vision
Partial hearing loss or/and tinnitus (iv)Around £11,000Mild tinnitus alone or noise-induced hearing loss alone.
Chest injury (d)£11,820 to £16,860Simple injury (single penetrating wound) resulting in permanent tissue damage with no notable long-term effects on lung function.
Lung disease (h)£2,070 to £5,000Temporary irritation of bronchitis or other chest problems recovered within a few months.
Severe neck injury (i)In the region of £139,210Incomplete paraplegia or causing permanent spastic quadriparesis or despite wearing a collar 24 hours a day for years still has movement limitations in the neck. Suffers from intractable severe headaches.
Minor back injury (ii)£2,300 to £7,410Complete recovery without surgery between three months and two years.
Minor shoulder injuries (i)£4,080 to £7,410Injury to the soft tissue with notable pain, but complete recovery within a couple of years.
Lesser injury to the pelvis and hips (i)£3,710 to £11,820Despite the notable injury, there is little to no residual disability. Complete recovery in two years may not exceed the mid-bracket award.

You may be eligible for special damage compensation for your work related injuries. Special damages cover the financial costs incurred during your injury, including:

  •  Loss of income and future earnings
  • Travel expenses to and from medical appointments
  • Medical procedures sought outside the NHS

These are just a few examples of special damages. Contact our advisors today to find out about potential compensation payouts for your work related injuries. 

How We Could Help You Start Your Claim For Work Related Injuries

Contact our advisors today if you would like to begin your personal injury claim for your work related injuries, they can help to determine whether you have grounds for a claim and may pass it to our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors.

No Win No Fee agreements, otherwise known as conditional fee agreements, are beneficial when filing a claim as they allow you to hire a solicitor with no requirement for upfront fees. If your claim fails then you don’t pay a success fee to your solicitor. Your lawyer will only take a success fee if your claim is successful. A success fee is a small, legally-capped percentage of your compensation.

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Please see our other helpful articles:

Can You Be Fired For A Work-Related Accident?

Will Claiming Against My Employer Create Problems?

Is There A Time Limit On Personal Injury Claims?

Or, the informative links below:

When can I visit an urgent treatment centre?

Can I receive Statutory Sick Pay?

HSE – Accidents and Investigations 

Contact our advisor now for free legal advice on claiming for work related injuries. 

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