A Guide To Claiming Compensation For Being Hit By Heavy Boxes At Work

If you have been hit by heavy boxes at work and suffered an injury, you may be wondering whether you could claim compensation. This guide will tell you everything you may need to know about making a personal injury compensation claim for a workplace accident.

We start by explaining the duty of care you are owed while at work and the criteria your case will need to meet when seeking accident at work compensation. After this, we explore how you could be hit by heavy boxes in the workplace and the types of injuries this could cause you to suffer.

Following this, we explain the evidence you could gather to support your claim. Our guide will then look at the compensation that can apply if your claim is a success. There are two main areas where damages can be awarded, and we explain how these amounts are calculated and what they cover.

In the final section, we look at how a solicitor from our panel could help you seek compensation and guide you through the personal injury claims process and how they could represent your case on a No Win No Fee basis.

Contact our advisors today to discuss your case. They can help answer any questions you may have about the claiming process. To connect with them today, you can use one of the following contact methods:

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  1. Can I Claim If I’ve Been Hit By Heavy Boxes At Work?
  2. How Could I Be Hit By Heavy Boxes At Work?
  3. How Do I Prove That My Employer Was Liable For My Injuries?
  4. Accident At Work Compensation – How Much Could I Receive?
  5. Injured By Heavy Objects At Work? Use A No Win No Fee Solicitor To Claim
  6. More Resources About Making Accident At Work Claims

Can I Claim If I’ve Been Hit By Heavy Boxes At Work?

In the UK, every employer owes a duty of care to their employees under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, (HASAWA). It means that it is your employer’s duty to take reasonable steps to prevent employees from suffering harm as they do their jobs.

Employers can do this by carrying out regular risk assessments at work and removing or reducing any risks they encounter. This includes actions like regularly overseeing and inspecting storage arrangements, such as checking how boxes are stacked or moved.

Other ways your employer could adhere to their duty of care include:

  • Making sure all staff have received adequate training to complete their work duties, such as manual handling training.
  • Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to employees when required.
  • Regularly check and maintain workplace machinery and equipment.

If you suffered an injury when hit by heavy boxes at work, you might be able to make a personal injury claim. However, in order to have a valid claim, you will need to demonstrate that your case meets the following criteria:

  1. A duty of care was owed by your employer at the time and place of the accident.
  2. Your employer breached this duty of care.
  3. Because of this, you suffered harm.

Together, these points form the basis of employer negligence. To see whether you may have a valid workplace accident claim, you can contact one of the advisors on our team.

How Could I Be Hit By Heavy Boxes At Work?

There are various ways that you could be injured in a workplace accident. Some examples of how you may be hit by heavy boxes at work include:

  • Boxes within a warehouse were poorly stacked, and your employer was aware of this. Due to this, the boxes fall onto you, and you suffer a serious head injury.
  • Your employer failed to maintain an overhead conveyor belt at your factory job. Due to this, the conveyor belt malfunctioned, and heavy boxes fell onto you from a height. This caused you to suffer multiple injuries, including a back injury and a broken arm.
  • Despite knowing your colleague had received no training on how to operate a forklift truck, your employer still asked them to do so. While they were transporting boxes using this forklift, they lost control of the vehicle and collided into you. This caused the boxes to fall onto you, and you suffered a dislocated shoulder and leg injury.

These are only a few examples. To discuss your specific case, you can contact our advisors. They can offer you a free eligibility check and provide you with free advice.

How Do I Prove That My Employer Was Liable For My Injuries?

If your employer breached their duty of care and this caused you to be hit by heavy boxes at work, it’s important to collect as much proof as you can that shows this. Examples of evidence you could gather to help support your personal injury claim include:

  • Photographs of the injuries suffered and of the accident site.
  • Any CCTV footage of the accident taking place.
  • Witness contact details for anyone who saw what happened. They may be able to provide a statement about the event at a later date.
  • A copy of your accident report in the workplace accident book.
  • Copies of your X-ray scans and medical records detailing your injuries and their treatment.

Collecting evidence is just one aspect of the personal injury claims process that a solicitor from our panel could help you with. For example, they could collect witness statements on your behalf.

To see if you could be eligible to work with one of them today, you can contact one of our advisors.

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Accident At Work Compensation – How Much Could I Receive?

Should your workplace injury claim be a success, two heads of loss can make up your compensation award. The first head of loss is known as general damages. It is awarded in all successful personal injury claims and compensates you for the psychological suffering and physical pain your injuries have caused you to endure.

Those who calculate your claim for general damages will use any medical evidence provided to help them. In addition to this, they may also consult a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). It provides guideline compensation brackets for a variety of injuries.

Below, we have provided some examples of injuries listed within the JCG and their assigned compensation guidelines.

Please note that the amount you may receive may differ from those listed below and compensation is awarded on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, the first entry listed within this table has not been taken from the JCG.

Compensation Guidelines

Nature of InjuryHow Severe?Award Bracket GuidelinesNotes
Multiple Injuries, Severe in Nature, plus Special DamagesSevere Up to £1,000,00+Awards of this magnitude would represent numerous severe injuries and the special expenses relating to loss of income, travel expenses and care costs.
Head Injury(a) Very Severe£282,010 to £403,990Some remaining capacity to follow basic commands but little meaningful response to the environment is seen. Full-time nursing care is also required.
Head Injury(d) Less Severe £15,320 to £43,060A good level of recovery is seen but the person may still have ongoing issues with mood, concentration and memory that can interfere with work.
Head Injury(e) Minor£2,210 to £12,770Any brain injury caused will be considered minimal.
Arm Injury(b) Injuries Resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement£39,170 to £59,860Serious fractures occurring to one or both forearms leaving a significant and permanent level of remaining disability, whether cosmetic or functional.
Arm Injury(d) Simple£6,610 to £19,200Cases of simple forearm fractures with no complications.
Foot Injury(e) Serious£24,990 to £39,200Injuries that are considered less severe
but nonetheless lead to continuing pain and an increased risk of future arthritis or the need for prolonged treatment and fusion surgery.
Pelvis and Hips(b) Moderate (i)£26,590 to £39,170Despite suffering a significant hip or pelvis injury, the future risk is not great and any permanent disability is not major.
Back Injury(b) Moderate (ii) £12,510 to £27,760This bracket covers a good deal of commonly encountered injuries that disturb ligaments and muscles, causing backache.
Back InjuryMinor (i)£7,890 to £12,510Back injuries that do not require surgery and see a full recovery (or to nuisance level only) within 2 - 5 years.
Shoulder(b) Serious£12,770 to £19,200Dislocations and lower brachial plexus damage that causes pain, aching and sensory problems in arm, elbow and hand that affect intensity of grip.

How To Claim Special Damages

The second head of loss that could be awarded in successful claims for a workplace injury is called special damages. This compensates claimants for their out-of-pocket expenses caused by the injury they have suffered in the accident at work. In order to submit a claim for special damages, you will need proof of these losses and costs, for example:

  • Proof of travel fares to essential appointments, such as bus tickets.
  • Receipts for medical costs, such as prescription fees.
  • Invoices for any adaptations needed at home or to your vehicle.
  • Payslips that demonstrate a loss of earnings from time off work.

You can contact our advisors to find out how much compensation you may be able to receive. In addition to providing you with a free valuation of your claim, they can help answer any questions you may have.

Injured By Heavy Objects At Work? Use A No Win No Fee Solicitor To Claim

If you have a valid personal injury claim, you may wish to instruct legal representation for your case. If you discuss your case with an advisor on our team, they may connect you with one of the personal injury solicitors on our panel. They may then offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

There are many benefits to working this way with a solicitor under this specific No Win No Fee arrangement. Firstly, there are no upfront fees to pay your solicitor for them to begin working on your case. Also, you won’t have to pay fees for your solicitor’s services as the claim moves forward or if it ends unsuccessfully.

A success fee will be due to your solicitor if the claim is a success. Your solicitor will take this fee directly out of your compensation. The law implements a cap for the maximum percentage that can be taken as this fee.

To see if one of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our panel could help you initiate legal proceedings for your personal injury claim, you can contact our advisors. They can also offer you free advice for your case and answer any questions you may have. Connect with them today via one of the following methods:

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More Resources About Making Accident At Work Claims

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If you have suffered an injury after being hit by heavy boxes at work, you can contact our advisors to see whether you could make a personal injury claim.