Am I Eligible To Make A Leg Injury At Work Claim?

If you are considering making a leg injury at work claim, this guide will help you. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer owes you a duty of care. So your employer may be liable if the accident that caused your injury happened because your employer failed to adhere to health and safety laws.Leg injury at work

You could potentially claim for a minor leg injury such as a strain or sprain. Or you can claim compensation for a severe leg injury leading to the loss of your leg. By calling our advisors you can receive free legal advice. When they see that your case has a strong possibility of being awarded compensation they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel. All of the solicitors have solid experience handling claims for accidents at work. And you can make a No Win No Fee claim, so you will only pay the success fee if you win your claim.

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Am I Eligible To Make A Leg Injury At Work Claim?

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer owes you a duty of care at work. Therefore, your employer is responsible for your health and safety when you are on their premises. To uphold their duty of care, your employer is responsible for carrying out risk assessments and managing risks at work.

What are your rights after an accident at work? Not every workplace is 100% safe and employees also have a responsibility to conduct themselves in a safe way while at work. Claims are possible for an injury or illness that occurs at work when it can be proven that the employer failed in their respects to protect you as much as can be reasonably expected.

Please look at the criteria below to check your eligibility to make a leg injury at work claim:

  • Firstly your employer owed you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe permanent employees, contractors, agency workers and casual workers a duty of care.
  • Secondly, your employer breached their duty of care by neglecting proper health and safety standards, which leads to an accident at work.
  • And what’s more, the accident at work caused your leg injury.

What Injuries Could You Claim For?

Now let’s look at what leg injuries you could claim compensation for. First of all, let’s look at some severe leg injuries:

  • A loss of leg injury can happen if faulty machinery severs off a leg.
  • Moreover, amputation may be necessary if a leg is severely damaged. The leg may require above the knee amputation or below the knee amputation.
  • Damage to the spinal cord could cause paralysis. A person may lose the feeling and mobility in their legs after a spinal cord injury.

The following leg injuries could also happen in the workplace.

  • Fractures
  • Sprain or Strains
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Lacerations and Bruising

Soft tissue injuries can in severe cases be just as serious as a fractured bone. Why not call our advisors on the number above and they can assess whether your claim is valid. They could also offer an estimate of how much your claim could be awarded if it has a successful outcome.

Work-Related Leg Injury Statistics

Health and Safety Executive statistics explain how many serious leg injuries at work took place between 2014/15 and 2020/21. The statistics reflect the number of lower limb injuries employers reported under RIDDOR. In 2020/21 Employers reported 14,938 non-fatal injuries to the lower limbs under RIDDOR. Sadly there were 2 fatal injuries to the lower limbs reported under RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.

Am I In The Injury Claims Time Limit?

Under the Limitation Act 1980, there is a time limit of three years to start a leg injury at work claim. The time limit begins on the date your workplace accident took place. Or on the date, you became aware of your injuries being caused by negligence.

Sometimes there are exceptions to the personal injury claims time limit rules. For example, if an accident involving a child takes place or the claimant has a reduced mental capacity. Call our advisors and they will tell you how much longer you have left to start your personal injury claim.

Steps To Take Following A Leg Injury At Work

If you have experienced a leg injury at work regardless of whether you are making a personal injury claim is it vital to receive the right medical help. This will ensure that your injury gets any treatment that it needs. If you have grounds to make a personal injury claim following an accident at work then you could follow the steps below to begin to build a strong case against your employer:

  • Seek the appropriate medical attention for your injuries. You can use your medical records as supporting evidence.
  • When you are well enough, gather evidence to prove what happened. You can take photos of your injuries and the hazard that caused your injuries and gather witness details.
  • Make sure your employer has recorded the details of the accident accurately in the accident report book.
  • Contact us today to get free legal advice about making a workplace injury claim. If we can see that your employer owes you compensation, our panel of solicitors will proceed with your claim.

Mediation And Arbitration

If your solicitor and your employer’s legal team cannot settle a claim, there are alternatives to going to court. A mediator can work with both parties to try and settle the claim outside of court. Or a process of arbitration can take place. Arbitration is a hearing, where both parties agree to accept the decision of the arbiter beforehand.

What Could Your Leg Injury At Work Claim Be Worth?

If you wish to make a leg injury at work claim, you’re probably curious to know how much compensation you can claim.

If your claim is successful, you will receive general damages compensation for the physical and mental harm your leg injury caused. Sometimes claimants also receive special damages, compensation to reimburse them for any expenses or financial losses they experienced because of their injury.

We based the compensation amounts in this table on Judicial College guidelines. Solicitors use these guidelines to help them value personal injury claims.

Type And Severity Of Leg InjuryDamages AwardedNotes
Amputation of both legs (A) (i)£225,960 to £264,650Both legs may have been lost above the knee joint or one leg was amputated below and one above the knee joint.
Amputation of both legs below the knee joint (A) (ii)£189,110 to £253,480Compensation awarded reflects the degree and severity of amputation and consequences of this.
Severe leg injury (B) (i)£90,320 to £127,530The leg injury is extensive and these are the most severe short of the loss of the leg (amputation).
Very serious leg injury (ii)£51,460 to £85,600Leg injuries which permanently reduce or affect mobility. This victim will need crutches or mobility aids.
Serious leg injury (iii)£36,790 to £51,460Combinations of features which could include compound fractures, ligament damage and future arthritis.
Moderate leg injury (iv)£26,050 to £36,790Complicated bone fractures or a severe crush injury to the leg. In most instances, one leg is affected.
Less serious leg injury (i)£16,860 to £26,050Fractured leg bones or serious soft tissue injuries. The person will make an incomplete recovery.
Less serious leg injury (ii)£8,550 to £13,210A simple femur fracture where the articular surface is not damaged.
Less serious leg injury (iii)Up to £11,110Simple tibia or fibula fractures or similar soft tissue injuries.
Moderate knee injury (ii)Up to £12,900Lacerations, twisting or bruising injuries.

Please note that the amounts of money included in our compensation table are advisory. The final amount of compensation you receive can vary depending on your circumstances.

Talk To Us About A Leg Injury At Work Claim

If there is enough evidence to prove that you are eligible to claim compensation for a leg injury, our panel of solicitors can offer you the option to make a No Win No Fee claim. The solicitor only charges the client a success fee if they win the claim.

What is involved in making a No Win No Fee claim? Firstly, you will sign a Conditional Fee Agreement to formalise the arrangement. After that, our panel of solicitors will start working on your claim. You will not pay an upfront solicitors fee, making No Win No Fee the more affordable way to fund the services of your solicitor.

Instead, you will pay a success fee if your claim is successful. This will be deducted from your compensation payout.

To begin your leg injury claim, please get in touch with us today:

  • Call us to speak to a claims advisor on 0161 696 9685
  • Use our website to contact us
  • Alternatively, type your question into our advice widget, and we will respond as soon as possible.

References

Please read the following articles to learn more about claiming compensation for an accident at work.

Tibia Fracture Compensation Claims In The UK

Fractured Patella Compensation Claims In The UK

Can You Make A New Employee Injury Claim?

Specified injuries that employers should report to the HSE under RIDDOR

An NHS guide to avoiding falls at home or work

An NHS guide to the symptoms and treatment of a broken leg

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