Can I Sue Amazon For An Injury At Work?

You might be wondering ‘Can I sue Amazon for an injury at work?’. However, it’s important to note that not all injuries sustained at work will result in you being able to make a claim. This guide will explore when claims for accidents at work could be justified. 

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A guide answering the question ‘can i sue amazon for injury at work?’

Your employer owes you a duty of care as per certain workplace health and safety legislation. We explore the responsibilities they have by providing examples of reasonable steps your employer could take to reduce the risk of workplace injuries. 

Furthermore, we will explore the steps you could take should your employer fail to uphold the duty of care they owe you causing you to sustain harm. For instance, the evidence you can gather to prove they were negligent and whether it may benefit you to seek legal advice.

Additionally, you may be concerned that if you make a claim against your employer, they could dismiss you. However, we will provide further guidance on this throughout our guide. 

We hope this guide provides you with the information you need. However, for more information you can get in touch with our team by:

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  1. Can I Sue Amazon For An Injury At Work?
  2. Could I Lose My Job If I Claim Against Amazon?
  3. What Duty Of Care Does Amazon Have Towards Workers?
  4. How Do You Make A Claim?
  5. What Compensation Could You Claim?
  6. Can I Sue Amazon For An Injury At Work? – Talk To Our Specialist Team

Can You Sue Amazon For An Injury At Work?

Your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). As such, your employer must take reasonable steps to reduce or remove the risks posed by any known hazards in the workplace.

If they fail to do so, you may suffer harm as a result, This could include both physical and psychological harm. In such cases, you may be eligible to seek compensation for the impact your injuries have had on your life.

However, as mentioned previously, there are instances where you could sustain an injury at work even if your employer has upheld their duty of care to do everything they reasonably can to protect you from harm.

If you’re wondering ‘can I sue Amazon for an injury at work?’, you can call our team to find out when claims might be justified.

Also, our advisors can provide information on your rights after an accident at work if you were injured in a warehouse accident or another workplace incident. 

Could I Lose My Job If I Claim Against Amazon?

If you launch a claim against your employer, you might like to know if you can be sacked for having an accident at work.

Your employer cannot dismiss you just because you make a valid claim against them. However, as an employee you are expected to do everything you reasonably can to prevent yourself or your co-workers from experiencing harm. This can include carrying out your duties safely as your employer trained you to do as well as adhering to any health and safety policies put in place by your employer.

If you fail to do so, causing an accident in which you and another employee are injured, your employer may follow a disciplinary procedure. As such, you may not be eligible to seek compensation.

To find out your options if you were fired for a work related accident, call our team using the number above.

Causes of workplace injuries

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) collates reports made to them by employers under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). The reports they make can provide an insight into the frequency with which workplace accidents take place and how they are often caused.

As such, employer reports showed there were 51,211 non-fatal injuries to employees in 2020/21. Additionally, the reports highlighted that some of the most common non-fatal accident kind included:

  • Slips, trips and falls on the same level
  • Falls from height
  • Acts of violence
  • Contact with moving machinery

What Duty Of Care Does Amazon Have Towards Workers?

As mentioned, your employer owes you a duty of care to take reasonable steps to reduce or remove the risk of any hazards. These reasonable steps may vary depending on the industry. However, generally, they might include:

  • Providing appropriate training: Your employer may have provided you inadequate training or no training meaning you were unable to carry out your role safely. As a result, you may have sustained a back injury in a manual handling accident.
  • Providing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE): Your employer should provide any necessary PPE if a risk still remains after they have done everything they reasonably can to remove it. This could include hard hats on a construction site to prevent you from sustaining a head injury.
  • Carrying out regular risk assessments: Your employer should ensure they carry out regular risk assessments on equipment to ensure it is safe to use. If they fail to do so, an employer could experience harm in a forklift accident due to operating faulty machinery. 

If you’re still wondering ‘can I sue Amazon for an injury at work?’, you can call our team. They can discuss when a potential accident at work claim could be justified should your employer’s negligence cause you harm. 

How Do You Make A Claim?

Should your employer fail to uphold their duty of care, causing you harm, you may wonder ‘can I sue Amazon for an injury at work?’. However, not every accident at work will mean you’re eligible to make a claim. You must prove that your employer’s negligence caused you to sustain harm. 

There are certain steps you can take to prove that an employer breached the duty of care they owed you and caused you harm, such as:

  • Seek medical attention. 
  • Request CCTV footage. 
  • Fill in the accident log book. 
  • Seek legal advice. 

If you have a valid personal injury claim you may be able to work with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. A solicitor could help gather evidence, such as contacting witnesses for a statement. To find out more, call our team.

What Compensation Could You Claim?

You might like to know how a personal injury compensation claim is calculated. If your claim succeeds, you could find it is made up of two heads. These are general damages and special damages. We explore each head in further detail below. 

General Damages

The pain and suffering you experience as a result of a physical or psychological injury is compensated for under general damages. To help assign value to your injuries, legal professionals may use a document titled the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The guidelines list injuries alongside their potential compensation brackets.

The table below contains examples from the 16th edition, published in April 2022. 

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Injury Potential Compensation Notes
Leg Injuries (a) Amputations (iv) £97,980 to £132,990 One leg amputated below the knee.
Hand injuries (c) £96,160 to £109,650 Where one hand has been totally or effectively lost.
Severe back injury (a) (i) £91,090 to £160,980 Cases in this bracket involve spinal cord and nerve root damage that causes several issues not often found in back injuries.
Chest injuries (b) £65,740 to £100,670 Permanent damage to chest, heart and/or lungs from a traumatic injury bringing function impairments, disability and life expectancy reduction.
Chest injuries (e) £5,320 to £12,590 Where the person has experienced residual damage from inhaling toxic fumes or smoke.
Severe neck injuries (a) (i) In the region of
£148,330
Where paraplegia that’s incomplete is associated with a neck injury.
Severe foot injuries (d) £41,970 to £70,030 Considerable and permanent pain or mobility restrictions from severe foot injuries, such as fractures to both heels or feet.
Elbow injuries (a) £39,170 to £54,830 Elbow injury causing a severe disability.
Moderately severe psychological damage (b) £19,070 to £54,830 Significant issues coping with life and relationships, but with a more optimistic prognosis than in more severe cases.
Less severe brain damage (d) £15,320 to £43,060 Some persisting issues, such as with concentration and memory that interfere with lifestyle, but overall a good recovery.

As part of the claiming process, you might be invited to attend an independent medical assessment. This allows for a fuller understanding of your injuries and what impact they might have on your life. The report from the medical assessment may also be used by solicitors to help them calculate the value of your injuries.

As such, the figures in the table aren’t necessarily reflective of what you will receive.

Special Damages

If you incurred costs as a result of your injuries, you could recover them under special damages.

To do so, however, you will need to supply evidence. This could mean saving the receipts, for example, if you rented a wheelchair. Your payslips could also help you recover loss of earnings if you have needed to take time off work due to your injury. 

Contact our advisors for more information on what costs you could recover. 

Can I Sue Amazon For An Injury At Work? Talk To Our Specialist Team

If you are eligible to claim, you could fund legal representation with a No Win No Fee arrangement. The solicitors on our panel offer a type of arrangement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

Under this agreement, you won’t pay for your solicitor’s services upfront or if your claim fails. If your claim is successful, a small success fee is take from your compensation. Additional details of the fee is outlined in the agreement you sign prior to starting your claim. However, it is subject to a legal cap.

For more information on whether a solicitor from our panel could represent your claim, call our team. They can also answer the question ‘can I sue Amazon for an injury at work?’.

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Can I Sue Amazon For An Injury At Work – Check With These Resources

The following links might be helpful:

Below, you can find links to lots more guides on accidents at work:

  1. Accidents at work FAQ
  2. How to make an accident at work claim
  3. Finger injury at work claims
  4. Shoulder injury at work claims
  5. Learn about making a claim against an Amazon driver with our informative personal injury claims guide

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