If you have been involved in an accident at work, you may wonder if you can use workplace injury photos to support your personal injury claim. In this guide, we will discuss the eligibility criteria for making a work injury claim and how photos could be used to help your case.
We will also outline how workplace accidents could happen and how settlements can be calculated in successful claims. This will entail an explanation of the different kinds of damages that could be applicable in successful personal injury claims.
Finally, we will cover the benefits of working with a No Win No Fee lawyer. Our panel of solicitors offer a type of No Win No Fee agreement which we will explore more fully later on in this guide.
If you would like to find out more, contact our team of advisors using the below details:
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- When Are You Eligible To Make A Work Injury Claim?
- Can Workplace Injury Photos Be Used As Evidence?
- How Could An Accident At The Workplace Be Caused By Employer Negligence?
- Potential Compensation From An Accident At The Workplace
- Claim For Injuries Caused By Employer Negligence On A No Win No Fee Basis
- Learn More About Using Workplace Injury Photos As Evidence
In order for workplace injury photos to be useful in helping you seek compensation, you must satisfy the eligibility criteria to make a workplace accident claim.
Firstly, your employer must have owed you a duty of care. As set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, this means that your employer must take all reasonable steps to protect you at work.
Secondly, you must show that your employer breached their duty. Employers may do this by not completing risk assessments or providing training when necessary for your safety.
Finally, you must prove that your employer’s breach caused you to suffer injuries at work. You need to fulfil all of these criteria in order to have a valid claim.
Call our advisors now to find out if you could make a work injury claim. Providing you have a valid claim, they could pass you to a solicitor from our panel.
Evidence can be very useful when looking to prove employer negligence. For example, if you slip and fall due to trailing cables and injure yourself, you could take pictures of the hazard on the ground. This could help establish that your employer acted negligently by showing the work accident site.
Furthermore, you could take pictures of your injuries. This could be useful in showing visible injuries that may have healed by the time you undertake the claims process.
In addition to workplace injury photos, you could obtain further evidence by:
- Requesting CCTV footage of the accident occurring. This could show how the events leading up to your accident took place.
- Contacting your doctor to provide you with your medical records.
- Obtaining witnesses’ contact details, so that they can provide a statement at a later date.
Please contact us if you would like help gathering evidence in support of a personal injury claim. Our team of advisors may pass you over to a solicitor on our panel if you are eligible.
What Is The Time Limit When Claiming Accident At Work Compensation?
If the claimant is under 18, for example, a litigation friend could be appointed to claim on their behalf. They would be able to claim for them at any point until they come of age; at this point, they have 3 years in which to begin their own claim if one has not already been made.
If you would like to find out more about any exceptions to the time limit and how long after a work accident you have to start a claim, speak with a member of our team today.
To make a personal injury claim, you must prove that your injuries were caused by employer negligence. But how could such negligence from your employer come about?
For example, you may have worked in construction and did not receive the personal protective equipment (PPE) that you required under The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992. A failure to provide safety goggles on the part of employers could result in eye injuries.
Additionally, you might work in a food production facility, where an ingredient is spilt. If your employer doesn’t take steps to deal with the spilt substance within a reasonable timeframe, you could slip, trip and fall. This could result in a head injury.
To speak with someone about your specific circumstances, get in touch with our team today. You could be connected with a No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel to work on your case.
Settlements in personal injury cases can consist of up to two heads of claim. All successful claims will attract general damages, which compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. This head of claim will take into account:
- How the injuries have impacted your life
- Any loss of enjoyment you encountered from missing events
- The treatments you have received and how long it takes you to recover
To help solicitors assign values to your injuries, they will use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG separates injuries into type and severity and provides guideline brackets accordingly. For further assistance, solicitors may obtain your medical records and other forms of evidence, and compare this with the JCG.
For examples of JCG valuations of different injuries, please look at the table below. Please remember that, since all cases vary, we cannot guarantee the amount you could be awarded.
Workplace Injury Compensation Table
|Injury||Value||Severity and notes|
|Foot - Severe||£41,970 to £70,030||Fractures on both feet with significantly reduced mobility or permanent pain.|
|Foot - Moderate||£13,740 to £24,990||Displaced metatarsal fractures causing deformity of a permanent nature and symptoms that persist into the future.|
|Ankle - Very Severe||£50,060 to £69,700||Including serious fractures, extensive soft tissue damage and risk of a below the knee amputation if any further damage is sustained.|
|Ankle - Modest||Up to £13,740||Minor fractures or ones without displacement. This bracket might also include tears to ligaments and sprains.|
|Elbow - Severely Disabling||£39,170 to £54,830||Where the injuries sustained to the elbow cause the injured person severe disability.|
|Back - Moderate (i)||£27,760 to £38,780||Compression or crush fractures, with a high risk of osteoarthritis and constant pain.|
|Back - Minor (i)||£7,890 to £12,510||Strains and sprains with a full or almost complete recovery within two to five years.|
|Shoulder - Serious||£12,770 to £19,200||Dislocation of shoulder, causing nerve damage that results in pain in your shoulder, neck, elbow, arms and hand.|
|Shoulder - Moderate||£7,890 to £12,770||Soft tissue damage or frozen shoulder with limited movement and discomfort for around two years.|
|Wrist - (d)||£6,080 to £10,350||A fracture or soft tissue injury that will take more than 12 months to recover from.|
Claiming For Financial Losses In A Claim For An Accident At Work
You may also receive special damages compensating you for reasonable financial losses incurred because of your injuries. For example, where general damages compensate you for loss of enjoyment from missing an event, special damages could cover the cost of the ticket that you were unable to use.
Other costs you could receive compensation for include:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenses
Providing evidence is important in making sure you’re fully compensated for the losses you have incurred. Such evidence could include:
- Your payslips to show how much you could have earned had you not been injured.
- Receipts or invoices that detail the costs you incurred during your rehabilitation.
- Public transport tickets that prove you had to pay for travel due to being unable to drive.
To get help collecting evidence and building your case, contact our team of advisors today. They will check if you are eligible and, if so, may put you in contact with one of the solicitors from our panel.
You may consider pursuing a personal injury claim with legal representation. If so, consider doing so with a No Win No Fee agreement. Working under a form of No Win No Fee called a Conditional Fee Agreement would mean:
- You’d have no upfront fees or running costs to pay
- You’d have nothing to pay for the work your lawyer has carried out if your claim is unsuccessful
- If your claim is a success, your solicitor could only take a small success fee. This is made up of a percentage of your settlement, which is legally capped
To find out if our panel of solicitors can help with your claim, contact our team of advisors today by:
- Calling us on 0161 696 9685
- Filling in our contact us form
- Messaging us using our website live chat below
If you would like to read more of our guides, you can find links below:
- Can I claim for an accident at work after I have left the company?
- Could I make a claim for an injury in my probation period?
- Do I need to use solicitors near me for an accident at work claim?
For more external information, you can follow the links below:
- NHS guidance on when to visit a walk-in centre
- The government website provides information on employment statuses and the rights that different kinds of workers are entitled to.
- For information on Statutory Sick Pay, read this government guide.
If you would like to speak with someone about using workplace injury photos in support of your claim, speak with an advisor from our team today.
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