Could I Claim Compensation For Delivery Driver Accidents At Work?

Delivery driver accidents at work can happen for various reasons and result in injuries varying in severity. If the accident occurred because your employer breached their duty of care, and this caused you to sustain an injury as a result, you might be eligible to make an accident at work claim.

Throughout this guide, we discuss the eligibility criteria that need to be met, the evidence you can collect to support your claim, and how compensation is calculated to address the different impacts of your injuries.

Additionally, we look at the duty of care your employer owes you and how a breach of this could result in an accident in which you suffer harm.

Finally, we discuss how a personal injury solicitor could assist you through the accident at work claims process under No Win No Fee terms.

If you have any other questions regarding your potential compensation claim, please get in touch with an advisor. To do so, you can:

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  1. When Can I Claim Compensation For Delivery Driver Accidents At Work?
  2. How To Claim Personal Injury Compensation For Delivery Driver Accidents At Work
  3. Examples Of Accidents Involving Delivery Drivers
  4. How Much Compensation Could You Receive For A Workplace Accident?
  5. Make A Claim For Compensation For Delivery Driver Accidents At Work On A No Win No Fee Basis
  6. Learn More About Personal Injury Claims

When Can I Claim Compensation For Delivery Driver Accidents At Work?

Employers owe their employees a duty of care under The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, (HASAWA). This duty places an obligation on them to carry out reasonable and practicable steps as a way to avoid employees from suffering harm at work and as they perform their work-related tasks. This duty extends to delivery drivers even when they are based directly in the workplace.

Some steps an employer can take to uphold their duty include carrying out regular maintenance of work equipment, providing proper training so employees can carry out their tasks safely, and performing risk assessments and addressing any hazards they become aware of that pose a risk of injury. Failure to uphold this duty could lead to a workplace accident in which an employee is injured.

However, in order to pursue compensation for delivery driver accidents at work, you need to prove employer negligence. In tort law, negligence means:

  • You were owed a duty of care.
  • This duty was breached.
  • You experienced a physical and/or psychological injury as a result.

For further guidance on making an injury at work claim, you can call our team using the number above.

How To Claim Personal Injury Compensation For Delivery Driver Accidents At Work

Evidence can help prove an injury at work was caused by an employer failing in their obligation to uphold their duty of care. As such, you could benefit from gathering:

  • Any video footage of the accident.
  • A personal diary that details the symptoms you have experienced and the medical treatment you needed.
  • Copies of medical records. This can include copies of X-ray scans, specialist reports and prescriptions.
  • Pictures of the hazard that caused you to suffer harm and injury photos, both of which could help you claim compensation.
  • The contact details of any witnesses who can provide a supporting statement.

You might be eligible to work with a work injury solicitor from our panel who has years of experience helping claimants seek compensation for delivery driver accidents at work. They can assist you with gathering evidence to strengthen your case and ensure it is brought forward within the relevant time frame.

To find out more about how they can help, you can get in touch with an advisor on the number above.

Examples Of Accidents Involving Delivery Drivers

Below, we have provided some examples of delivery driver accidents at work and how they could occur because of a negligent employer:

  • No adequate training is given to employees loading the delivery van. As a result, when you open the van to unload stock, heavy boxes fall out on you due to being stacked incorrectly. This leads to you suffering severe crush injuries and a head injury.
  • Manual handling accidents could occur if an employer fails to provide manual handling training. This could lead to you using poor lifting techniques when taking stock out of the van causing you to suffer a back injury, neck injury, and shoulder injury.

Please note, not all work related accidents will form the basis of a valid delivery drivers claim. You need to prove employer negligence occurred.

To discuss your specific claim, call the number at the top of this page. An advisor can assess your particular circumstances and help you understand whether you’re eligible to seek personal injury compensation.

How Much Compensation Could You Receive For A Workplace Accident?

If your compensation claim for a delivery driver accident is a success, two separate heads of loss can make up the settlement you’re awarded. Firstly, general damages compensate for the physical and psychological suffering and pain that you have experienced due to the injuries.

If you choose to instruct a solicitor, they can organise a medical assessment with an independent specialist to produce a report. This report can provide a more in-depth insight into the impact your injuries have had and how they’re likely to affect you in the future.

Those tasked with calculating general damages can use this medical report and compare it with guideline award brackets that correspond to injuries listed in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).

Compensation Table

The table below features figures from the JCG, except for the top line. Please only use this table as a guide because the figures included are not necessarily reflective of what you will receive for a successful accident at work claim.

Injury TypeSeverityCompensation GuidelinesNotes
Multiple Severe Injuries with Financial LossesSevere Up to £500,000 plusCompensation for the physical and mental impact of several severe injuries alongside financial losses incurred, such as lost income, care costs, and medical bills.
Head(c) Moderate (i) £150,110 to £219,070Cases where there is a moderate to severe deficit to the intellect, a change in personality and impact on the senses. There is also a substantial risk of epilepsy and no employment prospects.
(c) Less Severe£15,320 to £43,060A good recovery and the person can take part in a normal social life as well as go back to work.
Arm(b) Permanent and Substantial Disability£39,170 to £59,860Serious fractures to one or both forearms. This leaves significant permanent and residual disability that is either functional or cosmetic.
(c) Less Severe £19,200 to £39,170Significant disabilities from which a substantial degree of recovery has been made or will be expected.
Neck(a) Severe (iii) £45,470 to £55,990This bracket includes fractures or dislocations, as well as severe soft tissue damage and/or tendon ruptures which in turn create chronic conditions.
(b) Moderate (i)£24,990 to £38,490
Serious soft tissue injuries to the neck and back are included in this bracket.
Shoulder(a) Severe£19,200 to £48,030Shoulder injuries associated with damage to the neck and brachial plexus.
(b) Serious£12,770 to £19,200Dislocation to the shoulder and damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus.

Claiming Financial Losses After A Delivery Driver Injury

The second head of loss that can be included is special damages. This aims to reimburse you for the financial losses and out-of-pocket expenses caused by the injuries. It is essential to have proof of these losses such as payslips, receipts, travel tickets, and invoices.

Evidence can help you claim back the cost of:

  • Past or future loss of income from being unable to work due to your injury.
  • Work carried out on your home to help you adjust to any permanent injuries, such as the installation of a stair lift or wheelchair ramp.
  • Medical treatment, such as for prescriptions you have had to pay for.
  • Travel, such as taxis and public transport to and from hospital appointments.

For further guidance on how much compensation you could be awarded for a successful personal injury claim, call our team. They can provide a free valuation of what you could potentially be owed for the ways your injuries have affected you.

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Make A Claim For Compensation For Delivery Driver Accidents At Work On A No Win No Fee Basis

If you’re eligible, an accident at work solicitor from our panel could help you claim compensation under No Win No Fee terms through the provision of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is a type of No Win No Fee contract which typically means you won’t have to pay any upfront or ongoing fees to your solicitor for their services. Additionally, you don’t have to pay anything for the work your solicitor has done if your claim is unsuccessful.

However, should your claim have a successful outcome, you need to pay a success fee to your solicitor. This is taken as a small and legally restricted percentage of your compensation. The cap on the percentage they can take means you keep the majority of your settlement.

For further guidance on seeking compensation for delivery accidents at work and whether a No Win No Fee solicitor could help you seek compensation, call our team. To reach out, you can:

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