This guide will explore when you could be eligible to begin a personal injury claim to seek fall at work compensation and how much you could receive if your case succeeds. It will discuss the criteria that need to be met, the time limits for starting legal proceedings and the evidence you could gather to support your case.
There are several ways a fall at work could occur and different injuries ranging in severity that could be sustained as a result. We will provide examples of fall at work accidents and injuries later in our guide.
Additionally, we will discuss the duty of care your employer owes to prevent you from experiencing harm in the workplace.
For more information about your potential accident at work claim, you can get in touch with an advisor. They can provide further guidance on anything of which you are unsure. Also, if they find you have valid grounds for seeking compensation, they might connect you with a solicitor from our panel to represent your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. To learn more, you can:
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If you make a successful personal injury claim for a fall at work, compensation could be awarded for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. This is awarded under the head of claim known as general damages.
To help them when valuing this head of claim, accident at work solicitors can use the guideline award brackets from the Judicial College Guidelines. We have included some of these figures in the table below. However, you should only use them as a guide because the amount of compensation you receive can depend on several factors, including the severity of your injuries and how much they impact your quality of life.
Injury Severity Compensation Bracket Injury Details
Head Injury Moderate (i) £150,110 to £219,070 Moderate to severe intellectual deficit alongside a change in personality, effect on senses and a significant risk of epilepsy. There is also no employment prospects.
Neck Injury Severe (ii) £65,740 to £130,930 Serious fractures or disc damage in the cervical spine causing disabilities that are considerable in severity.
Elbow Injury Disabling £39,170 to £54,830 An injury that causes a severe disability.
Arm Injury Less Severe £19,200 to £39,170 Significant disabilities but with a substantial degree of recovery that has either already happened or is expected to take place.
Back Injury Moderate (ii) £12,510 to £27,760 Prolapsed discs that require a laminectomy or resulting in repeated relapses.
Wrist Injury Less Severe £12,590 to £24,500 There is some permanent disability from injuries, such as ongoing stiffness and pain.
Shoulder Injury Serious £12,770 to £19,200 Shoulder dislocation alongside lower brachial plexus damage.
Leg Injury Less Serious (i) £17,960 to £27,760 An incomplete recovery is made from fractures or serious soft tissue injuries.
Ankle Injury Moderate £13,740 to £26,590 Fractures and tears to the ligaments are included in this bracket.
Achilles Tendon Injury Moderate £12,590 to £21,070 Cases that involve partial rupture or significant tendon injury.
Am I Owed Special Damages As Part Of My Settlement?
Special damages compensate you for past and future financial losses that you may have incurred because of your injuries. For example, you could claim back the cost of:
- Loss of earnings
- Domestic care
- Transport, such as travel to and from medical appointments
- Home modifications
- Medical expenses
Evidence you could use to prove these losses can include invoices for the cost of care, payslips and travel receipts.
You can get in touch with our team for a free estimate on how much your settlement could be worth.
As per The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe their employees a duty of care. They must take reasonable and practicable steps to prevent their employees from becoming injured in the workplace. Examples of some of the steps they need to take include:
- Performing regular risk assessments of the work environment
- Acting on any findings from the risk assessments
- Providing adequate health and safety training
A failure to do so is a breach of their duty of care. If this breach causes you to sustain harm, either physically or psychologically, this is negligence. If you have evidence that negligence has occurred, you could be eligible to begin a personal injury claim to seek fall at work compensation.
What Is The Time Limit For A Workplace Accident Claim?
Generally, you have 3 years from the date of your accident to begin your personal injury claim as laid out in the Limitation Act 1980. However, there are certain exceptions that can apply to the time limit.
To discuss these exceptions, please get in touch on the number above. An advisor can provide further details on when these could apply. They can also explore whether your claim is eligible.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slips, trips and falls on the same level accounted for 30% of non-fatal injuries to employees in 2021/22. There are a variety of ways these could occur and several types of injuries that could be sustained as a result. For example:
- You may have tripped over a loose wire that wasn’t covered up in an office. As a result, you experienced a severe head injury and elbow injury.
- You may sustain a leg injury after a fall from a height if equipment, such as a ladder, has not been adequately maintained.
- A wet floor may not have been cleaned up or adequately signposted in a reasonable timeframe causing you to slip and sustain a fractured arm.
It is important to be able to provide evidence to support your claim when seeking fall at work compensation as it can help to prove liability. Examples of the evidence you could gather include:
- CCTV footage of the accident
- The contact information of any witnesses
- A copy of medical records
- Photographs of your injuries
A solicitor from our panel could assist you with gathering evidence and building your case. They can also ensure your case is presented in full within the time limit set out. An advisor can provide more information on their services if you call the number above.
Our panel of solicitors offer their work under a type of No Win No Fee agreement. Whilst there are different kinds, the type of contract they offer is called a Conditional Fee Agreement. You can typically expect the following terms under this contract:
- You will not have to pay for the work completed on your case by your solicitor if the claim has an unsuccessful outcome.
- You will pay your solicitor a percentage of your compensation if the claim has a successful outcome. This is capped by The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.
For more information about how working with a solicitor on this basis could benefit your claim, please get in touch with an advisor. They could connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel if they find you have valid grounds to seek fall at work compensation. To reach them, you can:
Browse more of our personal injury guides relating to accidents at work:
- How Are Slip And Fall At Work Settlements Calculated?
- How Do You Prove A Slip And Fall Case?
- Can You Sue Your Employer If You Get Hurt On The Job?
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Thank you for reading this guide on when you could be eligible to begin a personal injury claim to seek fall at work compensation. If you have any other questions, please get in touch using the contact details provided above.
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