“I injured myself at work, can I claim compensation?” Is a question we hear time and time again from our clients. If you have been injured because of an accident at work that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. This is because all employers owe their employees a duty of care when they are at work. A duty of care means that they are responsible for providing their employees with a safe and hygienic environment in which to work.
If you have been injured at work because of an accident that was not your fault Advice.co.uk can help you. We offer free legal advice to anyone wishing to make a personal injury claim for a workplace accident. If we can see that you are owed compensation for your injuries, our panel of solicitors could offer to take on your claim. To begin your claim call us on 0161 696 9685 for your free workplace compensation claims consultation. Alternatively, fill out our online compensation form and we’ll respond to you shortly.
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If you have recently been injured because of an accident at work that was not your fault you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. You may be wondering, “What do I do if I injure myself at work?”. In this guide, we will explain what to do if an accident occurs in the workplace and what procedures you should follow. We will also answer some questions you may have such as: “What are my rights if I am injured at work?”, “Can I be sacked for having an accident at work?” and “Do I get paid if I get injured at work?”. If you are injured outside of work, we will also explain what to do.
For advice on what to do if you hurt yourself at work keep on reading this guide. Alternatively, call one of our claims specialists today or fill out our online claims form to speak to a member of our claims team.
If you have been injured because of an accident at work you may be curious to know how much compensation you could be owed. To accurately value your compensation payout a solicitor could take a look at your medical records and other evidence relating to your claim. In the meantime, we have provided a compensation table below. The table has compensation amounts that are based on Judicial College guidelines. This is a publication that legal professional may use when putting a value on injuries. As you will see as we go to the next section this is just one part of the compensation settlement.
|Type And Degree Of Injury||Settlement||Comments|
|Severe foot injury||£39,390 to £65,710||Both heels fractures and where there is substantial difficulty with mobility.|
|Serious foot injury||£23,460 to £36,790||There will be pain and ongoing issues with the foot as well as issues with arthritis and other conditions.|
|Moderate foot injury||£12,900 to £23,460||Displaced fractures of a metatarsal bone which could require surgery.|
|Hand injuries (C)||£90,250 to £102,890||Total effective loss of one of the hands.|
|Serious hand injuries||£27,220 to £58,100||Such as an injury which reduces the use of the hand by around 50%.|
|Severe finger fracture||Up to £34,480||The injury may be severe enough to require an amputation.|
|Moderate hand injury||£5,260 to £12,460||A soft tissue such as a crush injury or penetrating wound.|
The table above includes general damages only and does not include any special damages compensation you could be paid.
If you injure yourself at work and are awarded compensation, your compensation payout will include two heads of claim, general damages and special damages.
General damages is compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you have experienced because of your injuries.
Special damages is compensation to repay you for any financial losses incurred as a result of your injury. Therefore, they can include expenses already paid and future expenses such as funds for future loss of earnings. Examples of special damages you can claim can include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Care expenses
- Travel expenses
- Reimbursement for loss of income.
If you are seriously injured and become disabled you can also claim special damages compensation for the following:
- Home and/or car adaptation expenses
- Mobility equipment expenses.
Always check that the cost can be claimed back before making any payments. For free legal advice about how much compensation you could claim for an accident at work, call Advice.co.uk today for your free personal injury claims compensation estimate.
In the UK there is legislation to protect the health and safety of employees when they are at work. This includes the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and other pieces of industry-specific legislation. Not all accidents that happen which lead to injuries will qualify for a compensation claim.
Accidents at work are not uncommon. According to the Labour Force Survey (2019/20) there are 693,000 non-fatal injuries at work in the UK. 24% of these accidents resulted in the employee being absent from work for more than 7 days indicating that they are serious. However, it is important to note that these figures do not reflect employer negligence.
According to RIDDOR reports, these are the most common types of accidents at work:
Same level trip and fall or slip and fall accidents – 29%
Manual handling, lifting or carrying accidents – 19%
Being struck by a moving object – 11%
Assaults at work and violent acts – 9%
Falls from a height – 8%
If you have had an accident at work, what are your rights in the UK?
If you injured yourself at work due to human error or a lack of due care on your own part you will probably not have a right to claim compensation. However, if your accident was caused by negligence on the part of your employer you may be eligible to claim compensation from the organisation you work for.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states that employers owe their workers a duty of care to keep them as safe as practically as possible To keep staff safe employers could conduct regular risk assessments to identify health and safety hazards (things that put people who use their premises at risk). Control measures must be applied to the health and safety hazard to remove or minimise the risk. For example, if there is a spillage but nothing is done to clear it up or warn employees by using wet floor signs, this may be classed as negligence. If an employee was to slip and become injured as a result the employer could be liable for the suffering.
If an employee is injured outside of work, what to do? By this, we mean that the employee is conducting duties for their employer but is not on the organisation’s premises. If the employer has control over the employee’s environment then the employer could be held liable for their injuries. If an employee is injured outside of work in the UK in an environment their employer does not control, another party may be responsible for their injuries and the employee would make a compensation claim against them.
If you suffer an injury at work, what to do? If you are seriously or critically injured it is important that you prioritise your health and seek the appropriate medical treatment. Call 999 for an ambulance if necessary. Tell a colleague who is trained in first aid, “I have injured myself at work” and they should be able to help you where needed. Moreover, if you need to leave work immediately to go to the hospital, a colleague can gather evidence to support your claim on your behalf.
See A Doctor Or Appropriate Medical Professional
Even if you are not seriously injured we strongly recommend that you see a doctor about your injuries as soon as possible. This is because if you have injured yourself at work, you will need to provide medical evidence to prove that you suffered an injury. Furthermore, getting your injuries diagnosed by a doctor will mean that there is evidence of your injuries on your medical records.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) are laws that require employers to keep records of and report the serious incidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). What are these incidents?
- Accidents at work which cause death.
- Accidents at work which cause serious injuries. RIDDOR defines these injuries as reportable incidents. These include incidents of fractured or broken bones, hypothermia, accidents leading to permanent sight loss or crushing injuries that damage the brain or internal organs.
- Cases of industrial diseases that have been diagnosed. These include carpal tunnel syndrome, hand-arm vibration syndrome, any occupational cancer, occupational asthma and occupational dermatitis.
- Dangerous Occurrences with the potential to cause harm. This could be a poisonous gas leak, equipment coming into contact with overhead power lines or a major mechanical failure in a lift.
RIDDOR explains that if an accident occurs whereby the worker suffers an injury that leaves them incapacitated for up to three days, the incident must be recorded by the employer. Also, if a worker suffers injuries that leave them incapacitated for seven or more days the employer must report the injuries to the Health and Safety Executive.
You can read more about reportable incidents to RIDDOR here.
When clients ask us, “What do I do if I injure myself at work?” they often want to know who they should report their injuries to. If your injuries count as a reportable incident under the RIDDOR regulations your employer has to report the incident to HSE. Even if your injuries are not defined as reportable to RIDDOR you should report your workplace accident to the following parties:
How To Report Workplace Injuries To A Colleague
If you are injured in an accident at work it is important to tell your colleagues and others around you. Firstly you can warn them of the health and safety hazard so they can avoid having the same accident themselves. Secondly, they need to know that you are leaving work to get medical treatment for your injuries. Your colleagues may also be able to make eye witness statements to support your accident at work compensation claim at a later date.
How To Report Workplace Injuries To Your Manager
If you have been injured in an accident at work, you should report the injury to your manager or supervisor. Tell them, “I injured myself at work”. Your manager needs to know that you have been injured so you can be relieved of your duties. Your manager will also need to inform the person responsible for fixing the health and safety hazard to fix it or section the area off until it can be fixed. If your injuries count as reportable incidents under RIDDOR, your manager will have to report your injuries to the Health and Safety Executive.
We recommend that you follow up your conversation with your manager in writing. Preferably by email. This will provide written evidence that you reported your injuries to your manager. We strongly recommend that when you speak to your manager in person or write to them. If you say, “I’m sorry” or “That was my fault” your employer may use this as evidence against you. This means that you could be held liable for your injuries despite the health and safety hazard in the workplace and you will lose your right to make a compensation claim. We recommend you don’t comment on who was at fault without first speaking to a solicitor or seeking free legal advice from us.
Logging Your Accident In The Company Report Book
You should also log your accident at work in the company’s accident report book. This will create a formal record of your accident and injury. Make sure that there is an accurate recording of the time, date, place and exact details of your accident and injury before you sign.
You may be wondering “What to do if I hurt myself at work? Can I gather evidence to support my compensation claim?” If you are injured at work because of an accident that was not your fault you can gather evidence to support your compensation claim. If you have to leave work immediately for medical treatment a colleague can gather evidence on your behalf. Here are some steps you can take to gather evidence to support your claim.
CCTV, Photo And Video Evidence
You can take photos on your phone of the hazard that caused your injury. If possible include a date stamp. This will be helpful if the hazard is repaired at a later date because you can prove it was there at the time and place of your accident. You can also take photographs of your injuries if they are visible.
Collect Witness Statements
When you return to work, speak to colleagues who saw the accident take place. If they are willing to make a statement you can ask for their contact details. A personal injury solicitor may contact them at a later date.
Another helpful thing to do if you injured yourself at work is to keep an accident diary. Your accident diary can include records of every purchase you made relating to or because of your injury. Please keep the receipts as these can be used as evidence to support your compensation claim. You may be able to claim these costs back as special damages. Your accident diary can also include entries recording any symptoms you experience. Please record the date when you make an entry.
We will now respond to some frequently asked questions our people often have for us when they tell us “I injured myself at work” and are seeking advice.
Do I get paid if I get injured at work?
Many people claiming compensation for an accident at work ask us, “Do I get paid if I get injured at work?” or “do I get full pay if injured at work?”. Some employers offer sick pay benefits. So, we recommend that you check with your contract to see what you are entitled to. You may also be able to claim Statutory Sick Pay.
What are my rights if I am injured at work?
If you have been injured at work, you may be wondering, “I had an accident at work, what are my rights in the UK?” If you are injured at work because of an accident that was caused by your employer’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation.
Can I get fired for getting injured at work?
Many clients ask us, “can I be sacked for having an accident at work?” Your employer cannot legally fire you for having an injury at work. As long as you are making an honest claim. So, if you are fired for getting injured at work or fired for claiming compensation this would be unfair dismissal. Therefore you would have the right to take your employer to an employment tribunal.
What happens if you can’t work due to injury?
What happens if you can’t work due to injury? If you suffer a severe injury and can no longer work, you may be eligible to claim disability and sickness benefits.
We hope you are found these answers to frequently asked questions about what to do if you injure yourself at work helpful. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us for free legal advice about making a workplace accident claim.
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, because of negligence on the part of your employer you may be owed compensation for your injuries. To begin your claim, contact Advice.co.uk today. Our claims team will assess your case for free. Furthermore, if you have legitimate grounds to claim we could offer to connect you with a solicitor. They will push to win you the maximum amount of compensation you could be eligible to receive. To begin your claim call us today or use our online compensation claims form.
When making a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor you the client will not have to pay an upfront or hourly fee. Instead, you will sign a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) whereby both parties agree that you will pay a success fee if the solicitor wins your compensation claim.
What are the advantages of No Win No Fee solicitors?
- You only have to pay your success fee if we win your accident at work claim, so there is less financial risk involved.
- If your claim is successful your solicitor fee will be deducted from your compensation payout at a capped rate, keeping the cost of claiming under control.
For free legal advice about making a claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor for an accident at work, call Advice.co.uk today to speak to an advisor.
To begin your claim for an accident at work today, contact our team for free legal advice. If we can see that your employer owes you compensation, we could offer to connect you with a personal injury solicitor.
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