In this guide, we’ll be discussing the process of making a personal injury claim after suffering harm at work due to trailing leads hazards. For example, we will explore the criteria that need to be met in order for you to have valid grounds to seek personal injury compensation as well as the time limits in place for starting legal proceedings. Additionally, we will discuss the evidence you could gather in support of your case.
You may be wondering what an employer’s responsibility is when a worker is injured. Employer’s owe a duty of care to their employees to prevent them from becoming injured at work. We will explore the steps they are expected to take in order to uphold their duty of care as well as how a failure to do so could lead to an employee sustaining harm at work.
Furthermore, we will discuss the ways in which a solicitor from our panel could benefit you and your potential accident at work claim. We will also look at how they can offer their services under a type of No Win No Fee agreement and the benefits this can bring.
If you have any further questions in relation to your potential claim, then you can contact us for a free consultation. They can assess your case for free and determine whether you have a legitimate claim. If you do, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel.
For more information, you can:
- Call an advisor on 0161 696 9685
- Fill out the ‘contact us‘ form online
- Chat with one of our advisors by using the live support bubble
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- When Can You Claim For Injuries Caused By Trailing Leads Hazards?
- How Can Slips Trips And Falls In The Workplace Occur?
- Evidence That Could Be Used When Claiming For Trailing Leads Hazards That Caused An Injury
- What Amount Of Trip Or Fall Compensation Could You Receive?
- Claim For A Trip At Work On A No Win No Fee Basis
- Learn More About Claiming Trip At Work Compensation
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 outlines the duty of care your employer owes you. It describes how employees have to take reasonable and practicable steps to ensure the safety of the workplace, environment, equipment and facilities to prevent injury to employees.
In the case that this duty isn’t upheld, causing you physical or psychological harm as a result, this is negligence for which you could make a personal injury claim for a workplace accident.
In addition to proving negligence, when making a personal injury claim against your employer you need to start legal proceedings within 3 years. This can begin from the date of the accident, but exceptions can apply.
To learn more about the time limits and discuss when you could be eligible to seek compensation for injuries caused by trailing leads hazards, get in touch on the number above.
Trailing leads could cause hazards that pose the risk of slips, trips and falls. Employers need to carry out regular risk assessments to ensure the workspace is safe for employees to carry out their work-related duties. They also need to address any hazards they become aware of through performing the assessment. A failure to do so could lead to the following accidents involving trailing wires and leads:
- Work equipment, such as an industrial floor cleaner, may be left out with the wires trailing along the floor after use causing a trip and fall. As a result, an employee might sustain an elbow injury and back injury.
- A trailing lead in an office isn’t covered causing an employee to trip over and sustain a head injury and leg injury.
It’s important to note that not all incidents of injuries caused by trailing leads could form the basis of a valid claim. You need to establish that your employer breached their duty of care and caused you harm as a result.
When making a claim for injuries caused by trailing leads hazards, it’s important that you’re able to provide evidence of employer negligence. There are different steps you could take to gather evidence. For example, you could:
- Request CCTV footage of the accident
- Keep a diary of your treatment and symptoms
- Get medical care and ask for copies of any records produced
- Take photographs of your injury and the accident site
- Take contact details of potential witnesses to be called upon for a statement later.
If you’re struggling to gather evidence to support your claim, a solicitor from our panel would be happy to help you, providing you have valid grounds to seek compensation. They have experience handling accident at work cases and could guide you through the different stages of the claims process.
After making a successful personal injury claim, your payout could be made up of two separate heads of claim. The first of these that we’ll discuss is general damages which compensates you for any pain and/or suffering you’ve experienced as a result of your injuries.
Solicitors may use the Judicial College Guidelines to help them assign a value to this head of claim. This document contains guideline compensation awards, some of which we have included in the following table.
It’s important to note that the figures are not guaranteed as each case is valued individually.
|Injury||Guideline Compensation Brackets||Notes|
|Moderately Severe Injury Resulting from Brain Damage (b)||£219,070 to £282,010||Very serious physical or cognitive disability where the person has a substantial dependence on others.|
|Severe Neck Injuries (a) (i)||In the region of £148,330||Neck injury that's often associated with incomplete paraplegia.|
|Severe Back Injuries (a) (i)||£91,090 to £160,980||Injury that involves damage to the nerve roots and spinal cord.|
|Moderate Back Injuries (b) (i)||£27,760 to £38,780||An intervertebral disc that is prolapsed and needs surgical treatment.|
|Severe Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips (a) (ii)||£61,910 to £78,400||A fracture dislocation of the pelvis.|
|Permanent And Substantial Arm Injuries (b)||£39,170 to £59,860||Serious fractures of one or both forearms involving significant permanent residual disability.|
|Severely Disabling Injuries to the Elbow (a)||£39,170 to £54,830||Injury results in a severe disability.|
|Moderate Knee Injuries (b) (i)||£14,840 to £26,190||Injuries that result in minor future instability, weakness, wasting or another mild future disability.|
|Less Serious Leg Injuries (c) (ii)||£9,110 to £14,080||Simple fracture of a femur that causes no damage to the articular surface.|
|Uncomplicated Wrist Injuries (e)||In the region of £7,430||An uncomplicated Colles' fracture.|
Claiming Special Damages After Slips Trips And Falls At Work
Special damages are the second head of claim that could potentially make up your compensation total. This head of claim aims to reimburse you for any financial losses that you have experienced as a result of your injuries. Examples of the losses you could claim back include:
- The cost of care.
- Travel expenses.
- Medical expenses.
- Loss of earnings.
- The cost of renovations to a home.
You’ll have to provide evidence of your losses; this can come in the form of invoices, bank statements, and receipts.
To learn more about the compensation that you could be awarded following a successful claim for injuries caused by trailing leads hazards, you can contact us by using the information above.
Providing that you have a valid claim, you could choose to work with a solicitor from our panel under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which is a type of No Win No Fee agreement.
Firstly, when working with a solicitor in this way, you won’t typically have to make any upfront or ongoing payments for the services they offer you. Similarly, if your case is unsuccessful, you generally won’t have to pay anything for their work.
However, in the case that you’re successful in your claim, you’ll have to pay a success fee. There is a cap placed on this fee by The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.
For more information on how to claim for a work accident, you can use the following contact details to get in touch with our team of advisors. They can provide further guidance on your eligibility to claim, the evidence you can gather and the compensation you could receive. Additionally, if they find you have valid grounds to make a personal injury claim, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel.
You can reach them by:
- Calling us directly on 0161 696 9685
- Filling out the contact us section of our website
- Chatting with one of our advisors by using the live support bubble
If you’d like to learn more about workplace accident claims, then you can read more of our guides below:
- £25,000 compensation payout for an injury caused by an accident at work
- I had an injury during my probation period, could I make a claim?
- Do I need accident at work solicitors near me?
Alternatively, you can use the following links to learn more:
- GOV – Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
- Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – Health and Safety Statistics
- NHS – First Aid
If you have any other questions about claiming for injuries caused by trailing leads hazards, get in touch using the number above.
Article by OO