You may wonder if you can claim compensation if you have been injured while working on a production line. This guide will guide you through the steps involved in making a personal injury claim against your employer for an accident at work.
We will discuss how injuries could occur on a production line and how to prove that injuries you sustained were your employer’s fault.
Additionally, this guide will set out examples of compensation payouts and what they could include.
Finally, we will discuss the benefits of choosing to work with a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor.
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Your employer owes you a duty of care to take reasonable and practical steps as a way to ensure your safety in the workplace. This duty is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Under this act, your employer is expected to:
- Address any hazards that they become aware of after performing a risk assessment.
- Provide training that is adequate and information about health and safety in the workplace.
- Maintain equipment at work to ensure it is safe for its intended purpose.
- Provide any personal protective equipment that is necessary to reduce the risk of known hazards causing harm.
If your employer breaches their duty of care, this is known as negligence. Should you be injured while working on a production line due to negligence, you may be eligible to start a personal injury claim.
What Is The Personal Injury Claim Time Limit?
The personal injury claim time limits are laid out in the Limitation Act 1980.
Generally, the time limit in which you can begin a claim for a workplace injury is three years from the date you became harmed. However, there are some exceptions to these time limits which may be relevant to your case.
To learn more about the exceptions and whether they apply to you, contact one of our advisors for advice. They can also provide guidance on when you could be eligible to seek personal injury compensation.
There are many ways you could be injured on a production line. For example:
- Inadequate training can mean an employee does not know how to operate machinery correctly, leading to them sustaining an injury, such as a traumatic amputation.
- Improper maintenance or lack of maintenance can result in production line equipment becoming defective and failing. This could cause an accident or injury to an employee, such as a crush injury.
To learn more about whether you could claim after an injury at work, contact our advisors using the contact details above. You can discuss your specific circumstances and get a free case assessment.
In order to seek accident at work compensation, you should gather sufficient evidence to prove that your injury was caused by employer negligence.
There are many steps you can take towards collecting evidence. These include:
- Requesting CCTV footage of your accident.
- Taking photographs of the accident site and your injury.
- Seeking medical assistance and requesting any medical records.
- Keeping a diary of any appointments you have attended, as well as your mental and physical state after your injury.
- Recording the contact details of any potential witnesses so a statement can be taken at a later date.
If you choose to work with a solicitor from our panel, they can help you locate evidence if you are unsure how to do so. To learn more about the services they can offer, call one of our advisors using the details above.
Two heads of claim could form the settlement you are awarded should your case be successful.
General damages, the first head, compensate you for the mental and physical pain and suffering you have endured due to your injury.
The table below shows figures taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, a document solicitors use to help them calculate how much you could be owed for your injuries. However, these figures are not a guarantee, so only use them as a guide.
|Injury||Severity||Guideline Compensation Bracket||Notes|
|Arm Amputation||Loss Of Both Arms (a)||£240,790 to £300,000||The person is reduced to a state of helplessness.|
|Arm Amputation||Loss Of One Arm (b) (i)||Not less than £137,160||The arm is amputated at the shoulder.|
|Head Injury||Moderately Severe (b)||£219,070 to £282,010||A very serious disability and the need for constant care.|
|Hand Injury||Both Hands Totally Or Effectively Lost (a)||£140,660 to £201,490||Serious injury causing extensive damage and rendering both hands less than useless.|
|Hand Injury||Moderate (h)||£5,720 to £13,280||Crush injuries, penetrating wounds and deep lacerations.|
|Hand Injury||Severe Finger Fractures (f)||Up to £36,740||Injuries leading to partial amputations and deformity as well as other issues.|
|Elbow Injury||Severe (a)||£39,170 to £54,830||The injury causes a severe disability.|
|Wrist Injury||Less Severe (c)||£12,590 to £24,500||Permanent disability such as ongoing pain and stiffness.|
|Other Arm Injury||Simple (d)||£6,610 to £19,200||Simple forearm fractures.|
|Other Arm Injury||Less Severe (c)||£19,200 to £39,170||Despite a significant disability, the person will have made a substantial recovery or this will be expected to happen.|
Special Damages In Production Line Accident Claims
Special damages compensate you for any out-of-pocket costs you have incurred because you were injured. The compensation aims to return you to the financial state you were in before you were injured. For example, special damages can compensate for:
- Medical expenses.
- Current and future care costs.
- Travel costs, such as the cost of buses to and from medical appointments.
- Current and future loss of earnings.
It is important to keep as much evidence as possible to prove these costs. For example, you should keep items like bus tickets and medical records.
For more information on the compensation you could be awarded after making a successful claim, get in touch on the number above.
You may benefit from working with a solicitor from our panel. They can offer you a type of No Win No Fee contract. Whilst there are different types, the solicitors from our panel usually work under a Conditional Fee Agreement.
Under the terms of this contract, typically:
- You will not owe your solicitor any upfront fees for their services.
- There is no requirement to pay any ongoing costs to your solicitor while your claim proceeds.
- You don’t need to pay your solicitor for the work they have done, if your case is unsuccessful.
Should your case be successful, you will owe your solicitor a small success fee from your compensation. This fee is restricted due to the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, so you cannot be overcharged.
Contact an advisor today to discuss if a solicitor from our panel could help you when making your workplace accident claim. They can also answer any questions you have about seeking compensation. Use the following details to contact them:
More of our useful personal injury guides:
- Advice On A Personal Injury Claim With A Pre-Existing Condition – A useful guide to claiming with a pre-existing condition.
- £16,000 Compensation Payout For A Hand Injury At Work Claim – Advice To Help Calculate Compensation Payouts – A helpful case study exploring the process of seeking compensation for a hand injury at work.
- Check How To Get Compensation For Work-Related Injuries– An in-depth article about claiming compensation if you were injured at work.
Additionally, we have provided more external resources that you might find beneficial:
- Health and Safety Executive – Health and safety in the manufacturing sector
- NHS – How do I know if I’ve broken a bone?
- GOV – Statutory sick pay
Thank you for reading this guide on when you could claim if you were injured while working on a production line. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the details provided above.
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