This guide will look at when a claim could be made for injuries resulting from unsafe practices in the workplace. Employers owe those who work for them a duty of care, which means they’re responsible for their safety.
This guide will explain exactly what this duty of care entails, and how a breach of this could cause an accident that results in injury. Furthermore, we will look at how settlements for work injury claims are valued and the benefits that No Win No Fee agreements can offer when working with a lawyer.
Please contact our team of advisors for an assessment of your case. If you do have a valid claim, they could connect you with a No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel to work on your case.
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- What Are Unsafe Practices In The Workplace?
- What Are Examples Of Unsafe Practices?
- Potential Work-Related Injuries
- Steps To Take If You Were Injured In The Workplace
- Settlements For Accidents Caused By Unsafe Practices In The Workplace
- Contact Us If Unsafe Practices In The Workplace Injured You
An employer’s duty of care towards their employees is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. According to this act, they need to take all reasonably practicable steps to prevent accidents resulting in injuries in the workplace.
For example, they should:
- Ensure that good housekeeping is kept. For example, cables should be tidied away and walking surfaces should be kept in good condition.
- Provide training to employees. There are certain tasks in the workplace that can be dangerous if not performed properly. For example, if your job involves lifting and carrying, your employer should train you on proper manual handling techniques.
- Supply personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary. For example, your employer might need to provide you with non-slip footwear, a hard hat or heatproof gloves depending on your role.
A breach in the duty of care that your employer owes you that causes you to be injured is known as negligence. You cannot claim for unsafe practices alone- in order for you to pursue compensation, you must have been injured as a result of your employer breaching the duty of care they owed you. For an assessment of your case, and to see if you could be connected with a lawyer from our panel, speak with an advisor today.
Below we have included some examples of unsafe working practices. Not all of these will be applicable to every workplace but they should give you an idea of what these kinds of practices could consist of:
- You’re injured because you aren’t provided with the workplace training you need to undertake manual handling tasks safely.
- You’re injured by defective work equipment because your employer did not act on the results of a risk assessment.
- Because of defective stair lighting that your employer had been made aware of but had not fixed, you trip and fall down a flight of stairs.
- You’re injured because a forklift truck was poorly loaded, meaning that the items fall off and onto you.
- You’re made to handle hazardous substances without being provided with PPE or being made aware of the risk.
Don’t worry if you cannot see your accident type above; this isn’t an exhaustive list and you could still claim if your circumstances differ. Speak with a member of our team today for a free assessment of your case.
Here are some injuries an employee could suffer because of unsafe practices in the workplace.
- Broken or fractured bones
- Soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains
- Spinal cord and paralysis injuries
- Head injuries including brain injuries
- Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
- Fatal accidents
Injuries that occur in the workplace can range from relatively minor to life-changing. If you would like to see whether you could be entitled to make a claim after your employer’s negligence has caused your injuries, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. An advisor can assess your case and let you know whether you could be owed compensation.
If unsafe practices in the workplace cause you to be injured, you should seek medical attention first and foremost to ensure you get the treatment you need. The reports that this generates could also be used as evidence in your case.
Below are some of the other steps you could take if injured in a workplace accident:
- Make a report of the accident in the workplace accident book.
- Take photographs of the hazard that caused your accident. If your injuries are visible, it may be useful to photograph these, too.
- Collect the names and contact details of people who witnessed the accident and who may provide a statement at a later date.
While there’s no requirement for you to work with a lawyer when claiming, you might find that it’s beneficial for you to do so. If you speak with a member of our team today, they can provide you with free advice about the process of claiming. There’s no obligation for you to continue a claim just from getting in touch; however, if your case is valid and you are interested in proceeding, they may be able to connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor.
If an accident at work resulting from negligence caused you to be injured, you could claim compensation. If your claim is a success, you will receive general damages. This is the head of claim that relates to the pain, suffering and lost amenity that your injuries have resulted in.
Solicitors can use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them assign a value to general damages. Because of this, we have created a compensation table based on the figures from the 16th edition of the JCG to help give you an idea of how these claims are valued. Please be aware that these should only be used as guidelines, not guarantees.
|Injury Type||Guidelines On Payouts||Injury Notes|
|Severe Back Injury (i)||£91,090 to £160,980||A combination of very serious consequences resulting from damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots. Severe pain and disability.|
|Chest Injury||£100,670 to £150,110||Loss of one lung and/or serious damage to the heart.|
|Severe Knee Injury (i)||£69,730 to £96,210||Disruption of the joint, gross damage to ligaments and a loss of function. Surgery will have either taken place or will be inevitable.|
|Severe Leg Injury - Very Serious (ii)||£54,830 to £87,890||Ongoing mobility issues and injuries where multiple breaks have taken years to heal. There may be deformity or limited movement.|
|Arm Injury - Serious||£39,170 to £59,860||The injury could result in substantial and permanent disability. It could include instances where one or both forearms were fractured.|
|Severe Neck Injury (ii)||£45,470 to £55,990||Severe soft tissue injuries such as ruptured tendons. Could also include bone fractures and dislocation.|
|Moderate Neck Injury (ii)||£13,740 to £24,990||Including wrenching type injuries and other soft tissue injuries which lead to further problems in the future.|
|Wrist Injury||£24,500 to £39,170||The wrist does retain some useful movement though there is a permanent disability.|
|Serious Shoulder Injury||£12,770 to £19,200||Injuries to the lower part of the brachial plexus or a dislocated shoulder which leaves the person with a weakened grip.|
|Moderate Hand Injury||£5,720 to £13,280||Lacerations, penetrating wounds and other soft tissue injuries are included in this bracket.|
You could also be entitled to a head of claim called special damages. This head of a claim aims to reimburse you for the financial impact that your injuries have had on you.
Special damages could include:
- Medical expenses
- Travel costs to and from medical appointments
- Care costs
- Lost earnings
- Adaptations to your car and/or vehicle to cope with your injuries
Speak with our team today for a free assessment of the value of your claim.
If you meet the right criteria to claim after unsafe practices in the workplace have caused you injury, a member of our team could connect you with a solicitor from our panel who can offer you a No Win No Fee agreement. Under a particular form of this agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement, you won’t pay a solicitors fee upfront or as they continue to work on your claim. Furthermore, if your claim isn’t successful, then you won’t pay them anything for the work they have done on your case.
Instead, you will fund your solicitor’s services by paying a success fee if you win; this is made up of a percentage of your settlement. The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 caps the success fee that can be taken.
Please reach out to Legal Helpline today to see if you can make a workplace injury claim:
- Call our helpline on 0161 696 9685
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Learn More About Workplace Safety
These guides may be helpful if you want to claim compensation for an accident at work.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guide to reporting accidents and illnesses at work
A guide to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases & Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 from the HSE
If you have been injured by unsafe practices in the workplace caused by employer negligence, speak with our team today.