How Much Compensation Can I Claim For An Accident At Work?

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If you have been injured in an accident in your workplace that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. There are many different accidents that can happen in the workplace, including slips, trips, and falls, industrial illnesses, repetitive strain injury, industrial deafness, and much more. So long as the incident was caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, and it happened within the past three years (unless the injury occurs over time), you will be able to make a claim. This is something which our panel of solicitors have many years of experience in, and we can help you to get the full amount of compensation you deserve. For more information, please read on.

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A guide to accident at work claims

Accident At Work Claim Guide

Accident At Work Claim Guide

Accidents in the workplace happen every year in the UK. Although some work environments are more dangerous than others – take the construction industry as a prime example – accidents can happen in any environment. In fact, we handle office accident claims on a regular basis. If you have been injured in an accident at work that was not your fault, you will be entitled to compensation. This is because your employer has a duty to provide a healthy and safe work environment – this is something they are required to do by law. If they fail to do this, you will be entitled to a payout, which is something we can help you to secure.

But, before you give us a call to get started, take a look at the information below to find out everything you need to know regarding accident at work claims. In this accident at work advice guide, we explain statistics regarding accidents at work, information on how to claim, eligibility, average payout amounts, rules and regulations, and much more.

What is an accident at work?

There is no singular definition for an accident at work. This is because workplace accidents can happen in many different ways and in many different environments. Nonetheless, generally speaking, this refers to any type of situation whereby you were injured while being employed. This can be as a consequence of something your employer did or something they failed to do. In order for your claim to be a success, you simply need to be able to prove that your employer is to blame for the injuries you have sustained.

There are many ways this could be the case, including: your employer having failed to carry out regular risk assessments, they may have ignored risk assessment findings, they may have failed to provide adequate training, they may have failed to supply the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), they may have allowed you to work on machinery when they knew it was faulty, they may have allowed a potentially violent employee to continue working at the firm… The list is endless!

Accident at work law

There are a number of important pieces of legislation that have been put in place to protect you from risks in the workplace, and which detail the steps employers need to take. This includes the following:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013
  • Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
  • Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulations 2007
  • Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
  • Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
  • Management of Health & Safety at WorkRegulations 1999
  • Working Time Regulations 1998
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at WorkRegulations 1992
  • Manual Handling Regulations 1992
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

If your employer has failed to abide by the legislation in place, and you have been injured as a consequence, you will definitely have grounds for making a personal injury claim.

Accident at work statistics

In 2015/16, there were 144 workers killed at work in the UK. There were also an astonishing 4.5 million workdays lost due to non fatal injuries to workers, for which there were 621,000. Of the 621,000 injury cases, 10 per cent of them were injuries that were caused by moving objects, such as machinery or vehicles, 19 per cent were trips and slips, and 20 per cent were manualhandling injuries.

When you take this into account, it is not difficult to see why accident at work claims are some of the most common that we handle. The workplace can be an extremely dangerous one, especially for certain injuries. However, it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure the environment is a safe and healthy one, and so it is vital that you get the compensation you deserve.

What to do if you are involved in an accident at work

If you are involved in an accident at work, you need to take the necessary steps to gather evidence. This includes the following:

See a medical professional – Of course, this is the most important step, as your health always comes first. Not only this, but seeing a medical professional is vital for your case. This is because your doctor will put together a medical report, which will be used to determine how much compensation you will receive.

Report the incident – You need to report the accident to your employer, as they will need to record it in their accident book. This is something that is required by law.

Make a note of everything that happened – As soon as you get the opportunity, you should make a note of everything that happened. This will ensure you do not forget anything later down the line.

Take photographs – You should take photographs of the scene and your injuries if applicable.

Get witness contact information – If anyone witnessed the accident, you should get his or her contact details. Witness statements can really help to strengthen your case.

How to begin an accident at work claim

If you want to make a claim for an accident at work that was not your fault, all you need to do is get in touch and we will handle the case for you. We always begin every claim with a free consultancy session. This gives us the ability to find out the facts regarding your case, and so we will ask you a number of questions. There is nothing to worry about; we simply need to find out the ins and outs of your case so that we can advise you in the best possible manner. It also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

You will be pleased to know that all of the accident at work solicitors who are part of our panel, can operate on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. You can find out more about this payment structure below. We can also arrange a local medical for you if required, free of charge.

Accident at work slip trip or fall claims

Slip, trip, and fall claims are some of the most common in the UK, and they can often occur in the workplace. There are many different ways such incidents can occur. Perhaps you slipped on an unmarked wet floor? Maybe you fell because of a danger in the workplace that had not been dealt with? No matter how your injuries have been sustained, so long as the incident was not your fault, you will be able to secure compensation. However, it is important to note that you only have three years to make a claim for such incidents; so the sooner you get started, the better. It will be much easier too, as the details will be fresh in your mind and gathering evidence will be a lot more straightforward.

Back injury at work can I claim?

Back injuries can happen in many different ways in the workplace. Not only do they occur as a consequence of falls and manual handling injuries, but you can also experience back damage due to repetitive strain injury. If you are sat at a computer desk all day and your employer does not allow you to take regular breaks, you can easily sustain repetitive strain injury. We can help you to get the compensation that you deserve. Get in touch today to make a back injury at work claim.

Burns, scars & lacerations at work can I claim

Lacerations, scars, and burns can happen in a number of different scenarios. Accident at work examples include leaving points or sharp edges exposed, storing chemicals carelessly, failing to clearly label hazardous chemicals, and leaving machine blades unguarded.

It is your employer’s responsibility to safeguard practices and ensure the workplace is safe. These accident at work employers responsibilities include having the required insurance, introducing regular breaks, having an appointed first aider, holding regular reviews of the working environment, thoroughly training staff, communicating risk and safety measures, and carrying out regular risk assessments.

If your employer has failed in their duty, we will be able to secure the compensation you deserve. Not only does this include compensation for the physical pain and suffering you have experienced, but any psychological trauma too. We know that burns and scars can be incredibly difficult for some people to deal with, and we treat emotional injuries just as importantly as physical ones.

I had a fall from a height at work can I sue?

Just because you work in a risky occupation, does not mean you have to accept your injuries. If you have fallen from a height, and your employer is to blame, you will be able to claim compensation. There are regulations in place that all employers need to follow to ensure your safety, and if they have failed to do this, you deserve to be compensated.

There are many different ways your employer could be at fault. Perhaps the structure you were working on was not secure? Maybe they failed to provide you with the correct Personal Protective Equipment? Perhaps you received inadequate training? There are rigorous safety standards in place for working from a height, as the government recognises just how dangerous this is. In fact, of all workplace fatalities, 29 per cent are caused by an employee falling from a height. If your employer does not take this seriously, you have every right to pursue compensation.

I got a head injury while at work can I claim compensation?

Head injuries can be very worrying, and in some cases the consequences can be extremely severe. This is reflected in the average payouts for such injuries. For minor head injuries, a claimant can usually expect anything from £1,675 to £9,700. This depends on a number of factors, including the presence or absence of headaches, the extent of continuing symptoms, the period taken to recover from symptoms, and the severity of the initial injury. At the other end of the spectrum, we have cases involving very severe brain damage, which can result in a payout between £214,350 and £307,000.

When you work with us, we always aim to secure the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. There are many different ways head injuries can occur in the workplace, including falls from a height, falling objects, crashes and collisions, and much more. The type of incident that has occurred is not the determining factor; what matters is being able to prove that your employer is to blame. If they have failed in their duty to provide a healthy and safe working environment, either by doing something or failing to do something, you will have a very strong basis for a successful compensation claim.

Manual handling work accident injury can I claim?

Manual handling work accidents are the most common in the UK. In fact, 20 per cent of the 621,000 non-fatal workplace injuries reported in the UK in 2015/16 were manual handling injuries. So, if you have been injured due to a manual handling accident and it was not your fault, you will be entitled to compensation. This is because your employer will be in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and/or the Manual Handling Regulations 1992.

There are a number of different ways they could have breached such legislations. In most cases, it will be because they have not provided you with adequate training on handling the equipment in such a way that prevents injuries. However, there are many other ways they could have failed to uphold their legal responsibility, for example, they may have encouraged you to use faulty lifting equipment. No matter what has occurred, if you have been injured due to manual handling incident and you believe your employer is to blame, get in touch with us today to get the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve.

I had an accident at work what are my rights?

If you have been injured at work and it was not your fault, you have a right to make a personal injury claim. A lot of people are worried about making a claim against their employer, as they fear they will get sacked as a consequence. This is something you do not need to worry about, so long as you employ a reputable firm to handle everything in the correct manner, which is where we come in.

It is important to recognise that your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure that the working environment is a safe and healthy one. If they fail to do this, and you are injured as a consequence, they also have a right to compensate you. All employers are required by law to have insurance in place to cover such scenarios – the payout will not come directly from their back pocket. Moreover, if they were to fire you for making a claim, they would only land themselves in even deeper water, as you would then have grounds for unfair dismissal as well.

So, your rights are as follows:

  • To receive the payout you are entitled to
  • For your job to remain safe

It is important to know that there is legislation in place to protect you. You may also be wondering whether you get sick pay if you have been injured at work. Accident at work do I get paid? Your employer is not legally required to pay you your full salary if you have needed to take time off work due to an injury caused by their negligence. However, in most cases, you will be automatically entitled to sick pay. At the very minimum, your employer needs to pay Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). At the present moment, this stands at just under £88 per week for up to 28 weeks. To qualify for this, you must have reported the incident to your employer and you must earn more than £111 per week at the moment.

Of course, when making a claim for accident at work on your behalf one of the things that we will claim for is ‘loss of benefits’ – this payout is designed to compensate you for the earnings you have lost. If you are going to be off work for a considerable period of time, we can also claim for loss of future earnings. This is calculated based on your current pay grade, as well as your future earning potential. We will always aim to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible to ensure you do not experience any financial hardship as a consequence of your injuries.

What can be claimed for after an accident at work?

You will be able to claim for the following if you have had an accident at work:

General damages – General damages are designed to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have experienced.

Medical expenses – Costs of any treatment, or medication which you have had to meet as a result of your accident.

Travel expenses – This will usually include the cost of getting to and from medical appointments.

Care claim – If you have required assistance around the home during your recovery, your carer will be able to file a care claim.

Loss of earnings – Not only can you claim for earnings you have already lost, but you can claim on the basis of future earning potential as well.

Accident at work claim time limit

Most personal injury cases have a three-year accident at work claim time limit. This is three years from the date of the accident, and court proceedings must be issued within this time frame. However, some workplace accidents can be an exception to this rule. This relates to cases whereby injuries develop over time, such as industrial deafness and industrial diseases. In such scenarios, it is usually impossible to pinpoint an accident date, as symptoms don’t appear straight away. Therefore, you will have three years from the date of your diagnosis to make a claim instead.

Top 10 most common types of accidents at work

Let’s take a look at the ten most common accidents at work compensation examples:

  1. Slips, trips, and falls – A slip, trip, or fall can happen in any type of workplace. Perhaps a spillage was not cleaned up promptly and you were injured as a result? No matter what applies, you will be able to make a claim for compensation so long as the incident was not your fault.
  2. Muscle strains – Muscle strains are another type of common work-related injury. Most people suffer from this if they lift heavy items regularly as part of their job. Your employer should have taught you the proper lifting technique to use to ensure that you do not end up injured. If they have failed to do this, you can make a claim.
  3. Being hit by falling objects – This can cause both minor and major injuries. Serious injuries include blindness and concussions while minor injuries include abrasions and cuts.
  4. Repetitive strain injury – Repetitive strain injury, which is often shortened to RSI, is an extremely common workplace injury. It can happen as a consequence of any type of repetitive or forceful activity. A lot of people experience RSI when they sit at their desk looking at their computer for an extended period of time. It is vital to ensure that you get to take regular breaks so that your body gets a rest from the repetitive task. Most of these injuries will impact the upper body, including the neck, shoulders, hands, wrist, elbow, and forearm.
  5. Collisions and crashes – Impact injuries and crashes are quite frequent in workplaces that involve forklifts and other smaller vehicles, as well as big vehicles, such as lorries and cars. These accidents can have severe consequences, which is why it is pivotal for employers to have the appropriate safety procedures in place.
  6. Lacerations and cuts – Painful cuts can happen as a consequence of a wide range of office and workplace implements, from paper trimmers to power saws. The most common causes of these injuries include failing to wear the correct protection, inadequate safety and accident at work procedures, and poor training.
  7. Toxic fume inhalation – Many workplaces have hazardous substances in the air in the form of vapours, gases, mists, fumes, and dusts. If you work with hazardous chemicals, the risk of injury is serious, which is why employers need to provide the correct PPE, including fitted face masks and goggles, to avoid dangerous exposure.
  8. Loud noise exposure – Hearing damage can occur as a consequence of noise at work, and this can be disabling and permanent. Hearing loss can either be sudden or it can be gradual due to exposure to noise over time. Major compensation payouts can occur further along the line due to industrial deafness, which is why it is better for the employer to nip this problem in the bud. If they have failed to implement correct safety measures, including ear protection, you will have the basis for a personal injury claim.
  9. Walking into objects – We have all done this at some point in your life; however, such accidents can be your employer’s fault if they have failed to move unnecessary hazards out of the way.
  10. Fights at work – If an employer has allowed an employee to continue to work with you when they know that they pose a serious threat, they could be to blame for a fight. Of course, you can also claim against the person that has actually started a fight with you.

Top employers in the UK

  • Expedia
  • ARM
  • HomeServe UK
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Hays
  • Peninsula
  • Unilever
  • Salesforce
  • Screwfix
  • First Derivatives
  • American Express
  • Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Google
  • Explore Learning
  • Accenture
  • PeGroup
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Centrica
  • Nando’s UK
  • NHS
  • Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi, Sainsburys
  • Mcdonalds
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Easyjet
  • Costa Coffee

If you work for any of the employers mentioned above, or a different employer, and you have been injured and it was not your fault, give us a call to get the compensation you deserve.

Assessing the severity of an accident at work injury

It can often be difficult to assess the severity of a workplace injury and the impact it can have on the claimant in the future. This is why you will need to undergo a medical examination. This is nothing to worry about; it is merely to ensure that you get the correct compensation amount, as the doctor will put together a medical report that will be used to determine how much compensation you receive. If you need a medical, we can arrange this for you. This is a simple and quick examination that is carried out at not cost to you at a local medical centre.

How much compensation will I get after an accident at work?

We often get asked the following question: “how much compensation will I receive if I make a claim”? While it is always our aim to get you the maximum compensation you deserve, it is virtually impossible to provide you with an accurate figure regarding what this will be.

This is because all personal injury cases are different, and there are many factors that will impact the payout you receive. You may have come across an accident at work compensation calculator online, yet it’s important to note that the figures these calculators produce are only rough estimates. No one can provide a definitive answer. What we can do, however, is provide you with the typical payout amounts for a number of injuries related workplace accidents. If you cannot find the injury you have sustained in the table below, please do not hesitate to get in touch for more information.

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amountComments 
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000This is calculated based on the actual income you have lost. In some cases, there is the potential to receive more than the maximum payout.
Loss of anticipated earnings£10,000 - £400,000This is calculated based on your future earning prospects as well as your current pay grade. In some cases, there is the potential to receive more than the maximum payout.
Pain and suffering£1,000 - £200,000The level of suffering and pain you have experienced will drive the payout you are given.
Mental anguish£3,550Fear of death and expectation of end of life. 
Quadriplegia£246,750 - £307,000At the mid range of this bracket, payout is for cases whereby the claimant has an expectation of life of 25 years or more. They will have full awareness of their disability and not be in physical pain, and they will have retained powers of hearing, sight, and speech, yet need help with bodily functions. 
Paraplegia£166,500 - £216,000The level of award will be determined by age and life expectancy, depression, the degree of independence, and the presence and extent of pain.
Total loss of one eye£41,675 - £50,000The level of award given will depend on the cosmetic effect and the age of the claimant. 
Minor eye injuries£3,000 - £6,650Minor injuries include the likes of being splashed by liquids, exposure to fumes including smoke, and being struck in the eye, which causes some temporary interference with vision and initial pain.
Partial hearing loss and/or tinnitus – severe£22,600 - £34,600This tends to happen as a result of prolonged exposure to noise at work. Not only will the extent of hearing loss be considered, but also the impact of it and the age of the claimant.  
Moderate tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss£11,300 - £22,600 
Slight tinnitus without noise-induced hearing loss or slight noise-induced hearing loss without tinnitusUp to £5,325
Severe and permanent asthma£32,725 - £50,000This relates to asthma that causes an impact on employment prospects, enjoyment of life, severe impairment of physical activity, disturbance of sleep, regular and prolonged coughing. 
Chronic asthma£20,000 - £32,700Chronic asthma that results in the claimant experiencing breathing difficulties. It will restrict their employment prospects and they will need to use an inhaler from time-to-time.
Mild asthma Up to £3,900Mild asthma, chest problems, colds, and bronchitis, which can be treated within a couple of months.
Damage from traumatic injuries – severe£32,700 - £47,050Severe damage with continual discomfort and pain.
Damage from traumatic injuries – penetrating stab wounds£5,000 - £9,575Industrial lacerations or penetrating stab wounds.
Severe back injuries£29,475 - £69,200At the lower end of the bracket are cases of disc fractures, disc lesions, or soft tissue injuries, which cause conditions. Even though treatment takes place, disabilities will remain, including unemployability, the risk of arthritis, alcoholism, personality change, depression, impaired sexual function, impaired agility and severe pain and discomfort. At the higher end of the bracket are the most severe injuries, involving damage to the nerve roots and spinal cord, which lead to severe consequences that do not occur in normal cases of back injuries. 
Minor back injuriesA few hundred pounds - £9,500At the lower end of the bracket are cases where a recovery is made within a few months. Otherwise, there are a number of factors taken into consideration, including the need to take medication, extent of treatment needed, impact of the injuries on the person’s ability to work and function in everyday life, degree of pain, severity of original injury, and the presence of any other symptoms.
Most serious vibration white finger£24,050 - £29,200Persisting bilateral symptoms that lead to an employment change and have a significant impact on a person’s daily life. Tend to be cases involving younger people.
Serious vibration white finger£12,750 - £24,050These cases are for those that experience a market interference with domestic activity and work. Attacks occur throughout the year.
Moderate vibration white finger£6,575 - £12,750Most attacks will happen in cold weather. The person will be able to maintain their employment or only vary it slightly.
Minor vibration white finger£2,275 - £6,575A modest effect on leisure or work, and occasional symptoms in only a few fingers.
Work-related upper limb disorders (Examples: Epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Stenosingtenosynovitis, De Quervain's tenosynovitis, and tenosynovitis)£1,675 - £17,575At the lower end of the bracket are cases whereby recovery is made within a matter of weeks or a couple of months. At the higher end of the bracket, payout is for continual bilateral disability with loss of employment and surgery required. 
Noticeable laceration scars£5,950 - £17,274A single disfiguring scar or noticeable laceration scars to the chest, back, hands, arms, or legs. 

No Win No Fee accident at work claims

One of the key features associated with our service is the fact that all of our panel of accident at work solicitors can work on your case on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that anyone can make a claim, irrespective of his or her financial situation. This is because you are only going to need to pay legal fees if we manage to successfully secure compensation for you. If, for some reason, your case is not a success, you won’t need to pay a penny. Not only does this give you peace of mind, but it assures you that we will only take on your case if there is a genuine chance of it being successful. We will never waste your time. If you opt to make a claim through an hourly solicitor, there is always the chance that they will take on your case irrespective of the likely outcome, simply to take your money.

Why choose us as your claims service for an accident at work claim?

There are many reasons why you should work with us if you want to make an accident at work claim. We have many years of experience in the industry, and have helped many personal injury victims to get the compensation they deserve. We always aim to get our clients the maximum amount of compensation possible, and we do so in the most efficient manner. We know that you are going through a difficult time, which is why we want you to focus on your recovery while we focus on getting you the payout you deserve.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you have been injured at work in an accident that was not your fault and you are ready to make a claim, all you need to do is give us a call on 0800 073 8804. You will speak to one of our experienced and friendly advisors who will be more than happy to assist you in any manner they can, whether that means answering your queries, providing accident at work compensation case studies, or starting the claim process.

Helpful links

Expenses and benefits for compensation for injuries at work

This takes you to the UK Government website where you will find information on compensation for work injuries. You will find out whether you need to report such an incident to HM Revenue & Customs.

Citizens Advice Accidents at work overview

This link takes you to the Citizens Advice website, where you will find plenty of helpful information regarding accidents at work, including getting Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) when you cannot work.

Government’s Health and safety at work

This takes you to the Government’s A to Z guide on health and safety at work, including fire safety in the workplace, Health and Safety Executive (HSE), workplace temperatures, smoking at work, running a business from home, recruitment and disabled people, health and safety using farm vehicles and machinery, and health and safety on ships.

HSE Information about health and safety at work

This is a link to the UK’s official Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website it has lots of information on health and safety at work.

NI Direct Accidents in the workplace

This link provides plenty of useful information for those in Northern Ireland that suffer accidents in the workplace, including reporting an accident at work,accident at work sick pay, and where you can get help.