This guide will explain how to claim compensation for injuries caused by trailing leads hazards. Trip accidents could cause injury in the workplace and public places.
Employers are legally responsible for keeping employees safe when they are at work. In other words, they owe a duty of care. Likewise, parties that manage spaces the public has access to owe visitors a duty of care.
If a trailing lead caused an accident which injured you, and it happened because of the negligence of someone who owed a duty of care, then you could potentially claim personal injury compensation for your injuries. Please speak to Legal Helpline today to see if you can claim. If you are eligible, knowledgeable lawyers from our panel can work on your case.
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Continue reading to learn more about claiming compensation for injuries caused by trailing leads hazards.
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- What Are Trailing Leads Hazards?
- Trips And Falls Caused By Trailing Leads, Wires And Cables
- Risk Assessments For Trailing Leads Hazards
- How Common Are Workplace Slips, Trips Or Falls?
- What Is The Average Compensation Payout?
- Claim For Injuries Caused By Trailing Leads Hazards
You may wonder what are trailing leads hazards. A lead, wire or cable can become hazardous when positioned in a way that can trip up a passerby. Potential lead or cable hazards should be fixed or covered appropriately to prevent trip and fall accidents on the premises. Failure to fix a trailing cable or lead could be an example of a breach of duty of care and cause an accident, for example, an accident in a shop.
Claiming Compensation For Trailing Leads Hazards Injuries
You may be able to claim compensation for trip injuries under the following circumstances:
- Firstly, you were in a situation where another party owed you a duty of care. For example, you were at work or on the premises of a business like a shop.
- Secondly, the party acted negligently, breaching their duty of care. For example, a shop’s management failed to attach a trailing wire to the wall.
- Consequently, a trip and fall accident took place, which injured you.
Please get in touch with Legal Helpline today. An expert advisor can assess your case and let you know if you are eligible for compensation.
Trailing leads, wires and cables could all pose trip hazards. If a trailing wire, lead or cable tripped you up, you might have experienced the following injuries:
- You might hurt your back and suffer a musculoskeletal injury.
- You may hit your head, causing a head injury or concussion.
- If you try to break your fall using your hand, you may suffer a wrist injury on impact.
- You could experience a knee injury if you land on your knees.
- Severe falls can result in broken or fractured bone injuries.
- Likewise, you can suffer sprains or strains to your ligaments or tendons.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers have a duty of care to their workers. Similarly, businesses and other premises are responsible for their visitors’ safety under the Occupiers’ Liability Act of 1957. As part of the duty of care, parties should carry out trailing cables risk assessments to identify hazards.
When employers produce a risk assessment, they must identify the following:
- Identify health and safety hazards, such as the risk of a trailing wire
- Evaluate the likelihood that the risk will cause an accident
- Record findings from the risk assessment
- Remove the hazard or, if this is not possible, reduce the risk it poses
If you have any questions about trailing leads hazards claims, speak with our advisors today.
A slip or fall could occur in the workplace. Statistics provided by the Health and Safety Executive explain that slips, trips and falls were the leading cause of non-fatal accidents at work.
30% of accidents reported to the HSE under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 in 2021/22 were slips, trips and falls on the same level. While we do not have statistics on the number of these caused by trailing wires, it was the leading cause of reported injury at work in this time period.
If trailing leads hazards to cause an accident at work or in public, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. If you make a successful claim for an accident at work or an accident in a public place, you can receive up to two heads of claim:
- General damages – compensation for the physical and mental harm your injuries caused. As well as the negative impact the injuries had on your quality of life.
- Special damages – this payment reimburses you for unavoidable costs you had to pay because you were injured.
Special damages can include reimbursement for the following costs:
- Travel expenses – such as taxi fares, public transport costs, or hospital parking fees
- Medical expenses – such as medication, surgery or physiotherapy
- Care costs
- Loss of earnings
- Mobility equipment costs – including the cost of a wheelchair or crutches
- Home or car adaptation costs – including the cost of installing a ramp or stairlift at home
You can use the table below to predict what your injury claim could be worth. The table lists common injuries caused by trip and fall accidents and gives you an idea of how much general damage compensation you could receive. The Judicial College Guidelines (16th edition) were used to create the table.
|Type Of Injury||Possible Compensation||Notes|
|Head Injuries||£90,720 to £150,110||(c) Moderate (ii) - An injury which results in intellectual deficit. The injury reduces or removes the ability to work.|
|Head Injuries||£43,060 to £90,720||(c) Moderate (iii) - Injuries which affect the memory and the ability to concentrate.|
|Knee Injuries||£26,190 to £43,460||Severe (a) (iii) - Injuries that result in less severe disabilities including discomfort and movement limitation.|
|Knee Injuries||£14,840 to £26,190||Moderate (b) (i) - Injuries which include less severe forms of cartilage tears, dislocations and which lead to minor instability.|
|Wrist Injuries||£47,620 to £59,860||(a) - Loss of wrist function.|
|Wrist Injuries||£24,500 to £39,170||(b) - Permanent disability in the wrist which is significant.|
|Elbow Injuries||£39,170 to £54,840||Severe (a) - Elbow injuries which cause a disability and which are severe.|
|Shoulder Injuries||£12,770 to £19,200||Serious (b) - Including injuries which restrict the shoulder joints movement. The humerus bone may be fractured.|
|Ankle Injuries||£13,740 to £26,590||(c) - Sprains, strains and fractures which lead to less serious disabilities.|
|Hand Injuries||£10,320 to £16,340||(k) - A serious injury to the middle finger or the ring finger.|
Potential special damage payments are not included in our table. You are not guaranteed to receive the compensation in the table if you win your claim. Please call our helpline for a personalised compensation estimate.
If you have suffered an accident that was not your fault, please get in touch with our team today. We work with a panel of skilled lawyers and can appoint a specialist personal injury lawyer from our panel to handle your claim. The panel has solid experience handling claims for accidents at work and public places accidents, including those caused by trailing leads hazards.
The solicitor can handle your case with a No Win No Fee agreement, in particular, a form of this agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement. No Win No Fee means you generally don’t pay your lawyer upfront, while the claim is ongoing or if it’s not a success. If you’re awarded compensation, a success fee will be deducted by your lawyer.
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Guides Related To Trailing Leads Hazards
These guides might be helpful to you:
The causes and prevention of slips and trips at work – an HSE guide
If you have any more questions about claiming for injuries caused by trailing leads hazards, speak with a member of our team today.
Written by HC
Edited by FS