If you’ve been involved in an accident at work, you might wonder how much your claim could be worth. Many people try to use an accident at work claims calculator to work out what they could receive, but these aren’t always accurate. Through this article, we’ll explain the different ways you can calculate your potential compensation, and who may be eligible to claim.
When you’re in the workplace, you’re owed a duty of care. This means that your employer has a duty of care towards you and needs to take reasonable steps to prevent you from being injured. If this is breached, and you’re injured as a result, then you could be entitled to claim.
There is a general three-year time limit to starting an accident at work claim. However, there are exceptions that apply; get in touch with our team to find out more.
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Many people turn to accident at work claims calculators when they’ve been injured in the workplace to try and find out how much compensation they could receive. While these can be useful, they might not take into account all of the factors relating to your claim that could affect how much you could receive.
For this reason, we recommend speaking with one of our advisors if you’d like an assessment of your claim. They can take you through all of the different aspects of your accident at work and subsequent injuries, and give an estimation of how much you could receive.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA) details an employer’s responsibility towards you. This responsibility is also known as a duty of care, and it means that they must take all reasonable actions to ensure a safe working environment.
If an employer breaches this responsibility, and you are injured as a result, you could be able to make an accident at work claim. For more information, get in touch with one of our advisors today.
The Frequency Of Accidents In Work
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publishes yearly statistics regarding workplace injuries. These statistics use data collected by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and reports made under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR), which is a piece of legislation that mandates the reporting of certain incidents to the HSE.
According to these statistics, 441,00 workers self-reported workplace injuries in 2020/2021. Moreover, 102,000 of these injuries required more than seven days of absence from work. Alongside this, reports made under RIDDOR document 51,211 non-fatal workplace injuries in the past year, with 33% of these injuries resulting from slips, trips, and falls.
According to HASAWA, your employer owes you a duty of care. This means that they must do everything they reasonably can to ensure a safe working environment. If an employer breaches this duty, and this breach causes an injury, you might be eligible to claim compensation.
Below, we’ve included some examples of accidents at work and how negligence could cause them:
- Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Employers must provide adequate PPE relevant to your job role. For example, if you work in construction, you may need PPE such as hard hats and high-visibility jackets. If an employer does not provide these things, you could be injured after being struck by falling debris, or hit by a moving vehicle.
- Lack of training: Employers must provide you with free, up-to-date training relevant to your job role. For example, if you work in a warehouse, your employer should provide training on proper lifting techniques. If they don’t, you could be at risk of musculoskeletal injuries.
- Poor housekeeping: All employers should make sure walkways are clear from clutter and debris, and proper health and safety signage is in use. For example, if a floor has been recently mopped, a wet floor sign should be used to avoid slips.
If you have any more questions about workplace accident scenarios, our advisors can help. Get in touch today to see if you could be connected with one of the accident at work lawyers from our panel.
If you suffer an accident at work, it can be beneficial to make a claim for compensation. When you start your claim, you may be asked to prove that your employer is at fault. You can do this by yourself or with the help of a No Win No Fee solicitor, but it’s a good idea to start collecting evidence as soon as possible. Examples of this include:
- Medical records: Seeking medical attention after an injury is important for your own health and safety, but it can also be beneficial for your claim. Any notes or records made by a medical professional can support your claim. You might be invited to another independent medical assessment later on in your claim.
- Workplace accident book entries: If your place of work has more than ten employees, the law states you must have an accident log book. By filling out an accident at work report form as soon as possible, you create a record of the accident and how it came about.
- CCTV footage: This isn’t necessary to prove your claim, but it can help. If your workplace has CCTV systems, you can request any relevant footage from your employer.
- Witness contact details: They may be able to provide a witness statement at a later point in your claim.
If you can successfully prove your claim, you may be awarded compensation. An accident at work claims calculator might be able to help you calculate compensation, but this value might be inaccurate. Contact our advisors today for a more detailed valuation of your personal injury claim by following the information at the top of the screen.
Using a compensation calculator for your accident at work claim might sound like a good way to find out what you could be awarded, but they may not give you a complete indication of what you could receive. This is because compensation is valued and awarded on a case-by-case basis, depending on your individual circumstances. However, there are other ways you can get an idea of how much you might be awarded.
The compensation you receive for your pain and suffering is called general damages. Oftentimes, this amount is reached with the help of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document is a compilation of common injuries and corresponding compensation brackets. These brackets are just guidelines, not guarantees, but they can still be useful to estimate how much you may be able to receive.
Below are some examples of common injuries, and the corresponding JCG compensation bracket.
Injury Type Compensation Bracket Notes
Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye £49,270 to £54,830 Consideration to risk of sympathetic opthalmia and regional scarring.
Amputation of the Great Toe In the region of £31,310 Total amputation of great toe.
Moderate Knee Injury (i) £14,840 to £26,190 Injuries involving dislocation, torn cartiledge or meniscus resulting in minor instability, wasting or weakness.
Moderate Back Injury (ii) £13,740 to £24,990 Soft tissue injuries, prolapsed discs and disturbance of ligaments giving rise to backache or other symptoms.
Hernia (a) £14,900 to £24,170
Continuing pain and limitation of movement/physical activity.
Simple Fractures of the Forearm £6,610 to £19,200 Uncomplicated forearm fractures.
Partial Hearing Loss or/and Tinnitus (iii) £12,590 to £14,900 Mild tinnitus with some noise-induced hearing loss.
Minor Brain or Head Injury £2,210 to £12,770 Brain damage, if any, will be minimal. Injury severity, headaches, and other continuing symptoms will be considered when valuing settlement.
Moderate Shoulder Injury £7,890 to £12,770 Frozen shoulder with limited movement and discomfort lasting for around two years.
Minor Neck Injury (i) £4,350 to £7,890
Soft tissue injuries with full recovery in 1-2 years.
You might also be able to claim special damages. Special damages cover any financial losses you suffer due to your injury. For example, if you work in construction and suffer a broken leg, you could potentially claim for loss of earnings. You could still claim loss of earnings even if you received sick pay, provided that you were not paid in full while unable to work.
For more information on accident at work claims calculators and how to value your claim, contact our team of advisors now.
You do not need to hire legal representation to make an accident at work claim. However, there are many benefits to working with accident at work lawyers. For example, they can give you advice on when to accept or reject an offer of compensation, and they can make sure all aspects of your claim are covered.
A No Win No Fee agreement is a way to fund legal representation to assist with your claim. When you enter into a No Win No Fee agreement, it means you won’t have to pay any upfront or ongoing fees to your No Win No Fee solicitor.
If your claim succeeds, your solicitor will take a percentage of your award. This percentage has a legal limit to ensure you receive the majority of your settlement. However, if your claim fails, you will not have to pay your solicitor for their services.
For more information on how a No Win No Fee solicitor can help you with your claim, contact our advisors today.
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For more information on accident at work claims calculators and how to value your claim, contact us today. Our team of expert advisors are available 24/7, so get in touch by:
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If you have more questions on accident at work claims calculators, get in touch today. Or, learn more about:
- Accident At Work Laws – Which Ones Are Most Important?
- Accident At Work Claims – A Look At Examples
- What Can Make An Accident At Work Injury Claim Successful?
- Can I Make A Claim For An Accident While Working With A No Win No Fee Solicitor?
- The Time Limit For Work Accident Claims – How Long Do I Have?
To find more helpful resources, try:
- GOV.UK – How to request CCTV footage
- GOV.UK – Information on Statutory Sick Pay
- NHS – When to call 999
Writer Cat Hatton
Publisher Fern Styles