Some advice now from one of our accident claims partners regarding workplace safety in order to avoid serious injury such as head or brain trauma. This follows on from our previous accident claims post published earlier today.
Sadly, despite workers having a duty of care to the safety and well-being of members of staff, each year, thousands of people suffer a workplace injury through no fault of their own.
Here’s a list of the most common types of accidents and how you can seek compensation through the Accident Claims Web if you are involved in accident that was not your fault in the workplace.
Due to the use of machinery, forklifts and other vehicles, one of the most common accidents in the UK is being struck by a vehicle. Last year there were over 1000 incidents of workers being hit by cars or forklifts in their place of work.
Injured by Falling Item
Items are often stored improperly resulting in them falling from height. This is a major cause of workplace injuries with close to 6,000 people injured in the last year by falling objects.
Repetitive Strain injuries
Carrying out the same task on a day to day basis without proper rest or break times can cause a repetitive strain injury, also known as a RSI. Such an injury can cause exceptional pain and difficulty in carrying out tasks in the workplace.
Slips, Trips and Falls
One of the most common types of accidents is slips, trips and falls. More than 13,000 employees were injured in the last year as a result of slipping or tripping due to hazards.
One of the most common questions lawyers are asked in relation to accident at work claims, it precisely how much compensation may be awarded for a certain type of injury. This is a difficult question to answer.
This post looks at the methods used to calculate the amount of compensation you could receive for a work place accident, as well as giving examples of typical awards taken from the JSB Guidelines, a source of guidance for lawyers and courts dealing with accident claims and personal injury claims.
For more information on how to make an accident claim please visit these recommended accident claims solicitors for personal injury compensation.
What kinds of accident at work injuries can I claim compensation for?
There are many different ways in which you could suffer an accident at work. Below are just some examples:
Back injuries caused by strenuous work or uncomfortable working conditions.
Injuries caused by heavy lifting.
Slip, trip and fall accidents causing injuries ranging from minor bruising to the most serious head injuries or spinal injuries.
Injuries arising from faulty machinery. This could cause cuts, breakages, crushing or even require amputation.
Injuries as a result of not being provided with the proper equipment you need to carry out your job safely.
Injuries to senses such as if you work in a place with excessive noise and you lose your hearing.
You can prevent accident claims at work
It is unfortunate that very often accidents at work are caused by preventable situations (ROSPA have guidelines). However, it is for this reason that your employer has a duty to ensure that you are kept safe in your place of work. This duty includes responsibilities such as:
Ensuring you have had the proper training required to carry out your role safely
Ensuring that you have all the protective workwear you require to prevent injury
Ensuring other members of staff are properly trained so that they do not cause you injury
Making sure the work area is kept clean, tidy and free of hazards
Ensuring all machinery is in working order
Ensuring that regular health and safety inspections are carried out
This list is not exhaustive and these are just examples of the kind of safety obligations your employer has.
When trying to work out how much compensation you could be due for an accident at work, your solicitor will take account of many factors including: all expenses, loss of earnings and bonus, and medical expenses incurred as a result of your injury. In addition, in more severe cases where ongoing support is necessary or lifestyle adjustments are required, the amount of compensation can increase massively.
Moreover, if you are unable to return to work, the law provides for you to claim compensation for future loss of income if you are to return and the cost of care or care in the most serious cases to work to cover not able. Although there is no money in the world is capable of compensating for the serious injury, it is there to make sure you are never out of pocket.
Often we find that at work injuries caused by preventable situations such as lifting heavy objects or falling tripping caused. Your employer has a duty to ensure that you are protected at work and that the area in which you are working is kept in a safe condition. If you have not received adequate training or safety equipment and an injury suffered then you probably have a legitimate right to workplace compensation.
How is work accident personal injury compensation calculated?
If you have been injured in a workplace accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to two different kinds of compensation. Firstly, you may be entitled to what is known as ‘general damages’. General damages are awarded for pain suffering and loss of amenity you experience as a result of your injury.
When calculating how much you could claim, lawyers and the courts will take into account all of the circumstances of your case. However, the amount awarded will be based on the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) guidelines. The guidelines give an indication of how much you could be awarded for different kind of injuries at work. The upper and lower limits in these guidelines are determined by the severity of your injury, the extent of your recovery and how long it takes you to recover.
In addition, you may also be awarded what is known as special damages. Special damages are awarded for things such as expenses, loss of earnings and bonus, and medical expenses incurred as a result of your injury. In more severe cases where ongoing support is necessary or lifestyle adjustments are required, the amount of compensation can increase greatly. Moreover, you may also be able to claim loss of income if you are to unable to return to work, and also the cost of care.
Although there is no amount of money in the world is capable of compensating you for the most serious kind of injury, compensation is there to make sure you are never out of pocket. Start your personal injury or accident claims today.
According to a UK law firm, injured people are set to be left to their own devices when attempting to make accident claims or win personal injury compensaiton with the large and powerful insurance companies. The shadow health minister even had his say too.
Justin Madders, the MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, , who worked as an employment solicitor before moving into politics, offered his support as the personal injury sector prepared for the latest government shake-up. He had this to say:
“Nobody wants to see job losses, so it is vital that the government fully understands the implications of its proposed changes,’ he said. ‘A number of studies are currently being conducted to get a better picture. The changes to small claims limits are a real concern. This shouldn’t be about politics, but ensuring that vulnerable people have access to the best advice and support is vital.”
This is in response to government proposals to scrap general damages for perosnal injury claims and accident claims such as the much maligned whiplash sector. It also stated setting the small claims limit to £5,000 for all personal injuries claims.
Whilst our website is dedicated to more serious personal injury types, we support compensation for any person in the UK who has been hurt due to an accident that wasn’t their fault. Along with our accident claims partners we believe that all residents and workers in the country should be allowed to claim compensation and are concerned that any changes to the law could impact upon that.
Some fantastic news from the serious injury charity Headway as they recently received a cheque for £6000. This superb amount was donated to a brain injury charity in Falkirk at a presentation with some of the fundraisers and members in Larbert.
Janice Stevenson, a finalist in the 2014 Headway Awards, and Susan Dickson were joined by fellow fundraisers and members of Headway Falkirk at the handover in the Salvation Army Hall.
Over £41,000 has been raised to date for the charity which provides support to anyone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury in Falkirk district.
Please visit the Headway website if you would like to start up any charity initiatives. They do excellent work and we really do recommend them for both supporters and victims, and their families.
The accident claims companies that we work with all recommend this charity.
How do you think this could potentially impact those who have suffered from a serious injury in the UK when making accident claims using the services of lawyers and solicitors. Makes for an interesting read, go see what you think on the Law Gazette website.
Lord Justice Jackson, architect of the present civil costs regime, last night called for fixed costs to apply to all claims valued up to £250,000.
Jackson (pictured) urged government ministers to make reform an immediate priority with a view to setting fixed recoverable costs by the end of this year.
An excellent feature broadcast on BBC’s East Midlands Today in March 2015 examines the issue of concussion in Rugby. It looks at the scale of the problem, the dangers of continuing to play following a head injury and the research being carried out to allow better diagnosis of the condition.
We picked up this news item video from the Headway Brain Injury Charity Youtube channel – an excellent resource for anyone who has been affected with a serious head injury, whether as a victim or a family member/friend.
It shows a report on BBC Midlands Today about how concussion whilst playing rugby can lead to a serious injury. Thankfully the people in this video were adequately represented by a professional accident claims solicitor and received the support of various charitable organisations, friends, and family members.
It’s great to see aspects such as this highlighted in the news when they happen. If you see anything on your local news then please submit them to us so we can highlight them this year.
I am excited to announce that with the advent of 2016, it’s now time to reflect on the year that was: 2015. As part of our new blogging and awareness initiatives we will soon be conducting a survey of all our contacts, partners, and readers.
Our survey participants will include:
Accident claims lawyers
Personal injury solicitors
Victims of serious injury and their families
Support groups and charities
Reader and contributors to our blog
Other serious injury website bloggers
Our survey questions are still being formulated, but we hope to send it out via our email marketing system soon.
If we don’t have up to date email information for you then please update us as soon as possible so that you don’t miss out!
This content was supplied to us by one of our accident claims partners who occasionally supply us with interesting content about their work, or the personal injury claims that they help to support sufferers with. If you have been the victim of a personal injury and would like to talk to an accident claims company or solicitor then we have some recommended partners that we will soon be featuring on the website.
31.05.12 – Scientists recover mobility of the lower limbs by awakening the injured spinal cord. Performed on rats, this work gives hope big improvements for people with spinal paralysis.
Rats with spinal cord injuries and severe paralysis can now walk and run. EPFL scientists have published these findings in the journal Science on 1 June 2012.
Their work shows that it is possible to reactivate the functions of the spinal cord, even badly damaged, awakening regenerative capacity using electrical and chemical stimuli. The study began five years ago, at the University of Zurich.
IRP Chair in Spinal Cord Repair at EPFL
According to Grégoire Courtine, holder of the IRP Chair in Spinal Cord Repair at EPFL, it is not yet certain that similar rehabilitation techniques have results in humans. But the regeneration of injured nerve fibers in rats suggests new methods to improve recovery in paralyzed people. “Thanks to the combined effects of stimulation and training with a vertical support system, our rats found voluntary march a few weeks. They can quickly start running, climbing stairs or avoid obstacles, “explains Grégoire Courtine.
Waking the spinal cord is known that the nervous system can recover and readjust after moderate injury – a phenomenon designated by the name of “neuroplasticity”. But in severe cases, the spinal cord shows very limited recovery capabilities, resulting disabilities without hope of remission. Grégoire Courtine’s research proves that it is possible to initiate a healing process, combining rehabilitation sessions and electrochemical stimuli designed to awaken the inactive portion of the spinal cord below the injury.
First step. Grégoire Courtine and his team inject pharmacological agents to rats suffering from paralysis of the lower limbs. These substances, called “agonists monoamine” bind dopamine, epinephrine and serotonin receptor neurons in the spinal cord. This cocktail replaces neurotransmitters issued by brainstem pathways in healthy subjects. It stimulates the neurons of the spinal cord to prepare them to coordinate lower limb movements. Second step.
Five to ten minutes after injection, scientists stimulate the spinal cord with electrodes implanted in the epidural space. These two stimuli, the chemical, the other electric, are a first step towards the restoration of voluntary work.
“This localized epidural stimulation sends continuous electrical signals to neurons that control movement of the legs. We are left then have to initiate movement, “
explains Rubia van den Brand, co-author of the Science paper.
The innate intelligence of the spine In 2009, Grégoire Courtine has shown that it can restore mobility but involuntarily. By stimulating the portion of the spinal cord below the lesion, the researcher noticed surprising developments. At this point, the nervous system of the brain is isolated. However, he began to perform again the modulation of walking. On a treadmill, the previously paralyzed rats to walk was recovering. – Without really intending These experiments show that the movement of the treadmill created sensory feedback, which triggered the march without the intervention of the brain.
It was as if the neurons of the spinal cord were equipped with their own intelligence. These results suggested to researchers that a very small brain signal was enough to trigger a voluntary movement. To test this theory, the researchers removed the treadmill. They have developed a support system to maintain the rats upright during the exercise sessions. This system intervenes only to help paralyzed subjects to keep their balance. Sufficiently motivating conditions for the animals, also tempted by a piece of chocolate, try to move along a platform.
After some time and by dint of successive trials, voluntary movement is restored – provided that the electrochemical stimulation is always active. Even more surprising, the nerve fibers grow back, not only in the spinal cord – they create that bypass relay injury – but also in the brain. “Based on the will, that learning test resulted in an increase in nerve fibers in the brain and spread the column – a regeneration which demonstrates the enormous potential of neuroplasticity even after severe nervous system injury central, “says Janine Heutschi, co-author. First rehabilitation; a promising way for man According to Grégoire Courtine, this regeneration of nerve fibers can be compared to the development phase in the child – for example when it learns to walk. Nerve fibers grow and generate new connections. In rats, the researchers found that the new fibers were circumventing the lesion and allowed signals from the brain to transmit their orders.
When many voluntary movements only last activity time of the electrochemical stimulation, the impressive regrowth nerve fibers suggests that a promising path opens to enhance the recovery of people with spinal cord injury. “This is the World Cup of neurorehabilitation, says Grégoire Courtine. Our rats have become athletes, even though they were completely paralyzed few weeks ago.
I speak of a 100% recovery of voluntary movement abilities. “Phase II human trials will begin in a year or two at Balgrist University Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Centre in Zurich, Switzerland. Meanwhile, the EPFL researchers are coordinating a project called nine million euros NeuWalk whose goal is to create a fully operational neuroprostheses system for the spine, similar to that used on rats, in order to a use in humans.
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A couple of us love playing FIFA on the Xbox 360, so imagine how delighted we were to see this YouTube video of a guy recovering from a serious spinal injury claim who went on to play FIFA again.
It goes to show that suffering from a serious spinal cord injury doesn’t mean you can’t live life like you used to and enjoy the things that used to make you happy before your accident.
If you have a similar story you would like to share with our readers then please submit it to our editorial team for consideration. We love videos and blogs that have a great story to them about recovery.
This is what the Gamer’s Charity said on the video about this:
Here’s Will in our games room trying out FIFA for the first time since a spinal injury restricted all his movement to just his head and shoulders. He’d been told that he’d never be able to play games again, but now he’s levelling the playing field with a chin joystick and a couple of shoulder-operated switches. He’s gone from strength to strength since this vid was made. “I’m surprising a few friends with how competitive I am,” he said recently, “and I’m holding my own against them. I was up until 4am gaming with a friend the other night – something maybe I’d hoped I’d never do again!”
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