The Most Common Workplace Accidents Leading to Serious Head Injury and Acident Claims

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.

Vehicle Accidents

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.

How Much Personal Injury Compensation Could I Receive for an Accident at Work?

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.

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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.

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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.

The UK Shadow Health Minister Addresses the Personal Injury & Accident Claims Puzzle

jmaddersAccording 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.

You can read this news in full on http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/news/personal-injury/road-traffic/25571/shadow-health-minister-tackles-personal-injury-puzzle

Headway Charity Fundraising Reaches £41,000

logoSome 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.

Jackson: Fixed Costs Needed For All Accident Claims Up To £250k

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.