It doesn’t matter where you work, all employers have a responsibility to keep you safe while you’re at work. This is their duty of care and it’s a legal requirement.
The compensation you'll receive for accidents at work depend on the severity of your injury. A minor foot injury that you'll recover from is worth £5,000 - £11,730. Permanent eye damage can entitle you to up to £200,000.
Even so, accidents still do happen. If you’ve been unfortunate enough to find yourself on the receiving end of an accident at work, you might be eligible for compensation.
This guide will explore when you can make a personal injury claim, typical accident at work compensation examples and the steps you need to take to make a claim.
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Just having an accident at your place of work isn’t enough to guarantee compensation. The law is very strict on this - there are certain criteria which the accident must meet before it is likely to be a successful claim.
The three main questions you need to ask are:
According to the Health and Safety Executive, an accident is “a separate, identifiable, unintended incident which causes physical injury”. This means that if you weren’t injured, you won’t get a payout - it would be classed as a near miss and not an accident.
So, let’s assume you were injured. The accident has to also be something that happened while you were carrying out your work duties.
To be a successful claim, the accident can’t be your fault. This could mean it was a mistake by someone else you’re working with or a safety oversight on your employer’s part that could be classed as negligence.
For example, imagine you were injured at work after falling off a ladder. If the ladder was knocked by a colleague and this is what caused you to fall, it’s the fault of somebody else - the accident was out of your control.
If you fell because you were distracted on your phone or weren’t wearing the correct footwear provided to you, this is unlikely to be deemed the fault of somebody else and, you’re unlikely to get any compensation.
If you were injured as a result of your employer not taking necessary steps to prevent incidents from happening, they are at fault. For example, an employer expecting staff to work with machinery in poor repair or without proper training would be classed as negligence.
The HSE collects all kinds of data about workplace accidents and injuries. From this, we can get a clear picture of what accidents are most common at work. The most common injuries at work are a result of:
Regardless of the type of injury, there are some common themes in the cause of workplace injuries - dangerous working practices, inadequate protective equipment, preventable spillages or trip hazards, poorly maintained equipment and poor safety procedures.
There are legal guidelines in England and Wales that set out how much compensation should be paid out in general damages for certain types of workplace injuries.
Below is a small selection of compensation examples from the Judicial College Guidelines - the guidelines legal professionals will use as a benchmark for damages to claim. The full guidelines are far more extensive, going into lots of detail about other types of injury. Note that the amount of compensation also depends on the severity of the injury.
|Type of Injury||Severity||Description||Amount|
|Back Injury||Minor||Strains, sprains or soft tissue injuries.||£300 - £9,000|
|Back Injury||Severe||Severe injury to spine, possibly causing paralysis||£30,000 - £130,000|
|Eye Injury||Minor||Temporary vision problems, no lasting effects.||£1650 - £6,700|
|Eye Injury||Severe||Loss of sight, near or total blindness.||£80,500 - £200,000|
|Facial Injury||Minor||Light scarring, simple fractures e.g. broken nose.||£1,300 - £2,700|
|Facial Injury||Severe||Lasting facial disfigurement or severe scarring.||£13,700 - £75,000|
|Foot Injury||Minor||Common foot injury, not permanent. Will recover.||£5,000 - £11,730|
|Foot Injury||Severe||Severe injury to one or both feet, or amputation.||£35,000 - £153,000|
|Hand Injury||Minor||Fracture to finger or thumb, cuts or soft tissue damage.||£360 - £4,500|
|Hand Injury||Severe||Severe hand injures, crush or digit amputation.||£3,000 - £150,000|
|Head Injury||Minor||No brain damage, recovery within a few weeks||£1,800 - £10,890|
|Head Injury||Severe||Serious brain damage, full-time care needed.||£215,000 - £307,000|
Remember that the table above is just a guide. The real extent of what you will receive in compensation depends on the extent of your injuries, the treatment you need and the effect your injuries have on your daily life.
The above numbers also only include general damages. You may also be able to claim special damages that cover extra expenses your injury has led to, such as lost earnings from work and costs of care, medical treatments or physiotherapy needed after the accident.
The safest way to ensure you give yourself the best chance of receiving compensation after an accident at work is to seek legal advice. Many personal injury solicitors work on ‘no win, no fee terms’ - if your claim isn’t successful, you don’t pay their fees.
In short, no. By law, you can’t legally be dismissed for making a claim against your employer. Besides, this is the kind of thing employers have insurance for - your employer will not be the one forking out for workplace injury claims. If you feel you’ve been unfairly dismissed after making a claim following an accident at work, seek legal advice as soon as possible.
The following chart will give you an idea of the many injuries covered by personal injury compensation and the range of compensation available. Each claim will be treated on a case-by-case basis generally within the range of compensation.
|Injuries resulting in death||Range of compensation|
|Initial full awareness||£10,000 to £18,980|
|Followed by unconsciousness||£8,370 to £8,500|
|Immediate unconsciousness/death after six weeks||£3,000 to £3,500|
|Immediate unconsciousness/death within one week||£1,090 to £2,230|
|Mental anguish prior to death||£3720|
|Injuries involving paralysis||Range of compensation|
|Tetraplegia||£258,740 to £322,060|
|Paraplegia||£174,620 to £226,610|
|Brain and head injury||Range of compensation|
|Very severe brain damage||£224,800 to £322,060|
|Moderately severe brain damage||£174,620 to £224,800|
|Moderate brain damage||£34,330 to £174,620|
|Less severe brain damage||£12,210 to £34,330|
|Minor brain/head injury||£1,760 to £10,180|
|Epilepsy||£8,480 to £119,650|
|Psychiatric and psychological damage||Range of compensation|
|Psychiatric damage generally||£1,220 to £92,240|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder||£6,520 to £80,250|
|Injuries affecting the senses||Range of compensation|
|Injuries affecting sight||£1,760 to £322,060|
|Deafness/Tinnitus||£5,590 to £112,100|
|Impairment of taste and smell||£15,300 to £31,220|
|Injuries to internal organs||Range of compensation|
|Chest injuries||Up to £119,650|
|Lung disease||£1,760 to £108,370|
|Asbestos-related disease||£12,020 to £100,350|
|Asthma||Up to £52,390|
|Reproductive system: Male||£5,280 to in excess of £122,640|
|Reproductive system: Female||£2,700 to £135,030|
|Digestive system||£730 to £49,350|
|Kidney||£24,530 to £167,690|
|Bowels||£10,040 to £146,840|
|Ladder||£18,660 to £146,840|
|Spleen||£3,470 to £20,950|
|Hernia||£2,710 to £19,260|
|Orthopaedic injuries||Range of compensation|
|Neck injuries||Up to £118,240|
|Back injuries||Up to £128,320|
|Shoulder injuries||£4,110 to £38,280|
|Injuries to the pelvis/hips||£3,150 to £104,370|
|Amputation of arms||£76,650 to £239,140|
|Other arm injuries||£5,280 to £104,370|
|Injuries to elbow||Up to £43,710|
|Wrist injuries||£2,810 to £47,720|
|Hand injuries||Up to £160,600|
|Vibration white finger/hand-arm vibration syndrome||£2,390 to £30,630|
|Work-related upper limb disorders||£1,760 to £18,440|
|Leg injuries||£7,270 to £224,800|
|Knee injuries||Up to £76,690|
|Ankle injuries||Up to £55,560|
|Achilles tendon||£5,800 to £30,630|
|Foot injuries||Up to £160,600|
|Toe injuries||Up to £44,710|
|Chronic pain||Range of compensation|
|Chronic pain disorder||£16,800 to £66,970|
|Facial injuries||Range of compensation|
|Skeletal injuries||£870 to £29,290|
|Facial disfigurement||£1,360 to £77,580|
|Scarring to other parts of the body||Range of compensation|
|Varying degrees of scarring||£6,240 to in excess of £83,550|
|Damage to hair||Range of compensation|
|Varying degrees of damage||£3,150 to £8,780|
|Dermatitis and other skin conditions||Range of compensation|
|Varying degrees of damage||£1,360 to £15,300|
|Minor injuries||Range of compensation|
|Complete recovery within seven days to 3 months||Up to £1,950|
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