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      Claiming compensation for an accident in a factory

      If you’ve been hurt in a factory incident while at work, we can help you claim compensation for your injuries. You may also have lost possibly substantial amounts of money in wages – we can help you recover lost earnings, as well as the injury compensation you rightly deserve.

      With empathy and straightforward guidance, we will make an otherwise daunting prospect a stress-free experience, allowing you to focus on the important things while you have time to recover from your injuries and get back to normal life.

      Manual handling injuries and forklift accidents are all too common, and if the correct procedures had been put into place, many could be prevented.

      As an injured worker, you should be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries and the effects they are having on your life. But we know the prospect of trying to get compensation can be such a worry at a time when you’re recovering from your injuries, coming to terms with the trauma of what happened – and maybe trying to get back into the workplace.

      We also understand that you may be suffering from the financial impact of the accident. You may, for instance, be unable to get back to work so you’re not earning a wage. Or you may be back at work but not recovered enough to take on your usual overtime hours, meaning you are missing out financially because of the accident.

      Employer responsibilities

      Work accidents are invariably more likely to happen in a factory environment than in other working environments like offices, shops and farms, because of the use of machinery and other equipment.

      Whether you’re manoeuvring a forklift truck around the factory floor, using cutting equipment or furnaces or carrying heavy objects, there is an increased risk if there are failures in using the correct procedures or where defective or unsafe equipment are being used.

      This is why employers are legally responsible to ensure you and other employees and factory visitors are protected by health and safety rules and regulations.

       

      They require your employer to ensure that:

      • Those using equipment and machinery in the factory are properly trained and that training is kept up to date.

      • Supervision is adequate and effective.

      • Machinery and equipment are regularly serviced and maintained.

      • Adequate protective equipment and clothing are available when required.

      Most accidents happen because the employer has failed to carry out its health and safety responsibilities. The consequences of such a failure can be very serious which is why the law allows workers injured in factory incidents to claim compensation for their accident.

       

      Claiming compensation for injuries

      So many things can go wrong in a factory, for example, broken or poorly maintained machines, a missing safety guard, electrical faults and unstable storage of goods. The consequences when things go wrong range from cuts and bruises to blunt force injuries, burns and scalds and more serious injuries such as amputations and head injuries.

      Your injuries may be minor, such as bruising or a broken finger; but factory accidents can be extremely serious causing permanent physical damage.

      All these problems are avoidable if reasonable precautions and proper processes and procedures are implemented. Failures are bound to lead to accidents and injury, in which case the employer should rightly be held accountable.

      We completely understand that the money you receive in the way of compensation cannot undo the physical, mental and financial damage done to you, however, it can go a long way to help you rebuild your life and bring peace of mind. 

      We know your claim is not about money, it’s about ensuring you are put in the best position possible to enable you to get your life back on track. We can never turn the clock back but we can help you look to the future.

      How much compensation can I claim?

      This really depends on the nature of your injuries and how much they are impacting your life.  You may have recovered quickly – or you may be in the unfortunate and difficult situation of facing a long road to recovery where, perhaps, a fair amount of rehabilitation is required.

      The bottom line is – the more serious the injury the more compensation you can claim. That said, your injuries might be on the less serious end of the spectrum yet it could take a long time to recover for various reasons – in which case, your claim could be for a larger amount to reflect the necessary recovery time.

      You can be assured that our advisors are experienced in talking injured factory workers through the nature and impact of their injuries and how they have been affected. You can be absolutely sure of a compassionate conversation with your contact.

      What can I claim for?

      • Personal injury

        A compensation claim can be made for injuries sustained and for pain and suffering.

      • Loss of earnings

        In addition to your normal wages, you may have lost out on potential overtime, bonuses or commission because of your injuries. You can claim for all of these if they relate to the accident.

      • Interim payments

        Interim payments may be available in certain circumstances, your solicitors will advise further.

      • Medical expenses and rehabilitation costs

        This includes things like prescription costs, the cost of buying equipment to help in your rehabilitation, and the cost of private medical treatment if you have to ‘go private’.

      • Travel expenses

        That could be, for instance, taxis or public transport to hospital appointments.

      • Your partner's loss of earnings

        Your partner’s loss of earnings if they’ve had to take time off to care for you.

      • Damaged clothing and personal items

        Sometimes, personal belongings and clothing can be damaged in an accident. You may be able to claim for these too.

      Who will pay my compensation?

      We understand you may be very hesitant to bring a claim because you’re worried about the potential financial impact on your employer. But you need not worry – your claim will be against the employer’s insurance company and not the employer personally.

      The law says employers must have public liability insurance in place precisely to cover legal claims, such as personal injury compensation claims. This means your compensation will be paid out by the insurer under the insurance policy, so your claim will not put your boss out of pocket.

      We're here to help

      Our friendly advisers are compassionate and will give you the confidence you need to be certain each step of your claim is going to be handled by specialist personal injury solicitors.

      Our solicitors offer a no win, no fee service which means you will not have to pay any legal fees unless you win your claim. So, there’s no financial risk to you in speaking with us – and you do not have to make a claim if you decide not to.

      Call us for an initial chat with our compassionate advisers who will take a few details from you and guide you through how to make a claim. You can then leave it at that if you wish – or we can then partner you with the right personal injury lawyer for you. Even then, there is no obligation for you to continue – it is completely your call and you will have nothing to pay.

      Just bear in mind that you should call us as early as you can because you generally only have three years from the date of the injury to make your claim. Call us while events are fresh in your mind as it will make it a lot easier for you.

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              • Neck & Back Injuries
                • Neck Injuries

                  £2,450 to £7,890

                  Where a full recovery takes place within a period of about one to two years.

                • Neck Injuries

                  £24,990 to £38,490

                  Injuries such as fractures or dislocations which cause severe immediate symptoms and which may necessitate spinal fusion.

                • Neck Injuries

                  £45,470 to £148,330

                  Neck injury associated with incomplete paraplegia or resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis.

                • Back Injury

                  £7,890 to £12,510

                  Where a full recovery or a recovery to nuisance level takes place without surgery within about two to five years.

                • Back Injury

                  £12,510 to £27,760

                  Many frequently encountered injuries to the back such as disturbance of ligaments and muscles giving rise to backache, soft tissue injuries resulting in a prolonged acceleration and / or exacerbation of a pre-existing back condition.

                • Back Injury

                  £91,090 to £160,980

                  Cases of the most severe injury involving damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots, leading to a combination of very serious consequences not normally found in cases of back injury.

              • Head Injuries
                • Brain or Head Injury

                  £2,210 to £12,770

                  In these cases brain damage, if any, will have been minimal. The bottom of the bracket will reflect full recovery within a few weeks.

                • Brain Damage

                  £43,060 to £219,0700

                  This category is distinguished from the moderately severe category by the fact that the degree of dependence is markedly lower.

                • Brain Damage

                  £219,070 to £282,010

                  The insured person will be very seriously disabled. There will be substantial dependence on others and a need for constant professional and other care.

                • Brain Damage

                  £282,010 to £403,990

                  In cases at the top of this bracket there may be some ability to follow basic commands, recovery of eye opening and return of sleep and waking patterns and postural reflex movement.

              • Shoulder Injuries
                • Shoulder Injury

                  £2,450 to £7,890

                  Soft tissue injury to your shoulder with considerable pain but almost complete recovery within one to two years.

                • Shoulder Injury

                  £7,890 to £12,770

                  Frozen shoulder with limitation of movement and discomfort with symptoms persisting for about two years. Also soft tissue injuries with more than minimal symptoms persisting after two years but not permanent. Often associated with neck injuries and involving damage to the brachial plexus resulting in significant disability.

                • Fracture of Clavicle

                  £5,150 to £12,240

                  The level of the award will depend on extent of fracture, level of disability, residual symptoms, and whether temporary or permanent, and whether union is anatomically displaced.

              • Eye Injuries
                • Eye Injury

                  £3,950 to £8,730

                  In this bracket fall cases of minor injuries, such as being struck in the eye, exposure to fumes including smoke, or being splashed by liquids, causing initial pain and some temporary interference with vision.

                • Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye

                  £49,270 to £54,830

                  This award takes account of some risk of sympathetic ophthalmia.

                • Total Loss of One Eye

                  £54,830 to £65,710

                  The level of the award within the bracket will depend on age, psychiatric consequences, and cosmetic effect.

              • Hearing Loss
                • Partial Hearing Loss and/or Tinnitus

                  £7,010 to £45,540

                  This category covers the bulk of deafness cases which usually result from exposure to noise at work over a prolonged period.

                • Total Loss of Hearing in One Ear

                  £31,310 to £45,540

                  Cases will tend towards the higher end of the bracket where there are associated problems, such as tinnitus, dizziness or headaches.

                • Total Deafness

                  £90,750 to £109,650

                  The lower end of the bracket is appropriate for cases where there is no speech deficit or tinnitus. The higher end is appropriate for cases involving both of these.

              • Facial Injuries
                • Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex

                  £3,950 to £5,100

                  (Displaced fracture where recovery is complete but only after surgery.)

                • Fractures of Cheekbones

                  £10,200 to £15,780

                  Serious Fractures requiring surgery but with lasting consequences such as paraesthesia in the cheeks or the lips or some element of disfigurement.

                • Fractures of Jaws

                  £17,960 to £30,490

                  Serious fracture with permanent consequences such as difficulty in opening the mouth or with eating or where there is paraesthesia in the area of the jaw.

                • Damage to Teeth

                  £8,730 to £11,410

                  Loss of or serious damage to several front teeth.

              • Arm Injuries
                • Loss Of One Arm

                  Not less than £137,160

                  Arm amputated at the shoulder.

                • Arm Injury

                  £19,200 to £39,170

                  While there will have been significant disabilities, a substantial degree of recovery will have taken place or will be expected.

                • Simple Fractures

                  £6,610 to £19,200

                  Simple Fractures of the Forearm.

              • Elbow Injuries
                • Elbow Injury

                  £39,170 to £54,830

                  A Severely Disabling Injury.

                • Elbow Injury

                  £15,650 to £32,010

                  Injuries causing impairment of function but not involving major surgery or significant disability.

                • Elbow Injury

                  Up to £12,590

                  Most elbow injuries fall into this category. They comprise simple fractures, tennis elbow syndrome and lacerations; i.e., those injuries which cause no permanent damage and do not result in any permanent impairment of function.

              • Wrist Injuries
                • Wrist Injuries

                  £3,530 to £4,740

                  Undisplaced or minimal displaced fractures and soft tissue injuries necessitating application of plaster or bandage for a matter of weeks and a full or virtual recovery within up to 12 months or so.

                • Wrist Injuries

                  £12,590 to £24,500

                  Where these still result in some permanent disability as, for example, a degree of persisting pain and stiffness.

                • Wrist Injuries

                  £47,620 to £59,860

                  Injuries resulting in complete loss of function in the wrist, for example, where an arthrodesis has been performed.

              • Hand / Finger Injuries
                • Damage to Both Hands

                  £55,820 to £84,570

                  Such injuries will have given rise to permanent cosmetic disability and significant loss of function.

                • Hand Injury

                  £5,720 to £13,280

                  Crush injuries, penetrating wounds, soft tissue type and deep lacerations. The top of the bracket would be appropriate where surgery has failed and permanent disability remains. The bottom of the bracket would be appropriate for permanent but non-intrusive symptoms.

                • Hand Injuries

                  £12,170 to £18,740

                  Total Loss of Index Finger.

                • Hand Injuries

                  £35,520 to £54,830

                  Loss of Thumb.

              • Hip / Pelvis Injury
                • Hip / Pelvis Injury

                  £39,170 to £130,930

                  Extensive fractures of the pelvis involving, for example, dislocation of a low back joint and a reputed bladder, or a hip injury resulting in spondylolisthesis of a low back joint with intolerable pain and necessitating spinal fusion.

                • Hip / Pelvis Injury

                  £26,590 to £39,170

                  Significant injury to the pelvis or hip but any permanent disability is not major and any future risk not great.

                • Hip / Pelvis Injury

                  £3,950 to £12,950

                  Cases where despite significant injury there is little or no residual disability. Where there has been a complete recovery within two years, the award may but is unlikely to exceed the mid-point in the range.

              • Leg Injuries
                • Above-Knee Amputation of One Leg

                  £104,830 to £137,470

                  The award will depend upon such factors as the level of the amputation; the severity of any phantom pains; associated psychological problems; the success of any prosthetics; any side effects such as backache and the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the remaining joints of both lower limbs or in the hips and spine.

                • Leg Injury

                  £39,200 to £54,830

                  Serious compound or comminuted fractures or injuries to joints or ligaments resulting in instability, prolonged treatment, a lengthy period of non-weight-bearing, the near certainty that arthritis will ensue; extensive scarring. To justify an award within this bracket a combination of such features will generally be necessary.

                • Leg Injury

                  £17,960 to £27,760

                  Fractures from which an incomplete recovery is made or serious soft tissue injuries.

                • Leg Injuries

                  £9,110 to £14,080

                  Simple fracture of a femur with no damage to articular surfaces.

              • Knee Injuries
                • Knee Injury

                  £26,190 to £96,210

                  Serious knee injury where there has been disruption of the joint, the development of ostearthristis, gross ligamentous damage, lengthy treatment, considerable pain and loss of function, an arthroplasty or arthrodesis has taken place or is inevitable.

                • Knee Injury

                  £14,840 to £26,190

                  Injuries involving dislocation, torn cartilage or meniscus which results in minor instability, wasting, weakness, or other mild future disability.

              • Ankle Injuries
                • Ankle Injury

                  £31,310 to £50,060

                  Injuries necessitating and extensive period of treatment and/or a lengthy period in plaster or where pins and plates have been inserted and there is significant residual disability in the form of ankle instability and severely limited ability to walk.

                • Ankle Injury

                  £13,740 to £26,590

                  Fractures, ligamentous tears and the like which give rise to less serious disabilities such as difficulty in walking on uneven ground, difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time, awkwardness on stairs, irritation from metal plates and residual scarring.

                • Ankle Injury

                  Up to £13,740

                  The less serious, minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligamentous injuries.

              • Toe Injuries
                • Toe Injury

                  In the region of £31,310

                  Amputation of the Great Toe.

                • Toe Injuries

                  Up to £9,600

                  These injuries include relatively straight forward fractures or the exacerbation of a pre-existing degenerative condition or laceration injuries to one or more toes.

              • Hair Damage
                • Hair / Scalp Injuries

                  £7,340 to £11,020

                  Damage to hair in consequence of defective permanent waving, tinting, or the like, where the effects are dermatitis, eczema or tingling or 'burning' of the scalp causing dry, brittle hair, which breaks off and/or falls out, leading to distress, depression, embarrassment and loss of confidence, and inhibitating social life

                • Hair / Scalp Injuries

                  Up to £9,600

                  Less serious versions of the above where symptoms are fewer or only of a minor character; also, cases where hair has been pulled out leaving bald patches.

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