By Megan Clearwater. Last Updated 22nd December 2022. You may be looking into factory accident claims to see if you can receive compensation for an accident at work. This guide will explain under what circumstances you could claim for a factory injury, what evidence could be relevant to your claim and the benefits of using factory accident solicitors from our panel.
In some cases, factory accidents might cause injuries that are relatively minor; for example, you may sustain a cut or laceration injury because something falls on you. Other injuries can be more serious; for example, you might sustain a crush injury that causes damage to your internal organs.
If you have any questions or queries about claiming for an accident in a factory, please contact our team for free legal advice. They’re available 24/7 and can assess the validity of your claim in a quick phone call. Furthermore, they can also put you through to a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel to help you receive compensation.
However, please remember that you’re under no obligation to use our services should you contact us. Please do so at a time that works for you using the below details:
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Please read on to learn more about claiming factory accident compensation.
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- What Are Factory Accident Claims?
- The 3 Criteria Necessary For Proving Personal Injury Claims
- Exploring The Frequency Of Accidents At Factories
- Examples Of Factory Accidents
- What Evidence Is Needed For Factory Accident Claims To Succeed?
- How Much Compensation Could I Get For My Personal Injury Claim?
- Factory Accident Claims – No Win No Fee Lawyers
When you’re working in a factory, you could be involved in a range of different accidents that could cause a variety of different injuries. Some of these accidents might be specific to the factory industry, for example being hit by a piece of machinery. Other kinds of incidents, for example, a slip or fall, could occur in almost any scenario.
Some of the places where a factory accident could occur include:
- Car production plants
- Food production plants
- Clothing and textile factories
- Transportation plants
For more information about compensation claims for factory accidents, please contact our advisors for free legal advice. They’re available 24/7 and can tell you quickly and easily if you’re eligible to claim.
To receive compensation for factory accident claims, you would need to prove that your injury was caused by third-party negligence. This section will highlight the important criteria when claiming for a workplace accident.
Every employer has a duty of care to their employees. In Great Britain, this duty of care is established in The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Employers need to ensure that their facilities, equipment and the general work environment ensure the safety and security of their employees. Therefore, if you have suffered a factory accident due to the employer breaching this duty, you could receive compensation because of their negligence.
Furthermore, you need to begin claims proceedings within a particular time period. The Limitation Act 1980 states that, in most cases, you need to begin claiming within three years of either the date of the injury or the date you became aware that negligence caused your injury.
Factory accident claims will usually be statute-barred once this three-year period has passed. However, there are exceptions to this rule:
- If you’re a child wanting to claim for an injury that you sustained before your 18th birthday, the time limit is suspended until you turn 18.
- If you lack the mental capacity to claim, the time limit to begin claims proceedings is suspended unless you recover.
A litigation friend is someone who acts on your behalf when making a claim. They can pursue a claim for you while you’re unable to do this yourself.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guides employers in Great Britain to ensure they adhere to their legal obligations. Additionally, they also provide workplace accidents statistics. As you can see above, from 2018/19 to 2020/21, there have been two main reasons for ill health cases within the manufacturing industry: musculoskeletal disorders and stress, anxiety or depression.
They accommodate for 43% and 41% of the reported ill health cases in that sector, respectively. From the data provided, there was an average of 88,000 workers suffering from work-related ill-health in this period.
Unfortunately, we’re unaware of how many of these illnesses or injuries led to factory accident claims. This is because the statistics collected don’t relate to negligence.
This section will provide examples of an accident at a factory you may be able to claim for. Incidents you could claim compensation for include:
- Falling from a ladder due to it being faulty. However, you would need to show that your employer knew (or should have known) that the ladder was faulty and failed to do anything about it.
- Being struck by a moving object after it falls from a conveyor belt because it was incorrectly stacked.
- A forklift driving into you due to the person operating it not having sufficient training.
It’s important to note that suffering a factory injury in and of itself doesn’t mean you’ll be able to receive compensation. Successful factory accident claims come from proving that your injury was caused by the negligence of your employer.
To see if you could claim factory accident compensation, please contact our advisors for free legal advice. They’re available 24/7 and can tell you in one phone call if you’re able to claim.
Evidence is crucial to receiving compensation for factory accident claims. This is because the onus is on you, as the one claiming, to prove your injury was caused by third-party negligence.
Examples of evidence you could use include:
- CCTV footage. A factory accidents video can illustrate how negligence led to your injury.
- Witness statements. You can collect details of witnesses so that a statement can be taken later on.
- Photographic evidence of your injury and the scene of the accident.
- A report from the accident book.
One of our advisors will be able to let you know what evidence you need to claim. Get in touch for free legal advice.
There are two potential heads of claim that could be included in factory accident claims. General damages relate to the pain and suffering caused by the injury, both physically and psychologically.
This means that, should your claim be successful, the amount you could receive will depend on factors like the extent of the injury, how many injuries you’ve suffered and if the injury has led to permanent symptoms.
The Judicial College provides you with a greater indication of the amount you could receive from general damages. They analyse previous payouts, comparing them to the severity of the injury. In doing this, they’ve built compensation brackets which you can see below.
|Injury Type||Severity||Description||Compensation Amount|
|Brain and Head Injury||Moderate (ii)||Cases in this bracket lead to moderate to modest intellectual deficit with the ability to work being greatly reduced. There will also be some risk of epilepsy.||£90,720 to £150,110|
|Arm Injury||Loss of One Arm (i)||One arm is amputated at the shoulder.||Not less than £137,160|
|Back Injury||Severe (iii)||Disc fractures or lesions or soft tissue injuries causing chronic conditions leading to continuously severe discomfort and pain, despite treatment.||£38,780 to £69,730|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Moderately Severe||A better prognosis than severe cases due to some recovery caused by receiving professional help.||£23,150 to £59,860|
|Pelvis and Hip Injuries||Severe (iii)||Many injuries fall into this bracket including a fracture to the socket joint in the pelvis causing degenerative changes and leg instability.||£39,170 to £52,500|
|Neck Injury||Moderate (ii)||Cases in this bracket include wrenching-type or soft tissue injuries or severe disc lesions causing symptoms such as movement limitation, discomfort or stiffness and the possible need for further surgery.||£13,740 to £24,990|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious||The shoulder has been dislocated and the lower brachial plexus has been damaged leading to neck and shoulder pain.||£12,770 to £19,200|
|Leg Injury||Less Serious (ii)||Simple femur fracture that causes no damage to articular surfaces.||£9,110 to £14,080|
|Hand Injury||Moderate||Injuries in this bracket include penetrating wounds, crush injuries and soft tissue injuries.||£5,720 to £13,280|
|Injuries to the Elbow||Moderate or Minor||Most elbow injuries are in this bracket includes tennis elbow syndrome, simple fractures and lacerations.||Up to £12,590|
As part of the process of claiming, you will be invited to a medical assessment. Here, an independent expert will assess your injuries, and the report that they create will be used to value your claim.
Please remember that, should your claim be successful, we cannot guarantee that you’ll receive the values listed above for the respective injuries. The amount you could receive depends on many factors, and the compensation awarded is decided on a case-by-case basis.
Working Out Special Damages For Workplace Injury Claims
The second potential head of claim is special damages. This relates to the financial losses caused by the injury. You would only be able to potentially receive this head if you receive general damages from the same claim. This is because, if you’re not awarded general damages, it’s been decided that your employer isn’t responsible for your injuries or any costs that have been incurred.
Financial losses you could claim include:
- Loss of earnings
- Travel costs
- Loss of future earnings
- Adjustments needed to your home
You would need evidence to prove the value of the financial losses. This means that you need to supply financial documentation such as invoices, receipts or bank statements.
Are Care Claims Worth Considering?
You could also make care claims when claiming for financial losses. If you’ve suffered a traumatic workplace accident leading to a brain injury, for instance, you may be unable to look after yourself and need private medical care. Whether needed on a temporary or permanent basis, this can be very expensive.
To learn more about what you’re able to claim when making factory accident claims, please contact our team of advisors. They’re available 24/7, offer free legal advice and can put you through to a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel who could help you receive compensation.
If you have been involved in a factory accident that was caused by your employer’s negligence, you could make a claim. An experienced solicitor from our panel may be able to help you with your claim if you wish to be legally represented. They have years of experience handling various claims for an accident at work. Additionally, they may offer you a specific type of No Win No Fee agreement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
Generally, with a No Win No Fee agreement, you are not expected to pay anything upfront to your solicitor for them to start working on your claim. You are also usually not expected to pay any ongoing fees.
If the claim fails, you aren’t expected to pay your solicitor for their services. However, if the claim is successful, you will pay your solicitor a success fee. This is a legally capped amount taken from your compensation.
Contact our advisors today if you would like more information on factory accident claims or about No Win No Fee agreements.
Speak To Our Advisors About Factory Accident Claims
Do you still have questions about compensation claims for factory accidents? If so, our advisors will be more than happy to help.
They’re available whenever you are, offer legal advice that is completely free and can tell you in one phone call if you can claim. They can also put you through to our panel of personal injury solicitors who can work your case.
You’re under no obligation to use our services should you contact us. However, if you want to, please do so using the below details.
- Call us using the phone number above.
- Claim online using our website.
- Please write to us using the chat window.
Further Resources Regarding Factory Accident Claims
Use the below links to learn more about claiming for an accident at work.
Would you like medical guidance after suffering a fracture? If so, please read this guide on the NHS website.
Have you suffered an arm or wrist fracture? If so, and you want medical guidance, please refer to this guide.
The HSE also provides guidance on health and safety in the workplace, which you can find on their website.
Would you like more information about the different types of personal injury claims? If so, please read this guide on our website.
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- Making No Win No Fee Accident At Work Claims
Please get in touch with us if you have any further queries about factory accident claims or to know if you can claim compensation. Contact us using the above details.
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