I Had A Knee Injury At Work, Can I Claim Compensation?

This article will look into when you could make a claim for a knee injury at work. If you suffered an accident at work due to your employer’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. We will explain what steps you could take in order to make a successful claim.

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Knee injury at work claim guide

A strong claim requires evidence to prove your claim. This is important to demonstrate your employer’s negligence caused your injury, and it’s also important to prove how much your injury has affected your quality of life. In this guide, we will look into examples of evidence that you can provide.

You can also fund legal representation through No Win No Fee agreements. Working with a solicitor can help you build a strong case and ensure all aspects of your claim are covered. We will discuss No Win No Fee agreements further in this guide.

If you have any questions regarding compensation for an injury at work, you can reach our team of advisors through the following contact details:

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For more information on work-related knee injuries, please continue with the rest of the article.

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  1. Can I Make A Knee Injury At Work Claim?
  2. What Accidents Can Lead To Knee Injury Claims?
  3. Evidence For A Knee Injury At Work Claim
  4. What Settlement Can I Get?
  5. Working With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  6. Extra Information About Making A Knee Injury At Work Claim

Can I Make A Knee Injury At Work Claim?

According to the NHS, common causes of knee pain can include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Torn ligaments
  • Dislocated kneecap

If you’re at fault for an accident due to not upholding safety standards set by your employer, it would be unlikely for you to be eligible to claim. Furthermore, there may be instances where an accident is not your fault but is also not the fault of your employer; you would not be able to claim in these circumstances. 

This guide will discuss your knee injury at work that may have occurred due to employer negligence. If your accident type isn’t mentioned here, you can speak to our advisors. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have regarding personal injury.

Injury At Work Statistics

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website highlights key figures and statistics relating to workplace health and safety. They collect statistics relating to injuries that are reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.

In 2020/21 in Great Britain, there were 14,938 instances of reported injury to lower limb locations. Of these, 6,425 affected the category “rest of the lower limb”, which includes the knee. 

For more information, you can visit the HSE website where they have guidance on accidents in the workplace.

What Accidents Can Lead To Knee Injury Claims?

You can suffer an injury at work when your employer acts negligently. All employers owe their staff a duty of care. This is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which is a central piece of legislation relating to workplace health and safety.

It states that employers must do everything they reasonably can to keep their employees safe. If this duty of care is breached, accidents can occur that lead to injury. 

In regards to preventing injury at work, your employer should take measures such as:

  • Provide training to all staff, for example, to operate machinery in a factory
  • Store equipment safely to avoid slip, trip and fall accidents that could result in
  • Keep loose wires tidy and tied down safely. Failure to do so could result in an office accident
  • Ensure that all equipment is well-maintained and safe to use

Your employer should regularly carry out risk assessments and safety checks to ensure all measures are still in place. Risks may vary depending on the workplace and so assessments should be appropriate for the environment.

For more information on when a knee injury at work claim could be justified, speak with an advisor today.

Evidence For A Knee Injury At Work Claim

Once the accident has taken place, it is important that you seek out medical attention as soon as possible. This may include visiting your local GP or calling for an ambulance where appropriate. Your chances of recovering fully may be higher if a medical professional tends to your injuries.

Gathering evidence is an important step to making a successful knee injury claim. It can make the difference in proving your employer acted negligently. Some examples of relevant evidence include:

  • Details of any witnesses
  • Pictures of the scene and your injuries
  • Medical records including prescriptions and doctor’s notes
  • The report of the incident in the accident book

You may also require an additional medical assessment to assess the severity of your injuries. This can be used to value your claim and can increase your compensation.

Our advisors are offering you free legal advice to help you start your knee injury at work claim process. We are happy to help with any information regarding the validity of your claim. 

What Settlement Can I Get?

Several factors are considered when determining what will be your average payout for a knee injury. Personal injury compensation is split into two heads.

General damages relate to the physical and psychological pain you suffer from your injuries. For instance, broken bones, fractures and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) would fall under this bracket.

The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) show guideline compensation brackets for various injuries. These are used as a guideline by legal professionals to help value claims.

Examples from these guidelines are listed in the table below:

Type of InjuryCompensationDescription
Loss of Both Legs£240,790 - £282,010Where both legs are lost above the knee, or one above the knee to a high level and the other below the knee.
Above-Knee Amputation of One Leg£104,830 - £137,470Compensation awarded depends on severity of phantom pains, success of prosthetics and any degenerative changes.
Below-Knee Amputation of of One Leg£97,980 - £132,990Includes straightforward amputation cases and traumatic amputation. Includes unsuccessful operations and development of osteoarthritis in remaining joints.
Severe Leg Injury (i) £96,250 - £135,920Includes extensive degloving of the leg, fractures not uniting and bone grafting.
Severe Knee Injury (i) £69,730 - £96,210Disruption of the joint, damage to ligaments and a considerable level of pain.
Severe Knee Injury (ii) £52,120 - £69,730Where the leg fracture has extended into the knee joint and limits movement or impairs agility.
Severe Knee Injury (iii) £26,190 - £43,460Continuing symptoms such as discomfort and limitation of movement.
Moderate Knee Injury (i) £14,840 - £26,190Injuries resulting in wasting, minor instability or weakness.
Moderate Knee Injury (ii) Up to £13,740Less serious injuries than above, although similar. Can include twisting, lacerations and bruising injuries.
Modest Ankle InjuryUp to £13,740Less serious and minor fractures, sprains and ligamentous injuries. 

Special damages compensate you for your financial losses that were caused due to the injury. This can include medical bills, travel costs and loss of earnings if you’re unable to work after sustaining your injuries. You must provide evidence to receive special damages.

For a more accurate assessment of your knee injury at work, please contact our team of advisors. If they feel your case has a good chance of success, they could connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. 

Working With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

If you are concerned about the average settlement for a workplace knee injury, you may like to be represented by a solicitor. Legal representation can ensure you claim the correct amount in compensation you are owed for your injuries.

A No Win No Fee agreement allows you to cut out the upfront fees while utilising the guidance of legal experts. If the claim fails, there are no incurring solicitor fees to pay.

However, if you are successful with your knee injury at work claim, you’ll be required to pay a small success fee which has been legally capped. This will be deducted from the amount of compensation that is rewarded to you at the end of the claim.

If No Win No Fee agreements are of interest to you, contact us today. Our team of advisors can help you start the claims process.

Start A Knee Injury At Work Claim Today

If you would like any support in starting your knee injury at work claim, or if you want some general legal advice, please contact our team.

Our advisors can offer you free legal advice at any time that suits you. We are available to speak to you 24/7 about any personal injury worries you may have.

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Extra Information About Making A Knee Injury At Work Claim

Attached below are some links we hope you will find useful:

NHS Advice on Knee Pain

HSE Accident Book Guidance

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

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Thank you for taking the time to read this guide for a knee injury at work. We hope it was helpful.

Writer Jess Angler

Publisher Fern Stringer