Neck Injury At Work – How To Claim Compensation

Have you suffered a neck injury at work caused by an employer breaching the duty of care they owed you? If so, you may be eligible to seek compensation, provided you meet the requirements that form the basis of a valid personal injury claim. You can find more information on these later in our guide.

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Neck Injury At Work – How To Claim Compensation

Additionally, our guide explores the duty of care employers owe in the workplace, and the ways in which they could uphold this duty. We also provide examples of accidents that could result in a neck injury if this duty is breached.

Furthermore, you can find information on how personal injury compensation is calculated for a successful workplace accident claim.

Additionally, we will explain what evidence could help your claim and how a No Win No Fee arrangement could be beneficial if you choose to instruct a solicitor to help you seek a payout.

If you have any questions about how to make an accident at work claim, please get in touch with an advisor. To do so, you can:

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When Are You Eligible To Claim For A Neck Injury At Work?

If you can show that you meet the relevant eligibility criteria to make a personal injury claim, you could seek compensation for a neck injury at work. To prove this, your employer must have owed you a duty of care at the date and time of your accident. Furthermore, there needs to be a breach in this duty of care that has ultimately resulted in your injuries.

Outlined in The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe a duty of care to their employees. This means that they are legally required to take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety and welfare of employees. These steps could include conducting risk assessments and acting on the results or providing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) whenever this is necessary in the workplace.

Reach out to one of our advisors to enquire about whether or not you have valid grounds to make an accident at work claim.

How Could A Neck Injury At Work Happen?

Accidents at work, in which you sustain a neck injury, could happen for many different reasons. Examples of how this could occur may include:

  • Falling from a height – If you’ve been instructed to use a ladder that was known to be faulty, and you fall and hurt yourself, you could sustain a serious injury to the neck.
  • Manual handling injury – If your employer asks you to carry an object that is too heavy for you to handle, you could sustain serious soft tissue damage to the neck.
  • No warning signage – You could slip and fall if a wet floor has no warning sign present. This could result in a neck injury.
  • Insufficient training – If you’ve not received training to operate a forklift truck and your employer asks you to drive one, you could crash and experience a broken neck in a forklift accident.

If you have evidence that you sustained a neck injury at work because your employer breached their duty of care, get in touch. Our advisors may connect you to our panel of accident at work solicitors, provided you have an eligible case.

What Neck Injury Compensation Could You Receive?

Suffering a neck injury from an accident at work could mean that you may be eligible to receive compensation, provided the relevant eligibility criteria are met. If the claim succeeds, the settlement figure awarded could consist of two heads of loss. The first head is general damages which compensate for the pain and suffering that have derived as a result of your injuries.

To calculate the value of the general damages portion of your workplace accident claim, solicitors can use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) alongside medical evidence to help them. The JCG is a publication that displays multiple injuries that range in severity alongside their respective compensation guideline brackets. You can find some of these in the table below. However, as each case is valued on a case-by-case basis, these figures are not guaranteed.

Neck Injury Compensation Guideline Table

Type Of InjuryNotesGuideline Brackets
Neck Injury - Severe (i)This bracket includes a neck injury that leads to incomplete paraplegia.In the region of £148,330
Neck Injury - Severe (ii)Injuries often involving serious fractures or damaged discs in the spine.£65,740 to £130,930
Neck Injury - Severe (iii)Injuries could include severe damage to the soft tissues resulting in chronic conditions and disability of a permanent and significant nature.£45,470 to £55,990
Neck Injury - Moderate (i)Dislocations or fractions that have caused severe symptoms immediately. Injuries may require surgery in the form of a spinal fusion.£24,990 to £38,490
Neck Injury - Moderate (ii)Injuries that cause the acceleration or exacerbation of a pre-existing condition.£13,740 to £24,990
Neck Injury - Moderate (iii)Moderate soft tissue injuries with a fairly protracted recovery period.£7,890 to £13,740
Neck Injury - Minor (i)In these cases, a full recovery is takes place between one to two years.£4,350 to £7,890
Neck Injury - Minor (ii)A full recovery takes place between three months and a year.£2,450 to £4,350

Special Damages When Seeking Compensation For A Neck Injury

If you have a successful claim, you could also be awarded special damages. This head of loss accounts for any future or past monetary expenses that have been experienced because of your injuries. These losses may include:

  • Income loss
  • Medical care
  • Travel expenses
  • The cost to make adjustments to your vehicle or home

If your neck injury at work has caused any of these financial losses, you should obtain evidence in order to claim them back. Evidence of these costs can include receipts, invoices, and payslips.

For more information regarding compensation for a successful personal injury claim, please get in touch with one of our advisors. They could offer a free valuation of your potential case.

What You Need To Help You Claim Neck Injury Compensation

To pursue a personal injury claim after sustaining a neck injury at work, evidence should be obtained to prove your employer failed to uphold their duty of care, and that this caused you harm. Examples of evidence that can be helpful to support your claim include:

  • CCTV footage that captures the accident occurring
  • Photographs of the injuries that have been sustained and the accident site
  • Medical records, such as X-rays or copies of other scans
  • Contact information from witnesses that could be willing to provide a statement at a later time
  • A diary that includes symptoms and treatments for your injuries

Along with building your case, our panel of personal injury solicitors can assist you with gathering relevant evidence that may prove useful for your neck injury claim. Give us a call today.

Claim For A Neck Injury At Work On A No Win No Fee Basis

Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors can provide you with legal representation on the premise that you will not have to pay any upfront costs or ongoing payments for their services. They can do so by offering a Conditional Fee Agreement. Further advantages of using a solicitor under the terms of this contract include:

  • If your claim doesn’t succeed, you don’t have to pay for the services your solicitor has provided.
  • In the event that your claim succeeds and you’re awarded a settlement figure, your solicitor will take a small percentage, which is capped by law, as payment for their work. However, you will have the opportunity to discuss this fee with your solicitor prior to starting your claim with them.

If you’ve suffered a neck injury at work, call one of our advisors today. You could be connected to our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors if you have a valid claim. To get in touch, you can:

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Thank you for reading our helpful guide on when and how you could seek compensation for a neck injury at work. If you have any other questions, please contact an advisor on the number above.

Writer Laura Smith

Editor Meg McConnell