Archive for the ‘Work Accident Claims’ Category

Hit By Falling Masonry At Work: Claim Compensation Head Neck Injuries

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

UK solicitor explains how to claim compensation if you suffer injury from falling objects from work platforms, ladders and other structures

Work accident victim question

I was working installing windows on a property my employer was renovating. I was working on a ground floor window and a colleague was working above me on a platform mounted on scaffolding.

Suddenly I recollect coming around lying on the floor with paramedics surrounding me. I was taken to hospital and diagnosed with head and neck injuries. Thankfully – I was wearing a protective helmet or I could have been killed.

My colleague came to visit me at hospital and explained that the platform had wobbled and a large piece of masonry – made up of several bricks cemented together had fallen through a gap and hit me on the head.

My colleague did not do this on purpose and I was wondering whether I could make a claim from my employer as it is likely I will be unable to work for a number of weeks and it make take several months for my head and neck injuries to recover.

Work injury solicitor response

It seems to me from your description that your employer would be held liable for your accident. An employer is responsible for any negligent acts by any of its workers and has specific regulation relating to the safety of workers when working at heights set out by the Work At Height Regulations 2005.

The Regulations require a platform to be erected so that it cannot move, there should not be gaps in the platform which could allow objects to fall through and cause injury and any loose objects on a platform should be properly secured.

You were properly wearing protection for your head and you still suffered head and neck injuries so your employer and not your colleague should be held liable to pay you compensation for your injuries and financial losses, including lost income.

If you would like to discuss your claim with me in person free of charge or commence a claim online click head neck injuries claim falling masonry at work.


Defective Metal Press Work Injury Claim Preston: Broken Arm Fractured Shoulder

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Work accident solicitor explains how to claim compensation if you have suffered injury as a result of defective work equipment including shoulder and arm injuries from a malfunctioning metal press

Work accident victim question

I was at work in a factory in Preston. I am a press operator and was using an industrial metal press when the press malfunctioned causing a large piece of metal which was being bent to fly out of the press and hit me on the top of my left arm and shoulder.

This caused my upper arm bone, the humerus, to be shattered and the scapula and clavicle bones in my shoulder to be fractured.

I required surgery and the insertion of pins and plates and I am told my arm and shoulder will never be the same again. I have also been left with a large unsightly scar on my arm.

Can I make a claim against my employer for my arm and shoulder injuries and if so what type of compensation can I claim?

Work injury solicitor response

An employer is responsible for the correct operation of work machinery and equipment. The fact that your fracture injuries to your arm and shoulder and scarring was caused as a result of a defect with the press will likely mean you will succeed in a claim against your employer.

So long as it can be shown that a defect with the press existed and as a result you suffered injury – your employer will be strictly liable for your injuries. In other words – you will not have to show your employer was negligent only that the press was defective.

Engineering evidence might be necessary to help prove the press machine was defective although the facts are quite clear that your accident could not have happened without s defect with the press.

You will be entitled to claim compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced for your injuries – the broken upper arm humerus bone, fractured scapula and clavicle bones, scarring. In addition you could have suffered psychological injuries.

All of your injuries will be set out in expert medical reports from specialist doctors and based upon these reports and court guidance your solicitor can determine how much your claim is worth.

In addition – you will be entitled to claim for financial losses, such as lost income you have already incurred with a prediction of likely future lost income. Other expenses might include medical expenses, nursing assistance and travel expenses to your GP and the hospital.

To see examples of the amounts of compensation you can claim for your injuries click shoulder fracture compensation amounts and arm injury compensation average payouts.

To discuss your work accident claim with me in person  or to commence your claim online click work accident press injury claim.

Coal Worker Injury Claim Scotland How Long? Average Compensation Payout Amputation Fractures Leg Arm

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

UK solicitor sets out how long you have to claim for a coal face injury including how to calculate your compensation settlement for severe injuries including an amputated arm, multiple fractures to arm and leg, lacerations and psychological injury

Scottish coal worker accident victim question

I worked for a Scottish coal company in a number of different coal mines in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Fife.

A few years ago in a mine in Ayrshire I was asked by my supervisor to go to the coal face and check a hydraulic ram. Another coal worker turned a cutting machine on without checking if the coal face was clear as should always be done.

This led to serious injuries to my right leg and arm before the machine could be turned off. I suffered multiple fractures and broken bones, crushing injuries and deep lacerations.

The injuries were so severe my arm had to be amputated.

It turned out that the new supervisor turned the coal cutter on without checking if face was clear.

How long do I have to claim compensation for my injuries and how much average compensation is my claim likely to be worth?

Industrial injury solicitor response

From the facts you have described it seems as though you would be able to prove legal liability of your employer as it is clearly dangerous to turn a cutter on without checking that the coal face is clear.

Given the nature of your injury – you will generally have three years to commence a claim at court from the date of the accident before it is too late. To eliminate any doubt – you are best speaking to a solicitor to determine the time period and I am happy to speak to you in person simply call me on 0161 8346776.

The amount of compensation you can claim for your injuries will be quite substantial, but will primarily depend on an expert medical report setting out your physical and no doubt psychological symptoms. The effect on your life, any ongoing problems, rehabilitation needs, medical costs and your ability to work into the future should be considered by the medical expert.

Severe injuries such as those you have described – typically have significant psychological symptomology, so it is likely an expert report from a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist will be necessary to describe these effects.

The calculation of the average compensation amounts you can claim will be based on the medical reports for your pain and suffering and loss of amenity (known as general damages) and all the costs and expenses you have and will incur as a result of your injuries (known as special damages), including: lost income, rehabilitation expenses, cost to modify your home, medical expenses, nursing care assistance, travel expenses to hospital and GP, cost of a mobility vehicle, etc.

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If you would like to discuss your claim with me in person or have your claim assessed by a Scottish industrial injury specialist solicitor to see how much compensation you can expect for an amputated arm and multiple fractures to your arm and legs click average compensation payouts for Scottish coal mining accident claim.