Cutting Injury At Work Claims Explained

In this guide, we’ll be discussing the process of making cutting injury at work claims. We will explore the criteria you must meet in order to be eligible to seek compensation for a personal injury sustained in the workplace. Additionally, we will discuss how long you have to begin legal proceedings. 

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Cutting injury at work claims guide

All employers have a duty of care to their employees. If their is a failure to uphold this duty, it could lead you to experience harm as a result. The harm you experience may either be physical, psychological or both. In some cases, you could receive compensation to address the impact the injuries have had. We will explore what your settlement could consist of if your claim is successful and how it might be calculated. 

Additionally, this guide will discuss the steps you can take after becoming injured at work, such as gathering evidence and seeking legal representation in the form of a No Win No Fee solicitor.

If you have any further questions in relation to when you could sue your employer, get in touch with an advisor. To reach them, you can:

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  1. Cutting Injury At Work Claims – When Are You Able To Seek Compensation?
  2. How Could You Suffer Cutting Injuries From Employer Negligence?
  3. How Much Compensation Could You Receive For Cutting Injuries?
  4. Evidence That Could Be Used In Cutting Injury At Work Claims
  5. Use Our Panel Of No Win No Fee Solicitors To Make An Accident At Work Claim
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Cutting Injury At Work Claims – When Are You Able To Seek Compensation?

You may be able to make a personal injury claim for an accident at work in which you sustain a cutting injury if you can demonstrate negligence occurred. This means:

  1. An employer owed you a duty of care at the time and location of the accident.
  2. The employer breached the duty of care owed to you.
  3. Due to the breach, you became injured physically or emotionally, or both. 

Employers owe a duty of care to take reasonable and practicable steps to ensure the safety of their employees. This is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Some of the steps they could take to prevent harm to their employees include:

  • Providing adequate training to their employees to ensure they are able to perform their duties safely
  • Providing necessary personal protective equipment, such as gloves when working with sharp objects, to prevent the risk of injury
  • Carrying out regular risk assessments and addressing any hazards they become aware of

A failure to do so could lead to an employee sustaining an injury, such as a cut or laceration. To discuss cutting injury at work claims and find out whether you’re eligible to seek compensation, get in touch on the number above.

How Could You Suffer Cutting Injuries From Employer Negligence?

There are several ways an employee could experience a cutting injury in the workplace. For example:

  • Your employer may have failed to provide you with gloves to reduce the risk of you sustaining harm when working with sharp objects, such as glass. As a result, you sustain a superficial cut to your hand, including your thumb and finger.
  • When working in construction, your employer provides you with a faulty electric saw that they have failed to check is safe and fit for purpose. As a result, you sustain a deep laceration to your arm.

Not all incidents that involve you sustaining this type of injury at work will form the basis of a valid accident at work claim. In order to seek compensation, employer negligence needs to be proven.

Is There A Time Limit To Claiming Compensation For An Injury At Work?

The standard time limit for an accident at work is three years from the date of the accident. This is outlined by The Limitation Act 1980.

Certain exceptions can apply to this in some circumstances. To learn more about these, please get in touch on the number above.

How Much Compensation Could You Receive For Cutting Injuries?

Following a successful claim, compensation can be awarded to address the emotional pain and physical suffering you have experienced due to your injuries. This can be awarded under a head of claim called general damages. 

Solicitors can use figures from the Judicial College Guidelines, to help them value this portion of your payout. This document contains guideline award amounts, some of which we have included in the table below.

Note that the following figures cannot be guaranteed. This is due to every claim being different.

InjurySeverityCompensation
Scarring to Other Parts of the BodyMultiple Scars£7,830 to £22,730
Scarring to Other Parts of the BodyA Single Scar£2,370 to £7,830
Hand InjurySerious Injury To The Thumb (t)£12,590 to £16,760
Elbow InjuryModerate Or Minor (c)Up to £12,590
Leg InjuryLess Serious (c) (iii)Up to £11,840
Foot InjuryModest (g)Up to £13,740
 

Special Damages When Claiming For A Workplace Injury

Special damages help to compensate for any past and future losses that you may have incurred as a result of your injuries. This can come in the form of:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Cost of care
  • Travel expenses
  • Renovations to a home 
  • Medication costs

You’ll have to provide evidence of these losses to receive special damages. This can come in the form of bank statements, invoices and receipts.

For an accurate estimate of what injury at work claims could be worth, get in touch on the number above.

Evidence That Could Be Used In Cutting Injury At Work Claims

As part of the injury at work claims process, you’ll have to provide evidence to prove that employer negligence resulted in your injury. Examples of the evidence you could gather include:

  • CCTV footage of the accident
  • A diary of your treatment and symptoms 
  • Copies of any medical records
  • Photographs of your injury and the accident site
  • Contact details of potential witnesses

If you’re struggling to gather evidence, then providing you have a valid claim, you can choose to use the services of our panel of solicitors. They can help you gather and compile evidence to build a strong case. 

Use Our Panel Of No Win No Fee Solicitors To Make An Accident At Work Claim

Providing you have a valid claim, you can choose to make a claim with help from a solicitor on our panel. In doing so, they can offer you a type of No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

As per the terms of this particular kind of contract, typically the following will happen:

  • If your case succeeds, a solicitor will take a percentage of your compensation. This is subject to a legal cap as per the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.
  • If your case fails, no payment will be taken for the work your solicitor has done.

For more information regarding cutting injury at work claims, you can get in touch with an advisor. They can provide further guidance on the eligibility requirements, the time limits for starting your claim and the compensation you could be awarded. Additionally, if they find you to have a valid claim that has a chance of succeeding, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel. 

To get in touch, you can:

  • Enter your details into the contact us section of our website
  • Call us on 0800 408 7827
  • Use the live chat bubble in the corner of our website

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Article by POW

Edited by MIT