A Guide To Accident At Work Compensation Claim Amounts
All employers and businesses have to be insured in case anyone is injured while at work so your claim is covered through the company’s insurance policy; you won’t be claiming directly against your employer as long as they have insurance in place.
This comprehensive guide will provide you with many answers to questions you may be looking for. If you’d like further information, please contact one of our specialist accident at work solicitors for a free no-obligation consultation.
If you’ve been injured in an accident at work then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
If you are over 18 then you can claim yourself with Bott & Co. We also handle claims for anyone under 18 and in those cases we need to appoint a litigation friend who is usually a parent or close friend or family member. They will deal with us on the case on your behalf. In cases where the victim is deceased as a result of the injury, then any dependents can claim on their behalf for loss of dependency.
How Do I Claim For An Accident at Work Compensation?
Making your claim with Bott & Co is simple. We will deal with all the correspondence and paperwork, including filing court proceedings if necessary. You have no financial risk with our no-win no-fee guarantee and you can rely on our strict client confidentiality.
As a law firm we are closely monitored and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and regularly audited so you know you are in safe hands with us. We will never pass on or sell your details to other businesses unlike some claims management companies, and our primary concern is making sure we can help you get back to full fitness. Recovering the best possible payout from the insurers is part of this.
How Much Compensation Could I Receive?
One of the first questions people ask us about their claim is how much compensation they will receive for their accident at work. Our solicitors will take all the specific circumstances into account and along with the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) guidelines, will put a value on your case that we would expect to receive from the insurers.
We’ve settled many cases of back related injuries, which are common in the workplace, but we often handle slip, trip and fall cases or injuries that arise as a result of faulty equipment, machinery, or clothing. These types of accidents can result in a wide range of injuries and severity and the table below gives you an indication of what levels of compensation you might be entitled to with the amounts varying depending on the seriousness and length of symptoms.
When it comes to working out how much compensation for your accident at work, we also consider any out of pocket expenses, loss of earnings and bonus, and medical costs that you might incur following the injury. In more severe cases where ongoing support is needed or lifestyle adaptations are required, the amount of compensation can increase massively.
The law provides for you to claim for future loss of earnings if you are unable to return to work and to cover the costs of care or nursing in the most serious cases. While there is no amount of money that can compensate for serious injuries, it is there to make sure you are never out of pocket.
We often find that injuries at work are caused by avoidable situations such as lifting heavy objects or falling over trip hazards. Your employer has a duty to make sure you are protected at work and that the area in which you work is maintained to a safe condition. If you haven’t received adequate training or safety equipment and have suffered an injury then you most likely will have a legitimate claim for workplace compensation.
The sooner you make a claim the better as the incident will be fresh in your mind but as long as the injury has been discovered within the last three years, we can accept your case and work to secure the best possible payout for you from the insurers.
You should record any injury no matter how small in the accident book at work. Every business has to have and maintain an accident book to keep a record of incidents that have occurred on the property. You should also try and find witnesses to your accident and take photographs of the place the accident happened as this will make it easier to build your claim for compensation.
Choosing The Right Representation.
Bott & Co have a specialist team of highly experienced solicitors who handle all accident at work claims (known as Employer Liability cases). Our Employer Liability team successfully recover damages in 99% of the cases we accept and have won high profile cases against some of the world’s biggest organisations.
We are one of the largest personal injury specialists and among the top 200 law firms in the UK. We have won awards for the work we do and we continue to represent individuals against large insurers and businesses on a no-win no-fee basis to make sure everyone has equal access to justice.
Mr F suffered shattered heels and was left wheelchair bound for two months, and required further treatment for eight months, after falling down a ladder whilst working at a construction site.
Mr F got in touch with us after originally being offered just £20,000 by the insurers, and he wanted to know how much compensation his accident at work claim was really worth. Through careful negotiation with the other side and our specialist legal knowledge, we managed to secure £80,000 compensation for our client.
We recovered £7,000 for Mrs D after a faulty hospital bed tipped up at work and she was crushed by a heavy patient. She was left with severe back pain as the accident aggravated previous injuries to her lumbar spine and she was forced to take four months off work. The damages she received helped fund her care and covered her loss of earnings.
Mr K sustained a prolapsed disc whilst lifting heavy equipment at work, and was never able to work in a physical job again because the injury was permanent. After a court hearing we managed to recover £100,000 settlement for Mr K including future care.
If you want to know if you can make a claim for compensation after an accident at work then get in touch today and one of our solicitors will explain how much your claim is worth.
Accidents & Injury At Work Compensation Amounts
|Head||Very serious||£214,300 – £307,000||Badly disabled, brain damage with little or no response. Includes people in vegetative state in need of full time nursing. Learn More|
|Head||Serious||£11,600 – £214,300||Serious physical symptoms or a significant change to your intellect or personality Learn More|
|Head||Moderate||£1,600 – £9,700||Head injury not resulting in brain damage, amounts dependent to on-going symptoms such as headaches Learn More|
|Eyes||Very serious||£80,500 – £204,200||Amounts relate to completely blind, or blinded in one eye and/ or severely reduced vision in other. Learn More|
|Eyes||Serious||£6,900 – £50,000||Loss of eye, lost sight in one eye or suffered some but not total visual impairment Learn More|
|Eyes||Moderate||£1,650 – £6,700||Injury to eye that caused pain, or temporary vision issues Learn More|
|Ears||Very serious||£68,950 – £107,500||Injury leading to complete deafness. If injured as child, higher compensation based on lose of ability to speak. Learn More|
|Ears||Serious||£23,850 – £34,650||Loss of total hearing in one ear, amounts dependent on additional symptoms such as dizziness Learn More|
|Ears||Moderate||£5,300 – £34,650||Compensation amount apply for those suffering from partial hearing loss to mild or sever tinnitus Learn More|
|Face||Very serious||£13,700 – £74,500||Facial disfigurement or scarring, amounts depending on how seriously affected. Men could receive less for facial disfigurement than women with same injury.Learn More|
|Face||Serious||£1,770 – £28,950||Facial fractures such as broken jaw or nose. Amounts dependent on severity. Also apply to broken, damaged teeth. Learn More|
|Face||Moderate||£1,290 – £2,670||Facial injury that didn’t include broken bones and left only very light or no scarring. Learn More|
Compensation Amounts For Injuries To The Upper Body
|Neck||Very serious||£34,570 to £112,800||Neck injuries that seriously affect movement of one or more limbs or little or no ability to move their neck years after accident. Learn More|
|Neck||Serious||£29,300 to £42,500||Fractures and dislocations that require surgery. Amounts may apply to those who suffer with permanent pain, discomfort that limits usual activities. Learn More|
|Neck||Moderate||£1,850 to £6,050||Soft tissue or whiplash injury but have recovered within two years of incident. Amounts vary on severity of injury, level of pain and effect on restriction of ability to take part in your usual activities. Learn More|
|Back||Very serious||£29,450 to £122,300||Back injury that would usually require surgery such as damaged spinal cord leading to serious consequences such as partial paralysis, loss of bowel/bladder function and psychological issues. Learn More|
|Back||Serious||£9,450 to £29,500||Back injury that has left you in constant pain or discomfort often due to disturbed ligaments or soft tissue injuries. Amount based on severity of original injury and treatment you may need. Learn More|
|Back||Moderate||£300 to £9,450||Injuries leading to less serious strains, disc problems and soft tissue damage. Amounts relate to severely of original injury, treatment required and long term effects. Learn More|
|Shoulder||Very serious||£9,750 to £36,450||These amounts are usually associated with neck injuries resulting in significant disability. Learn More|
|Shoulder||Serious||£6,050 to £9,750||Compensation could apply for injury causing ‘frozen shoulder’, or soft tissue damage causing pain and discomfort lasting around two years. Learn More|
|Shoulder||Moderate||£300 to £6,050||Suffered pain from a soft tissue injury lasting a few months to two years, but have eventually had a full recovery, you could be entitled to this amount. Learn More|
|Pelvis & Hips||Very serious||£29,800 to £99,550||Severe hip or pelvis fractures that have led to bowel damage or have required a spinal fusion. Amounts depend on long-term effects (such as impotence or complications with child-birth) and likelihood to have to have more surgery in the future. Learn More|
|Pelvis & Hips||Serious||£9,550 to £29,850||Injury that required a hip operation / replacement (or may lead to you requiring one in the future), but are unlikely to suffer from any serious disability as a result. Learn More|
|Pelvis & Hips||Moderate||£3,000 to £9,580||Hip or pelvic injury, but have completely (or almost completely) recovered within two years of the incident, you could be entitled to this amount. Learn More|
Compensation Amounts For Injuries To Arms and Hands
|Arm||Very serious||£73,050 to £228,050||Amputation of one or both arms. Amount awarded depends on where amputation is, your age and the effect the operation has on your life and whether you suffer from phantom pains. Learn More|
|Arm||Serious||£29,750 to £99,450||Arm injury not resulting in amputation, but has a serious effect on your ability to use your arm(s) and left you disabled. Learn More|
|Arm||Moderate||£5,000 to £29,750||If you have suffered a degree of disability for a period of time (such as a broken arm) but are expected to make a complete (or almost complete) recovery. Learn More|
|Elbow||Very serious||£29,750 to £41,650||These amounts could apply to you if your injury has required surgery or has resulted in severe disability. Learn More|
|Elbow||Serious||£11,850 to £24,300||If you have suffered an elbow injury that did not require surgery and has not led to a disability but has resulted in restricted movement. Learn More|
|Elbow||Moderate||£2,650 to £9,550||The majority of elbow injuries fall under this category. These amounts apply to injuries like tennis elbow or deep cuts that don’t lead to permanent damage. Learn More|
|Hand||Very serious||£47,000 to £153,150||Amounts usually apply when a person has had one or both hands amputated, or has had their hand rendered almost useless by amputation of more than one finger. Learn More|
|Hand||Serious||£22,000 to £47,000||Injury that has reduced your hand’s functionality significantly (for example, if you are unable to use your fingers properly), or resulted in severe disfigurement. Learn More|
|Hand||Moderate||£650 to £22,000||Injuries such as deep cuts and soft tissue damage that have resulted in impaired function of the hand that may require surgery in the future. Learn More|
|Wrist||Very serious||£18,600 to £45,450||Wrist injury that has left you either unable to move your wrist, or has significantly reduced your ability to move your wrist, these compensation amounts could apply to you. Learn More|
|Wrist||Serious||£5,600 to £18,620||Broken wrist or have sustained soft tissue damage but will still be able to use your wrist relatively normally in the long-term, despite some pain or stiffness. Learn More|
|Wrist||Moderate||£2,650 to £3,550||Wrist injury that required bandaging or a plaster for weeks, but are expected to make a complete (or almost complete) recovery within a year. Learn More|
|Finger||Very serious||£6,570 to £69,050||One or more finger completely amputated. Amount depends on which finger(s) had to be removed and the level of disability the person suffers as a result. Learn More|
|Finger||Serious||£3,000 to £14,255||Part finger amputation, these compensation amounts could apply to you. How much is awarded depends on which part of which finger had to be removed. Learn More|
|Finger||Moderate||Up to £360||If you have suffered from a broken finger but have had a complete (or almost complete) recovery. Learn More|
|Thumb||Very serious||£9,550 to £12,740||If you have had to have part of your thumb amputated, suffered nerve damage or have lost your ability to grip properly, you could be entitled to this amount of compensation. Learn More|
|Thumb||Serious||£3,050 to £9,550||These are amounts can be awarded where a person has suffered tendon or nerve damage, including severe dislocations. Learn More|
|Thumb||Moderate||Up to £1,680||You could be entitled to these amounts if you suffered pain from a thumb injury but completely (or almost completely recovered within months). Learn More|
Compensation Amounts For Injuries To Lower Body
|Leg||Very serious||£74,450 to £214,300||One or both legs amputated. Amounts dependent on if amputation is above or below the knee and how this could affect you in the future. Learn More|
|Leg||Serious||£21,050 to £103,200||Usually awarded when a person has not had to endure an amputation but has suffered serious damage to the leg(s), that will have serious implications in the long-term. Learn More|
|Leg||Moderate||£1,850 to £19,850||Broken leg or soft-tissue damage. How much would depend on whether or not you made a full recovery and whether the injury stands to affect you in the long-term. Learn More|
|Knee||Very serious||£39,600 to £73,120||Joint injury has resulted in serious disability, constant pain or muscle wastage. Amount will depend on whether you are likely to need surgery in the future and the effects your injury will have on your life. Learn More|
|Knee||Serious||£19,850 to £32,990||Serious damage to the kneecap, ligaments or muscles, resulting in some disability with continued pain and discomfort. Learn More|
|Knee||Moderate||£4,600 to £19,950||Dislocated knee, torn cartilage, cuts or twists, you could be entitled to these amounts depending on how your injury could affect you in the long-term. Learn More|
|Ankle||Very serious||£38,000 to £52,995||Severe ankle injury leading to serious deformity, disability or even the possibility of amputation in the long-term. Learn More|
|Ankle||Serious||£23,850 to £38,000||Ankle injury requiring operation or plaster. Amount depends on if your injury affects ability to work and if you need to wear special footwear. Learn More|
|Ankle||Moderate||£10,400 to £20,150||Sprained or broken ankle. The amount awarded depends on whether your injury results in any less-serious disabilities or a tendency for the ankle to ‘give way’. Learn More|
|Achilles||Very serious||Up to £29,250||Muscles have been severed and this has led to restricted ankle movement. Learn More|
|Achilles||Serious||£18,950 to £22,850||Partial tearing to the Achilles tendon. Amount awarded related to surgery and whether you have been left in permanent discomfort/with a limp. Learn More|
|Achilles||Moderate||£5,520 to £16,050||If your ankle has been left weaker by damage to your Achilles tendon. Learn More|
|Foot||Very serious||£63,820 to £153,250||If you have had one or both feet amputated as a result of your injury. Learn More|
|Foot||Serious||£19,000 to £53,150||Two broken heels or feet, or serious damage to just one foot. The amount awarded depends on level of surgery required. Learn More|
|Foot||Moderate||£5,320 to £10,445||Injury has resulted in constant pain, a limp or aching, but has not led to any serious disability. Learn More|
|Toe||Very serious||£23,750 to £42,650||Amputation of all of your toes or your ‘big toe’. The amount depends on whether you lost your toe(s) in an incident or had to have them surgically removed, and the effect this has had on your life. Learn More|
|Toe||Serious||£7,300 to £16,050||Severe trauma to the toe(s) and have either had toes other than the ‘big toe’ amputated or have not had to have a toe amputated but have suffered serious damage to the toe(s) with ongoing symptoms. Learn More|
|Toe||Moderate||£4,200 to £7,300||One or more broken toes. How much you are awarded will depend on how quickly you recover and whether or not you will suffer long-term symptoms. Learn More|
Although the compensation amounts in this guide may seem relatively low – they are only the amounts that are awarded for the injuries themselves.
For serious injuries, we also recover compensation to cover additional costs that arise as a result of your accident, including; loss of future earnings, a lifetime of care and treatment, help with chores, medication, state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs and custom built accommodation. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, this can lead to you being awarded up to millions of pounds.