Work Amputation Claims
Our work Solicitors have years of experience in amputation compensation claims. Give us a call now to find out more and for free legal claims advice.
Employers have a duty of care towards their employees. Any form of accident you suffer while your at work and if its not your fault then you can claim compensation. An employer who fails to offer a secure environment for his employees, provide correct working equipment, provide a safe working environment or ensure all his employees are adequately trained can be sued for negligence.
Regardless of the form of amputation whether finger, arm or leg, losing a limb due to an accident at work, especially ifis not your fault is a devastating and life changing incident. Amputation claims are emotional and delicate. We at Claim Justice ensure we take care of the legal side while you concentrate on getting your life back on track again.
Work accidents can be cause by a number of things including but not limited to;
- Slips, trips and falls
- Wrong manual handling techniques
- Falling from heights
- Objects falling from heights
- Exposure to dangerous substances for example asbestos with no proper working equipment
- Faulty machinery or machines that are not serviced as expected causing malfunctions
- Repetitive strain injuries
Out of these causes of work place accidents, most work amputation claims that we have handled involve faulty or heavy machinery in work place such as factories and building sites.
Employers are mandated to have insurance to cover their employees and visitors. If you have suffered a serious accident recently that necessitated you to have an amputation, call us immediately and we will help you get the justice you deserve.
Amputations due to workplace injuries can be single arm or both arm amputations, single or both legs amputations, finger amputations, toe amputations, wrist amputations and so on. Depending on the severity of the amputation, the amputee will get varied amounts. Compensation amounts can vary from £5000 upwards to hundreds of thousands of pounds. For a more detailed amount that you should expect for your claim, get in touch with us for a free no obligation discussion.
Work Amputation Claims Made Easy
In summary, under the Health and Safety Act, employers are mandated to;
- Ensure that risk assessments are carried out and are up to date and the staff are well aware on how to manage the risks identified
- Train their employees on all matters health and safety
- Provide first aid facilities in anticipation of an accident
- Have insurance cover in case an employee suffers an accident
- Provide the employees with proper protective clothing and other equipment as needed while working
- Have an accident book to report all injuries and accidents that happen within the work environment
Work Amputation Claims Guide - What To Do
After getting involved in a serious work accident, it is only normal to be confused and to be in a place of darkness. Ruthless as it may seem, how you handle the situation from this point will determine if you can make a claim for compensation now or at a later date.
In the event of a serious work accident,
- Your first point of care is a first aider. It is a legal requirement for every workplace to have a first aid kit and a designated first aid room / department.
- Report the accident to your immediate colleague. If you were working alone at the point of the accident, make sure that a colleague is immediately alerted of the accident. This is very crucial if you ever wish to make a work amputation claim. These colleagues will be your witnesses when you make a claim for compensation. If possible, let colleagues you trust be among the witnesses. This is because some employers have been devious and tried denying accidents by tampering with witnesses and their statements.
- Report the accident to your line manager. Just as you let some of your colleagues know of the accident, alert your line manager of the same. Employers are legally bound to report serious accidents to the health and safety executives. Some organizations take reporting seriously and may hold you in breach of the company policies if you do not let your immediate manager know.
- Ensure that you record the accident in the companies accident book. In line with the health and safety act, every employer is required to have an accident book. Ensure you insist that the accident be recorded in an accident book. Some employers will be reluctant to do so for personal reasons. If this is the case, write a letter or email to your employer reporting the accident. This is solid proof that you tried reporting the accident and is admissible in a court of law.
- Have photographic or video evidence – take as many pictures and videos of the scene of accident. Remember photographs and videos cannot be manipulated. If you can show the whole scene of accident and if possible the inured limb.
- Have a diary to record everything as it happened. Remember our memories fade with time. Maintain a diary inputting every single detail leading to the accident and post the accident. This is important when the solicitor will be building the case and needs important information
- Go to a hospital immediately. Get to see a doctor as soon as possible
- Keep a record of all your expenses. This can be travel expenses for medical reasons, to visit your solicitor, private care hiring and so on. A work amputation claim can go on for months or years depending on its nature. In this case, you will have continuous expenses that you may forget as you progress with the case. it is therefore highly advisable to have a spreadsheet or a notebook that you will continually note down the expenses as you go along. Pictures of the receipts can also be taken and emailed to your Amputation Solicitor for a copy of the records.
Remember that work amputation claims just like all other personal injury claims have a time limit of 3 years to make a claim from the time the accident occurred. Children are however exempted from this rule until they are 18 years. If a parent or guardian has not claimed on their behalf, then they have until age 21 to make a claim for compensation. Another cluster of people exempted from this 3 year rule are people whose amputation occurred later on but can be traced to that particular workplace accident. in such scenarios, the three year countdown begins from the day the amputee realizes that the reason for their amputation was an accident that occurred in the past.
Can I Claim For Compensation For an Accident at Work?
Anybody who has lost a limb as a result of a serious injury at work has every right to pursue a compensation claim. By making a work amputation claim, the amputee can get a advance payment from the insurance company while this is still continuing but not yet finished. To find out more about advance payments, please give us a call to find out.
You can make a work amputation claim if you are able to prove negligence on the part of the employer. Common scenarios that can be used to depict employer negligence include;
- Failure by the employer to provide adequate health and safety training
- A poor working environment
- Failure by the employee to provide correct personal protective equipment for example gloves, hats, boots and so on
- Poor signage at work
If you can prove that your employer failed to do any or a couple of the above, and that your amputation was triggered by that, then you should strongly consider making a Work Amputation Claim.
What should I claim for?
When making a Work Amputation Claim, you can claim for;
- Pain and suffering you have gone through
- Loss of earnings due to taking time of work
- Future loss of earnings especially if the loss of a limb no longer allows you to work in the same role anymore
- Medical costs such as physiotherapy, cost of rehabilitation, physiotherapy
- Cost of artificial limbs
- Cost of modifications to your house to be able to accommodate your new lifestyle
Remember, while we cannot bring back your limbs, we have the ability to make your future bearable. Do not hesitate to claim for compensation. The amount you receive will go a long way in bettering your future.
How Much Will I Pay For a Work Amputation Claim
All work amputation claims taken by Claim Justice are on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay anything until your case has been completed and you have been compensated. This kind of an agreement leaves you with no financial risk in case the case becomes unsuccessful. After receiving your compensation, you will be required to pay a percentage of the amount you receive to us and this acts as the Solicitors fees. Usually, this amount is a percentage and is agreed upon between both parties at the beginning before we take the case.
Start your Work Amputation Claim today! Call us on 0121 565 4317 or begin your claim online.