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How Much Can I Claim For An Accident Caused By Dangerous Machinery At Work?

By Michael Patrick. Last Updated 2nd February 2021. Throughout this guide, we shall discuss dangerous machinery at work in greater detail. The Health and Safety at Work Act etc. of 1974 makes it the responsibility of employers to ensure that all machines used in the workplace are properly maintained, and all necessary measures are taken to ensure that the employees who operate these machines are protected from the risks of accidents to a reasonable degree.

Despite this, the number of accidents related to dangerous machinery at work continues to increase. These accidents can be caused by the employer’s negligence, inadequate training of the operators, inadequate or improper use of protective gear, failure to use protective gear and the use of faulty equipment.

If you have sustained injuries caused by machinery at work, this guide will give you a clear insight into the steps required to win dangerous machinery at work compensation from an employer or any other negligent persons.

We have made the guide detailed enough to answer many of the questions you may have concerning the process of making dangerous machinery at work claims. However, if you still have further questions after reading the guide, we offer free consultation sessions. If you have any questions about machinery hazards in the workplace, all you need to do it contact our team.

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A Guide to Claiming for an Injury Caused by Dangerous Equipment at Work

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Dangerous Machinery At Work

A report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that at least 144 people lost their lives to workplace machine-related accidents between 2015 and 2016. The report also revealed that there was roughly 76,000 non-fatal workplace machine-related injuries during this period in the United Kingdom.

In addition to the risk of death, the long-term consequences of these types of accidents can be very severe. You may sustain physical injuries that require long-term treatment, management and rehabilitation. These injuries may also affect your ability to live as you did before the accident. As well as this, the financial consequences of an accident can be very severe, as you may need to continue to pay for certain treatments while losing the ability to work.

There is a provision in the law that allows you to claim compensation from the liable party to cover your medical bills and other inconveniences or life adjustments caused by the accident. This guide covers everything you need in order to win such a dangerous machinery accident claim, including a discussion of the most common types of workshop accident, what to do following a dangerous machinery accident, how to find a Claims Service and how much compensation you can win for machinery-related injuries.

For more information regarding anything in this guide, feel free to contact our offices.

Claiming for an Injury Caused by Dangerous Vehicles at Work

Hundreds of people are killed or critically wounded every year due to accidents involving dangerous vehicles and moving equipment at work. Dangerous vehicles at work in this context can refer to any moving equipment, including cranes, forklifts, bulldozers and motor vehicles. It can also refer to accidents involving vehicles and equipment on the work premises, such as in the car park or near a road. There will be health and safety guidelines which dictate how the employer should handle such situations.

Due to this equipment’s volatile nature, the law requires that employees who operate this equipment are kept safe. Employers are expected to train their workers on properly using dangerous vehicles at work and giving them proper instructions and adequate monitoring during work. A failure to do this may mean that the employer has acted in a negligent manner and is liable for any accidents that may occur.

Claiming for an Injury Caused by Faulty Equipment at Work

The use of faulty or defective equipment at work can lead to accidents and injuries. Electric equipment which is not fitted with proper insulation, for instance, can cause electrical shocks, electrocution or burns, while poorly maintained equipment may cause accidents due to worn-out or faulty parts. Faulty equipment in the workplace can include:

  • Broken equipment.
  • Equipment with missing, faulty or disabled parts.
  • Equipment that has undergone temporary repairs which still failed to prevent the accident from happening.
  • Equipment with slow or malfunctioning switches.

According to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) of 1998, workplace equipment needs to be safe for use and properly maintained. The equipment also needs to be correctly installed and accompanied by the necessary and appropriate protective control measures to avoid machinery/equipment accidents.

The PUWER regulation also requires that employers get rid of equipment or parts of equipment that may increase hazard risks relating to plant and equipment use. As such, hazards risks relating to the use of plant and equipment should be avoided; if you have suffered an accident due to any of the issues in the above machine hazards list, you may have a viable claim for compensation.

Other Common Causes of Dangerous Machinery Accidents at Work

Apart from using faulty or poorly maintained equipment, dangerous machinery accidents can still be caused by a number of other reasons. Accidents can include (but are not limited to):

  • Contact Accidents: This can happen when you come in contact with sharp or dangerous objects due to your employees’ failure to provide the right safety protection.
  • Ejector Accidents: Accidents caused by flying objects which could hit you and cause you to sustain serious injuries.
  • Entrapment Accidents: Getting your clothing or parts of your body (such as your fingers, hair or legs) caught in the moving part of a machine.
  • Impact Accidents: Getting hit by moving equipment and sustaining injuries as a result.

These are just some of the examples of workplace accidents that have the potential to cause life-changing injuries and for which you are able to make claims against the negligent parties.

Claiming for a Dangerous Machinery Accident as an Employee

According to the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, the employer holds a duty of care to ensure that all workplace machines are safely and properly used. Employers are

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dangerous machinery at work

expected to carry out a regular risk assessment of all equipment and give priority to necessary repairs. Employers are also expected to provide employees with relevant protective gear and ensure that the gear is always worn by employees assigned to operate the equipment.

To file a claim for compensation from your employer, you would need to be able to show proof that your employer’s negligence caused your injury. This means that you must be able to prove that your employer failed to take the necessary steps to protect you from the accident. You may also need to prove that your employer could foresee the likelihood of an accident happening but still failed to take adequate steps to protect you from the accident.

In certain scenarios, the accident might not entirely be your employer’s fault but caused by defective or poorly manufactured equipment. You may need to make a third party defective product claim against the manufacturer or supplier of the equipment in such cases. You would have to prove that the equipment was defective and the defect caused the accident and subsequent injuries and losses.

The best way to file a claim for a dangerous machinery accident is with the assistance of a qualified and experienced solicitor.

Claiming for a Dangerous Machinery Accident as a Member of the Public

Dangerous machinery accident workplace claims are not exclusively for employees. In some cases, you may be affected by dangerous machinery accidents as a member of the public. A typical example might be someone sustaining injuries due to left unguarded equipment or a crane that accidentally dislodged its load and caused you to suffer injuries.

If the accident happened on commercial or industrial premises and there is proof to show that you were not negligent or responsible for the accident, you can be able to make a claim against the business owner or any other party responsible for the accident.

Facts and Statistics

In this particular section of the guide, we wanted to take the time to include some statistics that outline workplace accidents. However, it is worth keeping in mind that the statistics are not a direct reflection of negligence.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outlined some critical statistics which outlined that:

  • Between 2019/20, there were 111 workers that were killed at work.
  • On average, 1.6 million working people suffering from a work-related illness.
  • £16.2 billion estimated costs were in relation to workplace ill health and accidents.
  • 480,000 worker has a musculoskeletal disorder.
  • 828,000 workers suffered from stress, anxiety and depression.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your circumstances, please reach out and speak to one of our advisers.

Assessing the Severity of an Injury Caused by Dangerous Machinery at Work

The type, extent and severity of the injury sustained will be put into consideration by the court when trying to decide on a suitable amount to be awarded as compensation.

Injuries sustained from dangerous machinery at work can be classified as severe, moderately severe or minor.

  • Severe injuries include death, fractured bones, amputation, loss of limbs, crush injuries or any other injuries that cannot be completely healed or reversed.
  • Moderately severe injuries are equally serious but could be significantly reversed with the right treatment and rehabilitation. They include burn injuries, hearing loss, vision loss, brain damage, mental health problems or musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Bruises, cuts, scratches, swelling, grazes, eye injuries, and sprains are examples of minor injuries.

As a general rule, the more severe the injury sustained, the higher the compensation amount that would likely be awarded.

The Long-Term Effects of Injuries Caused by Dangerous Machinery at Work Injuries

The effects of injuries caused by dangerous machinery at work can last a lifetime. The death of a family member who lost his life due to an accident involving dangerous machinery may have a devastating effect on the victim’s family and friends. Injuries could also lead to amputation or fractured bones, which may impair your ability to live independently. You may also need a lot of physical therapy sessions, and you may have to leave your job if you are incapacitated. The serious long-term implications of an injury can be varied and difficult to predict.

This is why it is important to make sure that you are properly compensated for an injury’s full consequences. As well as the immediate pain and suffering, the future complications and implications are equally deserving of compensation. With the right legal team working with you, it can be much easier to ensure that your future is considered thoroughly during a compensation claim.

What to do If You Have Suffered an Injury Caused by Machinery at Work

When you are considering a claim, one of the most important components of any case is evidence. If you are going to claim compensation, you have to prove that your employer was negligent and directly or indirectly responsible for your accident. Without this proof, you may not be able to get any compensation from your employer. It is imperative that you take the following steps following a dangerous machinery accident at work, as it can help you gather enough evidence to back up your claim.

  • Record the Event: It helps to get photo and video evidence of the accident with a time stamp on it. This should be done as soon as possible after the accident. You should take photos of the equipment that caused the accident, the environment within which the accident occurred, and the injuries you sustained from the accident. If necessary, you can ask another person to do this on your behalf.
  • Get Names and Testimony of Witnesses: Make sure you record the names of those employees or other people who witnessed the accident. You can try to record a statement from them to back up your claims.
  • Make a Formal Report: Formally report the accident to your employer and record your report.
  • Keep Receipts and Evidence of Treatment: Don’t forget to keep records of all financial expenses made for the treatment and rehabilitation costs.
  • Document all Other Losses: If you lost your job or suffered any other tangible or intangible losses due to the accidents, you should keep records of that too.
  • Get Expert Evidence: Obtain a medical assessment of the type, severity and implications of your injury. You can get this from your doctor. We can also help you arrange for a local medical professional to evaluate you.
  • Talk to a Solicitor: After gathering all the necessary evidence and documents required to prove your case, you should talk to a solicitor. A solicitor will be able to carry out a professional review of your case and provide the necessary legal advice and support needed to make your claim.

It is important to understand that there is a three-year time limit for making claims, and this starts from the day of the accident (or the day you receive a diagnosis). This is why we recommend speaking to a legal professional as soon as possible.

What can be claimed for After an Accident Caused by Machinery at Work?

You are able to make claims for all financial, tangible and intangible losses you sustained or would be likely to sustain as a result of the accident. Claims for accidents caused by dangerous machinery at work can be divided into two major categories; general and special damages.

  • General Damages: General damages cover all non-pecuniary losses, including emotional harm, pain and suffering caused by the injuries and any other losses to your personal or physical integrity. It is awarded to compensate you for the suffering and pain caused by the accident.
  • Special Damages: Special damages account for all financial and quantifiable losses such as medical fees, rehabilitation costs, hospice and home care, medical equipment, surgery, loss of income and funeral expenses

It is essential to document all evidence of expenses related to your injuries. This helps to strengthen your case and makes it easier to get a fair amount as compensation.

No Win No Fee Claims

People’s common reason to delay compensation claims for accidents caused by dangerous machinery at work is the financial cost. In many cases, legal services will be a costly addition to your claim and could be among the main barriers to success. However, we want to offer a different way of bringing the best legal professionals onto your claim. Our ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement means that you can start dangerous machinery accidents at work claims without the need for a large financial outlay before the resolution of the case.

The ‘No Win No Fee’ offer is a conditional fee agreement that we offer to our clients to make it easier for them to make a claim. With this agreement, payment is delayed until after your compensation has been awarded. We take a percentage amount from the settlement total. If the claim is not successful, there will be no charge. If you would like to learn more about the ways in which this agreement can benefit you, call and speak to our team today.

How Much Can I Claim for After a Machinery Accident At Work?

Your dangerous machinery at work accident claims case will be judged based on its own merits and, as such, it is difficult to give a specific estimation of your final settlement amount. Various factors can influence the total, especially the severity of the injury. However, the below table provides an insight into the various injuries and the average amounts awarded.

InjurySeverityAmount
Ankle InjurySevere£46,980 to £65,420
Ankle InjuryModerate£12,900 to £24,950
Knee InjurySevere£65,440 to £90,290
Knee InjuryModerateUp to £12,900
Shoulder InjurySevere£18,020 to £45,070
Shoulder InjurySerious £11,980 to £18,020
Neck InjurySevereIn the region of £139,210
Neck InjuryModerate£23,460 to £36,120
Back InjurySevere£85,470 to £151,070
Back InjuryModerate £26,050 to £36,390
Brain DamageSevere£264,650 to £379,100
Brain DamageModerate£140,870 to £205,580
Chest InjurySevere£94,470 to £140,870
Chest InjuryModerate£11,820 to £16,860
ParalysisSerious £205,580 to £266,740

Though the above table can be used for broad indications of potential settlements, anyone hoping for a more nuanced estimate should contact our team today.

How to Start a Dangerous Machinery at Work Accident Claim

When you have made the decision to file for compensation, knowing what to do next might seem hard. There is rarely a clear and obvious place to begin, especially for those who do not possess any legal experience. However, we want to make sure that the process is as easy as possible. This is why we offer potential clients a free consultation session.

In this session, we can discuss the case in great detail and give you an honest and informed impression. We can provide information on how likely it is to succeed and estimate potential settlement amounts. We can also tell you what needs to be done next. If you choose to work with our legal team, we can then offer our ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement and ensure that you are in the best place to move forwards, financially speaking. We can even arrange a medical evaluation with a local doctor to ensure that your condition, health and injuries are fully diagnosed. We’ll carry out further fact-finding and begin the process of filing the necessary paperwork. In the meantime, you can relax. If you want to begin a compensation claim, working with our team is the best way to get started.

Why Choose Us as Your Claims Service for an Accident at Work Claim?

Our solicitors are always committed to helping you win the highest compensation possible for your dangerous machinery accident. We offer our services on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis, making it easy and risk-free for you to make a claim. We have also built long-term relationships with our medical partners to ease you through the claims process further.

At our company, we strongly believe that victims of work-related accidents should be treated to a simple, stress-free process of making a claim. This is why we have created a seamless and easy process for making claims, starting from our free consultancy session to our ‘No Win No Fee’ payment terms.

Our lawyers are friendly and understand what you are going through. They will offer you the best legal advice and services. This is perfect when you want to win a compensation claim.

Call for Free Advice and to Start a Claim

Don’t lose out on your opportunity to get that compensation. Our solicitors are always available to chat so if you need to ask a few questions or want to start a claim today, call us on 0800 073 8804 or use the contact form and web-chat features on our website to arrange a free consultation session.

Helpful Links

HSE – Why is machinery safety important?

Moving machinery can be hazardous and cause injuries in many different ways, sharp edges; workers can be struck and injured by moving parts there are more things listed on this HSE link.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For An Accident at Work?

Find out how much you could claim for a work accident and get free legal advice.

Click here to read our advice on whiplash compensation claims. 

Or here to find out more about your rights after an accident at work. 

Dangerous machinery at work FAQ

What is the most common injury caused by working with machines?

The most prevalent accidents at work are often caused by working with machinery. As a result, this can often result in cuts, burns, lacerations, broken bones, crush injuries, and much more.

Will I get paid for an accident at work?

Your employer isn’t obligated by law to pay you sick leave. However, if you are rendered unable to work due to a workplace accident, that wasn’t your fault, any financial loss could be factored into your case.

Must I begin my claim in a specific timeframe?

In order to make a compensation claim successfully, you must begin your case within a specified time limit of 3-years from the date of the accident. Should you fail to begin your case within a 3-year timeframe, then your case’s validity could be compromised. Why not reach out and speak to one of our advisers to determine whether your case meets the limitation period.

What are my rights if I am injured at work?

Under UK law, you have grounds to make a claim against your employer if their negligence has caused you harm. Should your employer fire you, reduce your hours, or reprimand you in any way, shape or form, then this could be held against them, as they are not allowed to treat you differently due to your case.

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on dangerous machinery at work.

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