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By Daniel Newman. Updated 5th August 2021. Welcome to our guide to defective work equipment claims. As an employee, it is not unreasonable to expect that the equipment provided by your employer to perform your duties is in a good condition, appropriate for the job and safe for use.

Sadly, this is not always the case. Many employers fail to carry out the required routine checks, servicing and repairs of their equipment. In turn, this can lead to accidents and life-threatening injuries for the employees.

The long-term effects of an accident such as this can be very traumatic for you and your loved ones. This is why it is necessary for you to make defective work equipment claims for compensation if you have been in a defective work equipment accident.

This guide is designed to help you understand all the requirements and steps needed in order to win defective work equipment claims.. If you still have further questions or need clarification on any matter, you can get in touch with us in a number of ways. If it’s deemed you have a valid personal injury claim regarding injuries caused by faulty equipment in the workplace, we could connect you with a specialist solicitor who works with 100% of their clients under a No Win No Fee arrangement.

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A Guide to Claiming for an Injury Caused by Defective Work Equipment

Defective Work Equipment Injury Compensation

Defective Work Equipment Injury Compensation

According to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998, employers owe a duty of care to their employees to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to protect them from workplace accidents caused by defective work equipment.

The law expects that employers take the following safety measures:

  • Conduct regular risks assessment of all tools, plants and machinery used at work, including those that are to be used off-site.
  • Carry out regular and proper maintenance of all equipment.
  • Dispose of (or replace) all faulty equipment.
  • Give employees adequate training and instruction on how to use all equipment safely.
  • Educate employees on the risks of every piece of equipment they will be required to use.

Defective work equipment accidents can be avoided if all these health and safety measures are put in place and strictly adhered to. If an employer fails to adhere to any of these rules and an employee sustains injuries as a result, the employee may have a legal right to make a claim for defective work equipment compensation from the negligent employer.

Before you can win such a claim, however, you may require professional legal advice and support. Reading this guide, you can learn about the different types of defective work equipment injury, what to do following an accident, how much you can expect to get as defective work equipment accident compensation and everything else you need to do to increase your chances of winning.

We understand that you may have additional questions. Our solicitors are available to chat with you and our contact details are located at the bottom of this page.

Claiming for Electric Shock Injuries Caused by Defective Work Equipment

Electric shock injuries at work occur when employees come into contact with electrical energy sources and the electrical current flows through the victim’s body. The effect of electric shocks can depend on a number of factors, such as the part of the body involved in the accident, the length of time the current flowed, the size of the voltage and whether the victim was wet or dry when the accident occurred.

Electrical shocks at work are mostly caused by malfunctioning equipment, failure to wear adequate protective clothing, electrical power running through machines, the poor wiring of the equipment or failure to adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions regarding setup and use of equipment.

Regardless of how it happened, an electric shock may lead to cardiac arrest, disability, death or a number of other injuries including skin burns, neurological damage, kidney failure, muscle tissue damage and cataracts.

The question of who is to blame in these circumstances will be important when making a claim. If your employer failed to adhere to any of the regulations outlined by the PUWER 1998 of the HSE, it could mean that they were negligent and liable for the accident. In addition, if your employer failed to provide adequate protective equipment and clothing that should have protected you from the accident as outlined by the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations of 1992, they could also be held liable for the accident.

In some cases, however, the manufacturer of the equipment or the repair company may be at fault especially, if the equipment came with a faulty component that caused the shock or if a repair company that carried out maintenance or servicing of the equipment failed to carry out their duties properly.

Our legal team will be able to help you determine who should be held liable for the accident and how to make your claims against them.

Claiming for Burn Injuries Caused by Defective Work Equipment

Faulty, overused or poorly maintained work equipment can get very hot or blow up during use, exposing the employee to the risks of burn injuries. Burn injuries could also be caused by the faulty wiring of the equipment or the poor design of the equipment.

As with electrical shock injuries, your employer, the manufacturer of the equipment or the repair company could be liable for the accident. In cases of faulty wiring or poor design of the equipment, the manufacturer may be held liable but if the injuries were caused by misuse or poor maintenance of the equipment, your employers may be held responsible.

Claiming for Soft Tissue Injuries Caused by Defective Work Equipment

Soft tissue injuries are injuries that affect the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Soft tissue injuries at work can be caused by operating faulty machinery, slips and trips due to malfunctioning work equipment or facilities and lifting equipment accidents. Soft tissue injuries may be mild in some cases but, in other cases, they can cause lifelong injuries and permanent disability.

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 is one of the many regulations that requires employers to protect their employees from soft tissue injuries and your employer can be held liable if you sustain soft tissue injuries from defective work equipment.

Other Common Injuries Caused by Defective Work Equipment

Defective work equipment could also lead to other types of injuries, including:

  • Crush Injuries: Accidents caused by defective work equipment can crush parts of your body.
  • Back Injuries: You may also suffer from back or spinal injuries from faulty equipment that cause you to fall from a height. A typical example is when you fall from a defective ladder.
  • Permanent Disability: Sometimes, the injuries sustained from accidents caused by defective work equipment could lead to amputation or permanent disability.
  • Fatal Injuries: The injuries from a defective workplace accident could lead to the death of the victim.

In any of these cases, you may be able to make claims against those responsible for your accident. If you feel like your own type of injury is not mentioned in this guide, you can talk to our lawyers and they can let you know if and how you can make claims for your injury.

Claiming for Defective Work Equipment as an Employee

As an employee, there are several laws that allow you to make defective work equipment accident claims. Some of them include:

You are able to make claims under these laws but there is still the burden of the proof clause attached to all compensation claims. This simply means that your employer could reasonably foresee the accident occurring but failed to take preventive measures, assigned the defective work equipment to you to carry out work-related tasks or the equipment was the direct cause of your accident, pain and financial losses.

As an employee, you can also make claims against the manufacturer of the defective work equipment or the servicing company if you think that they are the ones to be blamed for the accident.

All of these may seem like a complicated process but not when you have our experienced team of solicitors to help you win your claim.

Claiming for Defective Work Equipment as a Member of the Public

If you are a member of the public who has been affected by a defective work equipment accident, you can also make claims for compensation too.

A typical example could involve a person visiting a coffee shop and a malfunctioning coffee maker causing overheated steam to come into contact with the person’s skin, leading to burn injuries.

You may be able to make claims for compensation against the owner of the business, especially if you have proof that the accident occurred due to no fault of your own.

Defective Work Equipment Facts and Statistics

Injuries and illnesses that occur due to faulty equipment can fall under a number of categories. This is because the definition of “work equipment” is also quite a wide definition. Any equipment needed for you to safely and effectively carry out your role can be considered work equipment.

So, under this definition, you could count things like power tools and heavy machinery. On the other hand, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks used in medical settings can also be considered as work equipment. The differences can come when discussing what injuries they can all lead to.

If you work with heavy machinery that is defective for example, it could lead to an injury that is more physically disabling like crush injuries, lacerations and/or bone fractures. If you work with infectious diseases and are not supplied with sufficient equipment like facemasks, then you could catch an illness that could cause your health to be affected. Both injuries and illnesses caused by the negligence of your employer can lead to successful defective work equipment claims.

The graph below displays statistics from the HSE from 2018/19. It displays what the divide was regarding claims that lead to workplace injuries and workplace illnesses. Whilst it does not specifically say how many of these were defective work equipment claims, we know that not being supplied with functional equipment can lead to both of these outcomes. So it gives an idea of how common workplace accidents can occur.

defective work equipment claims graph

defective work equipment claims graph

Assessing the Severity of an Injury Caused by Defective Work Equipment

Accidents caused by defective work equipment may be minor, moderately severe or very severe.

Minor injuries are injuries that can be easily treated within a short period of time. Minor injuries may include bruises, surface burns and swelling and minor soft tissue injuries.

Examples of moderately severe injuries caused by defective work equipment include fractured bones, back and neck injuries, eye injuries or any other injuries that can be reversed or cured.

Severe skin burns, amputation, neurological damages, kidney failure, muscle tissue damage and cataracts are examples of very severe injuries. These types of injuries may be permanent or require long term treatment.

The severity of your injuries will be assessed before compensation is awarded and the compensation amount would depend on how severe and how curable your injuries are. If you need to have your injuries properly assessed, we can arrange for an appointment with a local doctor for you.

The Long-Term Effects of an Injury Caused by Defective Work Equipment

You may not be able to see the long-term effects of your injuries

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Defective work equipment claims

when they initially occur. Your injuries may seem mild but you may have to suffer a lot of pain or miss out on a number of opportunities in the future.

If you sustain burn injuries, for instance, it may lead to stigmatisation from the public. This stigmatisation may cause you to suffer emotionally and lead to depression. Depression may affect your work speed and ability and that translates to a reduction or loss of income. A loss of income could, in turn, lead to a reduction in your standard of living and that affects not just you but your dependents as well.

Your injuries may also affect some organs in your body or expose you to other health problems and you may need to undergo long-term treatments and rehabilitation before you can live a normal life. In some cases, you may become dependent on other people and may need to hire a caregiver or have family friends look after you.

Compensation from the guilty party would not make all these problems go away but it can go a long way in helping you better cope with the situation.

What to do If You Have Suffered an Injury Caused by Defective Work Equipment

If you have been in an accident caused by defective work equipment, it is very important to take the following steps to increases your chances of getting the highest possible compensation amount. Your first step should always be to seek medical attention. After this is done, you should consider the following:

  • Gather Evidence: Evidence refers to anything that can serve as proof that the incident occurred and your employer was responsible. In some cases, this could be CCTV footage. If there are no cameras around, you might want to take photos and videos that clearly show where the event occurred, the machine that caused the accident and the environment within which the accident occurred.
  • Get Witness Records: If there were any other employees or persons who witnessed the accident, you should get their personal details and statements to back up your claims.
  • Report The Accident to Your Employer: Make sure you formally report the accident to your employer and that the incident is recorded in the official accident record book.
  • Get a Medical Report: A medical professional can provide a detailed report on your injuries and any impact the injury may have on your health and wellbeing in the future.
  • Hire The Right Legal Expert: The most important step to take is to hire an experienced legal professional to help you make your claims. Our team of solicitors are experienced in dealing with these matters.

Following the above steps can put your claim in the best possible position.

What can be claimed for After an Accident due to an Injury Caused by Defective Work Equipment?

You can make two major types of claims for injuries caused by defective work equipment.

  • General Damages: General damages cover the pain, suffering and unquantifiable losses the injuries would cause you. It is meant to soften the effect of the accident. The sum is often calculated by legal professionals by consulting the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). These guidelines consist of an extensive list of injuries and what they could be worth. Things like the severity and recovery time of the injury can affect the value. The JCG were last updated in 2019.
  • Special Damages: Alongside general damages, the court could also award compensation for current and future financial losses your injuries may cause you. Special damages may pay for your medical bills, loss of earnings, hospice care, medical equipment and devices, travel expenses, rehabilitation expenses and other financial expenses and losses related to the injuries.

Don’t forget to keep all records and evidences of expenses incurred as it helps to serve as a strong backup for your claim and helps you get the highest possible compensation amount.

No Win No Fee Defective Work Equipment Accident Claims

The legal costs of making defective work equipment claims can be taken care of under our No Win No Fee agreement.

This is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) that allows you to pay for our services as your claims solicitor only if we win your case. This way, you have nothing to lose. If the claim is unsuccessful, you don’t have to pay us anything for the time spent on the case or any other services we offered during the claims process.

If you would like to start your No Win No Fee defective work equipment claims, our solicitors are always happy to assist you.

How Much Can I Claim for an Injury Caused by Defective Work Equipment?

Every defective work equipment accident is unique hence it is difficult to give a reasonable estimate without reviewing the facts of your case. The table below gives you an idea of how much you can expect, based on the cases we have handled in the past. These figures have been taken from the JCG, and they reflect what you could receive in general damages. This is the payment that is awarded to you to account for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. Defective work equipment claims can be worth more or less than the figures stated here. Even for legal professionals, these numbers are guidelines.

Toe InjuryMild - SevereUp to £29,770
Foot injuryMinor - Very severeUp to £102,890
Achilles Tendon InjuriesMinor – Most seriousIn the region of £36,060
Ankle InjuryMinor – Very severeUp to £65,420
Knee InjuryModerate – SevereUp to £90,290
Leg InjuryLess serious - SevereUp to £127,530
Arm InjurySimple - SevereUp to £122,860
Shoulder InjuryMinor – SevereUp to £45,070
Neck InjuryMinor – SevereIn the region of £139,210
Back InjuryMinor – SevereUp to £151,070
Brain DamageMinor – Very SevereUp to £379,100
Eye InjuryMinor – Total blindnessUp to £252,180
Chest InjuryVery dependent on the type of injuryUp to £140,470 if, for example, a lung as been removed
DeafnessPartial – Total DeafnessUp to £132,040
ParalysisParaplegia -Quadriplegia£205,580 to £379,100
Psychiatric DamageLess severe - SevereUp to £108,620

To get a more specific and detailed estimate, use the contact details below to talk to one of our legal experts.

How to Start a Defective Work Equipment Accident Claim

The first step to take is to claim your free consultancy session using the contact details at the bottom of this page. During this session, our legal team will listen to you and review the facts of your case. They would be able to tell you if you have a case and who could be held liable for your injuries. We can even provide an estimate of the compensation total.

Following the outcome of the consultation session, we may have to arrange for medical and safety experts to visit you and issue a professional opinion on the case. This can include arranging a visit with a local doctor and conducting further fact-finding on your behalf.

If you are wondering how to start your claim, all you need to do is call our offices today and arrange a consultation.

Why Choose Us As Your Claims Service for an Injury Caused by Defective Work Equipment

Our team of solicitors can help you recover compensation for the injuries and pain you suffered, get you the funds you need to pay for medical treatment and rehabilitation (both now and in the future) and help you obtain compensation for loss of earnings and any other financial losses.

Our team of experts have won plenty of defective work equipment claims and we understand the pains and inconveniences your injuries have caused you. This is why we offer a free consultation session and a No Win No Fee agreement. It makes finding the best professional help that much easier.

We stand by you through the process and offer you top-notch advice. We also keep you updated and handle the smallest details of the case every step of the way. Meanwhile, you can focus on recovering from your injuries in a stress-free, relaxed environment.

Our team is friendly and easy to talk to, so if you have any questions or need any help along the way, we are always willing to help.

Call for Free Advice and to Start a Claim

You have a legal right to claim compensation for that defective work equipment accident. If you would like a free consultation session or you wish to start your claims right away, please call us on 0800 073 884. Alternatively, you can arrange a consultancy session using the contact form or the chat features on our website. Get in touch today to find out what we can do for you.

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How To Request The CCTV Footage Of Your Accident

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What Is A Litigation Friend?

Find out about the process of naming someone else over the age of 18 to pursue defective work equipment claims on someone else’s behalf.

The Health and Safety At Work etc. Act 1974

This is a link to section 2 of this piece of legislation. It covers things like your employer’s duty of care they legally owe to you.

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