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Minor Injury At Work Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation? Calculate compensation Amounts & Payouts For A Minor Injury

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By Olivia Phoebe. Last updated 7th April 2021. Welcome to our minor injury at work claims guide.

minor injury at work claims

minor injury at work claims

Just because an accident or injury is classified as being minor, does not mean that the victim doesn’t suffer painful injuries, or that their life is not impacted significantly. Put simply, even a minor injury at work can have dire consequences for the victim. Minor is a term used to classify the accident and/or its consequences. Here, we are talking about accidents such as slips, trips or falls, spilt drinks causing a scald, etc.

This guide is going to cover some common kinds of minor accidents that a person could be able to make personal injury claims for if a third party such as their employer was to blame for causing the accident. Our claims team is available on 0800 073 8804, to answer any questions you may have once you have finished reading this guide.

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A Guide To Compensation Claims For A Minor Injury At Work

Minor injury at work claims guide

Minor injury at work claims guide

This minor injury at work claims guide is aimed at educating you about the process of using a team of personal injury solicitor, to process a minor injury claim on your behalf.  The guide will begin by giving a basic grounding in some of the key facts related to minor injury claims. We define what a minor injury at work is, and look at the upper and lower limits of such claims. We will also present some statistics related to minor accidents in the workplace in the first part of this guide.

The next part of the guide moves on to cover a couple of important considerations when making a claim. We will provide a table that details the possible time limits you will need to begin your claim within. We also take a look at the accident reporting procedure, and how failing to report an accident properly could affect your injury at work rights.

Next, the guide covers information about actual minor injuries. We give a list of examples of minor injuries at work that a person could suffer, and also cover specific accidents such as slips, trips and falls in more detail. Finally, this guide will impart information that relates to the claim itself. We provide a list of some of the common kinds of damages a claimant might receive. We also explain how minor injury claims are valued, and have included a table that lists possible compensation ranges for a range of different minor injuries.

In this last part of the guide, we will introduce our claims service. This is, we believe, the simplest way for you to get the compensation you are entitled to, whilst facing no financial risk at all. If you need clarification on any part of this guide, please do call our claims team on the number at the end of the page. They can provide you with any assistance you need.

What Are Minor Injuries At Work?

The first thing we need to explain in this minor injury at work claims guide is that minor is not the same as trivial.

A trivial injury would be something like a paper cut or a small blister, that the sufferer can basically ignore, as it does not require treatment of any kind. A minor injury is more serious. In general, a minor injury will require treatment, but will have a generally low level of impact upon the victim’s life once treated. For example, a person trips at work, and cuts their forearm. The cut is treated (either onsite by an employee qualified in first aid or at a hospital). Once treated, the employee can, in many cases, can go back to work.

However, things are not quite as clear cut as this in reality. There is an upper and lower limit for minor injury claims, and as one would expect, the term minor denotes a range of severity. That same employee used in the example above, could have sprained their wrist instead of cutting their forearm. A sprained wrist could still be a minor injury, but it is a far more serious minor injury, and would require the victim to spend some time recuperating before returning to work. It would also have a negative effect on the victim’s private life. If you use the number at the end of the page and talk to one of our claim advisors, they will evaluate your injuries, and let you know whether they think they qualify as a minor injury, or one that is more serious.

What Are The Upper Limits For Minor Injuries At Work?

If you’re interested in making minor injury at work claims, it helps to understand what a minor injury is.

The loose legal definition of a minor injury is one that will heal fully within three months of the incident that caused the injury in the first place. Although the three-month cut off period is not always applicable. In cases where the victim suffered multiple injuries that individually would have each been classified as minor for example. Or when the victim has suffered an injury that would be defined as moderate, serious or severe, yet surprisingly the injury healed within three months.

Due to the complex nature of deciding whether the victim is within the upper limits of the minor injury scale, we recommend that you speak to a member of our claims team. Something they can do for you, as part of the claims service we offer, is to arrange for you to undergo a free local medical examination. This will help to prove the severity of your injuries, and help your solicitor decide whether you are within, or over, the upper limits of minor injury claims. If you would like us to go ahead and arrange this free local medical examination for you, give us a call today.

What Are The Lower Limits For Minor Injuries At Work?

In the section above, we explained how the upper limits for minor injury at work claims do not always apply in every case. The lower limit for these claims is even more confusing.

Historically, minor injury claims have been denied for intangible effects of an accident such as travel anxiety or shock, when they have not been accompanied by a properly diagnosed psychological issue, or an actual physical injury.

So, we could say that you must have suffered some form of tangible, treatable harm for your claim to be valid. However, we can clearly see that the situation depends greatly on the circumstances of the accident and the injuries it caused. Our best advice would be to discuss your potential claim with our team of advisors, and they will be able to tell you whether you have a valid claim or not, as well as whether your injury would be classified as minor.

Statistics For Minor Injuries

Here are some facts and figures relating to minor injury at work claims to give you some insight into these types of accidents.

All of the statistics below, relate to the 2017/18 period and were correlated by the Health & Safety Executive in the UK.

  • There were 555,000 estimated non-fatal accidents that were self-reported during this period.
  • There were 71,062 non-fatal accidents reported by an employer during this period.
  • Slips, trips and falls accounted for 31% of these accidents.
  • Manual handling and lifting accidents accounted for 21%.
  • Employees struck by a moving object accounted for 10%.
  • Employees falling from a height accounted for 8%.
  • Workplace violence accounted for 7%.

Time Limits For Reporting A Minor Injury At Work

Minor injury at work claims, like all other personal injury claims, have a time limit that you must begin your claim within in order for you to be eligible to claim. This table shows the most common of these:

Updated April 2021.

Circumstances of ClaimTime Limit
The claimant is over 18 years of age.3-years from the time the accident causing the injury occurred.
The claimant is under 18 years of age.3-years from the claimant’s 18 th birthday.

In some circumstances, there could be extenuating circumstances that will affect these time limits. Therefore, we recommend that you speak to one of our claim advisors, to check which time limit will apply when making your own claim.

Recording Minor Injuries At Work

The answers to questions such as, ‘do I get paid if I get injured at work?’ depends on whether the accident reporting processed was followed properly. Each company in the UK required to comply with all Health & Safety requirements for the industry they operate within. Part of the compliance process is recording minor injuries at work in the company accident book. This ensures that a record of every accident is kept, and although there is no requirement to send a minor injury at work report to HSE, the accident book is reviewed as part of the company’s compliance audit.

If you fail to record your accident in the accident book, it could affect your ability to claim sick pay, and also your ability to make minor injury at work claims for the harm you suffered.

Examples Of Minor Injuries At Work

Minor injuries can be caused by many kinds of accidents, and by many hazards. For example, examples of minor injuries at work and their causes could include:

  • Minor head injuries at work caused by being struck by a falling object.
  • Minor back injuries at work caused by manual handling accidents.
  • Minor foot injuries at work caused by a slip, trip or fall accident.
  • Minor brain injuries at work caused by a fall from height.
  • Minor whiplash injuries caused by a road traffic accident involving a work vehicle.

All of these are examples of how common accidents can result in some form of minor injury to an employee. In each of these examples, if the employer was to blame for the hazard that caused the accident, then the injured employee could have a basis for making a compensation claim.

For information on slip, trip and fall accidents, please see the next section of our minor injury at work claims guide.

Claims For Minor Slip Trip Injury At Work

As we can see, based on the statistics we provided earlier this guide, slips, trips and falls are the most common of all workplace accidents. in turn, this means that they are a particularly common focus of minor injury at work claims. These accidents can happen almost anywhere, and are caused by hazards such as:

  • Torn or frayed carpets in an office, causing an employee to trip.
  • Wet or dirty restroom floors causing an employee to slip.
  • Damaged paving stones or broken curbstones in the company car park causing an employee to take a fall.
  • Dirty, oily or greasy floors in a workshop, warehouse or factory, causing an employee to slip.

In cases such as these, if the employer has failed to either a) remove the hazard in a timely fashion, or b) failed to signpost the hazard using a warning sign that conforms to H&SE specifications, then it could be possible for the injured employee to make a claim.

Claims For Minor Back Injury At Work

Based on the statistics that we presented in a previous section, we can see that manual handling and lifting accidents are the second most common of all workplace accidents.

Every company in the UK is required to provide staff that are required to lift and move heavy loads, with adequate training and safety equipment. When the company fails to do this, it can result in a manual handling accident.

Due to the nature of these accidents, back-related injuries are common. Even a minor back injury can take a long time to heal, and have a large impact on the private life of the employee, often seeing them lose their mobility for a period of time.

Therefore, due to the nature of a back injury, and how recovery progresses, even if it heals within the three-month minor injury upper cut off limit, it could still qualify as a more serious injury.

Please speak to a member of our claims team to learn whether this is true in your own case and if you could be able to make minor injury at work claims for yourself.

Examples Of What Compensation Claims Could Include

When you use a personal injury lawyer to have minor injury at work claims handled, if the solicitor is successful, you could receive a number of different kind of damages. For example:

  • Special damages (financial and other losses):
    • All travel costs incurred.
    • To pay for a nurse or home help.
    • To pay for private medical care.
    • To compensate for losing out on salary or wages.
    • To make up for a reduced level of earnings in the future.
  • General damages (for physical and psychological harm):
    • For pain and suffering.
    • For mental trauma, stress, etc.
    • For phycological damage such as PTSD or depression.
    • For a painful recovery period.
    • For any long-term disability.

If you talk to a member of our claims team using the number below, they will be able to provide you with a list of the kinds of damages you could be able to claim for, based on your own circumstances.

Valuing Claims For Minor Injuries

When minor injury at work claims are valued, the driving factor of the valuation is how long the injury took to heal. The three watershed time limits are:

  • The injury healed within a week.
  • The injury healed within 28 days.
  • The injury healed within 3 months.

However, it should be noted that a compensation settlement is negotiated by your legal team. Although these cut off periods are important, your solicitor may be able to negotiate a higher level of compensation based on extenuating circumstances.

Minor Injury At Work Compensation Claims Calculator

There is no personal injury compensation calculator on this page for minor injury at work claims. Instead, we have created this table, that is based on the actual judicial guidelines used by the UK legal system to value minor injury claims.

Updated April 2021.

Type of InjurySeverityInformation About the InjuryCompensation Amount
FingerMinorInjuries such as minor cuts, torn nails, and trivial soft tissue injuries.Up to £4,461
ThumbSevereDislocation£3,710 to £6,360
WristMinorInjuries such as minor cuts, grazes and bruising, and trivial soft tissue injuries including minor sprains or strains.£3,310 to £4,450
ArmModerateSimple fractures£6,190 to £18,020
ToeModerateInjuries such as minor cuts, torn nails, and trivial soft tissue injuries.Up to £9,010
FootModestInjuries such as minor cuts, grazes and bruising, and trivial soft tissue injuries.Up to £12,900
AnkleModestInjuries such as minor cuts, grazes and bruising, and trivial soft tissue injuries including minor sprains or strains.Up to £12,900
LegMinor (iii)Simple fractures to tibia or soft tissue injuriesUp to £11,110
NeckMinor (iii)Recovery within 3 monthsUp to £2,300

Instead of providing an injury at work calculator for you to get a rough estimate of the value of your claim, we urge you to speak to one of our claim advisors. They will be able to evaluate your claim based on your own unique circumstances.

No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For A Minor Injury At Work

Using a No Win No Fee claims service is a good option for having minor injury at work claims processed in a way that doesn’t expose you to any financial risk at all. In the case of a No Win No Fee service, your solicitor carries the risk, as they will not charge a fee unless your claim is successful. This means that you won’t be charged for:

  • Starting your claim.
  • Processing your claim.
  • If your claim is unsuccessful.

You will only be liable to pay a fee once your solicitor has received a compensation payment on your behalf. Your solicitor will then take the fee they are owed (a percentage of the settlement that will have been rep-agreed), and then they will give you the rest of the compensation. This is a simplified explanation, and we recommend you speak to one of our advisors on the number below for more information about the claims service we offer.

Minor injury at work claims FAQs

Can I sue for minor injury?

Providing you suffered a minor injury as a result of third-party negligence, such as your employer failing to uphold their duty of care to you, then you could be able to make a claim for compensation.

When must an injury at work be reported?

If you suffer an injury at work, no matter how minor, you must see that it’s logged in your workplace accident handbook.

How do I prove my injury is work related?

There are a few steps you can take to help prove your claim, such as:

  • Collecting photographic evidence at the scene
  • Obtaining contact details of any witnesses
  • Seeking medical attention (this makes a note of the incident on your records)
  • Seeking help from a personal injury lawyer

What is the average settlement amount for pain and suffering?

There are no such thing as average settlement amounts as each claimants’ pain and suffering is different, not to mention subjective. Therefore, each claim is valued independently.

What is a good settlement offer?

If you work with us at Legal Expert, our panel of personal injury lawyers will handle each point of your claims process for you, including advising you on settlement offers.

How long after an injury at work can I claim?

Personal injury claim time limits are 3 years from the accident or date that you realised you were impacted by it.

Should I get a lawyer if I got hurt at work?

Though having a lawyer handle your case isn’t a legal requirement, it could significantly boost your chances of securing compensation.

How do I contact Legal Expert?

Please see the section below for contact details.

Contact A Minor Injury Claims Solicitor

You may be under the misconception that a minor injury is not worth claiming for. This couldn’t be further from the truth. As you can see from the compensation table we provided farther up this guide, even a minor injury can attract thousands of pounds in compensation.

Therefore, you have nothing to lose by speak to one of our expert advisors on 0800 073 8804, to find out whether you have a valid personal injury claim or not. An advisor will evaluate your claim, and the offer you some free legal advice on how best to proceed.

Further Injury At Work Information

These external links all contain information that relates to minor injuries in the workplace:

These additional guides published elsewhere on this site could also be of use to you:

Thanks for reading our minor injury at work claims guide.

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