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How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Factory Accident?

If you work in a manufacturing environment, and you are injured due to an accident that occurs in the workplace, you may be entitled to make a factory accident claim for compensation.

All employers in the UK are expected to maintain certain standards in health and safety. For some types of businesses, such as those in the manufacturing sector, additional safety regulations are applicable, any time an employee is injured in a work-related accident in a factory, and it is due to non-compliance with Health and Safety Regulations for the Manufacturing Industry, a valid compensation claim will surely exist.

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A Guide to Factory Accident Claims

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If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident at work, and your job is carried out in a manufacturing environment, then you will likely be interested in pursuing a factory accident compensation claim.

Starting a claim for compensation following a factory accident does not need to be a complicated procedure. To assist you, we have published this short guide, which will provide you with all the background you will need to decide whether you have a valid claim, and what you need to do next.

This guide covers the most common types of accidents that occur in a factory and the most common types of injuries these accidents cause. It will then walk you through the process of preparing to make your factory accident claim, as well as give a general indication of the amount of factory injury compensation you might receive, for a range of injuries.

Once you have read the information in this guide, you can use the contact information at the bottom of the page to get in touch with us, so that we can help you put your manufacturing accident compensation claim into motion.

The Most Common Types of Accident that Occur in a Factory

Although there are a very many ways that an injury can happen in a manufacturing environment, statistically, some ways are far more common. Below is an overview of the most often seen types of accident or incident that results in an injury whilst working in a factory:

  • Musculoskeletal-related accidents – in laymen’s terms, these types of injuries are sprains, muscle damage and other injuries that are caused by overexertion. The typical example of this is some form of back injury caused by incorrectly lifting a heavy weight.
  • Movement-related accidents – these are akin to the musculoskeletal accidents outlined above. However, instead of them being caused by overexertion, they are caused by forcing the body to move in ways it is not designed to do. An example of this would be having to reach up to grab a piece of machinery requiring the operator to over stretch themselves.
  • Vehicular accidents – in many manufacturing environments, especially those that are heavily automated, vehicular accidents can be a common occurrence. This covers everything from a manually driven forklift truck hitting a worker, to an automated materials trolley causing an injury.
  • Equipment and machinery accidents – especially relevant in heavy industry related factories, such as a forge or a car works. Dangerous machinery, if used incorrectly, or if faulty, can cause some of the most serious industrial injuries.
  • Fire – unsurprisingly, fire is a major risk in many types of factories. A fire can result in a number of very serious injuries, not just burns, but also respiratory related health conditions and long-term scarring.
  • Chemical hazards – very similar to a fire risk, chemical exposure can cause chemical burns, poisoning and in the most extreme cases, rapid death. The long-term side effects of chemical exposure are hard to quantify. It is quite possible for a person to walk away from a chemically related accident with no visible effects, only for them to become seriously ill sometime later, possibly years into the future.

These are the most common ways that accidents causing an injury in a factory occur. There are obviously many more.

The Most Common Types of Injuries Sustained in Factory Accidents

In the section above, we took a look at the most common ways that injuries can happen in a factory. This section will take a look at the actual injuries that occur most frequently in a manufacturing environment:

  • Burns – burns injuries are a very common injury that factory workers are at risk of. Although most burns injuries that happen at work are fairly minor, some can be extremely serious and even life threatening.
  • Breaks and fractures – again, a very common occurrence, broken bones can be caused by a wide range of industrial accidents.
  • Spinal and back injuries – a very common injury, mostly caused by overexertion, such as lifting or moving heavy objects.
  • Respiratory problems – most often caused by either the smoke from a fire or exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals.
  • Damaged hearing – factories are required under HSE Noise Guidelines to ensure that the decibel level of the factory floor remains below safe levels. If a spike in decibel level occurs, it can cause permanent damage to a person’s hearing. Something to note here is that hearing damage caused by high volume noise does not heal naturally. This kind of damage is always permanent and irreparable.
  • Damaged eyesight – either caused by an intrusive object, or by exposure to fire or caustic chemicals.
  • Poisoning and toxic shock – caused by exposure to harmful chemicals. This can be a single major exposure or a repeated minor exposure.
  • Amputation – the single most serious injury caused by accidents that involve heavy equipment and manufacturing machinery.

The list above is based on what are statistically the most common injuries that people sustain whilst working in a factory. There are, of course, very many more.

How do Factory Accidents Happen?

Accidents happen for a reason. They are not random, they are driven by cause and effect. This is why we have health and safety legislation in place. Following even Basic HSE Guidelines, removes many of the causes that can result in a factory accident. Factory accidents happen for several key reasons, including:

  • Inadequate health and safety compliance – failure to comply with HSE regulation is the primary reason for factory accidents occurring.
  • Badly designed HSE protocols – in this instance, HSE compliance is managed by badly designed operational processes, which expose employees to an increased risk of accident.
  • Poorly maintained machinery and equipment – when corners are cut with maintenance, then equipment malfunction is more likely, which could result in an accident.
  • Insufficient staff training – HSE protocols are only as good as the people who are actioning them. Failure to educate staff sufficiently to carry out their HSE duties to sufficient standards will increase the risk of accidents happening.

These four drivers are to blame for most factory accidents that happen, which lead to an injury claim being made against the factory operator.

Is the Employer Always to Blame After a Factory Accident?

When claiming for an accident in a factory, employer liability has to be proven for a claim to be successful.

In most cases, there will be a clear-cut route to apportioning blame for the accident happening in the factory, which leads directly back to the employer. Though in some cases, the blame might be shared with another party.

For example, if an accident happens that was caused by the actual factory building itself, and the building is rented from a third party, the blame may partially be attributed to the building owner. The building owner has their own factory health and safety requirements to meet.

How to Make a Claim for a Factory Accident

If you feel you have a valid factory injury claim, you are going to need professional legal guidance and representation. We offer a completely free initial fact-finding session. During which, we will try and understand all of the circumstances of the accident, and the injury it caused.

Once we have all of this information, we will tell you a) whether we think you have a valid compensation claim for a factory accident and b) what we think you should do next.

Most likely, we will offer you a No Win No Fee form of legal representation for your factory injury compensation claim. You will have nothing to pay unless we win your case for you.

What Can Be Claimed for After a Factory Accident?

There are a number of types of damages that compensation for a factory accident will include, and these are:

  • General damages – to compensate you for all of the physical effects of the injury; pain, suffering and mental trauma.
  • Special damages – to compensate you for tangible losses that are not related to the physical effects of the injury. As an example, having to cancel a major event such as a wedding, which caused a financial loss, would come under special damages.
  • Ongoing care – to compensate you for the financial overhead of either paying for in-home care or having to spend time in a private care facility.
  • Medical costs – to compensate you for any money you have spent paying to have your injury treated, or for therapy and treatment during the recovery stage.
  • Travel costs – to compensate you for any money spent making journeys you otherwise you would not have had to, due to the accident or the compensation claim itself.

These are the basic categories of damages which make up a compensation claim. There may be others that apply to your specific case, contact us for more information regarding this.

How Much Compensation Will I Receive for a Factory Accident?

When it comes to estimating compensation for a factory accident, there is no way to discern how much a particular claim may win in damages, without knowing the specifics of the case. However, the figures below can be used as a rough guide:

Toe InjuryModerateUp to £7,300Soft tissue damage, cuts and bruises.
Toe InjurySevere£7,300 to £10,450
Toe InjuryAmputation£27,750 to £42,600
Foot InjuryAmputation£128,750 to £153,200Both feet.
Foot InjuryAmputation£63,825 to £83,325One foot.
Foot InjuryVery severe£63,825 to £83,325Permanent loss of use of one or both feet.
Foot InjurySevere£31,900 to £53,200
Foot InjurySerious£19,000 to £29,800
Foot InjuryModerate£10,450 to £19,000
Foot InjuryMinorUp to £10,450Soft tissue damage, cuts and bruises.
Achilles Tendon InjurySevereIn the region of £29,200
Achilles Tendon InjurySerious£19,000 to £22,875
Achilles Tendon InjuryModerate£9,575 to £16,000
Achilles Tendon InjuryMinor£5,525 to £9,575
Ankle InjuryVery severe£38,050 to £53,000
Ankle InjurySevere£23,800 to £38,050
Ankle InjuryModerate£10,450 to £20,200
Ankle InjuryMinorUp to £10,450Soft tissue damage, cuts and bruises.
Knee InjurySevere£19,900 to £73,125
Knee InjuryModerateUp to £19,900
Leg InjuryAmputation£74,475 to £214,350
Leg InjurySevere£73,150 to £103,250Permanent loss of use of one or both legs.
Leg InjuryVery serious£41,675 to £64,275
Leg InjurySerious£29,800 to £41,675
Leg InjuryModerate£21,100 to £29,800
Finger InjurySevere fractureUp to £27,925
Finger InjuryLoss of index fingerIn the region of £14,250
Finger InjuryPartial loss of finger£9,250 to £14,250
Finger InjuryFracture of index finger£6,925 to £9,300
Finger InjuryTotal loss of middle fingerIn the region of £11,875
Finger InjurySerious injury to ring or middle fingers£11,300 to £12,425
Finger InjuryAmputation of one or more fingers£6,575 to £19,000
Thumb InjurySevere£14,900 to £26,600
Thumb InjurySerious£9,575 to £12,750
Thumb InjuryMinor£7,350 to £9,575Soft tissue damage, cuts and bruises.
Thumb InjuryLoss of Thumb£27,000 to £41,675
Wrist InjuryVery severe£36,200 to £45,500Permanent loss of use of one or both wrists.
Wrist InjurySevere£18,625 to £29,800
Wrist InjurySerious£9,575 to £18,625
Wrist InjuryModerateRarely exceed £7,800
Wrist InjuryMinor£2,675 to £3,600Soft tissue damage, cuts and bruises.
Hand InjuryAmputation£107,000 to £153,200Amputation of one or both hands.
Hand InjuryVery severe£42,250 to £64,275Loss of use of both hands.
Hand InjurySevere£73,100 to £83,325Loss of use of one hand.
Hand InjuryVery serious£22,050 to £47,050Loss of use of one or both hands, that will take several months to recover from.
Hand InjurySerious£11,000 to £22,050Medium-term loss of use of one or both hands.
Hand InjuryModerate£4,100 to £10,100Short-term reduced function of one or both hands.
Hand InjuryMinor£700 to £3,300Soft tissue damage, cuts and bruises.
Elbow InjurySevere£29,800 to £41,675Limited use of the arm.
Elbow InjuryModerate£11,900 to £24,350Restricted use of the arm.
Elbow InjuryMinorUp to £9,575Soft tissue damage, cuts and bruises.
Arm InjuryAmputation£104,250 to £228,000Amputation of one or both arms.
Arm InjurySevere£73,100 to £99,500Permanent loss of use of one or both arms.
Arm InjurySerious£29,800 to £45,500Long-term loss of use of one or both arms.
Arm InjuryModerate£14,600 to £29,800Reduced functionality of one or both arms in the medium-term. Breaks and fractures, serious tissue damage.
Shoulder InjurySevere£14,600 to £36,500Permanent restriction of movement in arm or neck.
Shoulder InjurySerious£9,700 to £14,600Long-term restriction of movement in arm or neck.
Shoulder InjuryModerate£6,000 to £9,700Minor restriction of movement in the arm of the neck, expected to heal with several weeks.
Shoulder InjuryMinorUp to £6,000Soft tissue damage, cuts and bruises.
Neck InjurySevere£34,575 to £112,750Permanent nerve damage, partial paralysis or numbness of the limbs.
Neck InjuryModerate£6,000 to £29,250Nerve damage, partial paralysis or numbness of the limbs, which will heal with time.
Neck InjuryMinorUp to £6,000Soft tissue damage, cuts and bruises.
Back InjurySevere£29,475 to £122,350Incapacitating injury, causing immobility in the long-term.
Back InjuryModerate£9,500 to £29,475Incapacitating injury, causing immobility or pain during movement in the short-term.
Back InjuryMinorUp to £9,500Soft tissue damage, cuts and bruises.
Eye InjurySevere (permanent)£6,925 to £136,700Total blindness in one or both eyes.
Eye InjuryMinor£3,000 to £6,650Impaired vision which will heal fully in time.
Total deafnessSevere£69,000 to £83,325
Deafness (one ear)Moderate£23,800 to £34,600
Partial DeafnessMinorUp to £34,600
Cheekbone InjuryMinor to severe£1,775 to £12,000
Jaw InjuryMinor to severe£4,900 to £34,600
Damaged teethMinor to severe£830 to £29,000
Brain InjuryVery severe£214,350 to £307,000Complete loss of life quality, unable to care for oneself, serious degradation of mental capacity.
Brain InjurySevere£166,500 to £214,350Significant loss of life quality, permanent impediment to mental capacity.
Brain InjuryModerate£32,725 to £166,500Loss of life quality, with the expectancy of full recovery in the future.
Brain InjuryMinor£1,675 to £9,700Minor problems with mental faculties such as memory and cognitive ability.
ParalysisQuadriplegic£246,750 to £307,000
ParalysisParaplegic£166,500 to £216,000
Psychiatric DamageSevere£41,675 to £88,000Requiring long-term therapy, with expected permanent lowering of life quality.
Psychiatric DamageModerately severe£14,500 to £41,675Requiring long-term therapy, with reduced life quality in the long-term.
Psychiatric DamageModerate£4,450 to £14,500Requiring ongoing therapy, with reduced life quality in the short-term.
Psychiatric DamageMinor£1,170 to £4,450
Psychiatric DamagePTSD£3,000 to £76,500
Chest InjuryMinor to severeup to £114,100

The actual amount of compensation paid as part of a claim for damages after a factory accident, will always be decided on a case by case basis. Please contact us for a more accurate estimate of how much compensation you may be entitled too.

No Win No Fee Factory Accident Claims

If you have a reason to claim compensation for factory injury, you would traditionally need to pay all of the ongoing legal costs whilst your claim is being processed. These costs can mount up quickly.

To help making a compensation claim easier to access for people without the cash on hand to pay legal costs, we offer a No Win No Fee agreement. We will take your claim on, and will not charge you anything to do so. We will represent you to the same standard you would receive if you were paying the legal fees from your own pocket. If we win your claim for you, then you will pay us a fee. If we don’t win, then you will owe use nothing.

Why Choose Us as Your Claims Service for A Factory Accident Claim?

We manage hundreds of factory injury compensation claims every year. We have the knowledge and expertise to ensure that your claim has the most chance of success and to make sure that you are awarded the most compensation possible.

We treat every client with respect and understand that most people will not fully understand the legal process being followed to pursue their claim. Therefore, we always aim to explain in simple terms, what we are doing on your behalf, and what we are aiming to achieve.

Call Now for Free Advice and to Start a Claim

If you are ready to take the next step towards claiming compensation for an injury you have sustained whilst working in a factory, then you should contact us today.

You can telephone us on 0800 073 8804, or use the web chat on this site to speak to us instantly. Or if you would prefer, you can use the contact form to send us your details, and we will arrange a free initial consultation session at a time that is convenient to you. Contact us now, so that we can begin helping you to claim the compensation you are entitled too.

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