NHS Accident At Work Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For A NHS Workplace Accident Personal Injury?
The NHS is one of the primary employers in the United Kingdom. If you work for the NHS and you have been injured or suffered an illness because of negligence, then there is potentially a chance that you would be entitled to compensation. Here a Legal Expert, we have many years of experience in the personal injury sector and we have helped many people to make claims for compensation. All you need to do is give us a call (0800 073 8804) to find out more about whether you are eligible to make a claim for an accident at work. However, before you do this please continue reading to find out more information if you have suffered an accident at work while working for the NHS. We have put together this guide to answer all of those pressing questions that people tend to have when they are thinking of making an accident at work claim.
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- A Guide To Compensation Claims For NHS Accidents At Work
- What Is A NHS Workplace Accident?
- What Is The NHS Injury Allowance?
- Accidents Which Could Potentially Happen To NHS Staff In The Workplace
- I Slipped While Working For The NHS Can I Claim?
- I Hurt My Back Working For The NHS What Am I Entitled To?
- Staff Work-Related Stress
- Cases Of Harassment Or Bullying
- Claims For Violence Against NHS Staff
- Injuries Caused By Faulty Equipment Or Hazardous Substances
- Sharps And Needlestick Injuries
- What Could My NHS Accident At Work Claim Compensate Me For?
- Personal Injury Calculator
- No Win, No Fee Personal Injury Claims For NHS Workplace Accidents
- How To Begin A Claim For An NHS Workplace Accident
- Speak To Our NHS Accident Claims Specialists
- Further Resources For NHS Staff Injured At Work
The National Health Service is not only one of the biggest employers in the United Kingdom, it is actually one of the largest employers in the world, and the biggest in Europe. At present, there are more than 1.3 million people working for the NHS. A typical day for the NHS includes 36,000 people in hospital for planned treatment, 94,000 people admitted to hospital as an emergency admission, 49,000 outpatient consultations, almost 50,000 people visiting accident and emergency departments, and more than 835,000 people visiting their practice nurse or GP practice. These statistics alone should give you an understanding of just how demanding it is to work in the NHS.
Despite this, the NHS is still an employer and therefore it still needs to comply the rules and regulations that are in place regarding health and safety in the workplace. If you work for the NHS, and you feel that they have let you down through unsafe practices or negligence, which has lead to an injury or illness you may be eligible for damages. In this guide, we will information that you may need to know about if claiming for accident at work compensation.
This includes information on specific examples of types of accidents that you could happen, for example, slips trips and falls, manual handling accidents, as well as illnesses caused through stress, NHS staff assault, and violence against NHS staff. We will also explain how the claims process works, as well as giving you an insight into the level of compensation that you may be entitled to. If you still have any questions by the time you finish reading this guide, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for some more information.
So, what actually counts as NHS accidents at work? Well, this simply relates to any sort of accident that has happened at your place of work in NHS that may have caused you to be injured or ill. Not all accidents that take place though will be the result of your employers negligence. In order to pursue a claim for an accident at work it must be proven that your injury from the accident suffered was due to negligence or error of your employer or another member of staff.
When it comes to making an NHS workplace accident claim, the procedure is slightly different when compared to making a standard claim. One of the reasons for this is because there is an NHS injury allowance. For those that are unaware, this is a separate type of benefit that NHS workers could potentially claim in addition to what they could be awarded for their compensation claim. The NHS injury allowance gives staff members support if they have sustained a health condition, disease, or injury that is related to their work.
Nevertheless, it is worth noting that a lot of NHS staff will not be eligible for this scheme. For example, agency staff, dental practice workers, and GP staff are not usually eligible for the NHS injury allowance. The allowance is only designed to top up your sick pay or your earnings when you are in the midst of a return (phased) of up to eighty-five percent of your pay.
Examples of accidents leading to injury or illness that could potentially take place in the NHS will be discussed below. We are now going to take a look at examples of accidents and injuries in further detail to give you a better understanding. Do not worry if your specific accident is not mentioned, just call us, and we could tell you straight away if you are eligible to claim. In order to build a case for compensation for an accident that has happened at work, that has caused an injury or illness it must be proven that your employer or another employee who owed you a duty of care has breached it. This breach then has lead to your accident leading to an injury. Your employer in some way must have acted negligently which caused your illness.
Here are examples of injuries or illness that may potentially occur;
– Injuries that have been caused because of faulty equipment that has not been removed from service or repaired.
– Muscular injuries that have happened while moving and handling patients due to no manual handling training.
– Tripping accidents from items left on floors and hazards within the busy wards and corridors.
– Slipping accidents from wet floors without warning signs.
If you are unsure whether you accident that happened was due to negligence call us today and we will discuss your case with you.
One of the most common types of injuries suffered in any workplace is the slip or trip injury. In fact, out of all of the workplace accidents that happen in the United Kingdom, slips and trips account for roughly 40% of these. There are many different ways that the slip, trip, or fall accident could happen. For example, you could trip because someone has left something unattended in the corridor and this has caused you to have a nasty accident. You may have also slipped because of a wet floor that was not cleaned up properly or no warning signs put out. If you fall due to the negligence of another, who owed you a duty of care and you are injured you may be able to make a claim for damages.
If you have suffered a manual handling accident due to not being trained comprehensively on how to move, lift, carry etc items then you may have grounds to pursue a claim. All employers, need to make sure that they provide their staff members with the right level of training and information that is needed to carry out every task. They also need to provide them with the correct equipment, and they need to make sure that this equipment is maintained properly too. If they have failed to do this and you have been injured as a consequence, call Legal Expert today to see if you are able to claim for compensation.
When it comes to making NHS personal injury claims, psychological injuries are taken just as seriously as physical injuries are. Many employees regardless of who they work for may come across work related stress illnesses. If you have been diagnosed with work-related stress and you feel that your employer could have prevented this from happening before it got to this stage we advise that you call us. Possible scenarios that could lead to stress at work could include; an uncomfortable working environment, bad chain management and weak management, bad corporate culture, abuse from work colleagues, worrying about job security, being promoted above your capabilities, inadequate training or experience, lack of support, not enough guidance, or high workload. If you have informed your manager or employer that you are facing such problems and they are having an adverse affect on your life and health, and nothing is done about it and further down the line you are made ill by work related stress we would like to hear about it. Call us today.
If you believe that the your employer has not done enough to prevent the bullying that you experienced, then you may be entitled to compensation. The 2010 Equity Act may be quoted if you pursue a claim for bullying in the work place. Examples of bullying may include slanderous rumours and gossip, treating a person unfairly or making bad jokes or other forms of verbal offense towards an employee, continual criticism and undermining of a good worker, and blocking promotion or training prospects.
The NHS make a dedicated effort to ensure that the risk of an assault is reduced. Most hospitals now have security guards available if there is an abusive patient. If you are attacked by a violent patient but are unsure who is liable then please call Legal Expert today.
As an NHS worker, it is likely that you are going to be using a wide range of equipment and you will may potentially come into contact with a variety of substances. This is why it’s so important that correct procedures are followed so that you do not end up suffering an injury or an illness. If you are made ill due to the exposure of a dangerous substance or you are injured due to equipment not being maintained, repaired or replaced then call us and speak to an advisor who will offer you a free consultation to see if you may have a valid claim.
There are lots of rules and regulations in place regarding handling needlesticks and similar equipment within the hospital or medical environment. It is vital that these safety procedures are adhered to at all times so that employees and visitors to the hospital are not exposed to needlestick injuries. If you have experienced a needlestick injury due to the fact that safety measures have not been followed i.e. the needlestick may have been put in the incorrect bin, then you may have the basis for a claim for damages.
When making a personal injury claim of any nature, you will likely be able to claim for a number of different things. First and foremost, you will be attempting to claim for the injuries that you have suffered. To calculate how much compensation you are going to receive for this, your medical report will likely be considered. This includes taking a look at the severity of your original injury, as well as looking at the treatment that has been recommended and the impact that this injury is going to have on your life. Needless to say, injuries that are of a severe nature and are going to impact people for the rest of their lives result in a higher amount of damages than injuries whereby the person makes a full recovery within a matter of weeks or a few months. Aside from the injury itself, you may also be able to make a personal injury claim for costs that you have experienced relating to the accident that you were involved in. For example, loss of income, travel expenses, childcare costs, and anything that has cost you financially that you would not have had to pay for.
One thing that we are sure you will want to know is how much compensation you are going to get for the injury that you have experienced. It is not possible to give you a 100% accurate figure because all cases are different, and they are assessed on an individual basis so that a fair amount is awarded every time. On some sites, you’ll find a personal injury claims calculator. Instead, on this page we have provided amounts that are used by courts, solicitors and insurance companies. We have put together this information in the table below to give you a helping hand. However, if you cannot find the injury that you have sustained, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be provide you with some further details.
|Accident Type||Amounts||Injury Information|
|Moderately Severe Psychiatric Injury||£16,720 to £48,080||Significant issues with a person being able to cope with life, work and education, possible future issues. Cases of work related stress that results in long term or permanent disability preventing a return to work.|
|Less Severe Psychiatric Injury||£1,350 to £5,130||The length of the disability is key here and how much daily life and sleep is disturbed. Cases falling specifically short of a diagnosis.|
|Moderate PTSD||£7,170 to £20,290||The brackets include a person who will largely recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and any lasting effects will not be particularly disabling.|
|Less Severe PTSD||£3,460 to £7,170||Only minor symptoms persist and a full recovery will be made in one to two years.|
|Minor Neck Injuries||Up to £2,150||All symptoms will recover within three months.|
|Minor Back Injury||£6,920 to £10,970||A full recovery or a recover with nuisance symptoms without surgery will take place in two to five years.|
|Less Severe Arm Injury.||£16,830 to £34,340||A significant degree of disability is present but a large amount of recovery is achievable.|
|Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders||£7,580 to £9,430||Injuries such as carpal tunnel, constriction with the nerves in the wrist and issues with surrounding tissue that makes a full recovery within three years.|
|Minor Hip Issues||Up to £3,460||Minor soft tissue injuries with a full recovery expected.|
|Leg Fractures||Up to £10,380||Simple fractures to the tibia and fibula or possibly soft tissue injuries.|
|Moderate Achilles Tendon Injury||£11,040 to £18,480||Partial rupture or significant damage to the tendon. The different levels will be awarded in regards to disability, length of injury, function and ongoing pain.|
One of the main reasons why so many people choose Legal Expert when they have been injured in the workplace is because we offer a No Win, No Fee service. If you have never heard of this before, this simply means that you do not need to pay us any legal fees if we do not manage to secure compensation for you. Essentially, you can have complete peace of mind knowing that you are only going to be paying for a winning service when you team up with Legal Expert. We recognise that a lot of people are worried about making a claim for compensation because they cannot afford the solicitors’ fees. They panic that they could spend all of this money on a personal injury solicitor and then, in the end, they may not have any compensation to show for it. This is an understandable concern and that is why we aim to eradicate it by offering a 100% No Win, No Fee approach.
Read on to discover the reasons why Legal Expert is a good choice for anyone that is looking to secure compensation for a personal injury.
- No Win, No Fee – One of the main reasons why so many people turn to our service is because all of our solicitors will work on a No Win, No Fee This is undoubtedly a good route to go down when making a compensation claim. It means that you don’t have to make a large upfront payment to start the claim, and you also won’t need to pay any of our legal expenses if your case is not a success. We realise that you will already be feeling stressed and worried enough as it is, having to cope with your injuries, and we don’t want to add to this with financial risks and pressures, which is why we offer this approach for all of our clients.
- Experienced and credible – Aside from this, you can be confident of an outstanding service when you choose Legal Expert, as we are a company you can trust. This is something you can be sure of as we have made thousands of customers happy with the compensation we have managed to secure for them. If you are still feeling unsure, all you have to do is look at our website.
- Quality legal advice – We have a free legal helpline and our lines are open 24/7. Therefore, if you have any queries or are wondering whether you have the basis for an NHS employee claim, all you need to do is give us a call and you will be connected with one of our helpful and friendly advisors. They will talk you through the claim process and give you a realistic picture of your case specifically. If they feel you have a strong case, they will then put you in touch with one of our experienced and professional solicitors who will do all in their power to make certain you get the payout you deserve.
If you are ready to make a personal injury claim, we are ready and waiting to assist, all you need to do is dial 0800 073 8804 today. Alternatively, leave your contact information and we will call you back as soon as possible, or simply use the live chat feature on our website.
A guide on claiming against the NHS – Further information you might find of use.
Our guide to NHS negligence – Another useful resource covering negligence.
More on workplace accidents – Our definitive guide.
Edited By Melissa.