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Crush injury claims
Crush injuries suffered in the workplace can be very serious. Depending on which part of the body has suffered a crush injury and the circumstances involved, there may be bleeding, severe bruising, broken bones, open wounds, nerve injuries and there can be a risk of infection. Very serious crush injuries can sometimes be fatal or cause permanent and life-changing damage.
At Stephensons, we have a team of dedicated accident at work solicitors who can recover compensation for you should it be proven that your crush accident was the fault of your employer or someone else. For free initial advice on crush injury compensation, call our accident at work team on 0161 696 6235.
Common types of crush accident
Workplace crush injuries are most common in settings where heavy machinery or materials are used. This could be in the construction industry, such as on a building site, in farming or agriculture, in manufacturing, warehouses or any workplace where heavy items are present e.g. storerooms. Some crush injuries at work could be caused by:
- Heavy goods or items falling from height
- Machinery that draws a hand or limb into it
- Heavy equipment that isn’t under the full control of the operator(s)
- Insecure loads slipping or falling onto someone
- An incident where someone is pinned between machinery and a hard surface e.g. a wall
Common parts of the body to suffer a crush injury in the workplace are hands, feet, arms, legs or torso.
If your injury was caused because of the negligence of someone else at work or because your employer has failed in their duty of care towards you, you might be able to make a crush injury compensation claim. Any compensation awarded for a successful claim can help you with your recovery and also help cover any financial losses that have been caused by the incident, such as not being able to work due to your injury.
Making a crush injury claim
People who have suffered this type of injury at work can sometimes be unsure about making crush injury at work claims, because they think that they might lose their job as a result of making a claim against their employer. However, there is legal protection for this and employers cannot sack someone for making a crush injury claim against them if they were at fault for the incident.
A successful claim, whether it’s for crushed foot injury compensation, hand crush injury compensation or any other type of crush injury that was caused by an accident at work, will need to prove that the incident was someone else’s fault and that the employer is liable. Your employer has a legal duty of care to fully assess the risks and potential hazards in the workplace, and enforce a health and safety policy which minimises the chances of anyone being injured. If they fail to do this properly and you are injured as a result, you can make a claim. Some of an employer’s responsibilities include:
- Ensuring all employees are fully qualified and/or properly trained to undertake the tasks required of them for their role
- Ensuring all equipment or machinery used in the place of work is well-maintained and in safe working order
- That the health and safety policy and procedures are known and understood by all employees and the guidelines are adhered to
If you’re not sure whether or not you have a valid claim, call our specialist accident claim team on 0161 696 6235 to find out more.
Am I eligible to make a crush injury claim?
As with any injury claim, there are some eligibility criteria that must be met in order for your compensation claim to be successful. Time limits usually apply, so it’s important to get expert legal advice as soon as possible to make sure you don’t potentially miss out on the compensation that you deserve for what happened to you. A successful claim will need to prove that your employer is liable for the incident that caused the injury.
Our accidents at work team are experienced in crush injury claims and can help secure the maximum possible compensation amount if your claim is successful. We are able to make most claims for a workplace crush injury no win, no fee (also known as a conditional fee agreement, or a CFA), meaning that if your claim is not successful, you won’t have to pay any legal fees. Our team can discuss all funding options with you so that you can make an informed decision on how to proceed.
Crush injury compensation
The amount of compensation that you will receive if your claim is successful will very much depend on the circumstances of what happened to you and the severity of the injury that you suffered. Not only the injury itself, but also the impact of this on your working and daily life will be assessed, along with the expected recovery time and level.
The compensation amount awarded will also take into account any financial losses and out of pocket expenses you have suffered because of the injury, such as paying for rehabilitation or specialist services to aid recovery or lost wages due to your injury causing you to be unable to work for a period of time or permanently.
Get in touch with our team so that we can start assessing your claim by calling 0161 696 6235.
Why should I choose Stephensons as my crush injury solicitors?
At Stephensons, we are experienced crush injury solicitors, having worked on many cases of this type. We understand what it takes to make a successful claim and our team will work hard on your behalf to secure the compensation that you deserve.
Suffering a crush injury at work can be life-changing, which means that not only do you have to focus on your physical recovery, you will also need to adjust to differences in your life going forward. Our team can help with all aspects of a claim, including practical advice and access to medical experts as well as specialist legal support.
Call 0161 696 6235 to find out how we can help you to access a measure of justice as well as compensation for what has happened to you.
It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, and you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf.
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