Have you been injured in a work accident at a different place of work than your own? Your job might require you to travel between different offices or places of work as part of your work-related duties. If you are injured at a different workplace, you may be wondering if you can claim.
In this guide, we will discuss when you may be able to make an accident at work claim. We will also explore the legislation in place to keep workers safe and the employer responsibilities it outlines.
To find out if you could be eligible to claim, get in touch with our advisors today. They can provide a free consultation in which they can answer any questions you may have about the accident at work claims process. To learn more:
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There are many job roles that might require you to work somewhere other than your workplace. For example, if you work for an electrician firm, then you will be required to work off-site, perhaps at another place of work or in someone’s home.
Your employer is required to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that you are safe. This responsibility is called a duty of care and is set out by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. For example, if you require personal protective equipment (PPE) to carry out your role safely, they should provide this to you and ensure that they replace it when necessary.
In some cases, you might be injured in a work accident at a different place of work because of the negligence of someone who is not your employer. For example, if you are a painter and decorator who was tasked to perform work in an office, and there was an unmarked spill that caused a slip, trip or fall that left you injured, you could be entitled to claim.
The duty of care that employers owe to those who are not employed in their workplace but who are in the space is outlined by the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. They must ensure the reasonable safety of those who use the space.
If you’d like to find out if you could claim compensation, speak with a member of our team today.
What Is The Time Limit To Claim For A Work Accident At A Different Place Of Work?
According to the Limitation Act 1980, you generally have three years to start a personal injury claim. It does not matter how long the claim takes to settle; you just need to have started it within the limitation period.
There are some exceptions that can apply to this, however. Contact our advisors to find out if you are within the relevant time limit to claim compensation for a work accident at a different place of work.
Injuries in another workplace can occur for a variety of reasons. For example:
- A slip, trip, or fall accident could be caused by an unmarked spill that a delivery person slips on. This could result in a shoulder injury and a broken nose.
- An injury could occur from falling down the stairs as a result of defective lighting while laying carpet because they cannot see a hazard. This could result in a fractured leg.
- A visiting electrician to the office needs to do some work on some wiring. However, their employer provided them with faulty shock-resistant gloves. As a result, they are electrocuted and sustain a burn injury to their fingertips.
These are just a few examples of how a workplace accident could occur while you are in a different place of work. Get in touch with an advisor from our team today to find out if you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Collecting evidence can be very beneficial when making a claim. This could be easier with the help of a solicitor. Evidence can help you build your case by strengthening your claim and illustrating that your employer is responsible for your injuries.
Some examples of evidence that could prove useful can include:
- CCTV footage: If a CCTV camera caught the incident, you can request the footage to use as evidence.
- An accident book report: Any workplace with ten or more employees must have an accident book. You can use this log to support your claim.
- Witness contact details: Collecting the contact details of any witnesses means that a professional can take their statements at a later date.
- Medical reports: If you choose to work with a solicitor, they may arrange an independent medical assessment for you. This will result in a report that can showcase the extent of your injuries. You can also request any records from when you initially sought medical attention, for example, from a GP or walk-in centre.
One of our solicitors could help you gather evidence and strengthen your claim. Get in touch with our team to learn more.
You may be wondering how much compensation you could get for a work accident at a different place of work. If your claim succeeds, you could receive general damages and special damages. General damages is the head of your claim that addresses how your injuries have affected your life, including the pain and suffering they have caused.
With the help of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), you can get a broad idea of what you could potentially receive in a successful claim. The JCG is a document that helps solicitors value general damages, as it offers guideline compensation amounts for a range of injuries. You can find some example figures in the table below.
|Moderate Brain Injury (c) (i)||£150,110 to £219,070||Moderate to severe intellectual deficit, with an effect on senses and a risk of epilepsy.|
|Minor Brain Injury (e)||£2,210 to £12,770||If any brain damage is present, it is minor, and consideration is given to the extent of the injury and remaining symptoms.|
|Injuries to the Digestive System (a) (i)||£43,010 to £61,910||Continuing pain and discomfort following a severe injury.|
|Kidney Injuries (a)||£169,400 to £210,400||Loss of or serious damage to both kidneys.|
|Bowel Injuries (b)||Up to £150,110||A dependence on colostomy after a complete loss of natural function.|
|Spleen Injuries (a)||£20,800 to £26,290||A risk of internal infection following damage to the immune system after loss of the spleen.|
|Hernia (c)||£3,390 to £7,230||A possibly repaired indirect and uncomplicated inguinal hernia.|
|Moderate Neck Injuries (b) (i)||£24,990 to £38,490||Fractures and dislocations causing severe and immediate symptoms and possibly requiring spinal fusion.|
|Moderate Shoulder Injuries (c)||£7,890 to £12,770||Discomfort and limited movement persisting over about two years as a result of frozen shoulder.|
|Less Serious Leg Injuries (iii)||Up to £11,840||Simple fractures to the fibula or tibia or damage to soft tissue.|
How Special Damages Could Also Compensate You
You may be able to recoup any financial losses caused by your workplace injury under special damages. With adequate evidence, the special damages head of your claim could cover the cost of:
- Home adjustments
- Medical bills
- Damage to personal goods
- Lost earnings
Learn more about claiming compensation for a work accident at a different place of work than your own when you get in touch with our team of advisors today.
If you would like to make a work-related injury claim, one of our solicitors may be able to help. They could offer their legal services to you through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is a kind of No Win No Fee contract.
Under this kind of contract, you can access the services of a solicitor, typically without being required to pay any upfront fees. Likewise, your solicitor generally won’t ask you to pay any ongoing costs for their services during the claims process.
Should your claim be a success, your solicitor will take a percentage of your settlement as a success fee. This percentage has a legislative cap, which means you always keep the majority of your compensation. If your claim does not succeed, you will not pay a fee to your solicitor for their services.
Discuss Your Claim With An Expert
Get in touch with an advisor from our team today to find out if you could be eligible for representation on a No Win No Fee basis. Not only can our advisors offer free legal advice, but they may also connect you with one of our expert solicitors. To get in touch:
For more helpful guides:
- I Was Injured Tripping On A Glass Or Bottle; Could I Claim Compensation?
- How Much Compensation Can I Claim For An Injury In A Supermarket Accident?
- Can I Claim If I Was Attacked As A Lone Worker?
Or, for further reading from other resources, see below:
- NHS – Strains and sprains
- GOV – Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
- Health and Safety Executive – Guidance on the HASAWA
Get in touch for more information on claiming for a work accident at a different place of work.
Guide by CH
Edited by FS