I Was Hurt By A Crane Accident At Work – Could I Make A Claim?

By Cat Swift. Last Updated 22nd August 2023. In this guide, we’ll be exploring the process of making a personal injury claim after being injured in a crane accident. We will discuss the criteria you need to meet in order to seek compensation and the evidence you can gather to support your claim.

Employers have a duty of care to prevent their employees from suffering an injury in the workplace. In instances where an employer breaches their duty of care, an employee could sustain either physical or psychological harm as a result. In this guide, we will discuss how this could occur and the injuries that could be sustained as a result.

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We will also discuss the compensation you could be awarded for injuries sustained and how the settlement you receive should address your pain and suffering.

Lastly, we will explore the benefits of working with a No Win No Fee solicitor. In doing so, you could access their services without paying upfront or during the course of your claim.

If you’d like to learn more, then you can contact our team of advisors by using the details provided below. 

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  1. Eligibility When Claiming For A Crane Accident At Work
  2. What Could Cause A Crane Accident At Work?
  3. What Evidence Could Be Used In Your Workplace Injury Claim?
  4. Examples Of Payouts For A Crane Accident At Work 
  5. Claiming For Injuries At Work With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  6. Learn More About Workplace Accident Claims

Eligibility When Claiming For A Crane Accident At Work

After being injured at work by a crane accident, you may be able to make an accident at work compensation claim. To do so, you must prove:

  • Your employer owed a duty of care to you at the time and place of the accident
  • This duty of care was breached
  • You experienced harm as a result of the breach. This is known as negligence.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that an employer has a duty of care they must uphold. This means that they must take reasonably practicable steps to prevent employees from suffering harm at work. This can include carrying out risk assessments and addressing any hazards with the equipment, facilities, and environment.

There are certain risks involved with working with cranes, including working from a height and working with specialist equipment. If an employer fails to address these, it could lead to an employee sustaining harm in a crane accident.

For more information on when you could be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries, please get in touch on the number above.

Limitation Periods For Crane Accident At Work Claims

In addition to ensuring you demonstrate negligence has occurred, you must also start your claim within the time limitation period set out in the Limitation Act 1980.

This states that you generally have three years from the date of the accident or three years from the date you realised your injuries were caused by employer negligence. There are exceptions to this rule though.

Please get in touch with our team to find out more about the exceptions and whether they could apply to you.

What Could Cause A Crane Accident At Work?

There are several ways a crane accident could occur, such as:

  • Faulty equipment: An employer may have failed to ensure the machinery was safe to use. As a result, an employee may have sustained injuries such as broken and fractured bones, loss of a limb, and a head injury due to faulty equipment.
  • Fall from height: An employer may have failed to assess the risks involved with working from a height. As a result, an employee may have fallen from the machinery and sustained a fatal brain injury.
  • Inadequate training: An employer may have failed to ensure employees operating the machinery had adequate training to carry out their work-related duties safely. As a result, several employees may have been injured.

Please keep in mind that not all accidents at work involving a crane will form the basis of a valid claim. If you are unsure whether you’re eligible to seek personal injury compensation for your injuries, get in touch using the number above.

What Evidence Could Be Used In Your Workplace Injury Claim?

You may be wondering ‘what should I do if I’ve had an accident at work?‘. There are several steps you could take, including gathering sufficient evidence to prove that the injuries you sustained were the result of an employer breaching their duty of care. 

Examples of the evidence you could gather to support your claim include:

  • CCTV footage or pictures of the accident 
  • Pictures of your injuries
  • Copies of your medical records, including X-ray scans and prescriptions
  • The contact details of any witnesses 

If you’re struggling to collect evidence to support your crane accident claim, a solicitor from our panel could help. They could represent your claim provided it’s valid and has a chance of success. Use the contact information above to discuss this further with our advisors.

Examples Of Payouts For A Crane Accident At Work

After making a successful personal injury claim following a crane accident at work, you could receive a settlement consisting of general damages and special damages.

General damages compensate for the pain and suffering you have experienced due to your injuries. 

The Judicial College Guidelines are used by solicitors to help them assign a value to this head of claim. The document comprises a list of bracketed compensation amounts. We have included figures from the document in the following table.

Injury Severity Compensation Notes
Injury Resulting From Brain Damage Very Severe (a) £282,010 to £403,990 Cases at the top of this bracket include the ability to follow very basic commands, but very little evidence of any meaningful response. The person needs full time care.
Injury Resulting From Brain Damage Moderately Severe (b) £219,070 to £282,010 Injured person is severely disabled, requiring a substantial dependence on others, and constant care.
Injuries Resulting In Paralysis Paraplegia (b) £219,070 to £284,260 Level of award will depend on several factors included extent of pain, age and life expectancy.
Back Injuries Severe (a) (i) £91,090 to £160,980 Cases of damage to the nerve roots and spinal cord where there are serious consequences.
Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips Severe (a) (i) £78,400 to £130,930 Extensive fractures of the pelvis causing disabilities of a substantial nature.
Other Arm Injuries Less Severe (c) £19,200 to £39,170 A substantial recovery has happened or will be expected to happen after a significant disability.
Leg Injuries Less Serious (c) (i) £17,960 to £27,760 An incomplete recovery from fractures.
Ankle Injuries Moderate (c) £13,740 to £26,590 Less serious disabilities from fractures and tears to the ligaments.
Knee Injuries Moderate (b) (i) £14,840 to £26,190 Cases of a dislocation and torn cartilage are covered in this bracket.
Foot Injuries Modest (g) Up to £13,740 Simple metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments and puncture wounds are covered in this bracket.

How Special Damages Could Also Compensate You

Your settlement could also consist of special damages. This head of claim aims to reimburse a claimant for any financial losses they may have experienced due to their injuries. This can include:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Cost of care
  • Cost of medication
  • Cost of renovations to a home in aid of recovery

It’s important that a claimant provides the necessary evidence to prove these losses. This can come in the form of bank statements, invoices, payslips, or receipts.

Claiming For Injuries At Work With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

Working with a solicitor on your crane injury claim could come with many benefits. For example, a solicitor can take the statements of witnesses and help you gather other relevant information. Our solicitors help claimants from across the country. This means that you don’t have to rely on a local professional.

Plus, our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that, with the help of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), you won’t be asked for an upfront fee in order for them to start work on your claim. Similarly, you won’t have to pay for their continued services, and you won’t pay a fee for their work if your claim fails.

If your claim succeeds, then a success fee will be deducted from your compensation. Your solicitor will deduct this as a small percentage, though there is a legal cap in place which limits the amount that they can take.

To learn more about claiming for an injury caused by a crane at work, contact our team of advisors today. They can offer a free consultation, through which your claim can be evaluated. If they find that you could have a basis for compensation, you may be passed on to one of our solicitors. To get started:

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