Factory Accident Compensation Claims | No Win No Fee

By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 9th November 2023. When you go to work, the last thing you want or expect is to suffer an injury. However, in workplaces like factories, we’re exposed to risks that our employers should protect us against. Below, we take a look at factory accident claims in detail.

We consider the criteria for making a claim, what evidence to gather to prove your employer was at fault, and discuss potential compensation payouts.

If you’d like to make a claim for a factory accident, then we can help. We’re specialist in workplace accident claims and have helped thousands of people take successful legal action.

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The Criteria For Factory Accident Claims

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you might be eligible to make a personal injury claim. However, you will need to prove that you suffered an injury at your factory job due to your employer breaching their duty of care.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that your employer owes you a duty of care. Per this duty, they must take reasonable and practicable steps to ensure your safety whilst you are in the workplace and performing work-related duties. For example, they could perform regular risk assessments and maintenance checks on any necessary work machinery. Failure to adhere to this duty of care could result in you coming injured at work, and you may be eligible to make an accident at work claim.

How Long Do I Have To Make A Factory Accident Claim?

If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim following your workplace accident, you must also ensure that you start the proceedings within the relevant time limit. Under the Limitation Act 1980, this is usually 3 years from the accident date. However, there may be some exceptions to this.

To learn more about factory accident claims, and the exceptions to the three-year time limit, you can contact our advisors today.

Common Causes Of Factory Accidents And Injuries

There are many different ways in which a factory accident could occur. However, as we’ve already mentioned, not all injuries can be claimed for. Some examples of causes of factory accidents that you could potentially claim for include:

  • Lack of PPE – Your employer is required to provide adequate and free personal protection equipment (PPE) if your job role requires it, such as gloves or steel-toed boots. If they fail to do so, this could lead to an injury, such as a chemical burn or a foot injury.
  • Lack of risk assessments – Your employer must also make sure that your workplace is safe for you to work in. They must risk assess the workplace and remove any hazards possible. Anything that cannot be removed should be signposted so that you are aware of the risk.
  • Failure to provide sufficient training – Your employer is expected to provide free training if your role requires it. For example, if you work in a factory, you may need training in using a machine or in manual handling. If you don’t receive this training, you could suffer an injury. 

If you are injured in a factory accident as a result of your employer breaching their duty of care, you could be eligible for factory accident compensation

Please don’t hesitate to contact an advisor to learn more about making factory accident claims.

What Injuries Can You Claim Compensation For After A Factory Accident?

Having looked at some of the most frequent causes of factory accidents, we will turn to the injuries sustained in them. Looking at information from the Health and Safety Executive and the Labour Force Survey, we can look at some of the most common types of injuries from a factory accident.

Injuries suffered from accidents in a factory might include (but are not limited to) the following types of damage.

  • Burn injuries: these are some of the most common types of damage suffered in a factory accident. While most of these will be minor burns, they can also be very serious and even fatal in some cases.
  • Broken and fractured bones: suffering a broken arm or leg can be a frequent type of injury resulting from accidents in a factory. Such injuries can have a wide variety of various causes.
  • Back injuries: no matter the workplace or job role, back pain can be one of the most common forms of injury. In a factory, they could be caused by manual handling accidents.
  • Injuries to the lungs or respiratory system: these will generally be caused by caustic or toxic chemicals, or through smoke inhalation.
  • Damage to your eyesight, or blindness: this could be caused by something penetrating your eye, or fire or smoke damage, or spills or chemicals.
  • Poisoning if you work with harmful substances, you could suffer serious injuries in a single, small exposure, or over time with less hazardous materials.
  • Amputation and severed limbs: amputation injuries are the most severe type of injury caused by factory accidents. They will often be caused by trapping a limb or body part in machinery.

This list includes the types of factory accidents which most frequently happen. However, it should be noted that there are many other causes.

What Can Personal Injury Compensation Payouts Include?

There are several different components that can make up factory accident claims. These include, but may not be limited to:

  • General damages compensation. This is the part of your settlement that is awarded for your actual injuries, whether for physical or psychological injuries.
  • Special damages. This is awarded for other losses you have experienced as a direct result of your accident and injury. For example, after an accident at work, you may have had to cancel a holiday, losing your money. You could claim back any financial losses associated with this.
  • Specialist care or help around the home. After your initial treatment, you may require specialist care, a stay at a private medical centre, or Home help. The cost of this can add up quickly, and as such you could be advanced funds towards these costs.
  • Medical expenses and costs. You could have had to make upfront payments for different medical treatments, therapies, or medications.
  • Travel expenses. Getting around to medical treatments or specialist care, especially if in a different part of the country can add up. You can include such costs in your claim.

Along with compensation for lost income, the types of compensation listed above are some of the most common forms of compensation awarded for an accident in the workplace.

Examples Of Compensation Payouts In Factory Accident Claims

The first thing that should be highlighted is that there is no average amount of compensation awarded for a factory accident. As such, when answering the question of how much compensation for a factory accident, you could be awarded, we can give you examples of settlements for different injury types and severities.

The specifics of your injury or illness or its level of severity will play a large role in how much the settlement we can secure you will be.

In the table below, we look at some of the common injuries people may claim for in a factory accident claim, as well as the settlement bands for these injuries.

Nature of injury Seriousness Compensation
Neck Injuries Severe (a) (i) – Where there is incomplete paraplegia or permanent spastic quadriparesis. In the region of
Neck Injuries Moderate (b) (i) – Dislocations and fractures leading to severe immediate impacts, and often referred symptoms to other areas of the body. £24,990 to £38,490
Leg injuries Severe (i) The most serious injuries falling just short of amputation. £96,250 to £135,920
Back Injuries Severe (a) (i) – The most severe injuries leading to spinal cord and nerve root damage. £91,090 to £160,980
Back Injuries Moderate (b)(i) Injuries such as a crush or compression fracture that risks osteoarthritis. £27,760 to £38,780
Foot injuries Very severe (c) causing permanent disability or severe and permanent pain. £83,960 to £109,650
Knee injuries Severe (a)(i) Disruption to the joint of the knee with development of osteoarthritis and where there is likely to be an arthroplasty. £69,730 to £96,210
Shoulder Injuries Severe (a) With impact on the brachial plexus, causing significant disability. £19,200 to £48,030
Shoulder Injuries Serious (b) Lower brachial plexus that cause neck and shoulder pain, as well as impacting the elbow. £12,770 to £19,200

Please remember, the final amount of compensation you will receive will be awarded for your specific injuries and circumstances. Your final award may also contain compensation for special damages and other financial hardships you have faced as a result of your workplace accident.

For a personal injury claim estimate about how much compensation you could receive for factory accident claims, talk to our specialist team today.

Can I Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?

Before the advent of no win, no fee claims, people would often have had to make large upfront payments for a solicitor’s services, as well as to make further payments whilst their claim is being conducted. These costs could be prohibitively high for many people, preventing them from making a claim they would be entitled to make.

In order to make it easier, or for some people possible, to make a compensation claim, we are happy to offer no win, no fee agreements to remove the bar of legal costs.

We could be able to provide you with a personal injury lawyer able to offer their services without asking for any payments until you have been given a settlement. As such, you won’t have to make any payments until you have the money to do so. If the solicitor we provide you with can not win your factory accident claims, you will have nothing to pay.

Contact Us To Start Your Claim

When you are ready, you can start the process of making your factory accident or injury claim by contacting our specialist team. They will guide you through the initial steps, leaving you confident in the knowledge that you have the legal support you need.

You can start your claim today by calling us on the number supplied above and talk to our specialist advisors. You can also get in touch with us by using the contact form on this page to provide us with your details and allow us to call you back. We will then organise your initial, free consultation and call back at a time of your convenience. The number to the call is
0800 073 8801.

Talk to us today to start the process of making your factory accident claims and getting the help you deserve.

Useful Links And Additional Resources On Factory Accidents

Below, you can find links to some more of our guides on accident at work claims:

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