Can I Claim For Injuries Caused By Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 10th November 2023. Welcome to our guide on making a personal protective equipment injury claim. This guide explains everything you should know about making personal protective equipment claims or PPE injury claims. We look at PPE injury statistics, and discuss the question ‘does PPE protect from injury, and could I make PPE claims if it fails?

All employers have a legal responsibility to provide their workers with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE). If they have failed to do this, and you have experienced physical and/or psychological injuries as a result, you will be entitled to compensation.

At Accident Claims UK, we have many years of experience in inadequate personal protective equipment claims, and we can help you to get the payout you deserve for your accident at work. You can reach us on 0800 073 8801. But before you do, read on to find out more about No Win No Fee PPE claims.

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What Is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) And When Could I Claim?

Your employer has a duty of care to take any reasonable steps to ensure your safety while you are in the workplace. This is per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). Should your employer breach their duty of care towards you and you suffer injuries as a result, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim for accident at work compensation.

Additionally, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulation 1992, states that your employer must provide you with sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) if the need for it has been identified.

Examples of PPE may include goggles, steel toecapped boots, gloves, and helmets. Should your employer fail to provide it, despite the need for it being identified, and you suffer an injury, you could be eligible to make a PPE injury claim.

For more information regarding PPE claims, you can contact one of our advisors.

Different Types Of Injuries Caused By Inadequate PPE

There are many different types of PPE claims that can be launched. This includes the following:

If you’ve suffered one of the injuries listed above or another kind of injury as a result of inadequate PPE, get in touch with our team today for expert advice on personal protective equipment claims.

Gathering Evidence For PPE Claims

If you’re looking for more details about the process of making personal protective equipment claims, this section will help. When it comes to making a personal injury claim, your fate will largely lie in the hands of your solicitor.

If you follow the tips below, you will give yourself the best chance of getting the full amount of compensation you deserve for your personal protective equipment injury claim.

  1. See a doctor– There is only one place to begin, and this is with seeing a medical professional. The medical report is an important piece of evidence that needs to be used when determining how much money you will receive.
  2. Write down everything that happened– It is always a good idea to sit down and make a note of everything that occurred. This will guarantee that you don’t forget any vital details later down the line.
  3. Report the accident– In some instances, it can be necessary to report the accident. For example, if you’ve been involved in a workplace accident, you will need to report it to your employer and/or safety representative. By law, workplaces with over 10 employers must have an accident book on site.
  4. Keep proof of expenses– It is vital to make sure you keep proof of expenses in order to claim for these. This could include treatment expenses and loss of income. You won’t be able to claim for these costs as special damages if you don’t have proof.
  5. Contact Accident Claims UK– We are among the UK’s leading law firms in the UK. We have many years of experience and an exceptional reputation. All of our solicitors work on a No Win, No Fee There is no one better to help you get the full amount of compensation you deserve when making your personal protective equipment injury claim.

PPE Claims – How Much Compensation Could I Receive?

It is important to recognise that all inadequate personal protective equipment claims are different, and, therefore, they are treated as such. The injuries you encounter and the impact they have had on your life may be completely different when compared to someone else who has been involved in such an accident. For this reason, providing you with an accurate figure regarding the compensation you will receive is impossible.

You may have even come across personal injury claims calculator tools online. However, please note that a personal injury calculator can only ever provide you with a very rough estimate. Alternatively, you can refer to the table below, where you can see the average payout for injuries that are common with these sorts of claims.

What type of injury have you suffered? Some extra notes The average payout for this sort of injury
Several Severe Injuries Plus Financial Losses Compensation for several serious injuries plus special damages such as lost earnings. Up to £250,000+
Injuries Affecting Sight (c) (i) Loss of sight in one eye with reduced vision in the remaining eye. £95,990 to £179,770
Serious Hand Injuries (e) Injuries that leave the hand with less than 50% functionality. £29,000 to £61,910
Serious Arm Fractures (b) Multiple fractures, with long-term reduced functionality of the arm. £39,170 to £59,860
Less Severe Arm Injuries (c) Injuries that will limit the use of the arm for the medium to long-term but will heal eventually. £19,200 to £39,170
Serious Leg Injuries (b) (iii) Serious or multiple fractures that will leave the leg immobile for the long-term. £39,200 to £54,830
Moderate Leg Injuries (b) (iv) Serious tendon damage, compound fractures and dislocation. £27,760 to £39,200
Severe Ankle Injuries (b) Multiple fractures, which will leave the foot immobilised for the medium-term. £31,310 to £50,060
Moderate Ankle Injuries (c) Simple fractures, and serious sprained which will heal fully. £13,740 to £26,590
Moderate Back Injuries (b) (i) Compression/crush fractures causing pain and necessitating spinal fusion. £27,760 to £38,780
Less Serious Wrist Injuries (c) Simple fractures and sprains that will heal in the short-term but leave the wrist immobile whilst healing. £12,590 to £24,500

So there you have it: an insight into the different payout amounts that are usually awarded for some of the most common injuries sustained because of workplace accidents and inadequate PPE. If you cannot see the injury you have sustained in the table above, there is no need to panic – you can still make a claim. All you need to do is give us a call, and one of our team members will happily explain the sort of payout you could be looking at for your PPE claims.

No Win No Fee PPE Claims

If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim due to inadequate PPE provision by your employer, you may wish to have a solicitor help you with your claim. Some of the benefits of working with a solicitor when making an inadequate PPE claim is that they could help you with gathering evidence and could handle the negotiations for a compensation settlement.

One of our solicitors may be able to help you under a type of No Win No Fee arrangement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).  When making a claim with a solicitor under a CFA, you would not have to pay for their work upfront or throughout the claims process. Should your claim be unsuccessful, you will not be required to pay for their services.

Instead, they would deduct a small, legally capped success fee from your compensation payout if your claim is successful.

If you would like to check whether one of our solicitors could help you with your potential claim, you can contact our advisors. They can also help answer any questions you may have about inadequate PPE claims.

Contact Our Team

If you are ready to make a personal protective equipment injury claim, or you have any queries about doing so, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our personal injury claims line is open 24/7 on 0800 073 8801. You can also see the other ways to contact us about personal protective equipment claims/PPE claims via heading to our contact page.

Useful Links Relating To PPE claims

Below, you can find some more guides on accident at work claims:

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