This guide will examine the types of compensation that could be awarded for a successful personal injury claim following a lacerated tendon at work. While you are at work, your employer owes you a duty of care to ensure they take reasonable and practicable steps to keep you safe. This means ensuring you are trained adequately, providing you with the necessary personal protective equipment to do your job safely and carrying out risk assessments. If there is a breach of this duty it can mean they are liable should you suffer an injury as a consequence.
We will explore the eligibility criteria for making an accident at work claim. You will find a section that looks at examples of accidents at work that could cause a tendon injury for which your employer could be liable for.
As we move through this guide, there is a section that looks at the type of evidence that will be useful for you to obtain to prove that your employer breached the duty of care, how this breach caused your injury and the type of injury you suffered.
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For compensation awarded in successful accident at work claims, the payout will include general damages and possibly special damages.
General damages compensate for the psychological and physical injury. Therefore the following will be taken into consideration when valuing general damages:
- The extent of your pain and symptoms.
- The treatment you need and your recovery.
- The decrease in your quality of life.
- Your loss in enjoyment.
Your solicitor may refer to your individual medical assessment and the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them calculate what your general damages might be worth. The JCG is a document containing different injuries at various severity levels and their guideline compensation brackets based on previous successful personal injury court cases in England and Wales.
Below is a table with some injuries and figures from the JCG relating to lacerated tendon injuries. This table is only to be used as guidance.
|Severe (a) (iii)
|£45,470 to £55,990
|Ruptured tendons leading to significant permanent disability.
|Most serious (a)
|In the region of £38,430
|Severed tendon causing swelling and restricted movement in the ankle.
|£24,990 to £30,090
|Complete division of the tendon has been successfully repaired however weakness and limited movement still remains
|£12,590 to £21,070
|Where the tendon is partially ruptured.
|£7,270 to £12,590
|Some damage to the tendon and a feeling of being unsure of ankle support.
|Serious injury to ring or middle fingers (k)
|£10,320 to £16,340
|Serious injury to tendons causing stiffness, deformity, and permanent loss of grip
|Moderate injury to the thumb (u)
|£9,670 to £12,590
|Tendon damage resulting in impaired function and loss of sensation.
|Less Severe Injury
|£19,200 to £39,170
|Significant disabilities, a substantial degree of recovery.
What Could Be Claimed As Special Damages?
Special damages pay you for the financial losses resulting from your injury. Thus, here is what you could be paid back for:
- Lost wages.
- Medical care.
- Travel expenses.
- Care cover.
- Adaptations you need to make (for example, implementing ramps in your house for wheelchair access).
To prove your financial losses, you should collect evidence in the form of travel tickets, payslips, receipts, invoices, and bank statements.
To learn about the potential compensation payout for a lacerated tendon at work, please don’t hesitate to contact our advisors.
In order to be able to make a personal injury claim following an accident at work you will need to satisfy the below criteria:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care.
- Your employer breached that duty of care.
- This breach caused your injury.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is the legislation that outlines an employer’s duty of care. This tells us that legally, all employers must take reasonable steps to ensure that employees are safe while they are working.
If an employer were to breach this duty of care and this consequently led to an accident in which an employee suffered a lacerated tendon, then the employer could be liable for the injury. For an employer to uphold their duty of care, they must ensure that employees are trained to do their job safely, that they have provided the necessary personal protective equipment, that all machinery and equipment is safe to use and they risk assess the job and work environment.
You would also need to be within the work accident claim time limit to start a claim, which is typically 3 years from the date of the accident. Although there are exceptions.
Contact us to learn more about the time limit and eligibility criteria for making an injured in a workplace accident claim.
Here are a few ways an employer could breach their duty of care and thus cause a workplace accident that results in a lacerated tendon injury:
- Slips, trips and falls. An employee slips on a wet floor that has not been signed posted cutting their hand on a piece of broken glass on the floor. This caused several lacerated finger tendons.
- An employee falls from a broken ladder, and the sharp edge of the defective ladder cuts into their Achilles tendon as they fall.
- Defective machinery. An employer is aware that the safety guard on the electrical saw is broken, but an employee is still told to use it. The employee’s hand slips and the saw rips into the employee’s arm causing a severed tendon.
To discuss how to sue your employer if they are liable call our advisors today.
To make a personal injury claim following a lacerated tendon at work, you will need to supply evidence that shows how your employer breached their duty of care and how this led to your injury.
The potential types of evidence that can support your lacerated tendon at work claim can include the following:
- Photographs of the immediate scene, the injury, or the cause of the accident.
- CCTV footage of the accident taking place and the moments prior.
- Accident report logs (physical or digital).
- Illustrating your physical and mental state in a diary.
- Asking for medical reports of the medical care you receive
- Taking contact details of potential witnesses (your colleagues).
As part of the service, our No Win No Fee accident at work solicitors provide they will help in the collection of all the evidence needed to support your claim. To find out more information on this, please do not hesitate to contact our advisors at a time that best suits you.
We can offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is a type of No Win No Fee agreement.
Should you choose to claim with a solicitor under a CFA, there are no upfront solicitor fees needed for the team to start working on your case or as the claim progresses. If the accident at work claim should fail, you will not be required to pay for the services your No Win No Fee solicitor has provided.
Your solicitor will take a success fee from your compensation if your claim wins. The success fee percentage is always capped by law and agreed upon before your claims process starts, so nothing is hidden from you.
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From collecting evidence to sending correspondence, to calculating your compensation payout value, our solicitors will do all the hard work for you. They have years of experience proceeding with various personal injury claims, and they can happily proceed with yours today if you get in touch with our advisors as soon as possible.
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Read our similar guides:
- Read what is covered by The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008.
- Learn if you can claim compensation for injuries caused by inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Read our guide on factory accident claims.
These external pages might also have useful information for you:
- HSE – a guide on using equipment and machinery at work.
- NHS – how to treat Tendonitis.
- NHS – information on lacerations and incised wounds.
Thank you for reading this guide on what you could claim for a lacerated tendon at work. We are available to offer any support should you need it.