Part-Time Worker Accident Claims Guide – I had a accident at work whilst working part time am I eligible to claim compensation?

By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated August 19th 2021. Welcome to our guide to part time worker accident claims. If you were injured at work because of an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation. If you are a part-time worker who suffered an accident, can you make a part-time worker accident claim?

Part-time employees have the same workplace safety protection under the law as full-time employees do. So if your employer or another party acted negligently, and this led to an accident in which you were injured, you may be eligible to make a part-time employee injury claim for compensation.

Part-time worker accident claims guide

Part-time worker accident claims guide

If you are a part-time worker who has been injured in an accident at work, contact Accident Claims UK for free legal advice about claiming compensation. If we can see that you have a valid claim for compensation for an injury at work, we could assign a skilled personal injury lawyer to start working on your No Win No Fee claim. To begin your claim, call us today on 0800 073 8801. Or contact us in writing about your claim.

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A Guide To Part-Time Worker Accident Claims

When you are at work, your employer is responsible for providing you with a safe and hygienic working environment. If your employer neglects to maintain a proper standard of health and safety in the workplace, this could be negligence. If an employee is injured because their employer acted negligently, the employer can be held liable. In this case, the employee could make a claim for accident at work compensation.

Can you claim compensation if you work part-time?

Part-time employees could make a part-time worker accident claim for compensation. However, this is providing that their injuries were not their fault.

In this accident claims guide, we will explain how to make a part-time worker injury claim. We will look at what duty of care your employer owes you when you are at work. And we will answer questions such as ‘What rights do part-time employees have?’ We have also included guidance to help you estimate how much compensation you could claim.

If you have suffered a part-time employee injury because of a work accident that was not your fault, our solicitors could help your case. If you choose to use a solicitor, they would be able to estimate how much compensation you could be eligible to claim.

To get in touch with our advisors for no-obligation, free legal advice or to discuss using the services of a solicitor, call the number at the top of the page.

What Is A Part-Time Worker Accident Claim?

A full-time worker is normally someone who works 35 hours a week or more. Part-time workers would work less than this. How many hours a part-time employee works depends on the requirements of their role and the agreements they have with an employer.

People work part time for all sorts of reasons. They may wish to balance work with childcare commitments or studies. Part-time workers are a valuable part of the workforce, who often don’t get properly appreciated for the contribution they make.

What is a part-time worker accident, also known as a part-time employee accident?

A part-time worker accident or incident is an unwanted occurrence at work. As a result of the part-time worker accident or incident, the employee is injured at work or becomes ill.

If the accident at work happens because of negligence on the part of the employer, the employee may be able to make a part-time worker accident claim for compensation.

Accidents at work are not uncommon, despite legislation to protect employees. What sort of accidents can happen at work? According to the HSE, the below are the most frequent accidents at work that resulted in non-fatal injuries, as reported to RIDDOR in 2019/20.

  • Slips, trips or falls at the same level: 29%
  • Manual handling injuries (handling, lifting or carrying): 19%
  • Being struck by an object in motion: 11%
  • Violent acts or assault: 9%
  • Falling from a height: 8%

They do not reflect every accident that happens in the workplace. Injuries at work can include the following: soft tissue injuries, bone breaks, fractures, head injuries, brain injuries and crush injuries.

What Are Your Rights As A Part-Time Employee?

If you have suffered a part-time employee accident, you may ask, ‘What rights do part-time employees have?’ Part-time employees have the same right to protection of their health and safety as full-time employees. This means they could claim for an accident at work if they’re injured or made ill through no fault of their own.

Part-time workers have a right not to be treated differently or less favourably than full-time employees in the same role. Employers should treat them the same as full-time employees in the following areas:

  • Receive the same pay (on a pro-rata scale)
  • Receive the same benefits (on a pro-rata scale)
  • Not be more likely to be made redundant or less likely to be promoted because of their part-time status
  • Receive the same opportunities for career training and development

If a part-time employee feels they have been treated unfairly compared to a full-time employee, they could request a written statement as to why. Should they not be satisfied with the explanation they are given by their employer, and they have sufficient ground, they could eventually take their employer to an employment tribunal.

If you still have lingering questions about your rights as a part-time employee, you can read this government guide to part-time employee rights.

Duty Of Care Owed To Part-Time Employees

Employers should abide by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This Act requires employers to owe their employees a duty of care. They have to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of employees when it’s reasonably within their power.

Employers owe visitors and workers, including their full-time and part-time workers, this duty of care. The employer would be responsible for upholding proper standards of health and safety at work to keep their employees safe. This involves following industry best practices and legislation. The employer should also conduct regular risk assessments to identify hazards to the employees. Employers should apply control measures to reduce or remove the risk of the hazard.

Failing to uphold these proper standards of health and safety at work could amount to negligence on the part of the employer. If a work accident occurs as a result, the employer could be held liable for injuries. If the worker makes a claim for a work accident, the employer may have to pay them compensation. This can include part-time worker accident claims.

Employers’ Duty To Provide Training

Part of an employer’s duty of care is to provide appropriate training to employees. This is in the interest of the employer to ensure that employees can carry out their tasks safely and efficiently. It is also important that employees are adequately trained to carry out their tasks at work to protect them from suffering an injury at work.

For example, an employee may suffer a hand crush injury if they are told to use machinery that they have not been trained to use. Even simple tasks such as manual handling activities can be dangerous if the employee is not properly trained to carry it out. Employees can suffer musculoskeletal injuries or soft tissue injuries if they have not been properly trained in lifting and carrying heavy objects.

If you suffered an injury at work because your employer did not provide you with adequate training, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Contact us about making a part-time worker injury claim whenever you’re ready. Our lines are open 24/7 for you.

Employers’ Duty To Ensure Part-Time Employees’ Health And Safety

As we have already discussed, employers owe a duty of care towards part-time employees and full-time employees. Employers can follow the below health and safety protocols to uphold that duty of care.

  • Conduct regular risk assessments to identify possible hazards to employees’ health and safety. These are things that could put an employee at risk. For example, an obstruction in a pathway could trip an employee up. As a result, the worker could suffer a break or a fracture to a bone.
  • Apply steps known as control measures to the hazards identified. This means either removing the hazard. or it can mean taking steps to reduce the risk involved. For example, employers could provide necessary PPE to employees that work with hazardous chemicals.
  • Make sure that employees are given the correct training to carry out their tasks safely.
    For example, employers may regularly check machinery and equipment for faults, to avoid accidents.
  • Make sure the workplace is clean and tidy. Debris or work equipment that has been left on the floor, can cause tripping accidents, whilst spills on the floor can cause slipping accidents. An employer might train their employees in how to safely clean up workspaces and they may also employ cleaners.

If an employer neglects the duty of care they owe their staff, this can lead to a part-time employee accident at work. If you are a part-time worker who has been hurt in an accident that was not your fault, call Accident Claims UK to enquire about claiming compensation for a part-time employee injury.

What Insurance Should Employers Have In Place?

Companies are required to have employers’ liability insurance by law. If you make a successful part-time worker accident claim, your accident at work claims compensation payout could be paid through this insurance policy. Employers are required to have employers’ liability insurance so that they can compensate their workers should they need to claim for an accident at work. Part-time employee accidents could be covered by the insurance policy.

Some people worry that making a personal injury claim against their workplace can hurt their relationship with their employer. This isn’t necessarily the case. Claims can help employers identify hazards or dangers and take appropriate action to prevent the accident from reoccurring.

What’s more, it is unlawful for your employer to treat you unfairly or dismiss you because you made a work accident compensation claim. If your employer does this, you could be able to claim for unfair dismissal.

How To Prove Your Employer Acted In A Negligent Way

After suffering a part-time employee injury at work, you could collect evidence to support your case at the scene of the accident (if you’re able to). For your claim to be successful, you will need to prove that the accident happened because your employer acted negligently and this caused your injuries.

If you are seriously injured at work, we recommend that you prioritise getting the right medical care. A colleague could collect evidence at the scene to support your compensation claim.

You can take the following steps to collect evidence to support your compensation claim:

  1. Take photographs of the hazard that caused your injuries. If possible, include a date stamp.
  2. Take photographs of your injuries. If possible, include a date stamp.
  3. Speak to colleagues that saw the accident take place and take down their contact details. They may be able to make a witness statement to support your compensation claim.
  4. Report your injuries to your manager or supervisor.
  5. Make sure that you (or someone you trust, if necessary) has recorded the injury in the organisation’s accident record book. The date, time, place and details of your accident must be recorded accurately.
  6. Get medical treatment as soon as possible. Getting the right treatment important to help you recover from or manage your injuries. It is also important to have your injuries diagnosed by a doctor, so there is evidence of your injuries in your medical records. This can be helpful when making a successful personal injury claim.
  7. Keep receipts of any purchases made relating to your injuries, such as medication. These receipts may be used as evidence to support your claim. You may be able to claim these costs back as special damages.

Part-Time Worker Accident Compensation Calculator – Updated August 2021

If you have been injured in an accident at work, you may be curious to know how much compensation you could claim. The amount of money you could receive in compensation awards depends on what sort of injury at work you suffered and the severity of your injuries. It also makes a difference if they are long term or short term.

You can use the table below for an idea of compensation amounts for injuries. The table does not include any special damages (compensation for financial loss) that you may be eligible to claim. The below compensation amounts are based on guidelines from the Judicial College. (The guidelines may be used by solicitors to help them value injuries.)

Location Of The InjurySeverityEstimated SettlementDescription Of The Injury
Injured Brain or HeadLess severe£14,380 - £40,410Compensation settlements are based on how severe the brain injury is as well as what degree of depression, personality change and disability the person has suffered.
EpilepsyEstablished Grand Mal£95,710 - £140,870Established Grand Mal
Chest Injuries(C)£29,380 - £51,460Where the chest injury includes an injury to the lungs which causes and leaves the person with a degree of disability.
Neck InjuriesModerate (i)£23,460 - £36,120Neck injuries which present as a fracture or a dislocation in the neck. This could require people to have a spinal fusion treatment.
Back InjuriesModerate (i)£26,050 - £36,390The person could have suffered a compression fracture or a crush fracture of the lumbar vertebrae.
Shoulder InjuriesSerious£11,980 - £18,020Fractures and dislocations which could cause a person to have pain in their shoulders, neck and the elbow.
Fracture of ClavicleFracture of Clavicle (e)£4,830 - £11,490The settlement is based on factors including how severe the fracture is and residual symptoms.
Injuries to the Pelvis and HipsModerate (i)£24,950 - £36,770Significant pelvic or hip injuries where permanent disability is not major.
Arm InjuriesSevere£90,250 - £122,860Severe forms of injury which fall just short of necessitating an amputation.
Wrist Injuries(B)£22,990 - £36,770Significant and permanent injuries to the wrist. This is the second most serious degree of wrist injury.
Wrist InjuriesUncomplicated Colles' fracturesIn the region of £6,970The person has suffered an uncomplicated Colles' fracture in the wrist bones.
Hand InjuriesSerious£27,220 - £58,100The injuries have reduced the persons hand usage to about 50% though injuries fall short of being severe or the loss of a hand.

Of course, how much compensation you could receive would depend on your individual circumstances. Call Accident Claims UK and speak to an advisor with no obligation to proceed with our services. Our advisors will be happy to accurately estimate how much your part-time worker accident claim could be worth for free.

How Are Special Damages Awarded?

Personal injury claim payouts can consist of two parts: general damages and special damages. General damages are a compensation payout for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by the claimant’s injuries. Special damages repay the claimant for any financial losses incurred due to their injuries.

Special damages can include the following:

  • Mobility equipment expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Reimbursement for loss of income (and future loss of earnings from time off work)
  • Travel expenses
  • Care expenses
  • Home or car adaptation expenses

Providing you suffered these expenses because of your injuries, you could recover their costs from your employer’s insurance company. You’d need proof to do this. Evidence could include:

  • Bills
  • Receipts
  • Invoices

To look into making a claim for a work accident, call Accident Claims UK for your free personal injury claims consultation today. We could provide personal injury solicitors to help you claim.

No Win No Fee Part-Time Worker Accident Claims

Some claimants may start a personal injury claim by paying an upfront fee to their solicitor. This doesn’t have to be so, however. If you have been injured because of a workplace accident that wasn’t your fault, our specialist solicitors can handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

How do No Win No Fee claims work?

  1. Your solicitor agrees to work on your part-time worker injury claim without charging you an upfront solicitor’s fee.
  2. Instead, you will only have to pay them the success fee if your claim is successful. This will be formalised by signing a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
  3. In the event that you do not win your compensation claim, you will not have to pay the solicitor’s fee.

For many people, there is less financial risk involved in funding a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis. It can also be helpful because the fee is deducted from the claimant’s compensation payout, rather than payable upfront. If you wish to learn more about making a No Win No Fee claim, give Accident Claims UK a call to speak to a claims advisor.

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Essential References

We hope you have found this guide to claiming compensation for a part-time employee injury helpful. You may also wish to read these personal injury claims guides.

Work Accident Claims

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Leg Injury?

A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Herniated/Slipped Disc At Work

External Guides

Government guides to employee rights

Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Work-Related Accident Statistics

Part-Time Worker Accident

The above graph shows the percentages of accidents that caused non-fatal injuries to employees as reported through RIDDOR in 2019/20. 29% of all workplace non-fatal injuries were sustained in trips, slips or falls on the same level. Handling, lifting or carrying followed with 19%. Being struck by a moving object was the third most common with it accounting for 11% of non-fatal RIDDOR-reported workplace injuries.

FAQs: Part-Time Worker Accident Claims

How to claim if you are under eighteen?

If you are under eighteen years of age, a parent or guardian can act as your litigation friend and claim compensation on your behalf. Alternatively, you could claim compensation on your own behalf starting from the date of your eighteenth birthday. The time limit in this instance would be three years.

How is compensation paid to victims?

If you choose to use the services of a solicitor, they would negotiate with your employer about how much compensation you should be paid. When they agree on a settlement, the compensation will be paid to your solicitor, who will deduct your fee. The rest of the compensation will be paid into your bank account.

How long can you claim for an accident at work?

In the UK, the time limit for personal injury claims is generally three years. However, there are exceptions to this. Get in touch with us to discuss time limits with no obligation to proceed with our services.

What are some examples of part-time worker accident claims?

If you want to get some idea of what accidents at work you could claim for, here are a few examples:

  • A part time worker needs to get something out of a downstairs room. The stairwell is poorly lit and the worker cannot see, misses a step, falling to the bottom and breaking their arm.
  • Machinery that a part-time worker is using is faulty, and the employer has not replaced it or removed it, or highlighted that it doesn’t work. The worker injures themselves using the machinery that they were unaware was faulty.
  • An employer does not fit safety guards to machinery that requires it, and it injures a part time worker
  • A part time worker is asked to lift a load that is heavier than the maximum lifting weight. They are not trained to do so, and the load was not risk-assessed. No equipment was provided to help either. They injure their back.
  • Walkways were not signposted in a warehouse and a worker was not aware of a safe pathway through the warehouse. A forklift truck that was speeding hit them.

These are just a few examples. If you would like to get a free assessment of your eligibility to claim, we’d be happy to help you.

Can I be fired if I make part time worker accident claims?

There is legal protection that is in place to avoid this from happening. If for some reason it did, you could have cause to take the employer to an employment tribunal.

Thank you for reading our guide to making a part-time worker accident claim. Hopefully you now know how to make part time worker accident claims.