Getting a broken leg at work might not seem like a common situation, but in fact, it happens more often than you would think. Accidents happen all the time, and since we spend a lot of time at work, it is common sense to assume that many accidents happen in the workplace. The difference between a broken leg at work that attracts compensation and one that doesn’t depends on who is seen as being at fault for the accident. If it is the employer, as per the case study we’re talking about, then it paves the way for a compensation claim.
In this situation, a gentleman on a building site was awarded £325,000 in broken leg compensation payouts when he suffered this type of injury at work. The man in question was following procedures for PPE and was wearing the required clothing and protective gear when a pile of scaffolding poles that had been nearby collapsed, rolling on top of the victim and causing him to suffer severe injuries, including several broken bones in his legs.
This claim, researched by Accident Claims, goes a long way towards illustrating the kinds of claims for broken tibia and fibula compensation we help clients seek when they have suffered a broken leg at work. Below, we explain more about this case study, along with more about a broken leg at work injury, including how long does it take to recover from a broken leg, broken leg compensation payouts information and more.
Statistics for Construction and Building Site Injuries
Being on a construction site is not without risk, and in fact it is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. In terms of work-related injury, the HSE reveal that in 2016/17 there were a shocking 30 fatalities due to injury on construction sites in the UK, while a further 64,000 injuries that are non-fatal occur each year on UK construction sites. The major fatal injuries that occur do so from falls from a height (49%), with being trapped or struck covering the others.
In terms of non-fatal injuries, the falls, trips and slips are still the highest at 24%, but instead of being at height, these are slips and trip on the one level. Handling injuries are next, with 21 percent of the whole number, while falls from height and being struck by objects make up the rest.
As you can see from the graphic below, the rate for construction injuries varies quite a lot over the years but is largely on a downward trend. While this is a good thing, the number of injuries that could have been avoided is likely to be high.
Whether you have suffered a broken leg at work, or a lifting and handling injury, and it was someone else’s doing that led to the injury, it is essential to remember that you can make a claim, and that we can help you do so.
What Injuries Did This Claimant Suffer?
The victim in this case suffered a broken leg at work as well as other injuries. He was assessed by both an orthopaedic specialist as well as a psychiatrist, as it was not only physical injuries that were suffered. With regards to his physical injuries, there were multiple fractures to his feet, the ankles and the lower parts of the leg. Crush injuries to the lower limbs can be intensely painful and complex to correct. The victim in this case had to go through several surgeries in order to correct the damage, some of which involved metalwork having to be inserted into the legs. His rehabilitation was complex, and involved Pilates, gym workouts, swimming, podiatry care, as well as physiotherapy. The claimant could not work for quite some time due mostly to the ongoing discomfort and pain. He required at home care with daily tasks, which was given by his partner. When the claimant did return to work, he had to return on reduced hours, mainly due to the fact that his rehabilitation requirements were so complex and required so many appointments.
Another aspect of the victim’s injuries were those which related to PTSD. The claimant was said to have been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and he received CBT treatment (cognitive behavioural therapy) for this. PTSD can range in severity, and just like physical injuries can last for a long time.
Part of the victim’s compensation in this case was for the psychological injuries as well as the physical, which are just as significant. A broken leg at work claim that comes with PTSD or anxiety on top can be more complex than a straightforward broken leg claim, so it is essential that the right solicitor is sought who can look at the whole picture, not just the physical injury.
How Was This Case Carried Out?
This case was a little complex, as there were actually 3 different defendants that were involved. Initially, the case was brought against the owner of the site, but after a letter was issued to the owner, another 2 liable parties were also identified. Both the site controller and the scaffolding controller were said to be liable and additional claims were brought against them. After some negotiation, all three parties admitted full liability and they were each in agreement to fund a third of the claimant’s compensation payout.
What Payout Was Awarded to The Claimant?
In this particular incident, the claimant received a total of £325,000 for his injuries and loss of earnings and costs. During the process, he was in receipt of interim payments, totalling £25,000 which helped the claimant with ongoing costs of living and treatment while the claim was still being negotiated. This is something that can sometimes be negotiated so that the victim does not have to delay any treatment for their injuries, or to help them cover their costs of living. If this is something you feel might apply to your broken leg at work claim, then it is something we can discuss on the phone, so don’t hesitate to call.
No Win No Fee Compensation Payouts
Imagine being able to go forth with a claim without having to risk any of your own finances? Sounds too good to be real? It really isn’t. A huge number of claims are put forth as no win no fee, which necessitates absolutely no funds to be put up by you for the legal fees upfront. If you’re wondering how this can be possible, let us explain. Instead of giving you a bill straightaway once you engage their services, a solicitor working like this doesn’t take anything upfront, instead having their fees settled as a percentage of a successful claim’s payout. Should you be in the relatively rare position of not having a successful payout, then the legal bill would not have to be settled by you. It is risk-free, and the vast number of cases handled in this country for personal injury claims, for a broken leg at work, or other injuries are settled in this way.
Talk to Accident Claims UK About Your Case
If you have obtained a broken leg at work and are worrying about how you’ll manage going forward, especially if you’ve lost out on some of your income then seeking broken leg compensation might allay some of your worries. We have a member of staff that has been fully trained to answer each and every call we receive with understanding, discretion and lots of support for you. They can offer advice if you call 0800 073 8801 – advice that you can depend on, but that you are not obligated to follow. We don’t push our clients into taking action, but we will illustrate to you what you could receive in terms of compensation, as well as explaining no win no fee, and other legal terms and practices that you have questions about. We can also easily and quickly connect you to solicitors that have much experience in personal injury law, and that can push for the biggest amount of compensation possible for your specific injuries.
We do invite you to learn more about us and our services before you make the decision on whether to go ahead with our services. The testimonials on our site will give you some information but we can give you so much more over the phone.
Many different resources exist to help you with making claims and we have put together a list of some we think might help.
HSE Construction Stats – The HSE statistics we mentioned above in the guide can be found in full here. This details a lot of different statistics surrounding the construction injury, injuries within it and illnesses as well.
PTSD – NHS – The NHS’ page on PTSD explains how it is diagnosed and what treatment options are available. This is a common after effect of trauma, such as the accident mentioned above.
Self Employed and Making a Claim – Many construction workers are self-employed. If you are, then this guide is for you.
Injured on a construction site? – If, like the claimant above, you’ve been injured on site, this guide can help you make sense of what to do.