Accident Caused By Poor And Inadequate Lighting – Can I Claim?

By Stephen Burke. Last Updated 5th January 2024. Welcome to this guide that covers making an inadequate lighting compensation claim. Here, we look at how poor lighting or low lighting could cause accidents, and answer questions such as ‘can poor or inadequate lighting create a trip hazard?’ and ‘what are the effects of poor lighting on your health?’ We also explain how much compensation for personal injury caused by bad lighting could be, with an alternative to a compensation calculator. If you are intending to make slip, trip and fall claims for injuries sustained in an accident caused by poor lighting, we could help you claim for a fall if your are eligible to do so.

Accidents that happen due to poor lighting may be more common than you’d think. Whether it’s a fall down the stairs, inability to see a trip hazard, or poor lighting causing machinery to be misused, there are numerous things that can go wrong when you can’t see, and this can lead to a huge array of different injuries.

Woman injured by a trip and fall on stairs due to poor lighting

Inadequate poor lighting accident

While it is common sense not to have to feel around in the dark, sometimes this is unavoidable, but if it could have been avoided and someone that should have done failed to light an area correctly, then it may be the case that you could seek compensation for accidents caused by poor and inadequate lighting.

In this guide, we at Accident Claims (0800 073 8801) will be taking you through the risk and hazards that often lead to accidents caused by poor and inadequate lighting, as well as the effect of poor lighting in the workplace, lighting in the workplace regulations, and all about poor lighting claims.

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  1. What Is Poor Or Inadequate Lighting?
  2. My Accident Was Caused By Poor Lighting, Can I Claim Compensation?
  3. Claiming For Slips, Trips And Falls Caused By Poor Lighting
  4. Time Limit For Inadequate Lighting Claims
  5. What Can Personal Injury Claim Settlements Include?
  6. Compensation For Personal Injury
  7. No Win No Fee Poor And Inadequate Lighting Accident Compensation Claims
  8. Helpful Guides And Further Information Regarding Inadequate Lighting Claims

What Is Poor Or Inadequate Lighting?

According to the HSE, there are minimum lighting conditions that need to be met for people to be able to work safely. These are as follows:

Illuminance that is on the task – This means that the relevant amount of detail can be seen. The level will be dependant on the speed and accuracy of work required as well as the age of the worker in question. Another thing that needs to be assessed is the amount of glare, as this will have an effect on the ability of a person to perform a task too.

The table below illustrates the light level that needs to be maintained in terms of averages and minimums.

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Type of Activity Type of work Illuminance (Average) in (lux)1x Iluminance (Minimum)
Vehicle, Machinery and People’s movement Routes, car parks, corridor 20 5
As above but in dangerous areas (rough work) Loading bay, site clearance/excavation, soil work, canning or bottling plants 50 20
Limited detail perception required Potteries, factories (large components assembly), kitchens 100 50
More detail Bookbinding, office work, sheet metal jobs 200 100
Fine Detail Electronic component/small assembly, textile productions, drawing offices 500 200

Obviously, this is only taking into account the light level needed to do the work at hand. Hazard perception should also be assessed and the HSE’s pdf shows many ways in which risk assessments should and can be undertaken to ensure that lighting conditions are met.

Out of the workplace, accidents caused by poor and inadequate lighting can be deemed the defendant’s fault if you were unable to see hazards, as they failed to install or maintain an adequate level of lighting for you to be safe. Please feel free to call us if you’d like to know more about poor lighting claims.

My Accident Was Caused By Poor Lighting, Can I Claim Compensation?

Having an accident in poor lighting is one thing, finding out whether you can claim for it is another. In order to help you ascertain initially whether you might have a claim, you may want to ask yourself some relevant questions such as:

  • Why was the lighting not better?
  • Was a hazard there that should have been cleared up?
  • Is it my fault at all?
  • Should there have been a handrail to protect me?
  • Am I within the time limit?
  • Should the person responsible for the place I had the accident in have installed/maintained adequate light?
  • Did they fail to do so?
  • Were they aware of the risk?

Once you have the answers to these questions, you might have a clearer idea of whether you can claim compensation. However, it’s not always clear, and if not, then it is important you know you can call our team who will help ascertain whether you can indeed claim compensation for accidents caused by poor and inadequate lighting.

Claiming For Slips, Trips And Falls Caused By Poor Lighting

It could be possible for a person to make slip, trip and fall claims if they meet certain eligibility criteria to do so. This could be the case in places with low lighting, which meant people could not see where they were going. If you’re intending to claim for a fall caused by inadequate lighting, you’d need to prove that someone breached a duty of care towards you and that this breach caused your injuries. 

If you were injured at work due to low lighting, this could be a breach of your employer’s duty of care to you if they failed to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of you experiencing harm. This is part of their duty of care as outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

If you were fell due to low lighting in a public place, this could be a breach of the duty of care owed to you by the party in control of a public space. This is outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. If they fail to address any hazards that they are aware of and it causes you to sustain harm, this could be considered negligence. If an accident occurred due to negligence, you could make a claim for a fall. 

You would need to provide evidence of the accident and your injuries as part of the slip, trip and fall claims process. For more information, call our team on the number above.

Time Limit For Inadequate Lighting Claims

The Limitation Act 1980 establishes that there is a three-year time limit for starting a personal injury claim for injuries caused by an accident due to inadequate lighting. This time limit usually applies from the date of your accident.

Under some circumstances, the time limit for claiming can work differently. If a child has been injured due to poor lighting, then the time limit will be suspended until the day they turn 18 years old. A claim could be brought forward on the child’s behalf by a litigation friend during this time. If this doesn’t happen, then the time limit will start for the injured party on the day they turn 18.

The time limit for claiming will be frozen indefinitely if the injured party lacks the mental capacity to start a claim on their own. A litigation friend could claim instead on the injured party’s behalf. If this doesn’t occur and the injured party later recovers their mental capacity, then they will have three years to start their own claim beginning from the day of recovery.

For more advice on inadequate lighting claims and the requirements for starting one, please get in touch with our advisors for free today.

What Can Personal Injury Claim Settlements Include?

As with all types of personal injury settlements, different factors are taken into account and these make up the damages that form your compensation payout. You could receive general damages and special damages as part of your claim. Initially, you might expect to have your costs covered, the ones that came about as a direct result of the injury, such as time off work that has lost you wages, as well as perhaps travel costs to medical appointments etc, but this is not the only part of your compensation.

You should also be looking to receive a payout for the injury itself and the loss of amenity, suffering and pain you have borne because of it. Later on in this guide, we’ll explain typical payments for some common injuries. You might also be compensated for future loss of earnings if you’re likely to have further medical treatment that would require you to take more time off work, or if you are expected to be off work for a while. Speak to our claims advisors to find out what sort of costs you can and cannot claim for in poor lighting claims – we are always happy to answer your questions.

Compensation For Personal Injury

When determining how much compensation could be appropriate for an injury caused by bad lighting, the following factors could be assessed:

  • The type and severity of the injury caused by bad lighting
  • The long term impact
  • The financial impact
  • How the injury has impacted the person psychologically

If you want to know how much compensation for personal injury caused by bad lighting you could receive, you might have searched for a compensation calculator. However, instead of a compensation calculator we have provided a table with different compensation brackets in the section below. 

You could receive a settlement that comprises general and special damages. General damages seek to compensate for the pain and suffering of your injuries.

The figures in the table below come from the Judicial College Guidelines. The guidelines include compensation brackets that relate to different injuries. Solicitors and other legal professionals can use these to help them value the general damages portion of claims.

This can be used as a compensation calculator. However, please only use the figures as a guide because compensation for a personal injury can differ depending on the specific circumstances of your case.

Please note that the first entry in this table is an estimated figure that is not based on the Judicial College Guidelines.

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Type/Severity Further information Common award bracket
Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Special Damages If you’ve sustained multiple serious injuries due to an accident caused by inadequate lighting, then you may be compensated for all of these plus related special damages, such as loss of earnings. Up to £500,000+
Neck Injuries – Severe (a) (i) Permanent damage that means little to no movement of the neck is possible In the region of
£148,330
Back Injuries – Severe (a) (i) The most severe injuries to the back £91,090 to £160,980
Leg injuries – Serious (b)(iii) Severe/Multiple fractures, leaving the leg immobile long-term £39,200 to £54,830
Arm fractures – Serious (b) Reduced function long term, often from multiple fractures £39,170 to £59,860
Toe Amputation (b) Amputation of the big toe In the region of £31,310
Hand Injuries – Serious (e) Less than half the usual function remains £29,000 to £61,910
Foot injuries – Serious (e) Reduced function permanently, often from serious fractures £24,990 to £39,200
Wrist injury – Serious (b) Injuries causing permanent disability but where some movement remains. £24,500 to £39,170
Finger Injuries (k) Serious injury to ring or middle fingers £10,320 to £16,340

Special damages compensate for the financial losses incurred as a result of your injuries. For example, you could claim back:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel expenses

However, you will need to provide evidence, such as receipts or payslips to claim these losses back.

If you would like further guidance on how much compensation could be appropriate for your claim, please call us. We could give you further guidance over the phone. 

No Win No Fee Poor And Inadequate Lighting Accident Compensation Claims

Many people put off claiming as they don’t initially have the funds to claim compensation through a traditional pay upfront lawyer. But this is not the case when it comes to No Win No Fee claims. Solicitors working on this method take funds from the compensation payment instead of upfront. The best part is that if you don’t receive any compensation payment then you’ll not have a bill for legal fees to pay at all. Your compensation payment percentage that solicitors take for legal success fees will be agreed before the case goes ahead so you’ll know exactly how much of the payout will come to you – and it’s important to remember that this is capped so you don’t lose a large portion of your compensation to legal fees.

Many people feel that there are significant benefits to working this way. As well as being risk-free, you’ll know that your inadequate lighting accident solicitor’s income will be affected by the result of your case, so you know they’ll be fighting their hardest for the maximum compensation you would receive.

When you’re ready to pick up the phone to us, 0800 073 8801 is the number you will need to call. Whether it’s to ask us about a claim you might have, talk to us about what’s happened to a loved one to see if you can claim compensation on their behalf, or even to get a ballpark figure on what you could be looking to receive in compensation, there’s no reason not to call. Alternatively, if you haven’t time to call now but would like to speak to us, why not leave us a message via our contact form, and we can get right back to you when it is convenient for you. Alternatively, there’s also the live chat feature on the site – plenty of ways to get hold of our friendly and professional advisors.

Helpful Guides And Further Information

We do realise that you may have cause to do a little more digging into poor and inadequate lighting before making a personal injury claim, as well as other injuries you might have received. We do hope the links help below.

Injuries to the head – Head injuries are complex, and when they happen, they can leave devastating circumstances. Our guide explains more.

Injuries (Head) NHS – As well as our guide, read the NHS guide to this kind of injury.

Claims for working accidents – We mentioned work accidents in the guide above, but for more information, you can always read the guide here.

HSE Workplace – The HSE page on workplace accidents can be found here.

Pavement Accidents – Accidents on the pavements can happen for a variety of reasons – find out more about these here.

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