You have the right to make a claim for compensation if you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault. This guide can help you if that injury was a cut or laceration injury from broken glass. This guide contains the details of how Accident Claims UK’s solicitors can help you make a no win no fee claim for being injured by glass, Whether that was at work, in a road traffic accident, while out shopping or while enjoying a meal in a restaurant.
We hope this article will answer any questions you already have and convince you to make a claim through our expert solicitors, if not you can always ring up for free advice on making claims on 0800 073 8801.
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- A Guide To Claiming When Injured By Broken Glass
- What Is An Injury From Broken Glass
- What Could Cause An Injury From Broken Glass?
- How Serious Could An Injury From Broken Glass Be?
- Glass Cut And Laceration Treatment
- Claim For a Workplace Injury From Broken Glass
- Claim for An Nightclub Injury From Broken Glass
- Claim For A Restaurant Or Pub Injury From Broken Glass
- Claim If You Are Cut By Glass On Your Foot
- Claim If You Are Cut By Glass On Your Hand
- Liability If Injured By Broken Glass
- Compensation Claims Calculator For An Injury From Broken Glass
- Additional Damages You Could Claim If Injured By Broken Glass
- No Win No Fee Claims If Injured By Glass
- How Our Injury Claims Team Could Help You
- Talk To An Expert
- Essential References
Glass injuries can range from being minor cuts to being life threatening and life changing. This guide will go over what some of the different effects of being injured by glass can be and describe some of the situations in which glass injuries can occur. We have also included some brief tips on first aid for glass cuts as well. We will talk about who might be liable in cases of people being hurt by glass and how and why they are liable, as well as what steps you can take to prove it.
Choosing whether or not to make a claim can be a conundrum for people who don’t have a lot of money for buying the services of a solicitor. We will answer that question by explaining how our solicitors offer you the chance to make a legal claim without having to pay any of the costs out of your own pocket by making a no win no fee claim. If what you need is further information and advice you can find the contact details of our accident claims team at the bottom of this page, or use the phone number in the introductory section.
Broken glass is sharp and can cause painful and serious injuries. Some types of accidents can cause pieces of broken glass to go flying through the air, which can cause bystanders who aren’t directly involved in the accident to be in danger as well. The most vulnerable parts of the body to broken glass injuries are the parts not covered in clothing, usually the head and neck and the arms and hands. If you have been injured by a piece (or pieces) of broken glass then you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim to seek compensation, whether you were directly involved in the accident, or a bystander who happened to be injured by shards of flying glass.
There are a number of different ways you could end up being injured by broken glass. Road Traffic accidents are one cause, the impact could cause the windows to shatter causing both the driver and passengers to be showered in shards.
People could step on or fall onto glass bottles and glasses in places where drinks are served in glasses and bottles, such as pubs, nightclubs and restaurants. Glasses and bottles could be dropped on the floor and break or become a tripping hazard. The managers and staff of these businesses have an obligation to clear up broken glass or bottles that have been left lying around in order to stop people from getting hurt. To learn more about injury claims against pubs and nightclubs, click here,
People might fall onto or through a glass surface, causing it to shatter and inflict injuries. To learn more about slipping and tripping injuries in general, click here. People can also injure themselves by walking into glass panes which they didn’t realise were there, because they were too clear or unmarked. Glass planes are required to have markings on them so that windows and glass doors can be recognised by passers-by who might otherwise walk into them.
The seriousness of an injury caused by broken glass depends on the circumstances of the accident. Some glass wounds can be very minor, such as a pinprick causing a glass cut on a fingertip. The seriousness of laceration from glass can depend on how deep the wound cuts. A surface level cut may require cleaning up and stitching up and leave no serious effects after it heals besides scar tissue. However deep lacerations can cause damage to muscles, nerves, tendons and bones. These can be permanently disfiguring and leave the victim with disabilities. Extreme glass injuries caused by very large pieces of glass travelling at high speeds can even sever limbs altogether. Laceration by glass can prove fatal if the cut severs arteries, such as if the wound goes across the neck.
Because glass can break up into very small fragments, pieces of it can be left behind inside the wound. This can lead to infection, continuous pain, delayed healing, and worsening scar tissue. Glass injures can often lead to the victim requiring tetanus vaccinations.
If you or someone you are with suffers a glass injury and the glass is still embedded in them your first instinct might be to try and pull it out. Don’t. Pulling the glass fragment out might cut the victim even further, increasing the size of the wound and possibly worsening the bleeding. Depending on whereabouts the injury is and how deep it is pulling the glass out might also cut across arteries and nerves, drastically increasing the severity of the wound. If glass is still present in the would you should also no put pressure on it as you would with other kinds of cutting injuries, you might push the glass further into the body.
Instead the safest thing to do is to bandage the injury in a way that stabilizes it and keeps the glass still while also reducing the bleeding. To do this you should place bundles either side of the glass (you can use bandages if you have a first aid kit, or improvise using socks if you don’t) and then wrap it securely in bandages.
If you have sustained an injury from broken glass while you were at work and it wasn’t your fault then there is a good chance that you could make a claim for compensation for your injuries. Your employer has a legal duty of care to make sure that their employees are safe from any avoidable hazards in the workplace. This means that even if you partly caused the accident yourself then your employer could still be liable on the grounds that they failed to provide you with the proper training for your role, failed to remove broken glass hazards from the workplace or failed to foresee the problem by performing risk assessments.
Remember that your employer may not be willing to accept responsibility and liability for the accident. Make sure you put the incident down in the accident log, get co-workers who witnessed the incident to agree to make statements in your favour, take photographs of the area where the accident happened, the object that caused the injury and of your injury itself (if practicable). You have the right to view CCTV footage of the incident, although your employer has the right to charge you for doing so. Have your injury seen by a doctor as soon as possible (assuming you weren’t taken to hospital after the accident in the first place). All of this is to gather evidence to support your case for when the claim begins. Don’t forget to also seek out legal advice if you are thinking about claiming against your employer.
Under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 the owner of a night club is responsible for making sure that customers in the club are as safe as reasonably possible while in their premises. That means that the nightclub could be liable if any customer suffers an avoidable accident in their premises. The most likely way a person could injure themselves on a piece of glass is on one of the many glasses and glass bottles in which drinks are served. These can often be dropped on tables and on the floors and in crowded spaces like nightclubs, they can be stepped on or fallen onto. This can cause guests to be cut by glass on the foot or to suffer laceration injuries to other parts of the body as well. This of course isn’t helped by the fact that nightclubs often aren’t brightly lit and guests are usually intoxicated.
Nightclubs and other establishments serving glasses and bottles need to have staff performing regular checks and sweeps to clear up any discarded or broken glasses. They should also meet a certain minimum level of lighting, especially around tripping hazards like stairs, steps, chairs and tables. If the case reveals that these measures had not been met before your accident happened then the nightclub will be liable for paying you compensation.
Similarly to nightclubs, pubs and restaurants can pose the risk of guests suffering broken glass injuries by leaving out glasses which have been left on the floor or dropped and smashed. Broken glasses in public areas pose the risk of people stepping on them and cutting themselves, but they also pose the risk of people tripping and falling over onto them. For this reason restaurants must have staff clear away and dispose of all broken glasses immediately. They can be found liable for failing to do so in the event that a customer suffers an injury and makes a personal injury claim.
Restaurants must be just as diligent in clearing up all broken glasses in staff only parts of the premises as in the public areas, especially when it comes to preparing food. If kitchen staff aren’t careful not to leave any pieces of broken glass lying around they might end up in a guests food, resulting in the guest eating broken glass by mistake, which can cause serious internal injuries.
The most likely way for someone to be cut by glass on their foot is to step on a piece of broken glass. This will be much more likely to cause an injury if they are not wearing shoes or are wearing thin soled shoes. In some public areas being allowed to step on a piece of broken glass could make the owners of that property liable. In any business which is open to the public the management must make sure that all pieces of broken glass are cleared up immediately. If there is too much of it to clear up at once (i.e. if an entire window frame has been smashed) then the area should be clearly cordoned off until it can be dealt with.
At work as we have mentioned glass injuries could be the responsibility of your employer. If you are in a workplace where pieces of broken glass are expected to be common (for example if are working on demolishing a building) then the employer should provide reinforced working boots for your protection.
As part of their duty of care to their customers and guests businesses need to make sure that all of their goods are safe to handle and all facilities are safe to use. That means there is never an excuse for a business to allow a customer to cut their hands or fingers on glass. One example of how this could happen would be if a bottle or a jar on a shelf in a supermarket got smashed and pieces of glass were left on the shelf which customers were picking goods from. Failing to make sure all the glass was cleared away would be an unacceptable breach of the businesses duty of care and could make them liable for compensation. If you would like to know more about how supermarkets can be liable for customers injuring themselves, you can click here.
If someone has liability for something that means they have been found to be responsible for causing or failing to prevent your accident. They are the party that the claim for compensation is made against. This could be various different people or organisations depending on where and how you came to be injured by glass.
If you were cut by glass in a road traffic accident (RTA) for example, the claim would be made against the driver who caused the accident, and if they were liable they would have to pay the compensation from their insurance. The claim would be made to the Motor Insurance Bureau if the driver was uninsured, left the scene without leaving details or was in a stolen vehicle. You can find out more information about RTA’s in general on this page.
If you were cut by broken glass in a public place, such as a bar or a café, then the liability would be with the owner of that premises or business as they have a duty of care to make sure that their business is safe for their customers. You can read more about public liability accident claims here.
If you were cut by broken glass at work then your employer could be liable for an accident at work claim, as the Health And Safety At Work Act 1974 requires that employers take all steps possible to make their workplace’s safe from accidents. You can read more about workplace accidents here.
Each accident produces different types of injury and different severities of injuries. Compensation is calculated based partially on the degree of the injuries the patient has suffered. So every case is different and it wouldn’t be possible to tell you how much compensation you could be entitled to receive until you have begun the claims process with a solicitor. That being said the obvious rule of thumb is that the worse your injuries are, the greater the amount of compensation you can receive will be. Look at the table below to see how much certain types of injuries associated with being cut by broken glass can be worth.
|Facial disfigurement (a) very severe scarring||For young claimants for whom the disfiguring and psychological effects are severe.||£25,400-£91,350|
|Facial disfigurement (c) significant scarring||Where the disfiguring and its psychological effects can be reduced by cosmetic surgery.||£7,780-£28,240|
|Facial disfigurement (e) Trivial scarring||Minor effects of facial scarring||£1,460-£3,310|
|Hand injuries (d)||Amputation of either or all of the ring, index and middle fingers. Hand rendered all but useless||£52,810-£85,170|
|Hand injuries (m)||Loss of the little finger||£7,380-£11,490|
|Hand injuries (n)||Loss of part of the little finger||£3,370-£5,500|
|Scarring (severe)||Disfigurement by numerous noticeable laceration scars or by one large scar||£26,710-£29,380|
|Scarring (moderate)||A single, or multiple scars with minor cosmetic effects.||£6,680-£21,330|
|Toe injuries (b)||Amputation of big toe||£2,020-£7,350|
Damages for injuries and illnesses come in two kinds, special damages and general damages. General damages are the physical costs of the injuries which we dealt with in the previous section, they cover the injury itself and are calculated based on things like; the amount of pain and suffering involved, the degree to which the victim suffers disabilities, the degree of disfigurement and cosmetic injuries and the amount of time it takes them to recover.
Special damages are to cover the financial costs of an injury. Injuries can cost you a lot of money both in expenses and losses, you can claim for these financial costs as part of your compensation. This includes things like
- Medical bills: Any private healthcare insurance bills, medication or prescriptions, therapy or physiotherapy and cosmetic surgery to rectify any disfigurements.
- Travel costs: Any travel expenses related to your injury or treatment thereof.
- Care costs: Any care, assistance or support you require following your injury. This could mean nursing care or the costs of having someone cook and clean for you due to being unable to perform ordinary tasks.
- Lost earnings: Any money you have lost due to having to take sick leave because of your injury, as well as future earnings you have lost out on due to being unable to work.
Some people might worry that making a compensation claim is a bit of a gamble, that they are taking on expensive legal fees for the chance of compensation which might not be awarded. With our solicitors you don’t have to worry about that. You can make a no win no fee agreement before starting your claim. This is a type of legal funding agreement which absolves you of the responsibility to pay the solicitor if the claim is unsuccessful. You will have to pay the solicitor a “success fee” if your claim is successful, however this can be sourced from your compensation sum. You and your solicitor will discuss and pre-arrange this amount before the claim begins.
Our injury claims team has up to thirty years of legal experience, whatever the nature of your injuries our solicitors are likely to have the experience and expertise to handle it. These services can be offered to you no win no fee, which can help save you a lot of money. We can also help you in the lead up before making a claim by providing you with advice and answering any questions you might have. Check the section below for the details on this.
Accident claims can provide you with a legal expert to talk to for advice. This service is free and does not oblige you to make a claim with our solicitors. You can reach them on 0800 073 8801 or have them give you a phone call by filling out your details on this page.
Article By Jack