By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 16th February 2024. Welcome to our guide on broken glass accident claims. It explains what to do if cut by broken glass on the floor or a smashed glass window, and when you could claim for a broken glass accident that was not your fault.
We discuss compensation payouts for an injury caused by broken glass, explaining who could claim for an accident caused by broken glass, and what could be included within their glass cut injury payout. We even include a soft tissue injury compensation calculator for UK claims.
Furthermore, we also discuss liability for injuries caused by broken glass that has fallen and smashed, and explain how long a claim for broken glass accident compensation could take. You’ll also see a table giving insight into broken glass injury claim amounts if you’ve stepped on glass because of someone’s negligence.
If you have questions, such as ‘I broke this glass in an accident that wasn’t my fault, could I claim?’ we could answer this here. Plus, we explain what affects a claim for a hand cut with broken glass or injuries from having stepped on a piece of glass and the damages you could claim for a broken glass cut.
Additionally, 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 about what to do if cut by broken glass and convince you to claim our expert solicitors. If not, you can always ring up for free advice on making claims on 0800 073 8801.
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- Compensation Payouts For Broken Glass Accident Claims
- Broken Glass Accident Claims Criteria
- What Kind Of Broken Glass Accidents Could Cause Injuries?
- What Is The Time Limit To Claim For Injuries Caused By Broken Glass?
- Claim For A Broken Glass Accident With Our No Win No Fee Solicitors
- Essential References On Accidents Involving Broken Glass
If you’ve stepped on a piece of glass which resulted in injuries that were caused by a third party breaching their duty of care, you could be entitled to seek compensation.
Generally, successful personal injury claims payouts could include general damages for pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
You may wish to use a soft tissue injury compensation calculator for the UK to get an estimate of the value of your claim. However, as an alternative, we have created the table below. The figures contained in the table come from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG provides guidance on compensation payouts for a range of injuries. Please note, however, the figures are only rough guidelines based on past cases. They are also only meant to provide guidance for claims in England and Wales.
Please also note that the first entry of this table has not been taken from the JCG.
|Multiple injuries that are serious with included financial losses.
|A combination of serious injuries resulting in serious pain, suffering and financial expenses and losses, such as medical expenses and loss of pay.
|Up to £250,000+
|Very severe scarring
|For young claimants for whom the disfiguring and psychological effects are severe.
|£29,780 to £97,330
|Less severe scarring
|A substantial disfigurement with a significant psychological reaction.
|£17,960 to £48,420
|Less significant scarring
|Multiple smaller scars or one singular scar that does not markedly affect the person’s appearance.
|£3,950 to £13,740
|Twisting, bruising and laceration injuries that cause continuous aching and discomfort.
|£14,840 to £26,190
|Scarring to Other Parts of the Body
|Noticeable lacerations or disfiguring scars
|These could affect he legs, hands, arms, chest or back.
|£7,830 to £22,730
|Scarring to Other Parts of the Body
|Superficial scars or a singular noticeable scar affecting the hands, arms or legs resulting in a minor cosmetic deficit.
|£2,370 to £7,830
|Injuries could including penetrating wounds and deep lacerations.
|£5,720 to £13,280
|Moderate or Minor
|Injuries could include lacerations which causes no permanent damage or impair the elbow’s function.
|Up to £12,590
Call our team for more information on the compensation you could receive following a successful claim.
Additional Damages You Could Receive From A Broken Glass Injury Claim
Alongside general damages, you may also be eligible for special damages if your broken glass injury claim succeeds. Special damages cover the financial losses you suffer as a result of your injuries. For example, this heading could help recoup lost past and future earnings if you cannot work as a result of your injuries. It could also help cover the cost of:
- Prescriptions and medical bills.
- Domestic help.
- Home adjustments.
- Mobility aids.
In order to claim under this heading, you will need to provide evidence of your losses. This can include invoices, bills, bank statements, or receipts.
Our advisors are here to help. If you have any questions about making a broken glass injury claim, or if you’d like to find out how one of our personal injury solicitors could help you, get in touch today. Alternatively, read on to get more information on claiming broken glass injury compensation.
For broken glass accident claims to be valid, they must meet the personal injury claims eligibility criteria. This is:
- Someone owed you a duty of care.
- They breached this duty.
- Due to this breach, you suffered an injury.
You are owed a duty of care in various daily situations. Some examples include:
- At work – An employer owes a duty of care to all employees, per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). They must take reasonable steps to protect employees from coming to undue harm at work.
- Road users owe a duty of care to use the roads in a responsible manner so that they do not cause undue harm to others and themselves when they are using the roads. Additionally, they must also adhere to the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the rules and guidance set out for them within the Highway Code.
- Occupiers of public places (those in control of the premises) owe members of the public a duty of care per the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. They must take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of members of the public using the premises for its intended purposes.
If a relevant third party, such as the above examples, breaches their duty of care, and you suffer a broken glass injury as a result, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
Please call an advisor today to see whether you may have an eligible case.
There are various ways that a broken glass accident could occur and injure you. Some examples may include:
- A drunk driver is driving down the wrong side of the road and crashes head-on into your car. This causes your windshield to shatter, and the broken glass damages your eyes and cuts your face.
- While working on a building construction site, your employer provides you with a faulty harness. This harness breaks while you are working on a roof, causing you to fall through a skylight you were installing. The broken glass from this accident causes you to suffer laceration injuries to your arms and a penetrating injury to your abdomen.
- A pub fails to signpost or clear up some broken glass on the floor within a sufficient timeframe. Due to this, you accidentally walk over this broken glass while wearing sandals. The broken glass penetrates through your sandals, causing it to become lodged in your foot, which causes considerable pain and leaves a scar.
If you have suffered any type of injury caused by a broken glass, and would like to know whether you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim, you can contact a member of our advisory team.
If you have been injured by broken glass, you’ll need to make sure you put forward your personal injury claim within the time limit. The Limitation Act 1980 states that you typically have three years from the date of the accident. For example, if you swallow a piece of glass and suffer internal organ damage, you have three years from this date to take action.
The limitation period may be suspended in certain circumstances, including:
- When the claimant is a minor. If a child gets broken glass in their foot, or is injured in a similar incident, the three-year time limit is suspended until their 18th birthday.
- If the claimant lacks the mental capacity to start their own claim. The limitation period is suspended indefinitely unless they regain the required mental capacity.
In cases where the time limit is suspended, a litigation friend could potentially claim on their behalf. For example, if someone who lacks the required mental capacity is injured by broken glass in a bar, a litigation friend could start a claim for them during the suspended period. A litigation friend should be able to make decisions about the case that are fair and competent.
Our friendly advisors are available around the clock to answer any questions you may have about the time limits involved when claiming personal injury compensation.
If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim for a broken glass injury, you might be interested in working with a solicitor that has experience with this particular type of claim. One of our experienced solicitors may be able to help you with your case on a No Win No Fee basis, by offering you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
Under a CFA, you would not have to pay the solicitor upfront for their work or throughout the claims process. You also won’t have to pay them for their services if your claim is unsuccessful.
Instead, you would pay a legally capped success fee from your compensation payout if your claim is successful.
If you have been injured due to smashed glass and would like to know if you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors, you can contact one of our advisors today by:
- NHS – Guidance on cuts and grazes
- HSE – Index
- Taxi accident compensation claims.
- Child accident claims.
- Assault at work compensation claims.
- Facial accident claims.
- Whiplash Claims.
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Thank you for reading our guide on broken glass accident claims. Hopefully, we’ve now explained what to do if cut by broken glass. Plus we’ve advised when you could claim for a broken glass accident that was not your fault.