A Guide To Department For Transport Accident At Work Claims – How To Claim Compensation Against The Department For Transport For A Personal Injury?

The Department for Transport is the governmental department for English transport network and it also deals with selected number of transport matters for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. A lot of the work that is done in this department is office based which seems like a relatively non-hazardous job. Employers with office-based premises, such as the Department for Transport (DfT) still have a duty of care towards their employees. This means that they are responsible for providing them with a safe and hygienic office environment, where the risk of being injured is minimal. If an office employee working for the Department of Transport is injured or made ill because of negligence on the part of the organisation, then they could be eligible to seek damages.

Dft accident at work claims processIf you are a current or former Department of Transport employee who was injured in an accident at work that was not your fault, then this guide is just want you may need. If you feel you are owed compensation, trust Accident Claims UK to handle your civil service workplace accident at work personal injury claim. We are well respected personal injury specialists, who have many years of experience handling personal injury claims for compensation. We offer a free personal injury claims consultation to anyone looking to make an injury claim, or personal injury claim. Call us today and one of our knowledgeable advisors will assess whether or not you have the right to claim, and how much money you could be entitled to claim. We will then provide you with an excellent workplace claims personal injury solicitor, who will start working on your case right away.

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A Guide To Accident At Work Personal Injury Claims Against The Department for Transport

The Department for Transport (DfT) is the government department of transport in England. The department mostly handles transport matters in England. In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, many transport matters have been devolved, but the department handles transport matters in these areas, where responsibility hasn’t been devolved. The Department for Transport is run by the Secretary of State for Transport. The Department for Transport is based in London and has over 18,000 permanent employees.

Clients often ask us “How do I claim compensation after an accident at work?” We have created this guide to making a personal injury claim if you have been injured while at work. We will explain why employers are responsible for their employee’s health and safety at work, look at examples of accidents that could happen in an office environment and explain how workers could claim compensation if they experience a workplace accident that was not their fault. We have also included a personal injury claims calculator, so you can estimate how much compensation you could be entitled to claim.

Remember, if you have been injured in a Department for Transport accident at work that was not your fault, you must prove that they are liable for your injuries or illness in order to be eligible to claim. Call us today, to see if you have valid grounds to make an accident at work claim.

What Is A Department For Transport Workplace Accident?

A Department for Transport Accident is a workplace accident that could happen while working for the DfT. Office environments could possibly all have potential hazards if health and safety is not at the forefront when it comes to preventing harm to workers. Accidents in an office environment could be caused by health and safety hazards such as a wet floor which has no warning signs, which could cause, slip, trip or fall injuries or an item that has not been properly stored on a shelve, that could fall, injuring an employee. If a negligent accident in a workplace causes an employee to become injured or ill, the employee could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation for their accident. By negligent accident we mean an accident that could have been avoided had the necessary precautions be taken to prevent it. If you have been injured because of a DfT accident that was not your fault, call our accident claims helpline today to see if you are entitled to claim compensation.

Am I Eligible For Benefits Through The Civil Service Pensions Injury Benefits Scheme?

The Civil Service Pensions Injury Benefit Scheme (CSPIBS) is a scheme which allows individuals who suffer a reduced earnings capacity due to injury or illness that has happened due to their employment apply for financial assistance. It operates on a no-fault basis, meaning that the the injury suffered does not have to be the fault of a third party, for you to receive benefits. You could claim funds through the Civil Service Pensions Injury Benefit Scheme (CSPIBS) if you are injured working for the Department of Transport. However, if you make a successful personal injury compensation claim, you will have to pay back the benefits you received.

Examples Of Accidents Or Injuries In An Office?

An office doesn’t usually spring to mind when we think of a hazardous working environment. But accidents could still happen in office working environment if proper standards of health and safety are not upheld. We will now look at some examples of office accidents that people could potentially claim compensation for, in more detail.

I Slipped While Working In My Office Can I Claim?

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the most common form of accidents in the workplace are slip, trip or fall accidents. Unfortunately, 40% of accidents in the workplace result in the person becoming injured. Examples of health and safety hazards that could cause slip, trip, and fall accidents could include:

  • A wire not attached to the walls or properly fixed to the floor causing a trip hazard.
  • A carpet which is not secured properly to the floor or has turned up edges causing a trip hazard
  • Boxes or office items being left in walkways which has particularly poor lighting so employees could not see the trip hazard.
  • Spilled liquids or food on the floor that has not been cleaned up causing a slip hazard.
  • Newly mopped floor with no warning signs causing a slip hazard.

If you have suffered a slip, trip or fall accident because of negligence on the part of your employer or another member of staff, and it has caused a direct injury you could be entitled to make a workplace accident at work claim.

Repetitive Strain Injuries At Work

Repetitive strain injuries are injuries to the muscles, tendons, and nerves caused by overuse and constant repetitive movement. Repetitive strain injuries could be caused by office activities such as typing. Employers are supposed to provide the necessary equipment and give employees breaks or vary their activities to prevent this. If you have suffered repetitive strain injury whilst working at the Department for Transport because of negligence call us at AccidentClaims.co.uk today, to see if you are entitled to compensation.

I Suffered A Manual Handling Accident, What Am I Entitled To?

Although most work in an office takes place at a desk, staff may have to engage in manual handling related activities from time to time. This could include stacking a stationary cupboard or moving office furniture. Office managers may also have to unload deliveries such as supplies for the office toilets, kitchen etc. Manual handling injuries could occur in office spaces if employees are expected to perform manual handling tasks without taking proper health and safety precautions or not being trained in manual handling. Employers are supposed to provide training on how to prevent manual handling injuries, such as back injuries, which could be caused by carrying heavy loads.

If you have suffered a manual handling injury and you have had no official manual handling training from your employer they could be liable for the injuries suffered.

I Was Injured By A Falling Object, Could I Claim Compensation?

If shelves are not stacked correctly, or they are over stacked with items it may be possible for items to fall from such shelving. If these items land on an employees head or body they could cause substantial injuries. The same could be said for shelving that is not properly maintained, if it has had a lot of wear and tear or it is damaged in some way the shelf could likely collapse or come away from where ever it is fixed causing items again to fall and possible injure employees.

If you have been injured because of a falling object, call us today to see if you could make an accident at work claim.

Employers Health And Safety Duty Of Care

As an employer, the Department of Transport has a duty of care towards their staff, whilst they are working on their premises, or performing tasks for their employer. What this means is that they are responsible for taking every precaution possible to provide staff with a safe and hygienic environment in which to work. To fail to take proper precautions is negligence. If a member of staff is made injured or ill because of negligence, then their employer could be held liable for the person’s injuries. What is important to remember though is not all accidents are preventable no matter how stringent health and safety procedures are.  So not all injuries or illness will lead to an accident at work claim.

Call today to see if you are entitled to claim compensation. If you are, we will provide you with an excellent lawyer to represent you in your accident at work personal injury claim.

I Was Injured At Work, What Are My Rights?

If you have been injured while at work you should report it straight away so that the incident is logged in an accident book or digital form. Statutory sick should be paid if you need time off due to your injury. Depending on the injury and where you work you may be able to claim work benefits if your income falls below a certain threshold. You can ask your employer could your tasks be adapted or changed if you are finding the job too difficult when returning to work. If your employer was at fault or another member of staff was to blame for your injury or illness, you may be able to claim accident at work compensation.

I Had An Accident At Work, What Should I Do?

If you had a civil service workplace accident at work, there are things you could do at the scene of the accident, to collect evidence. This evidence will support your personal injury claim if you want to pursue one. You could take the following steps below, to collect evidence. Remember, if you are seriously injured or ill, your first priority should be getting the right medical treatment for your injuries. Everything else can wait.

Here are the steps to collect evidence, to support your accident at work claim:

  • Photograph your injuries, including a date stamp. This will provide visual evidence.
  • Photograph the health and safety hazard that caused your accident, including a date stamp. This will provide visual evidence.
  • Keep the receipts for anything you have to pay for, relating to your illness or injuries. You could claim these back as special damages at a later date.
  • Speak to anyone who saw the accident and collect their contact information. This means that your solicitor will be able to collect eyewitness accounts from them at a later date.
  • Report your accident to your employer. Make sure the details of the accident include time, place and date are accurately recorded in their accident log book.

What Losses Or Costs Could I Claim For In My Personal Injury Claim

If your Department for Transport accident at work personal injury claim is successful, you could claim the following in damages. Your compensation package will contain two different types of damages, which we will look at in more detail below.

General Damages

General damages compensate the victim for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that they have experienced as a result of their injuries. This is usually the largest part of a compensation claim.

Special Damages

Special damages compensate victims for any out of pocket expenses or financial losses that they have experienced as a result of their injuries. These could include:

  • The cost of medicine, hospitalisation or any other medical treatment.
  • The cost of mobility equipment, if the person has become disabled.
  • The cost of home care or home adaptations.
  • Loss of income, in work benefits or future income, if the injuries meant that the victim had to take time off work.
  • Travel expenses, including the cost of transport to the hospital, or the cost of a taxis if you were temporarily unable to drive.

Personal Injury Calculator

If you want to make a Department for Transport personal injury claim, you can estimate how much your claim could be worth using our personal injury claims calculator. It contains Judicial Court accident compensation data on how much compensation could be awarded for particular injuries.

Injury/IllnessDamage Amounts Injury/Illness Information
Moderate Severe Psychological Injury £16,720 to £48,080Significant problems with a person's ability to cope with life, education and work, possible future vulnerability. Cases of work-related stress resulting in a permanent or long-standing disability unable to return to employment.
Less Severe Psychological Injuries £1,350 to £5,130The length of the disability is key within these brackets. Also to what extent can daily life be continued as normal.
Moderate Severe PTSD£20,290 to £52,490 The symptoms for post traumatic stress disorder may include nightmares, flashbacks, sleep disturbance, avoidance, mood disorders, suicidal ideation and hyper-arousal. The brackets include significant disability for the foreseeable future but the prospect of making a full recovery.
Moderate PTSD £7,170 to £20,290An almost full recovery expected with no grossly disabling affects.
Minor Injures£1,200 to £2,150A full recovery expected in 3 months.
Minor Head and Brain Injury£1,940 to £11,200Brain damage if any is limited. The brackets are concerned with the severity of the injury, recovery time, any continuing symptoms, any headaches.
Moderate Back Injury £6,920 to £33,750Soft tissue damage, disc lesions resulting in cervical spondylosis, serious restriction of movement, permanent recurring pain, possible further surgery, fractures, dislocation, immediate pain and serious soft tissue damage to the back and neck.
Minor Neck Injuries (full recovery without surgery)£2,150 to £6,920Possible soft tissue injuries that will make a full recovery between 3 and 24 months. Possible exacerbation of an old injury.
Serious Shoulder Injury £11,200 to £16,830Dislocation of shoulder and damage to the brachial plexus which results in pain in shoulder and neck, aching in elbow, sensory symptoms in the forearm and hand.
Work Related Upper Limb Disorders£7,580 to £9,430Symptoms resolving in the course of up to three years.
Less Serious Leg Injury£7,990 to £12,350Simple fracture of a femur with no damage to articular surfaces.
Modest Foot Injury Up to £12,050Simple metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments, puncture wounds.

Alternatively, for an accurate estimate personalised to you, call 0800 073 8801 today to receive your free consultation.

No Win No Fee Workplace Accident Claims Against The Department For Transport

If you have been injured or made ill because of an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a no win no fee compensation claim for your injuries. This means that you will only have to pay your fee if you win your claim, so there is little financial risk involved.

To learn more about making a no win no fee civil service accident at work claim, call us at AccidentClaims.co.uk today.

Contact Us

Call our accident claims helpline today to begin your Department for Transport accident at work claim. Or alternatively, use our online contact form to reach us. If you are entitled to make a compensation claim, one of our excellent provided personal injury solicitors will start working on your claim right away.

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Edited By Mel.