Examples Of Hernia Compensation Payouts For An Accident At Work

By Stephen Burke. Last Updated 13th February 2024. If you have suffered a hernia injury while at work, you may be wondering whether you could be eligible to receive compensation. Within this guide, we will set out the criteria that must be met to be able to make a personal injury claim.

Additionally, we will discuss how compensation is calculated for successful claims and share some examples of potential hernia settlement amounts. We will also explore how you could support your case by gathering evidence and providing you with examples. Lastly, we will take a look at how one of our No Win No Fee solicitors could assist you.

If you have any questions regarding hernia compensation payouts, or would like to discuss your specific case with someone, you can contact our advisory team. They can be contacted via the following methods:

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  1. Hernia Compensation Payouts
  2. What Is A Hernia Injury And Can I Claim Compensation?
  3. How Do I Prove A Hernia Compensation Payout Claim?
  4. Make A No Win No Fee Hernia Injury Compensation Claim
  5. Useful Links On Hernia Compensation Payouts

Hernia Compensation Payouts

Hernia compensation payouts for successful personal injury claims can include general damages and special damages. General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering your injury has caused.

The table below features some of the compensation guidelines listed within the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that may be used by those valuing your claim for general damages, as it lists various types of injuries alongside guideline compensation brackets.

The table below should be viewed as a guide only. Please also note that the first entry in the table is not taken from the JCG.

Injury TypeCompensation BandNotes
Multiple severe injuries plus special damagesUp to £100,000+Compensation for multiple injuries that are severe as well as special damages such as financial losses.
Severe Chronic Pain (a)£42,130 to £62,990Ongoing symptoms despite treatment, with an impact on the ability to work.
Moderate Chronic Pain (b)£21,070 to £38,490Ongoing symptoms with some chance of recovery.
Loss Of Spleen (a)£20,800 to £26,290
Continuing risk of internal infection due to loss of spleen and impact on the immune system.
Loss Of Spleen (b)£4,350 to £8,640Loss of spleen with no risk to immune system.
Bowel injury£12,590 to £24,480
Some permanent damage but return of bowel control
Hernia (a)£14,900 to £24,170Continuing pain, with limitation of movement even after repair.
Hernia (b)£7,010 to £9,110
Direct inguinal hernia with some risk of recurrence following repair
Hernia (c)£3,390 to £7,230Uncomplicated indirect inguinal hernia, possible repaired.

If you can claim for general damages, then special damages could also be awarded as part of your hernia injury claim.

Special damages cover the financial expenses or losses that have been caused by your injury. For example, if you’ve had to take time off from work to recover from your hernia injury, then any loss of earnings you have experienced could potentially be claimed back under special damages. Documents such as bank statements or wage slips can help with claiming for this type of loss.

For more advice on potential compensation for hernia injury claims, get in touch with our advisors for free today.

What Is A Hernia Injury And Can I Claim Compensation?

To be eligible to make a personal injury claim for a hernia, you would need to demonstrate that it was caused by a relevant third party breaching their duty of care.

For example, if you suffer a hernia at work, you would need to prove that it was because you were owed a duty of care and that it was breached. Your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It states that they need to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure your health and safety while you are working.

Some examples of how you could suffer a hernia injury at work include:

  • Your employer making you lift a load that is too heavy for you, causing you to strain.
  • You didn’t receive sufficient manual handling training, causing you to lift with bad technique.
  • Your employer fails to give you enough space to work in, so you were forced into strenuous positions.

If you establish that your injuries were caused by your employer breaching their duty of care, you may be able to make an accident at work compensation claim.

For more information about when you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim for a hernia and the compensation payouts that could be awarded for successful cases, contact our advisors.

Is There A Time Limit For Claiming A Hernia Compensation Payout?

If you are eligible to make a hernia injury compensation claim, you must bring forward proceedings within the time limit. This is usually three years from the date of the incident as set by the Limitation Act 1980.

However, there are exceptions to the limitation period in certain circumstances. These include:

  • Those who lack the mental capacity to begin their own claim. In these cases, a suspension is applied to the time limit lasting for as long as the injured party lacks this capacity. However, a litigation friend can start the process for them.
  • Those under the age of 18. In these cases, the time limit is paused until the injured party’s 18th birthday. Before they turn 18, a litigation friend can start proceedings for them. However, if the injured party turns 18 without a claim having been made for them, they will have three years from the date of their 18th birthday to start the process.

If you would like to discuss the limitation period when making a hernia claim, please get in touch with one of the advisors from our team.

How Do I Prove A Hernia Compensation Payout Claim?

If you are eligible to make a hernia compensation claim, you will need evidence to support your case. 

The evidence you will be able to gather will depend on the type and circumstances of the accident. For example, if you’re in too much pain at the time, you may be unable to take photographs of the cause of the injury. 

The below types of evidence could certainly be useful, however.

  • Medical evidence – Any record of you seeking medical advice/treatment for your injury would be recorded in your medical notes. Relevant medical notes, including copies of scans and other tests relating to your hernia injury, could help support your claim. 
  • Evidence of the accident – If your hernia has been caused by an accident at work, there may be an accident book that it is recorded in. If so, you can request a copy. If you were injured in a road traffic accident, there might be a police report that you can get a copy of too. Other evidence could include CCTV footage and photographs of your injuries or the scene of the accident.
  • Witness details – Taking down the contact details of anyone who saw the incident could be helpful. Your solicitor could approach any witnesses for a statement to support your claim.
  • Financial documentation – If you have incurred costs or losses due to your injury, bank statements, bills, receipts and payslips could be useful in supporting a claim for special damages.

To learn more about evidence and how it could help you secure hernia compensation payouts in the UK, please contact an advisor for free today.

Make A No Win No Fee Hernia Injury Compensation Claim

If you are eligible to claim compensation for a hernia injury, you could get help from a solicitor. Having a solicitor experienced in helping clients claim hernia injury compensation payouts can be beneficial, as they could help you gather relevant evidence for your claim, and they could even negotiate for compensation with the liable party on your behalf.

One of our expert solicitors may offer to take on your case under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). A CFA is a type of No Win No Fee contract, which means you would not have to pay the solicitor upfront for their work or throughout the progression of your claim. Additionally, you would not have to pay them for their legal services if the claim fails.

Instead, your solicitor would deduct a small, legally capped percentage of your compensation as a success fee if your claim succeeds.

To learn more about hernia injury compensation amounts, and how a No Win No Fee claim works, please contact an advisor. They can be contacted via the following methods:

Useful Links On Hernia Compensation Payouts

Below, you can find more useful information on claiming compensation for a hernia injury:

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