What Could I Claim For An Accident At Work Caused By Oil?

This guide will walk you through the steps involved in making a personal injury claim if you were injured in an accident at work caused by oil.

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What Could I Claim For An Accident At Work Caused By Oil?

Employers owe their employees a duty of care. If they fail to uphold this, it could see an employee becoming injured. We will explore this responsibility they have in more detail as well as look at how accidents at work involving oil can occur if they do not uphold their duty of care.

It will also lay out the criteria for making a claim against an employer, as well as potential compensation amounts you could receive should your accident at work claim be successful.

Additionally, we will explain how you could gather evidence to support your claim as well as the benefits of No Win No Fee agreements and how our solicitors could help you seek compensation on this basis.

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What Could I Claim For An Accident At Work Caused By Oil?

If your personal injury claim is successful, you could be compensated under two distinct heads of claim. General damages, the first head, compensate for the physical and mental pain and suffering caused by your injury.

The guideline compensation brackets shown in the table below are from the Judicial College Guidelines, a document which is used by solicitors to value general damages in personal injury claims.

However, these figures are not guaranteed because each workplace injury is different.

Compensation Table

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Injury Type Level Of Severity Compensation Brackets – Guidelines Further Information
Neck injury Severe (ii) £65,740 – £130,930 Discs in the cervical spine are fractured or seriously damaged, causing severe disability.
Neck injury Moderate (iii) £7,890 – £13,740 Moderate soft tissue injuries with a fairly protracted recovery and an increased vulnerability to further trauma.
Injuries to the hips and pelvis Severe (iii) £39,170 – £52,500 There are many injuries in this bracket, such as fractures of the acetabulum and the fractures of an arthritic femur or hip.
Injuries to the hips and pelvis Moderate (i) £26,590 – £39,170 These will be significant injuries to the pelvis or hip without great risk of permanent disability.
Ankle injury Severe (b) £31,310 – £50,060 These will be injuries necessitating an extensive treatment period.
Ankle injury Modest (d) Up to £13,740 Injuries will be less serious, such as fractures, sprains and ligamentous injuries.
Back injuries Moderate (i) £27,760 – £38,780 This bracket contains a large variety of injuries, such as crush injuries.
Back injuries Minor (i) £7,890 – £12,510 A full recovery takes place from sprains and strains that are less serious, without surgery within about five years.
Injuries to the elbow Less severe (b) £15,650 – £32,010 Such injuries will result in impairment of function but not major surgery or significant disability.
Injuries to the elbow Moderate or minor injury (c) Up to £12,590 Injuries including fractures that are simple in nature and lacerations that cause no damage permanently.

How Special Damages Could Be Awarded For Work Injury Claims

Special damages are in place to compensate for any extra costs you might have sustained due to your work-related injury. This compensation aims to return you to the financial state you occupied before your injury occurred.

Special damages can compensate you for the following:

  • Costs of travel to and from hospital appointments
  • Any current or future loss of earnings
  • Costs of present and future care
  • Medical care costs

It is crucial you keep as much evidence as you can of your outgoing costs in order to claim special damages compensation.

For more information about which types of compensation you might be able to claim, contact one of our expert advisors today using the contact details above.

Criteria To Claim For Injuries Caused By Oil In The Workplace

To be eligible to make a personal injury claim, you must evidence that your employer owed a duty of care, that they breached this duty, and that this breach caused your injury. This is known as negligence.

Employers owe their employees a duty of care, outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Under this act, your employer must provide their employees with a safe, risk-free work environment. They can do this by carrying out reasonable and practicable steps.

For example, they can conduct regular risk assessments, provide employees with adequate training, and address any risks as they occur.

Should your employer fail to provide a safe working environment, you may be able to claim compensation against them if this leads to an accident at work caused by oil.

Time Limits For Work Injury Claims

Typically, the period you have in which to make a personal injury claim is three years from the date you sustained your injury. This limitation is outlined in the Limitation Act 1980.

However, there are some cases in which the time limit varies, which could be relevant to your case. To find out more about limitation periods, contact one of our advisors today for more information. They can also discuss eligibility in more detail.

Proving Your Employers Negligence

To prove the validity of your personal injury claim, you will need to collect as much evidence as you can that you were injured because of an employer breaching their duty of care.

To do this, you can take several steps, such as:

  • Requesting CCTV footage of the accident occurring.
  • Taking photographs of the accident site and your injury.
  • Seeking medical assistance and requesting your medical records.
  • Keeping a diary of appointments you have attended and your mental and physical state after your injury.
  • Taking down the contact details of any potential witnesses.

If you are struggling to locate evidence, one of our solicitors could help you in this process. Contact one of our expert advisors for more information about your claim’s validity or to be put in touch with a solicitor.

How Could An Accident At Work Be Caused By Oil?

There are many ways an accident at work could be caused by oil. Examples of this kind of accident include:

  • Employees could be injured in a slip, trip, or fall because oil has not been cleared off the workplace floor.
  • Work vehicles could skid on spilled oil, causing them to veer out of control and injure the driver or passers-by.
  • Hot oil in a kitchen could be spilled on an employee, causing them severe burns.

Not all incidents of a workplace accident involving oil will form the basis of a valid claim. To find out more about when you could claim compensation, contact one of our advisors today using the contact information above.

Contact Us To Claim For An Accident At Work Caused By Oil

If you are considering starting a claim against your employer because you were injured in an accident at work caused by oil, you may wish to claim with one of our solicitors.

Our accident at work solicitors can offer you a particular type of No Win No Fee contract. This is referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement.

Typically, under the terms of this agreement:

  • You will not be obliged to pay your solicitor any fees upfront for their services.
  • As your claim continues, you will not pay your solicitor any money for their ongoing services.
  • Should your claim not succeed, you will not pay your solicitor anything for their work.

Should your case succeed, you will only be obliged to pay them a small success fee from your compensation. This is capped as per The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, meaning you cannot be overcharged.

To discover more about No Win No Fee agreements, or to be put in touch with a solicitor, contact our helpful advisors using the contact information above.

How To Talk To Our Team

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Related Workplace Accident Claim Guides

Below are some further useful pages about claiming if you were injured in an accident at work.

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If you have been injured in an accident at work caused by oil and want to know more about starting a claim, contact one of our advisors using the contact details above.

Guide by AW

Edited by MMI