How To Claim For An Accident At Work Caused By Oil

This guide aims to provide information about the steps you could take towards making a personal injury claim if you sustained a workplace injury in an accident at work caused by oil. Firstly, we will discuss the eligibility criteria that need to be met in order to begin a claim.

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How To Claim For An Accident At Work Caused By Oil

Additionally, we will examine which injuries could be caused by oil-related accidents and how to prove your employer was liable.

Employers owe a duty of care to their employees and a failure to uphold this could cause workplace accidents. We will discuss the duty they owe in more detail throughout our guide.

Additionally, this guide will explore the settlement that could be awarded following a successful accident at work claim and how this might be calculated.

Finally, we will discuss how our panel of personal injury lawyers could help you through the different stages of the claims process. We will also outline the benefits of No Win No Fee agreements for personal injury claims.

Our expert advisors are available 24 hours a day to offer free advice. If you get in touch, you are under no obligation to begin your potential claim with us. For more information, you can:

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How To Claim For An Accident At Work Caused By Oil

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states that an employer owes their employees a duty of care.

They should take steps considered reasonably practicable to prevent harm at work to their employees. This includes giving employees up-to-date training, carrying out regular risk assessments, and responding to reports of workplace hazards efficiently.

If an employer breaches their duty of care and this breach causes you to be injured, this is known as negligence. If you can prove that employer negligence occurred, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for an accident at work caused by oil.

How Much Time Do You Have To Claim Compensation?

In general, you will have three years from the day you sustained your injury to start a personal injury claim. The Limitation Act 1980 sets this out.

There are, however, some exceptions to this three-year rule. If the person lacks the mental capacity to begin their own claim, the time limit will be paused for their case indefinitely.

During this time, a litigation friend can claim on their behalf if they are appointed by the courts to do so. If, however, they do not and the person regains their mental capacity, they will have three years from the day capacity is regained.

Likewise, if the person is under 18, the time limit will begin on their 18th birthday. A litigation friend can claim on your behalf before that time.

To learn more about time limits, contact one of our expert advisors using the contact details above. They can also discuss the eligibility requirements for seeking personal injury compensation.

What Injuries Could Oil-Related Accidents Cause?

An accident at work caused by oil could result in any number of injuries, from serious to minor. Spilt oil can cause slip, trip and fall accidents, while hot oil can cause serious burns.

Some injuries which could be caused by oil-related accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Dislocations
  • Burns caused by hot oil

Proving Liability For An Accident At Work Caused By Oil

You must collect as much evidence as possible to support your claim that your injury occurred because of employer negligence.

Potential types of evidence which could support your claim include:

  • CCTV footage of the accident occurring.
  • A diary where you record your treatment and symptoms.
  • Medical records. You could request these after having sought treatment.
  • The contact information of witnesses to your accident.

The process of locating evidence can often seem complex. If you need any help beginning this task, our panel of personal injury solicitors have many years of experience handling these types of claims and could be able to assist you. Contact an advisor to learn more.

Estimating Payouts For Work-Related Accidents

You could be compensated under two heads of claim if your case is successful; these are known as general and special damages. General damages address the physical and emotional pain you have experienced due to your injuries.

Personal injury lawyers can use the Judicial College Guidelines, alongside the results of an independent medical assessment, to calculate the worth of general damages. However, these figures are just guidelines, as each claim is different.

Injury Severity Guideline Compensation Bracket Notes
Neck injuries Severe (ii) £65,740 to £130,930 Serious fractures or disc damage in the cervical spine. Injuries lead to considerably severe disabilities.
Neck injuries Moderate (iii) £7,890 to £13,740 This bracket covers cases where injuries exacerbate pre-existing conditions. It also covers moderate soft tissue injuries that have a fairly protracted recovery.
Back injuries Severe (iii) £38,780 to £69,730 Soft tissue injuries that lead to chronic conditions. Despite treatment disabilities remain, such as ongoing pain and discomfort that is severe.
Back injuries Minor (i) £7,890 to £12,510 Injuries, such as strains and sprains that are less serious, where a full recovery takes place without surgery within about 2-5 years.
Facial disfigurement Very Severe Scarring £29,780 to £97,330 Cases involving relatively young people where the cosmetic effect is very disfiguring and psychological reaction severe.
Facial disfigurement Trivial Scarring £1,710 to £3,530 In these cases, the effect of the facial disfigurement is only minor.
Hand injuries Serious £29,000 to £61,910 The hand will be reduced to about 50 per cent capacity.
Hand injuries Severe Dislocation or Soft Tissue Injury of the Thumb £6,340 to £7,780 These injuries will involve a permanent minor loss of function.
Injuries to the elbow Less Severe £15,650 to £32,010 Injuries causing impairment of function, but not necessitating major surgery or significant disability.
Scarring to other parts of the body Minor Cosmetic Deficit £2,370 to £7,830 There will be a single noticeable scar or several superficial scars affecting the legs, arms or hands.

Can I Get A Payout For Special Damages?

Special damages compensate you for any out-of-pocket costs you have had to pay because of your injury. They should return you to your financial state prior to your accident and subsequent injuries.

Under special damages, you can claim for:

  • The costs of your medical treatment.
  • Money spent on travel, such as to and from medical appointments.
  • The costs of any care you might need, including domestic care.
  • Current and future loss of earnings.

It is important that you hold onto any evidence of your costs to help when claiming them back.

For further information about the work-related injury compensation you could be entitled to if your claim succeeds, contact one of our expert advisors using the details above.

Contact Us About Your Workplace Injury No Win No Fee Claim

Our panel of personal injury solicitors have years of experience handling accident at work claims. If you have been injured in an accident at work caused by oil, one of them may be able to begin working on your case.

They can offer you a kind of No Win No Fee agreement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. Usually, under the terms of this agreement, you will not have to pay your solicitor any upfront costs for their services, nor will you have to pay them for their services while your case is ongoing.

If your case should not succeed, you will not owe your solicitor any money for the work they have done on your case.

However, if your case wins, you will owe your solicitor a small success fee deducted from your compensation. This is subject to a cap as per The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, so you cannot be overcharged.

Talk To Our Team

Our team of expert advisors are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, to answer any legal queries you may have or to put you in touch with our panel of personal injury solicitors should your claim be eligible.

To reach them, you can:

Related Guides To Workplace Injury Claims

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Thank you for reading this guide on when you could be eligible to begin a personal injury claim after being injured in an accident at work caused by oil. If you have any other questions, please get in touch using the contact details provided above.

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