Can You Claim If Your Colleague Ran Over Your Foot At Work?
This guide covers what you need to know about claiming personal injury compensation after a colleague runs over your foot at work. It discusses the eligibility criteria that must be met before taking action and provides examples of how this kind of accident at work could happen and how an employer could be responsible.
Additionally, we show what evidence is needed to prove how you were injured and prove who’s at fault for your injuries. We also explain how successful personal injury claims are calculated.
Continue reading to learn about how our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors can help you throughout the claims process. By getting in touch with us, we can tell you whether you have valid grounds to begin the claims process. To contact us:
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- Can You Claim If Your Colleague Ran Over Your Foot At Work?
- How You Could Be Injured If A Colleague Ran Over Your Foot
- How To Document Your Claim With Supporting Evidence
- What Could You Claim If A Colleague Ran Over Your Foot At Work?
- Can I Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor If A Colleague Ran Over My Foot At Work?
- Further Guidance On Workplace Foot Injury Claims
As established in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, every employer owes their employees a duty of care to take reasonably practicable steps to keep them safe while working. To adhere to this duty of care, employers should train employees adequately, provide personal protective equipment when it is needed to do the job safely and carry out risk assessments.
In order to have an eligible personal injury claim for a colleague running over your foot at work, you must be able to show the following:
- At the time of the incident, your employer owed a duty of care.
- This duty was breached by negligent (in)actions.
- You were injured as a result of this breach.
If a colleague ran over your foot because your employer had breached health and safety legislation, contact us today to talk about your circumstances.
If you have been injured from an accident at work and want to start a personal injury claim, you have 3 years to do so from the date you were injured.
Some claimants may be exempt from the time limit, however. If you contact us, you can learn about the time limit for personal injury claim exceptions.
You might be wondering, “How could my employer be to blame for this?” if a colleague ran over your foot at work. So, here are a few examples of how this type of accident may happen because an employer has breached their duty of care, causing you to have a foot injury:
- In a warehouse, your employer asks your colleague to use a forklift. However, they have had no training on how to use one. So, they steer too harshly to the right towards you, crushing your toes as your foot is ran over.
- Your employer tells your colleague to use a delivery lorry. Still, they haven’t checked the conditions of the lorry in a while. The lorry turns out to be defective since the brakes do not work. So, when you are helping your colleague reverse the lorry out of the warehouse, they cannot stop, which causes your foot to be traumatically amputated.
- Your employer provides no designated walkways on a construction site. Your colleague thus drives an excavator too close to you, leading to your foot becoming severely degloved and deformed.
Please contact us to confirm whether your employer is at least partly liable for your workplace injury. Here’s a more detailed, illustrative case study on how you can claim compensation if a colleague runs over your foot in the workplace.
Foot Injury At Work Case Study
Edward and his colleague Harry work in a warehouse. Harry is new and has received no training. Despite this, Harry is asked to operate a warehouse utility vehicle that he has never used before. Because of this, Harry loses control of the vehicle and runs over Edward’s foot.
Edward suffered from moderate metatarsal fractures, leading to his foot being permanently deformed. He got in touch with his local law firm.
As evidence, Edward’s solicitor gathered CCTV footage from the workplace, their accident logbook, photographs of his foot injury, eyewitness statements from employees, and copies of his medical assessments.
His personal injury claim for his workplace accident was successful. Special and general damages were awarded, compensating Edward for his:
- Lost wages.
- Mobility equipment.
- His physical pain.
- The change in his quality of life.
So, if a colleague ran over your foot at work due to your employer being negligent, contact us today.
Your supporting evidence is essential in proving who is liable for your injury and the extent of your injuries. The evidence you can use includes the following:
- CCTV footage that captured the incident taking place.
- Video footage from a dash-cam or similar device, since some work vehicles may have cameras fitted in.
- A log of your injury in the accident at work report book.
- Photographs of your injury or the scene as it happened.
- Notes of your psychological state and other symptoms in a diary.
- Copy of your medical record.
- Contact details from any witnesses to the accident.
Our panel of solicitors can assist their claimants in collecting the evidence they need once they are assigned to work on their case. If you wish to receive this help, please get in touch with us.
If you successfully claim personal injury compensation after a colleague runs over your foot at work, you will be awarded general damages and possibly special damages.
General damages compensate for the psychological and physical injuries the accident has had on you. Such impacts that are looked at include:
- How severe your pain is.
- How affected your quality of life is.
- The length of your recovery.
When looking at your injuries’ impacts, the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) will be used along with your individual medical assessments to calculate your general damages value. The JCG is a document containing varying guideline figure brackets for varying injuries.
In the table, you can find foot injuries with their guideline figure values, as seen in the JCG. No values in this table are guaranteed.
|Body Part||Seriousness||Guidance Value||Comments|
|Feet||Amputation of one foot (b)||£83,960 up to £109,650||Foot amputation above the ankle joint.|
|Very severe (c)||£83,960 up to £109,650||Traumatic amputation through the forefoot.|
|Severe (d)||£41,970 up to £70,030||Where mobility is substantially limited from numerous fractures.|
|Serious (e)||£24,990 up to £39,200||Injuries that are not as severe as the above category but still lead to continuous pain.|
|Moderate (f)||£13,740 up to £24,990||Metatarsal fractures.|
|Toe||Amputation of all toes (a)||£36,520 up to £56,080||Either surgically or traumatically.|
|Severe (c)||£13,740 up to £21,070||Amputation of 1-2 toes.|
|Serious (d)||£9,600 up to £13,740||Serious injuries to the great toe or crush and multiple fractures of two or more toes.|
|Moderate (e)||Up to £9,600||Straightforward fractures.|
Claiming Special Damages
Special damages compensate for the financial impacts your injury has had on you. Such expenses that are looked at include:
- Medical costs.
- Home adaptation costs.
- Loss of earnings.
You may not receive a special damages award if you don’t have any evidence to prove your injury’s expenses. Receipts, invoices, bank statements, and payslips are all types of evidence you could use.
By getting in touch with us, you can learn more about how personal injury compensation is calculated.
Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors want to help their claimants as much as they can. This is why they offer to legally represent them under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
There are no fees to pay for your solicitor’s work under a CFA before or during the personal injury claims process. This still stands if you have an unsuccessful claim.
If you do have a successful claim, your solicitor will take a success fee from your awarded compensation. Legally, there is a maximum percentage of what can be taken to make certain you get the majority of the compensation award.
If you want to have a legal professional represent your accident at work claim if a colleague ran over your foot, please contact us today, as one of our advisors can assess your case for free and, if eligible, can connect you with a solicitor on our panel. You can speak to us by:
Try looking at our related guides:
- A guide on broken foot compensation claims.
- Learn about what the most common accidents at work are.
- Read more about how accident at work claims work.
Similarly, these external resources might help you:
- Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – frequently asked questions about using lift trucks at work.
- NHS – how to deal with foot pain.
- Gov.UK – see if you can receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for having time off work for your injury.
Thank you for reading our guide on when it could be possible to make a personal injury claim if a colleague ran over your foot at work. Contact us today if you have any further questions on accident at work claims.