Trailing Cable Hazard Accident And Injury Claims
By Danielle Fletcher. Last Updated 16th November 2023. In this article, we investigate how a trailing cable hazard could lead to a personal injury claim. Tripping over a wire at work could occur in any workplace, including a building site, an office or a retail or catering outlet. If you trip over a trailing cable and injure yourself while at work, you might have a valid accident at work claim.
If legislation in place to help reduce workplace risk is not adhered to, and this causes you to sustain an injury, you might be able to make a personal injury claim. We explain the relevant legislation and what you will need to prove as part of your work-related injury claim.
If you decide to claim for your trailing cable hazard injury, you may wish to do so with a solicitor. To conclude, we look at hiring a No Win No Fee solicitor for your work injury claim.
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- Am I Eligible To Claim For An Injury Caused By A Trailing Cable?
- What Injuries Could A Trailing Cable Hazard Cause?
- How To Claim For Injuries Caused By A Trailing Cable Hazard
- Compensation For Accidents At Work
- Contact A No Win No Fee Solicitor
In order to have valid grounds to claim for an accident at work caused by trailing wires, you must be able to prove that your injuries were caused when your employer failed to uphold their duty of care.
The duty of care designed to protect employee health and safety is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). To uphold this duty they can take steps such as, carrying out regular risk assessment and addressing any hazards they become aware of.
For example, a trailing cable or trailing leads should be covered or signposted to avoid the risk of an employee tripping over and sustaining an injury.
If you have evidence that your employer breached their duty of care, call our team on the number above.
There are various types of injuries that you could suffer if you trip over trailing wires. These may include:
- Multiple fractured bones. For example, you could suffer a broken ankle tripping over trailing leads and a wrist fracture if you try to break your fall.
- Cuts and lacerations leading to permanent scars. If you land on a sharp object, it could result in cuts that could leave behind permanent scarring.
- A head injury, such as a concussion if you hit your head in the accident. This can result in life-long memory and personality changes.
- A back injury. You could damage your spinal cord and soft tissue in a serious trip or fall.
If you are claiming accident at work compensation for injuries caused in a trip and fall, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria we discussed above. Get in touch with an advisor today to discuss your injuries and whether you satisfy the requirements to make a personal injury claim.
If a trailing cable hazard caused your injuries, you might be able to make a personal injury claim. Proving that employer negligence caused your injuries is vital to any workplace injury claim.
Evidence you could submit includes:
- Medical records.
- Photographs of the trailing wires and your injuries.
- Work accident log book.
As well as helping to gather evidence, a specialist work injury solicitor could ensure that your claim is filed within the personal injury claims time limit. The Limitation Act 1980 typically gives claimants three years to begin their work accident claim. Certain exceptions apply, however. These include:
- If you were aged under 18 at the time of the injury. A litigation friend could start a claim on your behalf prior to your 18th birthday. If a claim is not started on your behalf, however, you will be given three years after your 18th birthday to start a claim yourself. While you’re under 18, the time limit is frozen.
- If you lack the mental capacity to claim following your trailing cable hazard accident. If this is the case, you will be given three years in the event that you regain capacity to start your work injury claim. No time limit applies while you cannot pursue your own claim, and a litigation friend can claim on your behalf.
Our work injury claims team can help you start your personal injury claim today. Get in touch for free legal advice.
Compensations for accidents at work could consist of general damages and special damages. General damages addresses the pain and suffering caused by your accident at work. Special damages is discussed further in the next section.
Different factors impact award amounts, so we cannot provide you with the amount you will definitely receive. We can provide you with examples of figures from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), however. This is the same document that legal professionals use to assign value to personal injury claims.
The table below contains examples from the latest edition of the JCG, issued in spring 2022.
|Multiple injuries and other damages||Serious||Settlements may include compensation for multiple injuries as well as costs associated with those injuries, such as loss of earnings and physical therapy.||Up to £1,000,000|
|Head injury||Very severe||No meaningful response to the surrounding environment, little or no language function, and a need for full time professional care.||£282,010 to £403,990|
|Knee injuries||Severe (a) (i)||Loss of function, considerable pain and lengthy treatment due to disruption of the joint.||£69,730 to £96,210|
|Pelvis and hips||Moderate (b) (i)||A significant injury but it does not cause a major permanent disability.||£26,590 to £39,170|
|Arm injuries||Less severe (c)||Recovery from significant disabilities has either taken place or is expected.||£19,200 to £39,170|
|Leg injuries||Less serious (c) (i)||Serious soft tissue injuries or fractures with an incomplete recovery.||£17,960 to £27,760|
|Shoulder injuries||Moderate (c)||Discomfort and movement limitations lasting for around two years due to a frozen shoulder.||£7,890 to £12,770|
|Wrist injuries||(d)||Soft tissue injury or fracture taking longer than 12 months to heal.||£6,080 to £10,350|
Injured Due To Trailing Cables – Can I Claim Special Damages?
You may also be entitled to special damages if your claim for injuries caused by trailing leads or trailing wires succeeds. This aims to compensate you for the financial losses caused by your injuries. For example, under this heading, you could potentially claim back the cost of:
- Prescriptions and medications.
- Essential travel expenses.
- Domestic help.
You will need to provide evidence of these financial losses, such as bank statements or invoices.
To learn more about claiming for injuries caused by trailing cables or other workplace trip hazards, get in touch with our team of advisors today. If your claim is valid, they may connect you with a solicitor from our panel.
You may decide to hire a No Win No Fee solicitor for your work injury claim. They may offer to provide their services under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which is a kind of No Win No Fee agreement.
This type of arrangement means your solicitor will not charge an upfront solicitors fee in order for them to start work on your claim. If your claim is not successful, your solicitor will generally not ask you to pay for their services. If your work injury claim succeeds, however, a success fee will be taken from your award. Legal caps apply to the percentage that can be taken.
Contact our work accident claims team for free legal advice. If your trailing cable hazard claim seems like it has a good chance at being successful, you could be connected with our panel of No Win No Fee work accident solicitors.
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Resources On Workplace Trips And Falls
Further articles from UK Law:
- Proving Liability After an Accident at Work
- Scaffolding Injuries
- Medical Expenses for an Injury at Work
If you have any more questions about claiming after a trailing cable hazard has left you injured, speak with an advisor today.