How To Claim For Standing On A Nail At Work Compensation
This guide will examine whether you can claim for standing on a nail at work by explaining aspects of the personal injury claims process. We begin by explaining what employer negligence is and who has an eligible personal injury claim for accident at work compensation. After this, we’ll provide some examples of how a nail accident could be caused by poor health and safety standards in the workplace.
Our guide will then move on to looking at the types of compensation that can apply in a successful accident at work claim and how it can acknowledge all the various ways you were harmed. We explain the evidence that is needed to prove personal injury claims for accidents in the workplace and finish our guide by looking at how an expert personal injury solicitor from our panel could help you launch your case.
As you read the sections below, we invite you to get in touch at any point with questions about your potential claim. Our advisors can offer a free case check of eligibility and could possibly connect you to an expert personal injury solicitor in one phone call. Finding out more is easy. You can:
- Call on 0151 375 9916 for free advice
- Fill in our online “claim now” form
- Use our live chat feature below to see if you can claim compensation.
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Employers owe their employees a duty of care as outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). It requires them to take reasonable and practical steps to ensure the safety and well-being of employees whilst performing their jobs. To abide by this duty of care, employers could regularly risk assess the work environment and the job tasks, where hazards cannot be removed, reducing the risk of injury by, for instance, supplying personal protective equipment PPE and ensuring staff are competently trained.
As well as HASAWA, the Personal Protective Equipment At Work Regulations 1992 states that employers in Great Britain must ensure that suitable PPE is provided to employees who may be exposed to a risk of injury while working.
To be in a position to launch a personal injury claim, you need to demonstrate that employer negligence occurred. In tort law, negligence means:
- A duty of care applied.
- A breach of this duty occurred.
- You sustained an injury because of this breach.
If you would like to find out if you can claim for standing on a nail at work, please contact an advisor. They can ascertain if you are eligible to move ahead with your intention to seek personal injury compensation.
Depending on the actual work environment, the risk of standing on a nail could be quite rare. However, on construction and building sites, it may be much more likely. Below are some general examples of how an employer breaching their duty of care could result in an injury wherever you work:
- A nail could be protruding from a floor surface because it needs repairing. If reported and not addressed in a reasonable time frame, your employer could be liable if you stand on it and are injured.
- Failure to risk assess the workplace can mean hazards such as nails sticking through flooring are not spotted. An employee walking could easily suffer a puncture wound to the foot.
- Essential PPE, such as reinforced boots, is not supplied by the employer when they are necessary to keep the employee safe. This could allow a nail to puncture through normal footwear straight into the foot.
In addition to the actual stab wound created by a nail, there is an increased risk of infection and possibly sepsis. Speak to our team today to find out if you could make a compensation claim after standing on a nail at work. In a free consultation, they will tell you the merits of your case and could connect you to an accident at work solicitor.
A personal injury solicitor can help you at every stage of the claims process after standing on a nail at work. A key advantage is collecting supporting evidence together. Their expertise and insights about useful evidence can give your workplace accident claim a better chance of success. For example, they can help you collect:
- Witness contact details. This is with a view to obtaining a supporting statement from anyone who saw the accident.
- Any available CCTV that shows your accident and injury.
- Photos of the accident site and the foot injury caused.
- Copies of your medical records, including X-rays, scans and reports from any foot specialists.
We can advise what to do after an accident at work if you are thinking about claiming compensation. Our advisors could assess your claim for free and connect you to a solicitor. A personal injury solicitor from our panel could ensure that all aspects of your compensation claim are taken into account and aim for a settlement that acknowledges all areas of harm.
To find out if you can claim for standing on a nail at work, please get in touch with our advisors on the number above. In addition to offering a free valuation of your claim, our advisors can help you understand more about what to do after standing on a nail at work.
If you are successfully compensated for your foot injury after standing on a nail, two heads of loss can make up the settlement awarded. General damages compensate claimants for the pain and suffering caused to them. This can include both physical and psychological injuries.
Should you decide to instruct a personal injury solicitor to help you seek damages, they can organise a medical assessment with an independent medical professional. The report that this generates can offer an in-depth look at the extent of your injuries and how they have impacted the overall quality of your life. Furthermore, those valuing the general damages head of claim can use this report to guide their calculations as well.
Alongside this, publications such as the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) can be referred to. This document offers award bracket guidelines for various types and severities of injury, as the excerpt below shows:
|Area of Injury
|Award Bracket Guideline
|Multiple Injuries Plus Special Damages
|Up to £500,000 plus
|A combination of severe injuries and the special damages they give rise to for issues such as lost earnings and the need for rehabilitation or care costs.
|(a) Amputation of Both Feet
|£169,400 to £201,490
|This injury is treated in a similar way to below-knee amputation of both legs because it shares the common feature of loss of a useful ankle joint.
|(b) Amputation of One Foot
|£83,960 to £109,650
|Again, loss of the useful ankle joint attracts similar to below-knee amputation.
|(c) Very Severe
|£83,960 to £109,650
|Injuries here must create permanent and severe pain or very significant disability.
|£41,970 to £70,030
|Fractures of both heels or feet with a substantial restriction on mobility.
|£24,990 to £39,200
|This bracket looks at less severe injuries that still create arthritic pain and may require prolonged treatment.
|£13,740 to £24,990
|Usually cases of displaced metatarsal fracture that cause permanent deformity and continuous symptoms.
|Up to £13,740
|Simple metatarsal fractures, ligament ruptures and puncture wounds that cause on-going pain symptoms, aching or a limp.
|(b) Amputation of the Great Toe
|In the region of £31,310
|Cases where the big toe required amputation.
|(c) Severe Toe Injuries
|£13,740 to £21,070
|This bracket applies to severe crush injuries which then require amputation of one or two toes other than the big toe.
|(d) Serious Toe Injuries
|£9,600 to £13,740
|Serious injuries to the great toe or multiple fractures and crush injuries to two or more toes leaving some permanent discomfort as way of disability.
|(e) Moderate Toe Injuries
|Up to £9,600
|Relatively simple and straightforward fractures.
Each case will differ according to individual circumstances. Furthermore, the top line in our table does not come from the JCG.
How To Claim Special Damages
Special damages aim to reimburse you for the financial losses caused by the injury. In order to request them as part of your settlement, it is essential to have evidence to prove these losses. Examples of some proof you can use and what they relate to include:
- Payslips show a past or future loss of earnings caused by not being able to work after the nail injury.
- Receipts that show any medical bills you had to pay for.
- Invoices that show how you had to pay for domestic care.
- Travel tickets, parking fees and petrol costs for travel to essential appointments.
- Special footwear.
After suffering a foot injury from standing on a nail, you may be unsure as to what to do next if you want to seek personal injury compensation. We are happy to offer free, no-obligation advice on the steps that you could take if you choose to get in touch. Our advisors can also determine if you are eligible to be connected with a personal injury solicitor from our panel. They could take up your claim under a type of No Win No Fee contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
A CFA offers several advantages to you. Generally, there is no requirement to pay upfront or ongoing fees for the solicitor’s services. Should the claim fail, the solicitor won’t ask for a fee for the work completed on your claim. A success fee is required if the claim has a positive outcome. However, this fee is capped by law and deducted from the award as a percentage. This always ensures you benefit the most from a positive outcome to your claim.
If you’re interested in seeing if you can claim for standing on a nail at work:
- Call on 0151 375 9916 to chat with an advisor.
- Fill in our online “claim now” form.
- Use our live chat function to seek personal injury compensation.
Here are some other articles from our website that you may find useful when making a claim for a workplace injury:
- Read how long after an accident at work you can claim for your injuries.
- This guide explores claims after a slip, trip or fall in the workplace.
- Finally, this article discusses a claim for an injury after a breach of health and safety in the workplace in more detail.
Also, these external resources may help:
- This NHS guide offers reading on whether you need a tetanus shot after an accident.
- Here you can read about requesting CCTV footage of yourself to use as evidence.
- This link explains more about personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
We appreciate you taking the time to read our guide, and we hope it has helped answer the question, ‘Can I claim for standing on a nail at work?’ Please get in touch for any further help on the number above.