When Can You Claim For A Knee Injury At Work?
In this guide, we’ll discuss when you might be entitled to start a personal injury claim following a knee injury at work. Any type of knee injury can have an impact on your life. For example, a twisted knee could make it difficult for you to walk, work, or drive. If you are eligible to make a claim for your injury, you could be awarded compensation to address the ways it has affected you and your life.
Throughout this article, we’ll review the eligibility criteria for claiming. Also, we’ve set out the types of evidence you could use to substantiate your claim and the amount of compensation you might be entitled to receive.
Please read on to learn more about claiming knee injury compensation or contact a member of our team for a free, no-obligation case review.
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- When Can You Claim For A Knee Injury At Work?
- Scenarios That Might Lead To Workplace Knee Injuries
- How Much Compensation Could You Receive For A Knee Injury At Work Claim?
- Providing Proof For A Knee Injury Compensation Claim
- Why Claim For A Knee Injury At Work On A No Win No Fee Basis?
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The duty of care employers owe is established by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
This law means that employers must take reasonable steps to try and prevent you from being injured at work. Some of the steps they can take to uphold their duty include:
- Performing regular risk assessments of the workplace to identify any potential dangers.
- Providing training on workplace safety and work tasks (i.e. manual handling training).
- Maintain all equipment so it is safe for use.
- Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if required.
- Keep the workplace as tidy as possible, such as keeping walkways and stairwells clear of trip hazards.
If your employer fails to uphold this duty, it could lead to a workplace accident in which you sustain harm. However, it’s important to note that not all accidents at work will entitle you to make a personal injury claim. Essentially, claims are only possible if you can prove:
- You were owed a duty of care by your employer at the time of the accident.
- Your employer breached their duty of care in some way; and
- As a result, you sustained a knee injury.
If all of the above are true in your case, you may be entitled to begin a personal injury claim for a knee injury at work.
Please feel free to call the number above if you’d like us to assess your options for free.
Below, we have provided examples of how a knee injury at work could be sustained:
- If you slipped on a wet floor because a leak or spillage was not cleaned up in a reasonable timeframe or warning signs were not used.
- Where you tripped over a cable in an office that had not been covered up.
- If a handrail was loose or missing causing you to fall down the stairs.
- If you suffered a knee injury after items that were poorly stacked fell onto you.
Common Types Of Knee Injuries At Work
Some examples of the types of knee injuries that could be sustained in an accident at work include:
- Knee dislocations.
- A fractured kneecap (patella).
- Ligament tears.
- Cartilage damage.
- Muscle and tendon damage.
- Sprains, twists, and strains.
Remember, to be entitled to claim compensation, you will need to have suffered a knee injury because your employer failed to uphold their duty of care. If you would like us to check if you’re eligible to claim, please call us today.
No two knee injuries are the same. Therefore, until your claim has been properly assessed, it’s not possible to provide an accurate compensation estimate.
However, settlements awarded following successful claims could comprise two heads of loss. The first is general damages which compensates for the pain and suffering of your injuries.
Solicitors can use medical evidence and a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them value general damages. You can find a selection of the guideline compensation brackets contained within the JCG in the table below.
Alternatively, you could use our compensation calculator which also uses figures from the JCG.
Please use these figures as guidance because various factors such as the severity of your knee injury and the impact on your life will be considered when calculating the value of your claim.
|Type Of Injury||Severity||Guideline Bracket||Notes|
|Knee Injury||Severe (i)||£69,730 to £96,210||The most serious types of knee injuries where there has been disruption of the joint, considerable pain and loss of function, for example.|
|Severe (ii)||£52,120 to £69,730||Where a leg fracture extends to the knee joint and results in permanent and constant pain which affects agility and movement and could increase the risk of osteoarthritis.|
|Severe (iii)||£26,190 to £43,460||Less severe injuries than those in the bracket above but still resulting in continuing pain and suffering as well as limited movement.|
|Moderate (i)||£14,840 to £26,190||Knee injuries that involve a torn meniscus or cartilage and dislocations.|
|Moderate (ii)||Up to £13,740||This bracket covers knee injuries that are less serious than the above bracket including twisting, bruising and laceration injuries.|
Claiming For Special Damages For An Injured Knee At Work
If your knee injury compensation claim is successful, your settlement could also include special damages that compensate for any financial costs associated with your injury. For example, it could cover the cost of:
- A carer to support you at home.
- Private medical surgery.
- Adapting your home to make it easier for you to cope with any permanent symptoms.
- Travel costs.
- Lost earnings and future loss of income.
To help verify these costs, you should provide evidence of them. This might include receipts, bank statements, or wage slips.
If you’d like to know how much compensation you could claim for a knee injury at work, please call the number above.
In any type of personal injury claim, evidence will be needed to help prove your employer breached their duty of care, caused you harm and to show how your injuries have affected you.
In knee injury at work claims, the evidence you could provide could include:
- Photographs of the accident scene and pictures of any visible injuries.
- CCTV footage of the accident happening.
- Contact information for anybody who saw you injure your knee.
- A copy of the report form relating to your accident.
- Medical record copies, such as doctor reports, hospital reports, and scans.
- Evidence of any financial costs your injuries have caused.
If you choose to work with a solicitor, they could assist you in collecting evidence and building your case. Call today to find out whether one of our solicitors, who offers similar services and has experience with accident at work claims, could assist you.
Making a personal injury claim against your employer could be easier if you’re supported by one of our specialist solicitors. That’s because they will:
- Help to collect the evidence needed to substantiate your claim.
- Value how much compensation you could receive.
- Deal with all communication with the defendant.
- Provide regular updates about how the case is progressing.
- Manage the claims process from start to finish.
Importantly, they provide a No Win No Fee service for any claim they agree to work on.
This means that at the start of the claims process, you’ll be asked to sign a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This allows your solicitor to get started on your case without being paid any fees for their work upfront.
If the claim is won, your solicitor will receive a success fee. This is a percentage of any compensation you’re awarded and is legally capped. That means you’ll receive the bulk of any compensation paid. If your claim fails, you will not have to pay your solicitor this success fee.
To see if you could make a claim for a knee injury at work with a No Win No Fee solicitor, you can:
- Call 0151 375 9916 to speak with an advisor.
- Ask for advice via our live chat service.
- Complete our Contact Us page so that an advisor can call you back.
Here are a few more of our guides that you might like to refer to:
- Information about when an ankle injury at work could result in a compensation claim.
- Advice on what to do after an accident at work including how to report it.
- If you’ve broken a leg at work, this guide will explain how much compensation you could receive.
Finally, here are some other resources that may be helpful:
- NHS information on how to deal with knee pain and when you should see a doctor.
- Advice about manual handling techniques from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
- Information about your eligibility to claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from GOV.UK
Thanks for reading our article about knee injury at work claims. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.