Is it possible to claim for a shinbone injury in an accident? Working on a factory floor I often experience knocks and bruises that take a few days to recover from. Recently however, I was injured by a metal beam protruding from a piece of equipment that is well-known in my workplace as being something of a hazard. The injury has left me in considerable pain and unable to work. Am I eligible to pursue compensation?
You may be able to pursue a claim for a shinbone injury in an accident if you are able to prove that the injury you sustained was not your fault – or not entirely your fault – and that it was your employer’s negligence which led to the accident. As an employer has a duty if care towards their staff and is responsible for their health and wellbeing while they are at work, it is possible to pursue a claim for compensation if you can prove that your employer failed to take adequate measures to prevent your injury from occurring. This can be the case even when another employee is directly responsible for your injuries.
You mentioned in your question that the piece of equipment that injured you is well known as being a hazard. This could affect your entitlement to claim compensation. If you were using the machinery at the time of the accident you may have to accept partial responsibility for your own injury and your claim for a shinbone injury in an accident may be reduced as a result of you knowingly putting yourself in danger by using the defective equipment. You may still be entitled to claim some damages however.
As the injury has left you unable to work, you may be able to claim compensation for the loss of earning which you have experienced since the accident. Indeed, you may be able to be compensated for any quantifiable expenses that you incurred as a result of your injury – this includes any medical and travel expenses. In order to ensure that you are reimbursed, make sure to retain any receipts of purchases made that otherwise would not have been needed.
As you have been left unable to work, it is probable that the injury has left you unable to participate in some social events or perform some day-to-day activities. If this is the case, you may be able to redeem compensation to reflect your loss of amenity.
In order to learn more about your eligibility to pursue a claim, speak with a qualified injury claims solicitor at the first possible opportunity. An experienced injury claims solicitor will be able to tell you more about your eligibility to claim for a shinbone injury in an accident and how much compensation you could be awarded.