Angle Grinding Injury Compensation Claims
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by an angle grinding accident we can help.
The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered an angle grinding accident and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.
In our guide to claiming
angle grinding injury compensation:
Angle grinders are hand-held devices powered by compressed air or a motor. They are used to cut stone, metal and concrete and for many other tasks including polishing, grinding and removing unwanted fragments of metal and ceramics. As such, angle grinders are encountered in just about any trade from welding to farming and from motor vehicle repairs to emergency rescue.
Every year, there are a number of accidents from using workplace machinery, including angle grinding accidents. Many accidents are serious and some are fatal.
Typical angle grinder injuries
The power, speed and sharpness of the discs inserted into an angle grinder means that accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Some of the common injuries from angle grinding accidents include:
- lacerations across the head, face and neck
- amputation of the hand or fingers
- eye injuries
- cuts from flying debris
- burn injuries.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Angle grinders are capable of causing many more injuries, including longer term health risks caused by continued exposure to vibration, dust and silica if the angle grinder is used to cut concrete products.
Prevention is better than cure
Often, the problem is not with the machinery itself but in the way that it is used. Many angle grinding accidents occur because the operator has received insufficient training and does not know how to handle the tool with sufficient care. Others occur because the wrong disc is being used or the guard fitted to the angle grinder has been removed.
This is why all employers should train their employees how to use the angle grinder properly and take the proper health and safety precautions in the workplace. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 lay down the specific processes an employer must follow to eliminate or reduce the risk of angle grinding accidents.
Do I have an angle grinding injury claim?
It should be possible to make an angle grinding injury claim if you were injured:
- in the last three years and;
- someone else was to blame.
Even if these two points don't apply to you, you may still be able to make a claim.
To find out for sure, speak to a legally trained adviser on 0800 376 1001.
A brief phone consultation will tell you exactly where you stand. There is no obligation to start a claim.
How could compensation help you?
The Courts recognise that an angle grinding accident can have serious and life-altering repercussions. Compensation is commonly awarded for:
- medical treatment and care costs
- anticipated future treatment and care
- other expenses including travel costs and potentially property damage
- loss or reduction of mental or physical capacity
- general pain and suffering
- lost earnings during recovery
- loss of earnings if unable to return to work
The amount of money you could claim for your angle grinding injury will depend on:
- the extent of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your angle grinding injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.
This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after an angle grinding injury? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?
If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.
The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.
General damages for a severe hand injury can be £25,000
For a minor arm injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £4,000.
However, if you have a severe hand injury and a minor arm injury, you would typically receive £25,000 + a reduced percentage of £4,000.
Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries. Read more about multiple injury claims.
What is the average injury compensation for an angle grinding injury claim?
The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.
However, the money you would receive following an angle grinding injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your angle grinding injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.
Calculate my angle grinding injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an angle grinding injury can be complicated.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.
Find out what your angle grinding injury claim could be worth now:
How long does an angle grinding injury claim take?
The length of time needed to process an angle grinding accident claim can vary considerably.
If your employer or their insurance company accepts liability, a claim could be completed in a month or two. If the employer denies liability, it could take significantly longer. Usually, a work accident claim should take 6 to 9 months. See more: How long will my claim take?
Caring and sensitive support
Your solicitor will handle your angle grinding injury claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to help you with:
- Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
- Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
- Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
- Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.
Will I get advice on treatment options?
As part of the angle grinding injury claims process, your solicitor can arrange a thorough and independent needs assessment. The assessment may offer advice on treatment, access to treatments and therapies not always available on the NHS and co-ordination with rehabilitation providers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists etc
How does no win, no fee work?
No win, no fee takes the risk out of making an angle grinding injury claim. If your claim is unsuccessful, you won't have to pay your solicitor any legal fees.
Our no win, no fee guarantee
If you have been injured and someone else was to blame (even partially), our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of making an angle grinding injury compensation claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my angle grinding injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my angle grinding injury claim?
If your angle grinding injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees . Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
Why do most solicitors charge 25%?
25% success fees are charged by most law firms as this is the maximum fee that the Ministry of Justice allows them to charge. angle grinding injury claims can take a solicitor hundreds of hours work and they receive nothing if the case is lost. The success fee will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may vary. Call us for more information.
How can Quittance help?
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning work accident claims.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.
Call us FREE 0800 376 1001 or arrange a callback:
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Angle grinding injury FAQ's
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?
You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long do I have to make an angle grinding injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the angle grinding injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your angle grinding injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for an angle grinding injury after 3 years?
Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.
However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.
There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim angle grinding injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether an angle grinding injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.
Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.
Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
Can I get an early compensation payment?
If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.