Chopping or slicing injury compensation claims
This article considers what you should know about making a successful chopping accident compensation claim.
If you have been injured in a chopping or slicing accident, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
Quittance's solicitors have assisted with cases involving injuries resulting from chopping and slicing in the catering industry and as the result of defective equipment, accidents at home and work accidents.
If you have suffered a chopping or slicing injury in the last three years and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
Compensation can be claimed in most cases where an accident was the result of another party's negligence, and that person or company owed you a duty of care.
Compensation for lacerations and other chopping injury claims are commonly made by:
- Factory staff - where defective work equipment or inadequate protective equipment causes the accident
- Holidaymakers - if a sharp surface or other item, such as a swimming pool drain, causes a laceration
- Catering workers - where poor training or poorly maintained equipment causes injury, including use of blunt blades
You may also be, in some cases, able to claim if the accident happened at home. A solicitor will be able to establish whether you have a case for a claim for your chopping or slicing injury.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
The claim can be made against the owner of premises where an accident occurred, if they are found to be responsible for the cut. A claim can also be made against the company the claimant was working under, if the employer is found to have been negligent.
If the chopping or slicing injury happened due to faulty machinery such as a meat slicer or a blender, the company that sold or manufactured the product could be found to be responsible.
Your solicitor will identify the responsible party when you start your claim.
Some cuts may lacerate tendons, muscle, or bone, which could mean that the injury takes longer to heal than a surface cut. Severe cuts may result in complications and further illness. Compensation is subsequently higher for these more serious injuries.
The long-term impact of scarring as a result of the injury may also be taken into consideration. Some scars can hurt for years after the injury happened, and others may require further surgery such as skin grafts in order to heal properly. Other scars can impact a person's confidence, if they are visible on the face for example. More compensation is usually paid in these circumstances, but the exact amount will depend on the individual situation.
Special damages for chopping or slicing injuries
Due to the nature of these injuries, they can restrict an injured person's ability to perform work, hobbies or other activities that they could undertake before the accident. In addition to the amount paid for the injury itself, compensation is also paid to reflect any loss of employment or quality of life.
A no win no fee agreement (also referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA) is entered into between a claimant and lawyer.
A Conditional Fee Agreement is in essence the conditions under which the solicitor works for the claimant.
The CFA details what the solicitors will do as well as how he or she is rewarded if your legal case is successful.
If you decide to choose our solicitors for your chopping injury claim there are absolutely no extra fees , no up-front fees and the comfort that you wont be financially out of pocket.
Accidents at work - Claims against your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim chopping or slicing injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
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Jonathan has over 30 years' experience in the personal injury sector and has been awarded the rank of Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
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