How Much Compensation for a Knee Injury at Work?
If you sustain a knee injury at work, the amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and its impact on your life.
In the event of a minor knee injury, where you’ve recovered or are close to reaching full recovery, you could receive compensation ranging from several hundred pounds to £4,000 in damages, and up to £11,000 if your injury is slightly more severe.
If you’ve sustained a workplace knee injury such as torn cartilage or dislocation, you could receive compensation between £11,000 and £21,000, and if the injury is deemed to be moderate, the sum could be as much as £35,000.
Claimants with severe knee injuries in which bones have been broken, suffer constant pain and have limited movement, could secure between £39,000 and £56,000 compensation.
If your knee injury has badly disrupted your knee joint and led to significant pain, ligament damage and subsequent health problems such as osteoarthritis, your compensation could be up to £77,000.
We should stress that the amounts of compensation shown above are approximate guidelines. Any knee injury at work compensation settlement will depend on the specifics of your case, such as the precise nature of your knee injury, your loss of earnings and any medical bills you’ve paid out.
Get in touch with our Personal Injury Solicitors for a free consultation to discuss your case. We’ll assess your claim, let you know whether you have a good chance of success, and how much compensation you could receive. Ask if we can handle your case on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Employer Responsibilities for Accidents at Work
In England and Wales, the law states that employers must provide a healthy and safe working environment for their employees. So if they’ve failed to do this and you’ve sustained a knee injury as a result, they could be deemed to have been negligent, in which case you could be entitled to compensation.
Types of negligence by employers may include:
- Failing to carry out a risk assessment
- Not acting on the findings of a recent risk assessment
- Failing to provide adequate training or equipment
- Allowing employees to use unsuitable machinery or equipment
- Not providing personal protective equipment
Can I Be Fired if I Claim against My Employer?
Employers in England and Wales don’t have any legal right to terminate your employment because you claim compensation for an accident at work.
If you are dismissed because you’ve made a personal injury claim, you may be able to take further legal action by making an unfair dismissal claim too. But in most circumstances, a claim for a knee injury at work wouldn’t get this far, and employers will often accept liability for their role in the injury you’ve sustained.
If you can demonstrate that the knee injury you’ve sustained is the result of something that’s happened to you at work, you should ideally be able to achieve a settlement out of Court.
Most employers in England and Wales are required to have at least £5 million of employer’s liability insurance in place to cover accidents in the workplace. That means that in most work accident claims, it’ll be the insurance provider that pays out the compensation, rather than the employer.
That means it’s almost certainly not in the employer’s interests to provoke a lengthy, costly and unpleasant legal battle.
Common Types of Knee Injuries at Work
There are a number of different types of knee injuries you could sustain in the workplace. These include:
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
- Collateral Ligament Injuries
- Meniscal Tears
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
- Tendon Tears
- Accelerated symptoms from a pre-existing condition
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