Angle Grinder Accidents
Accidents at work are always serious, but it’s really important that your place of work is safe when your job involves using dangerous equipment like an angle grinder. If you’ve suffered an angle grinder injury due to someone else’s negligence, you might be eligible to make a compensation claim.
What are angle grinder injury claims?
No matter our job, when we head into work each day, we all expect to feel safe in our work environment. This goes twofold for those working in the construction and engineering industries.
For those working in these roles, the angle grinder is an incredibly common tool, one they likely use each day. It’s also an incredibly dangerous tool. If the user isn’t careful or aware of their surroundings, they could potentially cause serious injury to themselves and others.
An angle grinder injury claim is a compensation claim that relates to any grinder accident suffered at work due to factors outside the operator’s control. Many serious injuries are prevented thanks to adequate risk assessments and the use of correct safety gear, but unfortunately angle grinder accidents do occur – and the injuries sustained can be incredibly serious.
Some grinder accidents may very well be the fault of the user, but in the cases where you’ve been injured by an angle grinder due to employer negligence or a third party, you have the right to make an angle grinder injury claim.
While this might be a difficult process to start, especially if you’ve suffered from a life-altering injury, claiming for angle grinder injury compensation is the first step on the road to recovery, ensuring you have the funds necessary to overcome any physical or mental trauma suffered as a result of your injury.
Examples of angle grinder accidents
Grinder accidents can come in varying forms, but the following injuries are most commonly associated with angle grinder accidents:
- Cuts and abrasions caused by flying debris
- Cuts caused by an angle grinder’s blade
- Eye damage from fragments, sparks, or bright light
- Burns from sparks or heated objects after cutting
- Accidental amputation
- Crushing injuries related to angle grinder work
- Vibration white finger from prolonged power tool usage
- Lung disease from dust exposure
- Various other industrial diseases
- Fatal accidents
Of course, angle grinder injuries are in no way limited to injuries specifically caused by an angle grinder’s blade. Any injuries suffered as a result of an angle grinder accident may be grounds to make a compensation claim if another person was the cause of the accident.
Am I eligible to make an angle grinder injury claim?
In order to be eligible for an angle grinder injury claim, you must be able to feasibly prove that your injury was suffered as a result of employer negligence or another third party.
You have a right to safe working conditions thanks to the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act, which includes your employer being legally required to provide and carry out the following:
- Provide adequate training in the use of an angle grinder or other tool
- Provide the required PPE to allow you to carry out your job with minimal risk of injury
- Providing you with tools appropriate for the task at hand in an angle grinder is not suitable for the job
- Carry out maintenance to ensure no defective machine injuries are suffered
- Carry out a risk assessment of both the tools in use and the working environment
- Regularly update their work health and safety procedures to minimise potential injury at all times
Failure to do one or more of these things is grounds for negligence, meaning you are well within your rights to make a compensation claim for any grinder accidents suffered as a result.
As for grinder accidents caused by a third party, you will need to be able to provide evidence that the party in question was responsible for the injury you sustained.
There is a variety of evidence that you can provide your personal injury solicitor to help your case, all of which is applicable. These include:
- CCTV of the accident happening
- Witness testimonials
- Evidence of your injury
- Medical, police, and work records relating to the accident
- Photos of the accident scene
- Records of other similar injuries sustained on the premise
- Any costs associated with medical treatment and travel
By providing even some of this evidence, you’ll substantially increase the likelihood that your solicitor will be able to win your case and get you the compensation you deserve.
How much could I win from an angle grinder injury claim?
The level of compensation you can receive from any personal injury claim will vary depending on the injuries you sustained, loss of earnings, potential future loss, adaptations made to your home of earnings, and a variety of other factors. The amount that you’re awarded will be based on the judicial guidelines, which give a scale for compensation claim payments.
With grinder accidents, compensation may be awarded in full if it’s proven that you were in no way at fault for your injury. However, in some cases, you may end up splitting liability with your employer in the case that negligence can’t be placed squarely on their shoulders.
Your next steps
We know that getting compensation is just part of making things right, and helping you to recover from your injury. At The Compensation Experts, we work with specialist solicitors and legal teams who can help you to get the justice you deserve.
If you think you’re eligible to make an angle grinder compensation claim, then you can begin the process by getting in touch with our expert team. We’ll assess your claim and put you in contact with a solicitor who suits your needs.
Your solicitor will explain the claims process to you, as well as estimate how much compensation you could potentially win. They’ll then carry out your claim for you, giving you the time you need to properly recover.
Here at The Compensation Experts, the solicitors that we work with provide no win no fee agreements, so you don’t need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful.
Typically, customers pay 25% including VAT of the compensation amount that is recovered by our third-party law firms, although this is subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be more or less than this. For example, you may be required to pay an additional fee for other costs such as after-the-event (ATE) insurance. Termination fees may apply.
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