Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Compensation Claims
If you have suffered an injury at work that was caused by faulty or inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE), we can help. JMW Solicitors has decades of experience in helping individuals to make PPE claims due to the negligence of their employer.
Our award-winning personal injury solicitors are renowned for their practical and pragmatic approach to legal advice, and we will guide you through the entire process, ensuring you have the advice you need every step of the way.
How JMW Can Help You Make a Claim
If your employer has not provided you with suitable PPE for the work you are carrying out and you suffer from an accident or injury, JMW Solicitors can provide the advice you need to help you to secure the compensation you deserve.
No matter how your workplace accident was sustained, if a lack of suitable PPE has meant you have suffered an injury in your place of work, we can help you to claim compensation. Any compensation secured will help to cover the time you have required off work due to your injury, the emotional distress you have endured, along with the cost of medical care and transport.
How Much Can I Claim for an Injury Caused by PPE?
The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on the type of injury you have suffered and the extent of your injuries. It will also be influenced by the impact of the incident on your life, and any financial losses you've suffered as a result.
The figures below provide a rough guide of how much you might be able to claim for an injury caused by PPE, based on the Judicial College Injury Tables. For a more accurate calculation of how much you could be able to claim, based on the specifics of your case, get in touch with the team today. We can give you a precise estimate that takes into account all of the details about your injury and circumstances.
|Cuts or abrasions causing scarring||£1,500 - £15,000|
|Burns from hot surfaces or chemicals||£1,890 - £83,550 and above|
|Breathing in harmful fumes||£4,240 - £10,040|
|Damage to the eye(s) from a lack of goggles||£18,880 - £214,520|
|Head injuries from falling objects||£1,760 - £322,060|
Claiming compensation can help to reduce the stress and suffering you've felt as a result of your injury by covering any incurred costs, making necessary changes to your life and allowing you to focus on your recovery. The amount of compensation you receive can be used for the following:
- Full or part-time care
- Ongoing medical treatment and surgery costs
- Access to medical treatment not available on the NHS
- Specialist equipment required for daily living
- Transport and travel arrangements required as a result of the injury
- Loss of earnings
- Special education needs
It's important to speak to a solicitor for a more precise idea of exactly how much compensation you'll be able to claim, as the details of your case will impact the amount you'll receive.
Will I Have to Claim Against My Employer?
Your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure members of staff are kept safe while carrying out their duties. This includes conforming to regulations laid out by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), as well as holding an insurance policy in case an accident happens.
The PPE Act of 1992 clearly outlines an employer's responsibilities towards their workers. The act states that:
- Employers cannot consider PPE as primary protection. They must first put measures in place to remove all potential risks from the workplace. PPE should only provide employees with additional protection.
- PPE is not the responsibility of the employee.
- The necessary equipment must be provided and paid for by the employer.
- PPE must be the right size for the wearer.
- All employees should be provided with adequate instructions and training on the right way to use and care for the PPE.
- Regular checks should be carried out to ensure PPE is not defective or damaged.
- All PPE must be stored properly to prevent damage or premature deterioration.
If an employer fails to meet any of these requirements and you have sustained an injury as a result, you may be entitled to claim PPE compensation. Whatever the reason for the incident, your employer would be considered negligent and is liable to pay you compensation. Contact a solicitor if you think your employer's negligence has caused you to suffer an accident.
FAQs About PPE Compensation Claims
Is there a time limit for making a PPE compensation claim?
There is a three-year time limit for making a compensation claim if you have suffered an accident at work. If an accident has resulted in a fatality, the three-year time limit starts from the date of death.
Your case will be handled with the utmost sensitivity and compassion, and we will work as quickly and efficiently as possible to make the PPE claims process as stress-free as possible.
What should I do if I am injured in an accident at work?
If you are involved in an accident in the workplace, you should report the incident to a manager as soon as possible, while ensuring that it is added to the accident book. Details of any witnesses to the accident should also be collected, as you may require statements from them in the future as part of your PPE claim.
How long will the PPE claims process take?
Every case we handle is unique in nature, and the length of each case will depend on how long it takes for a clear picture to emerge of how your injuries will impact your everyday life, as well as your future employment prospects.
In some instances, cases can span over a number of years; however, this is rare and you could be eligible to receive support and interim payments from an early stage of the process so as to improve your and your family’s situation.