Glass Laceration Compensation Claims

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Glass Laceration Compensation Claims

If you have suffered an injury caused by glass in an incident that was not your fault, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. Our solicitors regularly help the victims of serious glass cuts claim the compensation they deserve, helping them cover hospital and rehabilitation costs, as well as expenses incurred as a result of the injury.

To discuss your case with a solicitor, call JMW on 0345 872 6666, or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

How JMW Can Help

Our team of personal injury solicitors has years of experience in dealing with claims involving glass lacerations, so we understand how difficult a time this can be for you. We also appreciate how difficult it can be if you have been forced to stay off work while you recover.

That’s why we will do our utmost to secure the maximum amount of compensation possible, allowing you to focus on returning to the position you were in before your injuries. Compensation can help pay for lost earnings, expert medical treatment and rehabilitation, as well as any support required to help you come to terms with your injuries.

Causes of Glass Injuries 

Glass tends to cause cuts, deep lacerations and other laceration injuries, and in the worst cases, it can lead to partially or completely severed body parts. Cuts will often affect exposed parts of the body, such as your hands, face and head, particularly if you fall onto glass or are near a window that shatters.

Accidents involving broken glass can occur for many reasons, including:

  • Accidents or assaults in pubs, bars and restaurants
  • Falls on to or through glass
  • Walking into unmarked glass
  • Road traffic accidents

The amount of compensation you will receive if you make a claim will depend on the severity of your injury.

Who is Responsible for a Broken Glass Injury?

Finding out who is liable for your injury depends on where the accident took place. If it was in the workplace and evidence can be provided to show that your employer acted negligently by failing to create a safe working environment, they will be held accountable.

If your laceration was caused by a road traffic accident, you will be able to make a claim against the driver who was at fault.

Finally, if you were cut by glass in a shop, pub, restaurant or another public place, liability MAY LIE with the person responsible for your safety at that time, which is usually the owner or manager of the venue.

Whatever the circumstances surrounding your injury, if it was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

The claims process involves providing evidence for your injury claims and establishing responsibility for the accident.

FAQs About Glass Laceration Claims

What types of injuries are eligible under a glass laceration injury claim?

Glass laceration compensation covers a variety of injuries caused by glass, including:

  1. Cuts and lacerations: these can range from minor cuts to deep lacerations that may require stitches or other medical treatment.
  2. Severed body parts: in severe cases, glass can cause partial or complete severance of fingers, toes or other body parts.
  3. Scarring and disfigurement: injuries that result in permanent scarring or disfigurement, particularly on visible areas such as the face, hands or arms.
  4. Nerve damage: lacerations that affect nerves can lead to long-term issues such as loss of sensation or chronic pain.
  5. Infections: cuts from glass can lead to infections if not properly treated, which may require additional medical attention.

Laceration injury claims can be made for various types of injuries caused by broken glass, including those mentioned above.

Who is eligible for broken glass injury compensation?

Eligibility for glass laceration compensation generally includes individuals who have suffered injuries due to glass in incidents where another party is deemed to be at fault. Specifically, you may be eligible if:

  1. The injury was not your fault: the incident causing the injury was due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.
  2. Negligence can be proven: there is evidence that the injury resulted from the negligence of another party, such as a business owner, employer, or another individual.
  3. The incident occurred in a public or workplace setting: injuries that occur in places like pubs, restaurants, shops or workplaces due to unsafe conditions, lack of proper maintenance, or failure to provide a safe environment.
  4. Road traffic accidents: injuries sustained from road traffic accidents where another driver was at fault.
  5. Timely action: the claim is made within the legal time limit for personal injury claims, which is generally three years from the date of the incident or the date you became aware of the injury.
  6. Medical evidence: there is medical documentation supporting the extent and severity of the injury caused by the glass laceration.

Additionally, individuals may be eligible for a broken glass compensation claim if they meet these criteria.

How much compensation can be claimed for broken glass injuries?

How much compensation you could claim for a glass laceration injury depends on several factors, including the severity of the injury, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost earnings, and the impact on your quality of life. More severe injuries, such as deep lacerations, nerve damage or permanent scarring, generally attract higher compensation. Medical expenses, including surgery, hospital stays, medications and ongoing care, are also considered.

Claiming compensation for broken glass injuries involves understanding the types of compensation that can be claimed, such as: 

  • For medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering
  • Rehabilitation costs for physical or occupational therapy, as well as any other necessary services for recovery, are included
  • Compensation accounts for lost earnings due to time off work and future lost income if the injury affects your ability to work long-term
  • The overall impact on your daily life, including pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of activities, and any psychological effects, is also taken into account
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the injury, such as travel costs for medical appointments and special equipment or home modifications, are considered as well
  • Long-term or permanent effects, such as disfigurement, loss of function or ongoing medical needs, will also influence the compensation amount
What if the responsible party denies liability?

If the responsible party denies liability for your broken glass injury claim, you can take several steps to pursue your claim. First, gather as much evidence as possible to support your case, including medical records, witness statements, photographs of the accident scene, and any other relevant documentation demonstrating the other party’s negligence. Next, seek legal advice from a personal injury solicitor who can guide you through the process, helping you understand your rights, assess the strength of your evidence, and determine the best course of action.

Your solicitor can negotiate with the responsible party or their insurance company on your behalf, presenting the collected evidence and arguing the merits of your claim to reach a settlement. In some cases, an independent investigation may be necessary to gather additional evidence, such as hiring experts like accident reconstruction specialists or medical professionals to provide reports supporting your claim.

Mediation is another option, where an independent mediator helps both parties reach an agreement, offering a quicker and less stressful resolution without going to court. However, if negotiations and mediation fail, your solicitor may advise taking the case to court. In court, a judge will review the evidence and decide on liability and the amount of compensation. While this process can be longer and more complex, it may be necessary to secure the compensation you deserve. Additionally, under a no win, no fee agreement, you won't have to worry about paying any legal fees unless you are compensated, as the legal costs will be recovered as part of the final settlement.

Talk to Us

If you were injured by glass due to somebody else’s negligence, you are entitled to claim compensation. To speak to one of our solicitors and start your personal injury claim today, call us on 0345 872 6666, or fill in our online enquiry form and let us know a suitable time to get back to you.

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