Cut Injury Compensation Claims (laceration, chopping and slicing accidents)

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If you have suffered a laceration or amputation as a result of a chopping or slicing injury you could succeed with a claim for compensation if it can be shown that the cause of your injury was down to the negligence of others. This could include an employer, defective equipment or a product fault in the home.

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Who can claim laceration injury compensation?

Any person who suffers a chopping or slicing injury as the result of the negligence of another person, an employer or organisation has the right to make a claim.

The most common cause of such injuries is an accident at work, but they can also happen in road traffic accidents or in the home as a result of a defective product.

The majority of claims are made by people working within catering as the result of a lack of training in the use of certain equipment. Similarly, by those within the manufacturing sector working with dangerous or defective equipment and a lack of training.

Other claims involve broken tiles within swimming pools and changing rooms, with porcelain edges causing very serious deep lacerations.

If you suffer a chopping or slicing injury and are not sure if you have a valid claim for compensation, contact us today for advice regarding your rights.

How to report your injury to the right people

In any claim for compensation, having the right evidence available to support your claim is vital to success. As part of this, it is important to make sure that the details of the injury are recorded with the right people.

If you suffer a chopping or slicing injury at work, you should make sure that your employer has completed an accident book entry detailing the injury and the cause – such as a faulty machine. If your employer won’t let you use the accident book, refer to our article about this for advice as to what you should do to protect your rights.

If your chopping and slicing injury happened as a result of a product fault at home, you should report the fault and injury to the product manufacturer and shop that you purchased it from. You should take photographs of the injury as well as the product.

Who are you claiming against?

The majority of chopping and slicing injury claims are made against employers and their insurers on the basis of a lack of training and provision of substandard or dangerous machinery.

In cases of an accident at work, the claim will be made against the employer. The employer will not be directly affected as the claim will be handled by the insurers providing the employer has liability insurance cover.

In cases where a product fault is at the centre of a claim, the claim will go against the manufacturer and vendor of the product.

At Direct2Compensation, our specialist solicitors will quickly identify the correct party to whom your claim should be addressed and will commence the process for you. You will never have to liaise directly with the defendant regarding any claim, as all correspondence will be addressed to and dealt with by us.

Compensation amounts

The value of any claim for compensation is reached on the basis of supporting medical evidence and the level of recovery made. In cases of chopping and slicing injury claims, the settlement value will be reached on the basis of the damage done and the level of scarring or deformity left by the injury.

Settlement values will range widely depending on the injury, with smaller settlements of up to a few thousand pounds obtained for minor lacerations requiring minimal stitching or medical glue, and far larger settlements up to and above £100,000 obtained in cases of amputation, nerve and muscle damage, large scarring and ongoing pain or restricted movement.

We will ensure that your claim settlement is maximised and will advise you later on in the claims process as to what level of compensation you should expect to receive.

How Direct2Compensation can help

At Direct2Compensation we know your rights and have a transparent and simple to understand personal injury claims process that will give you peace of mind. We work with expert solicitors who will ensure that your claim is handled professionally and pursued as quickly as possible.

Our No Win No Fee service is fully compliant and been approved for use by our industry regulator, but you don’t need to take our word for it – simply have a look at some of our testimonials to get an idea of what our clients think of us.

To find out more about your compensation rights or to start your claim today, call us on 01225 430285 or if you prefer, we can call you back. In just a few minutes on the telephone with you, we’ll obtain the initial information needed for our solicitors to commence a claim.

We realise that you may be contacting us at a time where you are in pain, feeling vulnerable and possibly coping with a loss of income. We can’t guarantee success in any claim but we can guarantee that we will be caring, supportive and that we’ll speak clearly to you in terms you can understand. We also guarantee that you will pay no costs whatsoever to any party should your claim fail.

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  1. Joe

    Cut my finger at work due to work providing the wrong tool for the job, only a short cut of around 2cm. fairly wide though not requiring stitches ( was steri stripped and wrapped) it has left a visible scar and numbness around the area 6 months down the line and also stopped me from enjoying my hobbies and performing basic actions with my dominate hand for 2-3weeks. Is this soemthing I could claim compensation for with it been due to negligence from my employer.

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    • Ian Morris

      As the injury to your finger at work can be attributed to the employer failing to provide the correct tools or equipment, you have the right to make a claim for compensation against your employers insurance. We can help you to make your No Win No Fee claim – please call us on 01225430285 to get started. Alternatively, you can start your claim for compensation on our website and get us to call you.

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  2. Em

    Hi, last week I ordered new door handles from a company and had them fitted..
    Today I have opened the cupboard and the handle completely snapped off and severely sliced my finger, that deep you could nearly see the bone. I had to go to the hospital, have 4 stitches to close the wound, I had to have a tetanus, and have now had to start a course of antibiotics and pain relief. I have to go back in 10 days to have stitches removed… surely this item must of been faulty or made to a low standard for the handle to completely snap and cause me the damage it has? Do you think I could have a claim based on this?

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    • Ian Morris

      Please call our team on 01225430285 as there is every chance that you could pursue a claim against the company that supplied and fitted the handles. Ideally, take some photographs of the broken handle to provide some evidence.

      Our Solicitors can pursue a claim against the company responsible on a No Win No Fee basis and seek damages for the injury to your finger, the impact it will have on your life for the next few weeks and possible scarring. Remember, you can ask us to call you if you prefer.

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  3. Yee lew

    My husband is a waiter and he was injured at work while washing the cafetiere. This happened because the water pressure is too high and it smashed the base of the. As the glass shattered, it severely lacerated his thumb and cut a big piece of skin. He lost quite a lot of blood and needed to have 8 stitches in hospital. Is there any chance he could claim compensation for this, or is it something for his employer and their business insurance?

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    • Ian Morris

      There is a chance that he could pursue a claim for personal injury compensation. We would recommend that rather than attempt to liaise with the employers insurers, that he takes the opportunity to instruct a specialist Solicitor to act for him on a No Win No Fee basis.

      We would be happy to help further with this matter. To find out more, you can call us or you can ask us to call you at a time that suits.

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  4. David

    Hello i have had a accident in work and sliced through a tendon in my hand with a stanley knife. We are not supposed to be using them at work. I have had stitches and my hand is now bandaged up. What can I do?

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    • Ian Morris

      Whether or not you can make a claim for the laceration to your hand at work will depend on a couple of issues. Firstly, you state that you are not supposed to be using stanley knives. This could be a key issue – who has told you not to use them and who has asked you to use such a knife? If the employer has made an announcement regarding the prohibition of the use of stanley knives and you have chosen to use one without being instructed to do so by a supervisor, then you are unlikely to be able to hold the employer liable for the injury.

      However, if your employer has told you not to use them and then a supervisor or manager has simply expected you to continue using such knives, you may well be able to hold the employer liable and pursue a claim.

      There are other issues that will impact on whether or not you can make a claim, such as whether or not your employer has provided you with adequate training, provided you with the correct safety gloves/equipment etc.

      Please call our team to discuss your accident at work in more detail so that we can ascertain whether or not you can make a claim. You can call us on 01225430285.

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  5. Antwon

    Hello i work at the cheese cake factory as a dishwasher i was taking out trash when i was cut by a misplaced broken glass the injury caused me to get stiches near my main artery. Seeking advice

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    • Ian Morris

      This sounds like a case of negligence and as such, it would be wise to pursue a claim. Please call us on 01225430285 so that we can find out more and explain the No Win No Fee claims process to you.

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  6. Vijaypal singh

    Last week i had injury with an angle grinder. I used the angel grinder to cut plastic pipe in trench and suddenly it stuck and reverse back to cut my leg. I just want to enquire about the claim. If I want to claim how much I can get?

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    • Ian Morris

      It is not possible to advise you of a possible settlement amount as we simply do not know the severity of the injury and the longer term implications of this injury to you. We can however help you to make a claim for compensation and invite you to take your claim further with us.

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  7. Curtis

    Hi basically I was walking home and used a public cut-through. Like a big ally kind of thing. It’s quite dark ect. When I fell over a black metal fence that’s laying on the floor covered in leaves and overgrowth causing me to badly cut my thumb and graze my hands and knees. It’s been a few 12 or so days and my thumb still throbs so went doctors but cuts mainly healed so they just suggested a&e. Thumb possibly injured further, but no time tonight as children. Do I have a claim?

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      Do you have any photographs of the alleyway and fence obscured by leaves etc (taken in daylight) that you could send to us so that we can advise you as to whether or not you have a valid claim for tripping accident compensation? Please email any relevant photographs to us along with your contact telephone number to: justice@direct2compensation.co.uk so that we can view them and then call you to discuss this matter in more detail.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

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  8. Julie

    I cut my hand whilst doing disposal at work by putting my hand into plastic bag of broken glass, not given safety gloves but saw broken glass in the bag beforehand.

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    • Ian Morris

      Whilst you have contributed to your own injury – you state that you had seen glass before you sustained the injury, you could still pursue a claim against your employer as they should have a system in place to cover such incidents – such as safety gloves or pierce proof refuse sacks.

      If you would like to make a claim in this instance, please use our ‘start a claim’ page to make further contact and we’ll call you to offer the help you need.

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  9. RT

    I have been in this job for 4 years. I cut my arm on a piece of metal that was sticking up from a pallet and had to have 16 stitches, tetanus shot and take antibiotics for two weeks. I didn’t take any time off work. I had no out of pocket cost. I have a very ugly scar on my outer arm and I feel angry every time I look at it. Do i have a claim to sue the company for pain and suffering as I have to live with this scar for the rest of my life. So do you think a lawyer will take my case? It really annoys me that no one from HR or workmans comp bothered to find out how I was doing afterwords.

    Reply
    • Ian Morris

      If the scenario you described regarding the injury was something that happened in the UK, you would certainly have valid grounds to pursue a claim for compensation against your employer.

      However, I believe that you are not in the UK and as such, I would recommend that you seek the advice of a specialist Solicitor in whichever jurisdiction you were injured in.

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