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Protective Equipment Claims

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Claims

Your employer has a legal obligation to ensure you and your colleagues are given the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect you from injury when working in both hazardous and conventional working conditions.

If your employer hasn’t supplied you with suitable PPE for your job and you suffer from an accident or injury, we can give you the advice you need and help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.

Common examples of protective equipment claims may arise from:

  • breathing in harmful fumes or toxins
  • suffering cuts to the body
  • head injuries caused by falling objects
  • suffering burns from hot surfaces or chemicals
  • eye damage caused due to lack of protective goggles

Specialists in Protective Equipment Claims

We have dealt with a variety of personal protective equipment claims against every type of employer and from all industries. This includes the NHS, local authorities, construction and manufacturing businesses, local plumbing and electrical firms.

  • We understand that getting back to work is your priority. That’s why we offer rehabilitation services to help you recover from your injuries – something which can often mean more than the financial compensation we secure for you.
  • Should you require medical support such as physiotherapy, our dedicated team will help discuss your requirements and arrange this on your behalf.

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Looking for help and don’t know where to start? We can help you find the information you need.

Making a Protective Equipment Claim

It is compulsory for your employer to hold Employer’s Liability Insurance. Not all accidents at work are covered by this type of insurance but it does mean that where an employer is found to be negligent and in breach of regulations, the insurer will pay compensation.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because you were not provided with the appropriate  PPE at work, we will provide expert advice and care from the moment you call us, right through until your claim is settled.

Our Protective Equipment Experts

Sarah Kidd Associate, Personal Injury Read more
Leanne Stephenson Associate, Civil Liberties Read more
Vicky Richardson Head of Civil Liberties Read more
Jane Woodcock Head of Personal Injury Read more

How much will my claim cost?

All protective equipment cases taken on by Hudgell Solicitors are handled on a “no win, no fee” basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money upfront and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful.

If your case is successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved. The costs paid are usually a percentage of the compensation awarded and will be agreed upon before your case is carried out.

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Covid-19 Public Inquiry

Covid-19 Public Inquiry

An independent public inquiry into the Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic will begin in the spring of 2022. We have set up a dedicated team of lawyers to handle enquiries relating to Covid-19, PPE and the public inquiry and we would like to hear from front-line workers who contracted Covid-19.

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What is PPE?
    Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the equipment used to protect the user against health and safety risks at work.
    PPE can include items such as:
  • Hard hats
  • Gloves
  • Steel toe-capped boots
  • Eye protection
  • High-visibility clothing
  • Safety harnesses
  • Breathing equipment
    The appropriate PPE should be provided for each task and should be fit for purpose. PPE must always be worn as a last resort, meaning risks should be assessed and reduced using other primary methods first, where possible. Sufficient training should also be provided on the proper use of PPE for all employees that use the equipment.
Do I have to wear PPE at work?
    Under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, employers are required to provide adequate PPE that is fit for purpose. They must also supply training on the use of the equipment and ensure that all equipment is suitably maintained.
    If employers do not provide PPE or if the PPE is not suitable for the task at hand, then they could be in breach of health and safety laws, and you may have a claim.
    If you refuse to wear the PPE, then you may find it harder to make a claim if something goes wrong. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, all workers must take reasonable care of their own health and safety, as well as that of others. Employees must use work items provided by their employer, including PPE, in accordance with training and instructions provided.
What are the most common injuries seen in PPE claims?
    Without adequate PPE, serious injuries and accidents can occur. Sometimes, these injuries can have life-long effects.
    The most common injuries we see as a result of poor or non-existent PPE include:
  • Burns
  • Scarring
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Sight loss
  • Hearing loss
  • Organ damage
  • Bone fractures
    Whether your injury is minor or major, you deserve justice and compensation to get you back on track.
What is the average amount of PPE compensation that I can expect?
    The amount of compensation you can expect to receive for an employer not following PPE at work regulations will vary depending on the individual details of your case. The severity of your injuries is the key element in assessing the value of a claim.
    Other factors that affect the amount of damages awarded include:
  • Loss of current or future earnings
  • Any emotional trauma
  • Whether private treatments or surgeries are required
  • Cost of rehabilitation and recovery
  • Ongoing medical costs
How can Hudgells support me through my PPE claim?
    Here at Hudgell Solicitors, we have helped many people and families secure compensation for accidents at work. Not having the right protection at work can cause life-changing injuries and trauma, and we are here to support you to obtain the justice you deserve.
    Our team of personal injury experts will be there for you every step of the way. The first thing to do is to get in touch for a free, confidential, no-obligation chat about your circumstances and what has happened. Our experience will help you determine whether or not you have a case and we will advise you on the next steps in plain, non-legal language.
    From there, if you decide to pursue a claim, our dedicated lawyers will take away all the worry and hassle of the case for you. Our representation will see us:
  • Carrying out initial fact-finding by discussing with you what happened, what went wrong, and the impact this has had on your life
  • Request evidence including CCTV footage, witness statements, records, and more
  • Communicate with all parties
  • Discuss settlement agreements and possible outcomes of your case
    Should a case proceed to court, we will support you through the court procedure to make the process as painless as possible.

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