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Your employer has a duty to protect you and to risk assess the workplace for potential accidents or hazards.

There are health and safety responsibilities for both employers and employee’s that they should be mutually aware of and it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that you’re aware of the health and safety guidelines for your work place, just in case you have an accident.

They must also report certain accidents and incidents to the health and safety department of the local authorities.

If you have broken your leg in an incident at work that was not your fault you may be entitled to compensation.

So, if you had a slip or trip at work, here’s what you should do:


A claim against your employer can be made up to 3 years after the incident or accident, although it is extremely beneficial to yourself and the claim if you seek legal advice as soon as possible after the accident.

It is a good idea to keep written notes of symptoms or pain and it can also be useful to photograph any injuries.

This includes injuries or symptoms that occur at the time of the accident or that may appear later.

It is helpful to have notes and photographs but if you haven’t it does not mean you can’t make a claim.


You may be worried that making a claim against your employer may result in you losing your job, but don’t worry!

You are completely protected by the law and it is illegal for an employer to dismiss you for making a claim after an accident at work.

Also remember, the compensation claim will be handled by the employees insurers not the employers themselves.


As with any injury, broken legs can vary significantly in severity.

There are many factors that can affect this, such as the health of the bones prior to the accident and the force of the fall; pressure or landing that caused the break.

A broken leg can cause serious lasting changes that can drastically affect your life.

Legal damages can go up to almost £200,000 have been awarded to extremely serious cases such as amputations and life long disabilities.

For more simple leg breaks and fractures anything from £5, 500 to £25, 000 can be expected.

If you’ve had an accident at work and looking to make a claim, you should always seek advice from a specialized personal injury lawyer, they may be able to arrange specialist treatment should you need it and quickly obtain specialist medical advice which may be vital to the success of your claim.

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