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Defective Work Equipment Claims | No Win, No Fee

If you’ve been injured at work as a result of defective work equipment, you may be able to claim compensation.

Employers have a responsibility to make sure that work equipment is safe. Machinery accident claims or other work accident claims due to defective work equipment can include machinery, appliances, apparatus, equipment, tools or installations for use at work. If you’ve sustained an injury due to dangerous or faulty work equipment, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

We understand how stressful it is to sustain an accident at work, especially if you cannot return to work for some time because of your injuries. Claiming compensation can help to alleviate any financial strains you may be feeling because of a loss of income, as well as help to cover the cost of specialist treatment and rehabilitation to help you to achieve your best outcome and improve your recovery.

What injuries can I claim compensation for due to defective work equipment?

Due to the nature of defective work equipment accidents, there are many different serious injuries that can occur. Some of the more common injuries include:

  • Crush injuries
  • Broken bones and orthopaedic injuries
  • Electric shocks and electrocution
  • Amputation
  • Spinal cord injuries causing paralysis
  • Head and brain injuries

What can I claim compensation for after an accident due to defective work equipment?

There are many things you can claim compensation for if you’ve sustained injuries as a result of faulty equipment. These can include:

  • Any earnings you may have lost as a result of being unable to work (both now and in the future)
  • Pay off any debts that have built up since your injury
  • Pay for petrol/parking or taxis so that you can attend appointments at the hospital or other medical setting
  • Rehabilitation and treatment to help with your injuries
  • Emotional support, including any counselling you may need
  • Any surgery you may need, including on a private basis
  • Ongoing medical treatment
  • Buying and maintaining specific aids and equipment to assist with your mobility
  • Fund adaptations to your home, or for more appropriate accommodation
  • Vocational support to help you to return to work

How much is my compensation claim worth?

The amount your compensation claim is worth will depend on the severity of your injuries and the impact they have on your life. You should speak with a solicitor who has specific expertise in your injuries, who will be able to advise you about the types of things you can claim for and an estimate of the amount of compensation you might receive.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I claim compensation for a family member who was fatally injured due to defective work equipment? plus symbol minus symbol

If a family member is fatally injured as a result of defective work equipment, you can bring a claim on their behalf against their employer. Although claiming compensation won’t change what has happened, it can help to ease any financial strains you may be feeling as a result of the loss of your loved one, as well as cover costs such as funeral expenses and probate costs.

How long do I have to make a defective work equipment compensation claim? plus symbol minus symbol

The general rule for all compensation claims is that you have three years from the date of the accident to bring a claim. There are some circumstances where this limit can be extended, such as if someone has lost capacity or they are under 18-years-old. That said, it is always best to speak to a specialist solicitor about a potential claim as soon as possible after the accident.

What qualifies as defective work equipment? plus symbol minus symbol

There are a few things that can mean that work equipment is defective, including:

  • Work equipment that has not been properly maintained.
  • Work equipment and machinery that has not been regularly inspected and left to deteriorate.
  • Faulty equipment that has not been repaired correctly.
  • Working equipment or machinery which is inadequate for the job.
  • Employees using work equipment that they have not been adequately trained for.
  • Ill-fitting protective clothing; masks and gloves, etc. whilst handling or using machinery.
  • Machinery and work equipment that do not have adequate safety guards or faulty safety guards.

Who is responsible for defective work equipment? plus symbol minus symbol

Your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe whilst you are at work, and this includes ensuring any equipment or machinery you are using for your job is safe too. This includes making sure that all equipment is properly maintained and the condition is not deteriorating, regular inspections are undertaken, ensuring any defective equipment is repaired correctly, as well as providing adequate training and safety guards where needed.

Will I lose my job if I try and claim against my employer? plus symbol minus symbol

No, your employer cannot fire you for making a claim for compensation as a result of defective work equipment. Your employer must have insurance to cover the company should something like this happens, and so your claim will be paid out by the insurance policy rather than the company itself.

Claiming compensation can also highlight any dangers in your workplace, including ensuring any defective work equipment is adequately repaired or replaced, or that extra safety training and safeguarding is put in place to stop accidents happening in the future.

Can I make a no win no fee claim? plus symbol minus symbol

All our compensation claim cases are taken on a no win no fee basis. This means that if you make a claim, there is no financial risk to you. If you lose your case, you will not have to pay our fees.

Our compensation claims process

You can contact us for free, confidential advice with no obligation. We will discuss your case with you and how we might be able to help. If you wish for us to act for you, we will then proceed to put together a team of experts who will start to support you straight away. We will talk to you and your family to understand what your most crucial needs and concerns are and work with you to find solutions for your whole family.

As well as our legal team, we also have specialist Client Support Managers with backgrounds in health and social care, who are there to work with you and provide practical support and insight. They can help to address any issues you may be facing immediately, as well as being involved throughout the process.

Our solicitors work intensively and proactively on your case, ensuring that you receive the maximum amount of compensation without any unnecessary delays. They can do this, as they work with few clients than is typical in the legal industry, allowing them the time to focus on you and your family.

Why choose CFG Law?

 As well as the expertise you would expect when recovering compensation after a serious injury, we also provide all round support for you and your family and help you to achieve your best outcomes.

We have an excellent track record of taking over and settling claims that other solicitors have rejected or turned down, or where clients have been unhappy with the way their claim is continuing. We can guide you through the process of your claim, ensuring you are kept updated and fully informed throughout. As an independent firm of solicitors with over 30 years’ experience, you can be assured that we only act in your best interests.

We pull together with you and your family to support you with expert legal advice, financial assistance including benefits advice and emergency funds, physical help with early intervention for treatment, rehabilitation and therapies, as well as emotional and physical support for the whole family.


  • Work with fewer clients than is typical in the legal sector, ensuring we have the time to dedicate to working collaboratively with you and your family.
  • Proactive and intensive working, resulting in full compensation with no unnecessary delay.


  • Emergency fund to help plug any gaps in your treatment and support straight away.
  • Help with benefits applications and support with appeal processes.
  • Signposting to charities and other emergency funding.
  • Funding for specialist equipment to improve mobility and independence.
  • No win no fee.


  • Client Support Managers with expert clinical experience involved as part of your team from the start.
  • Provide well-informed guidance about treatment and support, liaise with the treating team about discharge options and arrange and facilitate care packages and source aids and equipment.


  • We listen carefully to you and your family to identify any possible underlying psychological barriers and emotional needs and ensure they are addressed as part of your support plan.

Serious injury claims

The nature of serious and catastrophic injuries is such that in order to help, specialist expertise is essential. With over 30 years’ experience, we have successfully settled many cases that include:

Additional services

Court of Protection

Our specialist Court of Protection solicitors can help you to apply to the Court of Protection for deputyship, as well as act as a professional deputy, easing the stress and strain of managing a family member’s affairs should they lose capacity through injury or illness.

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Personal Injury Trusts

Our specialist solicitors can also advise you on setting up a Personal Injury Trust to protect any means-tested benefits you may be eligible to. Creating a Personal Injury Trust can be necessary in some cases because any compensation you receive which is not held in a Trust will be added to any other capital you have and may affect your eligibility to means-tested benefits.

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Client First Service

Our award-winning Client First Service is designed to meet your individual needs, whatever they may be, whenever they may arise. We will come and visit you and your family in a convenient location for you and where it’s safe to do so, to get to know you and understand your needs and the support we can provide.

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