I work as a cleaner in an office, and while I was working recently I cut my hand on the blade of a box cutter. My employer says I should have been more careful, is there any way I can claim compensation for hand injury by box cutters?

You can claim compensation for hand injury by box cutters in the event that the negligence of your employer resulted in your accident. Even if the knife did not belong to your employer, they may be held liable for your injury as they have an obligation to provide you with a safe environment in which to work. Provided that you did not place the knife in that particular position, you may be able to claim compensation from your employer.

It is the responsibility of your employer to provide adequate training to the person responsible for using the box cutters and to ensure that they safely retracted the blade while not using it. The fact that the cutter was left unattended in an area where they represented a hazard is also a failure in providing a safe work environment. Due to this lack of training — as well as the manner in which the user of the box cutter was unsupervised while performing his or her task — your employer may be held liable for a compensation claim.

The amount of compensation for hand injury by box cutters you will be entitled to will depend on your particular case. No two injuries are exactly alike, and neither are any two compensation amounts. Your compensation will include damages for the injury you have sustained, for any expenses you have incurred as a result of your injury, emotional trauma which has been suffered and loss of amenity if your hand injury prevents you from performing everyday tasks or partaking in social or leisure activities.

It will be difficult to determine the amount of compensation which may be rewarded without first consulting a lawyer. As the severity of your injury can vary — from a mere cut or scar to nerve or muscle damage — it must be remembered that compensation will never be the same for two separate hand injuries. And as loss of income will vary between individuals, this too will result in a significant difference in compensation amounts. If you require further clarification on your eligibility to claim compensation for your injury or regarding the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled, you are advised to consult a personal injury lawyer at the earliest opportunity in relation to your compensation for hand injury by box cutters.