When an individual has an accident, whether it is at work, outside on the streets or on the road, they may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. There are a wide range of incidents that may cause you to sustain an injury. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are here to give you advice and assistance tailored to your specific needs. Our customers’ most pressing question to us is “I have had an accident – am I covered?” The sooner you get in touch to speak to us, the sooner you can expect a resolution.
You are most likely to be successful if your accident happened within the last three years, if a third party was at fault and if as a result you have sought and obtained medical help. The first stage in your claim involves ringing Accident Advice Helpline to take our 30-second test. This establishes whether your circumstances make you eligible to begin legal action.
Here are some of the many types of claim we receive and act upon every day:
- Construction workers can claim for accidents in the same way as any other employee; you are working in a situation that demands a high degree of safeguarding. If your employer neglects to protect you from harm whilst you are in the course of your duties, you could claim for the accident. Always visit your doctor as soon as you can, even if you are not in any immediate pain. Also, report the accident in your company’s logbook so that an official record of the incident is established.
- Office workers may not appear to be at risk in the same way as other tradespeople, as they work indoors in an apparently safe environment. That does not mean they do not suffer injuries, however, or cannot claim if their employer is at fault. In an office, the floor space should be clear and cables should be neatly stored away from areas of traffic. Similarly, employers should not expect you to be carrying large or heavy objects over long distances, and all electrical equipment that you are provided with should be fit for purpose. If this is not the case and you find yourself tripping, receiving a shock or falling whilst moving goods, you could become injured.
- Healthcare workers should always be proficient in manual handling and expect to be given training on the equipment provided for their use. They should not have to handle items that are likely to move unpredictably or require them to get into an awkward, unnatural position to do so.
If you feel you have sustained an injury because of an accident that took place, despite your efforts to follow procedures, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Your employer is ultimately responsible for ensuring that you and those with whom you work are protected, and we can help you through any claim you wish to make.
So, do not sit at home thinking “I have had an accident – am I covered?” — simply give us a ring. We will be happy to speak to you and offer advice on your eligibility for a claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown