Depending on the industry you work in, accidents at work not only vary in severity of risk, but in type too. There are many, such as jet lag in airline workers, which are so industry-specific that they can simply seem like an unwritten con of the job.
This being considered, if you, as an airline worker, suffer an injury due to the effects of jet lag and feel this was not your fault, you may have a case for compensation.
Work-related accidents: employers’ responsibilities
Employers have a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety while at work. When you sustain an injury at work due to inadequate training or poor management, employees are often eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Although the injury you sustained was due to an issue that was inevitable, due to the nature of your job role, you may still have a valid case to claim.
It is the employers’ duty to provide staff members with adequate training on how to prevent or manage jet lag. Also, if have been required to work too many hours or have been scheduled to cover unusually draining shifts, poor operations will also work against the firm.
Checking your eligibility
Accident Advice Helpline provide a compensation calculator on their website that, in just a mere 30 seconds, provides their team of experts with enough information to determine if your work-based accident claim is likely to be successful.
In most cases, you must be able to prove that the work-related injury you sustained was not your fault and it must have occurred in the last three years.
Strengthening your claim
When you are injured at work, it is essential that you do all you can to strengthen your case, should you decide to go ahead and claim compensation.
First and foremost it is essential that you report your illness or injury to the airline company, using their reporting pathway as indicated in policy.
In addition, in the case of jet lag induced injury, keep a record of your shift patterns and your hours of work. Keep a note of your side effects and any medical attention you have received due to this episode of jet lag.
If you did sustain an injury that you believe is due to the effects of jet lag, be sure to take photographs.
Once you have established your eligibility and have collated supporting evidence, Accident Advice Helpline will take the pressure off your shoulders, managing your claim on a no win, no fee basis. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 8, 2014
Author: David Brown