If you were recently injured in an apprenticeship accident, your doctor may have advised you to start apprenticeship accident counselling as part of your long-term healing process.
Your apprenticeship accident
Working as an apprentice can be highly rewarding. More and more apprenticeships are being offered, as people leaving secondary education are keen to make the most of their opportunities, potentially choosing direct work-related experience rather than university. Apprentices are typically highly valued by future employers, as they have shown a clear interest in their work and may have acquired many of the skills they are likely to use on a daily basis in their new job.
Most apprenticeships pass without accidents, but these can happen even if your employer is cautious and normally follows all the health and safety regulations that apply to the workplace. It may be that your accident happened because of a temporary lack of attention by your employer. You may have been asked to use equipment that was faulty or badly maintained. You may, in fact, have expressed your concerns in advance of your accident but were ignored or pressured into performing a task you knew was likely to end badly.
You may have been put at risk by other apprentices who were not following the rules or by other people working with you at the time. There are a wide range of workplace regulations that are designed to minimise the risks to your personal safety. If these were broken at the time of your accident and caused you serious psychological or physical harm, you could have a strong case for financial compensation.
The benefits of claiming compensation
When you claim compensation for your personal injury, you could use the money received to pay towards expenses related to your apprenticeship accident. You may have to pay towards medical prescriptions or have to take time off from work. Indeed, your ability to work may have been seriously compromised, even stopping you from continuing as an apprentice and realising your desired career path. A successful claim for financial compensation could help pay towards your accident-related expenses, including the cost of counselling.
Your doctor may have advised you to take counselling after your apprenticeship accident. Although counselling is freely available on the NHS, you may find it takes some time to start or that it is only available at some distance from where you live. An alternative could be private counselling, which usually gives you a greater choice of locations and commencement dates. This may be a necessity, since delaying counselling could continue to hinder your mental health from improving.
Although Accident Advice Helpline does not directly pay your private counselling costs, you can use the proceeds of a successful accident claim to pay towards the costs.
Get in contact
You can contact us by calling our free helpline on 0800 689 0500. If you are using a mobile phone, the number is 0333 500 0993. If you prefer to receive a call back, simply text “claim365” to 88010.