An office accident, just like any other accidents at work, should be reported as soon after the incident occurred as possible. This applies not only to work accidents causing immediately visible, serious injuries, but also to incidents resulting in apparently minor or perhaps not instantly recognisable injuries. There are two main reasons for this:
First of all, work related accidents are sometimes caused by faulty equipment; inadequate training or employees ignoring specific safety or handling procedures, for instance. Whenever an accident at work occurs, responsible authorities (owners, managers, supervisors, etc) tend to launch an investigation into how and why it happened. In cases of faulty machines; possible negligence or otherwise poor working conditions, this could ultimately result in conditions being improved. Future accidents leading to work injuries can subsequently be avoided.
Secondly, individuals injured at work may be entitled to claim for work injury compensation. When a work accident has been properly reported and recorded in the relevant company’s accident report book, the recorded details could be helpful when making a claim. Such details should include:
- Accounts of what happened when and how
- Contact details for witnesses
- Type of injuries sustained
- Whether medical assistance was provided
- Medical treatments, medication, and so on administered
The reason even minor injuries at work should be reported immediately is the simple fact that sometimes, injuries that looked minor to begin with can later turn out to be more serious.
In addition, claims for personal injury compensation have to be initiated within a maximum time limit of three years. This general rule some exceptions including:
- If a work injury or industrial disease is not recognised or diagnosed until some significant time following the incident responsible for the illness or injury (some industrial illnesses take years to develop and be diagnosed) has elapsed, the three year limit commences from the date of being diagnosed.
- If a person under the age of 18 is injured by workplace accident, the three-year limit may be deferred to the date of their 18th birthday.
In essence, all claims for industrial injury compensation must be initiated within three years of either sustaining the injury or being diagnosed with an industrial illness.
Additional information on when and how to claim for personal injury compensation can be obtained by calling the 24-hour helpline provided by Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm with years of experience in handling compensation claims, on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice