Whatever your occupation happens to be, work accidents can and will happen occasionally. Injuries resulting from such accidents at work can range from bruises, cuts or sprains to broken bones, severe burns or amputations, even fatalities.
Employers are legally required to take all necessary steps to protect employees against injuries at work. Should they fail in this duty and you were injured at work within the past three years, you may have the right to claim for work injury compensation. You may have a valid basis to make a work injury claim if your accident at work was the result of:
- Slipping, falling or tripping
- Dangerous working practices or procedures
- Poorly maintained or defective equipment
- Dangerous machinery
- Exposure to toxic substances or a noxious environment
- Falling objects
- Co-worker negligence
- Improper or inadequate training
- Ignorance of health & safety regulations
- Faulty manual handling practises or lifting due to poor training
- Accidents while operating cranes or forklifts
Circumstances or workplace accidents leading to vibration white finger and other repetitive strain injuries; skin complaints and other industrial illnesses may also qualify you to claim for compensation.
Conditions for entitlement to claim
In order to successfully make a claim, the accident leading to your injury must have:
- Occurred within the last three years
- Been someone else’s fault
- Been reported and recorded in your company’s accident report book as soon after it occurred as possible
In cases where a medical condition develops and is diagnosed years after the initial accident at work believed to have caused it, the three-year time limit commences from the date of diagnosis.
You will also be required to provide evidence supporting your claim. This may include:
- Witness contact details
- Medical records detailing the extent of your injury and treatments or medication required
- Receipts detailing other expenses incurred as the result of the injury
Photos of the scene of the accident, your injuries, and so on may also be handy to have.
How to make sure you are entitled to claim
The easiest way to confirm claim eligibility is to fill in Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test or call the Freephone helpline for advice. Backed by years of experience in conducting industrial injury claims, this law firm’s advisors and in-house solicitors have all the knowledge and skills necessary to establish your claim eligibility and handle your claim efficiently. Just call 0800 689 0500.