As an employer, you ideally want the best for your employees while running your business lucratively and successfully. These ideals sometimes clash, however, and you are faced with variables such as unhappy employees or an unforeseen incident that could lead to accidents at work. In situations such as these, you can be worried about what happens if claim is made against you by an employee.
Catch the problem early
Employers providing adequate training and instigating satisfactory safety measures can prevent many work-related accidents. Remember that as an employer, you do have a duty of care and when an employee becomes harmed due to your negligence, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if a claim is made against you.
Stay on top of general training, such as first aid and fire safety, and incorporate concise sector-specific training into individual performance plans. This should be in addition to any workplace assessments.
Listening to employees can also make a massive difference. Address matters that are causing problems effectively and efficiently. Usually if you resolve matters for employees before things escalate you can avoid a claim being made against you.
What to do if a claim is made against you
If you have the adequate employer insurance in place, you don’t need to worry too much if a claim is made against you. Depending on the nature of the claim, your liability should cover most injury or illnesses sustained. With that in mind, it is important to ensure that your business is fully insured for all eventualities.
Typically, employers will receive notification via letter if a claim is being made against them. You will be given a set amount of time to respond to your claim. It is recommended that you communicate through a solicitor, who has experience in handling work-related claims.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been involved in an accident at work and believe your employer is liable, Accident Advice Helpline could help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
No matter the nature of your claim, from a slip and fall in the office to a chemical-related illness, at Accident Advice Helpline, we have years of experience assisting victims of a myriad of work-related illness and injury.
For a free initial consultation, call us today on freephone 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, for your convenience.
Date Published: November 13, 2015
Author: David Brown