When accidents at work occur, you may need to rely on other members of your team to provide a witness statement to support your case.
Work accident witnesses: The lowdown
Sustaining a work-related injury can be difficult time. As well as the pain you suffer, you may also find yourself unable to participate in activities as you did before or even unable to work.
This can leave you feeling particularly angry or disgruntled; however, despite the harm you have incurred at work, you cannot influence the witness or obtain anything other than the most fundamental pieces of information from them.
This includes their full name, address and telephone number. In most circumstances, you may not even need to obtain these details, as they will be passed on via your employer or a trade union.
What information will a work accident witness be asked to give?
As the name suggests, a work accident witness will be asked to give a witness account of the incident at work that led to your injury.
It is often helpful for the witness to write down their account of events. It is important that this is objective, stating only facts and not allowing emotion or opinion to colour their statement.
Often, the work accident witness will be asked specific questions. In this case, a concerted effort should be made to answer these directly, without deviation.
Work accident witnesses also must not discuss their statement with anyone, especially the victim of the work-related injury in question.
What to do if you have been injured at work
If you have been injured at work in an accident that wasn’t your fault, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, may be able to help you.
First and foremost, it is important that you can collate evidence to support your claim. This includes photographs of your injury and of the incident or issue that caused your accident at work.
It is also handy to keep a note of medical appointments and treatments received.
From there, nip online to Accident Advice Helpline’s website. Their online compensation calculator takes just 30 seconds to complete and allows the legal firm to establish if your case is likely to be successful if pursued. Alternatively, to discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
On a no win, no fee* basis, Accident Advice Helpline will manage your claim to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for the harm you’ve suffered.