If you are a postman and you have been unfortunate enough to get into an accident, you might be asking, “Can I claim for a postman accident?” As one of the leading law firms specialising in personal injury claims in the UK, Accident Advice Helpline can answer this question and more.
Postmen round the country are prone to accidents due to the type of work they do. These accidents can occur in their offices, at depots or while they are out on the streets delivering mail. The most common include lifting accidents in the workplace or attacks by dogs or other aggressive pets as they visit their owners’ homes. Sometimes calamity can befall postmen as they cycle, drive or walk while carrying out their official duties.
We at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you to claim for a postman accident as long as you fulfil the following criteria:
- You were not responsible for the accident in any way and it occurred due to someone else’s actions.
- You sustained injuries and sought help from a recognised medical practitioner.
- The accident happened within the last three years.
Why claiming is important
A successful postman accident compensation claim will help you recover money you lost as a result of the accident. This includes the money you spent on medical treatment and travel expenses to and from hospital. If your injuries were very serious, you can include the cost of ongoing care and loss of income for the period you took to recuperate.
The compensation will also help you to get your life back on track and to maintain the quality of life you had before the accident. Additionally, if your injuries left you permanently disabled, the money you receive can help you adapt your home to your new needs.
Lastly, although compensation cannot undo the damage wrought by the accident, it will help bring a sense of justice to the whole situation.
What evidence will I need?
In order to make a valid claim you need to start by receiving medical attention for your injuries. This will ensure that your medical records are updated and will verify the seriousness of your injuries. Furthermore, your personal injury solicitor will need the doctor’s report to support your claim.
Next, you need to report the accident to the police and to your employer. Make sure it is entered into your employer’s accident book and retain a copy of the report.
You will also require photographs of your injuries, contact details of any witnesses to the accident as well as receipts of any expenses you incurred in the course of treatment. The latter might include receipts of the doctor’s consultation fees and the medicine you bought plus any receipts showing the money you spent on transport going to or coming from hospital.
If you decide to pursue your claim for a postman accident, contact us via our free helpline on 0800 180 4123. You can also fill in the simple online contact form on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
Date Published: January 12, 2014
Author: David Brown