Thousands of people file personal injury claims for accidents at work every year, and it is because of this that certain occupations have specialist procedures. Knowing your rights in any job, particularly if it is hazardous work, is helpful. For instance, someone who works on the roads might ask, “Can I claim as a road worker?” The answer is yes; there are several ways to claim as a road worker. The type of claim that is filed very much depends on the nature of the illness or injury that the road worker has sustained.
A potentially dangerous job such as that of a road worker can present quite a few different problems that can cause injury at work, the obvious one being hit by traffic. If the traffic accident is down to incorrect cordoning off of the area or any negligent action of the employer, then a claim is justified, and the victim of the accident should contact our expert lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline in order to ascertain the best next steps to take with their case.
Stating the case
The heavy machinery that is used by road workers, such as whacker plates, jackhammers and other pneumatic tools, are very heavy, and if they are lifted single handedly they can cause long-term injuries. For some of these tools it is recommended that two people lift and move them, if a person has sustained physical injury as a result of this recommendation not being adhered to then there is a case for a compensation claim, and the details of the accident should be discussed with our staff. Our 24-hour helpline is on hand to offer free advice for any type of personal injury claim or for queries regarding accidents at work. If the claimant is in any doubt over the question of making a claim as a road worker, then talking to our law firm will quickly dissipate any lingering doubts.
A good way to reinforce a claim is to have the entire required evidence ready for our specialist solicitors to take into the courtroom. Medical assistance should be sought as soon as possible after the accident occurs. This will help the victim to tend their injuries but also the medical records of the injuries will be extremely beneficial to the case. Photographic evidence of the injuries themselves and the area in which the accident took place will help; if it is not possible to photograph the location of the incident then the address of the location and even a sketch of the cause of the injury will help.
Any witnesses’ names and phone numbers should be taken; it would also be helpful to ask the witnesses if they would be willing to tell our specialist lawyers what they saw of the accident. This will further reinforce the claim for compensation. Contacting Accident Advice Helpline is possible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via our freephone number on 0800 689 0500, or alternatively there is a short form along with helpful information found on our website.
Date Published: January 12, 2014
Author: David Brown