Suffering an accident can be traumatic, and the effects can last for years after the initial incident. Because of this, it’s important for anyone who’s been through a serious incident to make a claim to receive compensation. This can both help to pay for any necessary medical care you now need to receive as a result of any injuries sustained, as well as helping to compensate you for the fact that you’re now unable to work, which is something that happens quite often following more serious accidents. Some people might be a little uncertain as to exactly what can be claimed following an accident, and the following advice should be helpful.
Probably the most important initial claim you need to make is that of standard UK government benefits such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP) as, if you are eligible, this claim should be able to go through fairly quickly and will give you an initial income to help lessen the financial impact of being unable to work. Whilst a compensation claim can be quite significant for someone who can’t work, it can take some time to be processed and finalised, so it’s important that you get as many benefits as you’re entitled to, up front, to see you through to that first proper compensation payment.
Compensation claims can vary substantially within the workplace, but they are often found in the following:
Accident comensation claims. It is the legal obligation of an employer to ensure that the health and safety of their employees is paramount, especially on a construction site, as they tend to have a few more risks than office-based workplaces and more opportunities for accidents to occur as a result.
Industrial injury claims often take the form of long-term damage as a result of dealing with industrial equipment over a long period of time. Common issues include deafness, exposure to hazardous substances such as asbestos and repetitive strain injuries such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Faulty product compensation is a unique area of compensation, but one that nonetheless leads to thousands of pounds being awarded each year to workers who’ve been injured as a result of poor quality, badly maintained or faulty work tools. Manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their products never endanger safety, and if they don’t meet this obligation then they are likely to be held responsible for any injuries.
The other most common form of injury claim comes from simple trips and falls. Whilst more often than not these initially don’t seem to be serious, it’s not uncommon for issues to develop further along the line as a result, such as long-term migraines following a knock on the head, or back trouble following a slight fall down the bottom two stairs. The best way to approach this is to go and double check your condition with a doctor immediately following any incident, however minor it might seem. In this way, you can be sure that you’ll catch any problems before they become more serious and as a result can have them treated.
Date Published: September 30, 2013
Author: David Brown