If you have suffered a work injury and want to claim for work accident compensation, you will want to know what the procedure is. After all, if you lose income as a result of an injury, the last thing you want is to lose compensation because you overlooked something.
The UK has some of the world’s strictest workplace health and safety measures, so employees are well covered. If you have had an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, here’s how the claim process works.
- Write down everything you can, including witness information, where the incident took place, what happened, what time it was, and so on. If possible, take photographs too, taking particular care to capture any evidence that the employer is at fault.
- Visit a doctor or medical practitioner, and add to your file any prescriptions, diagnoses, and records of appointments. This proves that the injury warranted medical attention.
- If you are injured to the point of being unable to, for instance, drive or do the shopping, and you utilise the help of others, keep records of that. Invoices, receipts, bank statements, and anything similar will help to demonstrate the severity of the injury and the impact on your life in general.
- Receive advice. Accident Advice Helpline has a 24/7 helpline, as well as a 30 second calculator to determine if you are eligible to claim. If you talk with an advisor you will be told if your case can be taken on, and with over 13 years in the business, it’s a company you can trust.
- Settlement. The next step in the compensation procedure is discussing settlement. The solicitor will review the case and contact the defendant. Once they admit liability for your accident at work there will be discussions over what the case is worth and what the defendant will pay. Often, they will offer an out of court settlement, which is advised to be accepted, as you will get paid much faster and no longer endure the stress.
- Court. If no out of court settlement is agreed, the case for the work accident will go to court, where the verdict and compensation will be decided.
A work accident claim is a straightforward process, which can be facilitated by keeping meticulous records of the incident and its impact. You need to be aware of the compensation process in order to ensure the best chance of a successful outcome.
Date Published: October 17, 2013
Author: David Brown