The natural reaction to a fall at work or a public trip is to try and laugh it off. Often, people simply don’t like the fuss and attention an accident creates. The mixed feelings of pain and embarrassment can lead to people becoming flustered, putting on a brave face and insisting that they are fine, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.
Though instinctive, this reaction is also far from helpful. Victims of workplace slips are often entitled to be recompensed. However, such is the wish to not make a fuss, they may actually be forgoing financial compensation. Here’s what you need to do to avoid the same happening to you.
Trips, slips and falls step one
See if you have a case: Was the incident the fault of someone else? Trips, slips and falls often seem innocuous and are frequently dismissed as clumsiness when they are, in fact, the result of negligence by others. Did the accident occur in the last three years? If the answer to both of these is yes, then you may well have a claim.
Work out who your claim is against: Accidents at work are the responsibility of your employer. All workplaces should have comprehensive risk assessments, health and safety regulations and employer’s liability insurance. Should your accident be a public trip or fall, don’t just forget it. Maintenance of streets, pavements etc is the responsibility of the local authority and if they’ve become dangerous, there’s a case.
Get a second opinion: However certain or uncertain you may be about the validity of your accident claim, it is always best to get it confirmed by an expert. Accident Advice Helpline offers a freephone service where you’ll be connected to a professional adviser no matter when you call. They can offer practical support on your accident claim, chances of success and outline the likely process.
Make your case: With Accident Advice Helpline working on your behalf on a no win, no fee** basis, you can be confident that everything possible is being done to win your compensation. With over 10 years’ experience in claims concerning accidents at work and elsewhere, they know what it takes.
Relax: Most cases are done and dusted over the phone and the vast majority do not require a court appearance. This keeps the nerves, pressure and disruption to your life to a minimum.
Date Published: September 27, 2013
Author: David Brown