Are you looking for information on how to claim compensation for an injury at work?
If you need to know how to claim compensation for an injury at work, we are here to help you. Many injuries at work go unreported and many employees suffer the impact of their injuries in silence. But help and compensation are available to you and the compensation process can be straightforward and stress-free if you ask for the right help and support. So, here is our quick step by step guide on how to claim compensation for an injury at work.
Step 1: Make sure your employer has recorded your injury
The range of injuries you can sustain at work is vast, but the bottom line is that your employer is obliged to take measures to keep you safe at work. If your employer has failed to take reasonable precautions to keep you safe, you are likely to be eligible to claim compensation. Some of the most common injuries at work include:
- Slips, trips and falls at work;
- Falls from height;
- Industrial injuries and diseases;
- Repetitive strain injuries;
- Specific industry injuries such as vibration white finger;
- Injuries from faulty or poorly maintained equipment;
- Injuries from misuse of equipment due to poor training; and
- Manual handling injuries.
There are many other types of injuries at work. No matter how your injury has occurred, the first thing you need to do following any injury at work is make sure that your employer has recorded it correctly. Employers will keep an accident register and are obliged to report serious injuries at work to the Health and Safety Executive. Your compensation claim will use the record of your injury as evidence, so it is in your interests to make sure the injury is reported and recorded properly.
Step 2: Make sure you record everything you can about your injury at work
After the event, make sure you write everything down. Memories fade quickly, so the sooner you record the circumstances of your injury, the better. Make a note of:
- The date and time of the injury;
- Where you were when it happened and exactly what you were doing;
- The names of any other people present;
- Exactly how the injury occurred;
- What the extent and impact of your injury was;
- A description of what happened next, including who was made aware and how it was reported and dealt with;
- Any medical attention you received, including the names, times and dates of anyone who treated you and any discussion or diagnosis you had; and
- The impact of your injury on your work and home life.
Step 3: Make sure you get the help you need to make your claim
Your compensation claim can be painless and hassle-free as long as you get the right support. Our comprehensive compensation support includes providing you with an expert solicitor specialising in accidents at work and an adviser to complete all paperwork on your behalf. All appointments and medical assessments will be coordinated for you and you will be provided with a 24-hour helpline. Best of all, our services are no win no fee, so you have nothing to lose.
Get in touch
If you would like to talk to us about how to claim compensation for an injury at work, you can call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 5659. Alternatively, for an instant estimate of the level of compensation you could be eligible to receive, try our unique 30-second compensation test.