How to claim injury compensation
At the moment of trauma, the thought of how to claim injury compensation is not likely to be uppermost in the victim’s mind. Thousands of people in the UK are injured every year through accidents at work or on the road. In relation to the general population, the numbers are relatively small, but it is important to remember that a minor injury can be a source of great stress and inconvenience and some injuries a personal story of tragedy behind each statistic. If a person suffers an injury through no fault of their own and needs to claim injury compensation, he needs, if possible, to take certain actions at the scene.
In the case of injury at work
The commonest causes of injury at work are
- A slip, trip or fall
- Impact with a moving vehicle or plant
- Injury sustained whilst moving goods
- Falling from a height
What to do
If possible, ask a colleague to help you. Take photographs of the scene of the accident and any injuries sustained. Most mobile phones have cameras these days and at least one person will be carrying their mobile. Most employers will have an accident book, so ensure the incident is logged. An employer with more than ten on the books must report an accident with injury to the Health And Safety Executive.
You may not have received medical treatment at the scene. However, some injuries take time to ripen, so if you subsequently seek medical help as a result of the accident, you should get a medical report. It is likely you will have to have an independent medical assessment in any case, but a proper trail of evidence is important.
Accident on the roads
Again, take photographs and the details of other vehicles involved. Make sure you exchange details with the other drivers and inform your insurance company as soon as possible. Even if you don’t think at the time you will make claim injury compensation, it’s a good idea to do it in case circumstances change.
In either case, find out if people are prepared to act as witnesses and get their consent.
Date Published: April 18, 2013
Author: David Brown