If you’re hurt at work as the result of an accident, it’s important that you receive treatment for any injury straight away, if necessary. You should follow the below steps if you are hurt at your place of work:
- Report your accident or injury to your employer immediately, even if it is just a minor injury
- Ensure the incident is recorded in your company’s accident book – all employers must ensure that they have an accident book available for recording workplace accidents
- Seek medical attention for your injury. There should be first aid facilities available at work, and your workplace may or may not have a qualified first-aider. If you require treatment at hospital, your employer should allow you time off and organise transportation to the nearest Accident and Emergency department
- You should also ensure you’re aware of why the accident happened – for example, if your injury was caused by faulty equipment, find out if the machinery has been taken out of use for repair
- If you have had a serious accident, make sure your employers have notified the HSE
What happens next?
If you’ve been injured through employer negligence or have had an accident at work which wasn’t your fault, you could claim for compensation. It’s important to ensure that you gather as much evidence as possible, and seek advice from a personal injury compensation lawyer. If you suffered an injury due to an accident at work, consider the following:
- Were there any witnesses to your accident who could back up what happened?
- Was your injury caused by faulty machinery?
- Could you obtain photographic evidence if you’ve suffered a slip or trip? For example, a photo of oil or other substances on the floor could be useful – it may be possible to ask a colleague to obtain this for you if you are not at work
- Have you needed time off work and suffered loss of earnings as a result of your injury?
It’s a good idea to have copies of your medical notes to hand before calling Accident Advice Helpline, as we can normally process claims over the phone, with no need to attend court.
How we can help
Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone advice line is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, so call us today and we can assist you with your claim for compensation. Our 100% no win, no fee service ensures you’ll keep more of what is rightfully yours, should your claim be successful, and we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable.
We’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, so you know you’ll receive a reliable, professional service. Give us a call today and we can get the ball rolling on your personal injury claim for compensation.
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown