Getting appropriate industrial action accident counselling may well be required if you are to fully recover from the trauma of an accident during the course of industrial action. Accident Advice Helpline is a source of dedicated and professional advice in the area of accident injury compensation. It has been in operation since 2000, during which time it has helped thousands of accident victims successfully process compensation claims.
Industrial action accident incidents
An industrial action accident can take a number of different forms. Common types of industrial action accidents that might lead to a compensation claim can include:
- Slips and falls
- Being hit accidentally with a placard
- A trip on a broken pavement while on picket duty
A slip or fall is one of the most common types of injury for which compensation is sought. If you slip or fall on an untreated surface, it can have serious consequences – a sprain or even broken bones, resulting in time off work. UK employers are obliged to meet strict health and safety standards and a failure to meet the regulations can result in the employer being open to an accident compensation claim. For instance, if workers are on strike and the strike action occurs in the workplace, the employer is still obliged to meet workplace health and safety standards. Employer liability insurance means that it is the insurance provider and not your employer who will be paying out so you should never feel it is inappropriate to seek the compensation you may well be entitled to as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Medical attention and counselling treatment
It is also critical to seek medical care as soon as you can after an accident. In a compensation claim, a doctor’s report can form crucial evidence, but apart from that, medical attention is important to ensure that injuries sustained do not worsen and to provide peace of mind. Keep any receipts you obtain relating to medical costs as these costs can be factored into a compensation settlement.
Suffering an industrial injury of any kind is not a pleasant experience and the victim’s doctor may prescribe counselling to help alleviate any mental trauma. An incident that results in serious injury can have long lasting effects that can lead to serious depression and anxiety symptoms. These can be exacerbated by money worries that result because of forced absence from work due to treatment and physical rehabilitation. Unfortunately, there can be long waiting lists to obtain counselling through the NHS and obtaining professional counselling privately can be very expensive. Accident Advice Helpline can assist in recovering the costs of counselling as part of a compensation deal, as long as the client has provided supporting medical evidence of its need.
Gathering proof of an accident
If you do suffer an accident while engaged in industrial action, try and gather together as much information as possible about the circumstances under which it happened. Even the smallest of details can strengthen your case for compensation. If a colleague saw the accident occur, then ensure you have their contact details. Your solicitor will be eager to speak with them to help show that the accident was not due to your own negligence.
Having to go through the accident compensation system can add to the stress of the situation, but clients of Accident Advice Helpline can feel assured that the solicitors on its team will be acting in their best interests. The solicitors working for the Helpline work on a no win, no fee* basis in 100 per cent of cases. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: August 24, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Industrial injury claim