“I was knocked out at work, can I claim?” We sometimes hear this question at Accident Advice Helpline. People are frequently unsure whether an accident that knocked them out at work will qualify for a personal injury claim.
The most likely way of being knocked out (rendered unconscious) is the result of an electric shock, a fall or a direct blow to the head. There could be any number of causes for a blow to the head in the workplace, but the most common ones involve falling from a height or a platform, or having an unsecured object fall onto your head. Of course, your workplace should be secure and risk-free, but in the real world employers can be negligent, make mistakes or fail to implement proper health and safety procedures. Fortunately, all employers are required to carry insurance that covers the cost of any successful personal injury claims.
If you were knocked out at work or lost consciousness in an accident that meets the two basic criteria for personal injury compensation, then you should be able to make a personal injury claim:
- Was the accident due to someone else’s negligence or improper procedure?
- Did it happen in the last three years? Note that if the accident took place when you were under 18, the three-year rule dates from your 18th birthday.
If your accident meets these criteria, we recommend that you try Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second compensation calculator to get an estimate of the amount you may be able to claim. Of course, this is only an estimate as individual cases vary. To discuss details of your case, we would recommend that you call us for free advice or to arrange to speak with an experienced personal injury solicitor who has handled cases like yours before. Our helpline is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, or you can call 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have established a gold standard for customer service in personal injury compensation:
- 100% no win, no fee**.
- No payment needed to start a claim.
- No forms to fill in.
- 24/7 helpline.
- Established since 2000.
There are some important things we would always advise you to collect and file in order to speed up and maximize your claim:
- Photographs of the scene of your accident that can help to show who or what was at fault.
- Names and contact details of any witnesses.
- Evidence of any loss of earnings or ability to work because of the accident.
- Receipts for all costs associated with the accident and the medical care you need.
Sometimes, being knocked out is just one indication of a more serious injury to the head or brain. Always watch out for dizziness, headaches, memory loss and poor hearing or vision and do not hesitate to get medical treatment if you think you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
At Accident Advice Helpline, you can contact us any time of day or night using our helpline 0800 689 0500. Our friendly, professional advisers will be happy to help you with the legal aspects of the process so that you can focus on getting back to normal as quickly as possible.
Date Published: October 18, 2014
Author: David Brown