Workplace injuries are an extremely common type of accident around the world. They occur every year, and with startling frequency. The International Labour Organization (ILO) reports more than 337 million on the job accidents, which claim an estimated 2.3 million lives annually when combined with work-related diseases.
Work accidents come in many shapes and sizes, and include everything from a small paper cut to potentially fatal industrial hazards. Some of these accidents may be due to your own mistake or carelessness, while someone else is responsible for the others. You can file for a work accident claim if the accident wasn’t your own fault. Work accident claims are compensation for your pain and suffering, and the financial burden resulting from the accident.
The Employer Notification
The first step you need to take in the claim process once you’ve been in a work-related accident is to report it to your employer as soon as possible. Standard practice dictates that you notify your employer within 3 days of the accident’s date. The information you provide to your employer should be as detailed and informative as possible. It should include the time, date, and place of the accident, the cause, the person responsible, and any witnesses to the incident in addition to details about the extent of your injuries.
The Immediate Claim
There is usually, as a general rule, a defined deadline within which you can file your work accident injury claim. In most instances, this deadline expires after 7 days, so you need to be expedient with your claim once you’ve been in an accident. If however, you are in no condition to do so due to the extent and severity of your injuries, you should talk to your employer and consult with them about the time frame.
The Claim Entitlement
You are completely entitled to make a work accident claim where you were not the responsible party for the incident. It is an employer’s obligation to ensure that their employees are provided with safe working conditions. If they fail in this obligation and you sustain an injury, you are well within your rights to make a claim against them, even if they deny responsibility. An accident at work claims specialist can help you with a claim where there’s a dispute regarding the employer’s responsibility.
Things to consider
It is also part of the obligations of an employer to report certain accidents at the workplace to the Health and Safety Executive, particularly if the accident was severe in nature.
You should take into account that there is a statute of limitations governing cases where you seek a solicitor’s aid with your work accident claim: in order to be eligible, you have to claim within 3 years. Our specialist solicitors work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis and will do their utmost to secure maximum compensation if your claim is valid. However, compensation amounts can never be guaranteed.
If you have been injured at work, and the accident is a result of the employer’s negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for advice on how to make a work accident claim.
Date Published: November 7, 2013
Author: David Brown