If you have been involved in an accident at work, you may be considering making a claim for compensation. If you were working for a company and were injured whilst going about your allocated duties, then chances are you have a good case to make an accident compensation claim, but there are certain things you will need to prove in order to have your case taken on by a reputable solicitor.
1. Prove your employment
You will need to be able to show that the person or company who was involved in the accident had hired you as a direct employee or as a sub contractor. If you have a contract of work from them, this will be a simple process of finding the right piece of paper. However, if you are a bank or agency worker and are paid by the agency directly, this can be a little more difficult to prove. Whether you are a member of staff at the company or a temporary worker from an agency, you are still entitled to expect to work in a safe and healthy environment, so you can still expect to make an accident compensation claim.
2. Prove your injury
In order for an accident compensation claim to be successful you will need to be able to prove that the injury was a direct result of something that happened in the workplace. This can be surprisingly difficult in some cases, as if you had a pre-existing medical condition that was exacerbated by the work you were doing, the liability for this is a grey area and can be contested by the defence lawyers fiercely.
3. Prove your employer was at fault
Your accident may have occurred because of a faulty piece of machinery or because something was not repaired or serviced when it should have been. Maybe the appropriate signs or protective clothing were not issued by your employer, or maybe you were asked to do a job for which you had not been trained. In any of these cases, the employer is at fault and is liable to pay accident compensation for your injury. Proving their liability can be a tricky affair, however, so seeking professional legal advice as early in the process as possible is highly recommended.
4. Make your accident compensation claim within the relevant time frame
For the majority of injuries at work, claims must be submitted within 3 years of the accident occurring. For some industrial diseases and longer-term injuries such as asbestos damage and chemical poisoning, symptoms may not show themselves for many years or even decades, therefore, the time frame for making a claim in these cases is extended.Open Claim Calculator
Have you been injured at work?
If you’ve been injured at work and the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence then you could be entitled to claim compensation. Give the team at Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 free from your landline to speak to an advisor about taking the next step.