If you have been unfortunate enough to have suffered a work injury, the good news is you may be entitled to compensation claims if it wasn’t your fault. Accidents at work happen, fortunately some far less severe than others, but in order to file for compensation there are certain parameters, namely:
- It wasn’t your fault
- It happened within the past three years – with possible exceptions for the onset of disease or when the victim was a minor
It can seem frustrating at times, but health and safety legislation exists to keep people safe. Part of the legislation is that if it is overlooked by those responsible, they can be held accountable for any mishaps and that is why compensation claims for injuries at work can be filed. Making a claim for accidents at work is simple enough these days, but there are some things that should be avoided to stand the best chance of winning:
- Continuing to work immediately afterwards. If you suffered an injury in a work, accident then going straight back to the job can indicate you were not as hurt as is being claimed. Instead, immediately talk to your boss and seek medical attention.
- Threatening behaviour. Threatening will not get you anywhere and can harm your case by bringing the integrity of your character into question. If the incident wasn’t your fault, the law is on your side. There is no need to threaten or be aggressive.
- Act unprofessionally. In particular this includes telling anyone who will listen – and even those who won’t – how bad the business is, how much you’re going to receive in the work accident claim and so on.
- Lose records and notes. Keeping notes and records of the incident and medical appointments/prescriptions is very important in proving the extent of your injuries. Losing these can seriously weaken your case, as there is no way of verifying if you suffered an injury at all, let alone whose fault it was.
- Pay for expensive legal advice. Plenty of law firms will charge you a hefty fee for advice on work accident compensation claims, but Accident Advice Helpline offers the same service at no cost – just call the free number or use the online 30-second test. If you want the company to represent you, it’s a no-win, no-fee* service.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 3, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims