What’s the difference between a fine wine and a claim for compensation following an accident at work? The answer is that, while a wine increases in value and quality with age, the chances of a successful outcome following injuries at work diminishes.
Why do I need to make my work accident compensation claim sooner rather than later?
There are certain criteria that you must meet in order to have what is considered a ‘valid’ claim for work accident compensation. Of this criteria, the central three are:
- Time: In order to be successful, a claim needs to be brought forward within three years of the accident taking place. Health problems suffered in later life as a result of working with asbestos and other industrial illnesses are significant exceptions to this rule, as are cases involving minors, which otherwise are pretty much standard.
- Injuries: The injuries suffered as a result of your accident at work will need to have required medical attention to make a claim. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead people to exaggerate or embellish the extent of their suffering. This is never a good idea as bad claims are almost always spotted and will leave both courts and employers unimpressed.
- Blame: if your accident occurred as a result of negligence on behalf of someone else, or because of faulty machinery or similar, then your claim for accident compensation will be strong.
The first of these criteria clearly shows that time is of the essence when it comes to making a work accident claim. However, it’s not just the validity of your claim that is dependent on time, but also the strength of it.
Putting together a claim following an accident at work sooner rather than later allows a far greater amount of time for gathering evidence. It also means that the events that unfolded are fresh both in your own mind and that of any witnesses.
The longer you leave it, the foggier these recollections may become and inconsistencies can substantially damage the strength of a work accident claim.
Of course, it may take some time for the full results of medical examinations and diagnosis to be made available but, aside from that, the sooner you can put a claim together, the better.
A call to Accident Advice Helpline freephone service can establish the validity of your claim and help from getting the ball rolling to seeing the claim through.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown