Though you should be able to feel like your workplace is your home away from home, thousands of employees a year across the UK will be involved in a workplace accident which wasn’t their fault and could easily have been avoided. In these cases, workers are perfectly within their rights (both morally and legally) to file a personal injury claim and if you’re worrying about being the office pariah, don’t. The compensation will be taken out of your employer’s liability insurance, not the company’s own coffers.
Unable to work
Of course the worst case scenario would see you injured to an extent that leaves you unable to work. This is especially likely if you work in a trade that requires consistent, physical effort to be made (i.e. manual and skilled labour etc.). In this case, you’d not only be forced into taking time off work, but your injuries might hinder you from getting any more work in the future. If an injury is making it impossible for you to work, chances are it is also affecting your home and personal life in an incredibly negative fashion.
If you have been injured at work and the injury has left you with a debilitating injury, of course the doctors and/or hospital should be your first port of call. They will be able to tell you the extent of your injuries and how long it will likely take for them to heal (if indeed they will heal). Your doctors might also be able to advise you about how best to move ahead with a personal injury claim, though rest assured, at Accident Advice Helpline, we’ll provide you with all the information and support you could possibly need.
Cause and effect
In terms of what could cause these accidents, it really depends on your place of work, the job itself and your employers. More often than not though, these accidents can be avoided by simply making sure that everyone is vigilant and that the standards of the workplace itself are adequate. If there’s old, worn flooring for example, that could easily be fallen through, make sure it’s replaced before the worst happens or if you work in an area that is often prone to flooding, put down an absorbent mat to prevent slips and tumbles.
Making a claim
Making your claim couldn’t be simpler with Accident Advice Helpline. Either fill out our 30-second form online or phone us on our 24/7 hotline. We’ll guide you through every stage of our no win, no fee* service and put you in touch with one of our law experts. Chances are that your case we be solved without you ever having to even go to court! Accident Advice Helpline is patronised by television personality Esther Rantzen, who, as the founder of children’s charity ‘Child line’ amongst other noble pursuits, really knows a thing or two about personal justice.
Date Published: October 5, 2013
Author: David Brown