Once the shock of suffering a welding injury at work has passed it is time to take action and file your welding accident claim. Without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer this can be an intimidating task. Where should you begin, what is needed to prove your employer’s negligence and where do you file your claim? All these questions may set your head spinning, but it does not need to be this difficult; a free 24-hour helpline is available at Accident Advice Helpline and we will allocate you a lawyer who will be able to answer all your questions relating to the incident. He or she will also be ready to represent you should you decide to proceed with filing your welding accident claim.
In order to focus your efforts, here are four things you need to do to ensure your claim is successful.
Report the injury to your employer
Unless your employer is fully aware of the injury it will be difficult for you to win your personal injury or accident at work claim. Your accident must be reported to the appropriate officials and you should ask to see that it has been recorded and put on file. By ensuring the incident is entered in the accident report book your employer will not be able to avoid taking responsibility by claiming ignorance of the incident.
Seek medical advice and treatment without delay
The most common areas of the body affected by welding accidents are the skin, eyes and lungs. Whether you have arc eye, welder’s lung or suffer burns from UV and infrared radiation, you need to seek medical help immediately. Though the range of treatment options may vary it is important to get the help you need as soon as you start feeling any welding related symptoms. This might include slurred speech, shakes, poor co-ordination and difficulty breathing.
Obtain details and evidence
In order for your claim to be successful you need to prove that your employer has been negligent in some way. If management say they have carried out proper risk assessments, ask to see the file. The record needs to be accessible to safety representatives, lawyers, etc., so if the company refuses to give it to you, ask your solicitor to obtain a copy. If that proves unsuccessful, the chances are that they have been negligent. Photos of safety equipment, ventilation and metals used will also be helpful, as will any witness statements.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
We now come to the crucial point in your claim, obtaining sound legal advice and hiring a solicitor with welding accident claim experience. Accident Advice Helpline has helped thousands of people just like you get compensation from accident at work claims. Since our formation in 2000, our team of lawyers have represented clients with integrity, reliability and accountability. These qualities have helped us gain our reputation as a leader for accident at work claims. Contact our free 24-hour helpline today and get the compensation you are entitled to.
Date Published: May 19, 2014
Author: David Brown