When the term industrial accident comes up, you may imagine accidents occurring in factories, in large buildings where lots of technical work goes on, and similar situations. However, in reality, an industrial accident could potentially happen in any workplace. This means you could suffer an accident while working in an office, regardless of where that office happens to be.
Accidents such as these range from very minor incidents to those that cause either serious injury or possibly even death to one or more of those injured. For example, tripping over a step could cause injury, while in the worst-case scenario someone could lose their life in an explosion or other serious incident.
What should you do if you are hurt while at work?
Firstly, it is of paramount importance that you receive medical attention for your injuries. The incident should also be reported because it should be included in the accident book. Your employer should be more than aware of what occurred and how it occurred, to ensure they can take steps to prevent anything similar happening again.
However, this does not help your situation. You have already suffered from one or more injuries, and while medical attention should help you on the way to recovery, you may well feel you have a chance to make a claim for compensation.
Does it matter what kind of industrial accident you suffered from?
No – all that matters is that you get medical help and you then find out where you stand in a legal sense. If you were not to blame for the accident, you have a chance to find out whether someone else was to blame. For example, the potential may exist for your employer to have flouted health and safety rules. If this is the case, you can determine whether a compensation claim might be a possibility.
So whether you have minor injuries or your life has been permanently changed because of the injuries you suffered, do make sure you call Accident Advice Helpline as quickly as possible. You must do so within three years of suffering your injuries in order to have a chance of making a no win, no fee compensation claim. Our number is 0800 689 0500; alternatively, you can try the 30-second online test to see whether you could claim anything for the injuries you ended up with.
Date Published: March 5, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead