Injuries caused by accidents at the workplace are common enough, and it is entirely natural to seek compensation for those injuries, especially if the accident was not your fault. Work injury compensation claims can be filed and won, in cases where the employer or another member of staff is found to be negligent in their duties or to be directly at fault for the accident.
The first thing you have to consider when filing a claim for work injury compensation is whether you could have somehow avoided the accident. Evaluate what happened with an impartial mind and try to determine whether or not you are responsible for the accident yourself. Contact Accident Advice Helpline for a legal standpoint and a fair assessment of whether you are eligible for any compensation at all.
If and when you do decide to file a claim for work injury compensation, you need to have a clear understanding of what it is exactly that you are seeking compensation for and how much would be fair. Your injuries could be small, such as sprains and slight cuts, that do not keep you from your work; or they could be severe such that they prevent you from working for an extended period of time.
In the latter case, it is not merely the injury itself that you should be compensated for but the loss of earning from having missed work as well. Additionally, the compensation should encompass any medical bills and other expenses incurred from having the injury treated. Workplace accidents can cause psychological trauma too, and it might have caused you other financial losses as well.
Why is it important?
Employees should be able to feel safe and comfortable at their workplace, so they can perform their day to day tasks with a certain peace of mind. That can be extremely difficult though following a workplace accident, particularly so if the injuries suffered were severe and traumatic.
Work injury compensation becomes essential then to help employees recover from the accident, not only physically, but psychologically and financially as well. It also helps them readjust to life at work after a prolonged absence, which can be beneficial for the employer too, since there will be a relatively smaller loss of productivity.
Perhaps the biggest reason work injury compensation is important is because of the effects it has on employers who are negligent. Certainly, there are employers who become liable in workplace accidents only because of an innocent oversight in safety procedures and guidelines. Yet, unfortunately there are those who simply refuse to take responsibility and be diligent enough to provide their employees with a safe work environment.
Work injury compensation claims can force negligent employers to reconsider how they conduct business and encourage them to develop and implement strategies that safeguard the health and safety of their employees. You may not want to continue employment at your current workplace in the aftermath of an injury claim, but you can help yourself and everyone else who works there simply by initiating a work injury compensation claim process.
To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 5, 2014
Author: David Brown