No one would expect to go to work and be hurt while they are there. The current Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 has vastly reduced the number of injuries people have suffered while at work, but there are still rare occasions where people are hurt. Most these are reported as they should be, but what should you do if your work injury was not reported?
Firstly, you should know not every accident or injury has to be reported. The RIDDOR rules – the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences – specify certain things that must be reported when they occur. If your accident, injury or illness did not fall under these parameters, it would not have needed to be reported.
Recording the incident in the accident book
Every injury should be recorded in the accident book. This should be kept in the same place always on-site, and provides a record of what happened and when. If you go ahead to make a compensation claim stemming from your injury, you have a chance to use the evidence contained in the accident book to help prove what happened.
So, if your work injury was not reported, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to claim. It is always important to get advice from a legal representative with experience in making compensation claims for personal injuries, since they will be able to let you know where you stand.
Let us provide you with the help you need
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have ample experience in assisting people who have been injured at work. This is true for accidents where a work injury was not reported as well as for those where evidence exists in an accident book.
Whatever situation you’re in and however you were hurt, make sure you call us on 0800 689 0500 (for mobile callers, the number to call is 0333 500 0993). Our team has already advised many others since we first set out to help people like you in 2000. We also have Dame Esther Rantzen as our patron – a true champion of the people. Call today and speak to someone who can help. It’s the best way to make sure you know how to press ahead with a no-win, no-fee* claim if you can indeed do so. It could be easier to progress than you think.