Whilst on some occasions they can be quite minor, some accidents have a serious and long-lasting effect on the lives of those who endure them. On some occasions, they can cause injuries severe enough to render someone unable to work which, in itself, can have some heavy financial implications. There are, however, steps that you can take to help deal with the situation if you’ve suffered from an accident that wasn’t your fault, and there are several people that could potentially assist you.
The first thing that you should do is contact the Department of Work and Pensions. Whilst making a claim is a sensible course of action when you’ve been injured and you weren’t responsible, the first thing you need to do is to make sure that you have some money coming in, and that is what the DWP are for. You may be able to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or other benefits, depending on your individual circumstances. It’s important to check and double check exactly what you’re entitled to.
Secondly, it’s important to contact your employer to discuss what sick pay you’ll be entitled to. Statutory sick pay is standard for most firms, so even if the accident didn’t take place at work (or if it wasn’t the fault of your employers) you should be able to some sick pay from your employer. If, of course, your employer was responsible for the accident, then you should look at discussing what compensation they’re prepared to offer you as a result of the damage done. You should also ensure that they’ve met their necessary obligations by communicating with the Health and Safety Executive.
It’s also important that, if you’re uncertain as to who was responsible for the accident and are considering making a claim, you contact the Health and Safety Executive yourself. In their role as the governing body specifically charged with dealing with accidents, their vast knowledge will be able to shed some light on who was responsible for any accident, and whether or not they had met their obligation with regards to their training and their communication with the HSE themselves. This information should be able to help you make the decision as to whether or not you’re eligible to claim compensation.
Finally, if you’ve decided that you are indeed entitled to compensation with regards to your injuries, then you should get in touch with a solicitor who is experienced in making claims, preferably in your sector. A trained and experienced solicitor will add serious weight to your case and will mean that your claim is taken far more seriously than it would be if it was just yourself making it. It will also mean that the solicitor can take care of all the paperwork and administration to do with the claim, leaving you free to continue your life whilst awaiting the payment you deserve.