Isn’t it risky to make a claim against your employer after an accident?
If you have had an accident at work and you believe it happened because your workplace wasn’t safe, then you may have grounds to make a case for compensation for your injuries. Understandably, many people worry about doing this: isn’t there a risk that you will lose your job if you make a claim against your employer? The straight answer is no: employment law protects you against discrimination in this respect. If you have any reason to believe you have been disadvantaged by making a claim against your employer, then you may have grounds for bringing a further case for unfair dismissal.
The fact of the matter is that your employer has a duty of care towards you. If your accident happens because your workplace is unsafe, and your employer has not taken all reasonable steps to ensure your safety, then you are legally entitled to make a claim. And remember: it is not your employer who will be paying your compensation out of their own pocket – they will be insured against such eventualities.
What to do if you need to make a claim against your employer
If you have an accident at work, firstly make sure you inform your Health and Safety representative. You should notify your employer and ensure that your accident is recorded. For your own personal use and to help your solicitor if you decide to make a claim against your employer, you should then write out a clear description of your accident as soon as you can after the event. Don’t apportion blame, just record the facts as you see them.
Keep a note of any witnesses to your accident and if at all possible, take photos or make a rough sketch of the accident scene.
Don’t worry if you aren’t able to do all of these things – we may still be able to help.
To find out the best way to make such a claim, contact us as soon as possible after your accident, while events are still fresh in your mind. You can:
- Ring our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile;
- Text ‘claim365’ to 88010; or
- Try the 30 second test on our website.
We’ll take brief details of your accident and tell you how likely you are to succeed if you decide to seek damages. We can set your mind at rest about the process of claiming compensation too.
If you wish to go ahead, we’ll appoint you a lawyer with direct experience of handling similar claims. This will prevent delays and ensure you don’t settle for less than you deserve. You may not even have to worry about going to court to settle your claim. Many cases are resolved without resorting to a court appearance.
Call us today to discuss your case in detail – our legal advice is free and there’s no obligation.