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Workplaces that employ 10 or more people are required by UK law to have an accident book, to log any incidents that have happened in the workplace. For workplaces with less than 10 people, an accident book is still recommended. It typically serves two purposes:
- To allow the employer oversight of all accidents, so they are able to prevent similar incidents in future.
- As a useful record for employees, especially if they decide to claim personal injury compensation.
What details are recorded?
If you have been injured in the workplace, you must log your accident in the book where you will detail your name and address, the date and time the accident occurred, where it happened, the cause of the accident, the injuries you have suffered and finally, if someone is filling out the book on your behalf, their name and contact information.
I’ve logged my work accident – what should I do next?
Once you have recorded your accident in the log book, you should next check your eligibility to make a claim for compensation. The three main criteria are:
- The accident was not your fault
- It happened within the past three years
- You required medical attention from your GP or any other healthcare professional
If you fulfil the conditions above, then you are likely entitled to claim. You can double check by using a quick online calculator such as Accident Advice Helpline’s 30 second tool, which will also give an idea of how much you may be able to claim depending on the severity of your injuries.
Once you have confirmed your eligibility, the next step is to progress your claim. If you have used Accident Advice Helpline’s 30 second tool, one of our highly trained advisers will be in touch to further discuss the specifics of your case, and progress your claim should you wish.
The benefit of using a law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline is that by using in-house lawyers you can always be sure the have the best access to the most appropriate lawyers for your requirements. We can pick the exact legal help you need depending on your specific circumstances. So, if you have had an accident at work, we will ensure your case is matched with a legal expert with proven experience in this area.
As well as evidence of your injury in your work’s accident book, it is useful to have other information to hand, if available. This may include a diary of events documenting your accident, that can be used to jog your memory for specific details. It may also be that you have photographs on your camera phone or receipts for any expenses incurred – all of this is useful, but not mandatory.
In most cases, we are able to progress your case via the telephone, and you will likely not need to attend court although you may be required to have a medical assessment to contribute further trusted evidence for your case. In all instances, we work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for more accident book information.