Have you been injured at work in an accident? If so, you will find that things are a little different from how they might be if you were to get into an accident elsewhere, such as in the high street or in a local park.
Your employer has a duty to ensure that your working environment is safe, so they will be keen to make a record of what happened. It might help them to prevent similar occurrences in future, but it’s not just to aid them – having a record of everything could help you, too, if you decide to make a claim for compensation through an accident lawyer in Rushcliffe.
Claiming against your employer
Some people worry about making a claim against their employer, fearing dismissal or other repercussions if they proceed. But the truth is, employers expect their employees to claim if something happens – and the money for injury payouts doesn’t come from company profits, either. It is dealt with by employers’ liability insurance.
The procedure to follow after a work accident
1) Get medical attention as soon as possible. If you don’t need an ambulance, there should at least be a qualified first aider somewhere on the premises, so make sure they attend to you. Go to the doctor as soon as possible afterwards, too.
2) Report the incident to your manager. They will need to know about what happened, and they will enter the details into the accident book, which you will need to sign – but only if you feel that what’s recorded is an accurate description of what happened.
3) Complete a questionnaire. Soon after the accident, you will be issued with a form to fill in. Do this to the best of your knowledge – it’s better to do it as soon after the accident as you can, because your mind will be fresher.
4) Take time off work if needed. If you need three or more days off sick because of the injuries you suffered in the accident, your employer will have to report it to the Health and Safety Executive – so make sure you tell them.
5) Keep a diary after the accident. Record your physical condition, but also note how you feel each day. You could be suffering psychologically because of what happened, too. This will help you if you decide to claim.
Contact an accident lawyer in Rushcliffe
If you do wish to proceed with a claim, call Accident Advice Helpline and speak to an advisor. If you’re eligible to claim compensation, they will pass your details to an accident lawyer in Rushcliffe on our no win no fee team.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile – or text “claim365” to 88010 and someone will call you back. We look forward to assisting you.
Date Published: 25th November 2014
Author: David Brown