If you have been injured in an Arbroath accident at work, the things you do and the records you keep can help you to maximise your chances of receiving compensation from your employer. The legal specialists at Accident Advice Helpline can help you with this.
However, when you are shocked and in pain, it can be hard to think logically and remember the steps you must take to protect your legal rights.
Steps you must take if you are involved in an Arbroath accident at work
Ideally, you should swot up on the actions you need to take in the event of an Arbroath accident at work before an accident occurs. To help you learn to keep calm and do the right thing after an accident, here is a checklist of the steps you must take:
- Inform your employer
If you are not seriously injured, the first thing you should do is move away from the hazard and inform your employer. Your employer will need to take action to protect your colleagues from suffering injuries similar to your own.
- Exchange information with eyewitnesses
If you are well enough to do so, take down the names, addresses, phone numbers and job titles of any witnesses to your accident. You will need these details to obtain statements in support of your subsequent compensation claim. You will need to show that you were not at fault.
- Photograph the accident scene
If you happen to have a camera, your phone will do, take detailed photographs of the accident scene. Do not wait until after you have sought medical attention; your employer may tamper with the evidence. If your injuries prevent you from doing this, ask someone else to do it for you.
- Seek medical attention
If you need medical assistance, see a first aider or, if your injuries are serious, ask someone to call for an ambulance. If you are treated by a first aider at work, follow this up with a trip to your doctor. It’s important to have your injuries recorded and treated.
- Get a copy of the health and safety report
Your employer should create a health and safety report in the aftermath of your Arbroath accident at work. Review the report to ensure it coincides with your recollection of the accident. The date of the accident is important, as you only have 3 years in which to start your claim.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline are a legal firm who specialise in compensation claims. We have over 15 years of experience, and we will make your claim on a no-win, no-fee basis.
To find out more about how we can help, and how much your compensation might be, call one of our friendly advisors on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 10th December 2014
Author: Jan Newell