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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Average compensation payouts


    Accidents can happen anywhere but in work situations both employers and employees have a duty to take all reasonable care to prevent them. If you’re injured in an accident at work that was due to your employer’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Average compensation payouts can run into thousands of pounds, which is money that can go a long way to help you getting back on your feet. So it’s important you follow the right process from the start.

    Ask for first aid immediately

    By law, all companies must have at least one First Aider on the premises. Follow the advice they give you and then contact your GP or A&E as soon as you can. It is important to go for a professional medical assessment after any accident at work, even if the injury seems minor. Sometimes the full extent of a problem takes time to develop and it’s important to establish that your issue was the result of the accident at work rather than for any other reason.

    Make sure the incident is accurately recorded

    All accidents at work must be recorded in an accident book. Often this is the responsibility of the First Aider. In some companies, you will be asked to sign the entry. If you are, make sure you read it carefully and only sign when you are absolutely happy with what it says. Employers who understand the value of average compensation payouts may try to put pressure on staff to record the accident in such a way as to minimise the employer’s negligence. Never give in to this pressure as these reports are often key evidence in compensation claims.

    Keep your own notes on the incident

    As soon as you are able, write down everything you can remember about the incident. In particular, make a note of where it took place, what you were doing at the time, who else was there and how it impacted you. Add anything else you remember later.

    Average compensation payouts are meant to help put things right

    Speak to a reputable law firm like Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to see where you stand with regards to a compensation claim. You can discuss your own personal situation with an adviser and find out more about average compensation payouts.

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    While your case is being processed, make sure you follow any prescribed or recommended treatments, even if you have to pay for them yourself to begin with. Keep the receipts for any related expenses such as fares to attend treatment, as these expenses can often be recovered.

    Date Published: 9th August 2013

    Author: Jan Newell

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