All employers have a legal responsibility to provide their employees with a safe working environment. Nonetheless, accidents at work are still a daily occurrence, and they can happen in any type of job.
Taking action after a Bath and North East Somerset accident at work
If you are unlucky enough to suffer an accident at work, here is a checklist of the steps you should take:
- Report the accident to your employer
You should report your accident either to your employer or to the individual designated as having responsibility for health and safety in your workplace. When you report your accident, you should insist on making a record of the facts of the accident in your employer’s accident book.
- Seek medical attention
If your injury requires you to seek urgent medical attention, you should go to your nearest A&E department. If your injury does not necessitate a hospital visit, you should arrange to visit your GP as soon as possible after your accident as your injury may be more serious than it appears to be.
- Record the details of any eyewitnesses
If there were any witnesses to your accident, you should collect their names and contact details as soon as you are able to do so. If you wish to make a 100% no-win, no-fee* Bath and North East Somerset accident at work claim through Accident Advice Helpline, we may need to collect witness statements from them.
- Take photographs
You should take photographs of the accident scene as soon as possible after your accident, bearing in mind that your employer may take steps to remove the hazard. If your injuries are visible, you should take detailed photographs of them, too. Once you have collected evidence in support of your accident, you should keep it together in a safe place. This will enable you to have everything to hand if you choose to instruct us to handle your Bath and North East Somerset accident at work claim.
- Do not accept compensation without seeking our advice
Your employer may try to persuade you into accepting an offer of compensation. If this happens to you, you should call our Freephone helpline and talk to our personal injury team. Our trained claims advisers will be more than happy to assess your case free of charge and without obligation, and answer any questions or queries you may have.
Your accident must have happened in the last three years for you to be able to claim. If you’ve suffered an industrial disease then it’s three years from the date of your diagnosis.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.