Can you make a first aid claim for compensation?
There can be no doubting that first aid saves a significant number of lives every year. According to St John Ambulance, up to 150,000 people in this country die per year through a lack of first aid knowledge. Recent research conducted by the UK charity revealed that nearly two-thirds of people questioned (59%) wouldn’t feel confident enough to try to save a life and a quarter (24%) said that if they were present at the scene of an accident they would do nothing and wait for an ambulance to arrive or hope that a passer-by knows first aid.
So what is a first aid claim and why would you make one?
Anyone who has suffered injury or illness during the last three years as a result of an accident or incident which was not their fault, can make a claim for financial compensation. Therefore, if you have been in the unfortunate position of having been administered first aid which in itself has caused injury, you could be entitled to make a first aid claim for compensation.
Injuries in the workplace
A common place where many people come into contact with first aid is at work. According to statistics from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) an estimated 591,000 workers had an accident at work in 2011-2012
Under UK law, it is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that the workplace is a safe environment in which employees can work and that they have all the necessary processes in place should an accident occur. As a minimum, every office should have a first-aid box and someone who is responsible for making first-aid arrangements.
If there are more significant health and safety risks such as in a much larger premises or somewhere with a lot of machinery or equipment, employers are required to have a trained first-aider in the workplace.
If you received first aid in the workplace which caused injury to you, then you could be entitled to make a first aid claim. Your employer will have liability insurance which will cover them for this and you will be able to claim compensation from their insurance company.
Accident Advice Helpline and your first aid claim
At Accident Advice Helpline we work on a strictly no-win, no-fee basis and have years of experience in dealing with work-related claims. We have a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers who are specialists in the field of claiming compensation following accidents or injuries at work.
For an idea of whether you might qualify to make a first aid claim and how much you might be entitled to receive, use Accident Advice Helpline’s unique 30-second calculator.
Our friendly advisers are on hand to discuss an accident or injury you have incurred at work and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on our free helpline number on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.