In addition to the pain and potential financial trouble, an accident in the workplace can pose a problem for the victim: whether to make a claim against their employer through after being hurt at work in Warwick.
To claim or not to claim?
If you’re eligible to claim, but you decide not to do so, then it might be because you’re worried that you will be treated differently when you return to work.
It’s fair enough to worry about this, but you really shouldn’t. Firstly, if you were to receive a payout, this would come out of your company’s employers’ liability insurance, not their own cash reserves. Secondly, it would be against the law for your employer to discriminate against you because you made a claim.
How to avoid needing to claim
If you’re eligible to claim through an accident solicitor in Warwick, it’s probably because your employer or someone responsible for health and safety within the organisation failed to do something to prevent your accident and injury.
There’s nothing you can do about the fact that you actually got injured, but there’s plenty you can do to try to make sure that it doesn’t happen to you – or your colleagues – in future.
Tips on avoiding workplace accidents
1) If you see something that might cause an accident, report it. It could be a loose cable that someone might trip over, or a leak that might cause water to form a pool on the floor, putting people at risk of slipping. Whatever it may be, take action.
2) Is there sufficient light where you work? This is especially important if you work somewhere with little natural light – you need enough bulbs or fluorescent tubes to stop you from straining your eyes or tripping over something because you didn’t see it. Report any blown bulbs to the maintenance department.
3) Clear up any spillages that you make, or that you see – even a spilt cup of tea could cause someone to slip and fall, injuring themselves.
4) Report any near misses through your workplace’s usual channels as set out in the company policies and procedures. This will help those in charge of workplace health and safety to identify and assess any areas that need safety measures to be put in place.
5) Read the signs. If there’s a sign to tell you to “mind your head”, pay attention – there could be a low door frame or beam coming up. If there isn’t a sign where you think there should be one, tell your manager – it’s important that action is taken.
Hurt at work in Warwick?
Of course, if you do get into a workplace accident, you could need the services of one of Accident Advice Helpline’s no win no fee* solicitors, so make sure you call us on:
- 0800 689 0500 from a landline
- 0333 500 0993 from a mobile
Alternatively, text “claim365” to 88010 and an advisor will call you back. We look forward to helping you with your claim if you have been hurt at work in Warwick.
Date Published: 1st November 2014
Author: David Brown