All employers are bound by government regulations to protect the health and safety of their workers. The vast majority of employers take their responsibilities very seriously, but sadly, some choose to ignore the risks.
If you are unlucky enough to be injured at work in Torridge, here are the steps you need to take to record the incident and maximise your chances of receiving compensation from your employer.
Have you been injured at work in Torridge?
- Put your health first
Regardless of the nature of your injuries, your health should be your main priority. If your injuries are serious, ask someone to call an ambulance or, if you are able to do so, make your own way to A&E. If your injuries are only minor, contact your GP’s surgery.
- Report your accident
Your employer has a duty to report serious work-related accidents to the Health and Safety Executive, so you must inform them about your accident at work as soon as possible. Where possible, return to your workplace and fill in an accident book entry or create a written account of your accident and send it to your employer by registered post.
- Understand your legal rights
The law is there to protect you, but it can seem complicated if you are not familiar with it. If you need legal advice, call Accident Advice Helpline and speak to our trained claims advisors. It will cost you absolutely nothing to make an enquiry through us as our initial advice is free of charge and without obligation.
- Seek the compensation to which you are entitled
If you suffer a serious injury, you may find yourself in a position where you can no longer earn a living. This may cause you financial and emotional strain, and may prevent you from making a full recovery. By making a claim against your employer, you will be able to receive the compensation you need to restore your financial position.
- Do not be afraid of the repercussions
You may worry that making a claim against your employer will result in you losing your job. However, employment law stipulates that you have a right to seek compensation without fearing the repercussions. We cannot guarantee that your employer will treat you fairly following learning of your Torridge accident at work claim, but if they react in a way that damages your job prospects or leaves you out of work, you will be able to take further legal action against them.
Date Published: 14th November 2014
Author: Jan Newell