If you suffer an injury at work, and someone else was to blame, you could be owed personal injury compensation, and we here at Accident Advice Helpline can show you how to claim for an injury at work to help you to secure the money you could be entitled to. Whilst some workplaces have more hazards than others – for example, there are more hazards in the average factory than in an office – accidents at work can happen anywhere at any time, and if you are injured then you could be entitled to make an injury at work claim, if somebody else was responsible for your accident. It doesn’t matter whether your injuries are minor or more serious; we could help you either way. If you are wondering how you could sustain an injury at work that you could be awarded compensation for, consider the following:
Three important prerequisites any injury at work must have
There are certain questions that you must be able to answer ‘yes’ to in order to make an injury at work claim after your workplace accident. If you can answer positively to these three questions, then Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a claim for personal injury compensation for your pain, suffering, loss of earnings and any other financial losses you may have suffered.
Was someone else to blame for the accident?
In order to make a personal injury claim, it is essential that somebody else was to blame for your accident. If the fault was yours and yours alone, you will not have a case. Don’t forget however, that it is your employer’s responsibility to prevent an injury at work and this includes ensuring that all workers are properly and appropriately trained for the work they are expected to do. If this training as not been carried out satisfactorily, your employer will be liable. It may be that your injury at work was caused by faulty equipment, in which case responsibility for your accident could lie with your employer, as it’s their duty to ensure workplace equipment is safe to use and well maintained.
What about if you were injured by a colleague? If the colleague in questions was not properly trained and caused your accident as a result, then your employer could be ordered to pay you personal injury compensation after your accident.
Was your injury at work serious enough to warrant medical attention?
You will only be eligible to make a personal injury claim if you sought medical attention for your injuries. If your injuries were not serious enough to warrant medical attention, then your potential claim will be jeopardised. How can you prove it actually happened? As well as being given medical attention, either by an on-site nurse, at a local hospital, or from your GP, the accident should be entered in to the company’s accident book. Both of these things will provide the necessary proof. We will normally also request copies of your medical reports, detailing your injuries and any treatment received. These will form essential evidence when it comes to claiming compensation after your accident.
When did the accident happen?
According to personal injury law, any claim must be registered within three years of the incident taking place. This is called the three-year statute of limitations. If you go outside of this window before you try and register a claim, the window will be closed. There are instances where the three-year statute may be extended. If the injury victim is under the age of 18, or if the injury is in fact a work-related illness that has a longer than three-year gestation period, for example the development of mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos at work. Whilst you may be focusing on recovering from your injuries after your accident, it’s a good idea to seek personal injury advice and get in touch with us as soon as possible, so that we can get the ball rolling on your claim.
Get an estimate for your claim from Accident Advice Helpline
Many people want to know how much compensation they could be entitled to, before they go ahead and decide whether or not to pursue a claim for compensation after an accident at work. The good news is that you can get an estimate of how much you could be awarded by completing the 30-second test here on the Accident Advice Helpline website. The test asks you about your injury and its circumstances, based on the three points discussed above. This is only a rough idea of what you may be able to claim, and the actual amount can vary depending on how you have been injured and the impact your injuries have had on your life. When you contact us, we’ll also consider things like loss of earnings and other financial losses you have suffered, as part of your personal injury settlement. Generally speaking the more serious your injuries, the more compensation you may be able to claim.
Why you should make a claim
You’re entitled to make an injury at work claim if you have been injured and somebody else is to blame, and you don’t have to suffer in silence. You could find you are entitled to receive a substantial amount of compensation if you have been seriously injured, so it’s a good idea to seek advice after your accident to find out if you are eligible. If you are concerned about health and safety at work, you could also report your employer to the HSE, who may carry out their own investigations and have the power to require your employer to make health and safety improvements to reduce the risk of future accidents happening.
How much does it cost to make a claim?
If you do decide to proceed with a claim, you may find yourself wondering what the cost of making an injury at work claim will be. If you use Accident Advice Helpline, you will be benefit from the 100% no-win, no-fee service offered by our personal injury lawyers. You will also be able to get support from our customer support team, reputedly the best in the industry. To contact us, call 0800 689 0500 from a UK-based landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. We offer advice in confidence and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim, so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch with us.
Date Published: 26th October 2013
Author: Louise Thacker