Accidents are unfortunately a fact of life, and in some instances are unavoidable. However, there are ways to maximise injury prevention, which may be able to reduce the risk of accidents to yourself and others.
Injury prevention as an individual
There are many ways that you can try to prevent accidents and injuries to yourself as an individual. Risks can be minimised by being aware of danger, observing warnings and also understanding your own limits.
For example, if you are due to drive your car for a prolonged period of time, you should ensure that you are well rested and alert. If you are too tired to drive, you should be responsible and minimise risks to yourself and others by taking a break, or even have a nap to re-energise yourself. Alternatively, if you are moving house and need to lift heavy boxes, you should be aware of the best way to carry objects. Knowledge of this can prevent back injuries.
In some instances, injury prevention measures will not be able to stop an accident from occurring. This is often the case when someone else is to blame. If this happens, you may be able to pursue compensation for any resulting injuries.
Injury prevention as an employer
As an employer, you have a responsibility to your employees to provide a safe working environment, with minimal risks of accidents and injuries. As part of your responsibilities, you will be expected to:
- Follow health and safety recommendations.
- Provide clear signage if there are any risks, such as ‘caution, wet floor’ or ‘please use the handrail – steep stairs’.
- Ensure your employees are adequately trained to carry out their jobs safely.
- Properly maintain any equipment or machinery in the workplace.
If you do not follow these injury prevention measures and an employee is involved in an accident, you could be liable. This may result in a compensation claim being made against you. Such cases should be handled with sensitivity and understanding towards your injured employee, offering support as necessary. Covered by your indemnity insurance, you will not be out-of-pocket due to a compensation claim, and an employee should not be treated any differently as a result.
Accidents and injuries – how to make a compensation claim
If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by another person, resulted in the need for medical attention and happened within the past three years, then you may be eligible to make a compensation claim. You can check your eligibility online by using Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test, which will also give you an idea of how much you may be able to claim in compensation.
Once you have been in touch with us at Accident Advice Helpline, one of our friendly professional advisers will sensitively guide you through the claims process, ensuring the experience is as stress-free and straightforward as possible. In most cases, claims can be processed over the phone, and you will likely not need to attend court. You claim will always be handled on a no-win, no-fee basis.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone today.
Date Published: 11th February 2013
Author: David Brown