Accidents in the workplace are a major source of compensation claims in Ipswich. They cover a vast range of incidents, including:
- Accidents involving dangerous machinery
- Accidents caused by careless co-workers
- Manual handling accidents
- Slips, trips and falls
- Accidents caused by improper training and supervision
- Accidents caused by defective or inadequate safety equipment
Top tips for dealing with an Ipswich accident at work
If you have been injured in an Ipswich accident at work, you should:
- Record the details in your employer’s accident book
All businesses, apart from those employing fewer than ten people at any one time, are legally obliged to keep one of these. You should aim to make your entry as soon as possible, while the details of your accident are fresh in your mind.
- Ensure your employer has contacted the HSE
Your employer has a legal duty to report serious accidents and injuries to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The onus is on them to do the reporting, but you should check that they have fulfilled their legal obligations.
- Determine your entitlement to sick pay
If your accident forces you to take time off work, your employer has a legal obligation to provide you with sick pay. Your employer may offer its own sick pay scheme, but you should at least be entitled to statutory sick pay (SSP) once you have been off work for four days in succession.
- Look for proof of insurance
Your employer has a legal duty to possess insurance cover just in case they are successfully sued for an Ipswich accident at work. Your employer’s certificate of insurance should be on display in your place of work; note down the details keep them in a safe place for future reference.
Where to seek help and advice
If you think your employer was to blame for your Ipswich accident at work, you might be entitled to make a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ claim for compensation. Your best bet is to call Accident Advice Helpline and let our trained claims advisers assess your case free of charge and without obligation. If we determine your case is worth pursuing, you will need to start your claim within three years of the date of your accident.
If you think you were partly to blame for your Ipswich accident at work, it is still worth talking to our legal experts. Even if your employer was only partly responsible, they may still be required to pay you compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.