Wherever you work in Derbyshire, your employer has a duty to protect you from harm and inform you about any health and safety issues that may affect you in the workplace. They also have a legal responsibility to report certain accidents and incidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and to provide you with adequate time off work if you suffer an injury in an accident at work. If you have suffered an injury at work, you may want to seek a lawyer in Renishaw to see if you’re entitled to claim personal injury compensation.
Recording accidents in your employer’s accident book
All injuries — including minor injuries such as cuts and bruises — should be recorded in your employer’s accident book. While this book is mainly for your employer’s benefit, it will provide a useful record of the details of your accident should you feel the need to claim personal injury compensation at a later date.
Informing the Health and Safety Executive of serious accidents at work
Your employer must report all serious accidents, diseases and dangerous incidents to the HSE, including:
- Major injuries such as broken legs or arms;
- Dangerous incidents such as explosions;
- Diseases such as occupational asthma; and
- Any other injuries that prevent an employee from performing their normal work activities for more than three days.
If you have been involved in a serious accident, then, you should therefore ensure that your employer has informed the HSE in a timely manner.
Making an injury claim through an accident lawyer in Renishaw
If you have been injured in an accident at work, and you believe your employer may have been at fault for it, then you may wish to make a claim for personal injury compensation. By law, your employer must have employers’ liability insurance to cover the cost of your claim. You should be able to find a certificate detailing the name of your employer’s insurance company in a prominent place within your workplace. If you cannot find such a certificate, your employer must provide you with these details. Your accident lawyer in Renishaw will need to contact both your employer and their insurance company to inform them of your intention to pursue compensation.
To make a successful claim, you must start your claim within three years of the date of your accident. You should hire an accident lawyer in Renishaw to make the claims process as smooth and stress-free as possible. At Accident Advice Helpline, our lawyers will take your case on a 100% no win no fee basis, which means that you will be able to make a risk-free claim against your employer.
If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you can want to discuss the possibility of making a claim with an adviser then call Accident Advice Helpline now. Just dial 0800 689 0500 right now.
Date Published: 28th February 2014
Author: Jan Newell