The circumstances that lead to you needing to make an accident at work claim can vary widely depending on the sector or industry you work in, as well as your working environment.
It is your employer’s responsibility to comply with health and safety standards for your specific workplace. Whether you work on a construction site, a factory or a call centre, any risks to you as an employee must be kept to an absolute minimum.
If you are a builder, for example, your workplace will bring with it, its own unique hazards and risks. Working on a construction site, you may be at risk of injury from falling debris, equipment failure, or of bad practice by other employees.
Your employer must mitigate these risks by taking specific measures such as ensuring that equipment is well maintained, and that you and your colleagues have received adequate training to carry out your job safely. If your employer fails to take such measures and you suffer an injury as a result, you may be entitled to make an accident at work claim.
Under what circumstances am I eligible to make an accident at work claim?
To be entitled to compensation, you must fulfil the following three criteria:
- The accident must have happened within the past three years
- It must have been someone else’s fault
- You must have required medical attention such as at your GP surgery or local A&E
If you are unsure about your eligibility to make an accident at work claim, there are plenty of fast and simple ways to check. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have a 30-second tool which is both an eligibility checker and compensation calculator. Available on our website, it will return a the answers you need with minimum input and time required from you. Alternatively, you may prefer to speak to a representative on our advice line, on 0800 689 0500.
Will I be putting my employer out of pocket?
Some people are deterred from making an accident at work claim because on a personal level they do not want to upset their employer or see them suffer financially as a result of their claim for compensation. If you feel this way, it is important to bear in mind that your employer will be covered by indemnity insurance, and therefore will not suffer any financial burden as a result of your claim.
Law firms such as Accident Advice Helpline are there to ensure that making a claim, whether due to an accident at work or any other personal injury, is an easy and stress-free process for all concerned. With over fifteen years of experience in handling work accident claims, we have found that most employees are able to return to work without any bad feeling, whilst you, as the claimant, are fairly compensated for the injury you have endured.
Date Published: 11th February 2013
Author: Sharon Parry