Your guide on making a claim for personal injury compensation when involved in an accident at work
Everyone has the legal right to be safe at work. Your employer is required to provide a safe working environment where suitable precautions have been taken to minimise any risk or hazards that could cause you to have an injury.
However not everyone is so careful or thoughtful and some people often disregard the law due to laziness or sheer carelessness. Each year thousands of people are injured in the workplace, sometimes these accidents can lead to permanent disability or even death.
Prevent accidents from taking place
Some jobs have more hazards and risks then others. For example working on a construction site can be dangerous, but with the right training, protective equipment and some due care there is no reason for you to be injured. Taking extra time to prevent accidents is better than having to deal with the often disastrous consequences.
Everyone is responsible
We all need to take responsibility for our own health and safety, and of those who work with us. Adhere to health and safety procedures and protocols. In the event of an accident at work, making a claim for personal injury successfully is more likely if you were adhering to health and safety procedures.
Reporting the accident
You should already have been made aware of the procedure of reporting an accident at work. This may also be in your staff manual or company handbook.
In the event of an accident at work, inform your manager as soon as possible. You manager should instruct you to enter the incident in the ‘accident book’. Make sure you write an accurate description of what happened, including the date, time, names of people involved and what injuries you have sustained.
When making a claim for personal injury, your solicitor will use this as evidence to support your claim.
Seek medical attention
Hopefully your manager will have arranged for you to have some medical help. Depending on the seriousness of your injuries it may be that an ambulance needs to be called. Or it may be that you need to see your General Practitioner or local accident and emergency department.
It would be useful when making a claim for personal injury if you keep a diary with a note of all medical visits and your symptoms. Remember it is not just physical injuries that you can claim for but emotional and psychological injuries too.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the leading and most reputable accident injury law firms in the United Kingdom. There is no hard selling or pressure and you are under no obligation to take on our services. We can make the whole process of making a claim for personal injury work compensation simple and straightforward. We will appoint you a solicitor who specialises in work accident injury compensation and who will work on a no win, no fee arrangement. Call us today on 0800 689 0500, you have nothing to lose.
Date Published: 21st January 2013