Reporting accidents at work will be something you should consider if you’re injured while doing your job and plan to take some form of personal injury action against your employer.
Most companies, be they small or medium-sized businesses or large enterprises, will have procedures in place for reporting accidents at work. Failing to adhere to company policy might not exclude you from being able to make a claim with the aid of a top no-win, no-fee personal injury solicitor, but you would always be well advised to make sure you’ve done things by the book.
It will pay to know what your employer’s procedures are when it come to the reporting of accidents. Many firms will provide training on how to report accidents in the workplace or provide guidance on how to do so in staff handbooks. It will always be a good idea to make sure you’re familiar with this.
Personal injury solicitors and reporting accidents at work
Obviously, if you’ve suffered a very serious injury at work that requires immediate and urgent medical attention, reporting accidents at work will not be the first thing on your mind. Where possible, you should make sure company policy is followed. Your official report of the accident that led to you being injured, may be used as evidence to support your version of events should your compensation claim end up in court.
As mentioned above, not reporting accidents that happened at work may not mean that you will be unable to take action. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was not your fault while carrying out your duties, you may be able to seek a compensation pay-out regardless of whether or not you completed an official accident report.
An official accident report logged with your employer could go alongside other evidence, such as your medical records and witness statements when you are making a claim.
If you are able to complete a report, make sure you do so in as much detail as possible. Ensure that your employer does not ask you to sign or agree to anything that might later affect your attempt to claim compensation.
How to seek compensation
Regardless of whether you’ve followed your employer’s guidelines for reporting accidents at work you would be wise to contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out if we might be able to give you representation on a no-win, no-fee basis.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 22nd March 2014
Author: Louise Thacker