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    Seeking compensation for a work accident


    Despite the fact that seeking compensation for a work accident is a legal right if you are injured and somebody else was to blame, it can still be a prickly issue on occasion and as such people can be quite reticent to claim even if they deserve and need the compensation to cope with their injuries.

    One of the main occasions where people are a little nervous to begin claims proceedings is when they have suffered an injury due to negligence or dangerous behaviour on the part of their employer or workplace. This reticence to claim in this circumstance is of course understandable, but if you are fully informed about the whole process it should make it easier to make a decision about whether to claim. With that in mind this article will answer several questions about possible compensation claims against your work place including; when might I have a claim, how long have I got to claim against work and who can help me to claim.

    When Might I Start Seeking Compensation for a work accident?

    Your employer has a legal and a moral responsibility to the safety of their employees and if they shirk this responsibility through negligence, sloppiness or wilful disregard for safety and it leads you to suffer an injury at work, then you are legally entitled to seek compensation. This compensation is available as a means of recompense for the physical and emotional pain that you suffer as well as providing you with the financial means to cover the costs of your treatment and recovery from any injuries.

    How Long Have I Got to Start Seeking Compensation for a Work Accident?

    The question of how long have I got to claim against work has a number of different answers which are dependent on the type of injury which you suffer. For the majority of injuries or ailments caused at work the simple answer to the question of how long have I got to claim against work is that you have a period of three years in which you can begin claims proceedings after the incident in question. The occasion where the answer to how long have I got to claim against work changes however, is when you suffer an industrial disease such as asbestos poisoning due to an unsafe work environment and wish to make a compensation claim. In these cases, due to the fact that symptoms can take a number of years to manifest themselves the three year time period does not apply and you can begin claims proceedings retrospectively at any stage.

    Who Can Help Me to Claim?

    If you wish your claim to be handled by a company who have over 13 years’ worth of experience in the field then you can call Accident Advice Helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week on either 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 on your mobile.

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    Date Published: 26th October 2013

    Author: David Brown

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