Victims of a slip in the workplace are protected by the law which says that employers must check that the workplace is a risk-free and secure place to carry out their duties. It is your boss’s task to make certain you are safe while you are on the job; it should not be your duty to point this out.
Every place of work should have an accident report book in a place which all employees have access to in the event they are hurt at work. Any slip in the workplace injury should be recorded in the accident book and this will be used as part of the evidence when a claim is brought against an employer for negligence which has led to work-related injuries.
Slip in the workplace injury claims
If you have been injured during the course of carrying out your duties at work and the injury was not your fault, then you can and should make a claim for compensation. The first steps you need to take, as with any claim for compensation, are in getting your evidence together.
Take photographs at the scene
Most people have a camera on their phone these days and this will be a very useful tool in ensuring you get your side of the incident across. For example if you fall over on a step which has not been maintained properly and then you find out that later on, after news of your accident has reached them, your employer has made the necessary repairs, you may miss your opportunity to show how the step was when you fell. Take the picture as soon as possible and preserve the scene for your slip at work injury claim.
It is also very important to get hold of witness statements
If someone saw you fall then it is really important for you to get their contact details and ask them if they would be prepared to give an account of what they observed. It is also important that you see a medical professional and you get fully checked out. It will aid your compensation claim if you are able to show that you have had medical treatment as a result of your injuries.
Getting the compensation you need to return your life to normal
Compensation for a slip in the workplace injury can be used to help you get back to the point you were at prior to the accident. This could include therapies for treatment, adjustments to your living space and any other support you might need. Remember compensation is designed to ensure you can recover from your accident at work and with the right support you can return to work.
Accident Advice Helpline has advised and supported many successful accident at work claims for compensation and we can advise you on the steps needed to ensure a successful claim. Take our really quick 30-second test to see whether or not you are able to make a claim for your slipin the workplace injuries or call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 28th July 2013
Author: Louise Thacker