Accidents at work are a relatively rare occurrence, but when they do happen, they can have a devastating effect on your physical and emotional well-being.
In addition to causing you considerable pain and discomfort, they can place a significant strain on your personal finances, potentially putting you at risk of severe financial hardship.
Claiming compensation for an accident at work
If you have been injured at work, you may be able to make a claim against your employer. In order to pursue compensation, you should:
- Record the incident in your employer’s accident book
- Take down the details of any witnesses
- Obtain photographs of the accident scene
- Make an appointment to see your GP or visit your local hospital’s A&E department, providing the doctor with the details of your accident
- Ask your employer for support during your recovery, you may be able to receive medical treatment through an occupational health scheme
- Ensure that your employer has informed the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), if necessary
- Contact Accident Advice Helpline via our Freephone helpline or 30-second test, and take advantage of a free, no-obligation claims consultation with a friendly legal advisor
If following your initial claims consultation, you decide to take legal action against your employer, we will assign your case to our team of solicitors in Wigton.
They will write a ‘Letter of Claim’ to your employer, informing him or her of your intention to pursue compensation for your accident.
Our solicitors in Wigton cannot guarantee that your employer will treat you fairly following receiving your Letter of Claim, but in our experience, most employers are happy to do all that they can to ensure that their employees are able to recover and return to work.
Your employer cannot discriminate against you for taking legal action, and if you find yourself out of work in the immediate aftermath of making a claim, you may have a claim for unfair dismissal.
Receiving help from accident solicitors in Wigton
If your employer admits to causing your accident, our accident solicitors in Wigton will attempt to resolve your claim through negotiations with your employer’s insurance company.
However, if your employer refuses to admit to causing your accident, our solicitors may advise you to issue court proceedings.
In most cases, the threat of court proceedings will force your employer to pay out for your claim.
Call our team of expert advisers today on: 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 16th June 2014
Author: Jan Newell