If you have just been involved in a South Hams, accident at work, you need to start thinking about building your personal injury claim. You may have nursing care costs to pay for and lost wages to make up, and as a result of this, it is natural to want to secure the largest possible compensation settlement from your employer. Unfortunately, your employer’s insurance company will do everything possible to avoid paying you the compensation you need and deserve.
Fortunately, there are a number of actions you can take to strengthen your potential South Hams accident at work claim and preserve your right to full and fair compensation for your injuries and financial losses.
How to build a strong South Hams, accident at work claim
- Seek medical attention
Do not let your employer talk you out of calling for an ambulance if you need one. Even if your injuries are only minor, you must still seek medical attention from the staff at your nearest A&E department or doctor’s surgery.
- Avoid making statements
While waiting for an ambulance to arrive, avoid making any statements that imply you were at fault for your accident. Your employer may use these statements against you.
- Create an accident book entry
Ask to make a record of your South Hams accident at work in your employer’s accident book. If your employer does not have one, write down the details of your accident and send this written record to your employer.
- Take photographs and videos
You can never take too many photographs of the accident scene. Record the scene exactly as it is, ensuring you capture the position of the hazard that caused your injury. If possible, ask a colleague to take detailed photographs of your injuries.
- Get the contact details of any witnesses
Witnesses can be work colleagues, independent contractors or visitors who saw your accident from where they were standing. Make every attempt to get their full contact information, and ask them to create a written statement detailing their version of the events.
Talk to a solicitor
Following taking the aforementioned steps, you may wish to call Accident Advice Helpline and consult with one of our trained claims advisors. If you suffered minor injuries, it might not be worth making a South Hams, accident at work claim, but you should speak to us regardless as we offer initial consultations free of charge and without obligation. If calling is not convenient, we provide instant online claims appraisals via our 30-second test.
Date Published: 27th September 2014
Author: Jan Newell