If you have been involved in an accident while you were at work in Stevenage, there are a number of steps you must take to protect your legal rights.
Reporting your Stevenage accident at work
The single most important thing you can do is report your accident to your employer as soon as possible and let them assist you in creating an accurate record of the incident in their accident book. The accident book entry you create in the immediate aftermath of your accident will form a vital part of your evidence should you later decide to pursue a compensation claim against your employer. You should therefore ensure that your entry it includes details such as the date, time and location of your accident, the nature of the injuries you have sustained and the names of any witnesses to your accident.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) requires your employer to report certain accidents at work under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). Depending on the nature of your Stevenage accident at work, your employer must contact the HSE if you are absent from work for three days or more as a result of your injury. If you are concerned that your employer will not report your accident to the HSE, you can contact the HSE yourself or call Accident Advice Helpline and instruct one of our solicitors to contact them on your behalf.
Making a claim for compensation following a Stevenage accident at work
You must lodge any claim for compensation following your Stevenage accident at work within three years of the date of your accident. Even if you were not at your usual place of work when your accident occurred, you still may be able to make claim.
Your employer has strict responsibilities in law that mean that they are responsible for injuries suffered in accidents caused by a range of hazards, including defective equipment, heavy lifting and slippery surfaces. If you think they may have been at fault for your accident, please contact us via our Freephone helpline or 30-second test and we will advise you on your chances of making a successful Stevenage accident at work claim. We can also provide you with the representation you need to recover the best possible compensation settlement from your employer. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 5th October 2014
Author: Jan Newell