Making a UK injuries at work claim
If you are involved in an accident at work, which is not your responsibility, then there is a good chance that you can make a claim for compensation for your injuries. The first thing you need to know is that it is public policy in the UK to protect the health and safety of workers. Take our 30-second test to see if you can make a claim for compensation.
What next – making a UK injuries at work claim
Any UK injuries at work claim must demonstrate that your employer failed to take all safeguards to protect your safety whilst you were doing the job. If your employer didn’t do this this, it can be seen as negligent and your employer will be held legally accountable for your wounds. There are several laws in place that protect the health and safety of workers in all workplaces. As with all claims it is your job to demonstrate that the action or inaction of the other party caused your injury. The first thing you need to do is to make a note of the situation that led to your injury or injuries. If there are witnesses you can call on, then make sure you get them to add their details to your claim. At times workers’ can bring a joint claim for compensation if it can be shown that there was a collective degree of neglect. You need to make a record of your accident in an accident record book and if you have a phone make sure you take pictures. For example if a surface was not maintained properly then it is a good idea to make a record of how it looks when you experience the accident. If you try and return later to take a picture you might find that the repairs have been made and your evidence has been lost.
If you have been wounded at work due to the failure of your employer to safeguard your safety and security you may well be allowed recompense. It is imperative to make sure that accidents of the kind you have experienced, do not happen again. Your employer must officially have insurance, purposely for circumstances of this kind and it is the insurer and not your employer from whom you will claim compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is very experienced in the sometimes-complex world of making a claim for workers compensation and can be there with you every step of the way by giving them a call on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 19th March 2013