If you have been injured in an accident at work in West Dorset, you should be legally entitled to compensation. However, you will only be able to receive compensation if you can prove that your employer caused your accident by behaving carelessly or recklessly, or by failing to follow a specific health and safety regulation.
Establishing fault in a West Dorset accident at work claim
In some cases, your employer will hotly deny causing your accident and this may prevent you from receiving the compensation you deserve. The following is a general checklist of things to do to back up your compensation claim.
- Inform your employer
Ensure that your employer is aware of your injury and makes a record of it in their accident book. If you need to seek urgent medical attention, inform your employer after you have seen a doctor.
- Visit a doctor
If you sustain a minor injury, accept help from an on-site first aider or visit your GP for an examination. If you sustain a serious injury that renders you unable to leave your workplace, ask your employer to call for urgent medical assistance.
- Inform your doctor
Tell your doctor about your West Dorset accident at work and provide him or her with details of any preexisting medical conditions you have that may affect your injury. Following receiving treatment for your injury, follow any instructions that your doctor may have given you.
- Retain all paperwork
Keep any relevant paperwork, including letters reminding you about your hospital appointments, details of your medical treatment and rehabilitation, and correspondence from your employer regarding your time off work. By obtaining these records, you will help your employer’s insurance company to build up a clear picture of the way in which your West Dorset accident at work has affected your life.
- File your compensation claim
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for a free, no-obligation consultation. The law requires you to file your West Dorset accident at work claim within three years of the date of your injury and if you fail to start your case within this time, the court may bar you from receiving compensation. Do not miss out on your chance to claim – simply call our freephone helpline, or use our 30-second test, and let our trained claims advisors provide you with free, no-obligation legal advice.
Date Published: 14th November 2014
Author: Jan Newell