If you have sustained an injury or illness at work, you may be unsure as to whether you can bring a claim against your employer. You may feel that your employer was not to blame; perhaps your colleague caused your accident or you feel you may have been partly to blame.
The law surrounding workplace accidents is complex, but at Accident Advice Helpline we are here to provide clear, jargon-free answers to all your most pressing queries.
Common questions regarding West Somerset accident at work claims
- How should I report a West Somerset accident at work?
You should follow the procedure your employer has in place for accident reporting. Generally, you should write down the details of your accident in your employer’s accident book, and insist on making a photocopy of your entry for your own records. If your employer does not have an accident book, do not just tell your supervisor – create a written record of your accident and send it to your employer by recorded post.
- Am I entitled to sick pay?
If your employer does not provide enhanced benefits, you should qualify for Statutory Sick Pay if you are off work for four days or more, and this is payable for up to 28 weeks.
- What happens if my injury is so severe I will never be able to work again?
Your compensation settlement will provide you with the earnings you would have received had your West Somerset accident at work not occurred. In addition to this, you will be able to claim for any losses and expenses that arise as a result of your accident. This includes the cost of adapting your home, hiring home carers, undergoing private medical treatment, and buying medical aids and equipment.
- What happens if a colleague caused my injury?
Your employer is liable for the actions of your colleagues, so if a colleague was to blame for your West Somerset accident at work, you will be able to make a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ claim against your employer.
- Will my employer end up out-of-pocket as a result of my claim?
All employers are required by law to carry liability insurance, and in most cases, making a claim will have not affect your employer’s profits.
If you have a question not answered here, please call our Freephone helpline and let our trained claims advisers provide you with free, no-obligation advice. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.