Tips on claiming work accident injury compensation
We all have a legal right to be safe at work. Employers are required to provide a working environment which is safe and where precautions have been taken to reduce any risks and hazards.
Unfortunately this is not always the case and each year thousands of people are injured at work, sometimes these accidents have fatal consequences.
By law your employer should either display the health and safety law poster or provide you with a copy. As an employee it is your responsibility to read it.
We should all take responsibility for our own health and safety and those who we work with. Make sure you do everything in your power to avoid accidents. Adhere to health and safety procedures.
Wear protective clothing when required and report any hazards or risks. If you do have a work accident injury compensation is more likely to be claimed successfully if you were following health and safety protocols.
Report the accident
You should already be aware of the procedure of what to do if you have an accident at work. If you are unsure then ask your manager. Most employers will have a the procedure written down, for example in the staff manual or company handbook.
If you do have an accident at work, immediately report the accident to your line manager, who should in turn inform the health and safety officer (if your workplace has one).
If your manager has not already instructed you do to so then the accident should also be recorded in the ‘Accident Book’. If there is no book in your workplace then a written record of the incident is still required.
In this case you should write down a statement of exactly what happened, include the date, time and names of other people involved if applicable. Keep a copy for your own records and give a copy to your manager. If you are to claim work accident injury compensation your solicitors will use this as proof for your claim.
Seek medical attention
If the injuries you have sustained are serious then call 999 and ask for an ambulance. If you are unable to do so, ask a colleague to.
If there is a first aider at your workplace or a surgery, request to be seen. You should also see your General Practitioner or visit your local emergency department.
Keep a note of all medical visits. Record the date, who you saw and the treatment and diagnosis. Work accident injury compensation solicitors will need this information when calculating the value of your claim.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is one of the most reputable accident management firms in the UK. There is no hard sell and you are under no obligation to take on our services.
However we can make the whole process of claiming work accident injury compensation simple and straightforward.
We can appoint you a solicitor who specialises in work accident injury compensation and who will work on a no win, no fee arrangement.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 2nd December 2012
Author: David Brown