Making work accidents claims
We know that making work accidents claims can be more stressful than any other kind of compensation claim. Here’s our guide on how to go about it.
Work accidents claims – step by step
1. Get the medical help you need
Sounds obvious, doesn’t it! But the first thing to do when you’ve been injured at work is to understand the nature and extent of your injury and get the medical treatment you need. No matter what work accidents claims you may pursue later, the number one priority is your health and recuperation and early treatment is always gives you the best chance of a full recovery.
2. Make notes on the circumstances of your accident and the impact of your injury
Our memories always fade and change over time. If you’ve suffered an accident at work, you may well experience shock and trauma, so it is important that as soon as you feel able, you should make detailed notes on exactly what happened. Your notes should include any contributing factors to your accident, the accident itself and the way in which your accident was dealt with. Include names, witnesses, dates, times and specific locations.
3. Get in touch with the experts
Work accidents claims are something you should seek expert help with. Personal injury is a legal matter and a compensation claim award is a legal restitution. You need expert legal advice and help negotiating the legal system. It’s not hard, as long as you have the right support and advice. Choose a company that will offer a full and comprehensive service and co-ordinate everything on your behalf. A long-standing company like Accident Advice Helpline will be able to match you to a solicitor with the right expertise in your local area so as you have support on hand when you need it.
4. Make the call
Once you have decided on a company, call them and see what help they can offer you. A good company will be able to explain the work accidents claims process to you and will offer you 24 hour access to advice and guidance. They will also be able to tell you how much your claim might be worth, so as you have an idea when you talk to your solicitor.
5. Talk to your solicitor
When you’re ready, the major step in your work accidents claims process is to talk to your solicitor about your accident (your detailed notes will help you) and the impact your injuries have had on your work and home life. Together, you and your solicitor will decide how much compensation you’re seeking. Your solicitor will then put your case together, researching as necessary before presenting it to the other party.
6. Let the process run its course.
Once your case has been lodged with the other party, it’s a matter of time and letting the work accidents claims procedure run its course. At all stages, your chosen company and your solicitor will be there to support you. If any medical assessments are needed, your company will organise them and help you whenever you need. Then it’s just a matter of waiting for your compensation award to arrive!
Date Published: 9th December 2012
Author: David Brown