Making a work injury claim
If you have decided to investigate making a work injury claim or personal injury claim, you may be wading through lots of information online. Here we look at some of the key points and hopefully will provide you with a good basic understanding:
• You can make a claim if you have had an accident that was someone else’s fault
Don’t worry at this point what the other person or people may say to your potential claim – your advisor can help you with this side. Just concentrate on how your injury arose and where the fault is. A work injury claim can be made if you didn’t receive proper training to do your job safely, or if someone else didn’t follow health and safety procedures for example. There are health and safety procedures that all employers should follow, and failure to do so can put their employees at risk of being injured in an accident at work.
- The time limits for making a claim
All personal injury claims are subject to time limits, normally 3 years. There are some exceptions to this rule though, and to find out for sure if you are making a claim within the correct limits, speak to the advisors at Accident Advice Helpline.
- You needed medical attention
Your compensation claim will be for personal injuries, so no injuries in the accident, no claim to make. Your injuries should have been bad enough to need medical attention, but that does not mean they needed to be really serious. For instance, you would not need to see a doctor with a bruise to your arm, but you would if your arm was broken.
- Most claims can be processed by telephone
We are able to process most of the claims we handle by phone, so very few of our claimants have to go to court.
- You don’t need any money to get your claim started
We operate a no-win, no-fee agreement, so that we can be certain that everyone innocent accident victim that comes to us can afford to make their claim.
- Don’t be put of claiming for fear of losing your job
If you are still working at a business, don’t be fearful about putting in a work injury claim. You still have rights and an advisor can give you advice about this. It is illegal for you boss to fire you just because you have made a claim against them.
Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today
All in all, the process for making a work injury claim is relatively easy and simple for you. Only the key information is needed and your claim can be processed. You will probably need to have an examination but if you are concerned about attending court, please rest assured that many claimants do not have to go through this.
Keep receipts for everything, from bus and taxi travel to any new items you have had to purchase as a replacement ( eg in the case of a work injury claim you may have needed to purchase new steel toe cap boots for example)
For all the information you need, just give us a call on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 31st August 2012
Author: David Brown