Work related accident claims can cover a whole range of personal injuries, which vary in severity and impact on your life as a whole. Some injuries incurred at work may be very serious or even life threatening, whereas others will be less severe, inconveniencing your daily life in a minor way. Regardless of severity, it is important that work accident claims are pursued if your injury was not your fault, happened within the last three years, and has resulted in the need for medical attention.
How are work related accident claims processed?
Work related accident claims are dealt with just as any other personal injury; they are no more stressful than any other claim type, although there are some aspects that are specific to the workplace.
For example, if you have incurred an accident at work you will need to ensure that it has been logged in the accident log book – this will document the accident and provide further evidence when you come to make a claim.
Accidents at work do bring their own unique challenges for you as the claimant – for example you may feel particularly apprehensive about making a claim against your employer, concerned that it will result in bad feeling and resentment from colleagues. With over ten years of experience handling work claims, we at Accident Advice Helpline have found that in the vast majority of work accident claims, most employees are able to return to work successfully with no awkwardness or ill feeling from either party.
Compensation is there to protect you if you have had an accident that was not your fault – it is your right to pursue a claim. If your employer is to blame, they will be covered by their indemnity insurance, which they are required to have by UK law. In an ideal world, accidents at work would not occur as your employer would have taken all steps possible to prevent it from happening – however, in reality they do happen and insurance means that employers will not be out of pocket.
How do I make a claim?
With a compensation provider such as Accident Advice Helpline, the claims process is designed to be simple and efficient, meaning there is minimum fuss for you as the claimant. All you need do to make initial contact is either contact us on our 24 hour a day, 7 day a week advice line on 0800 689 0500, or you can fill out our short online claim form. Our 30 second calculator can also quickly give you an idea of the amount of compensation you may be entitled to claim.
Your claim will be processed from start to finish by one of our highly trained, professional advisers. Your adviser will record all detail relevant to your case, and match you to the legal representation best for your accident type, working on a no win no fee basis. Although you may need to attend a medical assessment, in most cases you will not need to attend court.
Date Published: 11th February 2013
Author: Sharon Parry