Life sometimes presents us with many unforeseen challenges and often just when we are least expecting it and are least prepared. We spend a huge amount of our life at work and if something has happened there that has had a dramatic effect on your life, then it might be possible for you to claim workers’ compensation. You may not be aware that there are many rules and regulations regarding how your employer treats you and how your work place is managed to ensure your personal safety. If there is an incident or circumstance in which these rules are not followed then you might be able to claim for workers’ compensation. If there are a number of people involved in the incident it is possible to get together and make a collective claim for workers’ compensation.
What to do if you want to claim workers compensation
Any claim for compensation relies on the person or persons making the claim proving that the other person is responsible for the injuries or suffering they have suffered. It is therefore essential that you and anybody else collect all the evidence you have in order to make a claim for workers compensation.
Be prepared: things to do to help your claim
- Keep a diary of what has happened at work, make clear clean notes of times, and dates when circumstances have occurred which have led to the claim.
- Take photographs. You and your fellow colleagues can make very useful records of the circumstances pertaining to your claim.
- Make a list of all the contact details of any potential witnesses.
It is your right to make a claim
All employers owe their employees a duty of care, they must supply them with a secure setting in which to work, and the same goes for all work systems and equipment. Employers must act in accordance with all regulations and make available accurate training, allowing employees to work without endangering themselves.
If you have been wounded at work due to the failure of your employer to safeguard your safety and security you may well be allowed recompense. It is imperative to make sure that accidents of the kind you have experienced do not happen again. Your employer must officially have insurance purposely for circumstances of this kind and it is therefore the insurer and not your employer from whom you will claim compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is very experienced in the sometimes complex world of making a claim for workers compensation and can be there with you every step of the way. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 10th February 2013