It’s only a few steps to your compensation claim. This article will explain the steps necessary to claim for compensation.
At the scene of the accident
Immediately after an accident, but only if you feel able to do so, collect the following:
- If your accident happened at work, ask your Safety Officer or Shop Steward to take photographs of the scene of the accident.
- If you don’t have a Safety Officer or Shop Steward, take the pictures yourself or ask a colleague to do so.
- If you have any visible injuries, take photographs of those injuries as well.
Seek medical assistance
If you have been injured in a work accident, you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Not only is it important that you get yourself checked to make sure you are ok, it is also important that you have as much detail about your injury as possible. It will simplify the claims process.
If you’re likely to miss work due to your injury, report it to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) as soon as possible. This will help you to claim any benefits that you may be entitled to from the earliest date possible.
Seek legal representation
It is advisable that you seek legal representation for your compensation claim. Make sure to choose a legal partner that doesn’t charge you with unexpected fees or costs.
Don’t sign a record of your accident. You have the right to withhold your signature and seek legal advice first. For more information about your rights, read this article.
Your legal representative will most likely ask you to see another medical professional to get a third, unbiased opinion. This is not to humiliate you but to strengthen your compensation claim. It helps to estimate the full amount of costs and losses that should be covered in your claim.
We will help you collecting witness statements or organising the CCTV footage you need for a successful claim.
If you have suffered serious injuries as a result of a work accident and the negligence of your employer is fairly obvious, we can claim for an early partial-payment to take off some of the psychological and financial burden to you so you can receive any rehabilitation, specialist treatment/aids or home adaptations quickly.
Outside of court settlement
For both parties, it is worthwhile to settle the case outside of court. It shortens the process and most victims want to get on with their daily life or adapt to their new situation as soon as possible. This is why in many cases, an agreement between yourself, your representative and the insurance company can be reached outside of court.
If negligence is disputed by the defendant or an agreement can’t be reached outside court, we will take your compensation claim to court. We will guide you through any hearings and will present your case in front of the judge to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you have any questions, feel free to speak to one of our friendly advisors on freephone 0800 083 5045.
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