Accidents at work can happen in any work environment, whether it is in a factory or in an office. The most common types of accidents at work are falling over objects, using damaged or improper tools and faulty machinery.
Fact: it is your employers’ responsibility by law to ensure that they are complying with all the health and safety regulations so you can work without risking any harm to yourself.
Simple procedures like putting up signs, testing machinery or providing the right equipment can help avoid any accidents occurring at work.
Many people are skeptical about claiming against their employers because they worry it could effect their job security. However, it is your RIGHT to claim and it would be against the law for your employer to discriminate against you or terminate your employment because of that. Employers should be insured against compensation claims so we will claim off their insurers and not them directly. Bringing a claim against your employer could also make them more aware of the risks in their work place and they can ensure that they avoid anything similar occurring in the future.
To file a work accident claim, you will need specialised help from someone who has the knowledge and expertise about health and safety regulations.
This is vital as without the proper legal advice, you may not be able to claim successfully. There is where we can help you. All we need from you are details of where, how and when the accident occurred. We can then claim from your employer on your behalf.
You may also need to claim for the time you have had to take off (loss of earnings) as a result of the accident, as well as any bonuses and overtime which you may have missed out on (loss of chance). This will help maintain all your finances in the meantime.
Taking time out as a result of an accident can put you under a lot of strain and make you feel uneasy about returning to work but you must be mindful of not returning to work too soon as you may not have fully recovered. We may require you to see a medical expert to determine how long it may take for you to recover and to assess whether you are ready to go back to work.
What to do if you have had an accident at work?
You should file a report with your employers immediately. Every employer should record any accidents which have taken place in the workplace but if they don’t then make sure you keep an accurate account of the date, time and exactly what happened. You should then keep a copy for yourself and present another copy to your employer. You should also try and collect any details for witnesses and any possible photographic evidence of the state of your workplace at the time the incident happened. You should seek medical attention immediately and keep a note of the time and date and which G.P or hospital you visited for your records and any painkillers or treatment that you had to undergo. If you are thinking of claiming, then seek legal advice immediately as some injuries have a time limit and once this is surpassed, you will no longer be able to claim.
We are also able to offer employment advice so as to ensure that your employer does not punish you for making an accident claim and to ensure that you receive your employment contract entitlements such as sickness benefits. Request a Free Consultation today.
We will act for you on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, meaning you will not have to pay any legal fees should your case be unsuccessful.
Types of Accident related claims include:-