Have you had an accident at work?
Employers have a legal duty to ensure they provide a safe working environment for their employees. If you’ve had an accident at work and suffered an injury due to your working environment, then you may be entitled to compensation.
What should I do if I’ve had an accident at work?
If you intend to pursue a claim, you should follow these steps:
1. Report the accident to your colleagues/manager
It’s a good idea to check your employer’s policy and processes for reporting accidents.
2. Record the accident in the accident book
All employers with ten or more employees are legally required to have an accident book for recording injuries.
3. Take photos and video evidence
Having records of your accident will be useful if you decide to make a claim for compensation or to claim benefits, such as Statutory Sick Pay.
4. Make a diary entry of all your symptoms
A diary of all your symptoms can help to assist you in explaining the impact of your accident at work to a medical expert.
5. Go to your GP and/or hospital
After you’ve had an accident at work, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. They can record the details of your accident in your medical records.
6. Keep a record of your expenses and losses
The purpose of compensation in an accident at work claim is to put you back in the position you would have been in if the accident had not happened. Creating a record of the amount of money you have lost since your accident will help you to prove that your employer’s negligence negatively impacted your life.
7. Speak to a Personal Injury and Litigation Lawyer
A personal injury lawyer will be able to advise whether you have a potential claim. They will also explain possible funding options for your claim, such as conditional fee agreements – also known as ‘no win, no fee’.