What You Should Do After an Accident at Work

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If you are ever unlucky enough to be among the 1 million plus people involved in a workplace accident each year – you should be aware of what you need to do following such an incident to ensure that any claim for compensation has a successful outcome.

Accidents in the workplace can be either minor or in some cases extremely serious, leading to permanent disability and permanent changes in lifestyle and future employment prospects. It is essential you seek advice from an expert in work accident claims to ensure that you follow the required steps to arm and present your claim.

Legal advice

Health and safety regulations are well documented in the UK and every employer has a duty of care to protect their employees from any potentially harmful or dangerous circumstances while at work. A legal expert will be able to help identify if your employer has been negligent in this respect, and under which regulation your claim can be filed.

Claims process

The process for making a claim for compensation in relation to a workplace accident is somewhat complex and can be lengthy. A claims specialist will be able to inform you of the right procedure, the typical length of the process with regard to the incident you were involved in, and also the amount of compensation you should claim.

Documentary evidence

In order to support your claim for compensation, a claims expert will be able to advise you about the correct documentation which needs to be filed, along with documentary evidence to support your claim. This might include photographic evidence of the accident scene, eye witness testimony and accounts of what transpired, and any medical records and documentation related to the injuries you sustained as a result of the accident.

If you are the victim of a workplace accident, it is essential that you do the following:

  • Report the incident to your supervisor and ensure that an accurate account of the accident is included in the accident report book at your workplace.

  • Seek medical attention in relation to any injuries sustained – and make sure to explain to your doctor that the injuries are the result of an accident in the workplace.

  • Recall as many details and information related to the incident and keep a log of all expenses related to treatment for your injuries, along with any financial losses incurred as a result of being injured.

While accidents, and any injuries sustained, can vary widely, with the correct legal advice to guide you through the claims process, you can be sure that your legal rights will be protected, and that you claim an adequate and appropriate amount to compensate for your physical pain, discomfort, and any mental anguish and trauma caused as a result of the incident.