Unfortunately, workplace accidents take place causing injuries and whether you believe your employer is partly or wholly to blame, you may be eligible for compensation.
From slipping on a wet floor to injuring yourself whilst operating machinery, none of us know when an accident may occur. Of course there are some jobs and industries where the risk of workplace accidents are higher than others, such as construction workers working on busy building sites with specialist tools and machinery or a factory worker working on a busy assembly line. However, it is also the case that office-based workers should be mindful of their environment as accidents can happen there just as easily!
It is sometimes the case that injuries from accidents - which don't seem so bad to begin with - end up having a detrimental and lasting effect on your health, ability to perform your job and earn a living. For this reason, it is recommended you seek medical attention at the earliest opportuinity.
At the time of an accident it is very difficult to know the extent an injury could have on your health, wellbeing or even your ability to continue working, so it may be advisable to seek the advice of a solicitor as soon as possible.
At Hunt Solicitors we understand that it can be difficult to think clearly and rationally in the immediate aftermath of a workplace accident, so take the time to seek appropriate medical attention.
Should you find yourself in the unfortunate position of injuring yourself whilst at work, we have outlined below several steps to consider:
1.Get checked by a medical professional
If your injury is serious you should be taken to your nearest hospital to be checked immediately. If the injury is less serious and doesn’t require immediate medical attention, set up an appointment with your GP to ascertain the extent of your injury. Make sure to keep notes on your condition and treatment as this could prove helpful if you do decide to make a claim.
2. Inform your employer
You should inform your employer of what happened as soon as you can, or ask someone to do it on your behalf if you are unfit to do so. Under Health and Safety Regulations, it is an employers responsibility to record all accidents and to put measures in place to avoid any other similar incident from happening in the future. You should try your best to ensure that an accident report book within your workplace is completed.
3. Take photographs of the accident scene and your injuries
It may sound extreme, but treat the place where your accident happened as if it were a crime scene. Where possible, take pictures (or ask someone else to take them, if you are unfit to do so) of the area, any debris and of the injury itself. This will help provide a clear picture of what happened as sometimes a person’s recollection of the accident can be hazy, especially if you were/are in a lot of pain.
4. Keep a journal
You would be amazed at what you forget in the days following an incident, so record what happened as soon as you possibly can. If you are not capable of writing or typing up your version of events, dictate them to a trusted family member or friend so they can do it for you. It would also be advisable to record the date of any treatment or surgeries you receive, the recovery process itself, and any important communications you may have had with your employer regarding the accident. Having an accurate account of an incident and any repercussions may prove invaluable.
5. Seek out a solicitor for independent legal advice regarding your potential to make a compensation claim.
The type and amount of compensation available will vary from case to case and will be based on how the injury occurred and the severity of your injury. This may include:
- Loss of earnings
- Travel and parking expenses
- Damage to personal possessions
- Physiotherapy or other rehabilitation
- Any other costs that you wouldn’t have incurred if you hadn’t had the accident
Additional damages, such as the costs of ongoing care, may also be claimed should you experience a severe and/or long-term injury.
It goes without saying that the earlier you act in the aftermath of an accident, the better. From seeking medical attention to recording the incident and contacting us, you will want to do this all as soon as possible.
At Hunt Solicitors, our Personal Injury solicitors have an excellent track record of dealing successfully with personal injury claims. Should you wish to speak to someone to discuss your particular circumstances please click here to contact us and we will be in touch. Please note, at Hunt Solicitors we do not charge for an initial consultation allowing you the peace of mind to understand the options available to you before taking things further.