Accident At Work Claim
You may not think of the workplace as being a dangerous environment, but it can be. Every year, there are well over a hundred thousand injuries from work accidents and millions of people suffer ill health as a result of their job. This is very sad when these accidents and injuries could have been prevented and when they are due to the fault or negligence of somebody else.
Employers have a duty and legal obligation to provide their employers with a safe working environment and to keep their workers from harm. Obviously accidents can and do happen, but employers have to take the appropriate preventative measures to minimize or eliminate the risk of accidents.
It's not just construction sites and chemical plants that are dangerous - every year, many people are hurt in office environments too!
Common workplace accidents include:-
- RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury can be caused by repetitive movements like writing or typing.
- Electrical accidents - Electric shocks and burns can be caused by all sorts of things including faulty machinery, poor wiring etc.
- Slips, trips and falls - These types of accidents can be caused by things like spillages, trailing wires, clutter and ladders not being used properly.
- Manual handling accidents - If employees are not trained to lift things correctly, they can suffer with back injuries, sprains and strains.
- Head injuries - These can result from accidents like shelves collapsing or loads falling.
- Traffic accidents - Employees or members of the public can be hit by works vehicles like forklift trucks.
- Hazardous substances - Working with hazardous substances can put employees at risk from injuries like chemical burns and chronic industrial diseases.
If you have suffered an injury from an accident at work, through no fault of your own, you could claim personal injury compensation. Compensation can really help if your injury has left you unable to work, having to retrain for another career or with long term health problems or pain. You should not feel guilty for making a compensation claim because your employer will have the appropriate liability insurance to cover such claims and they really should have kept you safe.
If you are worried about repercussions like victimisation in the workplace or the possibility of losing your job because you are claiming, you really do not need to worry. There are strict employment laws to prevent this type if discrimination from happening and to protect your job.
Claiming Compensation for Accidents at Work
To be able to claim personal injury compensation successfully, you'll need to prove that your accident was the fault of another employee or the negligence of your employer. You will also need to provide proof of your injury.
Seek the services of a personal injury solicitor as soon as you possibly can after your accident, so that you know what evidence you need to provide and so that they can start building your case. Crucial evidence to support your case can include:-
- Employer's Log - You should have reported your accident immediately so that it could be recorded in the log.
- Witness statements - Statements from other employees or members of the public who witnessed your accident can really help. Try to get these as soon as possible after the work accident so that things are fresh in their minds.
- Medical records - Records like ambulance attendance and records of your injuries from your GP or the hospital can be crucial in supporting your case.
- Evidence of other accidents in the workplace - Do you know of any accidents that have happened previously? If so, get statements from those involved as this will show that your employer has not learned from past experience and is negligent.
- Expert evidence - If your accident was caused by poorly maintained or faulty machinery, it can be very helpful to have evidence from an engineer.
- Evidence of any expenses or losses you have incurred - This can include prescription charges, private medical bills, complementary therapy bills, past pay slips to show what earnings have been lost during your recovery and out-of-pocket expense receipts.
All of this documentation will help your injury lawyer to build a strong case on your behalf, particularly if your injury is not one of the more common, and therefore easier to claim for, types of injuries.
Many personal injury lawyers will be able to work on a conditional agreement (no win no fee) basis, which reduces your risk in claiming compensation. Make sure you choose an experienced specialist personal injury solicitor.