Nobody wants to think about getting injured on the job. However, sometimes, despite rigid health and workplace safety protocol, accidents can happen. The great news is that Britain has consistently had some of the lowest injuries at work statistics for many years now, meaning that it is something that is highly unlikely to happen to you. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that UK workers are immune to on-the-job mishaps. If you are unlucky enough to get hurt at work, here’s what to do next.
Go to the doctor or hospital
Depending on the severity of your injury, you will need to make your way to the doctor or hospital for assistance. Remember that it is important to keep records of any and all doctors’ visits related to the accident if you plan on claiming personal injury compensation.
Report the accident at work
This step is imperative. If you are unable to report the accident due to being away from work as a result of the injuries sustained, you can get somebody else to report the incident for you. Notify your manager or any other relevant party, both verbally and in writing, as soon as possible. Make sure that the accident is recorded in the company accident book (any company with more than 10 employees is required to have one).
You will need to gather as much evidence as you can if you plan to claim for personal injury compensation. Take photographs of your injuries, get hold of the details of any people who witnessed the accident, make notes about what happened and request that the witnesses do the same. As mentioned above, always retain proof of any relevant doctors’ visits.
Make a personal injury claim
You may decide to make a personal injury claim if you believe that the accident took place as a result of employer negligence. It is worthwhile getting in touch with solicitors in Hampshire for assistance with your case and to maximise your chances of your claim being successful. Keep in mind that there are time limits associated with making a claim, so if you intend to, be sure to do so promptly. Most claim time limits extend three years from the date that the accident took place.
When you first make contact with a specialist solicitor, the first thing that they will do is value your claim. This will usually depend on the extent of your injuries and how they are negatively affecting your life, including present and future financial losses. From there, the solicitor will usually attempt to organise an out of court settlement, but if that isn’t possible, court proceedings will be the next course of action.
Concerned about cost? Most solicitors in the UK assist people pursuing a personal injury claim on a ‘no win, no fee' basis, otherwise known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. This is a big relief especially considering how those recovering from a workplace injury will have likely already endured substantial financial losses.
If you are injured at work, don’t hesitate to seek compensation if it wasn’t your fault. A great solicitor will be able to assist you in getting your due with minimal fuss and minimal stress.