What You Need to Know if You’re Injured at Work
If you have ever been involved in a work-related accident then you could be eligible for some sort of financial compensation. Accidents at work come in all shapes and sizes and all levels of severity, but if you have suffered an accident, due to your work environment and it is effecting your time at home, with your family, carrying out everyday tasks, and even preventing you from going back to work, you should be taking action. Knowing what you are entitled to, when it comes to work related injuries or accidents, can be rather confusing, so follow our step by step action list on what to do should this ever happen to you.
Report all Details
Should you ever be involved in a work accident, where you sustain a major or even a minor injury, the best thing to do immediately afterwards it to make sure that you report down all the details. You will want to note down all the details of the accident, wet floor with no caution cone, a hidden step with no sign or a car accident where you were carrying out a work-related task. You will want to get all the necessary details down as it is very easy to forget the finer details as time goes by.
All employers should have something called an ‘accident book’. Some employers may be unaware of this, but nevertheless, from your perspective, it should exist. Your employer has an obligation to report all work related incidents and accidents to the local authority. This is to go some way in ensuring that the same thing doesn’t happen again and that local authorities are monitoring any incidents that happen in the local area.
Personal Injury Claim
Once you’ve figured out why your accident happened you will need to get the ball rolling with your personal injury claim. A personal injury claim is possible for anyone that has been hurt or injured as a direct result of a fault within the work area. So if you are insure whether you are eligible or not, the best thing for you to do is contact a personal injury lawyer in your area and talk them through your accident and the injuries you have sustained as a result. They will be able to talk you through your rights, what they think you are entitled to and will be able to talk you through the process.
Who is Responsible?
The blame has to lie somewhere. With any accident there is a party that has to take responsibility. So after recording down all details of the accident and contacting your personal injury lawyer, you will need to be finding out who is to blame for it. Your employer has a legal obligation to ensure top level health and safety for all their staff, and also their visitors, and all companies should be carrying out regular risk assessments. When this is not done properly, accidents happen and people’s health suffers, so you will need to look into the reasons why your accident happened and then, therefore, who is to blame.
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