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Accidents At Work: What Happens If You’re Hurt In A Fall?

If you slip and fall at work and hurt yourself, through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation – and there are things you can do to support your case if you decide to pursue a claim.

There are many reasons slips and falls happen in the workplace, including wet floors, torn flooring or trip hazards, and if your accident at work happened due to someone else’s negligence, you should take action straightaway to protect yourself and ensure you receive any compensation you’re entitled to.

How To Support Your Slip And Fall At Work Claim

There are things you should do after your accident occurs, to put yourself in a strong position should you decide to make a claim for compensation at a later date.

Assess Your Injuries

Depending on the severity of your injuries, you should ask a colleague to get a first aider or to call an ambulance. Even if your injuries seem minor, make sure you’re assessed by a medical professional to make sure you’re okay as some symptoms take time to show.

Report Your Accident

Make sure you tell your manager or supervisor what has happened, and write a report in your work’s accident report book – legally, every organisation has to have one of these books on site. This creates an official record of your work accident and means it won’t be just your word against your manager’s if you make a claim later on.

Find Witnesses

Check if your accident was witnessed by any colleagues and ask them to write a witness statement if it was.

Take Photos

If you can, take photos or ask a colleague to take photos of the scene of your accident and your injuries as these will support your case in the future.

Keep A Record

Your doctor will have a record of your injuries and any treatment you have, but it’s also a good idea to have a personal record of your symptoms as well as any expenses you incur as a result of your injuries. Expenses may include medical treatment and associated costs such as travel costs for treatment or any necessary adaptations to your home. If you win your case, you could be reimbursed for all expenses and loss of earnings.

How We Can Help You Make An Accident At Work Claim

Our specialist solicitors have extensive knowledge in this area of the law and will ensure you receive the advice and guidance needed for the best possible outcome for your compensation claim.

To speak to one of our specialist solicitors about making an accident at work claim, contact us on freephone - 0800 988 3674 or Chester Tel: 01244 405 399 or email advice@bartletts.co.uk