If you’re hurt in an accident at work that happened through no fault of your own, you should seek legal advice as you might be able to make a claim against your employer for compensation for your injuries.
Whilst this can feel like an awkward or difficult decision to make, the majority of employers will handle a claim against them sensibly and will simply pass it on to their insurance company – after all, it is your employer’s insurers you are claiming against and not your employer itself.
What Should You Do If You’ve Had An Accident At Work?
If you’ve suffered because of an accident at work in the last 3 years or you feel like your health has worsened due to your workplace environment, our specialist solicitors can advise you whether you’re able to make a claim.
As a guide, if you’re hurt in an accident at work, you should do the following:
- Complete an accident at work report as soon as possible
- Take photos of where your accident happened and your injuries, if you can
- Get the contact details of any witnesses to your accident
- Speak to a personal injury solicitor for advice
Your Employer’s Duty Of Care
Your employer has a duty of care to keep the workplace safe and ensure measures are in place to support your wellbeing whilst you’re at work.
Your employer’s duties include:
- Having health and safety measures in place
- Carrying out risk assessments
- Providing PPE (personal protective equipment) to staff
- Providing relevant training
- Ensuring the workplace is safe and free from hazards
Poor working environments can cause accidents to happen that lead to injuries ranging from the minor to major.
Types of accidents at work include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Falls from height
- Injuries related to moving vehicles or machinery
- Burn injuries
- Manual handling accidents
- Lifting accidents
- Electrocution injuries
Should You Claim For Accident At Work Compensation?
If your employer’s negligence has caused your accident at work, you should claim compensation for your pain and suffering as well as any financial losses such as loss of pay.
Furthermore, by making a claim for compensation you are highlighting the potential hazards in the workplace and helping to ensure others don’t suffer in similar accidents at work.
Even if your employer won’t admit negligence, you could possibly achieve a settlement outside of court without an admission of liability – so make sure you speak to a legal specialist as soon as possible about your accident at work.
How We Can Help You With Your Accident At Work Claim
It’s important to know that you wouldn’t be punished for making a claim against your employer for your accident at work – and that if you are entitled to compensation, your employer will pass your claim to their insurers and your solicitor will work hard to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries. You’ll be helping to prevent similar accidents in the workplace from happening, too, by making your employer aware of potential hazards.
Our personal injury solicitors have the relevant experience combined with a caring and friendly approach, to ensure you are supported and guided at every stage of the claims process, and that the best possible outcome is achieved on your behalf.