Your next steps following an accident at work

Your workplace should be a place you feel comfortable and safe, somewhere that is relatively risk free, where you can get the job you are employed to do done, and where you feel happy in your employers ability to protect you.

However, accidents do happen and an accident at work is no exception to this. According to the HSE around 1.1 million people suffer from a workplace illness or accident during 2011/2012.

Next steps

If you have had an accident at work then there are several steps that you will need to take.

Firstly you’ll need to log the incident in the accident book. You should already have prior knowledge as to where the accident book is kept.

Obviously, if you require immediate medical treatment then this is of the upmost priority. If you are too unwell or badly injured then someone else at your workplace should be able to help.

Secondly, even if your injuries don’t seem too bad you should always seek medical attention. Visit a doctor or head to A&E to be checked out by a medical professional. When it comes to making a personal injury claim you will need to be able to show your medical records and an account of what’s happened.

You may also want to take witness statements from anyone who was witness to your accident. This may provide additional information when it comes to making a personal injury claim.

Following on from your accident at work, you will want to find out if your are eligible to make a claim for compensation. Your employer has a legal responsibility for your welfare and safety in the workplace. If these responsibilities have been failed then your employer is at fault.

Why should I make a claim?

Your accident may have left you feeling vulnerable, in need of prolonged medical attention or may also mean you are not able to return to work at present, or in the future. If this is the case then you’ll need to recover compensation for your injuries. This compensation isn’t just to cover your time off work, it is also there to help you with the cost of any medical treatment, prescriptions and the inconvenience of being injured. Maybe you need assistance at home, maybe you require additional physiotherapy or even counseling post-injury, your compensation is designed to cover this.

Whether you’ve tripped or slipped, fallen from a height or been provided with the wrong or faulty protective equipment, it was the duty of your employer to protect you and keep you safe. Your employer should be insured so a personal injury firm such as Girlings Solicitors will be able to help you and support you through your case.

All you need to do is to contact them on 01227 768374 for a free appointment and they’ll talk you through all the necessary steps following your accident. Being injured in a workplace accident shouldn’t mean that you have to suffer anymore than you already have. Pick up to the phone today to discuss your case. Girlings Solicitors operate on a no win no fee basis, so you won’t have high legal fees or have to incur any additional costs should your case not be successful.

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