What Should I Do Following A Work Accident
Have you suffered personal injury as a result of a work accident that was not your fault? If you have, you may be eligible to make a work accident claim for compensation. As with any other type of personal injury claims, you must be able to prove that your employer was responsible for the accident. In order to make a successful work accident claim, there are certain steps that you need to take which can help you establish the fact that your employer is to be blamed for the accident.
Getting involved in a work accident can be a terrible experience and most of the time victims of such accidents tend to be in a state of work for some time following the accident. Most people also forget that they have the legal rights to claim for compensation if they have suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence. Here are some simple things that you must do following an accident which can help you make a successful compensation claim.
- Get the details of the accident reported in the accident book at the workplace.
- Once the details of the accident have been entered in the accident book, make sure that the information is factually correct. You must only sign the statement if it contains correct information. Do not let your supervisor or your employer force you to sign something that you don’t agree with.
- If there were witnesses present at the time of the accident, take their contact details. However, if there were no witnesses present, try to find out if an accident had occurred in the past in similar circumstances. Even if you suffered injury due to unsafe work environment and there are no witnesses present, you will still be able to make a claim for compensation.
- You must get your injuries examined by a medical professional immediately after the accident. Even if the injuries appear to be minor, you must seek medical attention and obtain complete reports including the type of injuries you have sustained, what the diagnosis was, severity of the injuries, treatment and medication required and so on.
- Seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury solicitor. Work accident claims can be hard to deal with and for this reason, it is important to seek help from a professional who has experience in the personal injury field. Your solicitor will be able to assess your claim and tell you whether or not you have a viable claim for compensation. Moreover, with the help of a legal representative, you will be able to start a claim on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you will not have to undertake any financial risks when pursuing a work accident claim.