Accidents in the workplace
Every day, people are involved in accidents and suffer injuries as result of the negligence of their employers; fortunately, there are many things that your employer must do by law to minimise the risk of injury that you are exposed to. Their responsibilities include providing adequate health and safety equipment and protective clothing, and to ensure that they are maintained to a safe standard. Your employer must also provide suitable training and first aid facilities and evaluate any risks in the workplace in order to prevent accidents. If your employer fails to do any one of these things, and you suffer or develop an injury as a result, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
If you are thinking about making a claim, there are a few things you can do to make your claim as strong as possible. Reporting the accident to your employer will ensure a record is kept in the accident book, which will provide evidence in support of your accident claim. You should keep a written note of the accident if this is not possible. You should also see your doctor so that there is medical evidence of your injury, even if you think it is not that serious. Your injury could develop over a period of time which you will be able to claim for. Your medical evidence is ultimately what your compensation is based upon, so it’s important you keep these records up to date.
What Happens if I Claim Against My Employer?
There are many accidents that can happen in the workplace. Slipping on substances left on the floor, trapping your fingers in machinery and tripping over wires in the office are the most common types of work accidents but there are many others that you can claim for. Our handpicked work accident solicitors can also help with claims related to asbestos exposure, vibration white finger and hearing problems arising from a noisy work environment.
Making any sort of claim can be a daunting task, but you may be especially worried if you are claiming against your employer. Most people are concerned about their job, upsetting their employers or any other repercussions as a result but this need not be the case. Remember that it is down to your employer to ensure you are not exposed to any risks that cause you to suffer injury during work, but if you do, you are fully entitled to receive compensation. It is also against the law for your employer to treat you any differently or sack you because you are bringing a work accident claim against them. If this is the case, you could potentially have a further employment claim.
If you are still worried or have any questions as to making a claim, you can contact Accidents Direct for further information and advice on what you can do next.