As everyone knows, it is always better to try to prevent an accident rather than waiting for an accident to happen. If you have any concerns about your safety at work, then you should report this to your employer and request that the matter be investigated and the issue dealt with. If your employer does not act on your concerns, then you can report the matter to your union rep or the Health and Safety Executive or the Local Authority.
If you have any concerns about your workplace safety, but don’t what to do next or who to report the issue to, feel free to contact one of our specialist personal injury solicitors and we will help you take the necessary steps.
However, if you are involved in an accident at work or relating to your work, you should definitely speak to one of our specialist personal injury lawyers so that we can assist you with, and guide you through, the process of making a claim.
You can make a claim for a workplace accident if you are employed by the company (temporary, casual and part-time employees included) and you can make a claim for whatever type of injury you have suffered, for example a fall, trip or slip at work, an accident caused by machinery or equipment, an accident caused by lifting etc and whatever type of workplace you work in, for example building site, factory, warehouse, office, vehicle etc. (N.B. A self-employed person may also make a claim if they have suffered an injury in a workplace as a result of someone’s actions)
However, in every case, you will need to prove the accident was the fault of your employer and for this you will need evidence. We have set out below some “do’s” and “don’ts” in relation to what you should do after an accident at work to make sure your claim has the best chance of success.
1. Report the accident to your employer
Report the accident to your employer, manager or supervisor as soon as possible after the accident. If you are unable to report the accident, make sure that the accident has been reported by a colleague or by a manager or supervisor. The accident needs to be recorded in the company accident book with full details of what happened. If the company does not have an accident book, make sure the details of the accident are recorded somehow by a manager or supervisor;
2. Seek medical attention from your employer
Seek medical attention from your employer i.e. from the appointed first aid officer, and then from your GP (and the hospital if necessary). If you suffer an injury it is clearly vital that you seek medical attention, but in terms of the claim it is vital to have an official record of these injuries and how they were caused;
3. Take photographs
Take photographs or videos of the accident scene and of your injuries if possible. These will be useful to assess the case and also for the medical expert to review at the examination;
4. Obtain contact details of any witnesses to the accident.
The witness will be asked to provide their account of the accident and what happened to support your case;
5. Write down a detailed account of the accident
Write down a detailed account of the accident and keep a diary of your injuries and losses. You should also prepare a sketch plan of the accident. Remember that the more details that are included in your account and diary, the more useful it will be as evidence to support your case.
1. Don’t worry about your employer taking action
Don’t worry about your employer taking action against you because you have made a claim for your injuries. It is against the law for an employer to take action against you or to sack you and you will have a claim against the employer if any attempt is made to do this;
2. Don’t worry about your claim having an impact on the company or on people’s jobs.
It is the law that every company must have insurance to cover the company in the event a worker has an accident. Therefore, this insurance policy will pay the compensation and not the employer.
3. Don’t admit liability
Don’t admit liability or discuss who was at fault for the accident with your employer or any other person at the company, including colleagues and friends. It is sometimes not clear who was at fault and investigations will need to be carried out before who was at fault can be confirmed. Therefore, leave any arguments about who was at fault to your specialist personal injury lawyer when the full circumstances of the accident are known and can be assessed;
There is one more “do” and “don’t” for you to think about. Do call one of our specialist personal injury solicitors on 0161 749 9000 so that you don’t have to worry about your case. We will take care of you and your case at every step and ensure you receive the medical attention you need and the compensation you deserve following your accident.