Accidents at Work Compensation Solicitors
What is an accident at work?
An accident at work can occur when an unexpected event leads to the illness or injury of an employee. Examples include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Accidents outside of work hours, whilst you are still on the premises
- Inadequate training or materials resulting in manual handling injuries
- Do not worry about making a claim against your employer
Your employer must provide a safe working environment. They are legally required to have an insurance policy in place to cover such compensation cases.
Your actions could lead to a safer working environment for other people
If you feel you are being treated unfairly or harassed as a result of the initial claim, you may be able to take further action. It is illegal for your employer to dismiss you if you make a claim against them.
I’ve been injured at work. What should I do?
There are several key steps you should take to protect yourself, and to help with any accident at work compensation you may want to make:
- Visit your doctor or GP as soon as possible so any injuries can be treated. Also, the medical details of your accident will be officially recorded.
- Make sure it is recorded in your workplace’s accident book. If it is a very small business that doesn’t have an accident book, write down the details and give a copy to your employer AND keep a copy for yourself.
- If possible, make a note of the exact details of your accident. Are there any witnesses, record their contact details in a safe place.
- Make a note of any extra expenses that arise because of your accident, such as travel costs to get to the hospital, loss of income due to time off work and any other fees or losses that may be related. Be sure to hold onto receipts and documents as evidence.
- CALL PERSONAL INJURY ASSIST. We can determine if you are eligible to claim work injury compensation. Our expert accident at work solicitors will manage your case to completion.
Who pays for the compensation for a work injury?
If you successfully claim for injury because of an accident at work, your employer’s insurance company should cover the costs of the compensation. Legally, employers are obliged to have this type of insurance, and you can find out which insurance company they use by asking to see the insurance certificate all employers must display.
Returning to work after an accident
Once you have recovered, you’ll likely be ready to return to work. It’s understandable if you feel nervous about returning to the workplace, but the law dictates that you must not be treated unfairly because of filing a claim.
Your employer must grant you reasonable recovery time and enable sick pay, and they cannot force you to return to work before you are physically or psychologically able to do so.