If you have been injured as a result of an accident at work there are some important steps you need to take after you have been treated by your doctor or hospital.
Accidents at work are very different to road traffic accidents in that the person who is injured usually knows their employer and wants to remain on as an employee after taking a claim. This can be a very delicate situation. We are very skilled in assisting our clients in obtaining the compensation they deserve while also maintaining a good working relationship with their employer and unless their injuries are so severe that they are unable to work, in assisting them to return to work.
Steps to take if you have had an accident at work:
Report All Accidents at Work
Make sure that you report all accidents and work practices that are dangerous to your health to your employer or line manager, even when it might seem trivial. Sometimes an injury is not immediately apparent and if the accident was not reported when it happened, it can be difficult to prove that it happened at all. Do get advice before completing any accident report forms or signing any document in relation to your accident.
As soon as possible after the accident has happened, you or a colleague, or your Union representative, should take photographs of the scene of the accident.
-If your employer has CCTV at the site of the accident, ask for a copy.
-If there were any witnesses to your accident, make sure that you have their contact details.
We will give you expert advice on how to gather such evidence and indeed where it is possible, we will attend at the scene of the accident with you to ensure that any relevant evidence is captured.
If your injury involves bruising, swelling or scarring then you should take photos now as these will normally fade in the healing process.
If you have been injured in a work related accident do not delay, download our guide now to ensure that you do not damage your claim* in any way.