Whether you work a job that carries a lot of risk like a builder on a construction site or you work in a place that is thought to be considerably less dangerous like an office block the protocols are the same if you suffer an injury.
Injuries in the workplace can happen anywhere now, of course, the more dangerous the job the more likely you’ll suffer a personal injury, or at least you think so anyway. One of the most common types of personal injuries is simple trips and slips due to a wet floor.
And that can happen, anywhere can’t it? But if you are unfortunate enough to suffer a personal injury at work then what exactly should you do about it? Well let’s take look at the process in more detail, shall we?
1 – Report The Accident
First steps first the accident needs to be reported to your employer, they will usually do this themselves but it’s always a good idea to check with them to ensure it’s been properly reported. If it’s only a minor accident, then it might not need to be reported but more serious personal injuries like broken bones need to be reported and reported quickly.
2 – Risk Assessment
In the aftermath of an accident, your employer will need to carry out a new risk assessment and decide how they can improve safety procedures to ensure the safety of any employees or guests.
The accident will also need to be reported in your employer’s accident book this is an invaluable record of your personal injury and will be useful when it comes to claiming compensation later. Depending on the nature of your injury you might not be able to check if your injury has been reported straight away but you should make sure you check with your employer as soon as you can.
3 – Claim Sick Pay
This will vary from person to person but if you have to take time off from work due to an accidental personal injury then at the very least you should be able to claim statutory sick pay. If you’re lucky you might be able to earn extra money but it all really depends on your individual circumstances.
Sick pay won’t last forever though so suffering a personal injury can still impact your finances especially if it’s a more serious long-term issue. So, you should also try to make an appointment with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau if you can.
If you are the spouse or family member of someone that’s suffered a personal injury, then you can also talk to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau on their behalf. This can be very beneficial if you are already facing financial difficulties of some form.
4 – Make You Claim For Compensation
After all that you need to start making your claim for compensation now in the case of more serious accidents you might not be able to claim straightaway. But you do have up to three years to make your claim so don’t worry too much about that. And if you are seriously injured then someone can claim on your behalf like a spouse, partner or family member.
So, how do you go about making a claim for compensation? Well, there are a number of ways you can do it. You can opt to go to a law firm in Fort Worth, or use a claims management agency and then you’ll likely have the option of settling out of court (if you are offered a settlement) or taking to the case to court.
Yes, that’s a lot to take in I know but because you were injured at work you might have some extra help available to you. If you are a member of a trade union, they may be able to take care of the legal matters for you and even claim compensation for you.
Be warned however they may pick a solicitor who is unsuitable for the job, so you should keep a close eye on proceedings if you are able to. If you do have a solicitor in mind, then you should inform your union, so they will be able to set-up work with them.
The legal progress to get compensation can take some time especially if you decide to go to court and there are a lot of different variables. Every case is different, so you really need to consider your options carefully, if you want to find out more information about your options talk to a solicitor or legal professional for some expert advice.
It’s always advisable for you to claim compensation if you’ve suffered an accident at work that wasn’t your fault. But don’t be afraid to take it at your own pace you do have a three-year time frame to do it by, the financial impact of a suffering a personal injury shouldn’t be underestimated and claiming compensation is one of the best ways to not only alleviate financial stress but also get justice.
One important thing to remember when claiming for compensation is to take everything into account not just your loss of wages. You should factor in your emotional stress and physical pain, as well as these, are big factors in your compensation.
The Importance of Rest and Recovery
Well, I’ve talked about the importance of claiming compensation and outlined exactly what you should do after suffering an injury at work, but there is one very important thing I haven’t talked about and that is the importance of taking time to rest and recover.
No, I’ am sure many people already know that but it’s easier than you might think to ignore your bodies need to rest and recover. The steps I listed above are important and will help you get the compensation you deserve but that doesn’t mean you should try to do everything right away.
Be sure to take the time you need to recover and rest, once you feel ready you can get started on making your claim for compensation but until then let your body rest and recuperate.