Being involved in an accident at work can be a very unsettling experience, and as a result you may find it difficult to think of the best approach to making a work accident compensation claim. This guide is designed to help you to make your claim with minimum fuss, ensuring you have the best possible chance of success.
Gather all information as soon as possible
Whilst some may require immediate medical attention, it is of benefit to your work accident compensation claim to get information at the site of your accident, which may include:
- The contact information of other parties involved, or witnesses to your accident
- Photographs to demonstrate what happened – for example of the machinery that caused your accident (if you work in an industrial environment)
- The date, time and location of your accident, which may become particularly difficult to remember over the coming days and weeks unless you write it down
Follow health and safety procedure
All workplaces of ten or more people should have a work accident log book, which is where you will be able to record your accident. You should ensure your accident is recorded here, as it may provide further evidence in your favour when it comes to making a work accident compensation claim. If you’re unsure how to add your entry into the work accident log book, you should speak with your Office Manager, Line Manager or Head of HR.
Get medical attention
To make a claim for work accident compensation, you will need to have evidence that you required medical attention. Following a visit to your GP or local hospital, you should be provided with a medical report to help with your claim. This will include:
- Your injury type
- The severity of your injuries
- Any medication required
- Specialist treatment, such as physiotherapy
- Your prognosis, or long-term outlook
Check your eligibility to claim for work accident compensation
This can simply mean using a claims calculator to check your eligibility online. It may also provide you with an idea of how much you may be entitled to claim, whether hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of pounds.
If your accident happened in the last three years, required medical attention and happened due to the negligence of your employer then you should be able to claim for work accident compensation, but it is always worth confirming this.
Find the help of a good legal representative
You should always ensure that your legal representative is able to demonstrate past successes in accidents similar to your own, that they work on a no win no fee basis and that you will be treated respectfully and with professionalism throughout the claims process. Once you have found a compensation provider or personal injury lawyer you are happy with, you should progress your claim as soon as possible.
About the author
John Bates is Freelance writer based in the UK. He has been in writing world for approximately 7 years. He often writes about accident compensation, internet lawyers, lawyer networking.