If you are injured at work, your injury is only one of the things that you have to worry about. You may be concerned about being disloyal to your employer or you may be anxious about speaking to a solicitor because you are worried that once you do, you will be pressured into making a claim.
Even if you are not sure about whether to pursue a claim, there are certain things you should do after an injury which will make your life easier in case you decide to make a claim later.
Straight after your injury, you should contact the first aider at your workplace for immediate treatment and you should also visit a doctor or hospital if necessary. Getting treatment for your injury should always be your primary concern.
You should report the injury to your colleagues and manager so that any potential hazards can be made safe but also so that there is a record that the injury took place. As part of this process, you should make sure that the incident is recorded in your workplace’s accident book.
If your employer will not record your injury, you should make a written request. Having a copy of this in your personal email account’s sent items will be evidence that you have tried to report the accident.
We recommend that you keep records of how your injury has affected you. This should include photographs of your injuries as well as a diary of pain and any symptoms stemming from your injury. Keeping track of any expenses and losses caused by your injury is very helpful if you decide to pursue a claim. This can include loss of earnings, costs of care and much more.
You should also be aware that you are only able to make a claim within three years of the accident or within three years of your realisation that your injury is associated with your workplace. The latter is useful in the case of exposure to toxic substances which may not have effects that are immediately apparent.
If you decide to make a claim, it can give you peace of mind to know someone with experience is on your side. Neil John, the personal injury specialist at Fraser Dawbarns, has over 20 years experience handling claims, ranging from an abattoir worker injured when half a pig carcass fell on them to injuries resulting from workplace assaults.
The 2019 edition of the Legal 500 said that Neil “responded quickly and was comprehensive in his explanations when outlining his suggested course of action. He listened!”
Our first appointment for personal injury claims is free and we also offer a no win, no fee agreement if we think that your claim has a reasonable chance of success, however we will not pressure you to proceed if you are not ready.
Whether your injury at work is due to faulty machinery, unsafe practices or other people’s actions, you should call Fraser Dawbarns on 01945 461456 today and ask for Neil who can start helping you with your workplace injury claim.
This article aims to supply general information, but it is not intended to constitute advice. Every effort is made to ensure that the law referred to is correct at the date of publication and to avoid any statement which may mislead. However, no duty of care is assumed to any person and no liability is accepted for any omission or inaccuracy. Always seek advice specific to your own circumstances. Fraser Dawbarns LLP are always happy to provide such advice.
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