In spite of the abundance of health and safety legislation in place in the UK, millions of workers are affected by workplace illnesses, and hundreds of thousands suffer accidents in the workplace each year. Accidents in the workplace range from minor cuts to, in some cases, fatal injuries.
Here’s what you should do if you suffer from a workplace accident.
1. Seek immediate medical attention
It’s essential that you are seen by a doctor, even if the accident is seemingly minor. Even a simple slip, trip or fall at work can have serious repercussions later, and symptoms might not be immediately apparent. Seek medical attention onsite for any serious injuries and follow up with an appointment with your own doctor for a thorough checkup. In the case that you make a claim for compensation with regard to the accident, medical records will act as supporting evidence in your case.
2. Ensure the incident is reported in the accident book
All UK companies, with the exception of very small businesses, are required to keep a register of any workplace accidents in what is commonly referred to as an ‘accident book’. This document serves three purposes: (1) an official record of the incident, (2) a source for improvements in procedures to eliminate or reduce the likelihood of similar incidents occurring in the future, and (3) as an aid in risk assessment in relation to certain tasks and jobs within the workplace, by employers.
3. Seek legal advice
If you suffer an accident at work and sustain injuries which impair your daily life or ability to work, you have the right to accident at work compensation if your employer can be proven to have been negligent in their responsibility regarding ensuring that correct risk assessment and safety procedures were in place within the working environment for the protection of employees. A claims expert will be able to guide you through the claims process and help you arm your case for compensation based on the injuries you sustained.
As part of any work accident claim you will be expected to provide documentary and anecdotal evidence of the incident, how it happened, and what transpired exactly. Collect as much information as you can, make notes of details you recall which are relevant to the incident, and collect any witness statements from other workers or people in the vicinity at the time of the accident. You should also keep a record of all medical documentation, additional therapeutic treatments, loss of earnings, and any other related expenditure caused as a result of the accident at work.
These 4 things will help make the process of making a claim for workplace accident compensation swifter and more straightforward so that you can receive the compensation you deserve.