Steps to Take After an Accident at Work
Your main concern after suffering an accident at work will be your health and safety. However, there are additional steps that you can take after ensuring that you are safe to improve your chances of making a claim in the future.
Here are 3 crucial steps that you can take to increase the likelihood that your claim will be successful.
1. Tell a Supervisor
No matter where you work, your work should have an accident book. The accident book allows workers to log specific details about an incident, such as the date, time, type of accident and injuries that have been sustained. Therefore, you should inform a supervisor that an incident has occurred, both so that they can be aware of it and take any action necessary to ensure health and safety to the rest of the team, as well as ensuring that the incident has been logged in the accident book.
2. Seek Medical Help
If your injuries are severe you will likely be taken away from the scene in an ambulance. However, even if your injuries do not immediately seem severe, you should still seek medical attention at a later date. Even if that means going to your GP at a later date, you should still seek medical attention after an accident. This is because some injuries are not immediately obvious, such as a concussion, and you could be injured more severely than you think you are. Furthermore, you are creating a medical paper trail that documents your injuries and experiences. A documented record of the injuries that you received from near to the time that the accident occurred is an extremely useful piece of evidence.
3. Take Photos
If you are not severely injured, you should aim to take photographs of the accident scene immediately after the incident has occurred. The photographs should be taken in a way that highlights the cause of the accident. For example, if you fell because an object was obstructing a walkway, you should ensure that the photograph shows enough of the background to show that the item was left in a walkway. You should also aim to take photographs of your injuries which can be used as evidence at a later date. Having enough evidence to prove that the accident happened and that the other party is to blame is crucial if your personal injury claim is going to be successful.
Evidence is the key to winning a case and all of these steps help to ensure health and safety within the workplace, as well as creating evidence that can be used later in a personal injury case. There is normally a three-year time limit to make a claim, beginning on the date that an accident has occurred. Therefore, you should contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to begin the claims process.
Making Personal Injury Claims
If you have been injured in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact First Personal Injury
We are experienced in dealing with a range of different case types. We understand how traumatic sustaining an injury can be and so we want to make the process of claiming compensation as stress-free as possible. No matter exactly where you are located we can help process your case.
To learn more and to discuss your potential claim in confidence, contact our team on 0800 808 9740.