Workplaces are naturally some of the most active areas. Millions of people work and operate different gadgets and machines, so the risk of an accident is also very high. Some workplaces are quite dangerous and require extreme care. An employer is responsible for maintaining precautionary measures to protect their workers. Unfortunately, safety measures aren’t followed everywhere which leads to accidents at work. Many accidents happen for the following reasons:
- The employer provides you with inadequate training.
- Lack of safety equipment.
- Poorly maintained machinery.
- Not undertaking a risk assessment.
You can claim compensation for any illness, or mental or physical damage caused to you at the workplace due to the negligence of your employer or someone else.
Types of Accidents at Work
Different types of accidents can take place at workplaces. Some common types of accidents are below:
- Construction site accidents
- Factory or warehouse accidents.
- Traffic accidents.
- Slips, trips, and falls.
- Defective equipment accidents.
- Lifting accidents.
What type of injury qualifies for compensation?
Any injury or illness due to the negligence of your employer or someone else at the workplace qualifies for compensation. Some common injuries include:
- Electric shock.
- Eye injuries.
- Brain & head injuries.
- Fractured bones.
- Dislocated joints.
- Muscle strains.
- Slips, trips, and falls.
- Exposure to a dangerous substance.
- Chemical burns.
- Broken limbs.
What should I do after an accident at work?
In case of an accident at work, you must follow the guidelines given below:
Seek medical help immediately
Seeking medical help is the most important thing you should do in the immediate aftermath of an accident. Even minor injuries can become lifelong conditions if not treated properly. Visit a healthcare professional for a full assessment of your injury. The doctor will also record the details of your accident in medical records.
Gather and prepare evidence
Employers can even deny the occurrence of the accident when you have ‘foolproof evidence’ like footage of the accident. The employer will be unable to deny it. Capture photos and videos of your accident as clearly as possible.
Get details from the witnesses around
Following an accident, witnesses have an important role in all legal proceedings. So take the contact details of people who saw your accident. Having records of your accident will be useful during legal proceedings. Write the details of your accident in the company’s accident book. If there isn’t one, you should write down all the details of the accident and send it to your employer.
Claim compensation with the help of Ask Legal Solicitors
Call our Injury Claims team on 0161 436 0000 now for a free no-obligation consultation. Ask Legal will take away the burden and stress of dealing with the complex legal proceedings and work closely with you to ensure that your journey to receiving your deserved compensation is smooth and easy.
How long do I get to document a claim?
You have to file the claim within three years from the time you were injured. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule:
- Lack of Capacity
The three-year rule doesn’t apply if someone lacks the mental or legal capacity to file compensation claims themself. There’s no time limit in such a case.
- Accidents while working abroad
If your accident happened while working in a foreign country, then the time limit might be different. We can help you in those difficult circumstances.
What type of compensation can I get?
The compensation you’ll get depends upon the severity of your injury and the impact it had on your life. You can get compensation for the following losses and trauma:
- Pain and suffering – you may still be suffering.
- Medical expenses – for the cost of any treatment related to your injuries.
- Care Expenses – for any extra care or equipment you’ll need.
- Loss of earnings – including unpaid sick days.
- Travel expenses – are associated with treatment related to your injury.
Get in touch with Ask Legal for expert help
We are a professional firm authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and we uphold the strict code of conduct set by our regulatory body. Call our Injury Claims team on 0161 436 0000 now for a free no-obligation consultation.