What should you do if you have an accident at work?
By Mike Greenstein, personal injury solicitor at Goodge Law, London
Any decent no win-no fee solicitor will try to take on a case that has a good chance of success. Thankfully, I’ve got a good record of winning personal injury cases such as trips and slips at work. This is in no small part due to what goes on before my client contacts me – so here are a few things that can be done to enhance your chances of winning even the hardest of cases.
Accidents at work
Your employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment to protect your safety. If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident, the long recovery process can place a strain on you financially, as well as emotionally and physically.
Your employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment to ensure your personal safety.
It is important to ensure that any work-place accident, together with any supporting evidence, is appropriately and accurately recorded.
It is extremely important that you report any injury to your employers as soon as possible. You need to make sure that the accident is recorded in the Accident Report Book. If your workplace does not have an Accident Book or your employer fails to do this, you should write down details about the accident and send it to your boss. This record should include times, dates and places. It should also contain a brief summary of the incident and a note about how it was reported.
This may seem a trivial for minor cuts and bruises. However if there are any complications later on this record will prove vital in securing any compensation. Make sure you keep a copy for yourself.
Afterwards, however minor the injury may seem you should see a doctor as soon as possible. As well as being reassured by the doctor, this is so there is a medical record of your accident which your doctor will make on your visit.
I can think of quite a few potential claimants who approached me several months after the accident who did seek medical attention and, more importantly, did not report the accident at all. This is likely to be one of the first considerations a compensation solicitor will make when deciding if your case even gets off the ground.
If you have had a work place accident and think you have a claim please contact me. I work on a no win-no fee basis and will be available to discuss the details of your claim – so please phone me on 020 7636 9222 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org