If you’ve been injured at work you may be able to make a compensation claim against your employer.
When making a claim in this manner one of the first steps is to contact work injury lawyers who can advise you on the merits of your claim. If they feel you have a chance of being successful, in most instances they’ll bring the claim on your behalf on a no win, no fee basis.
To give them the best chance of success it’s vital that you do the following immediately after the accident:
Notify your employer of the injury – immediately after you’ve been injured it’s vital that your employer is informed of the injury. Verbal notification is enough, but it may be necessary to fill out a written report.
Seek medical attention – it’s vital to seek some kind of medical attention following an injury at work, if you don’t and you then bring a personal injury compensation claim this failure could harm the success of your claim.
Record the names of any witnesses – evidence can make up a vital part of the claim so it’s vital that you at least get the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses. As time passes, memories can fade meaning written statements from witnesses can also be important.
What must my employer do?
All employers must have Employer’s Liability Insurance in place. It’s illegal for them not to do so. This is in place to cover any compensation paid out following injuries in the workplace. It’s there for a reason so you shouldn’t be afraid to make a claim.
Employers also have a number of responsibilities to safeguard the health of their employers and to make them aware of any potential hazards at work. They should also give adequate training.
The success of your claim is likely to rest on whether your work injury lawyers can prove your employer was negligent. They must provide the following:
Safe work premises
Safe working procedure
Suitable materials and equipment
Adequate supervision and training for all employees
If they fail to provide any of the following, resulting in your personal injury your solicitor is likely to be successful on your behalf. Without the above information it may be difficult to prove, so it’s always vital you get as much information as possible from the outset.