If you have had an accident in the workplace you may be concerned about how to deal with it in a proper way. Many people want to know what to do after an accident at work so the following points will help you deal with your accident and collect the information you need to be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation if you wish to do so.
What to do after an accident at work checklist
1. Get medical treatment
Your health should always be the absolute first priority following a work accident. If you are injured you will need to visit a doctor or local Accident and Emergency department for a diagnosis and proper treatment. Depending on the severity of your injury you will either do this at the time of the accident or in the days immediately following the accident.
Whatever happens, you should make sure you do visit a medical professional as not only will it ensure that you get the correct diagnosis and treatment to nurse you back to your full health, it will ensure that there is a recorded link in time between the accident and the symptoms you are suffering.
This medical record will be a vital part of an accident at work compensation claim should you choose to make one. This is because your lawyer will need to prove causation between the accident that occurred and the symptoms that you are suffering from.
Do not worry if you have waited a while before visiting a doctor, just make sure you do visit a medical professional as soon as you can. You will not have eliminated the chance of a successful work accident claim if you did not visit a doctor immediately, but you may significantly reduce your chances of success if you do not visit a doctor at all.
2. Record the incident in the accident book
A report must be made of your accident in the accident book in your workplace. If there is no accident book you should provide your employer with a written account of the accident for their records. You should also keep a copy of this written account for yourself. Either you should report your accident to your employer yourself or someone else can on your behalf if you are too ill.
A work accident report should contain exact details of how an accident occurred and the resultant injury. This can include details such as the supervision which was available at the time of the accident, machinery faults and the state of the area of the workplace in which the accident occurred – e.g. wet flooring or trip hazards. Make sure you include all the relevant details that you can remember. For this reason it is best that you complete the accident report as soon as you can following the accident.
Make sure that you are happy with the way the accident and its circumstances have been described in this book before you sign it off or in the written account before it is sent to your employer. Never agree to an accident report if it does not accurate portray the circumstances of your accident. If you are unsure of details of your accident, talk to other employees who witnessed the incident to ensure that the course of events in clear in your mind for your report. This is because this report will from part of the evidence that is analysed in your personal injury case.
3. Consider an accident at work claim
Your employer has a duty to keep you safe whilst you are work, to the best of their ability. If you have had a work accident which is due to your employer’s failure to adhere to health and safety regulations they may have been negligent and you may be able to make a claim for financial compensation for the injuries that you have suffered as a result of their actions. If you have been involved in a work accident that was not your fault it is likely that you have viable grounds to make a claim.
Contact a specialist work accident lawyer to help you with making your personal injury claim. Do this as soon as you feel able to following your accident. The sooner you instruct a lawyer the better, as this will give you the best chance of being successful in your work accident claim.
Ensure that you take care of items below whilst you are organising your claim with your lawyer. This will mean when your lawyer asks you for all the information relevant to your case you will already have it hand rather than having to remember and collect backdated information.
4. Collect information
Keep a record of all the information that is relevant to your claim. Firstly, keep a record of the injuries you are suffering and their progression. Often people will keep a dated diary and/or photographic record.
Secondly, keep a record of financial losses that you have incurred as a direct result of your accident at work. This includes loss of earnings from the time you have had to take off work, receipts for prescriptions, travel tickets for appointments which are related to your injuries and so on.
Finally, if anyone else saw your accident occur and could provide an account of it – ask them whether they would happily act as a witness.
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