It’s highly possible that you may end up in an accident at work someday. No matter how big or small, accidents at work need to be dealt with.
It’s also possible that the accident wasn’t your fault, and you sustained an injury. If you get injured at work, you need to know the next steps to take.
Try not to freak. An accident can be a great shock to you because, well, like all accidents, you weren’t expecting it. Try and stay calm in the moment so you can think with a level head. The moment you let emotion get the better of you, is the moment you could do things you’ll regret.
Check For Injuries
The first thing you need to do is check your injuries. If you have any severe injuries, then you’ll need to call for medical assistance right away. It’s important that you get your injuries seen to as quickly as possible. The longer you leave an injury, the worse it can get. So, dealing with the person responsible will have to wait.
Report The Accident
It’s important that you report the accident to someone at work. You should either go directly to the manager or report it to the HR team. Once you’ve reported it to them, they’ll then have to report it to the national health board – for legal reasons. Plus, if you report it, then it’s on file and the company can’t deny it happened. This will come in handy later on when you’re fighting the legal battle.
Make A Claim
If the accident wasn’t your fault, and there’s evidence of this, you’re entitled to make a claim. Your best course of action is to look for some personal injury solicitors. They can help you get everything in order before making your claim.
You have to have a clear injury as a result of the accident, to back up your claim. So you can’t claim you broke your leg while you’re walking around fine. Your solicitor will also help get your case together when things get taken to court. They’ll find witnesses to call upon and search for evidence at the scene.
Basically, they’re doing their utmost best to see your claim through and get you compensation. Lots of injury solicitors work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. This means if they don’t win your case, you won’t have to pay them anything!
Know Your Employee Rights
You have to know your rights if you ever get injured at work. Some injuries can cause you to take time away from your job. For example, if you work in a job that requires lots of lifting, a sprained wrist can prevent you from working. This means you’re entitled to sick pay while you’re off work.
Make sure you’re being paid this money and that the business you work for isn’t trying to weasel out of it. If they don’t give you sick pay, then that’s another legal battle you can rage against them.