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Our tips if you are injured at work

Work Claims Bureau’s tips for what to do if you have an accident at work

There were over 70,000 non-fatal work injuries reported in the UK in the financial year 2016-2017.  This works out at almost 200 every single day.  Both employers and employees should be aware of the procedure if injury occurs.

It won’t always be possible to take all the steps below, but we recommend that you do the following:

  • Make sure that you complete a formal accident report with management / the Health and Safety rep at work at the earliest opportunity. Check that the report is correct.  If you’re a casual or agency worker, you should be provided with contact details of to whom you should report an accident while you are working.
  • If you have a serious injury, arrangements should be made for you to get immediate urgent medical attention. For minor injuries, make sure you see the doctor, even if you do not think your injury is serious.  This will be helpful later if you need to claim benefits, or if you’re making a personal injury claim.
  • Write notes of what happened, including events in the day leading to the accident, the time it happened, and where it happened.
  • Do a simple sketch if this helps explain the mechanics of what happened
  • Keep the details of anyone who witnessed the accident
  • If possible, ask the health & safety rep to secure the accident area.  Get photographs taken of the accident scene.
  • Keep all your old and current payslips.
  • Seek independent legal advice.
  • If you are a member of a trade union, speak to your union representative to see how they can help you with arrangements after the accident
  • Check if you’re entitled to sick pay.  This Citizens Advice Bureau guide may be helpful.

There are many regulations in UK law that govern the steps your employer needs to take to help prevent accidents in the workplace.  Your accident may have happened because a proper risk assessment was not carried out, or because they did not do enough to make your workplace/equipment safe.  It could also be that you did not receive proper training or were not provided with the correct protective equipment.

If you’ve been injured at work and this was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Work Claims Bureau can start to put you on the right track to deal with any changes a work injury brings.  For a free consultation, call our specialist team today on 0161 813 2132 or use our contact form.

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If you’ve had an accident at work, you should get in touch with our specialist team as soon as possible.  We’ll take the details we need and explain the next steps. We always recommend you take the following steps, but don’t worry if there’s something here you haven’t done:

  • Complete an accident report and inform your Health and Safety representative at work
  • If you are still in pain, shock, or distress when the report is completed, do not sign it.
  • Keep details of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • If possible, as soon as you can, ask your Health and Safety representative to take photos of the scene and make them available to you.
  • Write down your recollection of exactly what happened in the accident, including the location and approximate time.

Work Claims Bureau prides itself on progressing your claim promptly whenever it is possible to do so. No two claims are the same. How long your claim lasts is dependent on a number of factors, including:

  • The prognosis for your injuries
  • The conduct of all parties involved
  • Whether your employer admits they were at fault or if we need to fight your case on your behalf

Bearing this in mind, work accident claims typically take between 6 months and 24 months to conclude.  However, this is not ‘written in stone’, and they can last a shorter or longer time than this.

Your employer faces further culpability if they take disciplinary action against you or terminate your employment simply because you make an honest claim for personal injury. There is legislation in place to protect you. You are doing the right thing in reporting your accident and formally submitting a claim, both for yourself and for your employer in helping prevent similar accidents happening in the future.

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