Many workplaces in the UK are required to implement extensive health and safety measures in order to provide a safe working environment and adequate protection from risk for employees and also visitors and other people who might spend time in such environments.
Despite such measures, the statistics issued by the Health and Safety Executive for last year are startling. A total of 1.1 million health and safety incidents were reported, 27.3 million working days were lost, and around 13,000 deaths resulted from work related incidents.
So what can you do if you suffer an accident while working? Here are 3 steps you should take to ensure your claim for adequate compensation has the best chance of a favourable outcome.
- Report the incident
This is essential. You must report the incident to your supervisor, and the incident should be detailed in the accident report book which is an official document maintained in every workplace. You should ensure that the details, and the description of how and why the accident occurred and what and who was involved, is accurate and depicts the full extent of the situation.
- Gather evidence
In order to support a successful claim, you will normally be required to establish that there was some degree of negligence, either by your employer or another third party, such as a coworker, or other person. In some cases, you might even have been partially to blame for the accident; however, even if you or another party was partially to blame, it may not affect your right to claim compensation for any injuries you sustained as a result of the accident. Gather photographic evidence of the accident scene and any items, equipment, or obstacles which you believe may have contributed to the accident occurring. Also photograph any injuries you sustained.
- Seek expert medical attention
No matter how minor your injury may seem at the time, it is essential that you seek expert medical advice. Many seemingly minor incidents can lead to more complicated conditions some time later, and may not be immediately associated with the accident. Your doctor should be informed of the exact circumstances of the accident and what occurred in order to be able to be on the lookout for any related or indicated symptoms which may not be obvious immediately following the incident.
- Document all expenses
As part of your compensation claim, you will want to recover any out-of-pocket expenses. You should therefore also keep a detailed record of all expenses related to the accident. This might cover, for example, medical treatment, physiotherapy, transport costs, loss of earnings, and any other losses caused as result of your injuries sustained in the incident, such as missing out on a holiday by being unable to travel due to your injuries.
It is also recommended that you seek the advice of a workplace accident claims specialist such as http://shireslaw.com to help guide you through the sometimes complicated claims process. They will ensure that the claims process goes as smoothly as possible and also that you claim an appropriate and just amount of compensation.