Compensation For Accident At Work
How To Pursue Compensation For An Accident At Work
It’s true to say that there is an element of risk associated with anything that we do, but invariably we take steps to mitigate these risks as we go about our daily business. A lot of the time we are responsible for our own activities and actions of course, but when we are working for an employer we have the right to expect the employer to take steps to make sure that we are safe and protected, as well. Despite this, more accidents take place at work than anywhere else and if we are unfortunate enough to be involved in such an accident, we need to know exactly what to do.
The vast majority of us have to work to make ends meet and this is simply a fact of life. It’s somewhat unfortunate that a sizeable portion of the population has to survive by working from pay cheque to pay cheque, but this merely serves to emphasise our reliance on the remuneration we receive when we go to work on a daily basis. Quite simply, should we be injured at work and be unable to perform as we should thereafter we can expect hardships to ensue unless we take steps to ensure that we get the appropriate compensation.
Remember that employers are required by law to have liability insurance and they are also governed by numerous statutes, regulations and legislation dictating how they should act. In particular, they are required to provide a safe and secure environment for their staff and also to make sure that all their employees behave correctly and appropriately.
So if you are unfortunate enough to be injured at work you need to make sure that you formally notify your employer of the situation. If more than 10 people work at your location they are required to maintain a proper accident book and don’t forget that in case of a significant injury a report must also be sent to the Health and Safety Executive under the RIDDOR Act of 1995.
Statutory sick days are available to you for a period of up to approximately 6 months and thereafter, should you still be incapacitated you may be eligible for long-term disablement or invalidity.
If your employer is liable for your injury due to some kind of negligence or a lack of reasonable care then you should consult with qualified solicitors or lawyers to determine a course of action. If the premises within which you work was found to be unsafe, or the relevant procedure at fault, or if unsuitable materials and equipment were provided somehow resulting in your injury then you have a good case to pursue. Also, bear in mind that if other employees were negligent themselves resulting in your injury, the employer may be liable through vicarious liability clauses.
A solicitor may often pursue your case for you on a no win no fee claims basis, which is considerably good news to anyone who may already be facing some hardships due to costs associated with their accidental injuries.