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Accident At Work Procedure – How To Make A Personal Injury Claim

If you have been injured in an accident at work, and prove that it was not your fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. To make sure you have the best chance to claim the compensation you deserve just follow the procedure below. For an example of how much a typical accident at work claim is worth, see our case study at the end.

Reporting accidents at work: as soon as possible

It is important to report the accident at work as soon after the accident as possible. This should be fairly easy to do as your employer is required by law to keep an accident book at work. If your employer does not have one, make sure you report the accident to your line manager, preferably in writing. E mails make this a lot easier to document and is good evidence that a matter has been reported as soon as possible.

If you are not able to complete the accident book straight away, as you may be in too much pain or be on your way to hospital, make sure you remember which co-workers saw the accident and who came to help you with your injuries. Make notes as soon as you can, and formally report it in the accident at work book as soon as possible afterwards. Ask those who helped you to report the incident to their line managers ( preferably by email or in writing)

If it is not you who completes the accident report book at work make sure that you check that the person who did complete it has recorded how the accident happened correctly before you sign it.

What to do at the hospital or your GP’s surgery

If you are taken to A&E after the accident or need to attend later, the hospital staff will record details of your injury in your medical records. Make sure that they accurately record how the accident happened.

If you need to speak to or attend your GP for advice or for a Medical Statement or Doctor’s Note, again make sure that the GP records how the accident happened correctly.

Unreported accidents at work

If you have not reported your accident in the accident book at work you can still make a claim. It is helpful if colleagues can verify that the accident took place, or if you told your GP about the accident or went to the Hospital. Remember, it is better if your accident is recorded and reported to your employers as soon as possible, though. This will help strengthen your accident at work claim.

Accident at work law

If you feel the accident was not your fault, you should speak to a specialist accident at work personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity. Your solicitor will assist you in getting together all the information you need to make a claim against the responsible party, in this case your employers.

If you can establish that your employer failed to take reasonable steps to prevent you from harm then you should be able to make a claim.

The personal injury claim

The amount you can claim for your injuries depends on the type of injury and how long it takes to recover from it.

Your specialist personal injury solicitor will arrange for you to be examined by an independent medical expert who will prepare a report on your injuries. You may need more than one report depending on the nature of your injury.

Accident at work case: Rehabilitation

It is important that you speak to your specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible. As well as lodging the claim with your employer’s insurers they will also look to discuss rehabilitation to help you get better quicker (physiotherapy for example or even carers if your injury warrants it) and therefore back to work ( and doing your day to day activities) as quickly as possible. Always make sure you discuss your rehabilitation needs with your specialist solicitor.

Claiming for financial losses

In addition to the compensation for the injury you can also claim for things like sick pay, travel expenses, prescription costs, and compensation for the time family members or friends spend helping you. These are just a few examples of what you can claim. It is very important to keep a record of all expenditure and to keep receipts.

Each case is different so the type of things you can claim do vary. Your specialist personal injury solicitor will be able to advise you on what can be claimed so you don’t miss out on any compensation you deserve.

Accident at work sick pay

If you are off work after your accident you may be entitled to sick pay, but if not then any loss of earnings can be included within the claim. Your solicitor would need to see pay slips from 13 weeks before the accident and pay slips for your absence and for about 13 weeks after your return. You may also be able to claim for lost commission and overtime payments.

Accidents at work when self-employed

If you have an accident at work and are self-employed, and the accident happens while working on a site managed by someone else, then it may be possible to make a claim for your accident at work for injury and any loss of earnings. Your specialist personal injury solicitor would need to see your accounts for the 3 years before the accident and for a number of years afterwards.

Employment rights

If you are injured at work and make a compensation claim to your employer this does not affect your employment rights. If you do lose your job and you think it is because you made a compensation claim, you should speak to an employment lawyer as soon as possible, because the time limits to bring such an employment law claim are very short.

Accident at work claim time limit

The time limit for making a claim following an accident at work is three years from the date of the injury. It is possible to delay making a claim for an accident at work until after you have left your employer. However, if you do this, it is very important that the accident was reported as soon as possible after it happened and that the accident book was completed.

Industrial and Occupational Disease Claims

The time limit is slightly different in that the time limit to bring a claim is three years from the “Date of Knowledge”. This is generally the date you first realised or suspected that your illness was related to your work. Or three years from the onset of symptoms. It is best to talk to your specialist personal injury solicitor who can give expert advice as to whether your claim is in time or not.

Going to court

Your employer’s insurers will deal with their side of your compensation claim. If they decide to argue that they are not responsible, or they do not agree the amount of your accident at work claim, you may need to go to court to prove your case.

Your specialist personal injury solicitor will support you and guide you on the court process. The majority of cases settle without ever seeing the inside of a court room but your accident at work solicitor will always prepare your case as if it is going to court, and thereby show your opponent that they mean business.

Successful Case

Accident while employed as a goods delivery driver
Our client was unloading his van to make a delivery. The van had not been loaded correctly by the co-workers at the depot. meaning some items were unsecured. As our client was taking an item off the van another fell onto him, causing injury.

Our client suffered a recurrence of an old back injury. He was off work for 6 months. Medical evidence was obtained which confirmed this accident had made a pre-existing condition worse by a number of years.

Liability was denied by the employer’s insurers. Legal proceedings were issued. Witness evidence was collated. The matter was listed for a trial. Shortly before which a suitable offer was made and accepted.
The claim settled at £10,000 for the injury and a 6 month period of loss of earnings.

If you have suffered an accident at work and require legal assistance from our personal injury experts, please call us now on 0808 252 5231 or request a call back online. 

Example case studies

Accident at Work

The Claimant was working on site installing signal cable. He was asked by his supervisor to go down a 15 foot hole with some cables. There were foot wells down the hole for him to stand on. However, someone from one of the sub contractor companies had tied rope to the foot well, and on this occasion the ropes had incorrectly been tied across the hole and onto the foot well, which is used to climb in/out of the hole. The Claimant was stepping up to exit the man hole, and placed his right foot on the rung. Due to the ropes being tied to the footwell, he slipped and his body became tangled in the ropes.

nature of injury
Dislocated knee and ligament damage
damages awarded
£61,023
Accident at work

Our client, a goods delivery driver, was unloading his van to make a delivery. The van had not been loaded correctly by the co-workers at the depot meaning some items were unsecured. As our client was taking an item from the van another fell onto him, causing injury. Our client suffered a recurrence of an old back injury and was off work for 6 months. Medical evidence was obtained which confirmed this accident had made a pre-existing condition worse by a number of years. Liability was denied by the employer’s insurers and legal proceedings were issued. Witness evidence was collated and the matter was listed for a trial but shortly before, a suitable offer was made and accepted.  

nature of injury
injured at work
damages awarded
£10,000 + 6 month's lost earnings
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