Employees who are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident at work may find themselves in a difficult position. Many will need or want to make a personal injury compensation claim against their employer. Before doing so, they should understand how the law applies to their situation.
If you are an employee who has been involved in an accident at work it is crucial that you are aware of your legal rights, just as crucial in fact as it is for an employer or business owner to be aware of company law, personal injury law and health and safety. If you feel that your accident was caused by the negligence of your employer, a colleague or visitor to your place of work, then you may be able to claim personal injury compensation to cover your losses.
Why you may need compensation
If you are injured at work you can suffer more than just physical symptoms. Not only might you require treatment for what could be quite serious and long-term injuries, but you may have to pay for specialist treatment. You may experience loss of earnings if you have to take time off work, making a personal injury compensation claim very important. You may suffer stress because of what you have been through, prompting you to seek counselling if your life has changed. You may even need to make adjustments to your home or vehicle.
How to make a claim
If your injuries are serious and you are sure that you are entitled to some form of personal injury compensation (you can be confident of your entitlement if the accident was somebody else’s fault or due to faulty equipment or hazards at work), you need to be prepared. It is a good idea to keep a record of what happened to you, from details of the actual accident, including photos, to medical reports. You may also want to take down any statements from trusted colleagues who may be prepared to act as witnesses.
Seeking legal advice
Just as your employer would consult a solicitor for business advice, you will need a solicitor to represent you and take your claim forward. Once you have found a solicitor who you feel you have a rapport with, then you can start to put together everything they need for you to go ahead with your claim. It is very important that you seek expert legal advice so that you have somebody with the experience to ensure you make a successful claim and who will represent you in a professional manner. A trusted colleague or human resources employee should accompany you to any meetings with your employer, though solicitors can offer advice on what to say and do.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen at work. If you are unlucky enough to be involved in an accident at work and need to claim for personal injury compensation, then it is important that you seek expert advice. You should also retain any details, important documents and medical reports relating to your injury that may form part of your claim.
Tom Brown is an experienced writer who contributes regularly to websites and blogs. Tom is particularly interested in legal affairs and uses many sources for her research, including PHC Law.