How Best to Deal with a Slip or Fall at Work
An accident that occurs in the workplace is no joke – whether it’s a ‘simple’ slip or fall or a major accident or injury such as a broken leg or even a broken spine. When it happens to you, it’s important to know how to deal with it in the proper way, especially if the accident happened through no fault of your own.
Slips and trips or falls are fairly common occurrences, and you’d be surprised at how many accidents of such nature occur – even in the UK, where safety regulations are supposed to be in place in workplace environments and other public environments. If you have suffered from a slip, fall, or trip in the workplace, here’s how best to deal with it.
The initial steps
As soon as the accident occurs, the manager or person in charge should be informed. Any injury related to the slip, trip, or fall should be recorded in the accident book, and it should include full details about the incident. If you need to be brought to the hospital, then a manager or supervisor should be made aware of this as well. In general, the company should be the one shouldering your expenses related to the injury, from your medical consultations to the cost of any required medication. Aside from this, your company should allow you to take a few days off if necessary (depending on the extent of your injury) and should compensate you for the loss of income as well.
All employers are required to enforce general health and safety guidelines and procedures in the workplace. Failure to do so can result in them being held liable for any accident that occurs. If you feel that your employer has not duly compensated you for your injury and you can prove that the accident occurred due to their negligence, recklessness, or the lack of safety procedures or processes, then you have a right to seek compensation.
Compensation for a slip, trip, or fall in the workplace can vary; it will depend on the severity of your injury and how it has affected your daily life. Compensation will also depend on the permanency of your injury and how long it takes for you to fully recover from it. There are other factors which may affect the amount of compensation you receive, and all of these can be thoroughly assessed by a good solicitor, such as the accident at work claim Gloucestershire experts from Shires Law.
What to do
When seeking compensation, you should gather as much information and evidence as you can. This includes statements from eyewitnesses, if any, and photographs of your injury and of the place where the injury occurred. It’s important to prove your employer’s liability, and with the right pieces of evidence, you can get the compensation you fully deserve.