What You should Realistically Do and Expect after an Accident at Work
Accidents in the workplace are more common than most of us may think. And it doesn’t matter where you work – you can have an accident whilst working in an office by slipping or falling, and you can also have an accident whilst working in an industrial or construction site when using machinery or tools. But one of the very first things you should do (aside from getting yourself checked by a medical professional) after an accident at work is to log the accident in the company’s accident book. If your company doesn’t have one, you should note down the accident’s details and send it on to your supervisor, making sure you keep a copy of the details for yourself. But what else can you realistically do and expect after an accident at work? Let’s find out.
Seeing a medical professional
Even if you think the accident has not resulted in any grave injury, you should still make it a point to see a physician. This is because the medical professional will make a record of your visit, and you can make use of this in the future if necessary, especially if you decide to make a claim for compensation, as accident at work claim experts in Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Bristol, and Cardiff such as Shires Law will tell you.
Taking the next steps
If you believe that the accident was caused by unsafe conditions in your workplace, you can speak with the representative from your trade union along with contacting the Health and Safety Executive.
If your injury has resulted in you not being able to work for some time, you should be receiving SSP, or Statutory Sick Pay – and if your employment contract states so, you may even be able to get additional sick pay. For more serious injuries, you may also be able to receive benefits, such as the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
If you think that you deserve compensation from the company for your injury and you can prove that your accident was caused by the negligence of your employer, you may be entitled to compensation. The best thing to do in this case is to consult a legal professional who can help you determine whether you deserve compensation and how to go about seeking compensation. Remember that filing a claim for compensation has a time limit – it must be filed within three years of the injury or accident.
Getting the right treatment and compensation is crucial if you have an accident in the workplace, not only for your own benefit, but also for the benefit of other workers. If there is an ongoing issue or unsafe practice in your workplace, this could lead to others being injured – so you also have a duty to seek compensation so that others will not have to go through the same experience.