Accidents at work are very common and can occur in all types of workplaces situations. While you are at work, your employer has a legal duty to protect you and tell you about health and safety issues that affect you. In 2003 my mum had an accident at work a heavy duty door slammed shut on her arm.
My mum followed procedure by recording the incident in the employer’s ‘accident book’ followed by seeing the GP as she was suffering from a lot of pain. Unfortunately after several examinations & tests the Dr’s diagnosed her with Lateral Epicondylitis also known as Tennis Elbow and was unfit to work as she worked in a clinic assisting Health Visitors by weighing babies during clinic among other duties.
But like many others who have injuries at work she was unaware that if you have suffered an accident which occurred through no fault of your own then you are entitled to make a claim for work injury compensation. It was before the days where the ‘No Money No Fee’ adverts were everywhere … on the TV, radio and newspapers. Even before the cold callers “Hi Mam, we have records that you have suffered an injury in the last 3 years”
It is such a shame that its only within a 3 year window though as we still get calls now way after the incident but non during.
Things You Should Know.
While you are at work, your employer has a legal duty to protect you and tell you about health and safety issues that affect you. They also have a legal responsibility to report certain accidents and incidents, pay you sick pay and give you time off because of an accident at work should you need it.
Reporting an accident at work
Any injury at work, including minor injuries, should be recorded in your employer’s ‘accident book’.
An accident book is mainly for the benefit of employees, as it provides a useful record of what happened in case you need time off work or need to claim compensation later on. All employers (except for very small companies) must keep an accident book.
In a lot of cases, if you happen to need time off because of an accident that took place at work, you’ll only be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay. Your employer may have a scheme for paying more for time off caused by accidents, or may decide to pay extra depending on what has happened. You should always read over the contract you signed when starting work for the company.
Making a claim
It does not matter whether your injury took place while you were working in a factory, a department store, or even an office because most solicitors have extensive experience with a range of cases these days. It is not only a good move for you – it could result in a situation where an employer or business owner is obligated to make the workplace safer to prevent future injuries and cases.
If you’ve been injured in an accident at work and you think your employer is at fault, and you’ve decided you want to make a claim for compensation. Any claim must be made within three years of the date of the accident and you’ll most likely need a lawyer to represent you. If you belong to a trade union, you may be able to use their legal services. Otherwise, you should speak to a specialist personal injury lawyer.
I really hope this helps anyone who may have been in this situation too.
Have you ever been in a situation like this?
How did you deal with it?