Most people don’t want to talk about the possibility of getting injured on the job, but this doesn’t lessen the risk that it’ll happen to you. Last year in the United Kingdom, 144 people were killed in the workplace. Many more thousands were injured.
Assuming that workplace injury will never happen to you is not enough. It’s important to know your rights well before you’re hurt in the workplace. Hopefully, such a fate will never befall you, but if it does, you’ll be ready. Click here if you’re looking for a quick accident at work claim guide, or simply read on.
Employers are required by law to protect their employees. If there are health or safety hazards in the workplace, these must be disclosed and sufficient precaution and safety measure employed to avoid them. Most injuries and accidents have to be reported by employers. Employees also have the right to pay during times of work related injury or illness, and sufficient time off should be granted without the employee fearing for their job.
These are legal requirements, but unfortunately, they do not always get fulfilled. Becoming an active participant in the claims process will help ensure your rights are recognized. The services of a work injury specializing solicitor will also give you the best possible outcome.
An employer must have a plan instituted for providing aid to an injured worker. Onsite risks must be well understood. First aid resources and the knowledge of how to use them should also be onsite. Some employers pay workers who are trained as first aiders, but this is not always the case. Employees, of course, also bear some responsibility for keeping themselves safe.
All injuries, no matter how small, must be recorded in a ledger of onsite accidents. Some very small organizations may not be required to keep such a record, but when it doubt, employers should do so anyway. These records are very much in the interest of the injured worker, as they provide vital information that determines how a later claim will conclude.
If you are hurt on the job at the fault of your employer, it may be up to you to file a claim. Claims can be made up to three years after the incident. It’s not a good idea to go it alone when filing a claim. A solicitor will be able to draft a claim with great chances of success for you. The outcome of a successful claim should put the injured worker in a position in life as if the accident had never occurred. Frame your claim goals accordingly.
If injured at work, immediately act in your own best interests. Photograph or document the scene and the accident, get first aid, contact your solicitor, see to it that your workplace is acting according to your rights immediately, and get any further care you need. It would be nice to say that all workplace injuries result in adequate compensation for the injured party, but this is not always the case. Fighting for your rights and employing the services of a good personal injury solicitor will get you what you need.
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