Have you been injured whilst at work? If so, you are likely to be feeling in somewhat of an awkward position. After all, you want to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to. Yet, there are a lot of people that worry about making a claim against their employer, as they feel they could experience repercussions in their job.
But first, let’s take a look at the various different types of claims accidents in the workplace. This includes…
– Repetitive strain injury
– Construction accidents
– Incidents that have occurred because of poor health and safety
– Industrial deafness
– Industrial injuries
– Industrial diseases
– Vibration white finger
– …. And much, much more!
This should give you a good idea of the sheer scope of different accidents that can happen in the workplace. When it comes to making a compensation claim you simply need to be able to prove the following…
– The incident happened due to someone else’s error or negligence
– You received professional medical attention as a result of your injuries
– The accident happened within the last three years
Will your employer sack you for making a claim with the help of a personal injury attorney? It is highly unlikely! Your employer will be insured and if they are at fault for the injury you have suffered they are going to expect they will need to compensate you. Plus, don’t forget, if your employer was to sack you, then you would have grounds for unfair dismissal. This will land them in further trouble. Just makes sure you handle everything politely and professionally and you will have nothing to worry about.
Will I have to go to court? Again, it is unlikely. Hardly any workplace claims end up in trial. In fact, there are some sources online that indicate fewer than three per cent of personal injury cases go to court.
Ways you could hinder your claim…
By failing to see a doctor – A lot of people make the blunder of bypassing a trip to see the medical professional when they have sustained a minor injury. They would rather cope with the symptoms themselves than having to go through the unwanted hassle of making the journey to the hospital. However, if you do this you will really struggle to claim, as there will be no proof of your injuries.
By waiting too long to make a claim – There is actually a three year time limit. This is three years from the date of the accident unless the injury is one that has occurred over time. If so, you will have three years from the date of your diagnosis.
By failing to report the incident in the correct manner – This is particularly relevant to accidents that have occurred in the workplace. Employers are required by law to keep track of any incidents that have occurred in their accident book. Therefore you need to report your injury to your manager or health and safety representative if you have one.
So there you have it – everything you need to know about workplace injury claims!