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Experiencing an accident at work can be distressing, but understanding your rights can help you navigate the aftermath with more confidence and assurance. This guide covers the key rights and steps you should be aware of following a workplace accident.  

What to do after an accident at work 

If you’re injured because of an accident at work, there’s a collection of things you should do to protect your health and rights. Here’s the steps you should take: 

  • Seek medical attention: Your health is always a priority after an accident. Getting medical attention as soon as possible is important, even if your injuries seem minor 
  • Report the incident: Inform your employer about the accident and ensure it is recorded in the workplace accident book. If your workplace doesn’t have one, write a detailed report and give it to your employer. 
  • Collect Evidence: Gather evidence of the accident scene, including the photographs, witness statements, and any equipment involved. 

Your rights 

Understanding your rights after a workplace accident can help you navigate the process of making a personal injury claim and receiving compensation. 

  • Right to a safe workplace – Employers are legally required to provide a safe working environment. This includes regular maintenance of equipment, proper training for employees, and adherence to health and safety regulations. 
  • Right to compensation – If you’ve been injured at work due to negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. This can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other related costs. 

  • Right to report and file a claim -You have the right to report the accident without fear of retaliation. Filing a claim for workers’ compensation or taking legal action if necessary is within your rights as an employee

Making a claim 

To ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to, follow these steps when making a claim: 

  • Informing your employer: Notify your employer in writing about the accident and your intention to claim compensation 
  • Consult a legal expert: Seek advice from a personal injury lawyer specialising in workplace accidents. They can guide you through the process and help you understand your rights, you can contact our team by using the information provided below. 
  • File the claim: With the help of your lawyer, file a claim for workers’ compensation. This typically involves submitting medical records, evidence of the accident, and details of the impact on your life. 

Employer responsibilities 

Your employer has several responsibilities following an accident at work, including: 

  • Providing adequate support: They should offer immediate assistance and ensure that you receive the necessary medical care. 
  • Reporting the incident: Employers are required to report certain types of accidents to health and safety authorities. 
  • Preventing future accidents: They must investigate the accident and take steps to prevent similar incidents in the future. 

Receiving compensation 

If your claim is successful, you will receive compensation to cover various expenses and losses, this will include: 

  • Medical costs: Payments for medical treatments, rehabilitation and any ongoing healthcare needs that are necessary.  
  • Lost income: Compensation for wages lost due to time off work during recovery.  
  • Pain and suffering: Financial recognition of the physical and emotional impact of the injury. 
  • Other expenses: Coverage for additional costs such as travel expenses and modifications to your home if required. 

Making a claim 

If you’ve been involved in an accident at work and are looking for legal representation, then our team would be happy to assist you with whatever you need. You can contact us by filling out our enquiry form, or by calling us on 0800 303 3629.  

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