If you have had an accident at work and know for sure that is was not your fault, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim for that injury. It’s recommended that if anyone wishes to put forward a compensation claim that they should do so prominently and without delay so that they have the best possible chance of making a successful claim.
In some circumstances, a swift approach to making a claim may not be possible; this could be due to a rather severe injury or mentally unable at present. If this is the case, be sure to nominate a person to gather all provisions for future claims, such as workplace evidence from eyewitnesses and any other relevant information that could possibly help with the claim and get it logged.
When an accident requires a hospital or A&E visit, it’s important that you provide the details of the accident accurately so that the hospital staff records it as such as you will need to provide this evidence later on.
How Does The Law Work?
It’s important to seek legal advice as soon as possible because the Law is rather complex; it’s impossible to know what your rights or where you stand on a claim without expert help and assistance. If you feel the accident was not your fault, speak to a personal injury solicitor who can manage the complexity and can point you in the right direction with regards to your rights. It’s difficult sometimes to make a claim against an employer, especially if relations were good, but this is where the injury solicitor will step in, gather the appropriate evidence and information and assist in making a claim so that you do not have to feel further pressures at this stage.
The Actual Claim…
All claims are unique, and final amounts are determined after many things are considered. It’s usually the severity of the injury, the time it takes to heal, and the impact on one’s finances, which will determine the end result. Injury lawyers will undertake all steps necessary to enable a sufficient claim, such as medical records by an independent medical expert plus working out the impact it has on a claimant’s future with regards to physical ability and financial concerns.
When it comes to financial losses, many aspects are taken into account, such as sick pay, medical costs, travel costs, and family circumstances. If financial support is provided by loved ones due to loss of earnings, an injury lawyer will consider all of the above aspects.
Going To Court…
It’s worth noting that not all injury claims will need to be settled in court, in fact, most are usually settled outside of the courtroom because if a case can be proven against the ‘irresponsibility of the employer’ it’s usually within their best interests to make an out of court settlement, thus to reduce the cost on their behalf. Your employers’ legal team will deal with their side of the claim you put against them, and only if they disagree with you are you likely to have to make it a court judgment.