I Hurt Myself At Work What Should I Do? – Step-By-Step Guide To What To Do If Hurt or Injured At Work?
At Legal Expert we often get questions from members of the public who have been injured at work, about what they should do, and whether or not they can claim compensation for their injuries. “I have injured myself at work, what should I do?” is one of the questions that our advisors may be askedt, as well as, “I injured myself at work can I sue?”, “I injured myself and can’t work, what should I do?” and “Do I get paid if I get injured at work?”, amongst other questions.
If you have been injured at work because of an accident that was caused by negligence on the part of your employer, or the part of another party then you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation. The team of personal injury solicitors at Legal Expert are trusted and respected. We could supply you with an excellent personal injury lawyer, who may have years of experience helping injured employees such as yourself claim for damages. We will always fight to get you the maximum amount of compensation that you are owed, and may give you the option to make a no win no fee claim for compensation.
If you have been injured at work because of an accident that was not your fault, call Legal Expert today. Tell us your “I injured myself at work” story and if you are entitled to claim, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor to handle your claim. Our advisors are also trained to answer other questions you may have, such as “What are my injury at work rights?”, “What should I do after an accident at work?” and “can I be dismissed after accident at work?” Call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804. If you are entitled to claim compensation, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer to handle your case.
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- A Guide On What To Do If I Injured Myself At Work
- What Is An Injury At Work?
- Accident And Injury At Work Procedures
- If Injured At Work – Prioritise Your Health
- Report that you injured yourself at work
- Collect Evidence Of Your Accident And Injuries
- Speak To Colleagues Who Witnessed Your Injury
- Keep A Diary Of Your Injury Symptoms
- Keep A Diary Of Costs
- Get Medical Treatment
- Find A Specialist Injury At Work Solicitor
- I Injured Myself At Work Compensation Claims Calculator
- No Win No Fee I Injured Myself At Work Compensation Claims
- Contact A Legal Expert
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Each year in the UK 71,062 people are injured at workplace. There are also an estimated 1.4 million people in the UK who have a work related injury. If you have injured yourself at work because of a freak accident that wasn’t anyone’s fault, or because you were taking unnecessary risks, you may not be entitled to compensation.
However, if the accident was caused completely or in part because of negligence on the part of your employer, you may be entitled to compensation. For example, if you work with heavy machinery, and a machine was faulty and injured you, this could be negligence on the part of your employer, as not checking or mending the machinery would not be upholding their duty of care. Another example would be a broken floor board not being fixed in an office and an employee tripping on it and falling.
In this guide on what to do after an accident at work we will explain what your injury at work rights are, in the UK, and we will look at common accidents at work compensation examples. We will also advise you on concerns you may have, such as “Do I get paid if I get injured at work, in the UK?”, and “How do I claim for injury at work?” We have also provided you with an injury at work calculator, so that you can estimate how much compensation you could be entitled to claim.
Call Legal Expert today to begin your claim for an accident at work. If the advisors believes that you have the right to claim compensation, we have excellent no win no fee solicitors to handle your case.
An injury at work is any sort of mishappening which results in an employee becoming injured or being made ill. If the accident happens because of misjudgement on the part of the employee, unforeseen circumstances or human error, then it is unlikely that the employee could claim compensation. However, if the accident happens because of negligence on the part of the employer, then the employer may be held liable for the employee’s injuries and have to pay them compensation as a result.
As an employee, you are protected when you are at work by the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974. This act states that employers have a “duty of care” towards their employees. This means that they are responsible for providing employees with a safe and hygienic environment in which to work, whilst they are on their premises, or carrying out tasks for them. As well as maintaining the premises to acceptable standards, employers have to carry out regular risk assessments to identify health and safety hazards which could put employees at risk, failure to apply control measures (implementations to get rid of or manage a hazard) to a known hazard is known as negligence. So for example, if a railing on a staircase is broken and reported to the management by an employee, or disrepair is identified during a risk assessment, they are legally required to fix the railing as soon as possible. Failure to do so is negligence. If the employer fails to do so and an employee is injured on the staircase as a result, the employer could be held liable for their injuries and have to pay the injured employee compensation.
Your workplace should also have an accident and injury at work procedure for reporting workplace injuries. According to RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations, 2013), if an accident can be defined as a reportable accident it must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) within fifteen days. What is a reportable accident? A reportable accident is any sort of accident which results in the employee being incapacitated by their injuries or illness for 7 or more calendar days. It also includes some categories of illness and injuries that must be reported to the HSE no matter how many days the employee is incapacitated, such as chemical burns, or hand or foot crushing injuries.
We will now look at the answer to the question, “What should I do after an accident at work?” in more detail.
I injured myself at work, what should I do?
First things first, if you are injured at work, the number one thing you should do is prioritise your health and safety. Tell your colleagues “I have injured myself at work,” and ask for the person who is trained in first aid to assist you if needed. In extreme cases, you may need an ambulance.
If you are seriously injured or ill, you need to get the appropriate medical attention, before you do anything else. Everything else can wait. A colleague can take steps at the scene of the accident to collect evidence to support your case. Alternatively you can return to work when you are well enough to, and collect evidence.
As well as going to a doctor or hospital to get the medical treatment that you need, it will also count as evidence to support your claim. The doctor or medical practitioner will diagnose your injuries, and will prescribe a treatment. This will serve as evidence, if you make a personal injury claim for your accident at work.
Reporting an injury at work, should be part of any business or organisation’s accident at work procedure. As we have already mentioned according to RIDDOR, any accident at work defined as a “reportable accident” should be reported to the Health and Safety Executive.
If your accident is not a reportable accident, you still need to report your accident to your place of work. This will count as evidence to support your claim. It is also important that your place of work knows what happened, so they can make any adjustments that need to be made to your working environment or how employees carry out their activities that will better protect you and your colleagues from accidents in the future.
We will now look at how to report an accident at work in more detail below.
Reporting Your Accident At Work To Your Colleagues
If you have an accident at work, you need to tell your colleagues: “I injured myself at work”, or “I injured myself and can’t work” as soon as possible. Firstly your colleagues need to know this so they can avoid having the same accident as you. They also need to know that you need to be relieved of your duties, so you can receive medical treatment. Your colleagues may also be required to act as eyewitnesses during your case, to provide evidence.
Reporting Your Injury To A Manager
As soon as you are able to, you should report your injury to your manager or supervisor. If it is a “reportable accident” they will have to report your accident to the HSE. They also need to ensure that the people responsible for fixing the hazard that caused your accident are informed. You should also report it in writing, preferably by email, so that there is written evidence that you reported your injury.
If you are not sure who was at fault do not accept blame for the accident, say “sorry”, “that was my fault”, or say anything like, “I was “I injured myself at work, it was my fault” or say it was because of something you did. Your boss might start blaming you for your injuries, which will put more pressure on you to take responsibility. Doing so, will mean that you may be held liable for your accident, even if it was caused by a health and safety hazard in the workplace. Instead, don’t say anything until you have spoken to a solicitor, who will conduct a full investigation to determine who was at fault.
Completing An Accident Report Book
You should make a formal report in the accident log book as soon as you possibly can. Make sure the details of your accident, as well as the date, time and place are accurately recorded, before you sign.
You can take photographs and use CCTV to support your claim.
Collect CCTV And Video Evidence
Don’t be afraid to video interactions that happen as a result of your injuries. Your solicitor will also request copies of CCTV tapes if they are available, to support your claim.
You can collect visual evidence to support your compensation claim by taking photos of your injuries, the hazard that caused your injuries and anything else that might help your case. Include a date stamp if possible.
Unfortunately, unscrupulous employers sometimes conduct an investigation into what happened when the employee who was injured is still in hospital or on sick leave. This can be in order to bend the truth to make the business or organisation look less culpable. Speak to a trustworthy colleague, and ask them to speak up on your behalf as the investigation takes place, reporting any wrongdoing back to your and your solicitor if necessary.
Doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners do not always record every symptom that you have experienced. Also, if you had a major injury, minor injuries may not be included in your medical report by doctors and nurses. We recommend that you record all of your symptoms including major symptoms and minor symptoms in a diary. You should also make a separate appointment with your GP for any minor symptoms you have so there is a medical report of these injuries.
You should keep a record of any costs that you have had as a result of being injured at work and keep all your receipts. Your receipts may be used as evidence to support your claim. You could also claim back any expenses related to your injuries such as: medical expenses, travel expenses, mobility equipment expenses, home or car adaptation expenses, or reimbursement for loss of income.
If you have injured yourself at work, then getting medical treatment is a priority. As well as getting the help that you need you need, the doctor will also produce a medical report which will provide evidence of your injuries. When you claim compensation you will also see a doctor for a medical assessment, which your claim will be based on. Legal Expert can arrange this for you.
Find the right personal injury solicitor to handle your case today. Call Legal Expert and ask us, “Can i claim compensation?” If you are entitled to claim compensation, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor to handle your case. Our solicitors have up to three decades of experience handling cases like yours, so call us today to see if you are entitled to claim.
“I have injured myself at work, how much compensation can I claim?”
If you have been injured or ill, you can use our personal injury claims calculator to see how much compensation you could claim. The personal injury claims calculator can roughly estimate how much compensation you could claim in general damages, based on your injuries and their severity. Alternatively, call Legal Expert today, and we can accurately estimate how much compensation you could be entitled to claim in general damages and special damages.
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|Type of injury||Comments on the injury||Severity||Compensation settlement|
|Wrist injury||Where there is a disability, but some ability to use the wrist still.||‘B’||£21,480 to £34,340|
|Wrist injury||Less severe with some pain and stiffness.||‘C’||£11,040 to £21,480|
|Neck injury||Dislocations and fractures. May have resulted in tendon damage or cause a disability or chronic condition.||Severe (iii)||£39,870 to £49,090|
|Neck injury||Wrenching type injuries to the soft tissues of the neck. Could result in cervical spondylosis or other conditions.||Moderate (ii)||£12,050 to £21,910|
|Back injury||Many different injuries fall into this category. There may be crush fractures or those causing disability.||Moderate (i)||£24,340 to £34,000|
|Back injury||May include an injury of the soft tissue.||Moderate (ii)||£10,970 to £24,340|
|Leg injury / knee injury||Leg injuries which may cause instability to the knees.||Moderate||£24,340 to £34,370|
|Knee injury||Injury may involve tears to the cartilage resulting in weakness or instability in the joint.||Moderate (i)||£13,010 to £22,960|
|Knee injury||Various injuries which may cause lower levels of moderate injuries to the knees.||Moderate (ii)||Up to £12,050|
|Hand injury||Penetrating wounds, soft tissue injuries and crush injuries are some examples of injury in this category.||Moderate||£5,110 to £11,640|
“I injured myself and can’t work, can I make a compensation claim?”
If you have been injured at work because of negligence on the part of your employer, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Consider making a no win no fee claim. This means that we will not charge you an upfront fee. Instead, we will only charge you your fee if and when you win your claim, so there is no financial risk involved to you.
Call Legal Expert today, to see if you are entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. We can provide you win an excellent no win no fee solicitor to handle your case.
If you have been injured at work because of an accident that was not your fault, call Legal Expert today to speak to one of our expert advisors about how to handle your case. If you do have a claim, we could handle your case.
We can also advise you on any other questions you might have in relation to your claim such as: “Do I get full pay if injured at work?”, “Can I be dismissed after accident at work?” and “What are my rights if I am injured at work?” Call today on 0800 073 8804 to ask us, “Can I claim for an injury at work?” and see if you are entitled to claim.
Article By HC edited by Jay.