Steps To Take When Injured At Work Guide – How To Claim When Injured At Work? What To Do Next?
By Marianne Herdonale. Last Updated 4th April 2022. Welcome to our guide on steps to take when injured at work. Have you been injured at work because of an accident that was caused by negligence on the part of your employer or even another colleague? If the answer is yes, then you could claim worker’s compensation from your employer for your injuries. Many people who are injured at work wonder what steps they should take when injured at work. In this guide, we will advise you on steps to take when injured at work and other injured employees could take.
Remember, if you have had an accident at work that was not your fault, which resulted in you becoming injured or ill, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Legal Expert could connect you with a qualified personal injury lawyer from our team to handle your accident at work compensation claim.
Our excellent personal injury solicitors can handle cases anywhere in Great Britain, and many of our solicitors have thirty or more years of experience conducting claims such as these. Your solicitor will always push to win you the best settlement possible for an accident at work that you could be entitled to claim, so your claim should not be undervalued.
Legal Expert offers a free consultation to anyone looking to claim compensation for an accident at work. We can also answer any questions that you may have, such as: “Do I get full pay if injured at work?”, “I had an accident at work what are my rights in the UK?” “Can I be sacked for having an accident at work?” and what should you do if you were dismissed after an accident at work.
Call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804 to speak to one of our advisors in detail, and if you have the right to claim, we can provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor to handle your case. And we can also provide general legal advice if you require it ahead of your personal injury claim.
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- A Guide To Steps To Take When Injured At Work
- Health And Safety In The Workplace
- First Aid In The Workplace
- What Steps Should You Take?
- See A Doctor And Obtain Medical Treatment Or Advice
- Workplace Injury Reports
- Record Your Expenses
- Do I Get Full Pay If Injured At Work?
- How To Find An Accident At Work Solicitor
- What To Do When An Employee Is Injured At Work
- What Could My Accident At Work Compensation Claim Include?
- Injured At Work Personal Injury Claims Calculator
- No Win No Fee Work Accident And Injury Compensation Claims
- Contact Legal Expert
- Where Else Could You Get Help
In this guide to steps to take when injured at work, we will look at what to do if an accident occurs in the workplace. And what to do if you are injured at work. We will advise you on what the accident at work procedure or workplace injury response procedure may be. Furthermore, we will review what injury at work employer responsibilities your workplace should uphold. We also include advice about how to find a personal injury solicitor who could handle your accident at work compensation claim, and explain the benefits of making a No Win No Fee claim. In addition, we have included a personal injury claims calculator.
Call Legal Expert today for your free personal injury claims consultation. If we believe you are entitled to compensation, we will assign an excellent personal injury solicitor to handle your case.
According to the Health And Safety At Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe a duty of care to their employees. This means that they have to take every reasonable step to provide employees with a working environment that is both safe and hygienic.
This includes conducting regular risk assessments to identify potential health and safety hazards and applying control measures (appropriate steps) to mitigate the risk they pose. This could be as simple as fixing a broken floorboard, or making sure machinery is properly checked regularly. If you work in a potentially hazardous environment, your employer is also obliged to take steps to protect you. For example, providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to construction workers. In extreme cases, an employer can be prosecuted for making employees work under dangerous conditions.
Because employers owe employees a duty of care, if you have an accident because your employer was negligent, or did not take the appropriate steps to protect you from a health and safety hazard, you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. To do so, you will need a personal injury solicitor to represent you in your claim. Remember, if you need to make an accident at work claim for compensation, call Legal Expert today for your free consultation.
First Aid means giving someone immediate assistance if they are taken ill or injured. In the case of a serious illness or injury, first aid can save a person’s life. For example, administering CPR or using a defibrillator if someone has a heart attack.
Under the Health And Safety (First Aid) Regulations Of 1981, employers are obliged to provide equipment, facilities and personnel to administer first aid if needed in a workplace. This includes ensuring that an appropriate number of their employees have completed adequate first aid training as part of your workplace’s injury policy. These members should know what to do when an employee is injured policy.
If you were injured or made ill and first aid that could have helped you was not available, this could be defined as workplace negligence. And by reading this guide, you can learn about the steps to take when injured at work.
We will now look at what steps you should take if someone gets injured in the workplace because of an accident that is not your fault. We will also look at accident at work compensation examples.
What to do after an accident at work? The most important thing is that you seek out the appropriate medical treatment right away. If you find yourself with serious or life-threatening injuries, you should go to the hospital right away or a colleague should call an ambulance for you. According to your workplace’s injury policy, such as filling out a workplace injury report, any other actions you must take can wait.
As well as providing you with the medical treatment that you need, going to a doctor’s surgery or hospital will also provide evidence of your injuries, to support your personal injury claim. If and when you decide to make an accident at work claim for your injuries, you may also need to visit a physician again so they can complete a medical assessment and medical report.
The medical report will define your injuries, what treatment you will need to recover from them or manage your injuries and what sort of impact they are likely to have on your quality of life going forward. Your personal injury claims solicitor may use your medical report as the basis for your personal injury claim.
Another important part of workplace accident protocol in the UK is making a workplace injury report after an accident. According to RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations, 2013) an accident becomes a ‘reportable accident’, if the employee is left unable to work for over seven days as a result of their injuries. This includes any days they may not usually work such as weekends or bank holidays. These sorts of injuries must be reported within 15 days of the accident occurring. Fatalities, dangerous occurrences and accidents resulting in specific injuries or illnesses also have to be reported.
RIDDOR also states that employers must record all accidents at work that results in an employee taking three or more days off work because of their injuries or illness. If you are injured or become ill at work because of an accident that was not your fault, make sure you report your accident. These details include the date, time and place within the company’s accident log book. This will also serve as evidence of your injury when your solicitor is building your accident at work compensation claim case. And so it’s one of the important steps to take when injured at work.
Another important step to take when injured at work is to keep a receipt of any expenses you may have due to your accident. This is because firstly, your receipts could be used as evidence to support your case. Secondly, if your compensation claim is successful, you may be reimbursed for any expenses or financial losses that you have experienced due to your injuries. This is known as special damages.
These can include medical expenses, home or car adaptation expenses, expenses for mobility equipment, home care expenses, travel expenses and reimbursement for any loss of income you experienced as a result of your injuries.
Injured people worry about losing income if their injuries or illness forces them to take time off work. In fact, many of our clients ask us questions such as “do I get paid if I get injured at work?”
To answer whether or not you will still be paid if you are injured at work, you need to check the sick pay terms and conditions in your contract between you and your employer. If you have been injured or made ill and are not entitled to sick pay from your employer, you could receive statutory sick pay from the government. You may also be able to claim for loss of income if your accident at work compensation claim is successful.
A lot of people are also scared that being injured at work, taking time off to recover from injuries brought about by an accident at work, or making a personal injury claim for an accident at work can affect their job security. If you are dismissed after an accident at work, this would be grounds for unfair dismissal and you could make a compensation claim against your employer as a result.
If you wish to make a claim for compensation for an accident at work, you may need a personal injury solicitor to handle your case. If you do not use a personal injury lawyer you may not be able to accurately value your claim, so the defendant may lowball you (pay you a lot less than you are potentially owed in compensation). What’s more, a solicitor will be able to investigate your case and collect evidence to support your claim. So, that represents the initial steps to take when injured at work if you wish to make a claim.
Why choose an accident at work solicitor from Legal Expert? Our solicitors will always fight to win you the maximum amount of compensation you are owed, so you won’t get short-changed on the amount of compensation that you could claim. What’s more, our solicitors have up to thirty years of experience working on personal injury claims, so your claim will be in a safe pair of hands. You will also get the option to fund your claim, by having a No Win No Fee agreement with us. This means that your solicitor’s fees will come out of your compensation package and you will only have to pay us if you win.
If you suffer an injury at work, you can take these steps to support your personal injury claim.
Of course, your priority should be getting the appropriate medical treatment. A colleague can collect evidence on behalf of the injured person whilst they go to the hospital.
If an employee is injured at work, the following steps can be taken to collect evidence to support their claim:
- Report the accident to HR or the person responsible for recording the injury in the organisation’s accident log book. Make sure the accident is recorded accurately with a note of the place, time and date.
- Take photographs of the hazard that caused the accident. Include a date stamp if possible.
- Take photographs of the injuries caused if they are visible. Include a date stamp if possible.
- Talk to eyewitnesses and get their contact details. They may have to testify on the victim’s behalf later.
- Keep any receipts of purchases you made because of injuries or illnesses. This may serve as evidence to support your claim. You could also claim these expenses back as special damages.
If you make a successful accident at work compensation claim, your personal injury claim will be awarded in two parts. The first part will be general damages, which will compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity. And the second part will be for special damages. Special damages compensate the victim for medical expenses, home adaptation expenses, travel expenses, home care expenses and loss of income.
What do you do in the event of personal injury? If you have had an accident at work that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Call us today to see if you can claim. And we can then provide you with an excellent personal injury solicitor to handle your case.
If you have been injured at work, you can use our personal injury claims calculator to estimate how much compensation you could be entitled to claim. Alternatively, call us today and one of our claims advisors can provide you with a personalised claims estimate, based on the circumstances of your accident at work. It’s important to be aware of your potential payout before taking the steps when injured at work.
|Hand||(A)||£132,040 to £189,110||Total or effective loss of both hands due to serious injuries.|
|Finger||(J)||£8,550 to £11,480||Index finger fracture.|
|Arm||Less Severe||£18,020 to £36,770||A substantial recovery will have taken place but disabilities will have been significant.|
|Shoulder||Moderate||£7,410 to £11,980||The shoulder may be frozen and have limited movement. Symptoms will persist for about 2 years.|
|Neck||Minor (iii)||Up to £2,300||Full recovery is made within 3 months.|
|Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders||(C)||£8,110 to £10,090||Symptoms resolve within 3 years.|
|Back||Moderate (ii)||£11,730 to £26,050||Issues could include soft tissue injuries and cause backache and exacerbation of pre-existing injuries.|
|Deafness||(B)||£85,170 to £102,890||Total deafness.|
|Wrist||(A)||£44,690 to £56,180||Complete loss of function.|
|Ankle||Very Severe||£46,980 to £65,420||Injuries will be limited and unusual. Could include extensive soft tissue damage, complicated fractures and the risk of future amputation.|
At Legal Expert, we will give you the option to make a No Win No Fee claim for compensation. This means that you can claim without paying an upfront fee, making it a more affordable option for many. Furthermore, your solicitor only charges a fee if they win your compensation claim, so there’s no financial risk for you.
Read Legal Expert’s online guide to making a No Win No Fee accident claim, or call us today to enquire about making a no win no fee compensation claim for an accident at work.
To begin your No Win No Fee compensation claim for an accident at work, call Legal Expert or use our online claims form. Similarly, if you have questions such as “I had an accident at work, what are my rights?”, “Can I be sacked for having an accident at work?” or “What to do if an accident occurs in the workplace?” one of our advisors will be happy to speak to you in-depth.
We also have some online resources to help you research steps about how to claim after being injured at work.
Expenses And Benefits: Compensation For Injuries At Work
More information from the Government about financial expenses that your compensation claim could include.
An HSE Guide To Slip And Trip Accidents At Work
This guide from the Health and Safety Executive looks in more detail at slip and trip accidents in the workplace.
Accident At Work Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?
Our accident at work claims guide has all the information you need to know to make a claim.
How Much Compensation Can I Get For A Brain Injury Claim?
Learn more about the process of claiming compensation for a brain injury in this guide article.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Slip, Trip Accident
If you have suffered injuries caused by slipping or falling over, see if you could claim compensation here.
Steps To Take When Injured At Work FAQs
What should you do if you were injured at work?
If you were injured at work and wanted to make a claim, we recommend you gather as much relevant evidence as possible and ensure your accident is logged in the workplace accident book.
Do you receive full pay if you suffer an injury at work?
You probably won’t receive full pay, but you should receive a proportion in the form of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
How long can you claim for an injury at work?
Your window of opportunity in which to claim is three years after the incident happens.
What is the average payout for a personal injury claim UK?
It is difficult to give an average payout for a personal injury claim, as each claim is different and assessed according to the individual circumstances.
Can you miss work due to injury?
Yes, especially if your injury physically prevents you from carrying out your duties at work.
What should you do if you can’t work due to an injury?
In this case, you could file to receive workers compensation during your time convalescing.
Can I be fired for an injury outside of work?
If you are fired for an injury either in or outside of the workplace, you could potentially file a claim for unfair dismissal. Your employer cannot dismiss you for being injured, or needing time off work to recover.
What are my rights after an accident at work?
If your accident at work was caused by the negligence of your employer, you have the right to potentially pursue a claim for any harm caused.
How do I calculate my personal injury claim?
This comes from considering your injury, its severity, the recovery time and other expenses as a result of the accident.
Is an injury a disability?
This depends on how much the injury affects your ability to live your life. But if it has a significant effect, then the injury may become a disability.
How long does it take to receive an offer of compensation?
You should be in receipt of your compensation no more than 28 days after the agreement of a settlement.
Thank you for reading our guide on the steps to take when injured at work.