Having an accident at work can be a distressing time. As well as worrying about your injury, you might have another long list of anxieties in relation to your accident. Here is a clear guide on what you should do if you suffer an accident at work, it will help to combat the confusion and get you back on your feet again.
The most important thing you need to do is focus on your injury. After the accident, make sure you find the first aider or ask a work colleague to find the first aider and bring them to you. If you are in doubt, stay still to prevent further injury. You should then get a full assessment of your injuries by a medical professional. Even a minor injury can lead to something much worse so make sure you get to the hospital as quickly as possible. Concentrate on your health before worrying about anything else.
Report the accident
If you were working alone at the time of the accident, make sure you make your colleagues aware of what happened. This will be important if you decide to make a claim for compensation or if there is an investigation. This ensures that your employer and their insurers cannot claim that the accident did not happen. You need to make sure there is ‘bulletproof evidence’ that your workplace accident occurred so the employer is unable to deny that it has happened.
Report the accident to your manager
You must tell your manager as this is normally included in a workplace’s accident reporting policies. If you do not report your accident appropriately you may end up being in breach of the policies implemented in your workplace.
Record the accident in the accident book
Every organisation should have one of these. Some employers may be reluctant to record your accident, but you have to be firm and make sure it does not go unreported. If your employer continues to refuse, write a letter to your employer so that there is a paper trail of you attempting to report the accident. If your employer still refuses to record the accident, then you may be able to resign and claim for constructive dismissal. However, you should always seek legal advice from a specialist employment law firm. Aston Knight Solicitors in Bury are a leading firm that specialise in a range of legal areas including workplace injury claims.
Take photos and video evidence
After an accident you should take photos and videos of the location of your accident. This can ensure that your employer is unable to ‘fix’ an accident location and is very important if you wish to make a compensation claim. You can’t take too many pictures or videos so make sure you take a snap of everything that you feel could be important.
Keep a record of your expenses and losses
You can claim for anything from a loss of pay or a loss of enjoyment of a prearranged holiday. It is imperative that you record all your losses as they occur so you don’t forget about them as a personal injury claim for an accident at work may last some years.