Frequently Asked Questions – Accidents at Work
If you suffer an accident at work, the consequences can be very serious. Quite apart from the pain and discomfort of your injury, you may also be forced to take time off work and lose out on valuable earnings.
This can be all the more frustrating if your accident was caused by your employer’s negligence. If you are thinking of making a claim, this collection of frequently asked questions should help you make your decision.
Will claiming cause problems between me and my employer?
This is one of the main concerns people have about claiming for accidents at work. Depending on the extent of the injury, you may be tempted to suffer in silence rather than risk creating any ill-feeling between you and your employer.
One of the main worries people have is that an employer will resent any staff member who makes a successful claim on the basis that it will cost the company money. However, all businesses should have an insurance policy in place to deal with these matters, so your compensation would not be taken from the company coffers.
Whether you feel comfortable returning to your place of work once you have recovered is purely an individual choice, but in theory there should be no obstacle to stop you going back.
Is my injury serious enough to be eligible for compensation?
Many people associate workplace accidents with high risk environments such as building sites and factories.
In fact, you can make a claim for many injuries sustained in a range of workplaces. For example, people who work in an office environment may hurt their back lifting a heavy object or suffer a slip or fall, and these cases are every bit as worthy as those associated with more severe accidents.
There is no need to put a brave face on things or suffer in silence. Our initial advice is free with no obligation on your part, so you have nothing to lose.
How long should I wait before claiming?
The short answer is that you shouldn’t wait at all. As with any personal injury claim, you must begin your claim within three years of the accident in order to be eligible for compensation.
The sooner you speak to a solicitor, the more evidence there is likely to be to support your claim, so it really is in your best interests to claim as soon as possible.
Can I make a claim if I think there was something wrong with the safety equipment I was given?
If you think the safety equipment you were provided with was inadequate or faulty and that this directly contributed to your injury, this can certainly form the basis of a workplace accident claim.
An employer has a responsibility to provide the correct safety equipment to all staff, such as goggles, hard hats or protective gloves.
They must also make sure this equipment is fit for use. For example, providing gloves that have a hole in is insufficient as they will not provide full protection.
There should also be enough safety equipment for everyone involved in a task. So, if four people are assigned to a job but there are only three hard hats available, your employer should not expect you to carry out the task.
My accident was caused by someone else. Could my employer still be to blame?
Accident at work claims are usually based around the negligence of your employer, so if you are injured because of someone else’s actions it may not be immediately obvious whether you can claim. However, there are some circumstances where your employer may still be at fault.
For example, if a fellow employee is assigned to a task without receiving the correct training, this puts you at increased risk of injury. If they perform the task incorrectly and this directly leads to an accident, the business must take responsibility.
Speak to Sheldon Davidson Solicitors
If you are still unsure whether or not you can make a claim for your accident at work, speak to the team at Sheldon Davidson Solicitors today. You can call us on 0333 999 8800 or fill out the enquiry form on this page.