Tips for Winning Work Accidents
- See a doctor or go to hospital (if the injury is serious enough) to make sure the
injury is recorded.
- Make sure the accident is recorded in the accident book. If possible read the entry
yourself to make sure the facts in it are what you believe happened.
- Tell the Union.
- Get names and addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the accident.
- Write down yourself what happened so when asked to say later you can look back at
your own notes.
- See a Solicitor.
Information Regarding Work Accidents
Your employer is legally bound to provide you with a safe place to work, safe tools
to work with, the correct guards, safe fellow employees and the correct training.
If the employer breaks any of these obligations to you and you suffer an injury
as a result you may very probably have a claim. Just because you have an accident
at work does not mean that you can get compensation off your employer or its insurance
company. As with all claims there has to be blame. If a fellow employee causes you
injury then your employer is responsible for the acts of your fellow employee whilst
at work. So for a very simple example, if your work mate drops a hammer on your
foot then you have a good claim. If you drop the hammer on your own foot then you
do not have a claim. However, if the hammer has a defect meaning the head falls
off when you use it and you are injured as a result, you have a claim. The rules
regarding work place accidents are particularly complicated and you really need
legal help to advise you as to the claim.