What to do if you’re injured in an accident at work?
If you've had an accident at work that was not your fault, and have been unlucky enough to sustain injuries, then you may be wondering what are the best steps to take.
Help is at hand. Here, our specialist accident at work personal injury solicitors walk you through what to do, and guide you through how best to navigate the situation, if you have had an accident at work.
1. Seek medical attention for your injuries-
Before anything else, if you have had an accident at work, it is important that you focus first and foremost on your injuries. Where necessary, you should seek immediate medical attention from your workplace first aider.
Low-risk workplaces such as a small office should have a first-aid box and a person appointed to take charge of first-aid arrangements, such as calling the emergency services if necessary. High risk work environments, such as farms, where there are significantly more health and safety risks, should have a trained first-aider to offer immediate assistance to an injured worker.
If your injury and pain continues, or appears to be getting worse, then you should seek further medical attention from your local Accident and Emergency department. This is necessary to ensure that you receive the best treatment for your injuries, but it could also help your personal injury claim further down the line by providing solid evidence of your injuries.
2. Report the incident to your employer-
After seeking immediate medical attention for your injuries, you should formally report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. If the company has an accident book, or an accident logbook, then ensure that the incident is accurately reported in there. If you are unable to report the incident to your employer, then ask a work colleague, or family member to do so. It is important accidents are reported, so they won't happen again.
Reporting an accident at work, to your employer, is also an important way of ensuring the validity of your personal injury claim later down the line, and it can also help to prevent similar accidents from happening again. If your employer tries to prevent the accident at work from being recorded, then ensure that you at least have written evidence of an email/letter sent to your employer informing them of the incident in detail.
3. Take photos of your injuries and the accident location-
Once again, this step could be vital if you do decide to make a personal injury claim for your injuries. Unfortunately, some employers can try to manipulate the situation after an accident at work has occurred, and may try to tamper with the location to make it appear as if it happened in another way than it actually did. If in doubt, it is always best to record the scene or location of the accident at work as it happened.
4. Keep a pain diary of your injuries-
The personal injury claims for accidents at work can be unpredictable, and there is no saying how long it will take or how your injuries may be recovering by then. Because of this, it is always advisable to keep a daily pain diary or personal injury journal for your accident at work injuries in order to provide solid evidence for your claim. See a full overview of accident at work personal injury diary, here.
5. Get in touch with a specialist accident at work personal injury solicitor-
When you are dealing with injuries as a result of an accident at work, you deserve to work with a specialist accident at work claims solicitor. These solicitor are experts in the specifics of accident at work claims, and will be able to get you the maximum amount of financial compensation for your claim.
MG Legal’s team of personal injury solicitors specialising in accident at work claims have been settling accident at work claims for over 30 years, and have built up a success rate of over 99%. If we accept your case we will always do so on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, leaving you at no financial risk as our client.