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8 Steps to Take if You Have an Accident at Work 

Have you or a co-worker experienced an accident in the workplace? The following eight steps can help injured workers get back on their feet.

Slips, trips, strains, falling objects, and faulty equipment are just a few of the many causes of a work injury. Despite many of these being quite common in the workplace, some people are not aware of the steps they should take for the best chance of recovery and to successfully claim compensation.

In this article, we’re going to provide eight steps to take if you’re injured at work. This way, you should know how to get help, and how to claim for any emotional, financial, or medical repercussions. Take a look…

1. Seek medical care immediately

The first and most vital thing to do after you have sustained an injury at work is to seek medical care. Workplaces in the UK are required by law to have a first aider and first aid kit available in case of an accident.

After being hurt the first aider should assess your injury and, if it is serious, they should stay with you whilst an ambulance is called. 

Sometimes, even a minor injury can develop into something more serious, so you should always get the opinion of a medical professional as soon as possible. In all instances make sure that your health is your number one priority. 

2. Report the accident

Many workplaces have an accident book, and it is important to update it as soon as you are able. This is to ensure you are recording the most accurate details of the event. 

If your workplace does not have an accident book, write down what happened and send a copy to your HR department. In all cases, the accident should be reported to your manager. 

Reporting any injury you have sustained in the workplace is important as it may prevent further accidents from happening in the future. For example, if there is a piece of faulty equipment, it may need to be repaired or replaced.

3. Gather information

As soon as the accident happens, you or a trusted co-worker should start gathering information. Here are a few examples of things you should identify:

  • What caused the accident i.e. faulty equipment, tripping hazards etc.
  • The time and date that it happened
  • Description of the scene
  • Any witnesses (make sure you take their name and contact details)

Wherever possible, you should also take photos and videos of your injury and the cause of it to use as evidence in your claims (if you decide this is the route you want to take).

4. Identify who is responsible

If you are going to make a personal injury claim, you will need to identify the person responsible for your injury. For example, in an instance where a piece of faulty equipment caused your injury the person at fault would be the equipment manufacturer.

This is just one of the reasons why it is important to have recorded as much as you can about the incident.

5. Record any symptoms

Even if you have only sustained a small injury, its beneficial to make a note of any resulting symptoms from the accident. 

Whether this is a diary detailing your every ailment, or a scrappy piece of paper with a few notes identifying your symptoms, this is crucial just in case they develop into something more serious.

Sometimes a work accident compensation claim can be made several years after the accident, and doctors may only note the more serious factors in their report. Because of this having a record of your symptoms from the time of the accident might turn out to be very beneficial.

6. Contact a solicitor or an injury claim specialist

In some cases of a workplace injury, you may want to make a personal injury claim. Before you do so, we recommend speaking to a solicitor or injury claim specialist.

They will be able to advise you on the legal aspects of a personal injury claim, along with your likelihood of success. In many cases, they will also be able to help you start building your case and compiling evidence.

This step will help you to claim back for any of the financial losses you have seen because of negligence in the workplace. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Cost of additional care
  • Any loss of earning
  • Medical expenses
  • Cost of travel to and from medical appointments

7. Submit a grievance

Whether you want to make a personal injury claim or not, submitting a grievance to your employer should be on your to-do list.

Your employer needs to be aware of any and all workplace accidents in order to shine a light on defective machinery, damages causing trip hazards, slippery surfaces, etc. Submitting a grievance is especially important if you gained the injury by completing a necessary element of your job, for example manually lifting something that is overweight.

This allows your employee the opportunity to organise repairs and find new ways to complete tasks safely. 

Many people are hesitant to submit a grievance and, whilst it is heavily encouraged to speak to a professional injury claim specialist beforehand, it is important to remember that they will help reduce future accidents.

8. Record any financial losses

As a result of your work injury, you may encounter some losses financially. The aim of a personal injury claim is to compensate you for what you lost because of being injured at work. Carefully keeping track of any expenses or losses you have experienced will make the whole process much smoother.

For example, you should make a note of any losses due to:

  • Travel to and from medical appointments
  • Loss of earnings
  • Missed bonuses or premotions
  • Prescription changes
  • Care expenses
  • Medical expenses

Make sure you are taking pictures of any receipts so you can provide clear evidence to support your claim.

Can you recover from an accident at work?

Workplace accidents can leave you both physically and financially damaged. But, by using these eight steps, carefully recording necessary details, and reaching out for appropriate legal help, you can focus solely on recovery. Removing the financial burdens keeping you down is a place to start.

Please be advised that this article is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for advice from a trained legal professional. Be sure to consult alegal professional if you’re seeking advice about an injury at work. We are not liable for risks or issues associated with using or acting upon the information on this site.

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