Many employees feel uncomfortable at the thought of pursuing compensation after a workplace accident. Even if workers decide not to follow through with legal action, it’s essential that they still collect the correct documentation for their records and that their medical needs are attended to promptly. Supervisors, managers and health and safety representatives should speak with injured parties as soon as possible after the injury in order to answer any questions and deal with any concerns that they may have.
The most effective way to handle workplace injuries is to approach it as though you are going to claim compensation from the company. Then if you choose to not take any action, it will not matter, but you will still have everything that you need to follow through with this option. Your injury will need to be considered very seriously so that if you change your mind later on down the line, you still have all that you need in order to make a claim.
What should you do if you have a work injury?
The first and most important action to take is to tell your manager and the workplace health and safety representative. You will be asked for a detailed account of what happened, so that it can be entered into the accident book. Take your time to read the entry properly, before you sign it.
If your place of work has a union representative, you should then report your accident to them. Ideally, this will be on the same day as the accident so that there is no confusion or loss of memory about what happened. If you have to take a day or more off work due to your injury, then you will need to inform your supervisor. They have a legal duty to report it to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) within 3 days. This will make your case stronger when it comes to making a work injury claim, as there will then be a public record of the injury.
If you need to find out more about how to make a claim for an accident that has happened in the workplace, you can contact us for a no-obligation confidential chat. Our experienced and friendly legal team will advise you on your rights and will discuss what might be possible for you when it comes to compensation.
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