Employers know and understand that the safety of their employees at the workplace is of utmost priority and always needs immediate attention. It is their duty to follow proper safety procedures and provide safe conditions which will prevent workers from suffering injuries.
They should also inform employees beforehand about any possible health hazards that are probably due to working in a particular environment. They are responsible for reporting injuries that may have occurred in the workplace to the concerned authorities.
There are often exceptions in this code of conduct which may result in either minor or serious and life-threatening injuries or even death.
Reporting the accident
Your employer knows that he should report the accident immediately, according to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations or RIDDOR. However you should make sure that the reporting has indeed been done.
If your employer is not present at the time of the accident, you should inform him as soon as possible and also make sure to enter the description and details in the accident book. You should also make a report for the Health and Safety Department of your local authorities, alerting them.
No matter how small or fatal the injury is, it is essential that all accidents are reported.
Applying for a compensation claim
Your employer should always carry out an appropriate risk assessment to make sure that the workplace is as safe as possible. If you believe that your employer is guilty of negligence or somehow responsible for the injury caused to you, you have the right to apply for a compensation claim.
Sometimes, your employer recognizes that the accident was due to a fault on this part but may often not own up to it. In such a case, it is always better to do the following before you apply for a compensation claim:
1) Have a record of the exact details of the accident.
2) Have the accident reported as soon as possible.
3) Maintain daily records with the date and time noting down any symptoms or pains you suffer as a consequence of the accident.
4) Visit a hospital or a doctor for your injuries, no matter how minor, and keep all the medical records for future use.
5) Find an experienced solicitor who can help you- someone who has previously dealt with such cases. You can obtain a list of good solicitors from the Solicitors Guru website and select the one who is best for you.
6) Read the terms and conditions of your agreement between your solicitor and yourself carefully. Have all the agreements in written format.
You can also try opting for solicitors who offer the No Win No Fee agreement so that you do not have to pay them unless you win the claim – go and check out more about it in no win no fee conditions material. If your life has been affected negatively in any way because of the accident and you believe that your employer is responsible, you should go ahead and apply for compensation.