Regardless of whether you work in a factory or an office, accidents can – and do – happen. Wherever these happen, the aftermath of work accidents can be not only painful but also incredibly inconvenient: how would you support yourself if you suddenly became unable to earn or even incapacitated completely? Work accident compensation claims can supply an answer to the latter question; if successful, a settlement can help support you when you need it most, allowing you much-needed time to relax and recover. However, before you embark on any compensation claim, it pays to know the facts.
What counts as a work accident?
As previously mentioned, work accidents don’t just occur in those workplaces traditionally thought of as dangerous. Accidents can happen anywhere, especially if insufficient health and safety precautions are in place. For example, you could:
- Sustain an injury from heavy machinery on a farm
- Trip over improperly stored building materials at a building site
- Suffer lung damage from an avoidable fire at a factory
- Have some heavy tools fall off a dangerously unsteady shelf at a garage and onto you
- Damage your back due to having to use a low quality chair in an office
As is suggested by this handful of illustrations, accidents can occur in almost any workplace which has not taken appropriate measures to safeguard the wellbeing of its employees.
Who is responsible and why should you take out a claim?
In order to make a compensation claim of any kind, it must be proved that the accident came about as a result of someone else’s negligence. In the case of a work accident claim, this is usually your employer, specifically their failure to provide you with a safe place to work. Such a failure can lead to one of the above accidents or worse, and so it’s only fair to seek some form of compensation.
The primary reason for seeking a work injury compensation claim is to help you get back on your feet after your accident, particularly if it’s one that could potentially put you out of action for time. Your settlement can help you with a number of post-accident expenses, including:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Transport costs
- Specialist equipment
Having an accident of any kind is never a pleasant experience, but just knowing that you have that little bit extra to support yourself can go a good way towards helping you along the path to recovery.
How to pursue a work accident compensation claim
If you think you’re entitled to a work accident compensation claim, the best thing to do is discuss your case with a legal professional such as one of our expert claim advisors. That way, they will be aware of all the relevant laws and regulations and thus be able to guide you through the process while giving you straightforward, honest advice.
For a no obligation claim assessment, please call our free 24 hour hotline or contact us here. Provide us with as much information about your claim as possible and we will be able to tell you whether you have a case as well as how to take the next step.