Occupational and Work Accident Injury Compensation Claims

One of the biggest concerns expressed by injured employees that come to see me for help would be the possible repercussions if they were to pursue an work accident claim against their employer, on their continued employment.

Many of these fears, however, are largely unfounded, because the reality is that claims for personal injury claim aren't dealt with by the employer but by the company's Liability Insurers. When an employer receives notification of a potential claim, the details of that claim are directly passed on to their insurers, who manage the claim on their behalf. Read here. 

If you're contemplating a work accident claim for ill-health or injury, your solicitor will want to understand the background to the accident and the nature of the tasks that you carried out to assess the likely cause of the accident and whether there is sufficient evidence that the employer was at fault.

Once your attorney has a good understanding of the working environment, he will want to know details of the accident itself. If it were machinery that you say was at fault that caused the accident, it would be helpful to draw the relevant piece of machinery so that your solicitor has a visual representation of what you say caused the accident. Add annotations to the diagram to explain the process and explain why you say the machinery was at fault with your explanation of what you think could have been different that would have avoided the accident. Know more. 

Only when your attorney has a clearer picture of the workplace and any relevant equipment, can he begin to unravel the likely cause of the accident or the ill-health and what or who was responsible for it.

Witnesses are always crucial in accident claims not least about work accidents involving issues of health and safety. Try to identify at an early stage whether there are any suitable witnesses. A witness may not necessarily be a person who witnessed the accident; it could be someone who can provide useful information about the system of work, or a known hazard in using a particular piece of equipment.

Given that there may be a time delay between the accident and your solicitor obtaining photographs of the scene of the accident, if there is any doubt or concern that changes will be made to the workplace by your employer, it would be prudent that you or a work colleague take photographs as soon as possible in order to preserve evidence.

Your solicitor is also likely to want to make other inquiries to ascertain whether there is any other evidence that would corroborate the accident. This could be such things as entries in an accident book, first aid records, any accident investigations carried out by your employer or perhaps entries made in a complaint book.

It's important therefore that you let your solicitor know of any documentary procedures adopted by your employer that may assist you in your claim so that he may specifically request copies of such records at the earliest opportunity. Know more here. 

As you will appreciate, there is undoubtedly a lot of information required by your solicitor to build up a case. Also, workplace accident raises statutory issues of health and safety that can be very complex cases to run. It is, therefore, imperative that you seek out the services of a solicitor that specializes in work accident claims since a general personal injury attorney may not possess the requisite knowledge and experience to deal with the particular nuances and challenges of work accidents. Visit site.