If you have had an accident at work that causes personal injury, and is not your fault, then you may be entitled to compensation. All too often work related incidents result in permanent damage or outcomes, which could affect you and your future employment. Compensation claims can be made for accidents including: slips, trips, breaches of health and safety, and unsafe working environments.
What is expected of your employer?
Your employer has a legal duty of care to you. They must ensure that your workplace is safe and free from health and safety risks that may lead to accident or injury. There are a number of provisions and that your employer must have in place and regulations that they must adhere to:
- Your employer must comply with health and safety standards and regulations. This will include training you in workplace procedures (ie: manual handling). They must also provide any additional training required for your specific role.
- Your employer must supply safe and proper working equipment. The equipment you use can lead to work accidents. Your employer must ensure that all equipment is in proper working order.
- Your employer must also ensure that the working environment is kept safe. Slips, trips and falls are the biggest cause of workplace accidents in Northern Ireland. However these accidents can be prevented by having appropriate provisions in place. Employers should carry out regular safety checks and address issues as soon as they arise. Potential hazards in the workplace include: loose wires, loose tiles or floorboards, spillages and cluttered hallways.
What should I do if I am injured at work?
- Keep a record: Make sure you keep a record of any significant information in relation to your claim e.g. the date of the accident, doctor’s comments, meetings with managers.
- Visit your Doctor: Depending on the severity of you injury you may or may not have been admitted to hospital. If your injury did not require you to do so you should visit your doctor to find out the severity of your injuries. Medical evidence will be required to support your case if you wish to make a claim and the earlier you go the better.
- Inform your Employer/Make a complaint: Many organisations have specific complaints procedures in place. It is always advisable to make your organisation aware of your problem. However his does not necessarily mean that you need to stick to their findings.
- Speak to a Solicitor: Organisations will often offer little more than an apology and the processing of your complaint can take some time. It is important to remember that there will be time limits in place for taking legal action for work claims. If you are thinking about making a compensation claim you should speak to a solicitor urgently to discuss your position.
How will a personal injury solicitor help me with my claim?
A personal injury solicitor will help you compile your case, gather medical evidence and prove that the accident was as a result of negligence on your employer’s part rather than your own. Initially your solicitor will write a letter to your employer with full details of your claim. Your employer’s insurance company is obliged to investigate within 3 months of receiving the letter. They will determine whether the employer has or has not been in breach of duty. Depending on the response it will then be decided whether negotiations will be made or if court proceedings are required.
Speak to a Solicitor at Injury Compensation NI
Injury Compensation NI are part of MKB Law Solicitors in Belfast, so you can be sure that your claim will be dealt with by a local solicitor here in Northern Ireland. Accident compensation requires swift action, so please contact us today.