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What to do if You Have Been Injured at Work

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If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident, there can be a lot of people and organisations to deal with, especially in the initial few weeks. Here are some tips that you can use to help in certain situations

Please note that these tips do not constitute legal advice and are for guidance purposes only. If you would like to discuss an accident that you have been involved in, please contact us.

  • Do not admit liability, even partial fault until you have sought independent legal advice.
  • If there are any witnesses, take full name(s), contact telephone numbers, addresses and emails.
  • Make sure that the accident is entered into the Accident Report Book and check it is accurate before you countersign the entry.
  • If you or any person involved in the accident is injured, consider calling an ambulance or seek medical advice as soon as possible.
  • If you believe there may be CCTV footage, ask for a copy or least a copy to be preserved (most footage is destroyed after a short period of time)
  • If you believe the accident was not your fault, seek independent legal advice from a specialist personal injury law firm, such as Aequitas Legal.

The law is there to defend the rights of employees who have been injured or in extreme cases, killed at work. It can be difficult and quite daunting to anyone who is unfamiliar with the legal process.

As an employee, the company you work for has a duty to protect you and tell you about any health and safety issues that may affect you in the workplace. In the event of an accident they must also report certain accidents/incidents which are deemed serious; pay you sick pay and give you time off work to recover should you need it.

If you have been off work your employer will have to carry out a risk assessment and do what’s needed to take care of the health and safety of other employees and visitors to prevent such a thing from happening again. This includes deciding how many first aiders needed and what kind of first aid equipment and facilities should be provided.

All employers are required by law to have insurance to cover them for any accidents/incidents that cause injury to an employee.

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