Workplace accidents happen every day. Many of these result in people sustaining injuries and many are as a result of the negligence of their employers. Your employer has legal obligations to carry out certain procedures to minimise the risk of injury that you are exposed to. Their responsibilities include providing adequate health and safety equipment and protective clothing, and to ensure that they are maintained to a safe standard. Your employer must also provide suitable training and first aid facilities and evaluate any risks in the workplace in order to prevent accidents. If your employer fails to do any one of these things, and you suffer or develop an injury as a result, you should be entitled to claim compensation.
If you are thinking about making a claim, there are a few things you can do to make your claim as strong as possible. Report the accident to your employer. This will ensure a record is kept in the accident book, which will provide
evidence in support of your accident claim. You should keep a written note of the accident if this is not possible. You should also see your doctor so that there is medical evidence of your injury, even if you think it is not that serious. Your
injury could develop over a period of time, which you will be able to claim for. Your medical evidence is ultimately what your compensation is based upon, so it’s important you keep these records up to date.
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