Being a victim of an accident at work is often a disturbing and confusing time. In addition to injury, you can have many worries about an accident, and finding reliable information can be difficult. Can I claim for an accident at work?
Focus on your injury
This is by far the most important thing you must do.
Immediately after the accident, you should be treated by the first assistant at the workplace. Every workplace is legally obliged to have a first aid kit and designated first aid. After an accident, if you can, find the first helper or ask a work colleague to call the first helper. If in doubt, don’t move.
Although your injuries may at first appear like minor injuries, in the worst case, even minor injuries can become a lifelong condition without proper treatment. As such, you should get a full injury assessment by a suitably qualified physician.
When it’s safe, think about whether you need to go to the hospital. Remember that if you have a head injury, your decisions may be wrong. If in doubt, go to the ambulance to the scene of the accident. Make sure your colleague is at the hospital with you.
What compensation can I apply for?
The amount of compensation for injuries at work that you can win depends on the injuries or illness, its severity and the impact it has had on your life. When you make a claim with us, your lawyer will consider the full impact of what you have suffered. It is important to us that you receive adequate compensation.
It’s not just about your pain and physical suffering. There are several other areas of compensation that include your lawyer:
- Any break in work and loss of earnings.
- Any future loss of income.
- Any changes in working capacity.
- Psychological trauma.
- Necessary care or support, even if you get it free from family and friends.
- Any changes you might need at home or in the car.
- Paid medical treatments, travel costs for treatment and accommodation costs.
How much sickness benefit can I expect from my employer?
Although employers are not legally obliged to pay full salary as a result of workplace injury (regardless of whether the injury was the result of negligence on the part of the employer), in most cases they are required to pay statutory sickness benefit, which can be paid up to 28 weeks after injury. Employees will need to be dismissed for at least four consecutive days before SSP can be paid. If your conditions fall under your disability, you may be entitled to full pay from your employer.
In most cases related to workplace injuries, the victim is more than likely to experience financial shortages as a result of lost earnings. That is why lost or reduced wages will be included in your workplace injury claim.