Getting injured at work can be a tricky. Your course of action depends on how your injury happened. If you company or another person is responsible, you want to make sure that the appropriate steps are taken to ensure you get what you need and that no one else is in danger of the same thing happening to them. Even if what happened was an accident, you’re still entitled to compensation in some form. This guide will help you to handle an injury at work so you can get the compensation you deserve. Here are a few things you need to know about workplace injuries and how to protect your rights.
Always report an injury
Even if technically your injury isn’t serious, it still needs to be taken seriously. Whether you’ve sustained a minor cut or broken a bone, required medical treatment or not, no injury should be swept under the rug. It is first your responsibility to report precisely what happened to a superior. Then it’s your boss’ duty to follow through with paperwork and company policy, work out why it happened, and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Always follow up on any work compensation plan that your company has in place.
Making Your Case
If you had an accident at work and it wasn’t your fault, then you could make a case. You will need to prove that your injury was, in fact, due to negligence or safety standards not being met. It helps if you can gather as much information as possible. You should take photographs of the scene and your injuries. It also might help if you note interactions you have with your employer afterwards, as they could help your case if you need them. You’ll need to be specific, writing down the times and dates. The more information you can gather, the better your outcome will be.
Appointing a Solicitor
You won’t be able to handle your injury case all alone. Appointing a personal injury lawyer will help you to get everything done. They’ll tell you what you need to do and make the process as simple as possible for you. Making the process simple is crucial. You will have enough to deal with with your injury, and won’t want the added stress of dealing with legal documents, phone calls, and fighting for your rights! Make sure your solicitor is going to use legitimate tactics and techniques for getting you the compensation that you deserve. You should also get along with them to a certain extent, as you might be working with them for some time, depending on how serious your injury is.
If you work somewhere that supports their employees properly, there may be a compensation plan or leave policy that can support you through recovery and keep you in the loop. Then when it’s finally time for you to get back to work, you’ll be able to make the transition easily. If the accident was really bad, then you might not be going back to work at the same place. Whatever you do, you need to make sure you’re in the right frame of mind to start working again. Injuries can really affect your confidence and mental health. There’s help out there for you if you just look for it. Leave your thoughts below in the comments – see you next time!