The modern workplace is indeed a relatively safe place for most of us, and we go to work every single day without worrying about getting into an accident at work or getting injured. But sometimes, things can go awry, and when this happens in the workplace, and you become a victim of a workplace injury, you may believe that your employer has not lived up to their responsibility towards you as their worker or employee. If this is the case, you may be thinking of filing a claim for compensation. But if you want your workplace compensation claim to go in your favour, there are certain things you can do to maximise your chances of getting your claim for compensation as well. What can you do, then, to increase your chances of winning your claim? Let’s find out.
- Report it as soon as possible
The very first thing you can do to help your case is to report your workplace accident as soon as possible, and who you will report the workplace accident to will depend on where you were when it occurred and your status as an employee (this means whether you are a regular employee, self-employed, or a worker). If you cannot report the accident yourself, you can ask some other person to do it for you.
If you are in your workplace when the accident occurs, you should inform your manager about the accident. If you are a self-employed individual, you should report it to the Health and Safety Executive if the accident occurred in your own business premises.
If, on the other hand, you were not at your regular workplace when the accident happened, you should inform the individual whom you report to when you are in a different place from your regular workplace. Your manager should be informed as well. If you are a self-employed individual and the accident occurred on the premises of your client, you should inform the person you regularly deal with when you are on the premises.
Companies that are comprised of over ten workers or employees should have an accident book, and they should record the accident there, as attested to by experienced work injury claim Gloucestershire solicitors from Shires Law. You can double-check that they have done this by asking your manager. If there is no accident book, then you should note down the details of your workplace accident and submit it to the person in charge or your manager.
- Consult with a doctor and take other precautions
Of course, if you are injured, no matter how minor you think it is, you should consult with a doctor as well. The doctor can also record the accident details in their records and help treat whatever injury you have.
It would also be good if you take photographs of your injury and the equipment/machine/or other items that caused your workplace injury. You should also try to get the contact information of any person who witnessed the accident. As mentioned, write down the full details of the accident and make use of diagrams if you can. If there are witnesses, you can also ask them to write down notes and give them to you.
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