We may all bemoan the fact that we live in a nanny state which dictates such stringent health and safety rules upon the workplace, but in spite of all the laws and regulations regarding health and safety in the workplace, hundreds of people die each year in work-related accidents, with millions of others injured or falling ill due to their work. In 2012/13 alone, over 27 million working days were lost due to work related accidents and illnesses.
As such, there is still a great deal more than can be done to prevent such injuries and illnesses, and those that find themselves involved in accidents at work will need to be aware exactly what they can claim as a result of their injuries.
In this day and age, with so much technology and information available and so many dedicated tools on the market to help companies keep their work spaces safe, there really is no excuse for such a high level of injuries and illnesses within the workplace. As such, whilst a rare few cases may indeed be unfortunate accidents that could not have been foreseen, the majority are incidents that could easily have been avoided with the right precautions and the right forethought.
Therefore, those that have been injured at work, have most likely suffered due to an employer’s lack of focus on workplace safety, and in turn a lack of thought for their employees’ safety. In turn, it will make sense to seek work accident compensation to ensure you are rewarded financially for their mistakes.
If you have been involved in any type of accident in the workplace, the first thing to do will be to gather evidence of the cause of the accident and the circumstances leading up to the accident. From here, it will be important to speak directly to an accident at work solicitor to discuss your best options for making a claim.
Whilst it may seem that you will get far more money if you go it alone and in turn do not have to share any reward you receive, by going it alone not only might you struggle to compete with corporate lawyers or risk your employer’s covering their tracks by making the wrong moves, but even when you make a successful claim, you may well end up with far less than you deserve if you do not utilize the skills and knowledge of the right lawyer. Whilst they may take a cut or a fixed fee, a large percentage of a very large settlement will be far more lucrative than the full amount of a far smaller work injury claim.
Knowledge will be power when making any claim, and not only will you need to know when to bide your time and when to make moves, but you will also need to know what proof you will need to be as successful as possible, and the right lawyer will be able to help you gather evidence for your own unique circumstances. Furthermore, when you are injured, the last thing you will want is to be spending your time desperately fighting for the compensation you deserve; having a layer do the hard work for you whilst you recuperate will therefore make far more sense.
The author of this article is a freelance writer who regularly contributes to legal sites such as evolutionlegal.co.uk.