Sunday, February 05, 2017

Don't Let Your Ignorance Hurt You


There is not a television-owning person on the planet that has not been bombarded by ‘injured at work?’ adverts. However, whilst we have all seen them, most of us have no idea what we should actually be doing in the case of an accident happening to us at work. As such, we have decided to compile a short piece on the steps you should take and the things you should think about. We hope these are just precautionary measures that never have to be used but, still, it is worth knowing because you never know what may happen. 

The First Step 

If you are in the workplace - and by the way, this isn’t just limited to the office building - and you sustain an injury, depending on the severity of the injury, the very first thing you should do is report your injury to your employer so that they can make a detailed record in their official injuries and accidents book. If, however, your employer does not make a record of this or does not have an official injuries and accidents book, then you will need to make a detailed record of the events yourself. You should send one copy to your copy and keep a copy for yourself. If you can’t do this, then you should have someone else do it for you. This is to protect yourself should further action be required. 

Medical Attention 

It is imperative you see a doctor as soon as you can. It may be that the injuries sustained don’t seem dangerous, but this is irrelevant. The purpose of this visit is not only to check for injuries but also to ensure their is a medical record of the accident. This will be a huge benefit to you in the future. It can be used if you need to claim for benefits. What’s more, it will be a useful piece of information should you decide to claim for compensation. If you decided to go down this route, according to John Medler, it is always worth seeking the advice of a professional injuries lawyer. 

Getting Paid 

If your injury was serious enough to result in you needing to take time off work, it is always worth doing research and finding out what form of statutory sick pay you are entitled to by law. Once again, it is worth you speaking to a professional institute or person to make sure you are getting everything entitled to. This is because your employment contract may cover sick pay, or it could be you are entitled to benefits. Of course, the amount you receive will be dependent on how severe the injuries you sustained are.

As a sort of final note, it is always worth getting legal advice as soon as you can because time limits are typically quite short and there can be a lot to determine, especially if it is employer negligence. These can include the type of claim and level of court, so make sure you are seen by a doctor and a lawyer as soon as possible.

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