posted on 29 12,2017 / 9:36 am
If you had an accident at work that was minor you may be unaware that you can make a workplace accident claim. The British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released figures of 609,000 self-reported non-fatal injuries to workers in 2016/17 in the United Kingdom. Accordingly 31.2 million working days have been lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury. A shocking 1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness, of which 137 workers were killed at work during this period. Even though these statistics include both major and minor injuries (and death), it is noted that ‘non-fatal’ injuries are not always reported by workers. Little do they know that there is cause for compensation.
In terms of a workplace accident claim, a minor injury is when an individual has suffered a non-permanent injury. This injury must simultaneously be due to the fault of a third party. By definition, this type of injury must have disrupted the individuals’ life in some manner. This includes injuries to soft tissue, contusions, resultant back or neck pain as well as cuts.
A minor injury at a workplace includes bruises, cuts, and sprains. These injuries must have brought no serious harm to the individual. Although, they must still have caused the individual to not be able to attend work. These injuries must be due to the fault or negligence of the employee or employees in order to make a workplace accident claim.
If you had a work accident, you can understand whether or not your employer is responsible for your minor injury through understanding ‘duty of care’. ‘Duty of care’ is the legal responsibility your employee has to follow in order to protect his or her employees from any reasonably foreseeable accidents.
This includes a responsibility on part of your employee to be aware of weather forecasts in order to make sufficient and relevant changes to areas in the workspace. This includes the car park, the office or where the safety of the employees may be in jeopardy.
It is important to remember that work accident claims must be pursued within 3 years of the injury. You will most likely require a personal injury lawyer to be a representative, unless if you are a member of a trade union. Trade unions usually have representatives for these types of matters. It is always best to find out from your union if this is the case.
In the case of an accident at work make sure to keep any medical or physical evidence. Also, to record any incidents in the ‘accident book’. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) requires that employees report any and every type of accident at work to the organisation.
Minor injuries or suffering from a minor accident at work may not have lasting effects. Significant however for the time spent off work or money spent caring for the injury. That is what compensation is for. Be aware of your options, the claims process and more importantly where to find help should you ever find yourself in this position. You can also search for a solicitor nearby to assist you with the claims process. Further reading may include Road Safety and Personal Injury Claims: Be Safe this Holiday and How to use the Legit Claims calculator. Don’t miss it, it may save your life and help you along the claims road for 2018.