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Steps to take if you’ve been injured at work

If you have been injured in an accident at work you should:
  • Report your accident to your employers as quickly as possible, and ask for a copy of the accident book entry as this will become important evidence in your claim. Depending on the severity and type of your injury the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may carry out an investigation. 
  • Get details of any witnesses to your accident and pass this information to your solicitor as soon as possible.
  • Ask your shop steward or safety representative to take photographs of the accident scene. 
  • Report your accident to the Department of Work and Pensions. This will help you to make an application for state benefits.
  • Get proper medical treatment. If you have to go to hospital make sure that an accurate account of the accident is given to the doctor who first treats you there. Always talk to your own GP as soon as possible, even if you don’t need hospital treatment, and make sure he or she has an accurate report of the accident. Your medical records will be requested during the course of your claim. 
  • Take photographs of your injuries as soon as possible after the accident, and at regular intervals during your recovery.
  • Talk to a specialist accident at work solicitor as quickly as possible. There is a time limit of three years from the date of your accident for starting Court proceedings.
  • You don’t have to make any statement to your employers about the accident, apart from a brief report to be entered in the accident book. Generally, it is inadvisable to make a signed statement, particularly in the period immediately after the accident. 

To talk to an experienced accident at work claims lawyer call 0161 393 3570 and someone will call you back as soon as possible.

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