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How to report and claim for an accident at work

Accident at work

We know that if you’ve had an accident at work it can be a very worrying time. If your accident was serious you may need to take a lengthy period of time off work, which we know can be troubling and stressful. There may also be a perceived stigma surrounding making a claim for an accident at work, with some worrying they may lose their job as a result, but this is not the case as the law protects against this.

Here at First4Lawyers we try to make the claims process as simple as possible for you. There is no pressure for you to make a claim as soon as the accident happens, you have 3 years within which to make a claim, however, the sooner you make a claim the better it will be for your case. This guide is here to help guide you through how to report and claim for an accident at work. 

How to report an accident at work

Step 1: Record what has happened in the accident book at your work. A manager may be required to record this for you, but it will help you to make a claim whenever you feel able.

Step 2: If you need hospital treatment, make sure you tell the hospital or doctor how it happened so that they can record any details you may later forget.

Step 3: Once you feel able, take the details of any witnesses who may have seen your accident or what caused it to happen. If your accident was caused by a defect, it may also be beneficial to take photographs of this

Step 4: Contact First4Lawyers, and let us find a specialist solicitor to deal with your case in a reliable and friendly manner. We know that it can be daunting to make a claim, but our solicitors will be there every step of the way to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call today on 0808 149 9587 from a landline, or 0333 920 6337 from a mobile or you can request a call back at a time suitable for you.

I've had an accident at work, where do I start?

Before you start a claim for an accident at work:

There are some things that you should bear in mind before starting a claim for an accident at work to give yourself the best chance of success with your case:

Time limits: Generally, claims for accidents at work should be made within 3 years, but the sooner you claim the better as the incident will be fresh in the memories of witnesses, and yourself

Try to gather evidence: The more evidence you have to support your claim the better. This can be in the form of witness reports, photographs or recording your injury in the accident book at work.

How long does an accident at work claim take?

Each case is unique, some cases may takes weeks to sort, whilst others may take months or years. Your solicitor may be able to give you a better indication of how long your claim may take, but it will also depend on whether your place of work admits liability or whether your case needs to go to court. However, if you’re suffering financially during the period of your claim then your solicitor can obtain an interim payment, which is a part payment of your claim whilst it’s ongoing.

How much money will I get for my claim?

Again, this can vary considerably from case to case. It will depend on the extent and impact of your injury. However, our compensation calculator will give you an idea of the value of your claim based on your injury.

How do I know whether I have a claim?

Our specially trained claims advisors will be able to assess your case and decide whether or not you have a claim. Call us today on 0808 274 3580 from a landline, or 0333 920 8296 from a mobile so we can assess your potential claim for free, or fill in our call back form.

Last year we helped over 5000 people who suffered accidents at work to find the right No Win No Fee solicitor, why not let us help you too?

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