An accident at work can occur when an unexpected event leads to the illness or injury of an employee. Examples include:
Your employer must provide a safe working environment. They are legally required to have an insurance policy in place to cover such compensation cases.
Your actions could lead to a safer working environment for other people
if you feel you are being treated unfairly or harassed as a result of the initial claim, you may be able to take further action. It is illegal for your employer to dismiss you if you make a claim against them.
There are several key steps you should take to protect yourself, and to help with any accident at work compensation you may want to make:
If you successfully claim for injury because of an accident at work, your employer’s insurance company should cover the costs of the compensation. Legally, employers are obliged to have this type of insurance, and you can find out which insurance company they use by asking to see the insurance certificate all employers must display.
Once you have recovered, you’ll likely be ready to return to work. It’s understandable if you feel nervous about returning to the workplace, but the law dictates that you must not be treated unfairly because of filing a claim.
Your employer must grant you reasonable recovery time and enable sick pay, and they cannot force you to return to work before you are physically or psychologically able to do so.
Mr F. of Oxford was pulling a trolley when one of the wheels came off and the trolley fell on top of him.
Mr B OF Winsford slipped on oil that had been spilled by another employee.
Mr S of Bradford was kneeling in the floor stacking a shelf. A forklift was driven over his foot.
Mr B of Leighton Buzzard had his hand trapped in the load on a crane through no fault of his own.
Mr D of Coventry was injured when a faulty battery exploded.
Mrs S of West Drayton was making a patient’s bed when she inadvertently stood on an incorrectly disposed used needle, injuring her foot.
Mr T of Rayleigh injured his head when a 30kg flat pack fell out of a faulty trolley he was pushing.