It could happen to anyone. Either an electrical shock from a badly wired circuit, a fall from a poorly secured ladder, or even an injury in an office that’s become sustained over a long period of time. These injuries can lead to you being put out of work for a short period of time or even permanently if your injuries are severe enough, and you could be financially damaged permanently. Here are the next steps that you need to take in order to get on the road to recovery.
Ensure your company recorded the incident
Whether it’s on CCTV or in a logbook, you’ll need to ensure that your company has noted down exactly what happened, with witness statements that outline the exact circumstances if possible. If the issue does descend into litigation and your company is denying that anything happened, you’ll need to be able to back yourself up.
If you can point to the exact date and time of the incident, and you have witnesses who can corroborate your story and the series of events that led to your injury, you’ve taken the first steps to ensure that your case is watertight and immune to sabotage.
Take photos and collect video evidence
If you want to make a compensation claim against your employer it is likely because you don’t think they were trustworthy in the health and safety of your workplace, so you may also doubt their motivations when it comes to legal action. Collecting photographic and video evidence of the scene and, if possible, your injuries is key.
Building up a strong bank of evidence will give you a layer of protection in the case that your employer tries to “fix” the accident’s location, so collecting as much proof as possible is advised. Put simply, if you don’t know whether you should record it, there’s no harm in collecting even more footage.
Go to your doctor
One primary reason that you should see your doctor is fairly simple. You’ve been in an accident and should do what you can to get a better idea of what your injuries are and what exactly you can do to stop them from being a more long-term issue for you.
However, there are more litigation-based reasons for you to seek out a doctor. If you’re going to court, then it is in all likelihood to make up for injuries received in an accident. A diagnosis from a doctor is one of the most concrete ways that you can prove your injuries. Some injuries such as whiplash have become almost a byword for faking an injury, so getting your doctor to provide some form of evidence to support the claim that you are injured is a major step towards not getting your personal injury claim thrown out due to the lack of a medical opinion.
Talk to a lawyer
Once you have built up a significant amount of evidence and feel like you have enough to ensure a win, you’ll need to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help you to take your suit forward in the most effective way possible and will offer you a far better likelihood of success than if you were to try and win your case alone. You’ll need the support of legal experts, with a specific focus in the field of workplace injuries.
If you’ve suffered an injury at work that wasn’t your fault, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Guy Levy Law. At Guy Levy Law we are experts in personal and workplace injury cases, holding an ethos that considers both our staff and clients to be as important as family.