What to Do If You’ve Had an Accident at Work

Recently on our blog, we told you about the most common types of accidents that occur in the workplace. In this follow-up post, we’ll outline what you should do if you are unlucky enough to have an accident.

Step One

The first thing you should do is make sure your employer is aware of the accident’s occurrence. Do not assume that your employer has been automatically notified, as they might not have been – especially if you work for a fairly large organisation.

Step Two

If your accident is the type that should be reported under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013), you must make sure your employer has actually reported it.

Any accident that results in one or more of the following scenarios should be reported:

  • Bone fracture (except fingers, thumbs and toes)
  • Limb or foot amputation
  • Finger, thumb or toe amputation
  • Potential blindness (full or partial, permanent or temporary) in one or both eyes
  • Head injury, which could lead to brain damage
  • Torso injury, which could lead to internal organ damage
  • Burns or scalds that cover more than 10% of the body’s surface area
  • Burns or scalds that cause damage to the eyes, respiratory system, or other vital organs
  • Loss of consciousness following a head injury or asphyxiation
  • Work-induced hypothermia or any heat-induced illness

Your employer must also file a report if your accident made you incapable of work for more than seven days.

To reiterate: your employer must follow the reporting procedure. You can’t formally report it to the authorities yourself.

Step Three

Once your accident has been properly reported, you should then see if you are eligible for compensation. If you’ve suffered injuries or had to take time off because your injuries rendered you unable to work, you should be compensated.

To stand the best chance of success, you should seek legal advice from an expert personal injury lawyer.

Contact Slater Heelis for Advice

Slater Heelis has vast experience in all types of personal injury cases. Our specialists often handle accident at work claims on behalf of clients, securing deserved compensation for them.

If you’ve suffered an injury at work because of error or negligence on the part of somebody else, call our personal injury team today on 0161 969 3131. Alternatively, just fill in the quick-and-easy claim form at the top of the page and we’ll get back to you quickly. Either way we’ll quickly tell you whether or not you have a viable claim.