Any accident which occurs during the course of your everyday life can be traumatic, but one which occurs at your place of work can have a profound effect on your attitude to your job. It can leave you feeling vulnerable and unprotected in your working life, when you should instead feel comfortable and confident, and can even result in you having apprehensions about returning to work.
If your employer is guilty of any of the following, then its highly encouraged you seek professional advice regarding your rights to a claim:
- Failing to maintain the expected health and safety standards in the workplace
- Failing to provide adequate training
- Failing to provide correct equipment in order to conduct your job safely and without injury
When it comes to a fall at work, your rights remain the same as any other accident or incident within the workplace if the fall is a direct result of your employer’s negligence.
Seeking the guidance and advice of a professional solicitor, such as the accident-at-work specialists at The Compensation Experts, is crucial in understanding your rights regarding a workplace fall. Taking legal advice as soon as you are able means your solicitor can best advise you on what evidence and information to collect in order to build a case.
What Does a Claim Involve?
During a claim, you will need to be able to prove lawfully that the fall at work was not your fault, and that it was a direct result of your employer’s failure in meeting regulatory standards. This is why it is crucial to take action as soon as you can after your fall, due to the lengthy process of legal proceedings.
If your employer denies being culpable, then you have the right to begin litigation proceedings. This means the claim process is longer, but it might be necessary. Investigating as soon as possible is paramount in order to gain a court date for a claim within the time limit of three years.
What Can I Claim For?
You have the right to claim for any loss of earnings, which were a result of time taken off work to recover from the fall. In a more serious case, this could be a concussion and wounds which need time to heal. If you have lost a significant amount of income which statutory sick pay has not adequately covered, you have every right to claim that money back.
You also have the right to claim money back for any expenses accrued during your recovery time. This includes prescription costs, the transport costs when travelling to medical appointments or the hospital, and any general medical expenses needed after the fall. With this in mind, it’s important that you keep any and all receipts to prove these expenses and discuss them with your solicitor.
To further discuss your rights, speak to The Compensation Experts’ professional advice team. Reach out and see how we can help you make a claim.