Accident in the workplace? Make a claim!

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Picture the scene – you blithely wander through your workplace, perhaps singing innocently to yourself. Then, like a shot, you career to the floor, your leg shattered in two.

Looking behind you as you scream in agony on the floor, you see an errant cord lying behind you. You can feel your displaced bone poking at your skin, like a bird pecking at your liver. And all because someone didn’t clean up after themselves.

Cut to a month or so later and you’re lying on your settee, your leg resting in a plaster cast, your head pounding in agony, and the telly your only company.

From its tinny speakers, you hear a commanding voice bellow, “Have YOU had an accident in the workplace?”

“YES!” you scream back.

“Then call this number.”

Although the ad might look a bit low rent (these things always are), this is a voice worth listening to.

Reasons to claim

Thousands of people suffer accidents at work every year – some even prove fatal.

It’s for this reason that claims exist, as opposed to the money grabbing exercise many people assume.

Everyone’s had a bad boss. They’re the type of money-grubbing letches who’ll smoke cigars, cackle at the thought of overtime and have the social skills of a hermit misanthrope.

Just imagine what their reaction to health and safety legislation would be. They’d shrug at the idea and continue allowing their employees to operate machinery that’s about as safe as an erupting volcano.

Injury claim lawyers, then, exist to make these horrible bosses bite the bullet and cough up cash for flouting regulations.

The process

If you’re having second thoughts about picking up the phone, fear not – the process is simple.

First, you’ll have to detail the nature of your accident to your representation, who’ll decide if your case has a leg to stand on.

Then, it’s time to make like Kojak and gather evidence for your case. Witness testimonies, safety reports for the building, doctor’s reports, and the emotional and financial impact the injury has had on you – anything and everything can help you win.

You’ve probably seen Columbo or Taggart. If so, you’ll know that the smallest piece of evidence can prove to be the linchpin to your case. So, be thorough.

After this, things get a bit more complicated. Your lawyer will get in touch with the accused and barter for either a settlement or a court case.

And if it’s off to court with you, you’ll have to put full trust in your solicitor. Your case is in their hands, so allow their expertise to define the game.

It can be a stressful time, but the rewards can be enormous. Not only will you receive a cash compensation, but you’ll know your ex-employer will be put bang to rights.

February 16, 2015 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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