Posted by : Amanda Stein Thursday, September 13, 2012
In the complex world of personal injury claims, it can be easy to make a mistake. You want to be careful, because there are several things that could affect, or invalidate, your claim. These procedures should be followed whether or not you’re planning on going for compensation from your employers, as they outline most company policies and general safety procedures.
Report The Incident
If you’re to stand any chance of claiming for personal injury, the incident must be properly documented. Whether this is a company injury book or a written letter to your superior will be down to the individual policy of your workplace. If somebody else writes the account for you, read it very carefully and only sign if it’s 100% accurate. The meaning must be clear so if there are any uncertainties, get them changed because this will be the main tool for your case.
You are not obliged to make any additional statements besides the formal report of the incident. If your employer tries to draw you out on the event and pass comment on it, you’re entitled to refuse until the case becomes official.
Much like a road traffic accident, the worst thing you can do is accept the blame. Do not give your employers a way out if you’re sure that it wasn’t your fault. Many people feel embarrassed and apologise, when it’s often not their fault. Even if you feel foolish, stick by your story.
Slips and Trips
These are the most common causes of injuries, but they’re also quite hard to examine. If you can, have a trustworthy colleague take a look at the scene and identify what caused you to fall. Have notes made of it, dated and signed, or if possible take some photographic evidence. Hazards which can easily be fixed may be done so by the employer, in an attempt to hide the offensive object.
If you were injured lifting or moving an object that your job required you to do, quickly document the weight, size and shape of the object. If it was stock and it will be shipped, you want to record as much information about it as possible so the solicitors can determine whether you were lifting beyond your training or abilities.
Byline: This article has been written by Thompsons Scotland, accident claim solicitors & injury lawyers who offer specialist legal advice for injury compensation claims.