One of my worst nightmares is to have an accident at work. I don’t know why, but I always imagine some kind of heavy machinery cutting off a finger or a builder falling off a scaffold, yet work accidents are generally not that bad, but happen more than you think. For example once, I had severe pain in my forearm and hand, and it was due to spending the whole day typing on a computer keyboard, so I guess you can classify that as a work accident, and I was indeed put off work for a few days, then typing with one hand for a little more. At my company, the first three days off work weren’t paid, so I lost money, and maybe had I asked to have it ruled as a work injury, I may have gotten paid instead.
Almost 650,000 workers had an accident whilst at work in 2012/2013, that is huge! Slips and trips are the most common, but according you this infographic, you also run the risk of having an object falling over your head… can’t really imagine when that would happen, but apparently it does!
If you were the victim of a work injury, you have three years to make a claim against your company. It may be useful not to do it immediately if you are awaiting a promotion or think it could have an impact on the quality of your work environment, however, you should document it as soon as possible and keep everything on file. That can include pictures, names of witnesses and their statement, your own report of the facts.. The more you wait, the more blurry it will get. Using a solicitor that specializes in work injury claims may help smooth the process, if you are unhappy with the terms your company is offering. Check out the infographic below for more information: