Accidents at Work – by James McSweeney Solicitors

Accidents at Work.

There are many examples of how an accident  at work can occur:

  • Accidents at work  involving lifting heavy objects, especially where training was poor.

    Accidents at Work

    Accidents at Work

  • Accidents at work from falls such as ladders, stairs, scaffolding.
  • Slip, trips and falls on surfaces that were uneven, wet etc.
  • Workplace traffic accident – these can occur in a workplace that uses motorised vehicles e.g. Warehouse, airport etc.
  • Accidents at work  from machinery what was faulty or inadequately serviced.

Steps to take following an accident at work:

  1. Report the accident immediately to your Employer. If there is a company accident report form available fill it in and take a copy.
  2. Take photographs of the place where the injury occurred as soon as possible after the accident. The scene of the accident may quickly change.
  3. Take names and telephone details of any witness at the scene of the accident.
  4. Seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. If your injury requires urgent attention you will most likely go directly to the nearest A & E or to your GP. Ensure you give an accurate record of your accident and make your own record of the treatment you received and a note of who treated you.
  5. Keep a record of events following your accident at work. As part of this you should detail any expenses that you incur, i.e. medical expenses, travel expense, loss of earnings etc.
  6. Do not admit fault or settle without prior advice. In some cases your employer or your employer’s insurer may press you to settle. Unless you have taken advice from a solicitor about a specific settlement offer, you should not agree to the offer and you should not admit any fault.

If you have any further queries regarding this issue please contact our office for helpful and impartial advice. There is no obligation on you to proceed with a work injury claim once you have spoken with one of our Solicitors and all communication will naturally be completely confidential. Our Freephone No: 1800 515 515 if you wish to call or complete the enquiry form on this page.

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