What should I do after I have experienced an accident at work?

What should I do after I have experienced an accident at work?

Accidents happen when we least expect them, especially at work. However, did you know that in 2020/21 441,000 workers suffered non-fatal injuries at work? With such a vast number of injuries, you’d expect everyone to have a good understanding of what to do when they suffer an accident at work but unfortunately this isn’t the case.

The most common injuries sustained at work were caused by slips, trips and falls which in some cases can result in severe damage that may leave you unable to work in many professions. To help with the processes behind a workplace injury, we have compiled a list of what you can do after an accident at work.

1.     Evidence and witnesses

Whilst the most severe injuries won’t have this option, if you are able to take pictures of what caused the injury and speak to colleagues that may have seen the incident then this may help any future cases either in court or when claiming statutory sick pay.

Take pictures of your injury and the surrounding area to build your case as you may not be compensated if there is not sufficient evidence in your favour.

2.     Reporting the accident

It is vital that you report the incident as soon as possible to ensure that it is treated correctly. Who you report it to depends on where you are working. If you are working in your usual place of work then you will tell your manager or if you are self-employed, you will report it to the Health and Safety Executive.

However, if you are working away from your usual place of work in a client’s office for example, then you will report the accident to whoever you report to when you are there and then inform your manager. This will mean that all relevant parties are aware of the injury you have sustained.

3.     Visit the doctors

Following your injuries, you should seek appropriate medical assistance to ensure the injury is not worse than it looks. If you are in severe pain then you must visit your doctor immediately however, if it is bearable but you are worried about it then schedule a phone call with a doctor and from there, they can advise you on what to do.

Visiting a doctor to identify problems may support your compensation claims too as they will provide you with the correct documentation to signpost your injury officially to your employers or solicitors which will be a boost to your claim.

4.     Compensation

Following on from seeing a doctor, you will know the severity of your injury so will begin to understand how much you are owed in compensation. In order to begin this process, we recommend that you find a legal representative who will be able to explain all of your options and offer you the correct support in getting the compensation you deserve.

No one deserves to feel neglected following an injury at work so follow these steps and get the treatment you deserve as you begin the road to recovery.