Accident at Work Claim Against Your Employer: What You Need to Know
Many people are often too intimidated to make a claim against their employer for an accident at work, even if they are well within their rights. The idea of claiming compensation against someone in a position of authority can be daunting, especially when you work for that person and are worried about the impact it will have on your career. However, as long as you are adequately prepared, have hard evidence of your claim, and a professional at your side to navigate you through all the legal obstacles, then you should feel a massive weight lifted off your shoulders.
Continue reading for some valuable information regarding making a claim.
You may be claiming compensation due to an injury sustained at work. Although accidents do happen, it is still the responsibility of business owners to guarantee their employees’ safety, so if you have been injured due to negligence at work, you can make a claim. Finding the right personal injury solicitor is essential to ensure you receive the right advice and compensation you are entitled to. Whether you work in construction, been injured by faulty equipment, or even if you work in an office and slipped on a wet surface, your injury is still a breach of the health and safety regulations put in place to protect employees.
Under UK law, all employers must have in place a policy of employers liability insurance. What that means is that when you make a claim you are claiming your compensation from the insurance company and not your employer. This is the same for any earnings that you may have lost whilst you were off, whether these are your basic pay or overtime. This means that usually, once your claim is made, your employer’s involvement in the matter is limited and they are not normally in involved in the settlement negotiations.
You (Normally) Have Three Years To Make Your Accident at Work Claim
In our experience, the vast majority of employers will notify their insurance company about the claim and leave it to them. They are not allowed to ask you any questions as how your claim is getting on.
It is worth remembering that you do have three years to make your claim. So whilst it is always better to make your claim as soon as possible (whilst CCTV is still available for example), there is nothing to stop you putting your claim in after you have left that employer as long as you do so within that time. Delay will reduce your chances of success in some cases, it must be said.
Contact our personal injury claims solicitors in Northwich
If you have suffered an accident at work that wasn’t your fault within the last three years, contact Dominic Moss at our Northwich office on 01606 872200. We have vast experience in advising employees on accidents at work claims and an excellent track record in securing compensation.