Slips and falls in the workplace could happen due to many different reasons, from wet floors, to broken floor tiling or torn carpeting. If you slipped and fell at work because of somebody else’s negligence, you may have grounds to file an accident claim for compensation. While that is something might be thinking about already, there are a few things you can do immediately after your slip and fall accident, to protect yourself and lay the grounds for a successful claim.
Tend To Your Injuries
This is the single most important thing you should do if you have slipped and fell at work and suffered an injury as a consequence. Do a quick assessment of your injuries and ask a work colleague to get a first-aid kit if required or call an ambulance if your injuries are too severe to be treated by a lay person. Regardless of how minor your injuries appear at the time of the slip and fall accident, do not make the mistake of overlooking them. Sometimes, symptoms manifest after a day or two and if timely treatment is not received, a minor injury could become a permanent disability. Get yourself checked by a medical professional no matter how severe or minor your injuries may seem.
Report The Accident
Reporting your slip and fall accident at work to your manager or supervisor is important. You need to make sure that they are aware that an accident happened in case you need to claim compensation at a later date. At this time, you are not blaming anyone for the accident. You are merely reporting that it happened.
Create A Record In Your Works Accident Book
Every organisation is legally required to keep an accident book on site. Use this to create a record of your slip and fall accident. This creates a paper trail of your accident, which you can use at a later date to strengthen your case. Without a written record, it could be your manager’s word against yours, which is something that can weaken your claim.
If you cannot find the accident book on site or are refused access to it for whatever reason, make sure you send an email to the manager. This will also serve as a written record.
Take Photographs Of The Scene Of The Accident
with photographic evidence supporting your claim, you do not have to worry about management disputing that the accident ever happened or shirking their responsibility for why it happened. Photographs provides strong support to a fall at work claim and protects you from getting into a ‘your word against theirs’ situation. Even better if you can get a video showing the cause of your accident and the surrounding areas.
Get photographs of your injuries too. If you cannot do this yourself, ask another colleague to get photographs of your injuries.
Make Sure Colleagues Know About Your Accident
If any of your colleagues witnessed your fall at work accident ask if they will come forward to provide witness statements if necessary to support your claim. While some may be afraid to come forward because of the fear of repercussions, most workers will comply, knowing that it could very well have been one of them.
Keep A Record Of Injuries, Symptoms, And Medical Treatments
Although your doctor is sure to have kept a record of your symptoms and treatments, it is always a good idea for you to keep your own records too. This will help you if your doctor overlooks a minor symptom, which then develops into a long-term debilitation condition at a later time. Your personal records will help make the connection between your injuries and your deferred symptoms.
Keep A Record Of Your Accident Related Expenses
Expenses can start to mount up very fast after an accident. In addition to any medical expenses, also keep a record of the cost of travelling back and forth for any treatment, the cost of any kind of mobility aids or the cost of hiring home care if necessary.
If you win the claim, you could be reimbursed for all for these expenses as well as the loss of income at work.
Speak To A Personal Injury Solicitor
A personal injury solicitor is your best ally if you are injured in a slip and fall accident at work. For a start, experienced solicitors who specialise in accident at work claims should have thorough knowledge in this area of the law. Most solicitors protect their clients’ interests further by offering a No Win No Fee agreement, which means they fund all the proceedings until the case is closed. Last but not least, you know you are getting the best legal representation while you take the opportunity to rest and recover from your injuries.