What you Need for an Accident at Work Compensation Claim

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If you have been injured in an accident in the workplace that was caused by the negligence of your employer, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. However, many people do not claim the compensation they deserve, and sometimes this is down to uncertainty about the claims process, what it involves, and what exactly is needed to make a valid and successful claim.

Legal Assistance

Of course, making a work accident claim will require professional legal assistance. There are many firms which specialise in making personal injury claims generally and in claiming compensation for accidents in the workplace specifically, and they will offer in-depth expertise and valuable assistance throughout the claims process. The help of a solicitor is virtually essential for making a compensation claim. Even if it were not strictly necessary, however, hiring a solicitor would probably still be advisable as having the help and support of a specialist as well as having somebody else to handle the paperwork and technicalities of the process is invaluable for many claimants.

Information

From the earliest stages of making a claim, you will at a minimum need some basic information about the accident. This should ideally include when and where the accident took place, and the injuries that you sustained as a result of it. You should also be able to explain to your solicitor why you feel your employer (or, in some cases, a specific superior or co-worker) was responsible for the accident. In order for this party – the defendant – to be legally responsible, they must have been negligent in some way and not taken all necessary or reasonable steps to protect your safety.

Documents and Evidence

You will also need to have certain documents and evidence to support your case – and other documents, while not necessary, could be very useful. Your solicitor will outline to you want kind of evidence and documentation is necessary when you begin your claim, but it can be useful to have some idea ahead of time so you can begin preparations sooner. Initially, you will need to present proof of your identity to your solicitor, as well as documents relating to any relevant insurance policies. At later stages, you may have to provide evidence of the nature and extent of your injuries such as photographs or medical documents. You may also have to present evidence relating to the accident itself such as photographs of the location, any records of the accident or reports that were made, and written statements from witnesses. Many of these are documents you are unlikely top have at the initial stage but can set about obtaining as your claim progresses.

Levi Bellfield succeeds with injury claim against the Ministry of Defence

Levi Bellfield the man who was found guilty for the murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler has been paid out an award of £4,500 as damages to compensate him for his injuries following an assault by a cellmate which occurred in prison. Mr Bellfield brought an injury claim against the Ministry of Justice who were critical of the decision reached by the judge by labelling it as “hugely” disappointing.

Levi Bellfield who was at the time in Wakefield prison was attached by another man at the prison with a weapon that was made within the establishment. The injuries are believed to be minor with no serious damage being inflicted. This is to some extent confirmed by the £4,500 award of damages which in legal cases reflects only those least severe injuries. The incident took place in 2009 when at the time Mr Bellfield was awaiting trial for the murder of a schoolgirl.

Reports in the Daily Mirror disclosed information that the inmate brought legal proceedings against staff at the prison based on the fact that they should have protected him and that they were negligent in fulfilling this duty. The controversial claim was fiercely defended by the Ministry of Justice who incurred a much more substantial legal bill fighting the case than the compensation they were eventually required to pay. The defence prolonged for three years before a judge in Durham county court finally ruled that the Ministry must take responsibility and be held accountable for its negligent conduct in failing to protect the prisoner.

A statement was released by a spokesman on behalf of the Ministry of Justice in which he expressed the moral defeat which is alike felt by many across the country. “We are hugely disappointed that Levi Bellfield was awarded £4,500 by a judge following an assault by a prisoner in 2009 at HMP Wakefield.” The decision is one which puts into question the law relating to prison claims and whether it is right for a murdered to be compensated for minor injuries which he sustained during incarceration.

Many across the political spectrum shared the Ministry’s disappointment. Amount those was Ian Austin the Labour MP who is also a member of the panel of the home affairs select committee. In an interview with a national newspaper he said that the decision was “a complete and utter disgrace”. He further went on to say that every right-thinking person will see the decision that a murdered being awarded compensation is wrong and “distasteful”. Mr Bellfield is now serving two whole-life sentences for the murder of three school girls and the attempted murder of one.  w