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.

Internet, email & other policies

The correct employment policies are an essential part of employee management.  In theory, employment policies will be drawn up to overcome any key issue that is likely to arise in the work place.

Internet use & email policies

For many businesses, the role that the internet and email are playing is increasing.  Policies should be put in place to make sure that employees use the internet and email as efficiently as possible.  A possible idea could be to block access to social networking sites and video sharing sites on all computers that are used at work. It is also advisable to include internet policies that reduce security risks, for an example, only allowing authorised employees to download and install software. Internet and email policies should also take steps to prevent any potential legal disputes. For example, employees must be aware they are not allowed to infringe other people’s copyrighted material, or use email to harass or defame anyone, including work colleagues.

Other policies

Most businesses will also have other policies, such as health & safety policies. These policies would be put into place to keep all employees safe at work and minimise risks from thing such as spillages, wires and sharp objects. A smoking policy is legally required. Employees must have a designated area where they employees can smoke, which is outside of the building/business premises.  Policies may also be driven by issues of practicality. An example of this is with employee expenses. Although in this case, it is up to the employer what rules they want to have in place, some policies such as those on sick pay must meet the minimum statutory requirements the employee is entitled to.

When drawing up policies that are legally required, it is advisable for an employer take seek legal aid to make sure that their policies are satisfying legal requirements.