If you are making an accident injury claim in the UK, you may be worried about doing all of the paperwork correctly. Making accident claims can be a delicate and complicated process for many people. If you’ve suffered an injury, the accident itself was probably quite traumatic. When you pile on the financial, personal, medical, and legal concerns that are also involved, you may feel incredibly overwhelmed. Here are some ways to make sure your claims are filed correctly and with the least amount of stress possible.
Types of accident claims.
You may not know this, but there are many different types of accidents that you can make claims for. Some of these are common, like car accidents claims, work injury claims or medical negligence claims. But you can also make claims for things holiday accident claims, damaged product injury claims and slip and fall accident claims in public places. Each of these accidents are different, but they all fall under the category of personal injury. Because of this, you should generally seek out help from an injury solicitor when make claims of this type.
How do you know if there was actually negligence?
There are many practices that equal negligence depending on the type of accident you were involved in. For example, if you got in an accident at work, your employer might have been negligent by not giving you or a coworker the proper training on work equipment. In another example, a hotel could be considered negligent if they do not provide you with a safe environment with proper standards to stay in. A lawyer can help you make accident claims and determine if there may have been negligence involved.
Get medical help right away.
If you have been involved in an accident, you should look after your medical needs immediately. If your accident was severe enough, you may even need to take an ambulance to the hospital. If your accident was not severe enough to warrant an ambulance assistance, you should still go to a hospital to get the injury analysed. If the injury was not severe enough to go the emergency room, you should still go see your general practitioner as soon as possible. You will need confirmation of your injury to make any accident claims. Treating your wounds is also incredibly vital to avoiding future prolonged injuries.
Workplace accident injury claims.
Employers have a responsibility to keep their workers safe and uninjured. If you get hurt in an accident, your employer can be held liable for an injury that you receive. If this happens to you, you can seek a work compensation claim. If your accident happens at work, you should first tend to your immediate medical needs. You should also write down what happened in your employer’s “accident report book” as soon as possible. If you need to take more than three days off of work after the accident, your employer will need to tell Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about the accident and then HSE will do an investigation.
Legal advice can be very helpful. Every accident is unique and it is usually best if you speak to a legal expert about the laws that apply to your situation. Before you make any accident claim it is best to make sure you fully understand your legal rights.