We never like to think that we might be in danger while going about our everyday duties and tasks at work – but the truth is that workplace accidents are extremely common. And while not all of them are the horrific type of incident which might hit the national headlines, such as gas explosions or people who are mutilated by a defective piece of industrial machinery – the fact that there were 1.1 million incidents reported last year in relation to health and safety cannot be ignored.
Even a simple slip, trip or fall at work, which is by far the most common type of workplace accident reported year after year, can prove to be not only inconvenient, but in some cases disastrous, for the person involved.
If you are injured in an accident at work, and you feel that it was not your fault, you have the right to make a work accident claim for compensation, based on the injuries you sustained as a result of the incident.
Here’s what you need to know about the different types of compensation you can claim for in relation to a workplace accident:
These account for any pain and suffering experienced as a result of a workplace accident. Medical evidence is normally essential to support your claim for personal injury compensation, which is why it’s essential that you see a medical specialist in relation to any injuries sustained in an accident at work. As well as representing compensation for pain, anguish and other emotional impacts related to your accident, it can also cover an amount in respect of inability to participate in activities that you did prior to your accident, such as sports, DIY, hobbies, and so on.
These represent any financial loss you suffer from as a direct result of the incident; for example, loss of salary or wages, and loss of income in the future if the accident was serious enough that you will be unable to return to your normal work in the future. In such cases, even future promotions and lost career opportunities can be taken into account when calculating the amount of potential loss for compensation purposes.
Special damages also cover out-of-pocket expenses in relation to your accident, which typically include many medical expenses, travel costs in relation to treatment, hospital visits, care at home, rehabilitation therapy, special equipment such as wheelchairs and any adaptations required for your home or car to accommodate any physical disability which is the result of the accident.
If you do suffer an accident in the workplace it is recommended that you seek expert legal advice from a claims specialist so that you can be guided through the claims process and receive timely and expert advice about how to present your claim and the correct amount of compensation you should seek.