There you are, wandering through your workplace with the careless air of the contented employee. Your workplace might be filled with loose cables, sputtering machinery and more potholes than a gopher-infested golf course, but at least you’ve got a decent wage in your pocket.
But soon it won’t be all jaunty whistles and menial tasks. Because in one minute you’re about to trip over one of those cables and smack your head against a hard, metal machine. Not so genial now, are we?
Chances are the accident isn’t your fault. If the place where you work isn’t up to snuff, a trip, slip, fall or something far more serious is as inevitable as time itself.
You can almost imagine the type of boss who’ll allow an accident to happen in their workplace. They’d shrug it off with the withering smile of a malevolent duke in a hammy period drama, twirling their moustache and lighting a cigar to celebrate an accident claim avoided.
Because accident claims are the only way to teach these irksome employers a lesson.
Without a claims system in place, bosses hold a monopoly on power. And the more manipulative of these employers would happily maintain the safety standards of a Dickensian Victorian workhouse.
All in the process
Let’s get back to your accident. There you are, lying on the floor and cradling your leg as cartoon birds revolve around your head. Right now, an accident claim is looking like an appealing prospect.
And there are lawyers out there who specialise in your kind of problem. Injury claims specialists Claim4, for example, are a few clicks away, and can appraise your situation online.
So what does the claims process involve?
First off, you’ll have to chat with a solicitor, whether that be online or on the phone. Detail the specifics of your accident, including the impact it’s had on your life. While this might seem like picking at a raw wound, it’s vital to your representation assessing your case.
If your solicitor decides your tale of woe has a leg to stand on, they’ll take it on in a heartbeat.
Next, you’ll have to make like Sherlock and gather some evidence. CCTV footage, witness statements, doctor and police reports, safety standards in the workplace – all of this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to building a solid argument.
Even the smallest factoid can be the linchpin of your case, so be as thorough as possible.
After this, settlements and possibly even the courts system await. But it’s important to remember that you’re putting your employer bang to rights. Our country is lucky enough to have a sturdy legal system in place – make the effort to use it.