5 Steps to Take After an Accident at Work

If you have been injured after an accident at work, you might be wondering what steps you need to take to claim compensation. We know that knowing where to start can be confusing, and you might be wondering what evidence you been to obtain to make a claim.

Accidents at Work can occur in every industry, from office work and factories to construction sites or in the military, and each can leave you with long-lasting and painful injuries. However, laws are in place to protect workers from harm, and if your accident has occurred as a result of negligence or unsafe working practices, you may be entitled to compensation.

The process of claiming compensation can be complex, but thorough documentation and professional legal assistance can significantly improve your chances of a successful outcome. Make sure to act promptly and follow each step carefully to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve.

We have rounded-up the steps you need to take to claim compensation for your injury.

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1.  Report the Accident

Inform your employer about the accident as soon as possible. Most workplaces have a specific protocol for reporting incidents, and it is a legal requirement for employers to have a company accident book. Make sure your accident is logged accurately as it will serve as an official record of the event.

2. Seek Medical Attention

Get medical help immediately after the accident, even if the injury seems minor. Some injuries can become more serious over time. Make sure you keep detailed records of all medical visits, treatments, and prescriptions. Medical records will serve as critical evidence in your claim.

3. Gather Evidence

We have rounded-up some types of evidence which can help with your claim. 

  • Witness Statements: Collect statements from any witnesses to the accident. Their accounts can support your claim. 
  • Photographic Evidence: Take photographs of the accident scene, any equipment involved, and your injuries. 
  • Documentation: Keep copies of any reports filed with your employer, emails, or other communications related to the accident. 

4. Notify Your Employer in Writing

Following the accident, write to your employer detailing the incident, how it occurred, your injuries, and the circumstances. Make sure you keep correspondence of your records. 

5. Get Legal Advice

Contact Oakwood Scotland Solicitors for further information about making a claim. We can provide legal advice and help navigate the claim process.

Claims of this nature usually need to be made within three years of the incident, so make sure you act promptly to ensure you can claim the compensation you are entitled to.



When can I make a claim?

You can make an employer liability claim when you suffer an injury or illness at work due to your employer’s negligence. This includes scenarios where your employer fails to provide a safe working environment, adequate training, proper equipment, or appropriate supervision. Common examples include accidents caused by unsafe machinery, slips and falls due to poor maintenance, or health issues from exposure to hazardous substances. You typically need to file the claim within a specific time frame, often three years from the date of the injury or illness.

Why should I use Oakwood Solicitors?

Oakwood Scotland Solicitors Ltd is an expert in Employers’ Liability cases and has over twenty years of experience in running and pursuing these cases.  

We will ensure that we update you at every stage of the case and you will have a dedicated handler from the very beginning. It can be very stressful after an injury and our team can assist you by breaking down the legal jargon during the process and listening to you.  

When you instruct us, you can expect a friendly, down-to-earth approach together with extensive knowledge of the field which will be used to fight tenaciously with the insurers to achieve the maximum level of compensation possible for you.  

How will my case be funded?

Oakwood Scotland Solicitors Ltd agrees to work on your Personal Injury claim on a ‘no-win, no-fee’ basis. If your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be expected to pay us a penny. 

If you are successful in your claim, we take a percentage of the compensation meaning that the only time we will receive money is if we have brought your claim to a fruitful conclusion. 

You will have a dedicated advisor who will see your claim through from start to finish, assisting you in the event of any queries or issues you may have. If it is preferable to you, we can assign a female advisor to carry out your claim. 

Your case handler will also continue to provide regular updates until the conclusion of your claim, ensuring the process is as stress-free and effortless as possible. 

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Further reading

Accidents at work – Oakwood Scotland Solicitors


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