Things to know when making a work injury claim

Work related accidents are quite common these days and they can happen regardless of the occupation or job position. Most often, these kinds of accidents end up resulting in light or minor injuries, but on some occasions, the injuries that a victim can suffer can be quite severe and with some devastating consequences. If you have been involved somehow in a some kind of a work accident that was caused by someone else’s incompetence or negligence, you shouldn’t think twice before seeking legal advice and considering what possibilities you have when it comes to making an injury claim. It doesn’t really matter which type of work you perform, or which industry you work in, you have the legal right to enjoy safe and secure working conditions. It is your right, as an employee, to work in an environment that is safe and secure and to expect your employer to do everything in his power to provide you with protective means against any risks of injuries or accidents.

Construction worker has an accident while working on new house
                                      Construction worker has an accident while working on new house

It is quite common these days for people to think that the only workplaces that pose risks and where injuries and accidents can happen are factories and construction industries. That is only partially true, as even safe work environments such as building offices, schools or hospitals have their own specific sets of dangers and risks that people should be wary of. It doesn’t matter whether you work on a construction site, in an office, warehouse or a factory, your employer carries the responsibility of ensuring your safety and health. If your employer shows negligence and fails to comply with the standard safety and health regulations, thus causing an accident in which you sustain light or severe injury at work, you gain the right of making an injury claim and seeking certain compensation.

Now, you might wonder what kind of accidents can result in work injury claims. Well, there is a large number of various accidents which make you eligible to make a work injury claim. Some of the most common work accidents include:

-falls, trips and slips

-accidents caused by hazardous equipment and machinery

-accidents caused by equipment considered defective

-transportation vehicle and forklift accidents

-accidents caused by toxic chemicals and substances

-accidents caused by manual handling and heavy lifting

Once you have decided to make a work injury claim, in order to make it successful, you need to prove a couple of things. Some of the most important things to prove are that you are actually an employee working in the company where the accident occurred, that you have sustained an injury caused by a work accident or an accident that has affected or aggravated an already existing medical condition, that your employer showed negligence and/or incompetence and failed to comply to safety standards thus causing an accident in which you have sustained an injury and that the accident in which you suffered injuries occurred in the last three years.

Lastly, you should know that making an injury claim can be quite complicated. So, it is highly recommended that you seek the help of an expert injury lawyer.

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