First Step - Gathering Evidence About The Accident
We would always suggest speaking to a solicitor as soon after the accident as possible, who can advise you on what steps you should take. We provide initial advice for free and if you decide to use our services, to help you with your accident at work personal injury claim, we would normally offer to work under a conditional fee agreement which may be supported by Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI). Firstly we will find out as much detail about your accident as possible.
These are the types of question we will ask you:
- When and how did the accident happen and what injuries did you suffer?
- Was the accident logged or recorded in an Accident book or other document?
- Were there any witnesses to the accident?
- Did you discuss the accident with other people? If so who?
- Have any similar accidents happened before in your workplace?
- Do you have any photos or drawings of what happened?
- Have you seen a doctor about your injuries?
- Have any external agencies been involved (Health & Safety Executive, trade union etc)
If the accident was not recorded and there were no witnesses, it is vital you notify your employer as soon after the event as possible and if you are unable to, then ask another person to do it for you. It is also important to remember that in most cases you can only pursue a personal injury claim within 3 years of the accident or from the time you realised you had sustained injuries from the accident. In reality this means you must have “issued proceedings” with the court within 3 years to be allowed to pursue your claim. For Under 18’s who have suffered an injury, it must be done within 3 years of their 18th birthday. Only in exceptional circumstances can this time limitation be lifted and we would advise talking to us if this applies to you.