What is the work accident claims process?
The process for making a work injury compensation claim will vary from claim to claim, depending on a wide range of factors, including:
- Where the work accident occurred i.e. on company premises or elsewhere
- The seriousness of the work injury
- The long-term consequences of the work injury
- Who caused the work accident
- The degree to which the employer was at fault
Injured at work? The basic claims process is as follows:
- You instruct a solicitor to act on your behalf
- Your solicitor will arrange for an independent medical to be carried out to assess your injuries and prognosis
- Your solicitor will work with you to gather other evidence
- Your solicitor will notify your employer and their insurers of the work accident claim
- Based on an assessment of the medical and other evidence, liability will either be accepted or denied
- If liability is accepted or if the employer wishes to settle the work accident claim out of court, an amount for compensation will be negotiated and hopefully agreed
- If an agreement is reached, the compensation is paid to you
- If liability is disputed, or a final figure for compensation cannot be agreed, your work injury claim may go to court (only a very few claims do go to court)
This article is intended as a guide to offer initial tips and advice to people who have been injured at work and who are considering making a claim. Please note that this content does not constitute formal legal advice.
If you have any questions about the work injury claims process, it is strongly recommended that you contact a solicitor to find out if you have a claim and to discuss the procedure.