It is not possible to protect employees from all the potential hazards that may befall them, but there is a basic level of diligence required to reduce the risk of accidents occurring. If an accident has taken place it is important to understand your responsibility and the responsibility of the employer.
No one plans on being a victim of an accident, therefore some people are unaware of the actions they have to undertake if the injury resulted was due to the employer’s negligence. Generally it is only after time has passed that the victim realises the injury is affecting their life more than they thought it would, and at this point they start to research their rights for compensation. However, the further away from the time of the accident the more difficult it can be to win the process, due to the inability to gather required evidence.
Although most of the solicitors act upon ‘no win no fee’, it may be a waste of time and can be a traumatic experience to go through the process if there is not enough proof. To ensure your chance of winning the case is improved, once the incident has happened start looking around for witnesses. Of course, to even start considering making a claim you have to be completely sure of what happened. Your uncertainty about what caused the injury diminishes your chances of winning. It is not enough to say “there was likely spilled water on the floor”, you actually have to prove, on balance, that there was water on the floor.
If you have been involved in an accident and are unsure whether or not you have a claim please do not hesitate to contact one of our expert Personal Injury Solicitors for free chat to discuss whether or not you have a claim for compensation.