An accident at work can put you and your family in a difficult position. First, you may require time away from work, which could result in lost income as you find that your employer is unresponsive to your situation and that you are pressured into taking unpaid leave.
While you are recuperating, you may not be in a positive state of mind, meaning that you comply with demands to take unpaid leave in an effort to at least try to ensure that your position remains open to you upon your recovery.
All of this can be difficult to navigate, and can mean that your thoughts turn to your legalities (for example, you could begin to search things like “Can I claim for a fall at work?” and/or “What is the most common accident on a construction site?”).
Whatever your situation, it may be worth your while checking out some of the main types of personal injury claims in the workplace, so that you can see how other people like you have brought claims for personal injury compensation in the past.
Who Can Claim for an Injury at Work?
Depending on your line of work, there are many different types of common workplace injuries that could mean you are eligible to bring a claim for personal injury compensation.
Common types of workplace injury include:
- Struck by an unsecured falling object
- Slip, trip, or fall that was not your fault
- Injuries resulting from insufficient training
- Injuries resulting from noxious or toxic substances
- Negligence on behalf of line managers or co-workers
- Injuries resulting from dangerous workplace procedures
- Injuries sustained from criminal assault in the workplace
- Injuries resulting from poorly maintained or faulty equipment
- Long-term industrial injuries (e.g. vibration white finger or mesothelioma)
What is perhaps important to remember is that your employer is under no immediate obligation to offer support and financial compensation. Although the initial conversations with your superiors may seem to suggest that the company holds an interest in ‘doing the right thing’, what all too often comes to pass is a reluctance to continue the conversation where not pressured into doing so by a lawyer.
This is why you should always speak to a personal injury lawyer. But what are the time limitations to begin your claim?
You Must Begin Your Claim Within 3 Years of Your Injury
In the initial stages of your recovery, you may not feel up to speaking to a lawyer. This is understandable, and many lawyers are accustomed to speaking to clients about claims that are weeks, months, and sometimes years old.
But remember, in most cases, you must file your claim within three years of the date of your injury.