Workplaces are required to provide a safe environment for its workers. This includes a duty to provide competent staff and adequate equipment. The concept of a safe system of work is not restricted to providing proper functioning equipment; it extends to providing adequate training and supervision of employees where that is necessary for a safe working environment. The employer is required to give notices and warnings to its employees regarding the ways in which to work safely, highlighting dangers and conduct that they should refrain from in order to maintain safety.
However, accidents do happen on the job and an employee who is injured would require medical attention. In which case, some form of workplace compensation (usually monetary) would be given – usually to help offset medical expenses and all other expenses that occurs when an individual is unable to work.
The following are three things to remember if you are injured on the job:
- Accident Report
You should first make an accident report. This report should be made to your supervisor or manger on the job. In this report, you should state that you were injured while completing a specific task for the workplace. Even if you sustain a minor injury, be sure to report it!
- Doctor’s visit
After your report has been made, head straight to the doctor so that a thorough examination can be conducted. The medical doctor will be able to tell you the extent of the injury you incurred and the recovery time for said injury. Ensure you keep all medical expense receipts and all receipts related to medications purchased. When you are claiming for compensation, the court will take note of what you have spent.
- Consult with a Lawyer
You should speak to a lawyer with experience in personal injury matters. Your lawyer will gather all the details from you about your accident and will advise you on how to proceed with your claim after reviewing your case.
Abi-Gaye White-Thomas B.A., LL.B (Hons)