Accidents at work

What to Do Following an Accident at Work*

People often brush off accidents at work, through fear or because they don’t want to appear in any way difficult. Sometimes the effects of a workplace accident don’t materialise until after the event. Often people experience long term pain as a result of a workplace accident. It’s always important to take workplace injury seriously. In fact your employer will usually want to know about such an accident too. In some cases, the accident may be as a result of your employer’s negligence.

Whatever the circumstances, there are some things you should do immediately after an accident at your job.

  • Seek medical attention as your first course of action.

  • Tell your employer about the accident immediately, while letting them know that you are seeking medical attention. Medical attention is a priority. If you find yourself in a position where you need to take legal recourse, you have to make sure that you took your injury seriously, especially if you wish others to do so also.

  • A lot of employers will face up to their responsibilities at an early stage and provide adequate training to prevent workplace accidents.
  • Some employers may ask you to admit liability. It is important not to admit liability.

  • Contact your solicitor at the earliest stage for advice on your legal options. At Howell & Co., we find that the earlier our clients contact us after an accident, the better their recollection of events.

It is the duty of any employer to make sure that their staff are protected. That means that equipment should be properly serviced, that there are no hazards in the office or on the factory floor. Buildings should be safe and workers should expect to be able to carry out their work after full training is provided and where safety is a given. 

It can be a difficult decision to seek legal advice after an accident at work, as some people feel wary about complaining, but it’s important to remember that addressing accidents at work properly, can also mean better safety in the future for everyone.

If you’ve experienced a workplace accident and you wish to take legal advice, contact us and we will be happy to discuss your case with you.

Call our Solicitors for confidential advice about your accident at 01-4030777 or send an email to

*In contentious Business, a Solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.

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