Mangled limbs, a ruptured spine and the hollow sweat of pain corroding the air – it’s not exactly what anyone’s looking for during their nine to five.
Yet it’s exactly what they’ll get if they work in a shoddily maintained workplace. When a business premises is harbouring ageing machines, pothole-ridden floors and the kind of disregard for staff usually employed by sweatshop owners, it’s time to put them bang to rights.
Many of these head honchoes will play the sympathy game with employees to stop themselves being ratted out. They’ll claim to be strapped for cash or unaware of changing tech.
Less sympathetic bosses will simply threaten their staff with firings should they query the safety of their workplace.
The real dangers in a workplace
According to the Health and Safety Executive, 142 workers were killed on the job during 2013/14, while 78,000 suffered serious injuries.
If you’re working in a poorly kept workplace, chances are you’ll face some form of accident. And there’s only one viable option to help you out.
It’s time to make a call.
You’ve probably seen those low rent ads on the telly – they begin with a suited and booted Don Draper tribute act wandering onto a soundstage, where another person is clutching their leg, rolling along the floor like Ronaldinho theatrically begging for a free kick.
“Have YOU had an accident in YOUR workplace?” the suited man will bellow, while a phone number flashes on screen.
And if you have, these are the guys to contact. They’ll get the gears of your injury at work claim grinding, and help you gain the money you deserve.
The legal process
To begin the process, you’ll have to detail the nature of your accident, warts and all. This can be an uncomfortable process, but it’s vital to find out if your case has a leg to stand on.
Next up, it’s time to help your legal representation Sherlock it up and gather evidence.
But you won’t need a magnifying glass anytime soon. CCTV footage, safety records, witness statements and medical reports will be more than enough to make your employer cough up some cash.
After this stage, the process of making a claim will largely fall down to your representation. If you’ve chosen wisely, you’ll be in safe hands.
Making a claim isn’t just about cold hard cash. Without the claims process, how else would we curb bad bosses?
So perform your civic duty if you’ve had an accident – you know where to call.