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Becoming injured at work is not an enjoyable experience. It will involve a lot of pain, aggro and sorting out the books afterward. The definition of a personal injury is any physical, psychological disease or injury which is caused directly by activities during work.

You need to protect your rights after a construction injury or general work injury because if you don’t you will not get any compensation for the suffering you go through. Whatever it is that you intend to do about your personal injury, you will need to think about the following:

Report it to your insurer

Report it to your doctor

Gather evidence about the accident you had

Try and photograph the scene

Record it in the accident book

Making a complaint

If you have suffered an injury or illness due to work, you will have the right to complain, and from that, you may get a formal apology from your employer and an explanation of what went wrong to cause the injury to you. Complaints procedures are however a long process and in the end, you may still only get an apology, it may hinder your chances of fighting for compensation.

If you do want to make a complaint, these are the bodies you can complain to:

Government
Local Authority
Your Employer
The Police
Your School
Your Hospital

Compensation

Compensation is a broad term, and there are a few different ways you can approach getting compensation from your employer for the injuries you have sustained. First of all, you can use a claims assessor, you can go to court, and you can even go through a criminal compensation order.

The amount of compensation you will be able to gain from an injury will depend on the severity and the fault which lies with your employer. There are two main types of compensation you can claim for.

General damages –  general damage is the compensation you will receive to cover the cost of your injuries and your suffering. This money will be paid to you by the employer and the amount is decided by the court.

Special damages –  these damages are paid to represent what you have lost financially due to an accident. This can include your car, your home or your other possessions being damaged due to an accident. You will also be compensated for travel and medical costs.

When you receive compensation for an injury, the court will take into account whether any part of the accident was your fault. This will, of course, reduce the amount of compensation you are able to receive. Another factor which may reduce your compensation is whether or not you have been receiving any benefits during your time being injured. The cost of this will be paid back as a chunk of your compensation.

Time limits

As with any type of claim you may put forward, there is always a time limit to making a personal injury claim. You will need to, therefore, make sure you take legal action almost immediately after your accident. Usually the time limit is three years, but of course, you will want to get your claim pushed through earlier in order to get the compensation that you deserve.

Paying for legal action

If you do decide to take action when you have an injury, you will need to bear in mind that it will not be cheap to do. However, you may be able to get some help with your bills if you make a conditional fee agreement before starting proceedings, or you have an insurance policy already to protect you.

Conditional fee agreement

A conditional fee agreement is when your solicitor receives no funds if you lose. You may have seen it advertised as a no win, no fee policy. However, it does mean that if you lose, you will have to pay legal fees to the other side. This may seem unfair but if you win. They have to pay for yours.

If you have had an injury either out and about or in the workplace, you will want to make sure that you protect yourself and take action as soon as you can. You can make a complaint and then claim for the compensation you deserve for the suffering and pain which has been given to you by the accident in question. Always make sure to research your options thoroughly and choose the best lawyer for your case. Hopefully, you will get through the case in a breeze and earn what you deserve.