What you should do if you get injured at work

By Anita Jaynes on 15 December, 2022

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According to HSE, there were over 565,000 workplace injuries between 2021 and 2022, making them more common than you might think. Whether you work on an active construction site, in an office, or even at home, there can be risks to your health. Here is a rundown of what you should do if you do find yourself injured at work.

Seek medical attention

Of course, your first priority should be to seek proper medical attention as soon as possible. Your workplace should have designated first-aiders who will be able to perform basic treatment and advise you on the severity of your injury but you should also seek professional help. This may mean booking an appointment to see your GP who can treat your injury and record any details, finding your local urgent care service if you need to see a doctor right away or calling an ambulance if the injury is severe and life-threatening. 

Record and report the accident

If you do get injured at work, be sure to report it to the relevant people or someone who can do it for you, such as your manager. If the company you work for has more than 10 employees, they are legally required to record it in an accident book, so you may want to check with your manager if this has been done. If you are in the right frame of mind after your accident and able to move safely, it may be useful to take note of any witnesses that are present to corroborate your story, as well as check for any CCTV once your return from treatment for your injuries. 

Seek legal advice

There may be a multitude of reasons responsible for how you got injured from human error at the hands of another to poor workplace health and safety and unsafe workplace processes. As such, you may find that you are able to make a claim which can help with the costs of treatment and care for your workplace-induced injuries.

If you do want to see if you can make a claim, it is best to get legal advice as soon as possible as there may be time limits. The process can also be long in some cases.

What to do if you can’t work

Some injuries may leave you unable to work so you should check your employment contract to see if you can get ‘contractual sick pay’ from your employer and if you have access to medical care or an employee assistance helpline.

If you are an employee or agency worker you may be entitled to statutory sick pay for up to 28 weeks, but if you aren’t you may be able to claim Universal Credit or another benefit to help with your living costs.