You’ve got to stay in peak physical condition to face the nine-to-five grind. Your body is a temple, so you’ll have to keep it optimal to ensure that work doesn’t tear that temple down.
You’ve juiced everyday, hit the gym more often than Schwarzenegger, filled your diet with superfoods and ensured that your journey to work takes the form of a healthy bike ride.
But no matter how careful you are to stay in your prime, the cruel hand of fate can put a stop on your health with a shrug of its shoulders.
Just imagine – you’re at work, ambling through your daily tasks, when disaster strikes. You trip over a misplaced wire and crack your skull on the concrete flooring.
And whose fault is this accident? Chances are blame lies at the door of your employer.
The impact of an accident
According to government figures, 1.2 million people are absent due to work-related illnesses every year. And a large amount of these absences stem from a poorly maintained workplace.
What’s worse, an accident in the workplace could leave you out of pocket. After four days sickness, for instance, an employer is well within their rights to give you statutory sick pay, which amounts to a measly £81 per week.
All this will eventually cripple your finances. Without income you’ll find yourself struggling.
So it’s time to blame the source of your discontent – your employer.
They might have allowed you to work in a shoddy workplace, kept machinery that wasn’t up to code or failed to give you the appropriate safety equipment. Whatever the reason, you can’t allow them to get away with it.
Thankfully, there are people you can call. You’ve probably seen them in ads on the telly, bellowing “Have YOU had an accident at your workplace?” in a tone that could chasten a rabid bulldog.
These are personal injury solicitors – and they can rescue your finances.
The legal wheels in motion
So what do you have to do to set the claims process in motion?
First off, pick up the phone. A call to one of these accident professionals will put you through to a solicitor who will listen to your case. Describing an accident can be uncomfortable, but the knowledge that you’re speaking to a professional should put your mind at rest.
If your case has momentum, then it’s time to don your Columbo overcoat and gather evidence. CCTV footage, medical reports, doctor’s appraisals, safety records of the building your accident occurred in, and pretty much anything else can be the linchpin of your case. So be thorough.
After this the case will largely be in the hands of your representation. If they win, you’ll cover their legal fees. The rest of the cash will be yours, allowing you to cover the losses you’ve suffered from your injury.
So prepare for the worst – know what to do when you suffer an accident at work.