What evidence can I use for an accident at work claim in Scotland?
If you have been injured in an accident at work in Scotland, you may wish to claim compensation for your pain and suffering. In order to build a successful case, your personal injury solicitor will benefit from having as much evidence about the incident as possible. If you aren’t sure what constitutes “evidence”, not to worry – our accident at work solicitors have listed some of the most important pieces of evidence that you can use as part of your personal injury claim.
If you are involved in an accident, our solicitors always recommend visiting your GP for a check-up. Some medical symptoms may not be immediately noticeable to you, and having a professional’s opinion can help in an early recovery. And, by visiting a medical professional, you will have access to a record of your injuries as provided by your GP – which will be helpful in assessing how much compensation you may be entitled to.
If possible, try to obtain CCTV footage of your accident at work. Having this footage will allow for a clearer view of how the accident happened and can help your solicitor when they are building your case. Having CCTV footage of the incident is especially important if there were no witnesses and can be central to determining who is at fault for the accident.
If there are any witnesses to your workplace accident, take a record of their contact details. They will be able to give an account of how the situation unfolded, perhaps from perspectives, which may prove helpful in building evidence for your case.
Accident book report
An accident book is a document used by employers and employees to record workplace accidents, and any injuries resulting from these incidents. According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), fatal accidents, dangerous occurrences and accidents resulting in serious injury or injury requiring medical treatment must be reported to the appropriate authoritative body immediately, in accordance with the procedure outlined by RIDDOR, the law associated with the reporting of accidents in the workplace. If you have been injured in an accident at work in Scotland, you can request a copy of the accident book report to use as evidence in your case.
Evidence of financial loss
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be required to take time off from work, resulting in loss of earnings. You can include any lost wages, current or future, in your compensation claim. However, it’s important to include other financial losses in your compensation claim, too. If you are required to travel to the hospital for treatment, for example, keep your travel expense receipts, as you can seek reimbursement for this as part of your claim. You can also seek compensation if you have had to make any alterations to your home to suit your needs as a result of your injury.
Photographic evidence of the scene
Having photographic evidence of the scene can prove helpful, especially if you cannot get hold of CCTV footage. If you are unable to photograph the scene, be sure to request photo evidence from your colleagues or workplace supervisors.
How can I start my accident at work claim in Scotland?
At Watermans, our solicitors are experts in handling accident at work claims in Scotland. We help you to get your life back on track after your accident, by handling all aspects of your claim on your behalf. For straightforward legal advice, contact our dedicated team today by filling out the form below, or calling us on 0131 555 7055.