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Tips for Dealing with Employer Negligence

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If you’ve been injured or emotionally traumatised by a workplace incident for which your employer was at fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Nobody likes to have to take legal action, but if you’ve been severely disadvantaged by an incident, you may need financial help to get by while you recover.

Legal issues and jargon can be hard to wade through so you will most likely need to find professional legal support. There are things you can do before you reach that point though. The key to getting the money you’re owed is to be prepared and know what you’re getting yourself in for, this simple guide should help!

Identify What Happened and Why

When something bad happens in the workplace, it can be quite a shock to deal with. And the first thing that comes into your mind isn’t necessarily issues of culpability. It’s vital to try to think about why what happened, happened though. Unless you can identify these things and think them through clearly, you have no chance of making a successful claim.

If your accident happened because of something your employer did or didn’t do, you would have the right to make a claim for compensation. This could mean they forgot to give you adequate safety equipment or asked you to do a job or task you’re not qualified to do.

Look for Proof of Employer Negligence

To make a claim, you need proof that your employer has been negligent. That’s not always an easy thing to do though. To prove negligence, you must show that your employer had a specific duty that they then breached, causing your accident to occur.

There are 4 main types of employer negligence. The are negligent hiring, negligent retention, negligent training and negligent supervision. They’re pretty self-explanatory. If your accident occurred because of your employer’s lack of provisions or equipment you will most likely need to look at the last two I listed. (more…)