I recently suffered severe back strain after bending down to pick up some items at work, the injury has left me immobile, am I eligible to make a compensation claim for a back injury at work in Tesco?
The circumstances surrounding your injury, the effect it has on your personal life and the severity of the injury are all factors that can affect a claim for a back injury at work in Tesco. You will have to demonstrate that Tesco were liable for your injury in order to successfully make a compensation claim.
You will first need to establish the extent of the injury you have suffered; a strain injury could be due to ligament damage which can have a major impact on your health if left untreated. It could also be the case that your injury developed over time rather than at the precise moment you became aware of the injury.
A trip to your local GP or Accident and Emergency is recommended in order to protect your health and ensure the negligent party’s insurers cannot allege your injury was not serious enough to seek immediate medical attention.
Tesco has a duty of care for all employees and that includes providing them with a safe working environment and educating them in safe work practices, you should discuss this with a work injury solicitor as it could impact your claim for a back injury at work in Tesco.
You should gather contact details of people who saw your accident as well as any CCTV footage of the incident. It is also recommended that you take photographs of the scene. Once you have completed these steps it would be worthwhile recording the incident in the Tesco ‘Accident Report Book’ but please bear in mind you are under no obligation to mention who you believe was at fault for your accident in the report.
You may be approached at this early stage by Tesco’s insurance company with a direct offer of compensation, especially if they have been able to view CCTV footage of the accident. You must be careful in this instance as the insurance company will not have your best interests at heart and their primary objective will be limiting the amount of compensation they pay out.
Any unsolicited offers should be referred to a work injury solicitor as they will be able to advise you on the potential amount of compensation you are entitled to. While it may be tempting to accept an upfront offer of compensation, particularly if your short-term finances are in a precarious position, you are advised to wait and act on your solicitor’s advice; they may be able to apply for interim compensation payments until your claim is settled. If you decide to pursue your claim for a back injury at work in Tesco, your solicitor will then enter into negotiations with the insurance company and if that proves unsuccessful, they will initiate court proceedings subject to your approval.