What is the procedure for claiming compensation for a muscle tear at work?
When claiming compensation for a muscle tear at work, you will first need to demonstrate that the incident in which you sustained your injury came about as a result of negligence from a third party who owed you a duty of care. In legal terms ‘a duty of care’ essentially means they are at least partially responsible for your safety, for example you have a duty to other employees to observe health and safety protocols.
A muscle tear could be quite serious and therefore you are best advised to visit a doctor or solicitor as soon as possible if you have not already done so, as this will ensure that the injury you sustained is correctly diagnosed and treated.
Your doctor will record the injury you sustained in your medical history and this can be used as part of your evidence in order to support your claim for a muscle injury. When you have received adequate medical care you are advised to speak with a personal injury solicitor as they will be able to further assist if you intend to seek compensation for a work injury.
Of course in some instances the negligent party’s insurers may approach you with an early offer of compensation and in some cases this may be before you have begun the process of claiming compensation for a muscle tear at work. It is important to bear in mind that the amount of compensation for a work injury they may be offering is likely to be lower than the potential value of the claim if you pursue it further. The primary reason for this is due to the fact that insurance companies will try to limit the amount of compensation they pay out on a claim for work accident injury in return for offering an upfront compensation settlement.
You are advised to refer all such offers to a personal injury solicitor immediately, he/she will be able to calculate the potential value of your compensation claim based on the circumstances surrounding your accident. This will allow you to determine if it would be in your best interests to accept the offer or pursue it further, your solicitor will be able to provide useful assistance in this matter.
Despite the risk of being undercompensated in your claim for a muscle injury, an early offer of compensation should be welcomed as it means that the negligent party has effectively admitted liability for your injury. This will allow your solicitor to enter into negotiations with the insurers to help you receive a satisfactory settlement when claiming compensation for a muscle tear at work.