Rights of a Worker In A Workplace Accident

Rights of a Worker In A Workplace Accident

When employees report for work, they assume that they are safe from any harm or injury. In general, employers have the responsibility to ensure the safety of their promises and working conditions for their workers. When companies fail on this responsibility, employees have valid grounds for suing their employers. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, injuries can have a huge impact on their workers not only physically but financially as well.

When you get injured in your workplace, you have legal rights that you can exercise to make your employer liable for the injuries you incur. While they may vary from one state to another, there are a number of rights that is common in majority of states.

  • You have the right to claim workers compensation for injuries or illnesses in a court
  • It is your right to consult a doctor and seek medical treatment
  • If cleared to return to work, you have the right to return to your job
  • If temporary or permanent disability keeps you from returning to work, you have the right to be paid disability benefits
  • If you do not agree with any decision by your employer, its insurance company, or the court, you have the right to appeal the decision
  • You have the right to an attorney who will represent you in court

Your employer is required by law to report any accidents or injuries, no matter how minor it is. They should record such in an accident book. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) requires your employer to report workplace accidents. On your part, you need to ensure that such is reported correctly.

Aside from reporting injuries, your employer also has the responsibility to conduct a risk assessment and ensure the health and safety of their employees. As an employee, you will be entitled to receive compensation which includes:

Sick Pay

Your injury or illness would cause you to be absent from work so you have the right to be paid Sick Pay. Aside from that, your employer may have a payment scheme for additional benefits due to accidents or may pay extra depending on the accident.


If you think that your employer can be held liable for your injury or illness, you can file a personal injury claim. You need to file it within three years after the date of the accident or you will not be able to recover anything beyond that.

Knowing your rights during a workplace accident can help you recover potential lost income due to your accident or injury.


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