Office Work Injury Claims
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Office Accident Claims
When you think of people injuring themselves at work, you may picture a manufacturing or building environment. However, there are many types of office accidents that are equally impactful; it doesn’t matter where you work, because your employer has a legal and moral duty to ensure you are safe from office accidents wherever you are. Furthermore, the equipment you use shouldn’t pose a threat to your health or wellbeing, and your employer is required to provide training, so you can perform your job without suffering injuries in the office.
Office accident claims require a specialist, and The Compensation Experts regularly assist people who suffer accidents in the office. So, discover whether you’re eligible for an office accident claim today.
What is an Office Work Injury Claim?
We work with personal injury solicitors who have helped clients suffering from some of the most common office injuries. Examples of accidents in the office include:
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Cuts, sprains, and fractures from falling on wet floors
- Trips, slips and falls from loose carpet or flooring
- Back or neck strain from lifting a heavy object incorrectly, or without the correct equipment
- Eye strain from staring at a VDU or laptop screen
- Being struck by falling objects
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Electric shocks for faulty equipment
While office workers should take reasonable care to avoid some of the most common office injuries, employers also need to take any necessary measure to make the working environment safe and protect employees from office accidents.
An example of a successful office accident claim
We have a worker with an existing back condition, which was made known to their employer at the time of hiring. Despite several requests from the employee, however, the employer failed to undertake a risk assessment of the worker’s station which was poorly set up for their needs. This left the worker susceptible to injuries in the office.
As a result, the employee’s conditioned worsened to the point where they were unable to sit without pain. After initially refusing liability, the employer later accepted responsibility, and the office accident claim was settled out of court.
Claiming Against Your Employer for an Office Accident
It can be difficult and uncomfortable to consider making a claim against your employer, especially if you socialise with them after work.
However, employers must take out ‘employer’s liability insurance’ to cover the costs of any claims made against them, meaning your compensation will be paid by their insurance company.
So please don’t be put off claiming as your employer won’t have to pay your compensation personally.
They also can’t make you redundant or treat you any differently because you made an office accident claim. If this did happen, it’s against the law and would be classed as ‘unfair dismissal’.
An accident at work claim can serve to highlight safety risks in the office, and could help to improve safety for everyone who works there.
Employers should regularly risk assess the office working environment. In fact, risk assessment is a legal requirement, and if the organisation employs five or more people, any significant findings must be recorded.
Compensation Claims for Office Injuries
There are two main stages to all potential office accident claims:
- You are required to prove the nature and extent of your office injuries. This may be a simple case of obtaining your medical records and the information from your employer’s accident log, or it may require an assessment by an independent medical expert to demonstrate the impact it has on your life now and how your future will be affected.
- For any office accident claim, you will have to prove that another party was responsible for your injury and that it was not an unavoidable or unforeseeable occurrence or a matter of chance. Once you have spoken with an agent at The Compensation Experts, and they have determined whether you have grounds to make an office accident claim, you will be matched with one of the select group of office injury solicitors with whom we work.
The solicitors we work with all offer no win no fee agreements so you don’t have to pay a penny in legal fees if your office accident claim is not successful. Not only does this eliminate the need for paying anything upfront, but it also takes away the risk that you’ll be out of pocket at the end.
Typically, customers pay 25% including VAT of the compensation amount that is recovered by our third-party law firms, although this is subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be more or less than this. For example, you may be required to pay an additional fee for other costs such as after-the-event (ATE) insurance. Termination fees may apply.
We are happy to call you back at a time convenient for you, to discuss your injuries in the office, so contact The Compensation Experts today.
*Please know that for such claims, certain conditions may apply. Refer to details regarding this at the bottom of the page.
How to avoid office accidents
Office hazards can be easily identified and avoided. Here are some examples of the most common and how they can be dealt with.
Slips and trips – Staff and visitors may be injured if they trip over objects or slip on spillages. Safety checklist:
- Maintain good housekeeping
- Keep all areas well lit, including stairs
- Ensure no trailing leads or cables
- Keep work areas clear, e.g. deliveries stored straight away
- Clean offices every day
Manual handling – Staff risk injuries or back pain from handling heavy/awkward objects, e.g., deliveries of paper. Safety checklist:
- Use a trolley to move boxes and other heavy items
- Use high shelves for light objects only
- Remind your people that they should not try to move items that are too heavy to manage
Display screen equipment – Staff risk posture problems and pain, discomfort, or injuries, e.g. to their hands/arms, from overuse or improper use or from poorly designed work areas. Safety checklist:
- Conduct training and assessments of workstation for all new starters
- Conduct reassessments after any change to work feature such as equipment, furniture, or the work environment, including lighting
- Arrange work areas to avoid glare and reflections on the screen and encourage good posture
- Where workstations are shared, assess for all users
- Ensure lighting and temperature are suitably controlled
- Supply adjustable window blinds to control natural light on screen
- Provide eye tests
Working at height – Falling from any height can cause fractures, sprains, and bruising. Safety checklist:
- Supply a suitable stepladder and show staff how to use it safely.
- Ensure internal windows are cleaned by a reputable contractor using a stepladder
Electrical – Faulty electrical equipment can cause electrical shocks or burns and can also lead to fires. Safety checklist:
- Train your people to find and report defective plugs, sockets, or damaged cables or equipment
- Replace defective equipment promptly
- Do not allow staff to bring in their own appliances, toasters, fans etc
- Carry out electrical installation safety checks
Asbestos – Some partition walls have Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs). However, there is only a risk if asbestos fibres are released into the atmosphere and breathed in. Maintenance workers are most at risk. Safety checklist:
- Put systems in place to make sure anyone who might disturb the asbestos, knows where it is and deal with it appropriately
- Ensure partition walls are in good condition
- Provide ‘Danger, asbestos, do not disturb’ signs at partition walls
- Tell staff to report any accidental damage at once
- Check the condition of partition walls periodically
Fire – If trapped, staff could suffer fatal injuries from smoke inhalation/ burns. Safety checklist:
- Conduct a fire risk assessment
- Ensure the actions found are done
Get in touch and talk to us about office accidents and injuries
At the Compensation Experts, we work with specialist personal injury law firms, with years of experience in handling cases and getting compensation for injured people. If you have a specific claim relating to an accident in the office, contact us today and start the process of getting fair compensation for your work injury.
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered injuries in the office within the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, you will be eligible for compensation. Exceptions to this include industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident. In each case, you may have a longer period to claim.Find out more
How much could I claim?
There are numerous types of office accidents, so the amount of compensation paid out often differs case to case. Factors that contribute to the final figure include extent of your office injuries, earnings missed out on, and future losses.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much compensation you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making office accident claims, it’s important to know what to expect. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and notify the negligent party that you wish to begin office accident claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.