I’ve had an office accident at work
It is a common misconception how dangerous an office can actually be, particularly when having a comparison to other workplaces like factories and construction sites. But it is actually common for an office accident to occur and leave the victim with life-changing injuries.
When spending every day in the same office it is natural to feel safe and almost as comfortable as you do at home. This can lead to a greater state of shock if you sustain an injury in the workplace and can lead to a harder time coping with what has happened.
If you’re unsure if your injury was your own fault then call or legal advice team on 08000 250 250 or fill out our online form, we can tell you in minutes if you’d be eligible to claim. Your employer owes their employees a duty of care and if they have neglected this duty, it is likely the accident wasn’t your fault.
Health and safety rules are in place and should be strictly followed by your employer, these rules include:
- Providing correct training
- Ensuring you have the correct equipment
- Making sure there are no hazards that can cause slips, trips or falls
Why should I claim compensation?
A lot of office injuries will cause the sufferer to take time off work in order to recover. During this time they may receive reduced pay that may cause them to feel pressured into going back to work sooner or even find another job altogether.
Being involved in an accident is a shocking ordeal if you have been in an office accident, not only will you have to deal with the physical pain but you may also notice changes to how you feel psychologically as well.
We know compensation will not reverse everything that has happened, but it can go towards helping you get a bit of normality back and take away some of the stresses caused financially by the accident.
Compensation can help you adjust to the impact of your injuries, support your family by helping pay the bills, or even help pay for medication, treatment or rehabilitation.
Call our team today on 08000 250 250 or fill out our online form to find out how claiming compensation could help you cover your losses by claiming them back alongside your claim, our friendly legal team is happy to help, advise and support you on a no-obligation basis and if you decide you want to make a claim we can get everything set up in one phone call.
But if I make a claim, won’t my employer have to pay?
If you’re feeling uncomfortable or embarrassed about pursuing a compensation claim against your employer, maybe because you’re also friends outside of the office, then don’t worry, your employer won’t pay out of their own pocket.
It is a requirement for employers to take out “employers liability insurance” to ensure the costs of any claims made against them are covered, therefore, your compensation will not be paid directly by your employer, it will be paid by the company providing the policy.
A common worry amongst people claiming due to an accident at work is how they will be treated by their employer after they have made their claim. It is actually illegal for your employer to dismiss or discipline you or even treat you differently due to pursuing your legal right. However, if in the unlikely event you are to be dismissed then you will have a legal right to take action against your employer.
Not only will pursuing your compensation claim get you what you deserve after your accident but it will also highlight safety issues in your workplace. As a result, the changes made by your employer will improve the safety for you and your colleagues around the workplace.
What are the types of office accidents?
There are a large number of ways an office injury can occur, so even though it seems unlikely there are many hazards that can cause an injury.
Some of the most commonly known causes of office accident injuries are:
- Faulty equipment, it is an employer’s duty to ensure all equipment is properly maintained, regularly checked and safe for use
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI), caused by repeated movements that cause pain to muscle, tendons and nerves. RSI is a very common office injury
To avoid RSI your employer needs to ensure your workstation is set up properly, including providing a comfortable chair, a properly working and adjustable monitor and the correct type of keyboard and mouse.
- Slips, trips and falls commonly caused by untidy cables or file/objects that have been left around the office
If you haven’t suffered from any of the above then that doesn’t mean you cannot claim, although these are the more common types there are many ways an injury can be sustained in an office, so if you have had an accident that isn’t your fault then it is likely that we can help you, call our team on 08000 250 250 or fill out our online form to find out how.
I want to make a claim, but how do I know if I’m eligible?
Knowing who is at fault for an office accident can be difficult, however, generally you could be eligible to claim if:
- Your accident/diagnosis date was in the last 3 years
- Someone else was at fault
- As a result of the accident, you were injured
Contacting our legal advice team can go along the way to helping you, not only find out your eligibility but setting up your claim as well. In one phone call we can advise if you have a claim and as long as you are happy to proceed, we can get your claim up and running today on a No Win No Fee basis.
It is important for us to ensure you are comfortable and happy with our service, that’s why we never apply any pressure and speak with you on a no-obligation basis.
How will I be able to pay for my claim?
We know that an accident at work can mean time off and financial strains, but don’t worry making a claim doesn’t have to be another financial stress.
Our solicitors can work on a No Win No Fee basis this means you will not have to worry about paying upfront for your legal fees. It also means if our solicitors take your case on under a No Win No Fee agreement (also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA)) and you don’t win any compensation you will not owe them any fee, there are no hidden terms and/or conditions, just simply, if you do not win your case you do not pay a fee.