The last thing you expect to happen while at work is being injured. This could be especially true if you work in an office. There might not be immediately apparent hazards in an office space, but office workplace accidents could happen. If you work in an office and you’ve suffered an injury, and you can prove it only happened because your employer breached their duty of care, you could be entitled to make an office workplace accident claim.
Claiming against your employer can be a worrying notion for anybody. If you believe you could be owed compensation for a workplace injury, but you’re afraid of the potential repercussions for seeking it, this guide aims to ease these worries. This guide shall cover what accidents could happen within an office. It shall also cover compensation settlements, and how two Heads of Loss will make up a payout. We look very closely at your employer’s responsibilities and what legislation is there to protect your well being at work. We conclude the guide by looking at how if you decide to work with a solicitor how a No Win No Fee agreement may be beneficial to you.
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- A Guide To Office Workplace Accident Claims
- Calculating Settlements For Office Workplace Accidents
- How Are Special Damages Calculated?
- What Are Office Accidents?
- What Is Office Health And Safety?
- Common Types Of Office Workplace Accidents
- Common Causes Of Office Workplace Accidents
- What Health And Safety Duty Of Care Do Employers Have?
- Home Office Accident Claims
- No Win No Fee Office Workplace Accident Claims
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Nobody likes to be injured. But if you were injured during an accident that was not your fault, and that accident happened in your place of work, you may be eligible to pursue a workplace accident claim. It’s important to note that it must be done within 3 years if you plan to do so. The time limit begins from either the date you sustained your injury or the date of knowledge. However, there are exceptions. Please call our team for more information.
In this article, we shall examine office workplace accidents, how they may happen and why you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. In addition, we offer advice on how a claim for compensation could be calculated, and why you may need to claim for special damages as well as general damages. We look closely at why No Win No Fee solicitors may be a good option for you if you decide to use legal representation for your case. However, if there is anything you’d like to know more about, or you’re interested in general free legal advice, get in touch with our team today. We are eager to take your call.
Suppose you’ve decided to pursue an office workplace injury claim. In that case, you may be curious about how much compensation you could be owed, and your curiosity may lead you to seek out work accident claims calculators online. However, instead of producing a compensation calculator, we have decided to use the table below.
Personal injury claims are unique to the claimant. Although injuries may seem similar people deal with pain and suffering differently. Also, a claimant’s personal circumstances could be entirely different from another. This is why we recommend giving our team a call. We could take into account your injury along with your circumstances and offer a more accurate estimate.
We have provided a table containing some injuries and bracket amounts. These figures are based on recommendations made by the Judicial College Guideline:
|Moderate Brain Damage (ii)||£85,150 - £140,870||In cases where there is a modest to moderate deficit to intellect. The person's ability to work would be removed or greatly reduced, and there would be some risk of the development of epilepsy.|
|Minor eye injuries||£3,710 - £8,200||Exposure to smoke and fumes, being struck or splashed by liquid could be included here. The injury would cause some initial pain and vision interference.|
|Loss of hearing in one ear||£29,380 - £42,730||If there are issues such as headaches, tinnitus or dizziness, awards could be nearer the top end of this bracket.|
|Hernia||£13,970 - £22,680||There would be continuing pain, and an effect on the person's ability to perform sport or work activities.|
|Minor neck injuries||£2,300 - £4,080||Full recovery would take place within 3 months to 1 year.|
|Minor back injury||£7,410 - £11,730||No surgery would be required and a full recovery effected within 2-5 years. Some nuisance level symptoms could remain.|
|Serious hand injuries||£27,220 - £58,100||The hand's function would be reduced by almost half.|
|Moderate leg injuries||£26,050 - £36,790||Multiple fractures or complex fractures to one limb. Awards would be calculated based on the extent of treatment, the impact on the person's employment, any muscle wasting and knee instability.|
If you’d like further details on the amount of compensation you could be owed, or about how we could value your claim, give our team a call today.
When it comes to calculating how much your claim could be worth, there are two heads of compensation you could seek. These are known as general damages and special damages. General damages aim to cover any physical or mental anguish you sustained because of your injury.
Special damages aim to reimburse any out-of-expenses you may have incurred due to your injury. Private physiotherapy sessions, use of public transport, home adaptations, the hiring of personal care, or getting help from friends and family; these are all costs that could be won back for you.
To give yourself the best possible chance of being awarded special damages, you must have evidence. Receipts and invoices that prove exactly how much you’ve spent and why could go a long way in helping you win the maximum amount of compensation.
To discuss any of the above further or for general free legal advice, give our team a call today.
An office accident is any type of accident that can happen in an office environment to put it simply. This could include:
- Being burned or electrocuted by faulty office equipment.
- Slipping, tripping or falling over wires or general hazards left on the floor and/or in walkways.
- Being hit by a heavy falling object.
- Carrying heavy items without the correct manual handling training.
- Cuts and lacerations from defective office equipment.
And many more. If you were injured by any of the above while working in an office, and you can prove it happened because your employer breached their duty of care, get in touch with us today. If you were injured during a scenario not listed above, do not fret. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to anyone wishing to know more about personal injury claims.
Overall, offices are generally seen as low risks environments in comparison to other places of work. However, there still are many opportunities for potential risks of injury or ill-health. Latest government Health and Saftey statistics show that 693,000 people sustained an injury at work during 2019/2020, with 65,427 of those injuries being serious enough to be reported under RIDDOR.
To reduce the number of potential hazards in an office environment, an employer needs to carry out regular risk assessments. Trailing leads, space constraints, wet floors, electrical equipment; these are all physical hazards which could arise if not sufficiently monitored. There are also health hazards, such as stress and various ergonomic factors.
Office Risk Assessments
There are several ways an employer can ensure that their employers are kept reasonably safe from the risk of injury. The government’s Health and Saftey Executive provides an Office Risk Assessment Tool for guidance. When carrying out an office risk assessment, key risk issues to consider include:
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Fire safety and other emergencies.
- Manual handling.
- Display screen equipment (DSE).
- Temperature, lighting and ventilation.
- Electrical safety.
- Office chemicals.
The list goes on. Every employer owes a duty of care to their employees, meaning if you suffer an injury while at the office, and it was because your employer failed to carry out a generic risk assessment of all activities, they could have breached their duty of care. If this is the case, you could be owed office workplace accident compensation.
Get in touch with our team today for free legal advice, or to discuss anything you’ve read so far.
Slips, trips or falls on the same level account for 29% of non-fatal injuries in the workplace, making them the most common type of workplace accident in Great Britain. Wires and cables left loose on the ground, spills not being sufficiently cleaned up or signposted, boxes and other objects being left in walkways; these could all be causes of a slip, trip or fall in the workplace.
Other examples of common types of office workplace accidents include:
- Stress – Being overworked and/or overwhelmed.
- Manual handling – Carrying heavy objects without proper training or correct PPE.
- Noise – Damage to ears due to loud, repetitive noises.
- Carpal tunnel – Overuse of computer keyboards, trackpads/mouses and phones.
If you’ve suffered an office workplace accident and were injured in one of the above ways, you could potentially have grounds to launch an office workplace injury claim against your employer. Additionally, if you’ve suffered an injury that is not mentioned above, give our team a call today to discuss your options.
Types of Injuries
There are numerous ways you could become injured at work through no fault of your own. Examples of workplace injuries you could claim for include:
- Repetitive strain injury.
- Back problems.
- Muscle strains.
- Head injuries
- Fractures and breaks
- Cuts and lacerations.
Slip, trip and fall accidents on the same level may be the most common cause of workplace non-fatal injuries. According to statistics produced by the Health and Safety Executive 29% of non-fatal injuries to employees were caused by slips, trips and falls. This was followed by 19% of injuries being caused by handling lifting or carry. 11% of injuries were consistent with being struck by a moving object.
Faulty electrical appliances found in staff kitchens, such as kettles and microwaves, could cause you to suffer electric shocks and burns. A repetitive strain injury could also be a particular concern amongst office workers.
Anyone required to carry out physically repetitive tasks while at work could find themselves a victim of repetitive strain injury. Typing at a keyboard for hours on end, for example. To reduce the risk of you being harmed in this manner, your employer could provide you with keyboards that have built-in wrist supports for extra comfort.
When it comes to an office workplace accident claim, you may even be able to claim if you have pre-existing medical conditions that have been worsened due to suffering an accident in the office. For further information on this or anything you’ve read so far, get in touch with our helpful team today. We offer free legal advice on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week.
The duty of care owed to you by your employers is clearly outlined in the Health and Saftey at Work Act 1974. This piece of legislation exists to ensure that your employers uphold adequate health and safety standards in the workplace. They can achieve this by;
- Keeping up with regular risk assessments.
- Keeping tripping hazards out of walkways.
- Making sure staff members are all sufficiently trained.
- Providing all staff members with the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Attending to faulty machinery as soon as is reasonably possible.
The list goes on. If you suffer and injury during a workplace accident, and you can prove the accident only happened because of your employer’s negligence, you could have a case. To learn more about the duty of care your employer owes you, get in touch with our team today.
If you work from home but are employed by an employer you are still owed a duty of care to your well being. Though the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 exempt domestic premises your employer is still expected to take care of your safety while at home within reasonable practicalities. In a time when more and more people begin working from home each year, this is essential information to know. First of all, an employer may consider whether or not the job and the employee are suitable for working at home. This also extends to mental health.
The duty that an employer has for the safety of an employee in an office environment may be different when the employee is working from home. This is because the employer has limited control over an employee’s home. The amount of duty of care an employer has for an employee working from home will also be determined by the types of job. They may carry out risk assessments of the suitability of your home working. As well as, ensuring that your home is equipped to deal with your job tasks.
If the employee is provided equipment to carry out work-related activities, it needs to be in good working condition and you may need to be supplied with the correct PPE.
In addition to your employer’s duty of care, you will also have a responsibility for your safety as you have control over your home environment. whether you could make a claim would largely depend on if your employer had a duty of care that they breached. Contact our knowledgable team today to find out more.
If you’ve suffered an injury during an office workplace accident, you may wish to use services of a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor. This is especially true for those who may have financial concerns. The advantages of launching a personal injury claim using a No Win Fee agreement include:
- Nothing to pay your solicitor upfront.
- As well as, no fees to pay your solicitor throughout your case.
- Also, if your case is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay your solicitor.
- Moreover, if your case is successful, you’ll only have to pay a nominal success fee to your solicitor.
The success fee will be taken straight out of your compensation payout, leaving the bulk of it to you. If you’d like to discuss your No Win No Fee options further, or for more free advice, get in touch with our team today.
Are you interested in discussing any of the above further or would like free legal advice regarding a workplace accident claim? Get in touch with our team today. You can do this by:
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