Office Accident Claims
If you’ve been injured in an accident in an office in the course of your work, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Your employer or other workers may have been negligent, causing or contributing to your injuries. Whilst it may seem daunting to make a claim against your employer, we can give you the advice you need to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.
Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in workplace accidents of all kinds, including office injuries. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.
Can my employer punish me in any way for making a compensation claim?
This is a big worry for many people injured in an accident at work. Thankfully, the law gives you a lot of protection. Under your employment contract, your employer has no legal right to discriminate against you on the basis that you have taken legal action against them.
If they did try to dismiss you, discipline you or make any unreasonable changes to your working conditions after the accident (such as reducing your hours, demoting you or reducing your salary), they could be putting themselves at risk of a claim for unfair dismissal or constructive dismissal.
Employers’ liability insurance is a legal requirement for the vast majority of businesses. This cover would provide the funds for any compensation awarded against you, so your claim wouldn’t put the finances of your employer at any immediate risk.
How can accidents and injuries arise in an office?
Offices are among the more low-risk areas when it comes to accidents in the workplace. However, accidents in offices do still happen and the causes include:
- Slips, trips and falls which can be caused by poor maintenance or trailing wires
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI) if proper risk assessments haven’t been carried out
- Defective equipment can cause electric shocks, burns and other injuries
- Sprains and strains from lifting heavy objects
- Impact injuries from falling objects
Your employers will have a duty of care to ensure that clear, effective health and safety procedures are in place. If the right measures aren’t in place, this can suggest failings in the management of the business. In our experience, this is a significant contributing factor to accidents in the workplace.
Although an office environment can be very low-risk, failing to put proper procedures in place or not giving appropriate training to staff can amount to negligence on their part and could strengthen your claim for compensation.
What sort of injuries can I claim for after an office accident?
We can advise on any injury, ranging from minor ones right through to catastrophic, life-changing injuries. As long as the injuries are a result of the accident and are not a pre-existing condition, they could be relevant to your claim. Sadly, workplace accidents can be fatal in some instances. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one or family member in the accident, we can advise you on how to claim for compensation.
How much compensation might I receive?
The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your accident with you.
You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:
- Compensation for distress and upheaval
- Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
- Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
- Damage to your property
- Travel expenses incurred
Do I have a valid claim for compensation?
If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:
- Was the incident within the last three years?
- Was someone else to blame for the incident?
- Were you injured as a result of the incident?
Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.
Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.
How do I begin a compensation claim for an office accident?
Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.