By Christine Anthony. Last Updated 16th February 2021. Welcome to our office accident at work compensation guide. When we think of a hazardous working environment, we usually think of a construction site or industrial plant where heavy machinery is used. However, accidents at work can also take place if the premises are not properly maintained.
If you have been injured or made ill because of an office accident at work that was caused by negligence on the part of your employer, you may be able to claim compensation. If your accident at work claim is successful, you will be compensated for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity and will also receive funds to pay for any expenses you have in relation to your accident, such as medical bills.
To claim compensation for injuries or an illness brought on by an office workplace accident, Legal Helpline can advise you for free. Call us today on 0161 696 9685 for free accident at work claims advice. Alternatively, use our online claims form to reach us. If you were injured in an office accident which was not your fault, our team could help you to begin a compensation claim for your office injury or illness. Read our guide, to find our more.
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- A Guide To Office Workplace Accident Claims
- What Is An Office Workplace Accident Claim?
- Duty Of Care And Office Health And Safety
- Is The Owner Or Occupier Of The Office Liable For Accidents And Injuries?
- Causes Of Accidents And Injuries In The Office
- Could Members Of The Public Claim Compensation For An Office Accident?
- Office Workplace Accident Compensation Calculator
- Special Damages Which You Could Claim If Injured In An Accident
- Steps To Take If Injured In An Office Workplace Accident
- Why Select Legal Helpline For Your Case
- No Win No Fee Office Workplace Accident Claims
- Start An Office Workplace Accident Claim
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In the United Kingdom, there is a wealth of health and safety legislation to protect office workers. This includes the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which states that employers are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of employees, whilst using their premises, or an environment that the employer controls.
The employer is legally responsible for providing their employees with a safe and hygienic work environment. If the employer fails to maintain the premises to proper standards of health and safety and a worker is injured or made ill as a result, the employer could be held liable for the worker’s injuries and have to pay them compensation.
Legal Helpline has created this guide for people who have been injured or made ill because of accidents in the office caused by negligence on the part of the employer and want to claim compensation. We will look at office injury statistics for recent years and explain why your employer is legally obliged to protect you from workplace injuries.
We will also look at the most common causes of office injuries. And we have included a personal injury claims calculator, to help you estimate how much office accident at work compensation you could be owed. If you want to claim compensation for an office accident that was not your fault, call Legal Helpline today to speak to an advisor.
What are work-related accidents and office workplace accident claims? An office workplace accident is when an unwanted occurrence takes place, leading to an office worker, or a stakeholder visiting the office, suffering an injury or illness. Employers owe their staff and other stakeholders that might visit or use the workspace a duty of care. This means that they are legally required to provide them with a safe and hygienic environment in which to work.
They must conduct regular risk assessments to look for workplace hazards and apply control measures to remove the risk or reduce the risk that the hazard poses. If they fail to do so and a member of staff or another person using the premises is injured as a result, they could be held legally liable for the person’s injuries. As a result, the injured person could make an office accident at work claim for compensation against their employer.
Who is responsible for workplace injuries? In the United Kingdom, there is legislation to protect workers from workplace accidents. This includes industry-specific regulations. The Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, states that workplaces must take all reasonable steps to ensure the health, safety and general welfare of their employees when they are working on their premises, or in an environment that the employer has control of. What does this mean in practice?
To effectively safeguard employees against accidents at work, workplaces should:
- Carrying out risk assessments to identify health and safety hazards (things that pose a risk of causing accidents). This could include a loose floor tile, which could cause trip and fall accidents, or broken handrail which could cause an employee to fall down the stairs.
- Taking all reasonable precautions to eliminate the hazard, i.e. fix or remove a hazardous item. Where the hazard cannot be removed, the business should take all reasonable steps to protect workers from the hazard and minimise the risk. For example, if workers have to carry out manual handling tasks employers should provide them with training on how to accomplish these tasks safely.
- Appoint office workers to be first aid trained. Conduct regular fire drills and provide staff with regular health and safety training.
- Employers should keep an accident log-book where they keep an accurate record of any accidents at work that take place on their premises. Accidents which are considered to be dangerous incidents, cause serious injury or illness, or near misses, should be reported to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) under the RIDDOR Regulations (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013). You can read about what is defined as a reportable incident.
Steps to Seeking Office Accident at Work Compensation After an Accident
What happens when you file an accident report at work? Your employer should accurately record the date, time, and place of the accident. They should also record accurate details about what the cause of the accident was, what happened and what injuries were suffered. If the person goes to a doctor’s surgery or hospital for a diagnosis, the log-book can be updated with accurate details of their injuries or illness at a later stage.
To make a claim for an injury or illness suffered because of an accident in the office, your personal injury solicitor will have to prove that your employer acted negligently and therefore, caused your accident.
In the past, an office building, or office unit would have only been managed by the occupying business or organisation. Now, many businesses contract out the management of their premises to a facilities management company, or FM for short. This means that the cleaners, maintenance staff, security guards and receptionists may be supplied by an FM company or outside agency.
Therefore the question of “Who is responsible for workplace injuries?” can become more difficult to determine. Your employer may be liable, it may be the FM or an outside agency, or your employer and the agency may have combined liability. Your personal injury lawyer can conduct a full investigation to determine the results.
What are the major causes of work-related accidents?
According to workplace injury statistics for 2020 published by the HSE, the most common types of non-fatal workplace accidents are slip, trip and fall accidents.
The following workplace hazards can cause slip, trip and fall accidents:
- Hazardous flooring, such as broken floor tiles, nails sticking out of floorboards or loose carpeting, causing office workers to trip.
- Wet flooring can cause office slipping accidents. This can happen if a faulty toilet leak and the water has not been mopped up, a freshly mopped floor has not been signposted, or a drink is spilt and not cleaned up and signposted, to warn colleagues that the floor is wet.
- Stock, equipment or clutter being left on the floor, which office workers can trip over.
Manual handling accidents are another form of workplace accidents. These are accidents caused by lifting, pushing, loading, carrying heavy objects or handling loads that are too heavy. Manual handling injuries can cause musculoskeletal injuries or repetitive strain injuries. The Health and Safety Executive explain that manual handling injuries account for over one-third of workplace injuries. Workplaces can protect workers from injuries caused by manual handling accidents by providing adequate training, not requiring workers to lift objects that are too heavy for them and providing lifting equipment where necessary.
Office accidents include; electric shocks caused by faulty electrical goods, repetitive strain injury and office chair accidents. If you were injured in an accident in an office that was not your fault, you may be eligible to make an office accident compensation claim. Call us today, to see if you are entitled to office accident at work compensation.
Businesses have a duty of care to maintain office safety for their employees and visiting members of the public. If you visited an office space where you were not employed for another purpose, such as a job interview, or to fix an electrical item and were injured as a result of negligence on the part of the business, you could be entitled to claim compensation. If you were injured in an accident in an office that was not your fault, as a member of the public, contact Legal Helpline to enquire about making a public liability claim for compensation.
If you make a successful office workplace accident claim, you will be awarded general damages and special damages. Let’s explain what these are now:
- General damages are the primary part of your accident at work compensation claim and are usually the largest part of a compensation package. They are awarded for the injured person’s pain, suffering and loss of amenity.
- Special damages reimburse the injured person for any expenses or financial losses they have experienced, as a result of their injuries.
You can use our personal injury claims calculator to estimate how much your accident claim could be worth in general damages. Calculator excludes special damages.
|What Injury Was Sustained?||What Happened To The Claimant?||Settlement including 10% uplift|
|Less Severe Arm Injury||A substantial degree of recovery will either have taken place or is expected, though there will have been significant disabilities.||£18,020 to £36,770|
|Moderate Leg Injuries||This is a wide bracket of injuries. It could include crush fractures or multiple fractures to a single limb.||£26,050 to £36,790|
|Partial hearing loss and/ or tinnitus||The claimant could have suffered a moderate degree of tinnitus moderate hearing loss, or both.||£13,970 to £27,890|
|Chest injury - (D)||Chest injuries could include those which are more simple. They affect the whole of the chest area and might include penetrating wounds.||£11,820 to £16,860|
|Traumatic Injuries To The Digestive System||Traumatic injuries to the digestive system could leave the claimant with severe pain or discomfort. It could also leave the person with future complications.||£40,370 to £58,100|
|Moderate (3) Level Of Neck Injury||Moderate injuries to the neck could exacerbate pre existing conditions and related soft tissue injuries.||£7,410 to £12,900|
|Moderate (1) Level Of Back injury||The claimant could have sustained a crush fracture or other similar injury. They may require surgeries to correct their injury.||£26,050 to £36,390|
|Serious Levels Of Shoulder Injuries||Serious forms of shoulder injuries could cause dislocations or other forms of injury to the shoulder joint.||£11,980 to £18,020|
|Simple Fractures Of The Forearm||Simple forearm fracture.||£6,190 to £18,020|
These are some examples of the types of special damages that you could be able to claim if you are made ill or injured in an office accident caused by negligence on the part of your employer;
- Loss of income reimbursement.
- Medical expenses.
- Travel expenses.
- At home care expenses.
- Home and car adaptation expenses.
- Mobility equipment expenses.
If you are injured in an accident in an office, there are steps you can take at the scene of the accident to collect evidence to support your office accident at work compensation claim. This includes evidence to determine who is responsible for your workplace injuries.
How to collect evidence to support your accident at work claim?
- Take photos of the hazard that caused your injury, including a date stamp if possible.
- Take photos of your injuries, including a date stamp if possible.
- Report your accident to your employer and make sure it is recorded accurately in the company’s accident log book.
- Speak to colleagues who saw the accident and get their contact details so they can provide an eyewitness account to support your claim.
- Keep the receipts relating to any purchases you make as a result of the accident, such as a taxi ride to the hospital or medication. You may be able to claim these expenses back as special damages and the receipts may also be taken as evidence to support your claim.
If you have been injured in an accident in an office that was not your fault, Legal Helpline can offer you a free consultation about your options. You will speak to a knowledgeable advisor who will be able to advise you on whether or not you have a valid compensation claim.
If we can see you have grounds to claim, we can provide you with a personal injury lawyer to handle your case. The solicitors we work with have up to thirty years of experience helping claimants like you win the compensation that you are entitled to. They can accurately determine what your claim is worth and will fight to win you the maximum amount of compensation you could be awarded for your accident.
If you decide to make a personal injury claim with our panel of solicitors for an accident at work, our panel of solicitors could offer you the choice to make your claim on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay a solicitors fee upfront, making it the more affordable option for many. Instead, your fee will be deducted from your final settlement if you win your claim. This means that making a no win no fee claim is a less stressful option.
To find out more about the benefits of making a no win no fee claim and to start your claim today, call Legal Helpline to speak to an advisor.
Begin your accident in the office accident at work compensation claim today. Call 0161 696 9685 for your free accident claims consultation.
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Office Accident at Work Compensation Guide FAQs
Do I get paid if I have an accident at work?
If you have an accident at work, you could be entitled to Company Sick Pay. Otherwise, you could be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay. Did your workplace cause the accident? If so, you could claim compensation to recover any salary you’ve lost as a consequence.
What are my rights if I am injured at work?
If you’re injured at work, you should log the accident and report it to the appropriate person. You could also be entitled to sick pay, depending on your contract. Moreover, if the accident was the fault of your employer you could claim compensation. Your employer shouldn’t discriminate against you for being injured.
What happens if an accident at work is not reported?
Not every accident has to be reported through RIDDOR. However, if an employer doesn’t report those that do, they could face a heavy fine. If your office accident wasn’t reported and you’d like to make a personal injury claim, tell your solicitor. It could affect your office accident at work compensation.
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