The office worker operates in a considerably safe workplace environment. That rings true, especially when comparing the occupational hazards that linger in other workplaces such as mines, construction sites or factory assembly lines. But, office accidents still occur, even when management takes all the proper precautions.
Office accidents are more common than you may think. Some are severe enough to require medical attention and even time off work. Most office workers spend more time at work than at home. This makes workplace accidents all the more traumatising, and recovering from the shock can take more than you need to get over the physical trauma.
Feeling like you're to blame for your injuries can also compound your misery and leave you feeling isolated. But, your employer holds the primary duty of care for you and your co-workers. Therefore, they must enact adequate measures for the safest working environment.
Sadly, some employers consider health and safety regulations as more of a suggestion than an imperative. You are entitled to file an office accident claim if you have an injury sustained as a result of your employer's negligence.
If you'd like to claim compensation for an accident at work, please have us call back at a time of your continence. We'll help you determine the best course of action with your case.
According to data from RIDDOR, 69,208 companies filed workplace injury reports. Most of these injuries were non-fatal, but 51,413 were incapacitating, representing 7% of all reported cases. Sure, the same data shows a 6% decline over the past four years, but data from the labour force survey shows a 74% higher figure for self-reported injuries.
This conflicting figure shows that the employee has to report an office accident regardless of the measures taken by your employer. The place to start is identifying the common office accidents that can sometimes go unreported.
Some common office accident claims result from accidents such as;
Office injuries are more common when you factor in some overlooked workplace dynamics. Poorly designed offices leave you prone to a work accident. For instance, dimly lit offices can cause eyestrain, while poorly designed office chairs can cause back , neck, shoulder, and arm injuries.
Every employer has to ensure that their employees work in a safe office environment. Therefore, employers should work diligently to ensure their offices are free of the following occupational hazards:
If an employer knowingly provides inadequate, unsafe, or damaged equipment, they are liable for any physical injuries sustained by an employee using said equipment in their duties. For instance, if you get electrocuted by faulty electrical equipment, your employer is responsible for the injury.
The law requires employers to ensure that their offices are equipped with sufficient safety equipment and related measures. So they are liable for any injuries sustained by employees in the course of working in such an inadequately prepared office.
We live in a time where companies are doing everything to cut costs. But, at times, such measures and business practices expose employees to dangerous working conditions. For instance, your employer could fail to see the importance of having signs that indicate a floor is freshly cleaned. If you happen to slip, trip and fall, then your employer is liable for your injuries. The best way to prevent such accidents is by being aware of potential hazards in your work environment. The employer should carry a thorough risk assessment yearly and a team meeting called immediately if new or unforeseen risks are discovered.
RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) 2013 sets clear guidelines on recording and reporting workplace injuries. This is clearly outlined in the accident book. It sets the following responsibilities on these concerned parties:
If you're an employer or control a business premise, then you have to report all:
Employees that sustain office injuries must inform their employers. The same rule applies to any diagnosed conditions that result from your office environment. If you're concerned that the responsible party didn't record and report the work accident, then you should consider:
If there's no response, it may be wise to inform the HSE about the incident or other ongoing health and safety regulations. Alternatively, you can call us, and one of our personal injury solicitors will file a report and begin an office accident claim on your request.
If you sustain an injury while working on someone else's premises, then the party in control of the premises should file a report. However, the responsibility of filing a report lies with you if an accident happened while working in
The employment status of employees working under an employment agency isn't always straightforward. However, the employment agency is obligated by law to act as the employer. So, your agency should file an official accident report, regardless of where they sent you to work.
The agency must also ensure that the host business is sufficiently informed of the reported incident.
The Health & Safety at Work Act Sets clear guidelines that protect employees in their offices and other workplaces. These regulations require employees to act in their best interests to mitigate accidents on their person or co-workers. Employers are also required to take active steps in making the workplace as safe and healthy as possible.
Your employer should always ensure that you are:
Your employer is liable if you can show sufficient evidence to prove they neglected their duty. The same rules apply if you sustain injury from any faulty equipment or unsafe working conditions.
It's advisable to approach our specialist solicitors to schedule a free initial consultation(no legal fees involved) to establish the responsibility of your employers regarding your injury. Once our personal injury team establish your company's liability, they can offer to represent you- this representation will be on a No Win No Fee basis, including the provision of any other free advice.
However, it is vital to note that there are other payable fees that the solicitor makes known before getting into an agreement. A termination fee also applies based on the length of time it takes to handle the case, or in special circumstances such as cases where the claimant provides misleading evidence, fails to seek expert medical treatment/examination or misses a court proceeding.
Sustaining an accident at work doesn't mean you should stop working unless the injuries are too debilitating. Sure, your injuries may affect your service delivery capacity, but understanding your legal rights can help you make a full recovery and perform your duties with competence and the utmost confidence.
You maintain such rights regardless of the nature of the injury or a work-related illness like musculoskeletal conditions.
Here are steps you could take to preserve your right to continue discharging your office duties even if in a limited capacity:
Most offices have a first aid kit and a designated first aider. But it's still wise to visit your GP for proper treatment, which goes in your medical records. These can help you with future personal injury claims. It's illegal for your employer to bar you from seeking such help. They'd be in breach of the law, plus that would be inhumane.
The nature of your sick leave depends on the details of your employment contract. So, you may (or may not) be entitled to a paid sick leave. However, the law entitles you to statutory sick pay (SSP) if you're too injured or ill to perform your duties at work.
You could get up to £96.35 per week for a period not exceeding 28 weeks. Please ensure that your employer has you on an SSP scheme. You can contact your local benefits office if you're uncertain.
Office accident claims proceed more smoothly if you provide your solicitors with a detailed accident record. So, ensure that your employer provides a copy of the incident logs. It may also be wise to read the accident book to ensure that the details confirm your version of the events. Please don't sign if they don't. But don't fret if you already signed. We can help you.
Your recovery effort is vital to you regaining your total working capacity. So it's crucial to attend physiotherapy and other outpatient appointments. Therefore, your employer MUST allow you to go for such appointments even if you've resumed your office duties.
It may be advisable to take some time off work to recuperate. This measure reduces your recovery time. You can contact us to seek legal advice if your employer insists that you MUST return to work or threatens to fire you.
Requesting for lighter duties and shorter work days can also help you regain your strength.
Your work-related ailment or injury supps you both mentally and physically. It would be unfair if it drained you financially as well. So, you have a right to file an office injury claim and seek maximum compensation.
You have legal grounds to take action against your employer if they act in a way that prevents you from accessing such a right. You could even pursue a constructive dismissal suit, and no employer wants such a costly legal injunction. You can seek the services of your personal injury solicitors or speak to your local citizen bureau if your employer persists.
Reporting an accident at work is vital. But, your office accident claims have a higher chance of proceeding successfully if your employer admits responsibility. Therefore, it makes sense to take every step to solidify your case.
It is wise to consider taking the following measures to build the strongest possible office accident claims:
Your employer has to ensure that you're adequately equipped and trained to handle any assigned task. Therefore, you reserve the right to claim for any accident that results from handling a task you're not trained to handle.
Your employer also must ensure that your office furniture and all office equipment are regularly maintained to be in good working order. If your employer fails to provide this conducive enviroment you can file an official claim through a personal injury solicitor.
Sometimes, you can sustain an accident in an office due to your co-worker's error in judgement or someone else's negligence. For instance, they could spill some coffee, then you probably slip and fall, possibly hurting your wrist in the process or sustaining back injuries. You may be entitled to file an office accident compensation claim in such a circumstance. This is because the duty of care lies solely on your employer. Therefore, they are liable for your injuries.
Every office accident is unique, so it's hard to zero in on a ballpark figure. Office environment dynamics and circumstances leading to accidents also vary. So, the physical and emotional toll also depends on the specific case.
The court is mainly concerned about the degree of injury and the extent to which it will affect your recovery and ability to resume working or at least continue leading an independent life.
The court awards compensation based on:
Loss of amenity: this is when an injury affects your mental and physical capacity to enjoy the little things in life that give you some comfort and purpose, i.e. hobbies, sex life, exercise, etc.
Pain and suffering: this is more subjective to how the mental and physical scars affected the claimant after the accident.
This compensation awards you for losses incurred due to the accident. They include:
You probably spend more time in your office than you do anywhere else. Your co-workers are like your family, and your boss may be a valued mentor. So, filing an office accident claim can feel like a stab in the back, especially if you interact with your workmates outside the workplace.
But, fret not. The office accident compensation amount won't come from your employer's pocket.
A reasonable office injury compensation sum ensures you won't handle those stacking medical bills from your pocket. All companies are required by law to take out an employer's liability insurance policy.
This covers the cost of all claims brought against the employer. So, the company's insurance firm pays compensation for the personal injury claims.
It's also illegal for your employer to dismiss you or act in a discriminatory manner because you sought an office accident claim. So, don't worry about losing your job, as you'd have "fair grounds" to bring an unfair dismissal suit against your employer.
Making an office claim is also advisable because it spotlights the issues that make your office a less conducive work environment. It's the spark that can usher changes that help improve the working conditions of the current and future office staff.
You have up to 3 years to initiate the claim process against your employer. That's provided that you have all the documented evidence and your employer assumes some liability. However, the lines are a bit blurry when you bear partial responsibility for your accident. In such a case, it may be more prudent to seek the services of a personal injury claim solicitor at the soonest convenience.
Your case may need some more time to investigate to determine liability, so it helps to involve your solicitors at the earliest stage. Here are the circumstances that determine when this 3-year time limit begins.
3 years starting from:
It's wise to seek out the help of your solicitors because proving liability is a complex process. After all, proving your employer failed to keep you safe is not a walk in the park. At times, you may need to show how your inadequate training contributed to your injury, which may make you look incompetent in the eyes of future employers.
That's why we at Claims UK handle such claims with the seriousness they deserve. We try our best to seek an out-of-court settlement. That way, all parties involved can go back to life with no hard feelings. Call us today to find out more about our No Win No Fee terms and how we work tirelessly to get you maximum compensation.
It is vital to note that by entering an office accident claim, you consent to having your information shared to the National Accident Helpline, which is related by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The body is a subset of the National Accident Law- a firm of personal injury solicitors.
Your solicitor may need time to assess the viability of getting you a fair judgment in the form of maximum compensation. This starts with an initial free, no-obligation consultation. You don't need to spend a thing at this stage or anything at all if the solicitor takes your case on a No Win No Fee basis.
After this initial free consultation, your solicitor will investigate the case to determine where the liability lies. If they believe you have a strong case, they can represent you on a No Win No Fee basis.
After this, you'll be required to sign a legally binding fee agreement. This conditional contract spells out the following pertinent items:
If the court fails to award you with compensation, you shouldn't worry. Your solicitor will wave your "success fee". This also means that you won't be required to pay anything for the legal aid or representation offered by your personal injury lawyer.
Office accidents are unpredictable. They can occur even when your employer takes all the proper steps towards making your workplace safe. However, you're left picking up the pieces when they happen, and this can feel unfair, especially when the hospital bills start stacking up.
What compounds the misery is having to continue working at the same company. It makes filing a personal injury compensation claim harder, even if it is your right to do so. Some office workers face the fear of losing their pensions, bonuses, the chance to get a promotion or even the risk of getting their contracts unlawfully terminated.
But that's something you needn't fear when you have Claims UK by your side. We understand that your relationship with your employer is vital. So, rest assured that we'll make a reasonable claim against your employer's insurance company.
When you win, your employer and co-workers also win. You get to walk away with a sum that will help you make a full recovery and go back to helping your company meet its bottom line. A win can also be a referendum on the health and safety conditions in your workplace. So your employer will work hard to ensure there are no similar suits in the future.
If you've been involved in an accident in your office environment or are dealing with the rigours of a work-related illness. Please call our claims office on 0800-234-6438 for free legal advice on how to start filing for an office accident compensation claim. Alternatively, visit our website, leave your contact details, and have us call back at your convenience.