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Office Accident Claims and Office Injury Solicitors
Office work spaces are generally considered safe places to work, and the risk of injury is considerably lower compared to other work environments. However, like all workplaces, offices still have potential dangers and hazards, which have lead to over 3000 serious accidents every year and often result in the average employee requiring more than three days off work to recover.
Offices are subject to the same health and safety legislation as factories, warehouses, and construction sites, and the employer has a legal and moral right to ensure the same duty of care and safety to their employees, reducing the risks of a work accident.
Unfortunately, not all employers always follow regulation and as a result fail in providing a standard duty of care. If you suffer an injury in the office due to the negligence on the part of your employer, you could be entitled to make a claim. Speak to our personal injury team today on 0800 0747 644 to find out how we can help your case.
The Work Accident Claims team at Grieves Solicitors in Huddersfield and a leading Personal Injury Solicitors firm in Yorkshire and we are accredited as senior personal injury litigators by the Law Society.
Do I have a case?
In some cases, employers have tried to convince victims of office injuries they are at fault. If you do suffer an injury at work and are unsure who is to blame, its important you seek legal advice from a trusted solicitor.
All employers must take precautions to prevent office accidents from happening. Although it is impossible to predict every accident which can occur, the employer must ensure that preventative measures have been taken to minimise the risks. Failure to provide a safe working environment can lead to the employer becoming liable to an office accident claim.
Cleaners, delivery drivers and visitors are also eligible to claim compensation if the owner has compromised health and safety regulations.
Types of injuries
Although there are many ways to suffer an accident in an office, some are more common than others and are regularly heard in cases, including:
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI).
- Back, neck and hand injuries due to manual handling.
- Slips, trips, and falls.
- Electric shocks.
Making an office accident claim
Many people are put off from making a claim for fear of losing their job, however this should not prevent you from claiming for an injury sustained as a result of an employers negligence.
The financial compensation included in a settlement is intended to cover the costs of unpaid time off work, any expenses incurred as a result of the accident, transportation costs, physical injuries as well as for long-term psychological issues which can develop over time.
How much compensation will I receive for an Office Accident Claim?
Your compensation settlement award for the injuries sustained due to your accident in an office environment will differ from case to case. Every case is as different as the individual who sustains the injury. The most crucial aspect for the courts to consider is the degree of injuries suffered and the extent to which your injuries will influence your ability to make a full recovery, lead an independent life and return to work.
Compensation awards comprise two elements:
- General Damages - to compensate for the loss of amenity, pain & suffering
- Special Damages - to compensate for financial losses or future costs incurred as a direct result of the injury
Our Accident at work Compensation Calculator will provide provisional guideline figures on how much compensation you may receive for the 'general damages' element of the final compensation award.
Contact Grieves Solicitors today
Our personal injury team have experience in dealing with office work injury cases and aim to provide you with support and advice throughout the process. If you have been injured through no fault of your own then we can help. Call today for a free enquiry on 0800 0747 644 or fill in a contact form online and well be in touch with how we can help.