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If you have been hurt at work due poor office safety, we can help you claim compensation
Compared to other workplaces such as warehouses or construction sites, an office is the last place you would expert to get injured. However, it is still possible to do so, and the effects of the accident can cause devastating injuries.
Being in the same place each day, working at the same desk, and doing the same job can feel like a safe and comfortable environment. And in many cases, it is. An injury at an office can come as an unexpected shock.
All employees have a duty of care to their staff and being injured due to hazards or negligence is not your fault. There are certain guidelines and rules in place which the employer must follow to ensure the working environment is safe and secure for their employees.
Your employer should ensure that their employees have been given the correct training when it comes to using machinery and equipment. Correct training can avoid accidents such as slips or trips or repetitive strain injury. By not doing this, they increase the rick of harm their employees can come to if they incorrectly operate anything.
If you would like further information or advice on accidents in an office, call us today on 0121 8276 446.
Office compensation can help with your recovery.
Like most accidents, accidents in an office can also leave you injured and in pain. This may result in you needing to take time off work, or even having to leave work completely. Making a claim for an injury that was not your fault can help reduce some of your financial stress.
Not only can you claim for your injury, but also for any loss of earning, travel expenses prescription charges and any other losses or costs you may have had to endure as a result of the accident.
There are a few further things which can also be taken into consideration, such as a holiday you have had to cancel, a hobby you can no longer do or an event that you may have had to miss.
Claiming against your employer for an office accident.
You are entitled to make a claim for compensation following an accident in the office that was not your fault. We recognize the concerns when going ahead with this, as many people may not feel comfortable putting in a claim against their employer, especially if they have a good relationship with them.
The compensation will not be paid for by the employer directly. It is paid for by their insurance. This is taken out by all employers to cover any costs of a claim.
If you make a claim against your employer, the law states that you cannot be sacked for this. Your employer has a duty of care toward you, and if they have failed to maintain this, you should not have to suffer the consequence. By them dismissing you, you have grounds for an unfair dismissal case against them.
Types of office accident claims.
There are a number of potentially dangerous hazards in an office which, if not properly maintained, can cause you serious harm. Some of these include:-
All equipment should be regularly checked and maintained to ensure it is safe to use. Failure to do this can cause serious injuries, such as electric shocks.
Slips, trips and falls
If the office is not kept in a safe and tidy condition, it can result in hazards and obstacles being in your path. This can include wires and cables not being properly secures and maintained, or a spillage that hasn’t been cleaned or marked with warning signs.
Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
This is one of the most common office injury and relates to muscle, tendon and nerve pain. It is caused by repetitive movements. This can be prevented if your employer sets up your workstation in the correct way, providing you with a good chair for support and a monitor that you can adjust to suit you.
Starting an office accident claim.
If you have been injured in an office accident in the last 3 years and it was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
The time limits of making a claim for an office accident are 3 years from when the incident first happened. Certain injuries will not be apparent as they can occur and worsen over time, so in that case the date you first noticed the injury will be the start date.
If you have been injured in an accident at the office and would like more information and advice, call us today on 0121 8276 446, where one of our specialist advisors will be happy to discuss things with you.
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