Work-Related Accidents In Offices
Comparatively, it may be considered safer to work in an office than a building site or on a farm. However, workplace accidents can also happen in office environments. This can be especially true if employers fail to uphold proper standards of health and safety. In Great Britain, the safety of workers is protected by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and other legislation. Therefore, those who are injured in an office accident that was not their fault may have grounds to make office accident claims for compensation.
If you wish to make an office accident claim, Accident Claims UK could help you. If we can see that your claim for office accident compensation is legitimate, we can put you in touch with a skilled lawyer to handle your claim. Your personal injury lawyer could value your claim accurately and push to win you the maximum amount of compensation for your case. Contact us using the details below to start your claim:
- Call us on 0800 073 8801.
- Contact us in writing.
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Select A Section
- A Guide To Office Accident Claims
- What Are Work-Related Accidents In Offices?
- Office Employers’ Duty Of Care
- Health And Safety Legislation For Offices
- Office Health And Safety Risk Assessments
- Could You Claim If Working From Home?
- What Accidents And Injuries Could Happen In Offices?
- Calculating Office Accident Claims
- Work-Related Accident Special Damages
- No Win No Fee Office Accident Claims
- Start Your Office Accident Claim
- Essential References
- Office Health And Safety Statistics
- Office Accident Claims FAQs
Some of the most common workplace accidents that happen in Great Britain can happen in an office environment. For example, 29% of non-fatal workplace accidents reported under RIDDOR, were caused by a slip, trip, or fall on the same level accident. What’s more, handling, lifting and carrying activities caused 19% of workplace accidents. Therefore it is important that employers take the duty of care that they owe their employees seriously.
If you were injured because of an office accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation. In this guide to office accident claims, we will do the following:
- Firstly, we will look at health and safety regulations that protect office workers in Great Britain.
- Secondly, we will look at accidents and injuries that can occur in the workplace.
- And finally, we will explain how to claim compensation for an office injury that was not your fault.
If you have been injured because of an accident at work, help is at hand. We can support you in your claim for compensation for your injuries. Call Accident Claims UK’s free helpline today. Alternatively, contact us in writing. If we can see that you have a valid claim, a skilled personal injury claims solicitor can begin work on your claim. Contact us today or read on to learn more.
A work-related accident in an office is an unwanted occurrence that takes place in an office environment. It results in a worker becoming injured or made ill. For instance, an employee could trip on a loose wire and break their kneecap.
If an employee has been injured at work in an accident that was not their fault, they may be eligible to claim compensation. To make a successful accident at work claim, you will have to prove the following:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care to protect your health and safety.
- Your employer breached their duty of care.
- Their breach resulted in your injuries.
You may use photographic evidence, witness statements, medical records, and CCTV footage as evidence to support an accident at work claim.
Employers owe a duty of care to their workers. An employer should take reasonable precautions to prevent workplace accidents and injuries from taking place. An organisation owes a duty of care to all employees, agency workers, and self-employed contractors who use their workplace. Organisations also owe a duty of care to people who visit their premises, such as their clients.
If an employer acts negligently and this causes a workplace accident, the employer could be liable for any injuries caused. As a result, the injured office worker or visitor may be eligible to make an office accident claim for compensation.
An office may seem like a less hazardous environment to work in than a building site or factory. However, it is important that offices are safe environments in which to work. In an office-based work environment, the following health and safety regulations should be practised. This is to safeguard workers from workplace accidents and injuries.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (HASAWA) 1974
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, requires employers to owe their workers a duty of care of protecting their health and safety. To uphold their duty of care, workplaces should conduct regular risk assessments of the premises to identify health and safety hazards. They should also apply control measures to the identified hazards to remove or reduce the risk.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations) 1992, requires employers to provide the following:
- A workspace that is kept in a clean condition.
- Ventilation, heating, and lighting.
- Staff facilities such as toilets.
- Properly maintained walkways, free of hazards that could cause slipping or tripping accidents.
The workplace should keep the facilities that they provide to an adequate standard.
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) 1999
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires workplaces to do the following:
- Conduct risk assessments
- Arrange for the implementation of necessary measures
- Make arrangements for applicable training and information
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) requires workplaces to report specific injuries and illnesses at work to the Health and Safety Executive.
Workplaces should also record any accidents that have taken place in their accident log book.
What is a risk assessment? A risk assessment is a process whereby a qualified person assesses a working environment in order to identify hazards. A hazard is something that puts workers and other individuals at risk of office-based accidents and injuries. After that, the assessor will define the level of risk a hazard poses. Finally, they will apply control measures to the hazard. Control measures are actions that remove or reduce a health and safety risk.
Templates for office space risk assessments can be found on the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) website. Offices are considered a low-risk working environment. However, it is still important to carry out regular risk assessments. Failing to complete a regular risk assessment means that health and safety hazards may not be identified.
Have you been injured in an office accident that was not your fault? If the accident took place because your employer neglected to carry out a risk assessment, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Contact Accident Claims UK about making an office injury claim today.
With the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of people working from home. Employers owe a duty of care to their workers, even if they are working from home. However, you would also have a responsibility for protecting your own wellbeing and safety.
The following are some considerations that should be made, to ensure that employees that work from home are safe.
- Employers should check the employee’s role is suitable for home working.
- The employer should make sure that the employee’s work does not put them at risk.
- If the employer provides the employee with work equipment, the employer should ensure it is safe to use. For example, a faulty piece of electrical equipment (such as a laptop) could give an employee an electric shock.
You may be eligible to make an office accident injury claim if you have been injured or made ill whilst working from home through no fault of your own. Contact Accident Claims UK today to learn more.
Here are some examples of incidents that can take place if offices do not uphold safe working practices.
It can be normal to feel some element of stress at work. However, work-related stress is a medical condition, which can have an adverse effect on a worker’s physical and mental health. Mismanaging employees, giving them an unrealistic workload and bullying can cause work-related stress. To avoid over-stressing employees, management should create a positive working environment for employees.
Manual Handling Injuries
Manual handling accidents are those that involve the handling, lifting or carrying of heavy objects. Unfortunately, if an employee lifts a heavy object incorrectly, they can suffer an injury such as a slipped disc. This can be debilitating and very painful. Employers should provide employees with adequate training and equipment where necessary to protect them from manual handling injuries.
Trips And Falls
As we have mentioned, slips and trips are amongst the leading causes of workplace injury. Unfortunately, even small obstructions on the floor can cause a slipping or tripping accident. Hazards could include:
- A spilt drink that has not been mopped up
- Debris on the floor
- A broken floorboard
Some slip or trip accidents only cause minor injuries. On the other hand, they can cause serious ailments such as broken bones or spinal injuries.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Noise-induced hearing loss is a condition that causes deafness. Workers can develop this condition if they are routinely exposed to excessively loud noise. Working practices in an office may not put workers at risk of industrial deafness. However, workers may suffer noise-related hearing loss if they regularly visit an industrial plant or factory as part of their job.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome And Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a type of repetitive strain injury (RSI). It is a condition where pressure on the nerves causes pain in the wrist, hand, and fingers. Continuous and repetitive movements can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. This includes typing for extended periods of time without an adequate break. Employers can prevent carpal tunnel syndrome by giving employees adequate breaks. They can also invest in keyboards that support the wrists correctly.
Have you been injured in an office-based accident? If the accident was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. Call Accident Claims UK’s helpline today, to see if you are eligible to make an office accident compensation claim.
You can use the table below to estimate how much compensation you may receive for an injury if your office accident claim is successful. The table includes how much you could claim in general damages (compensation for physical and mental pain) but excludes special damages (compensation for financial loss).
The below compensation amounts are based on Judicial College guidelines for personal injury claims. The JCG is a regularly updated publication that solicitors may use to value claims.
|Injury and severity||Severity||Description of the injury||Estimated settlement|
|Neck injury (ii)||Severe||This is one of the most severe forms of neck injury such as damage to the cervical spinal disc or fractures.||£61,710 - £122,860|
|Neck injury (ii)||Moderate||Soft tissue injuries, such as wrenching injuries. May also include disc lesions. The injury will limit movement and there will be ongoing pain and stiffness.||£12,900 - £23,460|
|Back injury (ii)||Severe||Features may include nerve root damage, the loss of sensation or bowel and bladder function as well as sexual difficulties.||£69,600 - £82,980|
|Back injury (ii)||Moderate||Disturbed ligaments causing backache or where an existing injury was made worse.||£11,730 - £26,050|
|Partial Hearing Loss or/and Tinnitus||Severe||Severe tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss.||£27,890 - £42,730|
|Partial Hearing Loss or/and Tinnitus||Mild||Mild tinnitus with some noise-induced hearing loss.||£11,820 - £13,970|
|Wrist Injuries||(b)||Where there is a severe and permanent degree of injury but some movement does remain.||£22,990 - £36,770|
|Wrist Injuries||(c)||Less severe injuries which do result in some degree of permanent disability.||£11,820 - £22,990|
|Elbow Injuries||Severe/disabling||A Severely Disabling Injury||£36,770 - £51,460|
|Foot Injuries||Serious||A displaced metatarsal fracture which results in a permanent degree of deformity. The person will have some remaining symptoms.||£12,900 - £23,460|
|Foot Injuries||Modest||Simpler injuries such as metatarsal fractures, puncture wounds or ligament ruptures.||Up to £12,900|
|Leg injuries||Less serious (ii)||A simple femur fracture without damage to the articular surfaces.||£8,550 - £13,210|
Please note that the compensation amounts included in this table are guidelines only. How much you receive may vary depending on your individual circumstances. For a personalised quote, call us today to speak to a claims advisor.
You could receive two compensation payments if your office accident injury claim is successful. These are general damages and special damages.
These are a compensation payout for the pain, suffering, and loss of amenity that your injuries have caused you. This can include physical and psychological suffering.
Claimants are paid special damages to reimburse them for any expenses incurred. Special damages compensation payouts can help you recover the following costs:
- Medical costs
- Travel costs
- Care costs
- Reimbursement for any lost income
You may also claim special damages to pay for the following expenses if you have become disabled as a result of your accident:
- Mobility equipment costs
- Home adaptation costs
If you wish to make an office injury claim, our solicitors can handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that they will not charge you a solicitor’s fee before they begin work on your claim. Instead, you will sign a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This confirms that you will pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your claim.
In the event that your claim is unsuccessful, what happens? You will not have to pay a success fee. If your personal injury lawyer wins your claim, their fee will be deducted from your compensation payout at a legally capped rate.
For many people, this is the more affordable way to fund a solicitor in an office accident claim. Read our online guide to learn more about making a No Win No Fee claim today.
In conclusion, if you have suffered an injury that was caused by unsafe working practices at your office, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Contact Accident Claims UK to begin your office accident compensation claim.
- Call us on 0800 073 8801.
- Contact us online.
- Chat to a compensation claims advisor using the chatbox on your screen.
You may find the following guides helpful if you wish to make an accident claim for a workplace injury.
External Guides Related To Office Accident Claims
The above graph shows the most common workplace injuries as recorded through RIDDOR. You can find further workplace accident statistics in this HSE PDF.
We will now answer some frequently asked questions we often receive from our clients.
Do I get paid if I have an accident at work?
Different businesses and organisations have different sick pay policies. Check your contract to see if you will get paid if you have an accident at work that causes you to take time off to recover. You may be eligible to claim Statutory Sick Pay from the Government.
How long can you claim for an accident at work?
There is a personal injury claims time limit of three years in the UK. We recommend you call Accident Claims UK as soon as possible, to avoid falling outside of the compensation claims time limit.
Can I get compensation for a work injury?
If you have been injured because of an accident at work that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Contact Accident Claims UK to find a solicitor to handle your claim.
What happens if I have an accident at work?
If you are injured in an accident at work, your employer should record the accident in the accident report book. Serious injuries should be reported to the Health and Safety Executive. We recommend you seek medical treatment immediately. This is for medical reasons and also so there is a record of your injuries.
Thank you for reading our guide to office accident claims.
Guide by HC
Edited by RV