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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Computer wiring: An office deathtrap


    Office workers are often continually exposed to the risk of injuries at work through faulty or inadequately secured wiring on computers, photocopiers and other electrical equipment.

    Accidents at work

    Sloppy workmanship or wiring-in of computers by inexperienced, untrained personnel can easily lead to injuries by electrocution. Short circuits also represent a risk of explosions or fires, adding the risk of employees suffering burn injuries at work.

    Slips, trips and falls

    Another potential risk of being injured in the office is through tripping or falling over carelessly positioned wiring. If an employee happens to be carrying a hot beverage at the same time, this in turn could lead to scalding at work. Resulting spills could further lead to fellow employees being injured by slipping.

    Employer responsibility

    Employers are required to protect their workers against accidental injuries by ensuring electrical equipment is properly installed and maintained by trained personnel only. This includes ensuring connections are safe; wires are threaded in a way that prevents tripping accidents, and so on.

    Work injury compensation

    If you were injured by faulty wiring or tripping over wires at work, you may be entitled to industrial injury compensation. In order to make a successful claim, you will have to initiate the claim process within a maximum of 36 months after incurring the injury. You will also need to provide documentation concerning your injury, treatments and medication you may have received and how the injury has affected your ability to work.

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    How to claim for compensation

    Calling Accident Advice Helpline freephone number on 0800 689 0500 will allow you to discuss your situation with a friendly, experienced and helpful adviser. Should you prefer not to talk to anyone to begin with, you can use the firm’s compensation calculator (provided on the company’s official Website) instead.

    What happens next?

    If it is decided that you do indeed have a chance of successfully claiming for work accident compensation, you will be provided with advice, guidance and assistance throughout the claim process by a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s legal team. Specialising in your particular type of claim, this solicitor will work under a no win no fee agreement and will attempt to conduct most of the processes involved over the telephone.

    Claimants and court attendance

    In many cases, claims can be settled satisfactorily before they ever make it to court. This does, however, depend on individual circumstances and cannot be guaranteed.

    Date Published: May 1, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.