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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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