While accountants are not typically classed as high risk employees, there is nothing that makes them immune against personal injuries at work, on the road or in public places.
Just getting to and from work, or travelling between appointments with clients puts accountants at risk of being injured by motoring accidents. Even those commuting by public transport may sustain passenger injuries.
Once accountants are safely at work, there are several risks of accidental injury. First of all, there is the risk of developing repetitive strain injuries through prolonged typing or use of computers. Carrying ledgers or stacks of paper work may lead to manual handling injuries, and potentially faulty electronic equipment may lead to injuries by electrocution.
Then, of course, there is the risk of injury by slipping on wet floors or bits of paper; tripping over wires, loose carpet edges or bags, or falling off a ladder when trying to reach things kept in shelves too high to reach safely.
Accountant’s accident claims
In short, the top claims for compensation made by accountants are those for:
- Traffic accidents.
- Slipping, tripping or falling.
- Repetitive strain injury.
- Electrocution by faulty equipment.
- Manual handling injury.
Occasionally, injuries by staplers, scissors or other sharp instruments; injuries by fire/explosions; scalding (hot drinks) or being hit by falling objects are also reported among personal injury claims made by accountants.
If you were injured on your way to work or at work, you may be entitled to travel or work injury compensation. For a claim to be justified, your injury must have been sustained within the past 36 months. In addition, another person must have been responsible for the accident causing your injury.
How to claim
The first step in successfully claiming compensation is to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or visit the company’s official website. Once a chat with one of the law firm’s advisers or filling in the website’s compensation calculator has confirmed that you are eligible to claim, you will be offered the services of an experienced lawyer specialising in cases like yours.
No win no fee compensation
Able to conduct most of the claim process over the telephone, the lawyer assigned to your case may even be able to settle your claim without having to go to court. This cannot, however, be guaranteed. The one thing that is guaranteed is the fact that you will not have to pay anything until your compensation is secured.
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Author: David Brown