You might not think that working in an office is hazardous – when compared to factories and warehouses, there are significantly less dangers in the environment. Yet accidents in offices do still happen, and if you’re injured through no fault of your own when dealing with office equipment, you could claim for compensation.
Common causes of accidents in the office
There are more hazards lurking in the office than you might expect, and here are some of the more common causes of accidents:
- Faulty electrical equipment – printers, monitors, PC’s and other machines could cause electric shock or burns if not properly maintained
- Injury to hands and fingers – fingers can become jammed in machinery
- Slips, trips and falls due to loose carpeting, cables and other hazards
- Poorly set up workstations can cause back, neck and shoulder problems
- Wrist injuries can occur from lack of support whilst typing
- Faulty office chairs could cause a fall
There are plenty of other things that could go wrong too, from spilling hot drinks or food to falling downstairs. But if you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, have you considered making a claim for personal injury compensation?
Employers have a duty of care to keep their staff safe whilst at work. This requires them to follow health and safety legislations and carry out risk assessments, as well as ensuring that all equipment in the office is well maintained and fit for use, to avoid accidents. If you receive an electric shock from a faulty computer or a fall from a broken office chair, your employer could be held liable. By law, all employers must have liability insurance, and you’ll need information relating to your employer’s cover if you decide to make a claim.
How we can help
When making a claim for compensation, it helps to have a team of personal injury compensation lawyers on your side, and here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have more than 13 years’ experience in the industry. Our patron is Esther Rantzen, and we’re accredited by Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard, so you know you’re in safe hands.
Call us today on our freephone number – 0800 689 0500. We’re open 24/7 and standing by to take your call, and we offer confidential, no-obligation advice, so there’s no need to feel pressured into making a claim. If you do decide to go ahead with your claim, our 100% no win, no fee service makes the whole process simple, and because most claims can be processed over the phone, there’s usually no need to attend court!
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown