If you have an accident at work that wasn’t your fault and suffer an injury as a result, don’t just try to forget about it and move on, otherwise it might happen to somebody else as well. Instead, make a stand and file a personal injury claim with us here at Accident Advice Helpline. With just one quick call, you’ll be put on to one of our team of legal experts who will be able to give you an estimate regarding how long it will take to process and how much compensation you can expect. We are a law firm who use our own teams of in-house lawyers and solicitors and have been in business for many years, so when it comes to workplace injury compensation we really know what we’re talking about.
Common causes of office accidents
The following are some of the most common causes of office accidents:
- Trips and falls: ‘Falling over’ is the most common of all workplace accidents, and according to research it is the accident which is most likely to cause serious injury or disability, so it’s not to be taken lightly. Most office trips and falls are caused by wet floors, open desks or drawers, loose cabling and (most damaging of all) people standing on chairs to reach light bulbs and out-of-reach files.
- Heavy lifting: In many professions there is the potential for a strain injury, but in less physically taxing jobs even smaller loads (stacks of paper, computer monitors, etc.) can lead to serious injury if they are not lifted properly. Your neck, back and shoulders are all susceptible to injury from heavy lifting, so if you feel that something might be too heavy for you to lift alone then don’t be afraid to ask a co-worker for help. If you are told to lift a load that is too heavy for you by a superior, and it results in you sustaining an injury, then you will have cause to file a personal injury compensation claim.
- Wear and tear/workstation ergonomics: Over time, using a workstation that doesn’t suit your body (a chair that’s too small, a desk that’s too far away or a computer not situated at an ergonomic angle) can lead to problems such as serious neck, shoulder and back conditions, eye problems and repetitive strain injury. It is therefore, vital to make sure that you not only take breaks from your workstation (a good marker is 30 seconds for every ten minutes of work), but that the station itself is comfortable and optimised for long periods of use.
If you have fallen victim to any of these common causes of office accidents and need to make a claim, call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.