Hurt at work? Who is liable for an office accident?
Establishing who is liable for an office accident is an important condition of making a successful compensation claim. Offices are generally considered to be safe places to work with minimal risk of serious accidents. However, employers are required to maintain health and safety standards whatever the working environment.
This means your employer must carry out risk assessments to ensure that no one comes to harm when performing their duties. These risk assessments should be regular activities to keep things safe as office practices change.
If you’ve been hurt at work and injured then you may well be asking who is liable for an office accident.
Who’s to blame?
If you have followed all your workplace health and safety regulations then it’s likely that you will not be to blame for your accident. If your employer has neglected his responsibility to keep you safe then he or she will be liable.
In situations where you think your employer may challenge your claim it’s always advisable to get some evidence of your accident circumstances.
Photographs of the scene of the accident and witness statements are great evidence. Make sure you or a colleague gets this evidence promptly. For example, if you tripped over floor covering in a poor state of repair, this would be your employer’s fault.
We all have a responsibility to keep ourselves safe from harm but we are not generally responsible for the safety of our workplace. Reporting faults promptly means you should expect speedy repairs. If these can’t be achieved then warning signs should be displayed to prevent accidents.
Get some reliable legal advice from Accident Advice Helpline
We believe we are the best people to help you. We’ve helped thousands of clients over the past 15 years with similar accidents. We can determine who is liable for an office accident by listening to your story and piecing together the evidence.
Our expert personal injury lawyers will take your case if your accident happened in the last three years, was not your fault and you had medical attention for your injuries.
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