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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Survivor Guide: Office activities and trips


    Office activities and trips (often called ‘jollies’ for good reason) are great ways for colleagues to get to know one another and for some bonding to happen, which ultimately makes for a more productive and efficient workforce.

    Don’t feel pressured into office activities

    Unfortunately, things can sometimes get a little raucous, especially when alcohol is served but there is no need to worry – with a little common sense, everyone can come out the other end with their dignity (and arms and legs) intact. The gap between being a party pooper and sensible is not wide, but it is easy to bridge if everyone is sensible. The following advice may help:

    • Keep drinking to a sensible level. If you are driving, that level is zero!
    • If the event is outdoors, wear suitable clothing for the terrain and the weather. It isn’t stupid to ask if you are not sure.
    • Don’t undertake any task if you are not happy to do so. Sometimes staff training events are quite strenuous, but if you don’t feel confident, just say no.
    • Don’t be afraid to speak up if you think someone else’s behaviour is risky. It isn’t snitching – it is just being responsible. All employers have responsibility for staff welfare, but caring for colleagues is incumbent on everyone.

    Despite all your efforts, you get hurt during office activities – what next?

    If you are injured at a staff event and it wasn’t your fault, call one of our friendly and professional staff at Accident Advice Helpline and they can chat through the circumstances and see whether or not you qualify for a claim. We work on a 100% no win no fee* basis so it makes sense to ask – there is no charge for our advice.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Before you ring, check this simple list and see if everything applies to you:

    • The accident was the fault of someone else’s negligence, or other behaviour, and cannot be ascribed to anything you did or agreed in advance.
    • You sought medical advice as soon as was reasonably practicable (preferably immediately).
    • The injury happened in the last three years. Sometimes conditions worsen after the original incident and we do understand that you may not feel you have a case until some time afterwards, but generally (although there are some exceptions) three years is the cut-off point.

    If, having considered the above, you feel you may have a claim for compensation, ring Accident Advice Helpline or fill in our quick guide to your possible award. If we feel you have a case, we will do all the paperwork and phoning, so there is no need to worry.

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    Date Published: March 11, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.