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Office Accident Claims
Offices are generally considered safe workplaces, however accidents can still happen with employers cut corners and fail to adhere to health and safety regulations.
If you have suffered an injury in an office based accident caused due to the negligent actions of your employer, in the last three years, you could be eligible to make a claim.
True Solicitors have been helping clients get access to justice, rehabilitation and compensation for over 25 years.
Call us on 0344 854 7000 for a free, no-obligation assessment of your case.
Common injuries sustained in office based accidents
The most common types of injuries caused through accidents in an office include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Electric shocks
- Manual handling injuries – particularly neck, back and hand injuries.
- Repetitive Strain injury (RSI)
How do I know if I have an eligible claim?
If your employer has breached their duty of care to look after your well-being, which led to you being injured in an accident in the office you might be eligible to make a claim.
In order to prove that you have a valid claim your solicitor will need to be able to successfully:
- Prove that your employer failed to protect you from injury or illness in the workplace.
- Or prove that your repetitive strain injury was caused by negligent working practices.
The accident must have taken place within the last three years in order to lodge a claim with the court.
What can I claim compensation for?
If you’ve suffered due to an accident in the office you may be able to claim for the following:
• Loss of earnings.
• Pain and suffering.
• Medical expenses such as, prescription charges and painkillers.
• Compensation for care and support.
• Ongoing illness.
• Recovery time.
• Expected lifestyle changes.
Will I be sacked for suing my employer?
Fear not you cannot be sacked or discriminated by your employer for making a claim for a workplace accident. It is indeed illegal for your employer to dismiss you on the basis of you making a personal injury claim against them.
No matter what the size of the company, they are required, by law, to have employer’s liability insurance in place, to cover them for worker injuries. It is therefore important to know that your claim will be against your employer’s insurance company and not directly handled by your employer.
How much compensation will I get if I have been injured in the office?
The amount of compensation that you could be entitled to for an office based accident depends on the individual circumstances of your case.
Those injured can typically claim for:
- Loss of earnings.
- Injury compensation.
- Medical expenses such as rehabilitationfees, prescription charges, painkillers etc.
- Compensation for the care and support.
Your compensation will be calculated using the evidence that we gather. The amount will depend on factors such as:
- The severity of your injury
- How your life has been affected by the injury or illness
- Your future care and support needs
- Financial losses, including how much money you’ve lost or will lose resulting from the accident (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses)
- Specialist equipment and adaptations you may need
To get an idea of the compensation that you could receive for any physical injuries that you have suffered please use our accident at work compensation calculator.
How much will it cost to make a claim?
If you have had an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to make a No Win, No Fee claim through us. This simply means that should we not win your case, you will not need to pay us a penny to cover your legal fees.
If you win your case your opponent will pay most of your legal costs.
Any legal costs not paid by your opponent will be deducted from the compensation that you receive. These costs include:
- The cost of your no win no fee insurance policy
- Some of your basic legal costs which can’t be recovered from your opponent
- A “success fee” which compensates us for the risk that if your claim was unsuccessful then we would not be paid at all.
Your solicitor will discuss this with you in advance, so you’ll know what to expect when your claim settles.