Duncan Lewis is a leading firm of personal injury and Legal Aid solicitors and can advise on how to make a no win no fee claim if you work as office staff and have been injured in a work accident which was the fault of an employer or other party.
Working in an office can expose workers to all sorts of hazards, including untidy wiring lying across floors, desk corners jutting out into walkways, repetitive strain injury from using a PC or back and spinal injuries from carrying heavy loads like files and folders, or refill bottles for the office water cooler.
Employers must be aware of health and safety regulations to keep office staff safe and the office hazard free. Staff must be trained in their jobs, including how to life heavy loads safely.
Office staff are also entitled to regular eye check-ups if they use a computer, as well as regular screen breaks at work.
Switchboard staff must be protected as much as possible from the dangers of electromagnetic radiation from switchboard equipment, which has been linked to an increased risk of acoustic neuroma.
Chairs and desks must also be positioned at the correct height – and wrist rests and other safety equipment must be supplied. Phones and keyboards should also be cleaned regularly to prevent colds and infections like warts.
Office staff injured at work as a result of their employer not properly assessing tasks or because of faulty equipment can claim for injuries such as:
Accidents office staff may face in their work include:
Claims for accidents and injury at work compensation fall under the area of law known as personal injury.
Personal injury claimants usually have three years from the date of the injury to make a claim for accident and injury at work compensation.
Claims can sometimes be made outside the three-year limitation period, however.
Because of the limitation period for personal injury claims, it is important to seek legal advice from Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible if you work in an office and have been injured in a work accident.
Compensation for Office Staff injured at Work includes:
Employers have a legal duty to ensure safe working practices – and should carry out regular health and safety checks to make sure work premises are properly managed and maintained, equipment is fit for purpose – and staff are properly trained and supervised.
Employees must also follow good working practices and report any lapses in health and safety to employers or line managers.
However, it is your employer’s insurer who will settle any claim for accident or injury at work in an office – or the insurer of whoever is liable for the injury.
Many work injury claims for office staff are settled out-of-court by insurers, so you do not have to worry that making a claim will cause problems for you when you return to your office job.
Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case.
Most claims for office injury compensation are settled out-of-court – Duncan Lewis personal injury lawyers negotiate hard to get the best settlement for you.
But if a court hearing is necessary, Duncan Lewis instructs leading barristers who specialise in work accident and injury claims, to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.
Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors have a successful track record in accident and injury at work claims involving office staff.
Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on making a compensation claim for office work injuries by calling 020 7923 4020.