Office Accidents and Computer Injuries
Usually you go to work in an office expecting the day to pass without accident or incident. However, if you are involved in an accident in your office and suffer an injury, you will need to know what to do and what your legal rights are. At Loyalty Law we will be able to advise you on whether you can make a claim for compensation, how much you can claim and how to do it.
Types of Office Accident
Whether your injury is caused by defective office equipment such as a chair collapsing or office shelving falling on you, or even a computer-related injury, there are a variety of ways you may be injured in an office. These are some of the more frequent ones:
- Defective chairs collapsing causing back or spinal injury;
- Office shelving collapsing or coming away from the wall;
- Discarded packaging leading to trips or slips around the office workplace;
- Injury caused by the negligence of fellow employees, or failure to follow safety guidelines;
- Repetitive strain injury caused by your employer's failure to assess your workstation and provide the appropriate equipment.
Many people who are employed in offices will work on a daily basis with computers - this includes desktops, laptops and any other type of visual display unit (VDU). Most of us will not experience any problems or ill-effects, however, this is not always the case. Some employees do suffer work injuries related to the use of their computer.
Common injuries and symptoms arising from regular computer use include the following:
RSI (repetitive strain injury)
RSI can occur when you are regularly using the keyboard on your computer without taking sufficient breaks from your work. If you suffer from RSI you may experience regular pain and discomfort in your hands and fingers along with tingling, numbness and loss of sensation. (Other parts of your body can be affected by RSI but this usually occurs when carrying out non-computer related tasks, such as repetitive heavy lifting).
Headaches & Eyesight problems
If you are regularly sat in front of a computer, without taking breaks, you may find that you start to experience headaches and eyesight problems.
Back And Shoulder Problems
You may experience pain and discomfort in your neck, shoulders and back if most of your working day is spent in front of the computer.
Who is Responsible for Preventing Computer Injuries at Work?
Your employer must carry out a detailed assessment of your workstation to ensure that it meets safety requirements. This includes making sure that the equipment you are using (desk, chair, monitor) is fit for purpose and is correctly positioned to suit your particular requirements. Your employer should plan breaks into your working schedule – whether these are rest breaks or breaks to carry out a different kind of, non-computer work) so that you are able to spend some time away from your screen.
You are also entitled to receive health & safety training to ensure that you know how to correctly position yourself when working at a screen and so that you are aware of how many breaks you should be taking to minimise your chances of sustaining a computer related illness or injury. You are also entitled to a free eye-test if you think that your eyesight is suffering because of your work.
If you think your employer has not carried out adequate, or any, work station assessment and has not offered you the appropriate health & safety training you may be entitled to make a work injury claim related to computer work. You should contact an expert work injury claim solicitor as soon as possible to discuss your potential claim.
As well as those injuries around computer use, there are also accidents involving computers and computer equipment directly. The most common computer accidents are as follows:
- Lifting/moving computers causing back injuries
- Tripping over computer cables
- Falling monitors and other computer equipment
Office Accident Compensation
You are entitled to make a claim for compensation following your office accident. Your compensation claim will include an award for any pain and suffering caused by the injury, as well as all of your out of pocket expenses. These can be substantial as it is likely that you will be unable to return to work often for weeks. Our vetted Loyalty Law solicitors can arrange to obtain an early payment for you to ensure that you can continue to pay your household bills.
Making An Office Accident Claim
Whatever the nature of your injury caused by an office accident, Loyalty Law can help you. If you have been injured in an office accident through no fault of your own you will be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Our expert solicitors specialise in office and computer accidents and can offer you a free, no obligation consultation to discuss the circumstances of your accident and your prospects of pursuing a successful claim.
Early Action Is Vital - It is really important to obtain early and specialist advice following your office injury. Your Loyalty Law solicitor will need to obtain evidence urgently by taking pictures of the scene of the accident and obtain copies of the accident book.
You will be able to claim compensation for all of your losses and expenses which may include the following items:
- Any lost earnings as a result of the accident;
- Lost overtime;
- Medical expenses;
- Private medical treatment;
- Additional transport costs;
- All other expenses incurred as a direct result of the accident.
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