It is fairly universal to state that a place of employment has certain obligations to its employees and to its patrons. Additionally, one can acknowledge that most businesses require a level of practices be conducted by its employees to regulate the safety and well-being of all persons within the office. The potential for an office accident to occur depends on many factors, primarily upon the negligence of the employer to implement realistic precautions to avoid such injury. Here is what you need to know about filing an office accident claim.
There are Some Regulations Which are Mandatory:
Every business must have a level of safety and fire preparedness in place to reduce the risk of casualties. The UK specifically requires that employees be trained in basic emergency preparedness (the level varying dependent upon the type of business). Additionally, businesses must have a means to minimise potential dangers such as fires using fire extinguishers, alarms, proper containment of materials, etc. But it is not just fire hazards. The premises, the equipment, the egresses, the restrooms, and the other employees are just some areas where an accident can occur. Should you find that the mandatory regulations for a business have not been followed, you may have grounds for a claim.
When an office accident occurs, employers should log the incident in an accident report book. It is important that you gain a copy of the report, as it is quite unlikely that in the event of a claim that the employer will admit to liability. If the company is part of a franchise or a major corporation, the victim of the accident should ensure that the HR headquarters have a copy of the incident. Again, you will want to ensure that you have a copy.
Should you decide to file an office accident claim, then you will need to have the proper documentation. This documentation will be a copy of the accident report, any police or emergency service reports (such as hospital records of the incident), and any ongoing medical treatment documentation which you may have. It is important that the person making the claim file their documentation at the proper time and with the proper departments. It is strongly recommended that you seek out the service of a claims professional.
If you have slipped and fallen in an employee restroom or in another area where proper precautions should have been taken to reduce the risk of slipping (such as on a manufacturing floor where rubber mats should be present) you may have grounds for an office accident claim.
Employees which have received electrical shock due to the poor maintenance of office equipment may have grounds for a claim, especially if the machinery was noted to have safety issues and was not serviced properly. If you have experienced heat stroke or a blackout due to the weather conditions of the office space, you may be able to file a claim. Specifically, if the conditions of the office are below the regulations set forth by the UK.
Any employee which has sustained major cuts, burns, bruises, broken bones, loss of limb, or any loved one who has lost a loved one due to the negligence of a business, definitively have grounds for a claim.
While there are many cases online which have received substantial compensation, this may or may not reflect your specific case. Cases are gauged on the severity of the injury, the likelihood of such an injury occurring, the ability or inability of the business to prevent the injury, as well as the duration of the injury and the loss of wages as a result of the injury. When seeking compensation do not attempt to elevate the gravity of your injuries to receive higher compensation, such is illegal and highly dangerous. You are strongly advised to receive diagnosis and treatment from a doctor, nurse, or a medical professional.
If you are unsure of the process of filing an office accident claim, or if you would like to have more information about whether or not you should file an office accident claim, please contact a legal claims professional. If you have suffered an injury in the office as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.
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