Office Injury Claims Glasgow
On the surface an office may appear to be a relatively low risk environment when compared to some other workplaces. However, each year a significant number of claims are sought by people who have been injured in an office.
No matter where you work your employer has a duty to provide you with a safe working environment and your employer should act to help prevent accidents occurring in the workplace.
A very common office injury is a fall or trip over things like boxes or packaging that have been left unattended. Workers can trip over electrical cables and accidents can be caused by uneven flooring or broken floor tiles. The office should be regularly risk assessed to ensure that any dangers can be addressed. Files, stock or books may be stored at height in a filing room or storage area and employers have a responsibility to ensure that workers have been trained to safely use this equipment. Ladders must be in good working order and employees should be trained how to use them safely. It is not acceptable for workers to use makeshift equipment such as tables, chairs or shelving units to reach items.
Office workers are sometime required to do heavy lifting. This could be stock that needs to be moved, files or office supplies. Workers must be provided with training on how to safely lift without injuring themselves or others.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Claims
The nature of office work sees many office workers sitting for long periods of time in the same position. For some employees their job will involve repeating the same movements again and again all day. This can result in Repetitive Strain Injury. Employers must take steps to protect their workers from these injuries. The main forms of RSI are:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – this painful condition affect the hand and fingers and can be caused by continued repetitive movements such as typing.
Trigger Finger – this condition causes the tendon of the finger to swell and can make it difficult to bend or straighten the finger.
De Quervain’s Syndrome – this syndrome causes pain, tenderness and swelling of the thumb and can make it difficult to grip.
Tennis Elbow – this condition causes the tendons of the elbow to inflame. This can be caused by the repetitive use of the forearm muscles.
What Should I do if I am Injured in the Office?
If you are injured in an office accident you should report the incident to your employer. Each workplace should have a system for reporting and recording accidents. Your employer has a duty of care for all employees and must take steps to ensure the office is regularly risk assessed. Your employer may ask you to attend a medical appointment to establish the extent of your injuries. You give the doctor a full account of the injuries you received as this can be an important factor in establishing how much compensation you will be able to claim. It is important to remember that you can only make a claim for an injury you have suffered in the past three years.
How Much Will I be Able to Claim for a Workplace Accident?
The amount you may be able to claim will depend upon several factors, including:
- The severity of the injury you received.
- The preventative steps taken by your employer to avoid a workplace accident.
- The culpability of the injured party. The amount you are able to claim may be affected by whether you followed the training you were given or whether you used equipment in the appropriate manner.
- Every claim will depend on the particular circumstances of the case so contact us today to find out how much you could be due.
You can read about how much compensation you may be able to claim here.
Why Choose Personal Injury Claims Glasgow
Personal Injury Claims Glasgow deal with all enquiries quickly and efficiently. If you have been injured in the workplace due to the negligence of your employer we will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact Office Injury Lawyers Glasgow
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, our trusted lawyers can help you claim compensation. We act on a no win no fee* basis so get in touch today to find out if you are able to claim compensation.
Call us on 0141 413 4377. You can also make an online enquiry by completing our claim form.