How Much Compensation For An Office Accident Claim?

If you have been injured while working in an office, you may be wondering whether you are eligible to make an office accident claim and how much compensation you could receive.

We start this guide by discussing how compensation is calculated for an accident at work claim, and the different heads of loss that could form your final settlement. From this, we will then discuss the duty of care you are owed while at work and when you could be eligible to claim compensation if you were involved in a workplace accident.

Additionally, we will provide examples of different types of accidents that could occur within an office. We also share examples of evidence that could help support you when making an office accident compensation claim.

Our guide closes by looking at how one of the personal injury solicitors on our panel could help you with making your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

If you have any questions regarding the personal injury claims process, you can contact one of our advisors. They can also discuss your potential claim with you and provide you with free advice. To speak with a member of our advisory team, you can:

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  1. Compensation Calculator For An Office Accident Claim
  2. When Can You Make An Office Accident Claim?
  3. What Are Different Types Of Office Accident Claims?
  4. How Do You Make Office Accident Injury Claims?
  5. Why Make A No Win No Fee Office Accident Claim?
  6. Learn More About Accident  At Work Claims

Compensation Calculator For An Office Accident Claim

Compensation settlements for successful office accident claims could consist of two heads of loss. The first is called general damages, which compensates the claimant for the physical and emotional pain and suffering prompted by the injuries.

Those calculating your claim for general damages could refer to any medical evidence you have provided regarding your physical and psychological injuries. Additionally, they may also refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), which lists guideline compensation brackets for various types of injuries at different severities.

Below, we have created a table using some of these compensation guidelines, aside from the first entry. However, please remember that how much compensation you could be awarded for your office accident claim will depend on the specific factors of your case. So, please only use this table as a guide.

Compensation Table

InjurySeverityGuideline BracketsNotes
Multiple Severe Injuries and Special Damages Severe Up to £1,000,000+Here the person will have suffered multiple severe injuries and compensation will also be awarded for special damages covering care costs, lost earnings and medical bills.
Head(a) Very Severe £344,150 to £493,000A limited ability to follow basic commands but no meaningful responses to environment and full-time professional care required.
(d) Less Severe £18,700 to £52,550A good recovery seen, with a resumption of normal daily life but with some persisting issues with mood, memory and concentration.
Neck (a) Severe (ii) £80,240 to £159,770Serious fractures and cervical disc damage that cause substantial loss of movement in the neck and function loss in one or more limbs.
Knee(a) Severe (ii) £63,610 to £85,100Fractures that extend into the knee joint causing constant pain, limiting movement and rendering the person prone to osteoarthritis.
Ankle(b) Severe £38,210 to £61,090Injuries that require extensive treatment involving plaster and/or surgical pins and leaves residual disabilities like severe limitations on walking, scarring and instability,
Back(b) Moderate (i) £33,880 to £47,320Cases like compression and crush fractures to the lumbar vertebrae causing constant pain and discomfort and a heightened likelihood that spinal fusion surgery will be required.
Elbow(b) Less Severe Injuries£19,100 to £39,070Injuries that impair function but do not demand surgery or leave lasting disability.
Wrist(c) Less Severe£15,370 to £29,900Some permanent disability will remain such as a degree of persisting stiffness and pain.
Shoulder(b) Serious£15,580 to £23,430Dislocations and damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus causing aching, weakened grip and restricted movement of the shoulder.

Special Damages For A Personal Injury Claim

The second head of loss you could potentially be awarded is special damages. This compensates the claimant for current and predicted financial losses caused by the injuries. However, when claiming for financial harm, you will need to provide evidence of what you are claiming for. Some examples could include:

  • Payslips that show a loss in earnings.
  • Receipts for any over-the-counter pain relief or prescription fees.
  • Bus or train tickets to prove travel costs to essential medical appointments.
  • Invoices for any at-home care you received.

Continue reading this guide to see whether you may be eligible to claim office injury compensation. You can also contact our advisors to discuss your case and receive a free valuation of your potential compensation.

When Can You Make An Office Accident Claim?

All office workers are owed a duty of care while they are at work. This is because all employers owe a duty of care to their employees under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). It states that employers must take reasonable steps to prevent their employees from coming to harm as they do their jobs.

This includes steps such as:

  • Carrying out regular workplace risk assessments.
  • Ensuring all workplace equipment is regularly maintained and suitable for their purpose.
  • Keeping the work environment clear of any clutter and signposting any hazards that cannot be removed.

To be able to make an office accident claim, you will need to ensure your case meets the following criteria:

  • Yoour employer owed a duty of care to you.
  • They breached this duty in some way.
  • You can prove you suffered and injury as a result of this breach.

If you believe you suffered your injury due to your employer breaching health and safety regulations, you can contact our advisors to see whether you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim.

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What Are Different Types Of Office Accident Claims?

Should an employer fail to adhere to the care duty,  it could lead to an office accident that leaves you harmed. Some examples of how office accidents could occur include:

  • Your employer knew that a plug socket was faulty yet failed to fix this issue or warn employees not to use this plug socket. Due to this, you suffer an electric shock injury.
  • Computer cables were not stowed away properly, causing an employee to trip over them and suffer an ankle fracture and broken wrist.
  • Your employer provided you with a known faulty office chair to use. Upon sitting on the chair, it breaks, and you suffer a back injury and hip injury upon falling to the floor.

These are only a few examples. To discuss the exact circumstances of your case, and see whether you may be eligible to make an office accident claim, you can contact our team of advisors.

How Do You Make Office Accident Injury Claims?

Having sufficient evidence to support your case is an important part of the office accident claims process. The evidence you gather needs to demonstrate how the accident happened, what injuries you suffered and how your employer was liable for them.

Some examples of evidence you could collect to support your office accident claim include:

  • Any video footage that captured your accident, such as CCTV footage.
  • Copies of your medical records that list the injuries you have suffered and the treatment you have needed for them.
  • A copy of your incident report from the accident book. This may contain useful information about your accident, such as when the accident took place and how it happened.
  • The contact details of any eyewitnesses to your accident, so that a statement can be collected from them later into the claiming process.
  • Photographs of the accident scene and any injuries you have suffered that are visible.

If you choose to work with a solicitor for your office injury claim, they could help you with gathering supporting evidence as part of their services.

What Is The Time Limit For Office Injury Accident Claims?

Under the terms of the Limitation Act 1980, there is usually a three-year time limit for starting a personal injury compensation claim. This usually runs from the date of the accident.

Certain exceptions apply to this time limit for those lacking the mental capacity to handle their own claim and for those injured as a minor.

To learn more about what these exceptions are, you can contact our advisors. They can also inform you whether you are still within the time limit to begin your office accident claim.

Why Make A No Win No Fee Office Accident Claim?

If you contact our advisors today, they can assess the eligibility of your office accident claim. If they deem it to be valid, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel. The solicitors on our panel could help guide you through the personal injury claims process and negotiate a settlement on your behalf.

Additionally, the solicitors on our panel generally offer their services under a type of a No Win No Fee contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This type of agreement comes with various benefits, such as:

  • No upfront solicitors fees apply for their services.
  • You will not need to pay any ongoing fees for solicitors’ services as the claim moves forward.
  • Nothing to pay for your solicitor’s work should the claim fail.
  • If the claim wins, your solicitor will take a small percentage of your compensation. This is referred to as a success fee. Additionally, how much can be taken as this percentage is capped by the law.

To see whether one of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our panel could help you with claiming compensation, you can contact one of the advisors on our team. They can also offer you free advice and help answer your questions about starting a workplace injury claim. You can connect with them today by:

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Learn More About Accident At Work Claims

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Thank you for reading this guide about when you could make an office accident claim. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact one of our advisors.