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Home > News > Accident at work compensation for injuries in office move

15th December 2008

Accident at work compensation for injuries in office move

Clear Answers' solicitors were asked for accident claim advice by this client who sustained personal injuries at work when he tripped and fell during an office move. Our client worked in the offices of a major corporation who had recently moved the offices of our client from one floor to another. No provision was made for assisting with the removals and our client and his colleagues were told to move everything themselves.

Tripping hazard results in long-term injuries

The layout of their desks was different to that needed by the previous occupants, which meant that cables and sockets were left exposed. Carrying a box from the old office into the new one, our client tripped and fell over cables from a power socket, which had been left in the middle of the floor.

Suffering multiple injuries, our client received treatment but was advised that he may require an operation on his knee in the future. Unable to return to his duties, and on medication for the pain resulting from this tripping accident at work, his employer eventually terminated his employment on the grounds of ill health.

Contributory negligence claimed by employer

The defendant had originally argued that our client had contributed to his accident, but subsequently accepted liability. However, the other side’s insurers refused to negotiate a reasonable settlement and our lawyers, who have extensive experience in dealing with accident at work compensation claims, were forced to issue court proceedings.

No risk assessment was a breach of regulations

Our personal injury solicitors brought the claim on the grounds that the employer had not carried out a risk assessment prior to the office move. Nor had they made sure our client was provided with a suitable and safe place of work. The defendant had allowed an object to remain on the floor, causing an obstruction and tripping hazard.

This was a breach of both the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

Compensation for injuries at work

However, prior to the trial date, the other side agreed to commence negotiations and these were eventually completed to our client’s satisfaction.

Our specialist personal injury lawyers were able to secure over £100,000 in accident compensation, and our client received 100% of his compensation.

Injury At Work Compensation Claims

Clear Answers’ lawyers are specialists in all types of injuries at work, including slips trips and falls. We have teams of experts waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your claim.

Our advisers will be happy to talk you through the injury at work claims process, in plain English. They will provide you with expert legal advice to answer any questions you may have regarding your personal injury claim.

If you or a family member has suffered a personal injury at work, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete our online compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.

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