Injured At The Office? Learn How To Sue

If you want to know how to sue an office, look no further than this article. We’ve put together this guide to help you understand the process of putting together a valid claim against your employer. We’ll go through examples of accidents at work to clarify what a valid claim looks like. We also discuss No Win No Fee agreements and how they could benefit you. 

how to sue an office
how to sue an office

Before we get started, it would be useful for you to know a few things. Firstly, when making a claim, you must be able to provide evidence of your employer’s negligence. If your employer has ignored the duty of care they owe you and you have consequently suffered a personal injury, you may have grounds to make a valid claim. 

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  1. How To Sue An Office For Personal Injury
  2. Examples Of Accidents At Work
  3. How To Sue An Office For Slips Or Trips
  4. How Much Compensation Could I Get In A Claim Against An Office?
  5. What Is The Legal Definition Of No Win No Fee?
  6. Learn More About How To Sue An Office

How To Sue An Office For Personal Injury

When your employer is negligent, you may be injured as a result. Therefore you could be wondering how to sue an office for personal injury.

It is worth noting that your employer has a responsibility for your health and safety in the workplace. This duty of care is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The legislation means employers should take every reasonable step to create a safe working environment.

Responsibilities your employer has may include:

  • Providing the correct equipment and making sure it is safe and fit-for-purpose
  • Offering adequate training to employees
  • Carrying out risk assessments and removing or controlling potential hazards

If an employer has breached a duty of care to you, you may be able to make a claim. However, you must be able to prove that their negligence caused your injury. Speak to our team for more information on how to sue an office.

Examples Of Accidents At Work

Unfortunately, accidents in the workplace aren’t uncommon. Around 0.4 million workers sustained a non-fatal injury last year, according to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). However, in some cases, an accident may happen and it is no one’s fault. As such, an employer is likely not to be liable for the accident. 

On the other hand, employers are responsible if an accident is caused due to a failure to uphold their duty of care. We’ve featured some example scenarios below.

Slips, trips and falls

A slip or trip accident may happen if your employer fails to carry out regular risk assessments and remove any potential hazards. For example, if you are a window cleaner and your employer provides you with a ladder that hasn’t been assessed for its safety, it could be faulty leading you to fall from a height and sustain a broken foot or broken ankle.

Manual handling accidents 

Manual handling accidents could happen if an employer does not provide you with adequate training to perform your job properly and safely. For example, you are a warehouse worker and were not trained to lift heavy stock safely. Subsequently, you could sustain a broken thumb if you drop the stock on your hands.

Industrial and occupational diseases

Some workplaces require employees to work around dangerous substances that could put them at risk of occupational diseases. Your employer should have measures in place to control or remove hazards these substances pose, such as providing employees with personal protective equipment. For example, if you work with chemicals that cause skin irritation, your employer is responsible for providing protective gloves. Failing to do so could lead to you developing occupational dermatitis. 

Our advisors could help determine whether your accident happened as a result of your employer, and whether it forms grounds to make a valid claim. Read on to learn more about how to sue an office.

How To Sue An Office For Slips And Trips

In this next section, we will explain how to sue an office for slip and trip accidents. Slip and trip accidents could lead you to have a concussion or fall on your face and break your cheekbone. Like with all workplace accidents, if your employer has neglected their duty of care, there are several steps you may consider to build a strong claim. We explore these steps below:

  • Seek medical attention: You should seek medical attention to ensure your injuries are treated properly and safely. Medical records provide key evidence to support your claim too.
  • Gather evidence: Obtain CCTV footage, witness contact details, photographs of your injury and where the accident happened, plus records of your accident in the workplace accident book.
  • Seek legal advice: Our panel of solicitors may support your claim and help you seek compensation. 

If you are ready to begin your claim, get in touch with our team. They may connect you to our panel of solicitors if they think you have a valid claim. 

How Much Compensation Could I Get In A Claim Against An Office?

Now that we’ve got you up to speed with how to sue an office, maybe you’re wondering how much compensation you could receive if your claim is successful. We’ve included a table below to give you an illustration. The compensation brackets are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, a document used by solicitors to value injuries. 

The figures below cover general damages, which compensate you for any physical or psychological injuries you may experience. You may also claim for special damages, which cover financial losses you have accrued because of your injury. Additionally, when claiming damages, you must be able to prove that your employer’s negligence caused your injuries.

InjuryAverage Compensation AmountNotes
Moderate (i) Injuries to the Pelvis and Hip£26,590 to £39,170Any risk of permanent disability will not be great despite there being significant injury.
Moderate or Minor Injuries to the ElbowUp to £12,590The length of your recovery determines the award in this bracket.
Wrist Injuries (a)£47,620 to £59,860An arthrodesis may be required rendering your wrist unable to function.
Moderate Hand Injury£5,720 to £13,280Permanent disability may follow on from failed surgery.
Severe (i) Leg Injuries£96,250 to £135,920Extensive bone grafting may be required if fractures have not united.
Less Serious (i) Leg Injuries£17,960 to £27,760Serious soft tissue injuries may lead to significant cosmetic deficit and functional restriction.
Moderate (i) Knee Injuries£14,840 to £26,190There could be risk of mild future disability, including minor instability.
Severe Ankle Injuries£31,310 to £50,060The level of the award within this bracket is affected by features such as regular sleep disturbance and unsightly scarring.
Serious Foot Injuries£24,990 to £39,200Pain will be ongoing and there may be risk of future arthritis or surgery.
Moderate Toe InjuriesUp to £9,600

Permanent scarring justifies an award towards the higher end of this bracket.

Can’t see your injury above? Fear not as our advisors are on hand to help. They could give you an estimation of how much your injury could be worth in compensation. 

What Is The Legal Definition Of No Win No Fee?

A No Win No Fee agreement is a contract you would take out with a solicitor before beginning the claims process. The terms and conditions are agreed upon beforehand to avoid any hidden costs. 

A No Win No Fee arrangement is appealing since there are no upfront solicitor fees involved, and your solicitor covers any legal costs accrued during proceedings.  This is because solicitors deduct a legally capped fee from your compensation if your claim is successful.  Your solicitor doesn’t receive this fee, however, if your claim fails. Subsequently, No Win No Fee solicitors have an extra incentive to make sure you successfully claim compensation.

Our panel of solicitors offer their services on a No Win No Fee arrangement. If you have a favourable claim, our advisors could connect you with them. 

Speak To Us About How To Sue An Office 

If you feel you have additional questions on how to sue an office successfully, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our advisors may also connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor if they think that you have a valid claim. You can contact our team through the following methods:

Learn More About How To Sue An Office

Here are some additional resources you may find useful when learning about how to sue an office:

  • Concern Form – Report a health and safety issue to HSE.
  • Broken Leg – NHS guidance on what to do if you break your leg.

For further reading on how to sue an office, you may find our other guides helpful.

Thank you for reading our guide on how to sue an office. Speak to our team if you have any additional questions.

Article by JEN

Edited by VIC