I stated to my employer several times that my office chair was unstable. I recently fell off the chair, hurting my back in the process. Can I make a claim for injury falling off a faulty office chair?
It is possible to make a claim for injury falling off faulty office chair as long as the negligence of your employer can be proven. It is the legal obligation of your employer to provide you with a safe work environment, and particularly if you had raised the issue in the past you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injury.
Your immediate priority after your injury should be to seek medical attention. This is not only to prevent the further deterioration of your injury, but also to ensure that your compensation claim is not damaged by allegations of negligence where you worsened your injuries due to your own carelessness. As your injuries will be noted in your medical history, this will also be valuable evidence to support your claim. It is only after this point you should consider a claim.
Your claim for injury falling off faulty office chair can be established if it transpires that your employer had provided inferior office equipment or ignored your concerns regarding the instability of your chair, in which case they may be held liable for your injuries. Your employer is obliged to provide you with office supplies of a safe standard, and if failure to do so results in an injury they can be held responsible. Regardless, you are advised to contact a personal injury lawyer at the earliest opportunity, who can inform you on your eligibility to make a claim, answer any questions you may have and estimate how much compensation you may be entitled to.
To strengthen your claim for injury falling off faulty office chair, you may be advised to make a report of your accident in your employer’s “Accident Report Book” and to keep a copy of this for your own records. If your employer reports the accident in question to their insurance company, you may receive an unsolicited offer of compensation offering you a sum of money in exchange for an immediate settlement of your claim. Such offers should not be accepted without first consulting your lawyer, as there is a high possibility that the compensation being offered is insufficient to cover your requirements. If an offer is accepted which turns out to be inadequate, you cannot return to the insurers seeking more compensation. Your lawyer will be able to determine the amount of compensation to which you are entitled, and can therefore negotiate a fairer amount.