Working from home accidents

Thanks to technological advancements, along with reduced costs, the number of people who now work from home, whether full or part-time, has increased considerably.

As a result, an employer has a responsibility to ensure, as far as is reasonably possible, that all of his or her employees are safe, wherever they are. It’s just as important to prevent working from home accidents as those at the employer’s premises.

Common professions affected by working from home accidents

There are many different types of jobs which are carried out by individuals who work from home, including:

  • a solicitor
  • a lecturer
  • a translator
  • a travel consultant
  • an accountant
  • an architect
  • an online tutor
  • business development manager
  • sales manager
  • a website designer software engineer

Working at home accidents

Can you claim personal injury compensation for working from home accidents? This is a difficult question to answer as injuries sustained at home, whilst in work, may have many contributory factors. If, for instance, you have manually handled a delivery box being sent to you personally during your working at home hours, and you suffer an injury, your employer is not responsible. If on the other hand you are receiving a delivery at home from, or for your employer, and you have not received the correct training or equipment, resulting in injury, you may be entitled to claim compensation for a workplace injury.

Employer’s duty of care for individuals working from home

Your employer has a duty of care to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of all the activities carried out by his or her employees, including those working from home. Your employer is responsible for ensuring that any work equipment supplied is:

  • fit for purpose
  • maintained in good working order
  • and inspected regularly.

Common equipment used when working from home

Equipment used or supplied to you whilst working from home may include:

  • a computer/laptop
  • an office chair
  • a desk
  • office lighting (such as desk lamp)
  • a telephone
  • a printer/fax machine.

Working from home accidents claims

You have sustained an injury while working from home and you suspect your employer is to blame, contact our working from home accident solicitors today for a free, no obligation advice session. We will advise on whether your compensation claim has merit and the processes you should take – offering a no win no fee funding option to our clients where possible, meaning if your case is unsuccessful you won’t be charged.

Working from home accidents solicitors

Hugh James is one of the leading personal injury law firms in the UK, and the largest in Wales. Our dedicated working from home accidents solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with cases of workplace accidents and injuries across Swansea, Cardiff and South Wales.

Our knowledge, experience and background in workplace accident compensation claims allow us to offer the best possible advice whilst acting on your behalf. Unlike some firms, we don’t sell your claim to the highest bidder, meaning if you instruct Hugh James, you are instructing us directly.

If you suspect your employer is at fault for your working from home accident, contact our working from home accidents solicitors today for free, no-obligation advice and guidance.

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