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Compensation for an Injury from an Office Door

Is it possible to claim compensation for an injury from an office door which shut unexpectedly and crushed my hand between the door and the frame?

Without knowing the circumstances of how the door came to shut unexpectedly, it is not possible to confirm whether or not you have a claim for compensation for an injury from an office door.

If the door was an automatic door which was malfunctioning, and the person who was responsible for the door (not necessarily your employer) knew about the fault but had failed to act on it, there could be a case of negligence to answer which would entitle you to claim for an office door injury.

The first thing you should do – if you have not done so already – is to have your hand injury examined by a doctor. Irrespective of whether a breach in a duty of care has occurred or not, it will be impossible to make a claim for being injured by a door in an office if there is no official record of your injury.

Thereafter, you should make a report of your accident in your employer´s “Accident Report Book” and find out whether it is your employer or the owner/manager of the building in which your office is situated who is responsibility for the safe operation of the door.

Once the responsible party is identified, it then has to be established that the door malfunctioned or presented a risk of injury due to their negligence. In order to determine negligence in a claim for an office door injury, a solicitor would ask for any risk assessments or records of maintenance inspections which existed to ascertain whether there had been a breach in the duty of care owed to you.

If negligence can be established, your solicitor would send a letter of claim to the negligent party´s insurers, advising them that a claim for an office door injury is being made against their policyholder. The insurance company has twenty-one days to acknowledge the letter and a further ninety days to conduct their own investigation and inform your solicitor whether or not they accept liability for your injury.

How much compensation for an injury from an office door you are entitled to receive will depend on the nature and severity of your injury and the impact it has on your quality of life. It is in your best interests to get a preliminary assessment from a solicitor of how much this may be to avoid the scenario in which you inadvertently accept an inappropriate offer of compensation for an injury from an office door from the negligent party´s insurers.

Indeed, it is recommended that you discuss the circumstances of your accident and injury with a personal injury solicitor at the first practical opportunity to establish how you injured by a door in an office and to determine whether there are sufficient grounds in order to make a claim for an office door injury.