If I told my office supervisor that my chair was broken and she did nothing about it, and then I injured my back when the chair collapsed, can I claim for a hurt back due to falling from a faulty office chair?
It would appear that a claim for a hurt back due to falling from a faulty office chair would be perfectly reasonable; however there are two potential issues which might prevent you from claiming compensation for an injury due to a faulty chair.
The first potential issue is how you dealt with your injury after your accident happened. To say that you “hurt your back” would imply that you have not sought professional medical attention for your injury. If you did not immediately attend the Accident and Emergency department of the nearest hospital or make an emergency appointment to see your GP, it could be claimed by your employer´s insurance company – the organisation responsible for paying compensation for a hurt back due to falling from a faulty chair – that your injury was not bad enough at the time to warrant medical attention. Even if you visited your doctor after several days, it could still be claimed that your back injury came from another source.
The second problem you may encounter is if you contributed to the cause of your chair collapsing by your own lack of care. An example of this would be if you hung heavy coats or bags on your chair when options were available for you to securely store your personal possessions elsewhere. Most office chairs are constructed to withstand significant use and abuse, but if it is justifiably considered that your actions contributed to a chair failure, it may well affect how much compensation for a hurt back due to falling from a faulty office chair you will be entitled to receive – if at all.
These may seem to be very negative comments in answer to your question, but is best you are aware of some of the hurdles you may encounter when making a claim for a hurt back due to falling from a faulty office chair. If after reading the reply to your question, you still feel that you are eligible to make a claim for a hurt back due to falling from a faulty office chair, you are advised to speak directly with an office accident claims solicitor as soon as possible.