Am I eligible to pursue an accident claim for slipping in a factory? I recently slipped on a patch of grease on the floor of the factory in which I work, twisting my ankle. The injury has left me out of work for two weeks now, and I am eager to recoup my lost earnings, especially considering I had no more sick days left when the injury occurred.
You may be eligible to pursue an accident claim for slipping in a factory if you can prove that your employer was at least partly responsible for the accident in which you sustained your injuries. Employers have a duty of care to take steps to protect their employees and to provide them with a safe environment in which to work. If you believe that negligence on the part of your employer in some way contributed to your accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 employers are obligated to provide a safe working environment for their employees. This includes conducting regular checks to ensure that a workplace is safe for employees to operate in — this includes taking measures to try to prevent trips. While the purpose of these checks typically is to identify and eliminate any potential hazards, these hazards are usually fixed items such as cables or flooring which may have come loose.
The grease patch on which you slipped may have not been present during your employer’s last check, and as you most likely pass the location where your accident took place on a regular basis, it is conceivable that it may not have been there the last time you walked there. In this case, a factory slipping personal injury claim may not be possible as your employer may not have had an opportunity within a reasonable timeframe to spot the grease patch.
Speaking with a solicitor will allow you to ascertain whether or not you are eligible to claim for factory work accident compensation and how likely your claim is to be successful. It may be possible after you have spoken with your solicitor, to sit down with your employer and discuss the possibility of being paid for the time which you were absent — as you have a genuine reason for being out of work, they may agree to pay you for your time off.
Assessing your options for receiving remuneration is easier with the help of an experienced personal injury claims solicitor. In order to have your accident claim for slipping in a factory stand the best chance of success, speak with a solicitor at the first available opportunity.