Can I claim compensation for slipping in office kitchens? I slipped on a puddle of spilled water, but my employer said I should have watched where I was going as it “comes with the job”.
Your claim to compensation for slipping in office kitchens will be entirely valid as long as you were not directly responsible for the injury you sustained. It appears as though your employer is trying to discourage you from making a claim for compensation. However if a third party in your workplace failed to comply with relevant health and safety regulations, your employer is liable for your injuries.
If a puddle of water had appeared on the kitchen floor, it should have been cleared up straight away. A warning sign should have been placed where it would be clearly visible to advise that a hazard was present. If no such sign was present — or at least was not displayed in an area where it could be clearly noticed — this would considered to be a failure in the provision of a safe place in which to work. As a result, your employer will be held responsible for your injury.
As you have sustained an injury for which you were not to blame, your employer will be liable for your compensation for slipping in office kitchens. This may have occurred if your employer had failed to consider the possibility of an employee sustaining an injury upon slipping in the kitchen. It is possible that he had failed to provide adequate training to the cleaners in order to remove such hazards, or in placing the signs in a highly visible area in order to minimise the risk of injury. Your employer may also have failed to provide close supervision to the cleaner in order to ensure that he was performing his duties to the best of his abilities.
It is also possible that you could have been responsible for your own injuries. This may be the case if you had noticed the warning signs but ignored them, or if all the relevant safety measures were taken by your employer. You may also lose compensation if you failed to seek immediate medical attention for your injuries, thus making them worse in the process. While you may still be entitled to claim for your injuries in these scenarios, the amount of compensation to which you could be eligible can be reduced in order to reflect your own carelessness.
If you believe you have a valid claim to compensation for slipping in office kitchens, you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor. You can discuss the details of your case, the amount of compensation you may be entitled to and whether your claim is worth pursuing. As a time limit of three years exists in order to initiate such claims — and the preparation of a case may be a time-consuming process — you are advised to contact a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity.