Is making a claim for slipping on food on the floor in the office canteen possible if I slipped and sprained my wrist when I fell?
Provided that it can be proven that your employer – through the canteen manager or supervisor – failed in their duty of care to provide you with a safe environment in which to eat, and you sustained a quantifiable injury as a result, it should be possible to make a claim for slipping on food on the floor in the office canteen. However, as with nearly all office accident claims, there are exceptions.
The first exception is in respect of your injury. If you sustained a sprained wrist, it must have been diagnosed by a medical professional and recorded in your medical history. Without an official record of your injury there can be no injury claim for slipping on food on the floor of the canteen. Therefore, if you relied on first aid administered at work, or treated your injury when you returned home, you should make an appointment to see a doctor at once.
The second exception is in respect of your employer´s duty of care. Your employer´s duty of care to prevent the risk of injury wherever possible is not “absolute”. By this it is meant that, had the food on the floor of the office canteen had just fallen from a colleague´s tray or plate seconds before you slipped on it, it would not be reasonable for your employer or his representative to identify and remove the hazard in the time that was available to them.
Therefore, in order to support a claim for slipping on food on the floor in the office canteen, you would need to show that the canteen floor is often in a dirty condition and food dropped on it is left unattended and represents a risk of injury. Photographs taken with a mobile phone are often enough to prove negligence in a claim for compensation for slipping on food on the floor in the office canteen, but if colleagues are willing to testify that food is often left on the floor of the canteen, or similar accidents are recorded in your employer´s “Accident Report Book”, this would strengthen your claim for slipping on food on the floor in the office canteen.
If you still feel that you are entitled to compensation for slipping on food on the floor in the office canteen, you should speak with a solicitor about claiming compensation for your sprained wrist. Once hearing about the circumstances of your injury and the general condition of the canteen floor, the solicitor will be able to advise you whether you have an injury claim for slipping on food on the floor in the office canteen which is worth your while to pursue.