How much can I claim for slipping on a wet office floor if I broke my arm? My employer has accepted full responsibility for my accident, and today I received an offer of compensation from the insurance company of my employer. Should I accept it?
While it is a positive sign that your employer has accepted liability for your claim for slipping on a wet office floor, you should still exercise caution before accepting any offer of compensation from your employer’s insurance company. Your employer may be horrified that such an accident has happened and recognises your entitlement to compensation — however the primary goal of the insurance company is to save money, and is not interested in whether that you have enough compensation to meet your requirements. In this scenario you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor before accepting any such offer, and who can negotiate a compensation amount which reflects your requirements.
With a claim for slipping on a wet office floor, a fair compensation amount should include the following aspects:-
- General damages for your injuries, which will compensate for the nature of the injury you have sustained, its severity and the lasting effect it is likely to have. This figure will be adjusted in accordance with your age, gender and general state of health prior to the accident.
- Compensation for emotional trauma caused by your accident and injury, whether due to the nature of the accident itself or because of anxiety and depression during recovery. Emotional trauma must first be verified by a qualified psychiatrist before it can be included with your compensation.
- Special damages will return your financial situation to as though your accident never occurred. This will compensate for any expenses which you incurred as a direct result of your accident such as medical costs, the price of alternative transport and the cost of refitting your home if necessary. A major aspect of special damages will be for loss of income if you have been unable to work due to your injuries.
- You can claim damages for Loss of Amenity, which is compensation for any deterioration you may have suffered in your quality of life. This can vary from being unable to perform household tasks to the inability to engage in social events or partake in leisure activities.
Compensation with a claim for slipping on a wet office floor can be difficult to determine as no two cases are identical. For this reason you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity, who can advise on whether the compensation being offered is fair and negotiate an adequate amount on your behalf.