I sprained my wrist trying to break my fall when I tripped on loose carpet in office and now cannot compete in the finals of a badminton tournament at my local club. Am I entitled to compensation for this?
Assuming that your employer has accepted his liability in your tripped on loose carpet injury claim, you are entitled to include compensation for your “loss of amenity”. Loss of amenity most often applies to compensation for being deprived of the facility to perform day-to-day activities, but can also be extended to account for any deterioration in your quality of life.
If you had trained, practised and subsequently qualified for the finals of a badminton tournament which you would have taken part in had you not sprained your wrist, the disappointment of not being able to participate would qualify as a deterioration in your quality of life and could be included in a claim for injury due to loose carpet in office compensation.
Other areas of your life which may qualify for loss of amenity compensation in a tripped on loose carpet in office injury claim would include being unable to drive, caring for your children or elderly relatives, using a computer, doing the weekly shopping or many other relatively mundane tasks which we usually take for granted.
The element of “loss of amenity” in a tripped on loose carpet in office injury claim is one of the reasons why no two workplace injury claims for compensation are identical and why you should also undergo a full and comprehensive assessment of your claim by a personal injury solicitor. Usually a solicitor will provide an initial assessment free of charge and, if your employer has accepted his liability in your tripped on loose carpet injury claim, you will find that the solicitor will be prepared to represent you on a “No Win, No Fee” basis.
Depending on the severity of your sprained wrist, it could be in your best interests to speak with a solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity. Should you wait until after your tripped on loose carpet injury has healed, you may not remember all the restrictions on your life that you are currently experiencing and may be undercompensated for the loss of amenity in your injury due to loose carpet in office claim.