Who should I make a compensation claim against if I slipped in a kitchen at work? The floor was wet but no hazard signs were erected.
In you intend to seek compensation for having slipped in a kitchen at work your employer is likely to be third party who is responsible for your injury unless he is using the services of an external cleaning company. Although you employer may not have caused your injury, he or she is still responsible for the conduct of staff they directly employ therefore even if it was a work colleague your work injury claim must be made against your employer.
Your employer has a duty of care to provide all staff with a safe working environment; therefore if the floor was wet, warning signs should have been displayed.
Of course you may be apprehensive about making a compensation claim if you slipped in a kitchen at work and it is quite natural to worry about pursuing a claim for a fall in the office kitchen against your employer, but it is important to remember that your claim is made against your employer’s insurance company therefore they, and not your employer, will be paying compensation in the event that your claim is successful. You should also be aware that UK law states that no ramifications are permitted against an employee who makes a work injury claim against an employer.
Before pursuing a claim, it is important that you seek prompt medical attention as a failure to do so could not only be dangerous for your health, but could also jeopardise your compensation claim as it could be alleged by your employer’s insurance company that your injury was not serious enough to seek professional medical care.
When you have done this, you should make an entry about the incident in your employer’s ‘Accident Report Book’ and contact a personal injury solicitor. The majority of personal injury solicitors in the UK offer a free consultation service, therefore you can have your claim evaluated taking all factors into account without being under any financial obligation to your solicitor.
Knowing the potential value of your compensation claim is especially useful if your employer’s insurers make you an early offer of compensation upfront. Frequently these offers are far below the amount you may be entitled to if you pursued your claim for a fall in the office kitchen further. Therefore if you know the potential value of your claim if you slipped in a kitchen at work you can make an informed decision about pursuing the claim or settling with your employer’s insurers, however it is important that you seek advice from your personal injury solicitor before making a decision.