Is it possible to pursue compensation for slipping in a toilet at work due to a leaking tap?
It is impossible to ascertain whether or not you are eligible to pursue compensation for slipping in a toilet at work due to a leaking tap from the detail provided in your question. For you to be eligible to pursue a claim for an injury at work, you must have sustained an injury which was the fault of a person who owed you a duty of care at the time — that is, a person responsible from protecting your health and safety. Generally the person against whom a claim for an injury at work is pursued is an employer, as they have a responsibility to ensure that a workplace is as hazard-free as possible.
Although the presence of a leaking tap may represent a hazard, you may only be able to pursue slip injury compensation if you are able to prove that your employer failed to notice and correct the problem within a “reasonable” time frame. If the spill had been noticed and no action was taken to clean it or no wet floor signs had been erected, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for slipping in a toilet at work due to a leaking tap.
Although an employer owes their workers a “duty of care”, their obligation is not “absolute” — meaning that employees must also take steps to ensure their own safety. If you slipped on a wet floor which was surrounded by signage and which had been cleaned, your claim for slip injury compensation may not be successful.
If you believe that you are eligible to pursue a claim for an injury at work, you should note that there are protocols which you should adhere to in order to strengthen your claim for slip injury compensation. Immediately after sustaining an injury you should have sought medical attention. Not only is seeking medical treatment essential to protecting your health and welfare, it is also vital for obtaining a medical record of your injuries — evidence which you will be able to refer to later on in the claims process.
It is likely that your employer keeps a record of all of the injuries which occur in your workplace in an Accident Report Book. After receiving medical treatment, you should log an entry in it and ask to retain a copy. The copy can then be passed to your solicitor and added to any other evidence — photos, witness statements for example — which you have gathered.
In order to ensure that your claim for an injury at work has the greatest likelihood of being successful, you should speak with a personal injury claims solicitor at the first available opportunity. A solicitor will be able to tell you whether or not you are entitled to pursue a claim for compensation for slipping in a toilet at work due to a leaking tap, and may be able to provide you with an estimate of how much compensation you may be entitled to claim.