Can I claim compensation for slipping on food in an office kitchen area if it had not been cleaned in more than a week?
You may be eligible to pursue compensation for slipping on food in an office kitchen area if you sustained an injury for which someone else was responsible. In order to be eligible to claim for a slip at work, you must be able to prove that someone who owed you a duty of care at the time of your accident — that is, someone responsible for your health and safety — failed in their obligation. Although it may not seem as if your employer is responsible for your accident given that they are more than likely not the person charged with cleaning the kitchen, they are the person who you are most likely eligible to pursue a claim against as they are the party that owes you a duty of care while you are at work.
Part of an employer’s duty of care is the responsibility to ensure that a workplace is as safe as possible for employees to operate in. As it is unlikely that no-one in your office noticed that your kitchen had not been cleaned in more than a week — including your employer — it is likely that they may have failed in their duty of care and allowed you to come to injury through their negligence. If you believe that your employer has failed in their obligation to protect your health and safety by not having your kitchen properly maintained, you may be eligible to pursue a claim for a slip at work.
In order to ensure that your eligibility to claim compensation for slipping at work is unhindered, you should have sought medical attention at the first possible opportunity after your accident. You should have summoned an ambulance immediately after sustaining your injury, or if you were incapacitated at the time, should have had someone else do it for you. The medical record of your injury which would have been written up at the hospital should be obtained as soon as possible as it may serve as valuable evidence to support your claim for compensation for slipping on food in an office kitchen area. If you have not already sought treatment, you should do so immediately.
In order to claim compensation for slipping in a kitchen at work you may need to gather other evidence such as an accident report, witness statements or photos of your injury and of the scene. To find out exactly which evidence you need to collect, speak with a personal injury claims solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity.
Speaking with a personal injury claims solicitor will allow you not only to find out which evidence you need to collect to support your claim for a slip at work: a solicitor will also be able to tell you whether or not you are indeed eligible to claim compensation for slipping and may be able to provide you with an estimate of how much compensation you may be entitled to receive. Compensation for slipping on food in an office kitchen area is always best sought with the assistance of a personal injury claim solicitor.