After I fell over a pile of books in my office I sustained a broken wrist. Can I initiate a compensation claim for injury tripping over books on office floor?
A claim for injury tripping over books on office floor can be initiated in the event that your employer is found to have been negligent, thus causing your injuries. Whether your employer has been negligent will depend upon a number of factors. For instance, if you tripped over the books immediately after they were placed on the floor, your employer cannot be held responsible as they would not have had time to react to the hazard. However if the books were on the floor for a considerable amount of time, during which your employer failed to take action regarding the hazard, you may be able to initiate a claim against your employer.
Immediately after your accident, you should seek medical attention for your injury. This is not only to ensure that your injuries do not deteriorate, but also to prevent your compensation being affected by contributory negligence due to failure to care for your own well-being. If this occurs, the compensation to which you may be entitled can be drastically reduced. Only when you have sought medical attention should you contact a personal injury solicitor regarding compensation.
Your solicitor can then determine if you have a legitimate compensation claim for injury tripping over books on office floor, describe to you the procedures which may be required and determine the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. You will be advised to make a report in the “Accident Report Book” of your employer, which can then the used as evidence to support your claim. If your absence from work lasts seven days or longer your employer is required to report your accident to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).The HSE may perform an investigation into your accident and injury, the findings of which can greatly assist your claim should your employers be found negligent.
Your employers may have to report a potential claim for injury tripping over books on office floor to their insurance company, who can directly contact you with an unsolicited offer of compensation. This will be an offer of compensation which will be made to you in exchange for an immediate resolution to your claim. However there is a strong possibility that the offer being made is not an accurate reflection of the compensation which you are entitled to, and should you be undercompensated you will be unable to return to the insurers seeking more. For this reason, if you receive an unsolicited compensation offer you are advised to contact your solicitor as soon as possible.