Canteen Accident Compensation Claim
Can I make a canteen accident compensation claim if I slipped on melted ice-cream in front of the ice-cream machine at work?
The main criteria for making a canteen accident compensation claim for a work illness is that the injury was sustained as a direct consequence of your employer’s negligence. Slipping on melted ice-cream could indeed entitle you to claim compensation, but only if it can be shown that the ice-cream could have been cleaned up in a “reasonable” amount of time.
An employer must be proven to have failed in their duty of care to provide their employee with a safe and clean working environment in order for the employer to be named liable for a canteen accident compensation claim. An employer owes a duty of care to make sure that the workplace is safe and that staff members are not placed at risk of danger when at work.
However, the employer’s duty of care is not “absolute”. If it can be proven that the ice-cream could not possibly have been cleared up by the staff member responsible, you may not qualify to claim compensation for the canteen accident. By recording your accident in the company’s “Accident Report Book”, by gathering any witness details and be assessing footage from CCTV you may be able to prove negligence or at the very least support your claim.
An important procedure to have taken would have been to visit a medical practitioner immediately after the accident to have your injuries recorded in your medical history. This can also add vital support to your claim, especially in the instance that your employer denies liability.
You would be well advised to discuss the circumstances of your accident and injuries with a solicitor at the first practical moment following medical treatment when considering making a canteen accident compensation claim. Your solicitor can evaluate your case in the initial consultation that most solicitors offer with our charge and if he or she deems it viable, they can assist with the procedures required to pursue the claim. Making a compensation claim against your employer can be an uncomfortable situation but an experienced solicitor would be able to handle the case in a delicate manner with the minimum risk of conflict.