Compensation for Slipping on Wet Office Kitchen Floor
Is it possible to claim compensation for slipping on wet office kitchen floor if I had already finished my shift?
Provided that you can prove that the injury you sustained was due to another party’s negligence, you should be able to claim compensation for slipping on wet office kitchen floor, despite the fact that you had finished your shift.
It is your employer’s legal obligation to ensure that the office kitchen floor was cleaned if it was slippery or greasy, or if there was any sort of spillage; although in order to claim for slip injury from wet office kitchen floor compensation, it must be established that the hazard could have been removed in a “reasonable” amount of time. Compensation claims of this type can become complicated as it is the plaintiff’s responsibility to prove third party negligence and establishing liability may entail determining precisely the length of time the hazard existed.
Unless your employer had explicitly instructed staff that the office kitchen was closed for maintenance and that no staff members were to enter, your eligibility to claim compensation for the injury you sustained when you slipped on office kitchen floor when it was wet is unlikely to be affected by the fact that you had completed your shift.
A factor that could impair your right to claim compensation for slipping on wet office kitchen floor would be a failure to have sought prompt medical attention. If you had not been treated by a medical professional and had your injuries recorded in your medical history, or if you did seek medical care but there is a substantial gap between the date of the accident and the date your injury was finally examined, it may be impossible to pursue your claim for slip injury from wet office kitchen floor or the overall amount of compensation may be reduced to reflect your own lack of care.
There are some standard procedures that, if completed, may benefit your claim. After you slipped on office kitchen floor when it was wet and sustained your injury, and following the appropriate medical care, you should have had the accident documented in your employer’s Accident Report Book. If there were any witnesses to the accident you should have gathered their details and if it was possible, you should have taken pictures of the scene.
Regardless of whether or not you have completed all of these procedures, you would be well advised to discuss the circumstances of your compensation for slipping on wet office kitchen floor claim with an experienced solicitor at the first practical moment. After confirming your eligibility to pursue a claim against your employer, your solicitor would be able to assist you with establishing your employer’s negligence; but would also be able to handle the case as delicately as possible to minimise the threat of conflict between employer and employee.