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Compensation for Slipping in Office Kitchens

When you make a claim for injury compensation for slipping in office kitchens, how do you prove your employer has been negligent if the staff are to blame for leaving the kitchens messy?

Establishing that your employer has been negligent when claiming injury compensation for slipping in office kitchens may not be that difficult – even when your colleagues have been directly responsible for creating the hazard due to which your injury was sustained.

Employer´s have a duty of care to provide you with a safe environment in which to work, and this duty of care extends to any facility you are provided with which is within your employer´s control. Kitchens would usually be considered as an employer-controlled facility (unless they are sub-contracted out to a third party) and therefore your employer is responsible for ensuring that any hazards which appear in the kitchen are attended to in order to eliminate the risk of injury.

Obviously your employer cannot physically be in the kitchen at all times, but he or she should instruct your colleagues on the safe use of the kitchens to prevent accidents, and have a regular inspection and cleaning schedule system in place to ensure the kitchen is not in a messy condition. In larger companies, your employer may even need to employ a member of staff to attend to kitchen duties, at least during the times of heaviest traffic.

If your employer has failed to introduce any structure which would reduce the risk of injury in the kitchen to the minimum possible level – or has failed to ensure that any structure is being adhered to – he or she would be considered to have failed in their duty of care, and their negligence towards your safety would entitle you to claim for a slip in an office kitchen.

A solicitor preparing an injury claim for a slip and fall in an office kitchen would request a copy of the cleaning schedule from your employer and speak with your colleagues to confirm that the kitchen is often in a messy condition. If your injuries allow – and no improvements have been made to the kitchen facility since your accident – it would support your claim for a slip in an office kitchen if you were able to take some digital photographs of the kitchen´s condition.

Your employer also needs to be officially informed of your injuries. This is most often done by making a report of your slip and fall in an office kitchen in the office´s “Accident Report Book” and, if your injuries result in an absence of work of more than seven days, your employer has a legal obligation to report your accident to the Health and Safety Executive.

It may also be the case that your employer is obliged under the terms of their employer´s liability insurance to inform the insurance company of your accident. This in turn may prompt the insurance company to make you a direct and unsolicited offer of injury compensation for slipping in office kitchens.

Although the insurance company´s unsolicited approach might imply that your employer has acknowledged their liability for your accident, it is not necessarily the case, and you should speak with a solicitor as soon as possible to discuss any factors which may be unique to your claim for a slip in an office kitchen and to establish how much compensation for slipping in office kitchens you may be entitled to in case you receive an offer which is inappropriate to your level of injury in the near future.