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Compensation for Slipping on Wet Office Stairs

Can I still claim compensation for slipping on wet office stairs if I was running up them in order to get out of the rain?

Just because you were running up the stairs, there is no reason why you should be ineligible for compensation for slipping on wet office stairs – provided you sustained an injury which required professional medical treatment due to the negligence of a third-party who owed you a duty of care.

The importance of having a professional medical examination is so that the injuries you sustained when you slipped and fell on wet office stairs are recorded in your medical notes, which can then be used to prove that you sustained an injury. Your medical notes will also be used in the calculation of how much compensation for slipping on wet office stairs you are entitled to once negligence is proven.

In order to prove that negligence has occurred, a solicitor would ascertain whether the stairs on which you slipped presented a foreseeable risk of injury which could have been avoided with greater care. This would involve establishing whether a risk assessment had been carried out by the party responsible for the upkeep of the stairs (not necessarily your employer) and, if the risk assessment found that the stairs did indeed become slippery when wet, why no action had been taken to remedy the hazard.

Even though the party against whom a claim for slipping on wet office stairs may not be your employer, you should still make a record of your slip and injury in your employers “Accident Report Book”. If colleagues witnessed your accident, you should collect their contact details in case their testimonies are required at a later date and it would also benefit your claim for slipping on wet office stairs if you were to take photographs of the stairs – preferably in the rain – as well as of any exterior bruising you sustained when you slipped and fell on wet office stairs.

Your solicitor will use this information is support of your claim for compensation for slipping on wet office stairs when sending a “Letter of Claim” to the negligent party´s insurers. The insurance company has twenty-one days in which to acknowledge receipt of the letter, and then a further ninety days in which to inform your solicitor whether or not they accept liability for their policyholder´s negligence.

Provided that a sufficiently strong claim for having slipped and fell on wet office stairs has been prepared, it is likely that liability for your injuries will be admitted and a settlement of compensation for slipping on wet office stairs will be negotiated by your solicitor to account for the nature and severity of your injury as well as the impact it has made to your quality of life.