May I make a compensation claim for slipping on food in work canteen?

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

Editor in Chief

Eoin P. Campbell

It is possible to make a compensation claim for slipping on food in work canteen, provided that your slip resulted in an injury being sustained and that the accident was caused due to your employer’s negligence. If it is established that your employer breached his or her legal duty of care to provide their staff members with a safe and clean working environment, you may be eligible to claim slip injury from food in work canteen compensation.

It must be said, however, that an employer’s duty of care is not “absolute”; meaning that if the hazard could not have been identified and cleared within a “reasonable” time period, it may be impossible to claim for work canteen slip on food injury compensation. In order for an employer to be deemed liable for the injury you sustained, it must be proven that the hazard had been present on the floor for an unacceptable length of time.

A system should be in place to guarantee that the work canteen is routinely inspected, especially during busy periods, such as lunch time, when there is a higher likelihood that food may fall on the floor. A neglect to carry out regular canteen inspections could be grounds for making a compensation claim for slipping on food in work canteen.

There are some standard procedures that should be completed in order to benefit your claim for work canteen slip on food injury. It is highly important that your injury was examined by a professional medical practitioner immediately after the accident occurred; the administration of first aid does not count as medical attention. Even if your injury is considered to be minor, your updated medical records, noting details of your injury, can be used to support your slip injury from food in work canteen compensation claim. A claim for compensation cannot be pursued if your injury did not require medical care as there will be no record of the injury in your medical notes.

It is also important that your accident was documented in your employer’s Accident Report Book. The purpose of this book is to ensure that such issues are addressed and so that similar accidents do not reoccur. In addition, the report of injury will serve as proof that your accident did in indeed happen and that your injury was sustained at work; therefore, it can be used to support your claim.

You would be strongly recommended to speak with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor about the circumstances of your compensation claim for slipping on food in work canteen at the first practical moment. It is essential that your case is thoroughly investigated and professionally prepared in order to maximise the potential for success. Your solicitor would be able to assist in the gathering of relevant evidence and with completing the application for assessment to the Injuries Board Ireland. Following a review of your case in the initial consultation that most solicitors offer without charge, he or she could give a preliminary indication of how much compensation you are likely to receive.