Can I claim compensation for slipping on spilled liquid in a warehouse for a muscle injury or is compensation for slipping at work only awarded for more serious injuries? The spillage should have been cleaned up quickly and I think I should be entitled to compensation.

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

Editor in Chief

Eoin P. Campbell

It is your legal right to claim compensation for slipping on spilled liquid in a warehouse for any physical injury which you sustained when you slipped on spilled liquid at work, provided that you were not primarily to blame for the accident. However, a claim for compensation for slipping on spilled liquid in a warehouse will only be possible if your employer or warehouse staff was are found to have been negligent in their duty of care at work.

In order to prevent slips and falls, warning signs should be placed close to the spilled liquid or the area should be cordoned off until a spillage can be mopped up. By failing to place a sign over the hazard or making arrangements for it to be cleaned, it represented a serious slip hazard which appears to have directly resulted in you sustaining an injury. A claim for compensation for slipping on spilled liquid in a warehouse should therefore be possible.

Although you should be within your rights to submit a claim for compensation for slipping on spilled liquid in a warehouse directly to the Injuries Board without the assistance of a personal injury solicitor, it would be in your best interests to seek legal advice before doing so. Making a claim for compensation for slipping on spilled liquid in a warehouse against a current employer has potential to cause complications in the workplace, and it is wise to get your claim properly assessed before you make a decision about taking legal action to recover compensation.

You will need to get confirmation of your eligibility to make a claim for a warehouse slip injury and a personal injury solicitor will be in the best position to do this. You should also have your injuries properly assessed to determine how much warehouse slip injury compensation you are likely to be awarded.

Although you can claim compensation for a muscle injury caused by a warehouse slip, whether it will be worth your while to do so is another matter. Serious muscular injuries can result in permanent muscle weakness, or make further injuries more likely to occur. Claiming compensation for slipping on spilled liquid in a warehouse will ensure that you are not made to suffer financially due to your employer’s negligence. You will also be able to recover any expenditure which is related to your injury. However, if your injury is only slight and you have not incurred expenses it may not be worth your while to make a warehouse slip injury claim.

After a brief conversation with a personal injury solicitor you will be provided with all the information you need to make an informed decision about whether it is worth your while to file a claim for compensation for a warehouse slip injury against your employer.