Claim for a Sprained Ankle in an Accident
I want to claim for a sprained ankle in an accident after slipping on a wet stairs at work. The stairs had just been mopped and they were very slippery. Will I be able to make a claim for compensation?
If the stairs had recently been mopped and were slippery and no warning sign was used to alert workers to the fact that the stairs were dangerous it should be possible for you to make a claim for a sprained ankle in an accident at work.
Your employer has a legal duty to keep the workplace safe and all reasonable steps must be taken to ensure that slip hazards are not created and the health and safety of workers is not placed at risk. This applies to all areas of the workplace, but due to the high risk of an injury being sustained due to a slip and fall down stairs, it is especially important that staff is notified if stairs are slippery and dangerous.
Your employer should have ensured that the staff responsible for cleaning the office was instructed in the use of warning signs, that they were made available and your employer should also have made sure that they were used. If no warning signs were available and it was not possible to clean the stairs without creating a slip hazard, cleaning should have been postponed until the staff had left for the day. A failure to take these simple control measures would represent a serious failure in a duty of care and negligence on the part of your employer.
Sprained ankle injury claims must be supported by evidence of negligence in addition to proof of the accident and injury. It is therefore important that your employer’s accident book contains a record that you were injured at work. This report will be used alongside your medical records as proof that the accident occurred at work – where you were owed a duty of care by your employer – and that you sustained an injury in the accident.
Evidence of negligence by your employer should ideally come from eye-witness accounts of the accident or from statements taken from the people who assisted you after the accident. In order for this to be possible you must record names and home addresses so that contact can be made and statements taken.
Even though the accident appears to have clearly been caused by employer negligence and your claim for a sprained ankle in an accident should stand a high probability of being successful, it is important that you speak to a personal injury solicitor about claiming compensation for a sprained ankle in an accident at work.
When sprained ankle injury claims are prepared by a solicitor you can be sure that all legal procedures will be completed correctly and the strongest case can be built against your employer. This will help to ensure that the claim runs as smoothly and that you can recover compensation for a sprained ankle in an accident at work in the shortest possible time frame.