I hurt my ankle at work and wanted to know if I could claim for tripping on steps in office compensation?
Although tripping and injuring yourself in an accident at work may seem like it would automatically enable you to make a claim for tripping on steps in an office, it must be noted that when pursuing compensation for such an injury it has to be established that the injury was indeed sustained in the course of your employment in order for you to be eligible for work injury compensation.
All employers have a legal duty of care to provide their employees with a safe work environment and your physical and mental health are essential to your quality of life and your ability to earn a living. If you have been injured at work in an accident that was caused by your employer’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
However, your employer’s duty of care is not absolute, meaning that if the cause of your accident could not have been prevented in a “reasonable” period of time, your employer cannot be named responsible. This is why the support of any witnesses is necessary, and their details should be collected in good time. Additionally, CCTV footage may be available and can be accessed to prove liability for your accident.
In a claim for tripping on steps in office, it is vital that your injury was examined by a medical practitioner and noted in your medical history immediately following the accident. Any significant gap between the date the accident happened and the date you sought medical treatment can result in accusations of “contributory negligence”. Your claim could also be supported by an entry in the business’s Accident Report Book, if you reported your accident to a senior member of staff and requested that your accident be noted.
According to Irish law, you have two years from the accident in which to make a claim for tripping on steps in an office, but it is recommended that you do not delay. Witnesses are useful to your case but especially in workplace settings, there is the potential that they may move on and it could consequently be difficult to track them down. In addition, the work environment could have changed; perhaps a new manager has laid down an improved health and safety system. If that is the case, it may not be easy to prove that a negligent culture in your office ever existed.
You would, therefore, be well advised to engage a solicitor at the first practical opportunity following medical treatment to discuss your potential claim for tripping on steps in office. In the initial consultation that most solicitors offer without charge, he or she could evaluate your claim and determine its validity. Engaging a solicitor from the outset would ensure that you realise what level of compensation you should qualify for and that you are well prepared should your case go to court