Who is liable if you fall down stairs at work?
Aside from the physical pain and suffering, accidents at work can also be embarrassing and confidence-sapping. Something as seemingly innocuous as a fall down stairs at work can have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences to your health. Therefore, it’s both important and often reassuring to remember that help is at hand.
If I fall down stairs at work, who is liable?
Establishing liability for an accident at work isn’t always straightforward. In order to make a successful injury compensation claim if you fall down stairs at work, you need to meet certain criteria, including:
- The accident must have occurred within the last three years. There are a few exceptions to this rule – such as illness arising from asbestos poisoning – but for slips and falls in work, the 3-year rule is pretty much set in stone.
- The accident must demonstrably be the fault of someone else, or the result of negligence. If you fall down stairs at work because, for example, you aren’t wearing shoes, then a claim is not likely to be successful. However, say a raised bit of carpet, an unmarked puddle or a stray wire caused your fall, now you may have a case.
- The subsequent injuries and their extent must be confirmed by a medical professional.
Though employers have a responsibility and a duty of care towards their staff, they also are not burdened by unrealistic expectations regarding safety. For example, if a hazard such as a water spill is identified and dealt with by placing a warning sign before clearing it up quickly, then even if there is an accident in the interim a claim may not be successful as the employer could well be judged to have taken all reasonable steps to deal with the hazard and minimise risk.
What can I do if I fall down stairs at work?
In the aftermath of an accident at work, the immediate priority, of course, is your physical health and well-being. However, if the accident was caused by negligence or reckless actions by a third party, it’s important to remember that you may be due compensation.
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