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Home > News > Accident compensation for secretary who slipped and fell

4th January 2010

Accident compensation for secretary who slipped and fell

Our specialist accident at work lawyer was obliged to issue court proceedings on behalf of this client, despite the defendant having admitted liability, because its insurers refused to put forward a reasonable sum in compensation. Before the trial date, however, we were able to negotiate a substantial increase in the amount of compensation offered, which our client accepted.

Accident at work injuries

A secretary, our client slipped and fell whilst walking along a corridor. One of the rooms adjacent to the corridor was known to be subject to slipping hazards and this had been allowed to transfer to the corridor on the soles of employees’ shoes.

Our client was taken immediately to hospital and underwent an x-ray to her wrist. This revealed that she had suffered a fracture to the scaphoid bone. Although physiotherapy was provided, our client found that these exercises actually exacerbated her pain for some days following each session. She subsequently underwent several procedures to try to correct the damage. She has been left with some restricted movement and has gone on to develop suspected Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome.

She finds even simple tasks painful, if not impossible. Despite repeated attempts to return to alternative forms of work in a reduced capacity, she has had to cease working and is currently awaiting further surgery on the wrist.

Breaches of Regulations

Although our client was working in an office environment, the risk to users of the corridor was known and her employer had failed to take steps to provide a safe working environment. They had therefore breached sections of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations for failing to ensure that there was no substance on the floor surface which may cause a person to slip, trip or fall.

The Defendant was also in breach of its common law duty to provide the Claimant with a safe place of work.

Making an accident compensation claim

Clear Answers' solicitors will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, and our specialist accident compensation lawyers will talk you through the claim process in plain English. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your accident compensation claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in these circumstances, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, if you prefer to complete one of our online compensation claim forms, one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible.

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