Sadly, this has become an all too common accident which can occur at work whereby spillages of water etc are not cleaned up quickly or indeed at all in some cases and a fellow employee slips and falls on the substance and an injury occurs.
In addition, slip and fall accidents can occur where work has not been completed to the required standard for example the floor is not finished and is left in an unsafe and dangerous condition and a trip and fall accident occurs as a result. In addition, employees may leave dangerous objects on the floor which can cause trip and fall accidents for example flexes from cables, power tools or even a hoover.
WHAT TO DO
If you are unlucky enough to be injured in a trip and fall accident at work you should immediately do the following:
- Seek medical attention as soon as practicable after the occurrence of the accident.
- Report the accident to your employer as soon as possible and fill out an accident report form or give a detailed description to the Health and Safety Officer if one is appointed by your employer. If possible secure a copy of any documents that you sign or fill out such as the Incident Report Book or an Accident Report Form.
- Secure the identity of witnesses to the accident, if possible obtaining names and telephone numbers. In all likelihood if the accident occurred at work, then such information will be available to you in any event.
- Consult with an experienced Personal Injuries Solicitor. Quinn Solicitors have 20 years experience in this area and are happy to provide a consultation to you on a no obligation basis.
CASE STUDY: €65,000 FOR INJURY AS RESULT OF TRIP OVER FLEX LEAD
Carol was employed by a large multi-national company in Dublin City Centre for in excess of 10 years. In July 2010 Carol tripped and fell over a flex from a hoover which was left by one of the employees from a cleaning company which was employed by the employer to clean the large offices.
As a result of the accident, Carol sustained a broken shoulder and required a number of injections by an Orthopaedic Surgeon which unfortunately were not a total success. Thereafter, surgical intervention was required and Carol in August 2013 underwent a decompression operation to her shoulder to repair the rotator cuff tendon which had been damaged in the accident.
In November 2013 after the institution of Court proceedings, Quinn Solicitors obtained €65,000 for Carol by way of compensation for her pain and suffering in addition to the loss of earnings she sustained because the employer refused to pay her while she was out of work for five and a half months as a result of her injuries.