Is it possible to claim broken tooth compensation against my employer? I slipped over spilled yoghurt in the office canteen and broke two teeth. Can I claim compensation or was it my own fault?
Your entitlement to claim broken tooth compensation will depend upon the negligence of your employer and whether this resulted in your accident and injury. A broken tooth injury can be a painful experience and getting it fixed can be expensive. If the spilled yoghurt was present on the canteen floor for an unreasonable amount of time, it may be possible that your employer was negligent. You are entitled to work in a safe environment and any potential hazards should be removed as soon as possible. Spilled yoghurt would be such a hazard, which cleaning staff would be responsible for removing. If sufficient action was not taken to remove this, your employer may be held liable for your accident as they in turn are responsible for the cleaning staff performing their duties to the best of their ability.
You may be entitled to broken tooth compensation against your employer if sufficient action was not taken to avert an accident. This may be determined if the yoghurt was present on the floor for an unacceptable amount of time without being cleared up, or if safety signs were not established around the hazard. However it is possible that you may not be entitled to compensation if the yoghurt had spilled on the floor immediately before your accident occurred, or if you had ignored warning signs. In order to establish liability for your accident, you are advised to consult a personal injury* solicitor at the earliest opportunity.
After you have sought medical attention for your injury, you are advised to record your accident in the Accident Report Book of your employer, detailing the manner in which your injury was sustained. You are also advised to consult a personal injury* solicitor in order to discuss the details of your accident, to determine your eligibility to make a claim and to determine the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. It must also be remembered that a time limit of three years exists in which to make a claim as per the Statute of Limitations. This will begin on the “date of knowledge” of the injury occurring, and while it may seem like ample time to initiate a claim, it is important to note that collecting evidence and preparing a strong claim may take some time, and any claim made outside of this three year limit can be disqualified. For this reason, you are advised to consult a personal injury* solicitor at the earliest opportunity if you wish to claim broken tooth compensation.