I was going to the bathroom at work when I slipped and fell. I went to wash my hands and slipped on water that had been leaking from the toilet. There were no wet floor signs around.
I fell on my hand and broke my right wrist. Wouldn't my work be responsible for this since there weren't any wet floor signs around? Thanks.
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ANSWER for "Broken Wrist from Fall at Work...":
Lacey (Middletown, Ohio):
There is a good possibility your employer may be liable for your injuries. If you have Workmans Compensation insurance notify the company’s insurance claims representative as soon as possible. You may be able to recover any medical bills you incur, and compensation for a majority of any lost wages while you are recovering.
If your company is not required to carry workmans compensation insurance, your claim should still be just as strong. From the facts you present you were not contributorily negligent at all.
You may have to go about recovering for your medical treatment and other related expenses directly from your employer. If the only money available for repairs is with your insurance company, they may very well be the only entity you can turn to for help.
An employer has a duty to keep their employees work environment safe at all times. Of course it is sometimes impossible for them to be 100% accurate. When they do miss an opportunity to correct a dangerous situation the courts will look to their overall responses to previous employee reported dangers.
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