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Woman wins £6,000 for fractured pelvis caused by work accident

Posted in: Workplace Injuries Workplace Slip 

A 26-year-old woman from Basildon, Essex has received compensation of £6,000 after fracturing her pelvis at her place of work. The victim had been working as a waitress at the Outback Steakhouse in Yardley Business Park in Basildon when she slipped on a puddle of water next to the dishwasher. The waitress, who was working her notice at the restaurant, was coming to the end of her shift and was putting her takings into the till, when she slipped and fell very heavily causing the fractures to her pelvis. The young woman had just been successful in securing a new job in human resources when the accident happened. She was subsequently unable to walk without aid for five weeks, and suffered substantial pain for around two months. The pain in her pelvis recurred on and off for several months after the fall.

No warning sign to prevent slip

The victim appointed solicitors to help her claim personal injury compensation from her employers, who had originally denied any responsibility for the incident. Upon investigation, it was found that at the time of the fall there was no warning sign to inform staff that the floor was wet. It was also found that there had been no attempt made by any member of staff to clean the floor up. 

When the facts were presented to the Outback Steakhouse, they eventually admitted liability and offered to settle out of court. The claimant’s solicitor said: “Spillages are common hazards in busy working kitchens where employers should train staff in wiping them up straight away and putting up hazard signs. Our client’s injury shows just how dangerous not following these procedures can be”.

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