Compensation for Falling Down Poorly Lit Stairs in an Office

Who is liable to pay injury compensation for falling down poorly lit stairs in an office? My employer says he is not responsible for the stairs.

Your employer may be correct that he is not liable for paying injury compensation for falling down poorly lit stairs in an office, but he or she should be able to tell you who is.

When an office is situated in a business centre or other multiple office block, there is usually a management company who take care of the communal areas and who would be responsible for ensuring that the stairs in an office block were well maintained and brightly lit. Your employer should be able to tell you who the management company are, as he or she is more than likely paying a fee for their services.

If it is the case that a management company is responsible for your fall on stairs due to poor lighting, you should still make a report of your accident in your employer´s “Accident Report Book” and collect names of colleagues who used the stairs regularly and who could confirm that they were poorly lit.

Assuming that you have already had your injuries treated by a medical practitioner and recorded in your medical history, your next step should be to discuss the circumstances of your accident with a personal injury solicitor and confirm that you have a claim for compensation for falling down poorly lit stairs in an office which is worth your while to pursue.

If you decide to proceed with a claim for falling down poorly lit office stairs, your solicitor will send a “Letter of Claim” to the management company´s public liability insurers, who have twenty-one days to confirm receipt of your solicitor´s letter and a further ninety days to conduct their own investigation into your claim for falling down poorly lit stairs and advise your solicitor whether or not they accept liability for their policyholder´s negligence.

Provided that the insurance company accepts your claim for a fall on stairs due to poor lighting, your solicitor will enter into negotiations to obtain the maximum possible settlement of compensation for falling down poorly lit stairs in an office. In the unlikely event that liability is contested, you will have to discuss with your solicitor whether the strength of your claim justifies issuing court proceedings.

The process for making a claim for compensation for falling down poorly lit stairs in an office will be the same irrespective of whether the negligent party is the building management company or your employer; however, in order to assemble evidence of negligence as quickly as possible, it would be advisable to speak with a personal injury solicitor at the first practical opportunity.


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