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Suing Employer For Accident At Office Christmas Party

The festive season is upon us once again, and as well as the usual decorations and secret-santa, it’s likely that your boss will be padlocking the photocopier in preparation of that other yuletide ubiquity; the work Christmas party.

In most cases, these occasions end with nothing more than a sore head and an oh-so-familiar sense of shame, but they can end up being a lot more serious.

You may not be aware of this, but your employer is liable for you whenever you are acting in the course of your employment – and this can include the work Christmas party, whether held in an office or more suave surroundings.

  • How Do Accidents At Office Christmas Parties Happen?
  • The Claims Process
  • Job Security And Sick Pay
  • Your Compensation
The more traditional setting of a party in the office itself can result in accidents occurring when colleagues abuse work equipment, drinks are split on the floor and not cleaned up, and desks and tables are used for purposes unintended; being stood on.

The newer, and arguably safer, model of the party in a different location can still end in personal injury. Poorly lit areas, slips, spillages and undesirable work-mate behaviour are all potential hazards that both you and your employer should be aware of. There is also the risk of food poisoning due to poor food preparation or because buffet-style food has been left out too long at room temperature.

Naturally, the usual warnings apply in these instances. Whilst it may seem like the perfect time to let down your hair and enjoy a night of revelry, drinking to excess comes with obvious perils and is always advised against. Similarly, acting in a way that is likely to endanger, embarrass or injure your colleagues is a no-no. Be sensible, and try to have an injury free Christmas break.

Our firm worked on Mr F’s case who received £6,500 compensation after suing following an accident at work during an office Christmas party.

On the 23rd December, Mr F was in the company Boardroom enjoying drinks and snacks in a management effort to help staff ‘wind down’ before the Christmas break.

After several hours, Mr F was dancing on a desk with one of the senior Partners.

Mr F slipped off this desk onto the floor, landing on his right shoulder. He sustained a very painful dislocation of this shoulder. Mr F’s employers were aware of the hazardous nature of this activity, yet no attempt was made to stop it happening – in fact, it appears that it was actively encouraged.

As a result of the accident, Mr F was unable to work for three months, and incurred a variety of medical and travel expenses. Due to these circumstances, Mr F decided to bring a compensation claim and contacted Bartletts Solicitors who allocated his claim to an experienced member of the Personal Injury team.

By the end of October the following year, Mr F had received his cheque for £6,500.
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