Workers’ Rights and Employers’ Responsibility for a Safe Christmas Work Party
The lights are up, and the tree decor looks gorgeous. It’s that time of the year when the world falls in love, as the song goes. Regardless of your personal beliefs, traditions, or preferences, Christmas remains one of the happiest times of the year for many people.
When this joyous occasions comes, there is a good chance your boss will invite everyone to an office-sponsored party.
But did you know Christmas parties carry a potential risk of injuries for those that attend it? Sure it can be a fun and socially engaging event. Most people wouldn’t think they would suffer injuries at such a joyous celebration. But the possibility is there.
Here are some of the common causes of accidents and injuries during a typical Christmas work party.
Slipping on a wet floor
The usual fare of drinks and food at a Christmas party can cause potential disaster. When stepped on, one can slip and fall. It’s even more unfortunate if that person drags another one as he or she falls to the floor.
Whether it’s ice, soda, beer, or wine, these beverages when spilled on the floor can set a dangerous condition for an event attended by inebriated individuals. Where dancing goes wild and people tend to be careless, it’s an accident waiting to happen.
Another usual cause for injuries at a Christmas party is food poisoning. It may result when the food has actually gone bad or when something went wrong during its preparation or with its ingredients.
Food poisoning is a potentially dangerous condition; sometimes requiring medical attention. While it can be rarely fatal, it can cause extreme pain or discomfort.
We all know where it leads to; drinking too much can lead to loss of coordination. This can be very dangerous if the person decides to drive his or her car home even under this state.
Loss of coordination can also lead to bumbling and clumsiness. With an object in the way, an intoxicated person may hit it, dropping the item onto another person and cause injury.
What to Do If You’re Injured at a Christmas Party at the Office?
So you attended your company’s Christmas party, and unfortunately you fell on the floor and suffered an injury. What are you going to do next?
First off, you’re probably wondering if your workers’ compensation benefits would cover your injury. Second, you’re probably thinking if filing a legal action against your employer would be a good thing. Lastly, will this expose you to retaliation from your boss should you decide to take legal action for your injuries?
These are some of the good questions to refer with an attorney who specializes in personal injury and workers’ compensation matters.
Filing a Claim for Compensation
You’ll be glad to know you can apply for workers’ compensation benefits for injuries suffered during an office Christmas party. The grant, however, thereof is on a case-to-case basis. There may be several factors to consider.
If you believe you have a claim for compensation on account of your injuries, you need to file it soon. Get in touch with our Las Vegas workers’ compensation attorney to help you pursue your legal action.