Understanding Workers’ Rights and Employers’ Responsibility for a Safe 4th of July Party at Work
American Independence Day—a day we celebrate every 4th of July—is a joyous celebration commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the sovereign nation of the United States of America.
With more than 240 years of tradition backing it, the 4th of July is one of our nation’s most cherished occasions. There’s a lot of partying, backyard barbecues and booze, and, of course, fireworks.
If, in the spirit of patriotism and love for our country, your boss decided to celebrate the 4th of July, there’s a good chance you and your coworkers will be invited to an office revelry. After all, it’s a holiday; no work and it’s party time.
Parties are a good way to connect with your officemates while celebrating an important milestone of our nation. You get to talk about other stuff outside of work with people you seldom talk to on working days. It’s a healthy social engagement, which can be good for your overall well-being.
Unfortunately not all parties are all fun and games. And the 4th of July occasion is one of them. Most people think it’s all cool at parties. But the fact is accidents can happen and people can get hurt.
There are a variety of accidents and injuries commonly seen in parties such as the 4th of July celebration. These include the following:
Slip and Fall Accidents
This can be caused when one steps on an ice cube, snow, or water pooling on the floor. Usually a spilled drink or food dropped on the floor can make the surface slippery, making it prone to accidents.
Some companies may hold sporting events or games during the 4th of July celebration. Whether it’s an indoor parlor game or a full-blown gridiron football, participants and athletes are susceptible to injuries. While these activities are fun, they are also easy ways to get injured unfortunately.
A common medical condition occurring as food poisoning can happen in an event where food is abundant. It usually happens as a result of its preparation; the principal ingredients have probably gone bad or there was just a miscalculation in the substances to create the dish.
Symptoms of food poisoning may range from nausea, indigestion, and vomiting. In severe cases, the patient may experience severe discomfort, which may require a visit to the ER.
Another potential cause for serious injuries is alcohol intoxication. While booze is a common fixture in festivities, drinking too much can lead to problems. It can range to loss of coordination to falls, resulting in injuries.
Injuries at 4th of July Parties
If you suffered injuries during an office-sponsored 4th of July party, you’re probably wondering if your workers’ compensation can cover it. Can you file an action against your employer? Will this expose you to retaliation from the boss?
The good news is you may be entitled to seek workers’ compensation benefits on account of injuries sustained at an office-sponsored party.
If you believe you are entitled to claim compensation for injuries suffered during an office party, you need to file it as soon as practicable. When you need a Las Vegas workers’ compensation attorney, get in touch with Dan Lovell of Empire Law Group.