When you are at work, your employer is legally obliged to provide you with a safe and hygienic working environment. If you have been injured because you fell down the stairs at work, or tripped on the stairs at work, because the stairs were in an unsafe condition, you may be owed compensation for your injuries. What injuries can you get from falling down the stairs? Falling down the stairs can result in many types of injuries. From minor sprains and cuts and bruises that will heal on their own, to serious injuries such as fractured bones, or major head injuries. In some extreme circumstances, the person might die as a result of falling down the stairs.
If you have been injured because you fell downstairs at work and the accident was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Trust Accident Claims UK to help you claim compensation for your injuries. We can offer you free personal injury claims advice and if you are eligible to claim, we can provide you with an experienced personal injury solicitor to handle your case.
Call Accident Claims UK today on 0800 073 8801 or contact us using our online claims form. A member of our team will speak to you in-depth about your ordeal and if we can see that you are owed compensation, a personal injury claims lawyer will start working on your claim as soon as possible.
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- A Guide On Making A Claim If You Fell Down Stairs At Work
- What Is A Slip Or Fall Down Stairs At Work?
- What Injuries Could Falling Down The Stairs Cause?
- Stair Safety And Causes Of Slips And Falls On Stairs At Work
- Employers Responsibility To Prevent Accidents In The Workplace
- Is My Employer Liable If I Fell Down The Stairs At Work?
- How To Report An Accident Or Injury In The Workplace
- Compensation Calculator If You Fell Down A Set Of Stairs At Work
- Additional Forms Of Compensation You May Claim
- No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For Falling Down Stairs At Work
- How Accident Claims UK Can Help You Claim Compensation
- Contact Us And Begin Your Claim
- Where To Learn More
At Accident Claims UK, many of our clients ask us questions like, “I slipped and fell at work, what should I do?”, “I fell down the stairs at work can I sue?” and “Can I claim for falling downstairs at work?” Some slip, trip and fall accidents, or accidents where a person falls down the stairs, are random occurrences where nobody is at fault. In this instance, you will not be able to claim compensation. However, if you fell downstairs at work, because of negligence on the part of your employer, your employer could be held liable for your injuries and you may be able to claim compensation for an accident at work. For example, if a bannister or handrail had come loose and your employer neglected to fix it, causing an accident, your employer could probably be judged to be at fault.
In this guide to claiming compensation for injuries from falling downstairs, at work, we will look at what errors employers make that can lead to staircase accidents. We will also look at what injuries you can sustain if you fell downstairs at work. We will advise you on how to make an accident claim against your employer for your injuries and have provided you with a personal injury claims calculator, to help you estimate how much compensation you could receive. Start your claim today. Call Accident Claims UK to speak to one of our advisors. If we can see that you are owed compensation for your injuries sustained from falling downstairs, we will assign a personal injury solicitor to start working on your claim right away. Call today, we’re looking forward to hearing from you.
What it means to slip or fall down the stairs, is quite self-explanatory. Most people will fall on a level piece of flooring or a staircase during their lifetime. Fortunately, most slip, trip and fall accidents are relatively harmless, resulting in minor injuries. Unfortunately, some incidents where a person falls down the stairs can result in severe or life-changing injuries, especially if they hit their head or fall awkwardly onto their back. In some rare cases, the person may die because they fell down the stairs and sustained major injuries.
Employers have a duty of care towards their employees which means that they are responsible for providing their employees with a safe and hygienic environment in which to work. If an employee fell down the stairs at work, because of unsafe conditions on the premises, this would breach the employer’s duty of care. We will look into what this means in more detail later.
As a result of their accident at work, the employee would be able to claim compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that their injuries caused them. They will also be able to claim funds to reimburse them for any medical treatment they may need or other expenses they may have incurred, as a result of their injuries.
“If I fell down the stairs at work, what injuries could I sustain?”
Unfortunately, injuries sustained from falling down the stairs are often more serious than injuries where a person slips or trips and falls on a level stretch of ground. Although some accidents that involve falling down the stairs result in more minor injuries such as a sprained ankle, other accidents can involve serious injuries. Here are some examples of what injuries you can get from falling down the stairs.
Soft Tissue Injuries:
The soft tissues in the body include muscles, ligaments and tendons. A soft tissue injury is when the soft tissues become damaged due to a trauma, such as falling at an awkward angle onto the affected area. Symptoms of a strain or sprain can include pain, swelling and difficulty putting weight onto the affected area. Fortunately, most soft tissue injuries go away on their own over time. More severe soft tissue injuries may require physiotherapy treatment, in order to heal.
Fractured or Broken Bones:
A fracture injury is when a bone is cracked, or breaks into two or more pieces. Symptoms of a broken bone include pain, swelling, deformity, the bone sticking out of the skin, or extreme pain when the person puts weight on the injured area. A fractured or broken bone is usually treated by stabilising the injury and keeping it immobilised, using a splint or cast, allowing the bone to knit in the correct position. In some cases, the injured person may require surgery. You can read more about broken bones in this NHS guide.
If a person hits their head falling down the stairs, this could result in a traumatic brain injury. A severe brain injury can leave the injured person cognitively impaired, resulting in lifelong problems with mood control, mobility and memory. In other cases, the person may fall into a coma that they may never wake up from, a minimally conscious state, vegetative state, or become brain dead.
Nerve damage injuries can affect your brain’s ability to communicate effectively with your body. As a result of nerve damage, a patient can experience pain, tingling sensations, or a loss of motor control, leading to disability. The effects of nerve damage will not always be noticeable immediately after your injuries. People suffering from nerve damage may require complex rehabilitative care and medical treatment.
A Slipped Disc Or Compression Of Discs
Falling down the stairs and injuring the spine can cause the spinal discs to slip (bulge out) or become compressed. This is an extraordinary painful injury which often means that the person can’t walk, or feels overwhelmed with pain after walking small distances. A slipped disc or compressed disc injury may have to be treated with surgery and physiotherapy. Other spinal injuries can also be sustained as a result of falling down the stairs, which include a broken or fractured spine which can lead the person permanently paralysed.
Workplaces are legally required to ensure that their premises are safe for employees, customers and anyone else who uses the site. Part of their duty of care is to make sure that walkways and staircases are safe to use and clear of slip or trip hazards. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that staircases meet the following standards:
- The staircase is well lit
- That there are handrails of the appropriate height, in a contrasting colour to the wall or surroundings;
- That the stairs have a slip-resistant surface, especially at the edge
- That the edges of the stairs are clearly marked
It is also recommended that if the stairs are likely to be used by people who are infirm or have mobility problems that the following is considered:
- The stairs do not have open rises
- That the stairs are not too steep
- The stairs are not winding or curved
- That there are handrails at both sides of the staircase
- That the edges of the stairs are clearly marked, especially if they are used by people with sight problems.
Making these adjustments should ensure that the stairs are safe to use and reduce the likelihood of an accident taking place.
The staircase should also be free of hazards and obstacles that can increase the risk of employees falling downstairs at work.
Here are some examples of hazards that could cause fall downstairs at work accidents:
- A bannister or handrail being broken, or not properly secured to the wall. A loose handrail can come away in a person’s hands and cause them to fall.
- The stairs are made of slippery material, causing people to lose their footing and fall.
- The carpeting on the stairs becomes loose, causing employees to slip and fall down the stairs.
- A tear or loose edge in the carpet caused an employee to trip and fall downstairs at work.
- Food or drink is spilt on the stairs and not cleaned up and dried, causing a slip hazard.
- Objects are left on the stairs, creating confusion or a trip hazard.
- The stairs are cleaned with a mop, leaving them wet and causing a slip hazard. If this happens there should be a wet floor sign put up, to warn employees and others that the stairs are wet and slippery.
If you fell downstairs at work because of any of the negligent actions, or inactions we have mentioned above, or any other type of negligence on the part of your employer then you could be entitled to claim compensation. Please call Accident Claims UK to see if you are eligible for compensation.
According to the Health And Safety At Work Act of 1974, employers are responsible for maintaining a safe and hygienic environment for their employees. They are supposed to conduct regular risk assessments to identify health and safety hazards (factors that could cause an accident). Then, the employer is supposed to remove the hazard, repair the hazard or apply control measures to reduce the risk the hazard poses. For example, if a hand railing has come loose at the wall, creating a risk of employees falling down the stairs at work, the employer is supposed to repair the hand railing immediately. If they neglect to do so, and a colleague falls down the stairs at work, this is negligence on the part of the business or organisation.
If it can be proven that your employer was responsible for you falling downstairs at work and that you were injured as a result, this would breach their duty of care towards you. As a result, the employer could be held liable for your injuries and have to pay you compensation.
Many people are anxious about making a compensation claim against their employer. However, you shouldn’t worry. First of all, employers are obliged to have public liability insurance for their employees in case a worker is injured and needs to make a claim. Secondly, an employer is not supposed to discriminate against or fire an employee for making a compensation claim for an accident at work. If you make a claim for falling downstairs at work, with Accident Claims UK, we will be sure that we handle your claim against your employer in a professional manner.
If you are injured or ill because of an accident at work, you should report your accident and injury to your HR department or the person responsible for Health and Safety. They should record the accident in the company’s accident log book. Make sure they do so accurately, recording the date, time, place, details of your accident and injuries or illness. If the injuries or illness are defined as serious enough, a RIDDOR report should be made by your employer. RIDDOR stands for Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations, 2013, which state that injuries occurred in the workplace meeting certain criteria, should be reportable to the HSE.
If you have fallen down a set of stairs at work, and been injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. You can use our personal injury claims calculator to estimate how much compensation you could be owed in general damages.
|Type of Injury||Level of Seriousness||Notes On The Injury||Settlements|
|Back injury||moderate||There are several levels of moderate back injury. At this level (i) there may be compression or crush fractures to the back, damage to the discs and the possibility of reduced mobility.||£26,050 to £36,390|
|Back injury||minor||Instances where the claimant could find that an existing condition has been made worse or have been accelerated.||£7,410 to £11,730|
|Neck injury||moderate||Moderate (i), neck injuries could present as a dislocation. There may be immediate symptoms or the injury may result in a chronic condition. Injuries may affect the neck and back at the same time.||£23,460 to £36,120|
|Neck injury||moderate||Level (ii) moderate neck injuries could involve damage to the soft tissues and could include cervical spondylosis and a serious limitation of movement. It may lead to permanent or recurring pain, stiffness or discomfort in the neck. Surgical interventions may be needed in the future.||£12,900 to £23,460|
|Wrist injury||Level (a)||Those injuries which result in a total loss of the use of the wrist affected.||£44,690 to £56,180|
|Wrist injury||Level (b)||Whilst some movement or usage may remain, there will be a significant and permanent disability.||£22,990 to £36,770|
|Hand injury||Less serious||This bracket may include serious or severe crush injuries. The hand could have significantly reduce or impaired function. Surgery may be necessary.||£13,570 to £27,220|
|Hand injury||Moderate||Penetrating wounds, crush injuries or other similar types of injury which may affect the hand.||£5,260 to £12,460|
|Ankle injury||Severe||Such injuries could require extensive treatment such as periods in plaster or with the use of pins. There may be residual disability in the ankle.||£29,380 to £46,980|
|Ankle injury||Moderate||This may include injuries such as ligamentous tears , fractures and similar injuries which could cause difficulty walking on uneven grounds. This may also cause less serious disabilities. In the future, there may be risk of osteoarthritis.||£12,900 to £24,950|
The figures are taken from a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines which provides guidance on compensation brackets for cases in England and Wales. To get a more accurate estimation of how much compensation you are entitled to, call Accident Claims UK today, to speak to an advisor. The calculator does not include any special damages you can claim.
If you make a successful accident at work claim, you will be awarded two forms of compensation, general damages and special damages.
General damages are compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity the claimant has experienced as a result of their injuries. In most instances, it is the larger compensation award.
Special damages are compensation for any financial losses the claimant has incurred as a result of being injured. This can include reimbursement for loss of income if they had to take time off work. Other types of special damages you may be able to claim include; funds for mobility equipment expenses, home or car adaptation expenses, travel expenses and at-home care expenses.
If you are owed compensation because you fell downstairs at work, because of negligence on the part of your employer, you may want to consider making a no win no fee claim. Making a no win no fee claim means that you will not have to pay an upfront solicitor’s fee. Instead, your solicitor will charge you a success fee if they win your compensation claim. If your case is not successful, you will not have to pay your success fee, so there’s less financial risk involved for you.
To learn more about the benefits of making a no win no fee claim, call Accident Claims UK today to speak to an advisor. If we can see that you are eligible for compensation, a no win no fee solicitor will start working on your case.
Accident Claims UK can provide you with a knowledgeable lawyer to handle your accident at work claim. If you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation, we can offer you the following:
- A 1-1 personal injury claims consultation, where we will offer you advice on how to make a claim.
- An experienced personal injury lawyer working on your case.
- Your case can be handled on a no win no fee basis, meaning that there is less financial risk involved for you.
- We are committed to winning you the maximum amount of money that you could be owed for your claim.
Call Accident Claims UK to begin your claim on 0800 073 8801 or contact us using our online claims form. A personal injury claims advisor will speak to you in-depth and if we can see that you have legitimate grounds to claim, a solicitor will start working on your case as soon as possible. Call us today, we’re looking forward to hearing from you.
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Article by HC
Edited by MM.