By Mary Conley. Last Updated 28th July 2022. Welcome to this guide for those asking ‘I fell down the stairs at work, can I claim?’. Here, provide insight on falling down stairs accidents. We explain what happens if you fall down stairs at work. Further to this, we offer guidance on the question of ‘can I claim for falling down stairs at work?’ and provide insight on injuries from falling down the stairs. We even explain what happens when someone falls down the stairs and passes away from their injuries. If you, or someone you love fell down the stairs due to someone’s negligence, this guide could help you. We even provide an update for compensation payouts for falling down the stairs in 2022.
Can I claim for injuries from falling down the stairs?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 a head injury. In some extreme circumstances, the person might die as a result of falling down the stairs.
Can I claim if I fell down stairs at work?
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 For Falling Down Stairs – Calculating Payout For Falling Down 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.
I fell down the stairs at work – what do I need to know?
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.
I fell down the stairs – Is my employer liable?
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.
Falling Down Stairs – Possible 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.
Falling Down Stairs – 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
Recommendations for those with mobility issues
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. It could reduce the likelihood of an accident taking place.
Hazards and obstacles risking a fall down stairs
The staircase should also be free of hazards and obstacles. These 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. This could warn employees and others that the stairs are wet and slippery.
Can I claim for falling down stairs at work?
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. They could 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. They should have this 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.
A person falling down the stairs may suffer a multitude of injuries. If you fell down steps at your workplace, it is possible that you could claim against your employer if you could prove it was due to their negligence.
Compensation for falling down stairs can include both the general and special damages you suffer as a result of your injury. General damages compensate for the pain and suffering due to your injuries. On the other hand, special damages aim to help you recover financial losses caused by your injury. Financial losses that could be included in your compensation for falling down stairs are:
- Travel costs
- Loss of pension contributions
- Care costs
- Loss of earnings
- Prescription costs
The severity and impact of the injury you sustained when you fell down steps in your workplace will be factored into determining your compensation for falling down stairs.
Solicitors will also use compensation amounts from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) as a guide when valuing claims. The compensation amounts in the table may not match the compensation you receive since these amounts are only used as a guide. The compensation amounts in the table below are from the April 2022 edition of the JCG.
|Type of Injury||Level of Seriousness||Notes On The Injury||Settlements|
|Back injury||Moderate (i)||There are several levels of moderate back injury. At this level there may be compression or crush fractures to the back, damage to the discs and the possibility of reduced mobility.||£27,760 to £38,780|
|Back injury||Minor (i)||Instances where the claimant could find that an existing condition has been made worse or have been accelerated.||£7,890 to £12,510|
|Neck injury||Moderate (i)||Moderate 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.||£24,990 to £38,490
|Neck injury||Moderate (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.||£13,740 to £24,990
|Wrist injury||(A)||Those injuries which result in a total loss of the use of the wrist affected.||£47,620 to £59,860|
|Wrist injury||(B)||Whilst some movement or usage may remain, there will be a significant and permanent disability.||£24,500 to £39,170|
|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.||£14,450 to £29,000|
|Hand injury||Moderate||Penetrating wounds, crush injuries or other similar types of injury which may affect the hand.||£5,720 to £13,280|
|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.||£31,310 to £50,060|
|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.||£13,740 to £26,590|
If you make a successful accident at work claim, you will be awarded two forms of compensation. These are 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. You can speak to an advisor to see that you are eligible for compensation. If so, 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. 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.
Falling down the stairs at work FAQs
I fell down the stairs at work, could I claim compensation?
If you injure yourself following a fall at work, you could be compensated. However, this would only be the case if your employer’s negligence caused the accident. For example, if you were asked to carry a large load down the stairs you could claim. Or, if handrails were damaged or floor coverings were loose, you may be eligible to seek damages.
How long after falling down the stairs can I make a claim?
Usually, the personal injury claims time limit is 3-years. This will commence from the date you fell down the stairs on most occasions. If you were incapacitated for a while (i.e. you were in a coma following your fall), the 3-year limitation period would begin from your date of knowledge.
What can I claim for in accident at work claims?
When you seek compensation, the part of your claim that deals with the pain and suffering you sustained is called general damages. This would also cover any loss of amenity. Additionally, where you incur expenses because of your injuries, these could be claimed too. Known as special damages, your claim could cover loss of earnings, medical costs and other similar expenses.
Can I be disciplined for claiming against my employer
If you fell down the stairs at work because of your employer’s negligence, then there is nothing they can do to stop you from claiming for any injuries. If they were to sack you, discipline you or treat you differently, they would be breaking employment law.
I fell down the stairs at work – is this a common accident?
A fall at work is a common accident. As you can see, slips, trips and falls on one level are common at work. The HSE’s figures below are for the period 2020-21. You can also see that 8% of non-fatal injuries to employees that employers reported were falls from a height.
Could falling down the stairs cause fatal injuries?
In some cases, falling down the stairs could cause fatal injuries. As we can see from the HSE’s 2020-21 statistics there were 142 fatal injuries that happened in the workplace in 2020-21. The causes of such accidents included falls from height. Conceivably, this could include falls down the stairs.
If someone you love passes away from falling down the stairs at work, because the area was poorly lit for example, this could constitute negligence by their employer. If you could prove that the employer caused the fatal injuries by breaching their duty of care towards your loved one, and you are an eligible relative under the relevant legislation, you could make a claim.
Could I claim for a loved one that fell down the stairs and passed away?
Some relatives could claim compensation for a loved one that fell down the stairs due to someone else’s negligence and passed away as a result. Fatal accident claims are something we could help with. If you call our team, we could assess your case and let you know whether you could be eligible for compensation.
Could I claim for falls downstairs that result from being pushed?
If someone violently assaults you and you suffer injuries as a result of this, you could be eligible for compensation. For example, if a criminal hits you, causing you to fall down the stairs, you could be eligible to claim via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. We could assess your claim for free to see if you could be eligible.
Can I claim for falling down stairs at work because I was rushing?
You cannot claim for falling down stairs at work if you were rushing if there was no other cause. If you cause your own injuries, and are totally to blame, you would not be able to hold your employer liable.
If there was another cause as well as you rushing, such as a broken handrail, or a trip hazard, we could assess your case. We could then tell you if we believe your claim could have a favourable chance of success.
What happens if you fall down at work?
What happens if you fall down at work depends on the circumstances and whether you are injured. If you’re injured, it would be wise to get medical attention. You should report the accident too. If possible, it would be wise to take photographs of the scene of the incident. You could also get witness details.
All this could help if you decide to make a claim, so long as your employer could be held liable. We could offer free advice on whether you could claim.
Compensation payouts for falling down the stairs 2022 update- where can I find the latest guidelines?
The compensation table found earlier in this guide contains an insight into compensation payouts for falling down the stairs. The 2022 update of the Judicial College Guidelines has been used to complete this table. In it, we have included a variety of injuries that could be sustained by someone falling down stairs. Alongside the injuries are bracket compensation amounts.
However, if your injury isn’t in the table, please get in touch. If you have sustained another injury from a fall down stairs that was the result of someone’s breach of their duty of care towards you, our team could help. They could speak to you about compensation payouts for falling down the stairs and give a 2022 update on guideline brackets for other injuries.
Why doesn’t falling down stairs automatically lead to a claim?
Falling down stairs doesn’t automatically lead to a claim because in some cases, it isn’t the result of anyone else’s negligence. However, in order to put forward a valid claim, you need to have experienced harm as a result of someone elses negligence. For instance, you may have fallen down the stairs as a result of poor lighting causing you to sustain a broken leg.
Essentially, you’d need to prove that someone breached their duty of care towards you, causing you to be injured after falling down the stairs to be eligible to seek compensation.
If you would like us to check your case to see if you could be eligible to make a claim, why not call us? We’d be glad to help.
An HSE Guide To Avoiding Slipping Accidents In The Workplace – Learn more about steps which could be taken to avoid these accidents.
An HSE Guide To Reducing The Risk Of Employees Falling On The Stairs – Assessing and reducing risks in the workplace.
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