By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 7th June 2021. In this guide, we are going to discuss slip trip and fall at work claims. Throughout the duration of this guide, we will take a closer look at the claims process and answer critical questions.
Every employer in the UK is expected to provide its workforce with a safe working environment. When this doesn’t happen and a member of staff is injured in an accident such as a slip, trip or fall at work, then the company may be liable for compensation. This guide takes a look at the process of making a workplace accident claim for an injury at work in such a case.
We have tried to cover all of the things that you need to know in this guide. However, every claim has its unique aspects, and you may have questions about your own circumstances that this guide doesn’t cover. If so, you need to give our slip trip and fall at work claims team a quick call on 0800 073 8801. They will answer any questions about your own claim or the personal injury claims process in general.
What is a slip trip and fall at work claim?
This is any compensation claim that you make following an accident where you slip, trip or fall at work. Crucially, the employer has to be responsible, either by creating a hazardous environment or by breaching their duty of care towards you.
Select A Section:
- A Guide To Claiming For A Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work
- An Overview Of A Slip, Trip Or Fall Accident At Work
- Health & Safety Legislation Applying To The Workplace
- Causes Of Slips, Trips And Falls At Work
- Falls From A Height At Work
- Statistics For Slips And Falls In The Workplace
- What Reason Could I Claim For A Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work?
- What Steps Should I Take If Injured By A Trip Or Slip At Work?
- Slip And Fall At Work Settlement Calculator
- Special Damages You May BE Able To Claim For A Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work
- No Win No Fee Claims For A Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work
- How Our Workplace Accident Team Could Help You
- Start A Claim For A Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work
- Essential Resources
A Guide To Claiming For A Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work
This comprehensive guide to claiming for tripping, slipping or falling accident at work aims to provide claimants with the information they need to begin to understand the claims process in general and how they should proceed with making their claim. As long as you are within the personal injury claims time limit (our slip trip and fall at work claims team can tell you more about this time limit), then this guide should be of use to you. We start this guide by providing a general overview of what slip, trip and fall accidents at work are and why you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim if you are injured in one.
The middle part of this guide related to aspects of the claim itself and background information on this kind of accident. We begin this part of the guide by looking at the health & safety legislation that applies to every employer in the UK. We also look at some of the most common causes of these accidents, as well as falls from height and statistics related to workplace safety. We tie this part of the guide up with a list of sensible steps you can take to prepare for your claim.
The last part of this guide relates to key financial considerations. We have not added a personal injury claims calculator to this guide. What we have done is to include a table that shows the range of compensation you could be able to claim for several different kinds of injuries. You will also find a list of some of the frequently seen kinds of damages that claimants are awarded. Lastly, we look at how using the services of a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer enables you to have your claim processed while keeping financial risks to a minimum.
If you need further information on anything we have covered in this guide or have questions about making your own claim and how to proceed, then please talk to our slip trip and fall at work claims team on the number at the end of the guide. A claims advisor will provide you with the answers you need and help you to get your claim underway as soon as possible.
An Overview Of A Slip, Trip Or Fall Accident At Work?
Slip, trip and fall accidents really don’t need much of an introduction. Everybody will suffer at least a handful of them during their life. Usually, getting straight up with no injury more harmful than damaged pride. However, in some cases, the injuries caused can be more severe. If you are injured in an incident at work, whether you fell at work, slipped at work or tripped at work, then if it can be proven that your employer was responsible for the accident in some way, you may have a valid reason to make a compensation claim.
Your employer is legally obligated to provide you with a safe place to work (more on this further down the guide), and if they fail to do so, they would be in a breach of health & safety compliance. Not only could they be liable to pay compensation to the victim, but they could also be subject to punitive action by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
The single takeaway here is that as long as you can clearly prove that your employer was responsible for causing the accident in which you were harmed, then we could well be able to help you to make a compensation claim. Please speak to one of our claim advisors to learn how to begin your slip trip and fall at work claims.
Health & Safety Legislation Applying To The Workplace
The Health & Safety Executive is responsible for maintaining a whole body of legislation related to workplace safety, such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The HSE also produces health & safety guidelines for companies to follow to mitigate specific accident hazards, including slip, trip and fall accidents.
Every company in the UK has to comply with all regulations related to health & safety within the sector they operate within. For example, a hotel or restaurant must comply with all regulations related to health & safety in both the food and hospitality sectors. Compliance is compulsory, and performance is monitored closely.
One aspect of the health & safety responsibilities that every company in the UK is required to undertake is the iterative evaluation of potential workplace hazards and to take all appropriate steps to mitigate any hazards that are highlighted during an evaluation.
When a company fails to meet its health & safety obligations, this can expose members of the workforce to risk in the workplace. When such a risk results in an accident that injures a staff member, such as a slip, fall or trip accident, then the injured employee could be able to claim compensation for slip and fall injuries. If you believe you have been injured at work due to a hazard that your employer was responsible for, then please speak to a member of our claims team to have your claim evaluated.
Causes Of Slips, Trips And Falls At Work
When it comes to falls, trips and slips at work, several potential hazards cause these kinds of accident most commonly. These are hazards such as:
- Food, liquid, oil, and other substances spilt on the floor, causing a slip hazard.
- Damaged indoor floor coverings such as a warped floorboard, cracked tile or frayed carpet causing a trip hazard.
- Damaged walkways and pathways, such as broken paving slabs or curbstones, potholes, and uneven pavements.
- Inadequate lighting or a faulty handrail in a stairwell or building entrance causing a fall hazard.
These hazards can lead to a member of staff being injured due to a slip, trip or fall. In each case, the employer could be held responsible for not mitigating the hazard that caused the accident. To find out if your workplace accident claim is valid, please talk over your claim with one of our claim advisors.
Falls From A Height At Work
Although slipping and tripping accidents at work are the most common of all workplace accidents, falls from a height are the most common kind of accident in the workplace that results in death. 25% of all fatalities caused by workplace accident are the result of a fall from height. But while the victim is deceased, their families could still file slip trip and fall at work claims.
People who have to work at height in their job, for example, painters and decorators, scaffold installers, construction crews, tree surgeons, etc. Must all be provided with a) adequate training to perform their duties safely and b) effective safety equipment to keep them safe. When an employer fails to provide these things, then it could be deemed responsible if a fall from height results in an injury to a member of the workforce. To find out more about claiming for a fall from height at work, speak to our claims team today.
Statistics For Slips And Falls In The Workplace
According to a report published by the HSE in March of 2019, titled Kinds of Accident Statistics in Great Britain, 2019, we find the following statistics related to slips, trips and falls in the workplace:
- Slips, trips and falls account for 29% of all workplace accidents.
- Over half of all workplace accidents can be attributed to just two kinds of accidents. Slips, trips and falls and manual handling accidents.
- In the 2018/19 period, there were 20,022 slip, trip and fall accidents.
- In the 2018/19 period, 12,112 slip, trip and fall accidents resulted in the victim taking more than 7 days off work.
What Reason Could I Claim For A Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work?
When a person is injured in an incident at work, slip and fall at work settlements are paid for several reasons. We have already looked at some of the hazards that can cause a slip, trip or fall. However, these hazards have an underlying cause, such as:
- Negligence – the company has failed to ensure that hazards such as heavy machinery and tools are safe to use. Also, not providing adequate safety equipment and protective gear.
- Health & safety issues – where the company has failed to comply with all safety regulations, resulting in injury to staff.
- Improper first response – such as no first aider (required by law) available to provide first aid or no safety equipment available to deal with the accident as it happens.
- Employee actions – when another employee is the cause of an accident. This could be due to an underlying problem such as faulty safety equipment or a simple accident such as causing a blockage in a hallway or being careless.
- Insufficient training – if an employee is injured because they have never been trained to carry out their job safely or have not been taught about specific dangers in the work environment.
No matter what the underlying cause of your workplace accident was, as long as it is the employer that was to blame, you could be able t make a claim. Our slip trip and fall at work claims team can tell you more if you give them a call.
What Steps Should I Take If Injured By A Trip Or Slip At Work?
In this section, we answer questions such as, I slipped and fell at work; what should I do? And what happens when you slip on a wet floor? We have produced this list of steps you can follow that will ensure that you cover all the bases, reporting your accident correctly, and ensuring a record of your injuries is kept. These steps include:
- Ensure you receive first aid treatment from the company-designated first responder.
- Take photographs of the scene of the accident and also the cause if this is visible.
- Fill in the company accident book at work.
- Visit the hospital to have your injuries treated, even if you believe them to be only trivial.
- If there were any witnesses to the accident, make sure you know who they are and how to contact them if they need to provide witness testimony.
- Begin to document any financial or other losses you suffer due to the accident or injury. Keep all bills, receipts, invoices, etc., for all expenses that relate to either dealing with your injuries or dealing with the claim itself.
Taking steps like this will ensure you have done everything possible to ensure you have the best chance of winning your claim. If you have questions about any of these steps, please talk to our claims team to get some answers.
Slip And Fall At Work Settlement Calculator
It is very difficult to give average slip and fall compensation amounts as the answer to the question how much can I claim for a slip and fall? Is that it depends on many factors, which are generally unique to each claim. Therefore, we present this table, based on the UK judicial guidelines, that shows possible compensation ranges and not average values for a range of injuries and types of accidents.
|Type of Injury?||How Severe?||Compensation||Information|
|Injured arm||Moderate to severe||£11,820 to £122,860||Injuries such as a brachial plexus injury, and other severe musculoskeletal injuries such as serious sprains and strains. Also, complex or compound fractures, and any other injury that falls short of amputation.|
|Minor to moderate||Up to £11,820||All injuries that will heal within 6 months, with no permanent disability. Cuts, bruises, burns, simple fractures and minor soft tissue injuries, etc.|
|Amputation||£102,890 to £281,520||From the loss on one arm at the elbow, to both arms at the shoulder.|
|Injured back||Moderate to severe||£36,390 to £141,141||Serious musculoskeletal disorders, damage to the spine or spinal cord and the nerves of the spine. Severe sprains, strains and other soft tissue injuries. And all injuries that will leave th3e victim with some form of disability.|
|Minor to moderate||Up to £36,390||From lacerations, cuts, burns and other flesh wounds, through minor soft tissue injuries and hairline or simple fractures, or any other injury that will heal fully within 6 months.|
|Injured neck||Moderate to severe||£36,120 to £139,210||Serious musculoskeletal disorders, damage to the spine or spinal cord and the nerves of the spine. Severe sprains, strains and other soft tissue injuries. And all injuries that will leave th3e victim with some form of disability.|
|Minor to moderate||Up to £36,120||From lacerations, cuts, burns and other flesh wounds, through minor soft tissue injuries and hairline or simple fractures, or any other injury that will heal fully within 6 months.|
|Injured leg||Moderate to severe||£36,790 to £127,530||Injuries such as a severed hamstring, and other severe musculoskeletal injuries such as serious sprains and strains. Also, complex or compound fractures, and any other injury that falls short of amputation.|
|Minor to moderate||Up to £36,790||All injuries that will heal within 6 months, with no permanent disability. Cuts, bruises, burns, simple fractures and minor soft tissue injuries, etc.|
|Amputation||£91,950 to £264,650||From the loss on one leg at the knee, to both legs at the hip.|
Rather than use a slip and fall compensation calculator to get a rough estimate of how much compensation you could be able to receive for your slip trip and fall at work claims, we can arrange for a personal injury solicitor to value your claim accurately for you. Please speak to our claims team to arrange this.
Special Damages You May Be Able To Claim For A Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work
When you claim slipping on a wet floor or any other kind of slip, trip or fall injury, the settlement you receive, if the claim is a success, will be made up of multiple kinds of damages depending on the circumstances of you suffering an injury. So, for example:
- General damages (for physical harm):
- Initial pain and suffering.
- Initial shock and trauma.
- Long and painful recovery.
- New psychological problems and phobias.
- Permanent or long-term disability.
- Special damages (for other losses):
- The cost of travel.
- Hiring a nurse and other care costs.
- Private medical fees.
- Loss of earnings.
- Reduced capacity to earn.
- Loss of life quality.
No Win No Fee Claims For A Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work
Using a No Win No Fee solicitor offers you a way to claim without having to pay any legal fees upfront or until your claim has been successful. You don’t pay to start a claim or if the claim is unsuccessful. When the claim is successful, the solicitor will deduct their pre-agreed fee from the money they receive for you as a compensation payment.
How Our Workplace Accident Team Could Help You
This section answers the question, what to do if you slip at work? All of these steps will ensure that you get the legal assistance you need with your slip trip and fall at work claims:
- Call our claims team and explain your case to them; they will answer any questions you have at this time.
- A claim advisor will evaluate your claim, inform you of key facts, and then if you wish, arrange for a solicitor to process your claim.
- A solicitor will process your claim, attempting to get you the maximum level of compensation possible.
Start A Claim For A Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work
Do you need an answer to the question, can I claim compensation for a fall? If so, you can contact our claims team on 0800 073 8801. They will evaluate your claim for you, let you know if it is valid, and then give you some free legal advice on what to do next.
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Slip trip and fall at work claims FAQs
What is a slip trip and fall?
A slip, trip and fall are when someone loses their balances and falls over. In many cases, a slip and trip can be a blameless turn of events. However, there are cases where a negligent third party could be at fault. In cases of this nature, a compensation claim could be a suitable course of action.
What is the most common cause of slips trips and falls?
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