A Guide To Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work Claims – How To Claim Compensation for A Slip Trip Or Fall Injury At Work?

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By Aaron Lee. Last Updated 25th February 2021. In this guide, we are going to discuss slip trip and fall at work claims. Throughout the duration of this guide, we are going to 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 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 just need to give our slip trip and fall at work claims team a quick call on 0800 073 8801. They will answer any questions that you have about your own claim, or the personal injury claims process in general.

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A Guide To Claiming For A Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work

This comprehensive guide to claiming for a tripping, slipping or falling accident at work, is aimed at providing 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 with a look 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 a number of different kinds of injuries. You are also going to 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 simply 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, 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.

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 kinds of 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 member of staff, such as a slip, fall or trip accident, then the injured employee could be able to make a claim for 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, there are a number of potential hazards that 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 out 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.

All of 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 a workplace accident are the result of a fall from height.

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 making a claim 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.

These statistics clearly demonstrate how prolific these kinds of accidents are, and that in many cases, result in injuries serious enough to cause the victim to take an extended period away from 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 a number of different 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 a member of 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 down to 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 provide an answer to 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 basses, 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 in case 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.

Type of Injury?How Severe?CompensationInformation
Injured armModerate to severe£11,820 to £122,860Injuries 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 moderateUp to £11,820All 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 £281,520From the loss on one arm at the elbow, to both arms at the shoulder.
Injured backModerate to severe£36,390 to £141,141Serious 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 moderateUp to £36,390From 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 neckModerate to severe£36,120 to £139,210Serious 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 moderateUp to £36,120From 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 legModerate to severe£36,790 to £127,530Injuries 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 moderateUp to £36,790All 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 £264,650From 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 claim, we can arrange for a personal injury solicitor to value your claim accurately for you. 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 make a claim for claim for 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, 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.

Speak to a member of our claims team if you would like to know what kinds of damages you might be able to claim for in your own case.

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 make a 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 claim:

  1. Call our claims team and explain your case to them, they will answer any questions you have at this time.
  2. 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.
  3. A solicitor will process your claim, attempting to get you the maximum level of compensation possible.

Call our claims team on the number below, to get this new claims process started.

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.

Essential Resources

These external links could be of some use:

HSE Information On Accidents At Work

HSE Information On Working At Height

HSE Information On Falls From A Height

These additional guides could also be of use:

Slip, Trip And Fall Injury Claims

Claiming For An Accident At Work

How To Claim For A Ladder Accident

Slip trip and fall at work claims FAQ

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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