Broken Or Defective Lighting On Stairs Caused An Accident, Can I Claim Compensation?

By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 10th January 2024. This guide will explore the process of claiming compensation after being injured due to defective lighting on stairs as a result of someone else’s negligence. Some of the topics we will discuss include how broken lighting on the stairs could cause an injury and who could be liable for your injuries.

Man suffering a back injury due to broken or defective lighting on stairs

Inadequate lighting or defective lighting can make it difficult to spot potential hazards. For example, there may be a particularly high step or objects on the stairs. This could create the risk of someone sustaining harm in a fall from a height.

In this guide, we will also discuss the duty of care that certain individuals may owe you while you are using or occupying certain spaces. If someone owed you a duty of care and you were injured due to a beach of this duty, you could be able to claim compensation.

Read on for more details. Alternatively, get in touch with our advisers to discuss your specific circumstances. You can reach them by:

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  1. Can I Claim Compensation For An Accident Caused By Inadequate Lighting?
  2. Who Could Be Liable For Your Accident?
  3. How Could Broken Lighting On Stairs Injure You?
  4. What Compensation Could You Claim For Trips And Falls On Stairs?
  5. Contact Us If Defective Lighting On Stairs Caused Your Accident

Can I Claim Compensation For An Accident Caused By Inadequate Lighting?

You may be wondering ‘can inadequate lighting cause accidents?’. In some cases it can, such as if the problem with the poor lighting is not addressed, it could pose a risk of injury.

In order to claim compensation, you must be able to show three criteria apply to your claim:

  1. A person owed you a duty of care.
  2. That person breached this duty.
  3. As a result, you suffered harm in the form of a physical or mental injury.

These elements form the basis of negligence. We will discuss who may have owed you a duty of care later in this article, so read on to learn more. Alternatively, get in touch with our advisers to discuss the accident you suffered as a result of defective lighting on stairs.

Who Could Be Liable For Your Accident?

Legislation known as the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 stipulates that employers owe a duty of care to their employees. This means they must take reasonable steps to remove or reduce the risk of harm posed by any known hazards. There are various steps they could take, such as carrying out regular health and safety checks and addressing any identified risks.

Another piece of legislation called the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that the person in control of a public space owes a duty of care to visitors who are using that space for its intended purpose. Therefore, they must take reasonable steps to ensure identified hazards, such as broken lighting on stairs, are reduced or removed.

If there is a breach of this duty and you are caused harm as a result, you may be able to seek personal injury compensation.

To learn more about claiming for injuries sustained in an accident caused by defective lighting on the stairs, contact our advisers.

Is There A Time Limit To Make A Personal Injury Compensation Claim?

If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim for an accident caused by inadequate lighting, you will only have a limited time in which to do so.

Per the Limitation Act 1980, you would typically have three years from the date of the accident to file your claim, save for a few exceptions.

One such exception is if someone under the age of 18 is injured due to inadequate lighting. The personal injury claim time limit would pause until their 18th birthday. From this date, they would then have until their 18th birthday to start a claim. However, a litigation friend could bring forward a claim on the minor’s behalf before their 18th birthday.

There are similar exceptions for claims involving those who lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves.

To learn what these exceptions are, or to check whether you are still within the limitation period to start your own personal injury claim, you can contact our advisors.

How Could Broken Lighting On Stairs Injure You?

Inadequate lighting could cause a trip hazard, which in turn could lead to someone being injured. Injuries can range in type and severity and could include:

You should seek medical attention after your accident to ensure you receive treatment for your injuries. Additionally, your medical records can be valuable evidence to support a personal injury claim for defective lighting on stairs.

How Common Are Trip And Fall Injuries?

Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR), employers are required to report certain accidents and injuries to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The HSE collate these reports to provide useful workplace accident statistics.

We have used these statistics to create a graph showing the number of non-fatal slips, trips and falls, as well as falls from a height, that occurred in the workplace during 2020/21.

Two kinds of workplace accidents as reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Unfortunately, these statistics only give us insight into the number of these accidents that occur at work. They do not reflect the number of similar occurrences that may have happened in a public place.

To learn more about how defective lighting on stairs could lead to an accident, contact our advisers today.

What Compensation Could You Claim For Trips And Falls On Stairs?

The personal injury compensation you could receive depends on your individual circumstances as several factors are considered when valuing your settlement. Generally, though, it could be made up of two heads of claim, known as general damages and special damages.

General damages reimburse you for the pain and suffering caused by your injury. Instead of including a personal injury calculator, we’ve added a table showing guideline compensation brackets from the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a document a personal injury solicitor can turn to when assessing the value of your injuries.

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Injury Type Guideline Compensation Bracket Notes
Multiple severe injuries with financial costs and losses. Up to £1,000,000+ A combination of injuries that are serious, resulting in care costs, loss of income and pain and suffering, for example.
Very Severe Brain Injuries (a) £282,010 to £403,990 Some ability to follow basic commands and return of sleeping patterns. Little to no meaningful response to environment or language function.
Minor Brain Damage (e) £2,210 to £12,770 Brain damage is minimal in these cases or might not be present at all.
Severe Knee Injuries (a) (i) £69,730 to £96,210 This bracket includes a knee injury involving joint disruption, osteoarthritis, damage to the ligaments, and considerable pain and loss of function.
Very Severe Ankle Injuries (a) £50,060 to £69,700 Cases in this bracket include extensive soft tissue damage alongside a transmalleolar fracture that leads to deformity and risk of future injuries requiring amputation.
Very serious multiple fractures of Jaws (e) (i) £30,490 to £45,540 Prolonged treatment and permanent consequences, including risk of arthritis, severe pain, difficulty eating, and paraesthesia.
Moderate Back Injuries (b) (i) £27,760 to £38,780 Cases in this bracket include damage to an intervertebral disc alongside irritation to the nerve roots and reduced mobility.
Serious Foot Injuries (e) £24,990 to £39,200 Injuries are less severe but still result in ongoing pain due to arthritis that’s traumatic.
Moderate Neck Injuries (b) (ii) £13,740 to £24,990 Soft tissue injuries are including in this bracket.
Moderate Neck Injuries (b) (iii) £7,890 to £13,740 Injuries that have caused the acceleration or the exacerbation of a pre-existing condition over a shorter period of time.
Modest Ankle Injuries (d) Up to £13,740 This bracket includes less serious injuries such as minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligament injuries.

Please remember the figures shown above are intended as a guidelines only. The actual compensation you receive for the pain and suffering of your injuries could differ.

Additionally, the table figures do not take into account special damages. Special damages are the head of claim intended to recompense you for financial losses relating to your injury. They are meant to return you to the financial position you were in before your accident occurred, and they can include:

  • Loss of earnings, both past and future
  • Travel costs accrued while travelling to and from the hospital
  • The cost of medical prescriptions or physiotherapy or other medical expenses

If you have questions about what special damages you could receive, contact our advisers today. They can listen to how your injury resulted from broken lighting on the stairs and offer free legal advice about how to proceed.

Contact Us If Defective Lighting On Stairs Caused Your Accident

If you’re thinking about making a personal injury claim, you may be worrying about the cost of hiring legal representation. If our advisers feel your claim is valid and then put you in touch with one of our accident claims solicitors, you may be offered a No Win No Fee agreement.

Our solicitors may offer a No Win No Fee agreement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under these terms, you don’t have to pay upfront for the solicitor’s services or if the claim fails. Instead, you pay if your claim is successful, in which case the solicitor will take a small percentage of your compensation. This percentage, known as a success fee, is capped by law.

If you’d like to know more about claiming for an injury caused by defective lighting on stairs, get in touch with us today. You can reach us by:

  • Calling us at 0800 073 8801
  • Contacting us via the live chat feature below
  • Filling in our online contact form with your query

Learn More About Defective And Broken Lighting Accident Claims

Below, we have provided other personal injury claim guides that may help:

Other external resources that could be of use:

We hope this article has contained useful information about making a personal injury claim for an injury that resulted from defective lighting on the stairs. If you have more questions, contact us using the information provided above.

Guide by MF

Edited by MMI