By Joanne Jeffries. Updated 11th April 2022. Welcome to our guide to making claims from tripping over wires or tripping over cables. Have you suffered an injury because you tripped over a wire or cable that shouldn’t have been there? If a wire trip hazard caused you injury, this guide shows you whether you could claim compensation. We also explain how to prevent tripping over wires, and how employers could be liable for accidents caused by poor cable management hazards.
Claiming compensation for tripping over wires
In all likelihood, a third party was responsible for ensuring that the location where the accident took place was kept free of slip, trip and fall hazards. And in this case, if it can be proven that this third party was responsible for causing your accident, a personal injury solicitor could be able to process a personal injury claim for trailing cables accidents for you.If you need some free legal advice about making a claim, or you have questions related to the contents of this guide, you can speak to our claims team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 0800 073 8801. They will be waiting to provide you with any assistance you need.
Select A Section:
- A Guide To Tripped Over A Wire Accident Claims
- What Is A Tripped Over A Wire Accident?
- What Injuries May Be Caused By Tripping Over A Wire Or Cable?
- Wire Trip Hazard Claims – Could I Claim If I Tripped Because Of A Loose Wire At Work?
- Wire Trip Hazard Claims – Could I Claim If I Tripped Over A Loose Wire Or Cable In A Supermarket Or Shop?
- Wire Trip Hazard Claims – Could I Claim If I Tripped Over A Loose Wire Or Cable In A Public Place?
- I Tripped Over A Loose Cable Or Loose Wire, What Should I Do To Claim Compensation?
- What Could I Claim Damages For If I Tripped Over A Wire And Was Injured?
- Tripped Over A Wire Accident Claims Calculator
- No Win No Fee Tripped Over A Wire Accident Compensation
- How Could Accident Claims UK Help Me With Tripping Over Cables Claims?
- Contact Our Accident Claims Specialists About Tripping Over Cables Claims
- Tripping Accident Claim Resources
A Guide To Tripped Over A Wire Accident Claims
In this guide, we cover the basics of making a trip claim, for an accident that was the responsibility of a third party which caused you injury when tripping over wires. You should have all the information you need to begin making intelligent choices about your own claim, once you have finished reading this guide. It begins by going over what a trip accident involving a wire or cable is. We will look at the two issues of liability and eligibility. The guide then moves on to look at some of the most common types of injuries that tripping over a wire could cause.
Could poor cable management hazards lead to a claim?
The middle part of this guide will look at specific examples of the types of claims people make. We will attempt to answer the question, could I claim for tripping over a cable at work? By looking at your employer’s responsibilities related to workplace safety. You will also find information about accidents that happen in a shop or a supermarket. Accidents in a public place are also covered, and we look at which legal entity could be responsible for accidents in various public places.
What’s the process for claiming for accidents caused by tripping over wires?
The final part of this guide gives information related to the financial and legal aspects of making an accident claim. We will give an overview of the process to follow to prepare for your claim, and engage a solicitor to process it for you. You will find that we have listed many of the kinds of damages that a person may receive as part of a settlement, and we have also added a table that gives possibly compensation ranges for a number of different injuries.
How Accident Claims UK Could Help With Tripping Over Cables Claims
Finally, we talk about the service we offer, and how we can arrange for you to use a No Win No Fee solicitor, to have personal injury claims processed. If you have any questions that this guide does not answer, please do reach out to our tripping over wires claims team on the number at the end of this page, and they will help you.
What Is A Tripped Over A Wire Accident?
There are many ways a person can be harmed in an accident caused by a wire or cable that has been left in an inappropriate place. Just look at your own home, how many extension leads and power adapters do you have hidden away? Most offices and places of work have a similar problem. This isn’t a bad thing as long as cables are kept tidy, and safely stowed away. However, it just takes one laptop power supply or a smartphone charging cable to cause an accident. Such accidents at work could lead to injury at work compensation.
Tripping over wires and tripping over cables accident examples
- A network cable in an office falls out of a structured cabling conduit, onto the floor, and an employee tripped over a wire.
- The power cable for a floor buffer used in a supermarket was left across a shopping aisle, and a shopper tripped over it.
- A maintenance team fixing a pothole on a public pavement, leaves a power cable leading from a generator to a piece of equipment, in a place that causes a member of the public to trip over it.
These are all examples of trip accidents that have been caused by a wire or cable that has been allowed to become a hazard. In each case, a third party was responsible for causing the hazard, and the injured party may have a valid cause to make a compensation for tripping on cables claim. We can provide you with a solicitor who can help you to make a tripping over wires claim for similar incidents. Use the number below to speak to a claim advisor, to learn more.
What Injuries May Be Caused By Tripping Over A Wire Or Cable?
A trip accident could be construed as a minor accident, caused by very common hazards such as a cable or wire. However, if you have tripped over a loose wire, you can suffer from some very serious injuries indeed, especially if you are an elderly person with a medical condition such as osteoporosis. For example:
- At the lower end of the scale, we have cuts, lacerations, bruises and scrapes.
- Moving up in severity, we have dislocations, and soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains.
- Even more serious, are bone fractures. These can be simple fractures or compound fractures.
- Head injuries are also a fairly serious injury trip victims can suffer. Even a minor head trauma can cause a concussion, and more extreme cases can cause permanent brain damage or even death.
- Serious injuries such as a fractured pelvis, a broken back, or any other form of traumatic injury can be caused by tripping over a cable.
No matter what kind of injury you have suffered, if it was caused by tripping over a wire or cable that was left causing an obstruction by a third party, you could have a valid reason to make a claim for the harm you have suffered. If you use the number at the bottom of this page, you can speak to our claims team to find out if your tripping over wires claim is valid.
Wire Trip Hazard Claims – Could I Claim If I Tripped Because Of A Loose Wire At Work?
The Health & Safety Executive has published a comprehensive set of guidelines for electrical safety at work, and this includes ensuring that wires and cables do not cause a trip hazard. Your employer is expected to follow these guidelines, and do everything they can to reduce the chances of a cable or wire causing an accident. Therefore, the answer to the question, could I claim for tripping over a wire at work? is that if you have tripped because of a loose wire at work, that was caused by a hazard that your employer was responsible for, then you could have a valid basis for a claim. We recommend you speak to a member of our claims team, who will be able to evaluate the circumstances of your claim, and tell you whether an accident at work claim would be valid or not.
Wire Trip Hazard Claims – Could I Claim If I Tripped Over A Loose Wire Or Cable In A Supermarket Or Shop?
The same Health & Safety Executive regulations related to cable safety covered in the previous section, also apply to all retail premises. Therefore, if you tripped over a loose cable in a shop or tripped over a loose cable in a supermarket, you could be able to make a claim, if the hazard that caused the accident was the responsibility of the operator of the premises.
Something that you can do if you are injured by tripping over a wire in a shop, is to take photographs of the offending cable. As the operator of the premises is likely to remove the hazard promptly. Getting this kind of photographic evidence will add weight to your claim. Additionally, if the shop or supermarket operates an accident reporting procedure, you should follow it, ensuring that your accident has been officially recorded.
Wire Trip Hazard Claims – Could I Claim If I Tripped Over A Loose Wire Or Cable In A Public Place?
This section covers two distinct types of public place accidents. It will cover public places that your local council is responsible for maintaining to a safe standard. This would include, for example:
- Public parks and playgrounds.
- Public car parks.
- A public street or road.
- Public buildings operated by the council.
- Council-run leisure facilities.
Wire Trip Hazard Claims – Other tripping over wires injury claim accidents
The second type of public place accidents relates to those which take place within premises operated by a business or other organisation. Premises that the public is allowed to use, for example:
- A shopping mall.
- An airport.
- A train station.
- A pay and display car park.
Respectively, either the council or the operator of the premises is expected to ensure that it is safe for the public to use. This includes removing a wire trip hazard or cables that could cause a member of the public to trip. When trip hazards are not mitigated to Health & Safety Standards, and this results in an injury to a member of the public who tripped over a loose wire, the injured party could have due cause to make a compensation claim for the harm they have suffered from tripping over wires.
I Tripped Over A Loose Cable Or Loose Wire, What Should I Do To Claim Compensation?
If you have or a tripped over a cable, a wire, or anything else for that matter, there are some things you can do that will ensure that you have received the help you need at the point of the wire trip hazard accident, and also that you have prepared for making a claim, for example:
- Get your injuries treated, even if they appear to be minor in nature.
- Follow any applicable accident reporting procedure.
- Gather photographic or video evidence of the cause of the accident.
- Get contact details for anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Start to keep a record, and all bills, receipts and invoices related to financial losses causing by the accident or your injuries.
You can also speak to our tripping over wires claims team, on the number below, who will be able to advise you on any other beneficial steps you could take. They will also explain to you how our solicitors could help you to get the compensation you are entitled to.
What Could I Claim Damages For If I Tripped Over A Wire And Was Injured?
If your personal injury lawyer successful secures a compensation settlement for you for your wire trip hazard accident, it will comprise of a number of different types of damages, for example:
- Wire trip hazard general damages (to compensate for physical and psychological harm):
- Pain and suffering – at the time of the accident or when receiving emergency treatment.
- Mental trauma – caused by the shock of the accident.
- Psychological injuries – such as post-traumatic stress disorder caused by either the accident itself, or the impact of your injuries on your life.
- Painful treatment – if your injuries will require long-term, painful medical treatment to heal.
- Permanent disability – if you will never recover from your injuries fully.
- Wire trip hazard special damages (to compensate for financial and other losses):
- The cost of care – for hiring in home help or nurse.
- Travel costs – if you had to travel to get treatment, or to deal with the claim itself.
- Medical fees – if you had to pay for private treatment that was not available from the NHS.
- Lost income – if you had to take time away from work and were not paid.
- Lowered prospects – if your working life will be negatively affected in the future.
Tripped Over A Wire Accident Claims Calculator
It is very difficult to give an accurate estimate of how much you could be able to claim, without knowing the specifics of your case. However, the table below will give you a rough indication.
Your medical condition would have to be assessed by an independent medical specialist. Based on their examination of you, they would write a report that could be used against a publication known as the Judicial College guidelines. This could help to ascertain how much compensation could be appropriate for you.
|What Type of Injury?||How Severe Was It?||Possible Compensation||Information|
|Injured hand||Minor up to serious||Up to £58,100||Hand injuries ranging in severity from cuts and lacerations, burns, etc. through all forms of soft-tissue injuries and fractured bones, to paralysis or total amputation of one or both hands.|
|Injured wrist||Minor up to severe||Up to £56,180||Harm to the wrist, that could be as minor as bruises or cuts, or range up through STI (sprains and strains), fractures, and dislocations, to some level of paralysis of the wrist.|
|Injured arm||Moderate up to severe||Up to £122,860||A range of injuries to the arm, that could be as slight as grazes, burns or cuts, all the way up through sprains, strains and other STI, dislocations and fractures, to paralysis or amputation of the arm above or below the elbow.|
|Injured finger||Minor up to severe||Up to £85,170||Finger injuries from cuts, scrapes, burns, scales, etc. through more serious injuries such as dislocation and fractures, to amputation of one or more of the fingers.|
|Injured thumb||Minor up to severe||Up to £51,460||Thumb injuries from cuts, scrapes, burns, scales, etc. through more serious injuries such as dislocation and fractures, to amputation of one or both of the thumbs.|
|Injured back||Minor up to severe||Up to £151,070||Ranging from damage to the skin of the back (cuts, lacerations, burns, grazes, etc) through soft tissue injuries such as strains or sprains, as well as fractured or dislocated vertebrae, to some level of loss of function of the back.|
|Injured neck||Minor up to severe||Up to £139,210||Ranging from damage to the skin of the neck (cuts, lacerations, burns, grazes, etc) through soft tissue injuries such as strains or sprains, as well as fractured or dislocated vertebrae, to some level of loss of function of the neck.|
|Injured toe||Moderate up to severe||Up to £52,620||Toe injuries from cuts, scrapes, burns, scales, etc. through more serious injuries such as dislocation and fractures, to amputation of one or more of the toes.|
|Injured ankle||Minor up to severe||Up to £65,420||Harm to the ankle, that could be as minor as bruises or cuts, or range up through STI (sprains and strains), fractures, and dislocations, to some level of paralysis of the ankle.|
|Injured foot||Minor up to very severe||Up to £102,890||Foot injuries ranging in severity from cuts and lacerations, burns, etc. through all forms of soft-tissue injuries and fractured bones, to paralysis or total amputation of one or both feet.|
|Injured leg||Minor up to severe||Up to £127,530||A range of injuries to the leg, that could be as slight as grazes, burns or cuts, all the way up through sprains, strains and other STI, dislocations and fractures, to paralysis or amputation of the leg above or below the knee.|
No Win No Fee Tripped Over A Wire Accident Compensation
Have you tripped over a trailing wire or cable and been injured? If so, if a third party was even partially responsible for causing the accident in which you were harmed, you could be able to make a claim. We can provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor to process your claim for you. There is no charge to start the claim or while it is processed. You only pay a fee when your solicitor as received compensation for you, if they don’t then there is no charge at all. Fees are deducted from any compensation the solicitor receives for you.
How Could Accident Claims UK Help Me With Tripping Over Cables Claims?
Our tripping over cables claims team can help you in many ways, by providing helpful legal advice, and critical information. They will be able to tell you which personal injury claims time limit applies. They will also be able to help you prepare for having your claim valued, even if you have already used a to get a personal injury claims calculator rough estimate. This will include organising a medical examination to have your injuries evaluated. They will also explain to you how one of our solicitors could be able to process a tripping over wires claim for you.
Contact Our Accident Claims Specialists About Tripping Over Cables Claims
Have you tripped over wires and been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault? Do you need some free legal advice on how to best proceed with a claim? Or maybe you just need to know a little more about the claims process? No matter what you need, our claims team is available 24/7 on 0800 073 8801, to give you the answers and help you need. Contact them today.
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FAQ for Tripping Over Wires And Tripping Over Cables Claims
How common are tripping over wires or tripping over cables accidents at work?
You may be labouring under the misapprehension that an accident at work is a somewhat rare event. However, an accident at work could be more common than you think. Whether it relates to a wire trip hazard, or a construction accident, if your employer is at fault, you could claim compensation. But how common are such accidents at work, and what causes most of them?
According to the latest Health and Safety Executive statistics for 2020/2021, 441,000 workers sustained non-fatal injuries in the workplace. This was despite there being a work from home order in place for some months during this period. Further to this, estimated figures show that 51,211 non-fatal injuries required reporting through RIDDOR. According to the estimated self-reported nonfatal injury figures, there were 339,000 that led to up to seven days absence from work. 102,000 of these led to over seven days absence from work.
When it comes to the causes of such workplace accidents and injuries, slips trips and falls on the same level were the most common, amounting to 33% of the total non-fatal injuries. Other common causes of accidents related to carrying lifting and handling, being struck by objects that are moving, violent acts and falls from heights.
What kinds of injury could occur from tripping over wires or tripping over cables?
The answer to this question is many different injuries. The injuries you could receive would depend what you were doing at the time, the position of your body and how you fell. What you fell onto or into could also have an impact on your injuries. Some common injuries could, however, include:
- A head injury – for example, if you fall head first into something after tripping
- Hard or arm injury – we often put our hands out to save ourselves when we fall. Taking our body weight on our hands and arms could cause injuries.
- A knee injury – if you’ve twisted your knee as you’ve fallen, this could damage the ligaments and tendons
Of course, these are only a small collection of the injuries you could sustain. Whatever injury you’ve had, you could claim compensation for your pain and suffering if someone else could be held liable for your accident.
How to prevent tripping over wires?
The methods that can be used to prevent tripping over wires depends on where they are. For example, if they are in a poorly lit area at work, you could ask your employer to illuminate the site better to avoid people tripping over the wires. You could also ask them to remove the wire trip hazard if possible.
It could be possible for an employer to prevent people from tripping over cables by using trunking to bind the cables together. Employers could even consider putting wiring under the flooring.
I had an accident tripping over wires due to poor cable management hazards at my workplace, could I claim?
If you could prove that your employer had breached their duty of care towards you at work, causing you injury, you could have a valid compensation claim.
If your injuries from tripping over cables or wires resulted from poor cable management hazards, we could assess your case for you. If we believe you could have a valid claim, we could provide you with a solicitor to assist you.
What can I claim for when I’m injured from tripping over wires at work?
If you’re injured from tripping over wires at work due to your employer’s negligent breach of their duty of care towards you, you could claim for the following:
- General damages – these are designed to compensate for the suffering, loss of amenity and pain the claimant has endured.
- Special damages – these are designed to compensate for the financial costs the claimant has incurred due to their injuries.
If you’ve tripped over a wire and would like to know if you can claim, contact our advisors for free legal advice.