This guide will discuss how to make a slip, trip or fall claim. You may have suffered a slip, tip or fall injury in a public place or at work. If so, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries provided they were caused by a breach of duty of care. We’ll look at exactly what a duty of care is further on in this guide.
This guide will discuss some examples of a slip, trip or fall accident and who could be at fault for these accidents. Additionally, we will explore what your settlement could include and how your compensation is calculated. Lastly, we’ll look at how a personal injury solicitor from our panel may be able to help you.
If you have recently experienced an injury due to a slip, trip or fall, do not hesitate to contact our advisors. There is no obligation to continue with a claim after your initial consultation. If you would like to speak to someone about claiming compensation, you can get in touch by:
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- What Is A Slip, Trip Or Fall Claim?
- Examples Of Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents
- How Do You Prove A Personal Injury Claim?
- Examples Of Slip, Trip Or Fall Claims Payouts
- Am I Eligible To Use A No Win No Fee Lawyer?
- More Guidance On Making A Slip, Trip Or Fall Claim
According to the Health and Safety Exuctive (HSE), slips, trips and falls are among the most frequent workplace accidents. Various factors can cause these types of accidents, such as spilt liquids on slippery floors and loose cable wires that haven’t been properly tidied away. The severity of your injuries can vary depending on how bad your accident was.
According to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA), employers should do all they reasonably can to keep all their employees safe. This includes making sure that the workplace is free of slip, trip and fall hazards and making sure they are doing all they can to prevent these types of accidents from happening, such as performing risk assessments.
The Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 (OLA) states that it is the responsibility of the party in control of a public space to ensure that it’s safe for members of the public to use for the intended purpose. Contrary to the name of the legislation, the “occupier” does not actually have to occupy the space.
If you have any more questions about when an accident could form the basis of a valid slip, trip or fall claim, speak with a member of our team today.
Statistics For Slips, Trips And Falls
According to the statistics reported by employers to Reporting of Injuries and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR), 33% of non-fatal work injuries were caused by slips, trips or falls on the same level. A further 8% of reported accidents were falls from a height.
There are many instances in which a slip, trip or fall accident can happen. Below are examples of how an accident could occur:
- Your employer has not properly installed and secured some cable wires, resulting in you tripping on them and becoming hurt.
- After multiple reports, your local council has not fixed a loose pavement tile causing you to trip on it and injure yourself.
- You’re in a salon, and a leak from the ceiling has formed a puddle on the floor that the staff are aware of but have failed to address. As a result, you slip and sustain a head injury.
You may be entitled to make a slip, trip or fall claim if your employer or local council has not done all they reasonably can to prevent accidents from happening on their premises. Call us now for more information on making a slip, trip and fall claim.
If you have suffered an injury due to a slip, trip or fall accident, to be able to claim compensation, you first must be able to prove that the party in control breached their duty of care to you.
To be able to do this, there are certain steps you can take that will help aid your personal injury claim. These include:
- Get medical attention – Always seek out medical attention for your injuries. For example, you could visit A&E or make an appointment with your GP following your injury depending on how severe it is. Make sure to keep hold of any medical reports of the treatment and diagnoses you receive.
- Complete an accident report book if one is available- Make sure to fill it out correctly with at much information about the accident as possible. You can then use this as evidence of your slip, trip and fall.
- Gather evidence of what happened – This can be anything from CCTV footage, the contact information of eyewitnesses to the accident, and any slip, trip or fall pictures.
- Get legal advice – if you have suffered from a slip, trip or fall injury, it may be worth getting legal advice from our team of advisors regarding your eligibility to claim. If your case is valid, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
For free legal advice on making a slip, trip or fall claim, get in touch with us today.
Personal injury settlements can be made up of general and special damages. General damages seek to compensate for the pain and suffering you experienced due to your injuries.
The Judicial College Guidelines (JGC) outline compensation brackets for different injuries; solicitors often use them to help value claims. Below are some examples of the figures outlined in the most recent edition of the JGC, published in April 2022.
Please note that the compensation you receive can depend on several factors specific to your case, such as the type and severity of your injury. As such, you should only use the figures as a guide.
|Injury||Severity / Notes||Amount|
|Pelvis Injury||Severe (i) - The injury results in your pelvis having extensive fractures. There will be substantial disabilities.||£78,400 - £130,930|
|Pelvis Injury||Lesser (i)- The injury results in a slight fracture in your pelvis that will lead to a full recovery within two years.||£3,950 - £12,590|
|Back Injury||Severe (iii) - The injury results in you potentially suffering lesions to your spinal discs, resulting in severe pain and discomfort.||£38,780 - £69,730|
|Back Injury||Minor (i) - The injury leads to the acceleration of a previous back injury.||£7,890 - £12,510|
|Leg Injury||Serious (iii)- The injury results in fractures in the leg, or injuries to the joints or ligaments.||£39,200 - £54,830|
|Wrist Injury||Less severe - The injury results persistent pain and stiffness in your wrist.||£12,500 - £24,500|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious - A dislocated shoulder, causing pain in the shoulder and neck.||£12,770 - £19,200|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate - The injury leads you to suffer from the limitation of movement in the shoulder and discomfort.||£7,890 - £12,770|
|Neck Injury||Moderate (iii) - The injury could lead to the acceleration of a pre-existing conditions, and soft tissue injuries to the neck.||£7,890 - £13,740|
|Neck Injury||Minor (i) - The accident has accelerated/exacerbated your previous neck injuries but a full recovery is made in a year or two.||£4,350 - £7,890|
In certain circumstances, you may also be awarded special damages. These take into account any financial losses, both past and present, that have been caused by your injuries. For example, if you had to pay for travel to and from medical appointments, then you could claim this back. You must keep a record of all receipts and records of costs to help you prove any financial expenses caused by your injury.
To find out what your slip, trip or fall claim could be worth, speak with an advisor today.
A No Win No Fee agreement could benefit you if you want to claim for injuries sustained in a slip, trip or fall, but would like to work with a lawyer when doing so. It’s a way of funding legal representation without financial risk.
Otherwise known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, the benefits of this kind of agreement are:
- You don’t need to pay your solicitor upfront when they start work on your claim.
- There are no fees to pay as the claim progresses.
- If your case doesn’t succeed, you are not expected to pay for your solicitor’s services.
- If your case is successful, you will pay a small success fee from your compensation.
For more information on working with a lawyer with a No Win No Fee agreement in place, speak with our team today.
Speak To Us About A Slip, Trip Or Fall Claim
You could be entitled to compensation if you suffered an injury due to a slip, trip or fall due to your employer’s negligence.
Don’t hesitate to contact our team for advice on making a slip, trip or fall claim. They are here to help you 24 hours, 7 days a week. To contact us, you can:
- Call us on 0113 460 1215.
- Fill out our online contact form.
- Use our Live Chat option by clicking the icon in the bottom right corner of the page.
You have reached the end of this guide on making a slip, trip or fall claim. Please find some additional links below that could help you with your claim.
The Health and Safety Executive’s guide on slips, trips and falls.
The government’s website on obtaining CCTV footage that you appear in.
The Health and Safety Executive’s webpage on types of reportable incidents.
The National Health Service’s (NHS) guide on first aid.
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