Could I Claim For An Accident Caused By Broken Steps At Work?

In this guide, we’ll be exploring the process of making an accident at work claim after injuring yourself on broken steps at work as a result of an employer breaching their duty of care. 

There are several requirements that need to be met in order to put forward a claim. We’ll be discussing these in more detail throughout our guide. 

Additionally, we will explore how you can back up your claim with different types of evidence as well as how legal representation in the form of a No Win No Fee solicitor could benefit you.

We’ll also take a look at the settlement you could receive if you make a successful accident at work claim.

If at any point during this guide, you have more questions about the accident at work claims process, you can get in touch with our team of advisors. To find out how to claim, get in touch by:

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Could I Claim For An Accident Caused By Broken Steps At Work?

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  1. Could I Claim For An Accident Caused By Broken Steps At Work?
  2. Injuries Broken Steps At Work Could Cause
  3. Evidence Which Could Support Your Claim
  4. What Payout Could You Receive For An Accident Caused By Broken Steps At Work?
  5. How To Start A No Win No Fee Claim
  6. Useful Workplace Accident Claim Resources

Could I Claim For An Accident Caused By Broken Steps At Work?

A person could be eligible to make a personal injury claim if they can prove the following points:

  • Your employer owed you a duty of care,
  • This duty of care was breached, 
  • This breach caused you to be injured. This constitutes negligence.

As per The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Employers have a duty of care to their employees. This means that employers must take practical and reasonable steps to provide safe working conditions, facilities and equipment to prevent employees becoming injured. This can include conducting regular risk assessments and addressing any hazards they become aware of.

In the case that an employer fails to do this and you experience harm as a result, negligence has occurred. For example, an employer might be made aware of a faulty staircase through carrying out a risk assessment but failed to address the hazard. This could cause an employee to sustain several types of injuries. 

Workplace Injury Claim Time Limits

You may be wondering how long you have to claim for an accident at work. The Limitation Act 1980 outlines that you have three years from the date of the accident to begin your personal injury claim.

Exceptions can apply, however. If you would like to find out more about these, please get in touch with an advisor. They can also discuss whether you’re eligible to seek compensation.

Injuries Broken Steps At Work Could Cause

There’s a variety of injuries that could come from hurting yourself from broken steps at work. These injuries could include but aren’t limited to:

The severity of your injuries can be taken into consideration when valuing how much compensation you’re owed. Additionally, the impact they have had on your quality of life as well as the psychological effect can also be considered.

For more information on claiming for injuries caused by a workplace accident, get in touch using the number above.

Evidence Which Could Support Your Claim

When making an accident at work claim, it’s important that you’re able to provide evidence to prove that your injury was caused by an employer not upholding their duty of care. To gather evidence, you can:

  • Ask for copies of any medical records. 
  • Request CCTV footage of the accident.
  • Take photographs of your injury or the site of the accident.
  • Collect witness contact details.

If you’re struggling to gather evidence to support your claim, you might benefit from working with a personal injury solicitor from our panel. They can help you gather evidence, value your claim and ensure you put forward a complete case. 

To find out whether you could work with a solicitor from our panel, get in touch on the number above.

What Payout Could You Receive For An Accident Caused By Broken Steps At Work?

After making a successful claim for injuries sustained from broken steps at work, you could be entitled to two separate heads of claim. The first of these is general damages, which aims to compensate claimants for the pain and suffering that they’ve undergone as a result of their injuries.

The figures below have been taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, which is a legal document used by solicitors to help assign a value to general damages. Note that these figures cannot be guaranteed, due to the large number of variables that have to be considered when valuing your injuries.

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Injury Severity Compensation Guidelines Notes
Head Injury Moderate (c) (i) £150,110 to £219,070 Cases in which there is a moderate to severe intellectual deficit, and no future prospect of employment. Other issues may also be present such as an affect on senses.
Head Injury Less Severe (d) £15,320 to £43,060 In the case of this injury, the person will have made a good recovery and be able to take part in regular life and return to work. Some problems such as poor concentration persist.
Back Injuries Severe (a) (i) £91,090 to £160,980 The most severe injury involving nerve root and spinal cord damage causing very serious issues such as severe pain and disability.
Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips Severe (a) (ii) £61,910 to £78,400 A fracture dislocation affecting the pelvis is covered in this bracket.
Shoulder Injuries Severe (a) £19,200 to £48,030 Injuries often associated with neck injuries that involve brachial plexus damage and cause a significant disability.
Other Arm Injuries Injuries resulting in permanent and substantial disablement (b) £39,170 to £59,860 Serious fractures of just one or both forearms, resulting in permanent residual disability.
Wrist Injuries Less severe (b) £24,500 to £39,170 Injuries resulting in some significant permanent disability. However, some useful movement will remain.
Leg Injuries Less serious (c) (i) £17,960 to £27,760 An incomplete recovery from fractures and serious soft tissue injuries.
Knee Injuries Moderate (b) (ii) Up to £13,740 This bracket includes a soft tissue strain-type injury that doesn’t have a significant impact on daily activities.
Ankle Injuries Modest Injuries (d) Up to £13,740 Injuries in this bracket include less serious, minor or undisplaced fractures and sprains.

How Special Damages Could Also Compensate You

Special damages are the second head of claim that you could potentially receive after making a successful accident at work claim. This head of claim aims to reimburse people for any financial losses they’ve experienced as a result of their injury. You can claim back the cost of:

  • Cost of care
  • Loss of earnings
  • Cost of medication
  • Cost of renovations to a home in aid of recovery.

You’ll have to provide evidence to receive special damages compensation, which can come in the form of receipts, bank statements or invoices.

For more information on the compensation you could receive, get in touch on the number above.

How To Start A No Win No Fee Claim

Our panel of solicitors can offer you a No Win No Fee service called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). These types of agreements provide several financial benefits.

Firstly, you won’t usually be expected to pay any upfront fees or any ongoing payments for the services of your solicitor. As well as this, in the case that you’re unsuccessful in your accident at work claim, you won’t be expected to pay anything for the work your solicitor has completed.

In the scenario that you’re successful in your claim, you’ll be expected to pay a success fee. This is a legally capped amount, the total of which is agreed upon between you and your solicitor beforehand. 

Speak To Us For More Information

If you’d like to learn more about claiming for injuries caused by broken steps at work, please get in touch with an advisor. They can offer free legal advice regarding your potential claim. Additionally, they can assess whether a solicitor from our panel could begin working on your case on a No Win No Fee basis.

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