This guide will explain how to claim compensation for injuries caused by slipping on mud at work. We will look at what employer negligence is and how a breach of duty of care could lead to injury.
Furthermore, you might be wondering how settlements like this are valued; if so, our section on compensation amounts could be useful. We also explain the benefits of No Win No Fee agreements when working with personal injury lawyers.
You could claim compensation if you slipped at work and were injured because of muddy conditions. Public Interest Lawyers work with a panel of skilled personal injury lawyers who can help you sue your employer for the slip and fall compensation you deserve. Contact our team today to see if you can claim work injury compensation.
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- How To Prove A Claim After Slipping On Mud At Work
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Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers are responsible for their employees’ health and safety. They need to take reasonable steps to prevent accidental injury.
For example, as part of their duty of care, they will be expected to do the following:
- Carrying out regular risk assessments to identify hazards
- Maintain good housekeeping
- Providing employees with the protective equipment they need
- Providing employees with the proper training they need to carry out their role safely
If employers fail to comply with the above, and an employee is injured as a result, this is an example of negligence. You could be entitled to claim compensation.
Get in touch with our team to see if you could be entitled to a claim after you slipped at work and were injured. If you do have a valid claim, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
Workplace Accident Claim Limitation Periods
Under the Limitation Act 1980, there is generally a three-year time limit in which to begin a personal injury claim. The time limit runs from the date of the accident.
Exceptions can apply to these time limits in cases where the injured person is under 18 or lacks the mental capacity to pursue their own compensation claim.
To see whether you’re still within the time limit for claiming, speak with a member of our team today. You can also head here to learn more about the criteria for making a slip and fall at work claim here.
Not all instances of slipping on mud at work will be grounds for a personal injury claim. In order to claim, you need to show that you were injured as a result of negligence.
It could be an example of a breach of duty of care if, for instance, mud was tracked into the workplace and this was not cleaned up or signposted in a reasonable timeframe.
However, there are instances where you could slip on mud at work in a way that was not caused by negligence. For example, if you were rushing across a patch of grass outside after heavy rainfall, you could sustain injuries if you were to slip and fall. However, this would not be an example of negligence.
If you slipped on the mud at work, you could suffer the following injuries:
- Head injuries
- Back injuries, including a slipped disc
- Wrist injuries, for example, if you put out your hand out to stop your fall
- A knee injury, for example, a torn knee cartilage
- A leg injury, such as a broken leg
As you can see in our examples above, if you slip and fall at work, you could suffer a variety of injuries. As part of their duty of care, your employer is expected to carry out risk assessments. This includes ensuring that surfaces are safe to walk on.
If the path directly outside your workplace is not clear of any mud and other debris, this could result in your slipping on your way into the workplace. Alternatively, mud could be tracked into the building, which could also lead to slipping.
Your employer should ensure that outside paths that they have control of are regularly cleared and safe to use to prevent slipping accidents. Additionally, having clear outside paths means less debris and mud will be carried inside on shoes.
Additionally, your employer should take steps to avoid slipping accidents inside of the workplace. For example, they could have an entrance mat for people to wipe their feet before entering the building to reduce the risk of mud being trekked inside. They should also have regular housekeeping to clear up any mud and warning signs in place to make employees aware of the risk if the mud cannot be cleared straight away. Without one, employees may not notice the contaminated floor and suffer injuries in a slip.
Get in touch with our advisors to find out more about making an accident at work claim if you slipped on mud in the workplace.
If you slipped at work, you could claim compensation for your injuries. The compensation payout can include up to two types of damages. You could be entitled to claim general damages. This payment considers the pain, suffering and loss of amenity your injuries caused.
You may wonder what the average payout is for a slip and fall injury. Settlements can vary greatly, depending on the type and severity of injuries. We have created a compensation table using figures from the 16th edition Judicial College Guidelines. Solicitors use these guidelines to value general damages.
|Moderately Severe – Brain Damage
|£219,070 to £282,010
|The injury leaves the person with serious disabilities and substantially dependent on others
|Severe (i) – Back Injuries
|£91,090 to £160,980
|Severe spinal cord injuries as well as nerve root damage. Very serious consequences
|Moderate (i) Back Injuries
|£27,760 to £38,780
|An injury such as a traumatic spondylolisthesis with pain and risk of a spinal fusion in the future.
|Severe (i) Neck Injury
|The injury could be associated with incomplete paraplegia or similar degrees of disability.
|Moderate (i) Neck Injury
|£24,990 to £38,490
|Could involve a dislocation, fracture or other injuries which require a spinal fusion.
|Severe Ankle Injury
|£31,310 to £50,060
|An injury which makes the joint unstable and which needs extensive treatment.
|Moderate Ankle Injury
|£13,740 to £26,590
|A fracture or torn ligament which causes a severe disability.
|Severe Shoulder Injury
|£19,200 to £48,030
|Injuries to the brachial plexus.
|Moderate Shoulder Injury
|£7,890 to £12,770
|A frozen shoulder or similar form of injury
|Moderate Toe Injury
|Up to £9,600
|Straightforward breaks or fractures.
You may also receive special damages, which relate to out-of-pocket expenses and financial losses caused by your injuries. Examples of things that could be covered by special damages include:
- Medical costs
- Travel costs
- Hospital parking costs
- Specialist care costs
- Loss of earnings repayment
If your injuries cause a permanent disability, you can claim compensation for any home adaptations or mobility equipment you may need.
Evidence is an important aspect of making a claim. Some of the forms of evidence you could supply after slipping on mud at work as a result of negligence include:
- Photographs of the scene of the accident or of your injuries
- A report from the accident book
- Witness contact details. A witness might be able to give a statement that corroborates your version of events
- CCTV footage that shows the incident taking place
- Evidence of any financial losses to support a claim for special damages.
Without evidence, your claim may not cover everything it should. It’s important that you provide proof to ensure that your claim is considered fully; this is because you can’t go back and claim again if something was missed the first time.
Speak with a member of our team today to see if you could work with a lawyer from our panel. They may be able to make the process of collecting evidence easier than it otherwise would have been.
If you choose to work with a lawyer in your claim, you could be offered a No Win No Fee agreement. In particular, you could be offered a form of this kind of agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). You don’t pay an upfront fee to your lawyer or any ongoing costs.
To enquire about claiming compensation for injuries sustained after a slipping accident at work, please get in touch with Public Interest Lawyers today. Our team can appoint a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer from our panel to work on your claim and get you the compensation you deserve. Please call the team today to see if you can claim.
- Call our helpline on 0800 408 7825
- Contact us via our website
- Use our Live Support feature to speak with an advisor
If you want compensation for an accident at work, you might find the following helpful information.
If you’ve tripped and fallen at work due to the likes of an obstructed walkway or a spillage that hasn’t been cleaned up, you could claim compensation for the injuries suffered. You can learn all about your legal rights in our guide.
Causes and prevention of slips and trips – an HSE guide
Slips, trips and falls – Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
Broken leg – a guide from the NHS
If you have more questions about claiming compensation after slipping on mud at work, please get in touch with Public Interest Lawyers today.