What Is The Time Limit When Claiming For Slips, Trips And Falls In The Workplace?

If you are wondering what the time limit is for starting a personal injury claim following slips, trips and falls in the workplace that have caused you to sustain harm, this guide could help. It will explore the limitation period, the exceptions that could apply, and the other eligibility criteria that you need to adhere to in order to have valid grounds to seek compensation. 

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What Is The Time Limit When Claiming For Slips, Trips And Falls In The Workplace?

We also discuss how evidence for your slip trip or fall claim could be used to support your case and what you could gather.

This guide then examines how your personal injury claim could be assigned a value and what could be included in a settlement following a successful case.

To conclude, we explore the benefits of making an accident at work claim with a solicitor under No Win No Fee terms if your case is eligible.

Contact our advisors to discuss your potential claim in more detail and receive free advice. To reach them, you can:

  • Call on 0800 408 7825
  • Complete our ‘contact us‘ to enquire about your claim online
  • Speak with an advisor via live chat on our website

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  1. What Is The Time Limit When Claiming For Slips, Trips And Falls In The Workplace?
  2. What Is The Eligibility Criteria When Claiming For Slips, Trips And Falls In The Workplace?
  3. Evidence That Could Help When Seeking Accident At Work Compensation
  4. Accident At Work Compensation Examples
  5. Claim For An Accident At The Workplace On A No Win No Fee Basis
  6. Read More About How To Claim For Slips, Trips And Falls

What Is The Time Limit When Claiming For Slips, Trips And Falls In The Workplace?

You must adhere to the time limits in the Limitation Act 1980. Generally, you have three years to start a personal injury claim from your accident date. However, there are some exceptions to the rule.

One instance includes when someone cannot act for themselves due to lacking the mental capacity. In such circumstances, the courts could appoint a litigation friend to claim for them, while the time limit is paused indefinitely. Yet, if someone gains the capacity to act alone, and no case has already begun, the individual would have to start their claim within three years from the recovery date.

Similarly, there is a pause placed on the time limit for those under the age of 18. In these instances, it’s paused until they turn 18. During this time, a court-appointed litigation friend could begin the claim on their behalf. If this isn’t done, the person will have three years from when they turn 18 to start legal proceedings themselves.

Contact our advisors now to learn more about the time limit relating to claims for slips, trips and falls in the workplace. They could also provide a free case assessment and may offer to pass you over to a solicitor from our panel if eligible.

What Is The Eligibility Criteria When Claiming For Slips, Trips And Falls In The Workplace?

To make an accident at work claim, you must be able to show:

  • A duty of care was owed by your employer during the time and at the location of the accident.
  • The duty of care owed was breached.
  • An injury was suffered due to the breach.

The above eligibility criteria forms the basis of negligence in personal injury claims.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer owes a duty to take reasonable and practicable steps to keep you safe in the workplace. To uphold this duty they can, for example, carry out risk assessments on a regular basis and address any known trip hazards that pose a risk of injury. A failure to do so could result in a workplace accident.

Examples Of How Employer Negligence Could Cause Slips, Trips And Falls

Below, we provide examples of how you might experience slips, trips and falls in the workplace due to employer negligence.

  • Your employer may fail to display wet floor signs following it being recently mopped, leading to you slipping over and suffering a head injury.
  • The walkways could be knowingly left cluttered by your employer, causing you to trip over and sustain a back injury.
  • Your employer may fail to fix a faulty handrail they know about, leading to you falling when you lean on it and suffering a fractured kneecap.

Contact our team of advisors now to discover the validity of your personal injury claim. If your case is deemed eligible, a solicitor from our panel may be able to assist you with your accident at work claim.

Evidence That Could Help When Seeking Accident At Work Compensation

To make a workplace injury claim, you need to prove that employer negligence caused your accident. Evidence can help you prove this as well as show the injuries you suffered and how they affected your life.

Following your accident, you should seek medical attention where possible to receive any required treatment. After doing so, you could request access to your medical records to show the injuries you sustained.

You could also gather the following to support your personal injury claim:

  • Witness contact details
  • Accident site or injury photographs
  • Diary entries of your symptoms and treatments
  • CCTV footage of the incident
  • A copy of the report from the accident book in work

A solicitor from our panel could help you gather evidence as part of the services they offer. Contact our team of advisors now for a free consultation of your case. If you have valid grounds to make a claim for injuries sustained in slips trips and falls in the workplace, they could connect you with a solicitor.

Accident At Work Compensation Examples

A successful personal injury claim settlement could include up to two heads of claim. The first is known as general damages and compensates you for the suffering and pain caused by your injuries. To determine the level of your award, different factors will be taken into consideration, such as:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • How your quality of life has been affected
  • Your recovery timescale

Furthermore, a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) could be used to help work out how much your injuries could be worth. This document takes compensation awarded previously in cases that have gone to court and provides guideline award brackets for different injuries. Also, your medical report might be obtained to compare with the JCG.

Below is a table of figures extracted from the JCG. Please note the amounts stated cannot be guaranteed due to each case being different. As such, you should only use them as a guide.

Compensation Table

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Injury Severity Compensation Notes
Head Moderate (i) £150,110 to £219,070 Intellectual deficit of a moderate to severe degree. Alongside this, there is a personality change and effects to the senses.
Less Severe £15,320 to £43,060 The injured person will make a good recovery but may still experience poor concentration and memory.
Back Severe (i) £91,090 to £160,980 Spinal cord and nerve root damage, leading to a number of serious issues, such as incomplete paralysis and impaired bladder function.
Moderate (i) £27,760 to £38,780 This bracket includes compression and crush fractures, leading to constant pain and discomfort.
Neck Severe (ii) £65,740 to £130,930 Serious fractures or damage to cervical spine, giving rise to disabilities of a considerable severity, including a substantial loss of neck movement and function loss in one or more limbs.
Moderate (i) £24,990 to £38,490 Fractures or dislocations causing severe immediate symptoms, potentially requiring spinal fusion.
Shoulder Severe £19,200 to £48,030 Significant disability from damage to brachial plexus.
Serious £12,770 to £19,200 Shoulder dislocation with damage to lower part of brachial plexus, leading to shoulder and neck pain and weakness of grip.
Wrist Significant Permanent Disability £24,500 to £39,170 There is some remaining useful movement.
Fractures and Soft Tissue Damage £6,080 to £10,350 Injuries take more than 12 months to recover but is complete or largely complete.

Claiming Special Damages In A Work Injury Claim

Settlements could also include special damages. This is the second head of claim, compensating you for any reasonable losses you incur in the past and future due to your injuries. This can include loss of earnings, medical costs, travel expenses and domestic care costs.

You should keep evidence of these losses to ensure you’re fully compensated for them. For example, you could keep a record of invoices, receipts, and payslips.

Contact our advisors today to find out if you can pursue personal injury compensation due to injuries sustained in slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

Claim For An Accident At The Workplace On A No Win No Fee Basis

If you have an eligible claim, you may want to consider instructing a No Win No Fee solicitor, to ensure your personal injury claim runs smoothly. The solicitors from our panel offer several services, such as help gathering evidence and valuing your case, under a Conditional Fee Agreement. This type of No Win No Fee agreement typically means the following:

  • Upfront fees for the solicitor’s services aren’t required.
  • Ongoing costs don’t need to be paid for the work your solicitor provides to keep your case progressing.
  • A success fee will be taken if your case is successful, which is only a small percentage of your compensation and is legally capped.
  • No success fee is taken if your claim is unsuccessful.

Moreover, our panel of experienced No Win No Fee solicitors will only agree to take on your claim in this way if they feel it has a good chance of winning. This means that if they agree to your instruction, you know your time will be well spent.

To find out if you can make a personal injury claim due to slips, trips and falls in the workplace, contact our team of advisors now for a free case assessment. You can contact them by:

  • Phoning on 0800 408 7825
  • Completing our ‘contact form’ to enquire about your claim online
  • Speaking with us via live chat on our website

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