How To Clam Compensation If You Tripped And Fell In The Workplace

By Danielle Newton. Last Updated 2nd May 2023. In this guide, we’ll be discussing whether you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim if you tripped and fell in the workplace.

Employers owe their employees a duty of care. If this is breached, it could lead to an accident causing harm. We will discuss the duty of care employers owe in more detail later on in this guide and how a slip, trip or fall accident could occur if this is breached.

Additionally, we will discuss the steps you could take if you sustain harm in an accident at work. For example, you could gather evidence to support your potential claim and seek free legal advice from our advisors.

Furthermore, we will discuss how our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors could help you.

For more information on workplace accident claims, please get in touch using the details provided below:

  • Telephone: 0800 408 7825
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  1. I Tripped And Fell In The Workplace, Could I Claim Compensation?
  2. What Could Cause A Trip Or Fall In The Workplace?
  3. I Tripped And Fell In The Workplace, What Injuries Could I Claim For?
  4. Settlements For Trips And Falls In The Workplace
  5. What Could I Do After A Workplace Accident?
  6. Get Help With Your Trip And Fall Claim

I Tripped And Fell In The Workplace, Could I Claim Compensation?

The duty of care employers owe their employees is outlined in the The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This means they must take steps that are considered both reasonable and practicable as a way to prevent you from becoming injured in work or while carrying out duties relating to work. 

An employer might fail to uphold this duty of care, resulting in you suffering harm as a result. This is considered negligence.

You may be able to make a claim if you tripped and fell in the workplace, provided you can prove negligence occurred.

For more information, please get in touch on the number above. 

How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Fall At Work?

If you are eligible to make an injury at work claim, you must start your claim within the limitation period. Generally, this is three years from the date you injured yourself when you tripped and fell at work.

However, some exceptions are made for certain accident at work claims. The exceptions apply to:

  • Those who lack the mental capacity to make a claim for themselves. For these claimants, the time limit is indefinitely suspended. During this time, a litigation friend could be appointed by the court to make a claim on the injured party’s behalf. However, should they regain this mental capacity, they will have three years from that date to start a claim if one has not already been made.
  • Those under the age of 18. The time limit is paused until their 18th birthday. However, at any point before this, a litigation friend could claim on their behalf. From their 18th birthday, they will have three years to start a claim if one has not already been made.

Contact our advisors today if you have been injured in a fall at work to see whether you could make a personal injury claim. They could also advise you whether you have enough time to start your claim.

What Could Cause A Trip Or Fall In The Workplace?

There are several ways a trip or fall in the workplace could occur. For example:

Employers must take reasonable steps to remove or reduce the risk of known hazards. They can do this by carrying out risk assessments, addressing any hazards that they become aware of and ensuring staff have been provided with adequate health and safety training.

A failure to do so can mean trip hazards are present in the workplace leading to employees sustaining harm.

How Many Workplace Injuries Are Reported Each Year?

Employers can make self-reports via the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can use these reports and collate them into helpful workplace accident statistics.

As such, we can see there were 565,000 workers who sustained non-fatal injuries in 2021/22 according to self-reports.

I Tripped And Fell In The Workplace, What Injuries Could I Claim For?

There are several types of injuries a person could sustain if they tripped and fell in the workplace. For example: 

  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Psychological injuries such as stress and anxiety
  • Fatal injuries
  • Severe, debilitating and life-changing injuries, such as the loss of a limb or severe brain damage
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures and broken bones, such as a broken foot
  • Cuts and lacerations

If you can prove that your injury was caused as a result of an employer breaching their duty of care, you could make a personal injury claim.

The severity and type of injury you sustain could influence the payout you receive. Other factors may also be considered, including the treatment needed, future prognosis and recovery period.

To find out how much compensation you could receive, please read on.

Settlements For Trips And Falls In The Workplace

You may be wondering what the average payout is for a slip and fall. However, it’s difficult to provide a definitive figure as each settlement can differ depending on your specific circumstances.

Generally, though, after making a successful claim, you could receive:

  • General damages: This head of claim compensates for the pain and suffering you have experienced due to your injuries.
  • Special damages: This head of claim compensates for the financial losses incurred due to your injuries. For example, if you have required time off to recover from your injuries, you may experience a loss of earnings. This is one of the costs you can claim back.

The Judicial College Guidelines can help solicitors assign a value to the general damages portion of your claim. It is a document that contains guideline compensation amounts for different injuries. We have used some of these figures in the table below.

Please only use these as a guide because your settlement may differ depending on the specific circumstances of your claim.

Injury Severity Compensation Notes
Injury Resulting from Brain Damage Very Severe (a) £282,010 to £403,990 Some basic abilities to follow commands, but little if any evidence of a meaningful response. Full time care is required.
Back Injuries Severe (a) (i) £91,090 to £160,980 Damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Back Injuries Moderate (b) (i) £27,760 to £38,780 A prolapsed intervertebral disc that requires surgery.
Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips Severe (a) (i) £78,400 to £130,930 Pelvis fractures that are extensive.
Knee Injuries Severe (a) (ii) £52,120 to £69,730 A leg fracture extending into the knee joint which causes pain that is constant and permanent.
Injuries to the elbow Less Severe (b) £15,650 to £32,010 Injuries causing an impairment of function but there is no major surgery or disabilities of a significant nature.
Ankle Injuries Moderate (c) £13,740 to £26,590 Fractures and tears to the ligaments that cause less serious disabilities.
Shoulder Injuries Serious (b) £12,770 to £19,200 A rotator cuff injury causing ongoing symptoms after surgery is covered in this bracket.
Foot Injuries Modest (g) Up to £13,740 Ruptured ligaments and simple metatarsal fractures causing ongoing symptoms.
Wrist Injuries (d) £6,080 to £10,350 A fracture or soft tissue injury takes more than a year to recover from completely.

If you tripped and fell at work due to your employer breaching their duty of care and you experienced harm as a result, please get in touch with our team. They can provide an estimate of how much compensation you could be entitled to.

What Could I Do After A Workplace Accident?

When making an accident at work claim, there are steps you could take, including:

  • Seeking medical attention: After sustaining harm in an accident, you should seek medical attention. This can allow you to get the treatment needed for your injuries. In addition, it can generate medical records, such as a diagnosis letter, doctor report or X-ray scans which can be used in support of your claim.
  • Gathering evidence of the accident: It is important when seeking compensation that you obtain evidence of your employer’s negligence. This can include pictures of your injuries and the accident, CCTV footage and the contact information of any witnesses.
  • Seeking legal advice: You can seek advice from one of our advisors. They can help you understand whether you’re eligible to claim and if a solicitor from our panel could represent your case.

To learn more about the steps you can take as part of the personal injury claims process, call the number at the top of the page.

Get Help With Your Trip And Fall Claim

Our team of advisors can assess whether you have a valid claim. If they find you do and your claim has a chance of success, they could assign one of the No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel.

They can offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement. This type of agreement means that you won’t be required to make a payment for the services that your solicitor provides upfront, or whilst the claim is ongoing. Furthermore, if your claim ends unsuccessfully, then generally you won’t have to pay your solicitor anything for the services that they’ve provided.

In the case that your claim is successful, then you’ll have to pay a success fee. This amount is legally capped and is agreed upon before you agree to use the services of your solicitor. 

If you’d like to begin a personal injury claim, or have questions after reading this guide, you can contact an advisor. They can provide further guidance on how to make a claim and answer any other questions you might have. You can get in touch by using the following details:

  • Telephone: 0800 408 7825
  • Form: Contact us via the form online 
  • Live chat: Chat with an advisor using the function below

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