This is a guide to when a personal injury claim could be made after tripping over cables at work. According to the statistics provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Britain’s regulator for health and safety in the workplace, slips, trips, and falls make up for 30% of the 61,713 non-fatal injuries at work in 2021/22. These injuries are reported under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).
As we move through this guide, we will outline the eligibility criteria that must be met to make a personal injury claim following a workplace trip or fall accident.
We will also include a table of guideline compensation brackets after explaining how compensation could be calculated for a successful personal injury claim.
If you are seeking further information and guidance regarding your potential personal injury claim after tripping over cables and leads at work, you can also speak to a member of our team. Our advisors can help you at a time that best suits you as they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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- Could I Claim For Tripping Over Cables At Work?
- What Injuries Could Tripping Over Cables Cause?
- Evidence Which Could Help To Support Your Claim
- Estimating Compensation For Tripping Over Cables At Work
- Why Choose A Work Accident Solicitor To Claim For Tripping Over Cables At Work?
- Learn More About Slips, Trips And Falls In The Workplace
In order to claim personal injury compensation for tripping over cables at work, you must prove employer negligence. We will define this below:
- Firstly, your employer owed to you a duty of care at the location and time of your accident.
- Secondly, your employer breached this duty.
- Thirdly, the breach resulted in you suffering injuries. These could be physical injuries, mental harm or both.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA) is the central piece of legislation outlining employer duty of care. This states that employers must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure you are safe at work.
Below are some examples of how an employer could breach their duty of care:
- Failing to carry out any risk assessments
- A failure to provide signage to mark hazards
- Not providing proper training
In summary, if an employer breaches their duty of care by failing to carry out all reasonably practicable steps to keep you safe at work and therefore causes you to sustain an injury due to a wire trip hazard, you may be eligible to claim.
Time Limits To Claiming For Tripping Over Cables
Furthermore, it is important to consider the personal injury claim time limit that the Limitation Act 1980 outlines. This is generally three years from the date of your accident, meaning you must start your claim within this time.
There can be certain exceptions that result in this time limit being extended. If you would like to make an enquiry about these exceptions in connection with your accident at work claim, please speak to a member of our team.
Tripping over cables at work could result in various injuries. Below we will provide some examples of these injuries:
- Sprains and strains
- Fractures and dislocations
- Soft tissue injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
If you have suffered due to employer negligence, please get in contact with a member of our team to discuss whether you may be eligible to bring forward a compensation claim.
It is important for you to gather evidence of employer negligence to strengthen a potential claim. Below, we have provided some examples of the evidence you could obtain:
- CCTV footage – learn how to request CCTV footage of yourself.
- Record a diary of your treatment and symptoms – explain the effect that the injury has had on your life.
- Medical records – learn how to get your medical records.
- Fill out the accident at work book.
- The contact details of potential witnesses – note down the contact details of any potential witnesses who could explain the series of events to back up your claim.
- Photographic evidence – images of any visible injuries and the scene of your accident.
For more information on the personal injury claims process, you can contact one of our advisors. What’s more, choosing to use a solicitor can mean you will get help to collect evidence in support of your claim.
You could be eligible to receive up to two types of damages for a successful personal injury claim made after tripping over cables at work.
The first is general damages, which covers the physical pain and suffering and/or mental harm that you sustained due to your injuries. General damages consider the impact that these injuries have had on your quality of life.
Provided below is a guideline compensation table containing various injuries you could sustain in a trip and fall accident. The brackets are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), which legal professionals can use to value general damages for trip injury compensation claims.
Compensation Bracket Guidelines
|Severity of the Injury
|Compensation Bracket Guidelines
|Resulting from Brain Damage
|Moderate to severe intellectual deficit, no prospect of employment, a personality change, and an effect on senses.
|£150,110 to £219,070
|Injuries that are connected to incomplete paraplegia or permanent spastic quadriparesis.
|In the region of £148,330
|Injuries to the Hips and Pelvis
|There will be substantial residual disabilities such as lack of bladder and bowel control, sexual dysfunction and hip deformity.
|£78,400 to £130,930
|Cases with special features such as nerve root damage with connected sensation loss, sexual difficulties, impaired mobility and further problems.
|£74,160 to £88,430
|A fracture of the leg extending to the knee joint causing permanent constant pain and limited movement.
|£52,120 to £69,730
|Severely Disabling (a)
|Injuries to the elbow that are severely disabling.
|£39,170 to £54,830
|Less Severe (c)
|There were significant disabilities. Substantial recovery has, or is expected to take place.
|£19,200 to £39,170
|Injuries such as ligament tears or fractures which lead to less serious disabilities, for example difficulty walking or standing still for long periods of time.
|£13,740 to £26,590
|Less Severe (c)
|Will lead to some permanent disability, such as an amount of persisting pain and stiffness.
|£12,590 to £24,500
|Penetrating wounds, crushing injuries, soft tissue type and deep lacerations.
|£5,720 to £13,280
Please note that the figures in this table aren’t guaranteed, if you would like a compensation estimate tailored to you, get in touch with one of our advisors.
Could Workplace Accident Claim Payouts Include Special Damages?
Furthermore, if you were to make a successful personal injury claim after tripping over cables at work, you could also be eligible to receive special damages. This covers any financial losses that your injuries cause. Some examples can include:
- Travel expenses
- Medical costs
- Adaptations to your home and vehicle
- Loss of earnings
- Care costs
It is important to remember that you must provide evidence of these losses. This may be in the form of payslips, invoices, travel tickets or receipts. Please speak to our team of advisors to learn more about the personal injury compensation that you may be eligible to seek.
Using a personal injury solicitor to make a compensation claim after tripping over cables at work could prove beneficial for both you and your claim. What’s more, a solicitor may offer to work under a type of No Win No Fee agreement. One type of these agreements that you could be presented with is called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
Entering into a CFA would mean that you are not charged for the services of your solicitor upfront or for the time that your claim is ongoing. In addition to this, you generally wouldn’t ever be expected to pay for the services provided by your solicitor in the event that your claim fails.
However, on the other hand, a successful claim can mean your solicitor will take a small percentage of the compensation, known as a success fee. This is legally capped by The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, meaning you won’t be overcharged.
Find out whether you could be eligible to be connected to our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors by allowing an advisor to assess your case. This assessment is both free and confidential and won’t place you under any obligations.
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Learn more from our guides:
Find out how much your slip, trip accident compensation claim could be worth.
A guide on what to do if you slipped at work and was injured.
A guide on accidents caused by obstructed walkways.
External links to explore:
NHS – First aid
GOV.UK – Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
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