This guide informs you on when you can claim compensation after a slip and fall injury at work. We will also address the process of doing so.
Have you had a slip and fall at work, leading to you sustaining an injury? If your employer is to blame for your accidental injury, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
To help you make a slip and fall injury at work claim, we will discuss how a breach of duty can cause a slip and fall workplace accident. We will also discuss what evidence you may need to prove employer liability for your slip and fall injury and how you can claim compensation with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel.
We at Public Interest Lawyers are on hand 24/7 to assist you in pursuing a claim following your injury, provided you’re eligible. To talk through the grounds of your accident at work claim, contact us in one of the ways below:
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You may be able to claim for a slip and fall injury at work if you can prove that your employer is liable for your injury. All employers owe their employees a duty of care, as stated in The Health And Safety At Work etc. Act 1974.
An employer’s duty of care means that they need to take all reasonable and practicable steps to prevent employees from being injured. This can entail carrying out risk assessments and acting on the results, as well as ensuring that all machinery and equipment are safe and well-maintained.
You must prove the following eligibility criteria to make any accident at work claim:
- Your employer owed a duty of care to you.
- Their actions, or lack thereof, led to an accident.
- As a result of this, you were injured.
Continue reading for a few examples of evidence you could collect to prove your personal injury claim. You can also directly speak to our team today about your slip and fall injury at work.
You may need to provide evidence in support of your claim. Many different types of evidence can be used to demonstrate employer negligence, although not all forms may be applicable in all circumstances. Evidence can consist of the following:
- Contact details of potential witnesses. Potential witnesses may be interviewed during the claims process to provide a secondary account of events.
- CCTV footage of the accident.
- Pictures of the slip hazard and your injury.
- Copies of medical records to show the medical care you sought. For instance, doctor’s notes or scan images.
- A record of your symptoms in a diary. This can illustrate your mental and physical state change since your injury.
If you are worried about collecting all the evidence you may need by yourself, we can help. Chat with our team of advisors today about the work a lawyer from our panel can do for you while they progress with your slip and fall claim. If your claim is valid, you could be connected with a legal representative.
What Is The Work Injury Claim Time Limit?
You generally have a time limit of three years to make any workplace injury claim. The time limit starts from the date of your accident.
However, there are a couple of exceptions to this time limit. If the claimant lacks the mental capacity to claim themselves, the time limit is suspended. It starts again in the event that they become mentally capable of doing so. In the meantime, a litigation friend could pursue the claim on their behalf.
For more information regarding the time limit for your slip and fall injury at work claim and the exceptions that can apply, please get in touch with our team of advisors. They could connect you with a No Win No Fee lawyer provided your claim is valid.
We will now explore a few examples of employer negligence that could lead to you suffering a slip and fall injury at work.
- Falling down the stairs because of a faulty handrail that was missed because your employer failed to carry out a scheduled inspection of the facilities.
- There was no wet floor sign by a spillage. This causes you to slip and sustain a head injury.
- You are not provided with the appropriate non-slip footwear while working in a kitchen. This causes you to slip over and suffer a burn injury because your arm touches a hot pan.
While these are just a few examples, more cases of employer negligence can result in an injury at work. Contact us today to discuss suing your employer for negligence.
The compensation that is awarded after a successful slip and fall injury at work claim consists of two headings – general and special damages. These damages can compensate for different ways you were affected by the accident that caused your injuries.
General damages compensate for the mental and physical pain and suffering you have endured. The severity of your injury, the recovery time, and how your quality of life has been impacted are all considered when evaluating this head of claim.
When determining your general damages, solicitors can use your medical records and the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Below is a table of examples taken out of the JCG for injuries that may happen from slips, trips and falls.
|£24,990 to £30,090
|A full recovery is made after the tendon was divided but weakness and scarring remain.
|£7,270 to £12,590
|Some damage in the tendon as the result on a turn in the ankle.
|£31,310 to £50,060
|Extensive treatment is necessary. There is lingering disability which could include ankle instability and severely impacted ability to walk.
|Up to £13,740
|Minor fractures and sprains. There may be scarring and a tendency for the ankle to give way.
|£24,500 to £39,170
|Permanent disability where the injured person is left with some useful movement.
|Less Severe (d)
|£12,590 to £24,500
|While the injuries are less severe, there will still be some permanent disablement.
|Permanent and substantial disablement (b)
|£39,170 to £59,860
|Serious fractures of one or both forearms where there is significant permanent residual disability.
|£6,610 to £19,200
|Simple fracture of one forearm.
|£12,770 to £19,200
|Dislocation of the shoulder causing permanent pain and sensory symptoms to surrounding body parts.
|£7,890 to £12,770
|Frozen shoulder that limits movement and causes discomfort and pain.
Claiming Special Damages After Slips Trips And Falls
Special damages repay you for the costs you have lost, or may lose in the future, because of your injury. Some kinds of financial losses you may be able to claim back include:
- Travel expenses – e.g. public transport costs if your injuries mean you can no longer drive.
- Medical care – e.g. the cost of prescriptions.
- Renovation costs. This could include adapting your home by adding a stairlift for easier mobility if your injury has left you disabled.
- Lost wages for time off work you have missed to enable your recovery.
- Care costs – e.g. childcare cover while you are in the hospital.
Evidence can help you to show the losses you have incurred,
- Travel tickets.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with us today for an assessment of your claim. If you have valid grounds to pursue compensation, then you could be provided with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
If you wish to proceed with your claim with one of the No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel, you may be offered a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
While under this agreement, you are not required to pay your solicitor upfront or as the claim continues. If your claim isn’t a success, you won’t pay them at all for the work that they’ve carried out on your case.
Your solicitor will only take payment from you if your claim is a success. They will take a legally limited percentage of your compensation payout as their success fee.
To begin your slip and fall injury at work claim today, please contact us through any of the following:
Thank you for reading this guide on what evidence could help you claim for a slip and fall injury at work. Please see more of our guides below:
- Learn if you can claim if you have a slip at work and hurt your back.
- What to do if the third party is not admitting liability.
- Are employers required to pay for steel-toe boots?
The following resources might also prove useful:
- NHS guide on broken bones.
- A worker’s health and safety from the Health and Safety Executive.
- The Government’s guide on receiving Statutory Sick Pay.
Article by AO