This article aims to answer the question, ‘can you claim for a fall at work in the UK?’. If you’ve had a fall at work that has caused an injury and was due to your employer’s negligence, you could be eligible to make a claim.
To claim compensation after a fall at work, you will need to provide evidence that the accident in which you were injured was caused by someone breaching their duty of care towards you. This guide will further explain duty of care and evidence that you could use to support your claim.
If you’d like free legal advice about making a claim, our team of advisors are available 24/7 to help you. They may be able to connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel if they think your case has a good chance for success. They could represent you in your personal injury claim to get the compensation you deserve.
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If you’ve had a slip, trip or fall at work in the UK and have been injured because of it, you could be entitled to claim compensation. To do so, you would need to prove that it happened because your employer was negligent.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers are obligated to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure their employee’s safety at all times in the workplace. This includes assessing the risks of possible slip, trip or fall hazards. If this duty of care is breached, and you get injured as a result, this is when you could be able to hold your employer liable.
Being involved in a fall accident at work could have a variety of negative repercussions. You could be left with injuries that affect your quality of life. For example, if you take a fall from height, there is the chance you could break or fracture a bone, leaving you with a short or long term disability. Worst case scenario, some fall accidents could even result in death.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the organisation that regulates workplace safety in the UK. According to information from their site, falls at work could be caused by various issues. This could include, but is not limited to:
- Contamination – This includes anything that is left on the floor, such as oil or water. This may be especially an issue for smooth or shiny floors.
- Cleaning – Cleaning can often lead to trip hazards, such as vacuum wires or wet floors.
- People – In the workplace, if people are rushing around or not paying attention, it could lead to collides and trips.
- Flooring – Flooring must always be appropriate for the activities undertaken in the workplace. It should also be properly fitted to avoid uneven surfaces.
- Environment – This could include issues like lighting, noise, weather, and condensation.
- Footwear – Choosing appropriate footwear is important in the workplace. Non-slip shoes are essential in some lines of work to ensure the safety of all workers.
- Working at height – If you work at height for any reason, your employer should provide proper training and protective gear to keep you safe.
Some of these cannot be helped, and slips or falls might happen in the workplace even when nobody has acted negligently. However, it could also be a result of your employer failing to assess risks or failing to act on the findings of risk assessments.
For example, your employer must provide you with safety shoes if required by the job role. If they fail to do so and you slip and fall, injuring yourself, you may be eligible to claim.
Below, we have included a list of injuries that you could sustain after a fall at work. They include:
- Fractures. For example, if you put your hand out to break your fall, you might experience a broken wrist or hand.
- An injury to your Achilles tendon.
- A slipped disc
- Brain damage. This could occur if you hit your head with force as you fall.
In addition to this, you could be injured if you fall into something that has the potential to hurt you. For example, falling into a piece of moving machinery could result in an injury like a crushed arm. If you fall into or on something hot, this could result in a burn injury.
Fall accidents can have a wide range of repercussions. If you’ve sustained injuries in a fall caused by your employer’s negligence, you may be able to claim.
The HSE website includes a lot of guidance on the steps employers can take to keep their employees safe from fall accidents. They provide a hazards checklist that employers can refer to in the workplace. Employees use this to be more aware of possible hazards in their workplace so that they know what needs to be addressed.
The HSE has also designed a free slip assessment tool. This involves inputting all the relevant information into the software, whereby it will provide a slip risk “rating”. From this rating, employers can make decisions about what they can do to make their workplace safer.
In general, risk assessments should be carried out in every workplace. Employers should be completing them regularly so that the information is up to date and can be acted upon.
There are also more practical steps, such as ensuring the right cleaning methods are used or providing employees with the proper training and footwear. If you’ve been injured in a slip injury caused by your employer breaching their duty of care, you may be able to claim.
If you’ve had a fall at work in the UK, it is recommended that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Depending on how severe your injuries are, you could call 999, 111 or find your nearest emergency service.
You should also report your accident in the workplace accident book. Your employer should make you aware of the whereabouts of the logbook. You should always log an accident at work as soon as possible, as it could be helpful evidence for your case. If you’re not able to fill in the accident book straight away (for example, because you’re unconscious or have been taken to hospital), a colleague who saw the accident happen can do this for you.
It’s also a good idea to collect relevant information that could help your case. This could include:
- CCTV footage of the accident
- Photographs of the injuries or the accident
- Accident report records such as in the workplace log
- Medical records
- Witness details (to take a statement from at another time)
Finally, while there’s no legal obligation for you to do so, you can get in touch with a solicitor to work on your case. You can make a claim without legal representation; however, you may feel that the guidance and support of an expert solicitor make the claims process seem less daunting.
Below, we’ve included a table illustrating possible claim amounts for injuries relating to falls at work in the UK. The figures shown are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, which is a publication that is used to help value injuries. They relate to general damages, which is the part of your claim that compensates you for your injuries and the pain and suffering they have caused you.
As part of your claim, you’ll often be invited to a medical assessment. In this assessment, an independent expert will speak with you about your injuries and how they have affected you. The report produced from this assessment will be used to value your claim.
It is important to note that each case is valued individually, so you may not get the exact amounts shown in the table below.
|Ankle||Severe||£29,380 to £46,980||This covers injuries where there may be a need for extensive treatment, such as plaster casts or pins. It could result in instability or severe inability to walk.|
|Ankle||Moderate||£12,900 to £24,950||This covers injuries such as fractures or ligament tears. Injuries may give rise to moderate disabilities such as walking difficulties.|
|Wrist||(a)||£44,690 to £56,180||This covers injuries where there is a total loss of function.|
|Wrist||(b)||£22,990 to £36,770||This covers injuries where the result is some permanent disability, but some movement remains|
|Fingers||Severe||Up to £34,480||This covers injuries where severe fractures may lead to partial amputations. May result in weakness of the grip and deformity.|
|Knee||Severe||£65,440 to £90,290||This covers injuries where the joint or ligament has been damaged, leading to considerable pain or loss of function.|
|Knee||Moderate||£13,920 to £24,580||This covers injuries where there may be a dislocation or torn cartilage. It could result in minor instability, weakness or other mild disability.|
You could also receive special damages as part of your claim. This covers any financial losses incurred as a result. This could cover:
- Loss of wages, both past and future
- Travel expenses
- Medical expenses
- Adjustments to the home
In order to claim for special damages, you would need to provide evidence of the costs. For example, you could show payslips for loss of wages or invoices for the installation of a chair lift. Without evidence, it will be really difficult for you to claim these costs back.
If you’re looking to start a claim after a fall at work in the UK, you could be offered a No Win No Fee agreement. This is a way to fund legal representation for your claim. It means you do not have to pay any upfront or ongoing fees to your solicitor for their work, and you also won’t be asked to pay them if your claim does not succeed.
If your claim is successful, your solicitor will take a pre-agreed success fee from your compensation amount. This success fee is legally capped, meaning you will always get the majority of the compensation you’re awarded.
To find out more about No Win No Fee agreements or start your claim today, get in touch with our advisors. They could connect you to a solicitor from our panel, who may be able to offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis.
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Thank you for reading our guide on if you can claim for a fall at work in the UK. We hope it answers all your questions. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at any time. See below for more useful pages.
Toxic Fume Inhalation Compensation Guide – An article detailing different compensation amounts that could be awarded if you’ve been harmed by the inhalation of toxic fumes.
Eye Injury Compensation After an Accident at Work – A guide to compensation amounts following an eye injury caused by an accident at work.
Your Legal Rights After Being Injured at Work – An article explaining if you should get paid after suffering an injury at work.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – A charity that aims to reduce the rate of accidental injury through advice and guidance.
Statutory Sick Pay – An explanation on how to claim statutory sick pay from the government if you’ve had to take time off work due to your injuries.
When Should I Visit A&E?- Guidance from the NHS on when to visit the emergency department at a hospital.
We also have some other guides you may find useful:
- Public accident claims hot spots
- Council slip and trip accidents
- Public transport accidents
- How to make a public liability claim
- Making a claim against the council
- Claiming for a pothole injury
- Making a claim against a shop
- Accidents in a public park
- Cycling accident claims
- Claiming for injuries suffered while shopping
Thank you for reading our guide on claiming for a fall at work in the UK.
Article by AO