This guide will explain how to make doormat accident claims. People use doormats to keep the floor clean. You can find doormats at the entranceway of many residential or commercial properties and workplaces. Unfortunately, a passerby can slip on a doormat if it is not secured to the floor properly. Likewise, doormats can cause trip hazards if someone places the mat incorrectly or there is debris on it. Unfortunately, a simple health and safety error can cause unwanted accidents.
You might be entitled to claim compensation if a slip, trip or fall accident caused by a doormat injured you. You’d need to be able to show that a party that owed you a duty of care breached it and caused this injury. Our panel of experienced personal injury solicitors can handle your claim.
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If employers and proprietors neglect proper health and safety standards in buildings, this can cause a doormat accident. If you’re injured because of this, you could claim.
To make a successful doormat accident compensation claim, you would have to provide evidence to prove the following:
- Firstly, another party owes you a duty of care; for example, your employer or a private business owes you a duty of care when you are on their premises.
- Secondly, they breached their duty of care, causing an accident.
- Thirdly, you suffered an injury as a consequence.
Our panel of personal injury lawyers can handle doormat accident claims. Please call our claims helpline to speak to an advisor to see if you have a valid claim.
A doormat accident can happen in a public, commercial or residential building.
In The Workplace
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe employees a duty of care. they should take reasonably practicable measures to protect the employees’ safety and wellbeing at work. This can be done by, for example, ensuring employees are appropriately trained.
If staff aren’t trained in how to remove or reduce hazards, debris or spillage could be left on the workplace’s doormat.
In A Public Place
Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, those in control of a place that’s accessible to the public should ensure that it’s safe for visitors.
Parties that manage buildings that the public has access to owe the people who use that space a duty of care. Meaning that they are responsible for reasonably protecting the health and safety of these individuals. Therefore, they should identify hazards and apply control measures to prevent accidents.
What is considered a trip hazard or a slip hazard?
Any conditions that could cause an accident are considered a health and safety hazard. For example, a loose floor tile is a trip hazard because it can cause a tripping accident. An unsafely placed doormat could be a slip or trip hazard.
Buildings where a doormat accident could happen:
- The entranceway to a shop or restaurant
- A public building, such as a hospital or library
- A block of flats, or other residential building
- The communal area of an office space
Below are some examples of negligence that could result in a doormat accident.
- Bunching a doormat up rather than laying the item down flat, causing a tripping accident.
- Not removing a tripping hazard (such as a box) when it’s noticed on the doormat.
- Failing to attend to a wet, muddy or icy doormat even though the hazard has been noticed.
- In a busy environment, a doormat can become worn out. Therefore the grips on the bottom of the doormat can stop being effective and create dangerous conditions where a slip or trip and fall can occur.
Here are some injuries that slips, trips and falls can cause:
- If a passerby lands on their head, this can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The head injury can be a mild concussion. Or a slip and fall head injury can result in permanent brain damage and mental impairment.
- If passersby fall backwards, they may suffer a back injury, such as a slipped disc. A slipped disc happens when the tissue between the vertebrae is pushed out and presses on the nerves. Symptoms of a slipped disc include pain and muscle weakness.
- The fall accident can cause broken bone injuries or fractures. Broken bones can be painful and debilitating, but fortunately, they heal over time.
- A fall accident can cause soft tissue injuries such as a strain or sprain. Sometimes soft tissue injuries heal on their own over time. But a patient may require physiotherapy to make a full recovery.
- Slip, trip and fall accidents can cause a cut or laceration injury. Most cuts will heal on their own. However, a deep cut can cause lasting tissue damage.
You may be curious to know how much doormat accident claims could be worth. You can use the compensation table below to see if your injuries are included. Please be aware that the amount of compensation you could receive may differ from what is in the table. So, feel free to call us. An advisor can estimate how much you can claim based on your circumstances.
We have used guidelines from the Judicial College to create compensation amounts in the below table. Solicitors use this publication to help value injuries.
|Injury||Category||Damages||About This Injury|
|Brain Damage||Moderate (1)||£140,870 to £205,580||The person may have an intellectual deficit (between moderate and severe) as well as changes to their personality. The injury may also have impacted their speech and sight.|
|Brain Damage||Less severe||£14,380 to £40,410||The injured person will be able to make a good degree of recovery and return to activities such as work and their social life.|
|Head Injury||Minor||£2,070 to £11,980||Awards at the lower end and bottom of the bracket may be made for instances where a full recovery is made in a few weeks.|
|Back Injury||Moderate (2)||£11,730 to £26,050||Injuries to the muscles and ligaments of the back. Could cause backache or make existing injuries worse.|
|Back Injury||Minor (2)||£2,300 to £7,410||Within a period of between 3 months and 2 years a full recovery can be made without the need for surgery.|
|Elbow Injury||Moderate||Up to £11,820||This bracket may include lacerations which could be caused by slips and falls.|
|Hand Injury||Moderate||£5,260 to £12,460||Injuries such as deep lacerations may fall into this category of injury.|
|Ankle Injury||Modest||Up to £12,900||This could include sprains and other ligament injuries caused by doormat accidents such as twisting falls.|
|Leg Injuries||Less Serious (2)||£8,550 to £13,210||Simple femur fractures with no damage to the articular surface(s) of the bone.|
|Wrist Injury||Colles' Fracture||Around 6970||An uncomplicated colles' fracture of the wrist.|
Your compensation payout can include general damages to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity your injuries caused. Examples of these figures are illustrated above.
Moreover, you could receive special damages to cover the cost of any expenses associated with your injuries.
Your compensation payout can reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses caused by your injuries. Special damages you could claim include:
- Medical costs, such as the cost of physiotherapy the NHS couldn’t provide
- Travel costs, including the cost of parking at a hospital
- Care costs
- Loss of income expenses
If your injuries have caused a disability, you could claim compensation to pay for any mobility equipment you may need, such as a wheelchair. You can also receive funds to pay for your home to be adapted.
Why not contact us to estimate how much your slip or trip accident claim could be worth?
To see if you can begin your doormat accident claim, please contact us today. We can appoint our panel of skilled personal injury lawyers to work on your claim if it has favourable grounds. Our panel of lawyers have solid experience handling slip and fall or trip and fall claims.
Our panel of lawyers could handle your claim as a No Win No Fee case. First of all, you would sign a No Win No Fee agreement. This states that you will pay a success fee if your claim wins. However, if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be charged a success fee. The success fee is only taken after the compensation comes through. So, you are protected financially.
To see if you can begin your claim for a doormat accident, please contact us today.
- Call us on 0800 408 7825
- Contact us via our website.
- Alternatively, you can use the Live Support widget to ask us a question directly.
Related Injury Claims
Thank you for reading our guide to making a compensation claim after a doormat accident. Please read these guides to learn more about making a public accident claim.
An HSE guide on how to avoid trip hazards in the workplace
The HSE slips assessment tool
A Citizen’s Advice guide to claiming compensation for accidents at work
We appreciate you taking the time to read our guide to doormat accident claims. Please get in touch with us if you have any more questions.
Article by AH