This guide will answer the question, “Can I claim for falling down the stairs at work?” You may have fallen down a flight of stairs because your employer failed to maintain the staircase safely. Therefore you might make a compensation claim against your employer for your injuries. Unfortunately, a broken staircase or simple wear and tear can cause a fall accident.
Types of injuries caused by falling down the stairs include:
- Fractures caused by falls downstairs
- Back injuries and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic head injuries
- Soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains
To see if you can begin your compensation claim for an accident at work, please call us on 0800 408 7825. An advisor can let you know how much compensation you can claim for a fall at work. And we could connect you with a solicitor from our panel. Please call our helpline or contact us via our website to get started. Or continue reading our guide to learn how to claim for a fall in the workplace.
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If you fell down the stairs at work, you may wish to consider claiming compensation for the harm your injuries caused.
Under what circumstances can you claim for falling downstairs at your work? You could seek compensation if your employer caused the accident by breaching their duty of care towards you and you were injured as a result. So, in these circumstances, you could make a personal injury claim for compensation.
How Common Are Falls From A Height?
In the food and drink industry, falls from a height account for the following injuries:
- Falls from a height cause around 20% of fatal injuries.
- Falls from a height cause around 80 major injuries a year, such as fractures caused by falls down the stairs or severe head injuries.
- Moreover, falls from a height cause over 230 injuries a year, where the worker has to take three or more days off work.
Unfortunately, workers can fall down the stairs because of minor safety hazards. You could fall down the stairs at work because of the following hazards:
- A broken bannister or broken handrail can cause an accident on a staircase. A worker can fall down the stairs if they put their weight on the handrail and it becomes loose.
- Poor lighting on a stairway can make it more difficult for passers-by to see. Therefore, a worker could trip and fall on a staircase.
- Disrepair on the stairs, such as loose or worn-out carpeting, can cause a slip and fall accident. Likewise, a broken floorboard can cause a tripping accident.
- Wet floors can cause slip and fall accidents on staircases. Workplaces should put up wet floor signs if a cleaner recently mopped the stairs.
- In the building and construction industry, missing rungs on ladders and poorly constructed scaffolding can cause falls from height.
Can you sue your employer for slip and fall? If a slip or trip and fall injures you, you might be eligible to make a compensation claim. Please call our helpline to learn more.
If workers fall down the stairs, they may sustain minor injuries such as cuts and bruises. Unfortunately, workers can experience serious injuries from falling down the stairs. Here are some examples of injuries an employee can suffer if they fall from a height:
- Traumatic head injuries can range from mild concussions to permanent brain damage.
- Back injuries can range from strains and sprains to debilitating slipped disc injuries.
- Neck injuries; for example, whiplash. Or spinal cord injuries, which can result in permanent paralysis.
- Broken or fractured bones. A broken bone can be very painful and debilitating. For example, a broken leg can result in severe leg pain.
- Soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains.
This NHS guide has information to help you if you suffer from a bad fall.
When clients ask us, “Can I claim for falling downstairs at my workplace?” we explain that there must be evidence to prove the following:
- Firstly that your employer owed you a duty of care. (Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe their workers a duty of care.)
- Secondly, your employer breached the duty of care they owed you.
- And finally, this resulted in your injuries.
If you make an injury claim for falling down a flight of stairs, your solicitor would arrange for you to have an independent medical appointment. You can use the resulting medical report as evidence to support your claim.
Other evidence that can support your compensation claim:
- Medical records
- Eye witness statements
- Photographs of the hazard on the stairs which caused your accident
Please call our claims helpline today to begin your compensation claim for an injury at work.
How are personal injury claims payouts calculated? Claimants can receive up to two heads of claim. Firstly, the claimant can receive general damages. General damages compensate the claimant for their injuries, and the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused.
In addition, the claimant may receive special damages. Special damages compensate you for any financial losses incurred due to your injuries. For example, your employer may reimburse you for medical or mobility equipment costs.
You may be wondering how much compensation you can claim for a fall at work. That’s why we’ve created the below compensation table. It uses guidance provided by the Judicial College. The Judicial College Guidelines is a publication that solicitors use to help them when valuing injuries.
|Nature Of The Injuries||Level Of The Injury||Settlement||Comments|
|Neck Injury||Severe (ii)||£61,710 to £122,860||Could include cervical spinal disc injuries or serious fractures. These may cause disabilities.|
|Back Injury||Severe (i)||£85,470 to £151,070||Severe back injuries which include spinal cord and nerve root damage. This could cause consequences not usually seen in back injury cases.|
|Pelvic/ Hip Injury||Severe (i)||£73,580 to £122,860||Including extensive pelvic fractures or a hip injury which requires a spinal fusion.|
|Brain Damage||Moderately Severe||£205,580 to £264,650||This person may have serious physical or cognitive disabilities. They will be dependent on professional or other care.|
|Severe Leg Injury||Serious (iii)||£36,790 to £51,460||Serious leg injuries such as a serious compound fracture of a comminuted fracture.|
|Leg Injury||Less Serious (i)||£16,860 to £26,050||Either a serious form of soft tissue injury or an incomplete fracture from which the person makes an incomplete recovery.|
|Leg Injury||Less Serious (ii)||£8,550 to £13,210||Simple femur fractures where the articular surfaces are not damaged.|
|Leg Injury||Less Serious (iii)||Up to £11,110||Soft tissue injuries or simple fibula/tibia fractures.|
|Wrist Injury||(B)||£22,990 to £36,770||Injuries which result in disabilities which are significant and permanent.|
|Wrist Injury||(C)||£11,820 to £22,990||Whilst the injury is less severe there is some disability and some persisting pain.|
Of course, the amount of compensation you receive may be lower or greater than the compensation amounts in this table. So please call our helpline, and an advisor can give you an accurate estimate. The table does not include special damages compensation.
Our panel of solicitors offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, you’d pay a success fee to your solicitor if your injury claim is successful.
However, if the claim’s not successful, you wouldn’t have to pay the solicitor’s fee at all.
We hope this guide has answered the question, “Can I claim for falling down the stairs at work?” If you would like to proceed with your compensation claim, please:
- Call our helpline on 0800 408 7825.
- You can contact us online.
- Use our web chat widget to ask us a question.
Learn More About Claims For Slip, Trip And Fall Accidents
Please feel free to read these online claims guides.
Can You Claim Back Lost Wages Due To A Work Injury?
Head injuries and concussions – an NHS guide
The causes of back pain – an NHS guide
A guide to preventing falls from a height, from the HSE
We hope this guide has helped you decide whether you can claim for falling down the stairs at work. Should you need anything else, get in touch.
Article by AH