Can I Claim For Falling Down Stairs At Work?

Falling down stairs at work

A guide answering the question ‘Can I claim for falling down the stairs at work?’

By Danielle Newton. Last Updated 14th June 2023. This guide aims to answer questions such as, “Can I claim for falling down the stairs at work?”. If you have suffered an injury from falling down the stairs at work, it may be because your employer failed to maintain the staircase safely. If that’s the case, your employer may be considered negligent, and you could potentially claim compensation against your employer for your injuries. A staircase at work can cause trip or fall accidents if they are broken in some way or poorly maintained.

Types of injuries caused by falling down the stairs include:

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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  1. Can I Claim For Falling Down The Stairs At Work?
  2. What Could Cause You To Fall Down The Stairs At Work?
  3. Back Injuries From Falling Down Stairs
  4. Steps To Take To Claim For Falling Down The Stairs At Work
  5. Example Settlements For An Injury From Falling Down Stairs
  6. Can I Claim For Falling Down The Stairs At Work With A No Win No Fee Solicitor?

When Can I Claim For Falling Down The Stairs At Work?

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.

What Could Cause You To Fall Down The Stairs At 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.

Back Injuries From Falling Down Stairs

If you experience back pain after falling down the stairs, it’s strongly advised to seek the help of a medical professional. The same goes for neck pain after falling down the stairs.

Whilst these injuries may initially seem minor, they could be a sign of a more serious ailment. Continued activity whilst carrying an injury could lead to permanent damage. Not only will seeing a doctor mean you receive any necessary treatment, but the medical records generated will be useful to present as evidence to support your claim.

If you fell down the stairs due to negligence, get in touch to find out if you could be eligible to claim.

Steps To Take To Claim For Falling Down The Stairs At Work

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 start a claim seeking compensation for falling down the stairs at work and you have hired a solicitor to help you, then they could arrange for you to have an independent medical appointment. You should then be able to 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 Long Do I Have To Claim Compensation For Falling Down The Stairs?

If you sustain an injury from falling down the stairs due to the negligence of another, you generally have 3 years to begin the process of making a claim. This time limit is stated in the Limitation Act 1980. However, this time limit can sometimes be extended, depending on the circumstances of a claim.

For example, for claims involving those with a reduced mental capacity, or those under the age of 18, the time limit can be suspended. For children, the three years begin when they reach 18. For those with a reduced mental capacity, the time limit is only relevant from the date they are deemed capable of making their own claim. If this never occurs, then their time limit remains suspended.

In this time, a litigation friend can claim on behalf of both children and claimants whose mental capacity is deemed to be reduced.

Get in touch if you want to know whether or not you can still claim, and to find out about more specific scenarios such as the value of a claim caused if you fell down the stairs on your back.

Example Settlements For An Injury From Falling Down Stairs

If you have suffered an injury from falling down the stairs, you may be able to claim compensation. A successful claim could result in you receiving two heads of compensation: general damages and special damages.

General damages covers the pain and suffering caused by your injuries after your fall down stairs. For example, falling down the stairs could lead to a head injury, broken ribs and bones, fractures, and bruises.

Below, you can find a table with injuries relevant to suffering a fall down the stairs and corresponding compensation brackets taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG provides solicitors with guideline settlement amounts to help them calculate personal injury claims.

Nature Of The Injuries Level Of The Injury Settlement Comments
Brain Damage Moderately Severe £219,070 to £282,010 This person may have serious physical or cognitive disabilities. They will be dependent on professional or other care.
Back Injury Severe (i) £91,090 to £160,980 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) £78,400 to £130,930 Including extensive pelvic fractures or a hip injury which requires a spinal fusion.
Neck Injury Severe (ii) £65,740 to £130,930 Could include cervical spinal disc injuries or serious fractures. These may cause disabilities.
Severe Leg Injury Serious (iii) £39,200 to £54,830 Serious leg injuries such as a serious compound fracture of a comminuted fracture.
Leg Injury Less Serious (i) £17,960 to £27,760 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) £9,110 to £14,080 Simple femur fractures where the articular surfaces are not damaged.
Leg Injury Less Serious (iii) Up to £11,840 Soft tissue injuries or simple fibula/tibia fractures.
Wrist Injury (B) £24,500 to £39,170 Injuries which result in disabilities which are significant and permanent.
Wrist Injury (C) £12,590 to £24,500 Whilst the injury is less severe there is some disability and some persisting pain.

I Fell Down The Stairs – Can I Claim Special Damages?

The injuries sustained in a fall down the stairs can lead to additional expenses. You could be compensated for these under special damages if you make a successful personal injury claim. To claim special damages, you will need to submit evidence of your financial losses, such as with bank statements or invoices.

Examples of the expenses and financial losses you could be compensated for include:

  • Carer costs if you required a carer to cope with your daily life following your injuries.
  • Your loss of earnings for time off work. This can also recover future losses.
  • Medical expenses, such as the cost of prescriptions.
  • Travel expenses, such as taxi fares to attend appointments.

If you fell down the stairs at work and would like to know if you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim, you can contact our advisors.

Can I Claim For Falling Down The Stairs At Work With A No Win No Fee Solicitor?

If you suffered any injuries from falling down the stairs at work, and you can prove the accident was caused by your employer breaching their duty of care, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim. When making a claim, you might like the support of a solicitor. One of the solicitors on our panel could help you with your case. Additionally, they may offer to work with you on a No Win No Fee basis with a Conditional Fee Agreement (which is a type of No Win No Fee agreement).

When working with a No Win No Fee solicitor, they won’t charge you any upfront or ongoing fees.  If your solicitor is successful with your claim, they will take a success fee from your compensation award. The percentage your solicitor can take as a success fee is capped by the law. However, should your claim be unsuccessful, you won’t be expected to pay your solicitor for their services.

To see whether you could make a claim if you fell down the stairs at work, you can contact our advisors. If they believe that you could be eligible for compensation, they could connect you with one of the solicitors on our panel.

To contact an advisor:

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?

Back Injury At Work Compensation Examples

A Guide To Lumbar Spine Injury Compensation Claims

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

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