In this article we will look at how to claim compensation for workplace slips, trips and falls. If your employer has neglected health and safety standards at work, you might have fallen and become injured. You could have suffered a minor accident at work, causing injuries that were still painful and debilitating. Or you could have suffered a serious injury which impacted your quality of life.
You might have slipped on a wet floor at work. Or a loose wire trip hazard might have injured you. So if you believe that your employer is responsible for your injuries, please contact Public Interest Lawyers today to see if our team can help you with your claim. We can provide claimants who meet the right criteria with a skilled lawyer from our panel to handle their claim.
Please enquire to see if you can claim by using the following:
- Call 0800 408 7825 to talk to an advisor
- Contact us to request a callback
- Alternatively, you can speak to a claims specialist using the Live Support bar
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- What Are Workplace Slips, Trips And Falls?
- What Can Cause Slips, Trips And Falls In A Workplace?
- How To Prevent Workplace Falls
- Eligibility To Claim For Workplace Slips, Trips And Falls
- Workplace Slips, Trips And Falls Compensation Payouts
- Start A No Win No Fee Workplace Slips, Trips And Falls Claim
Unfortunately, slips, trips and falls are common causes of workplace injury. An accident can happen if an employee slips on a wet floor and falls. Or an employee can trip over a piece of hazardous flooring and fall. Therefore the person may suffer injuries.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer has a duty of care towards you when you are at work, which means that they are responsible for taking reasonable steps to protect your health and safety.
Who Should Prevent Workplace Slips, Trips And Falls?
Therefore your employer is responsible for carrying out a slip and trips risk assessment to identify possible slipping or tripping hazards. Afterwards, the employer should apply slip, trip and fall hazards control measures to prevent unnecessary accidents and injury. Employers that fail to do so may be seen acting negligently.
Unfortunately, overlooking a small hazard like a leaking pipe or a raised floorboard can have dire consequences. We will now look at what can cause slipping or tripping accidents in the workplace.
Causes Of Slipping Accidents
- Leaking taps or overflowing toilets can create puddles on the floor, which can cause slips.
- Mopping accidents, where the floor is too wet, or there is no warning sign.
- Spilt drinks or food on the floor, which aren’t cleaned up immediately.
- Unsuitable flooring for the workplace. For example, marble becomes particularly slippery if rainwater is walked in from outside.
- The floor is contaminated with cooking oil or another slippery substance.
Causes Of Tripping Accidents
- A loose or cracked floor tile can trip up an employee.
- Broken floorboards or a nail sticking out of a floorboard.
- Trailing wires or cables can be tripping hazards.
- Likewise, rubbish bags or debris left in walkways can trip up employees.
- Employees are wearing unsuitable footwear for their environment.
- Cracked paving slabs or uneven paving in a car park or outside area.
Are Slips And Falls The Most Common Workplace Accidents?
Every year the Health and Safety Executive releases figures that show what accidents cause non-fatal workplace injuries. In 2021/22, slipping or tripping, and falling accidents, which took place on the same level were the leading cause of non-fatal workplace injuries reported to the HSE under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 RIDDOR.
Workplaces could take the following steps to prevent slips and falls at work:
- Maintain flooring to a safe standard, regularly assessing floors to ensure walkways are level and stable.
- Ensuring handrails are installed where appropriate.
- General good housekeeping must be applied. For example, spillages should be cleaned up.
- Likewise, loose cables and wires should be secured appropriately.
- Floors should be cleaned regularly to prevent contamination.
- And employers must require employees to wear appropriate footwear.
If a slip or trip or fall accident at work injured you, please enquire about claiming compensation with Public Interest Lawyers. To make a successful workplace injury claim, you will need to provide evidence to prove the following:
- Firstly you must prove that your employer had a duty of care towards you.
- Secondly, the party neglected proper standards of health and safety at work.
- Finally, an accident injured you.
An entry in your employer’s accident report book, photographs and medical records can be taken as evidence to prove your injuries. Moreover, under the Limitation Act 1980, you must begin your injury claim within the three-year time limit. There are exceptions to this time limit. Please call our advisors for more information.
If you win your slip-and-fall compensation claim, you can receive up to two types of damages:
- General damage compensation is for the harm your injuries caused and their impact on your quality of life.
- Special damage compensation is for unavoidable expenses your injuries caused. Such as medical expenses or travel expenses.
This injury table looks at general damage compensation. The table contents refer to the 16th edition Judicial College guidelines released in 2022. However, these figures are just guidelines.
|Severe (a) (i) £91,090 to £160,980
|Damage to the nerve roots and spinal cord. Could result in incomplete paralysis and impaired organs.
|Moderate (b) (i) £27,760 to £38,780
|The lumbar vertebrae suffers a compression/crush fracture.
|Severe (a) (i) In the region of £148,330
|Injuries leading to incomplete paraplegia or permanent spastic quadriparesis.
|Moderate (b) (i) £24,990 to £38,490
|Fractures and dislocations which could lead to spinal fusion surgery.
|Severe (a) (i) £78,400 to £130,930
|Extensive hip or pelvic fractures.
|Moderate (b) (i) £26,590 to £39,170
|A significant injury to the pelvis or hips which does not cause a major disability.
|Severe (a) £96,160 to £130,930
|Causing a serious injury to the brachial plexus.
|Less Severe (c) £19,200 to £39,170
|Significant disabilities but where a good recovery is expected.
|Moderate (h) £5,720 to £13,280
|Lacerations, crushes and penetrating wounds.
|Moderate or Minor (c) Up to £12,590
|Lacerations, tennis elbow and simple fractures all fall into this bracket.
Alternatively, call Public Interest Lawyers today, and an advisor can estimate what your compensation claim could be worth. Please note the table does not include special damages you could receive.
Please contact Public Interest Lawyers today to see if you can claim compensation for injuries suffered after a fall at work. If our claims advisors see that you have a good solid case for compensation they can offer to connect you with a specialist solicitor. All the solicitors on our panel work on a No Win No Fee basis.
Here are some of the benefits of working with a No Win No Fee solicitor:
- Firstly, you won’t have to pay a fee upfront.
- Secondly, you will pay a success fee if you receive compensation for your injuries.
- Importantly, under The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, your fee is capped.
- So if you win your claim, most of your compensation payment is paid directly to you.
Please contact us today to see if you can make a slip, trip or fall claim.
- Call our helpline on 0800 408 7825
- Contact us online, and request to claim
- Alternatively, you can speak to a claims specialist using the Live Support bar.
Related Workplace Accident Claims
After experiencing a slip or trip and fall-related injury at work, the following guides might be helpful.
An HSE guide to cleaning to prevent floor contamination
An HSE guide to keeping the flooring in good condition to prevent falls
How do I know if I’ve broken a bone? – help and guidance from the NHS
We hope this guide to workplace slips, trips and falls has been helpful.