How Much Compensation Is My Tripping Accident Claim Worth?

By Stephen Anderson. Last Updated 27th October 2023. At Public Injury Lawyers, the most common type of type claim we deal with are claims for injuries caused by slip or trip and fall accidents. If you have suffered harm in a tripping accident which was caused by another party acting negligently you could claim personal injury compensation.

Here at Public Interest Lawyers, We work with knowledgeable personal injury solicitors who have over thirty years of experience handling claims for accidents in a public place.

To begin your claim, call us today on 0800 408 7825 for your free personal injury claims consultation.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and will assign a skilled personal injury lawyer to work on your claim for injuries caused by a fall accident as soon as possible.

Tripping accident compensation claims

How to claim compensation for a tripping accident

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How Much Compensation Could I Claim For A Tripping Accident?

If you have been injured after falling due to slip, trip and fall hazards, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. You are probably interested to know how much compensation you could be awarded. You can use our personal injury claims compensation calculator to find out how much you will be owed. The amount of compensation will vary depending on the seriousness of your injuries. For example if you suffered a soft tissue injury as the result of your accident you will probably be awarded a lower amount of compensation. If you suffered a more severe injuries such as a broken bone, or a spinal injury the compensation amount you will be awarded will be higher.

You can use the table below to estimate how much slip accident compensation you could receive in general damages (calculator excludes special damages).

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Injury Sustained Level Of Injury Notes On These Injuries Compensatory Damages Which May Be Awarded
Injury of the foot Moderate Including fractures to the metatarsal bones in the feet and disability or ongoing problems with the affected foot. £13,740 to £24,990
Injury of the shoulder Moderate Causing an injury such as to reastrict the mobility or movement in the shoulder joint. £7,890 to £12,770
Injury of the ankle Moderate Causing ligamants in the abkle joint to be torn or causing joint fractures. £13,740 to £26,590
Injury of the arm Less Severe Causing significant injuries and disabilities to the claimants arm(s). There may be a significant level of disabiity left. A recover should be expected. £19,200 to £39,170
Fractured clavicle Singe level of award Claimants could be awarded damages comensurate with the severity of the break or fracture. £5,150 to £12,240
Injury of the elbow Less Severe Injuries Causing severe injury which reduces the ability of the claimant to use the elbow / elbow joint. £15,650 to £32,010

This claims estimation calculator is based on guidelines set by the Judicial College. Of course the amount of compensation that claimants receive varies depending on the circumstances of their accident and resulting injuries so you may be eligible to claim more compensation than you initially thought. For a personalised compensation estimate, call Public Injury Lawyers today to learn more.

What Else Can You Claim For After A Trip And Fall Accident?

What is the difference between general damages and special damages? When you make a successful public injury claim, general damages are a head of claim which is awarded to compensate you for the suffering, pain and loss of amenity you have experienced due to your injuries. These monetary funds are normally the larger part of the compensation package. In addition they will be awarded special damages. Special damages are a head of claim which will reimburse you for payments you have made, as a result of being injured.

Examples of special damages you can claim include the following:

  • Medical expenses, which can include expenses for treatment you have had due to your accident and funds to pay for medical treatment you may need in the future.
  • Home and car adaptation expenses, which you may need in the unfortunate event that your injuries caused a disability.
  • Travel expenses.
  • Care expenses.
  • Reimbursement for lost income such as salary payments and in work benefits, if you had to leave your job or take time off work due to your injuries.

Can I Claim Compensation For A Tripping Accident?

If you were injured in a trip-and-fall accident due to another party breaching the duty of care they owed you, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim. Who may have owed you a duty of care will depend on where your accident occurred.

If your tripping accident occurred in a public place, you would make your claim against the party in control of that place. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 establishes that those who control a public space have a duty of care to ensure the reasonable safety of those who use that space for its intended purpose.

In the workplace, you are owed a duty of care by your employer, as stated under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Per their duty of care, they must take reasonable steps to ensure your safety while you are working. Should they fail to do so, this could cause you to become injured in a tripping accident.

It is also important to note that if you are eligible to pursue a personal injury claim, you will only have a limited amount of time to do so. Under the Limitation Act 1980, you will generally have three years to start your claim from the date of the accident. However, certain exceptions may apply.

To learn what these exceptions are or to see if you have a valid trip and fall claim, you can contact our advisors.

What Are The Causes Of Tripping Accidents?

Tripping accidents are often caused by obstructed walkways, according to data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

There is a multitude of ways in which someone could trip, fall and hurt themselves. Let’s look at some examples (bear in mind that this is not an exhaustive list):

  • After mopping a floor it will remain wet, causing it to become slippery. A freshly mopped floor must be signposted while it is still wet. The slip, trip and fall signage should warn passersby that the floor is not safe to walk on. Failing to do so, is negligence.
  • Floor surfaces in professional kitchens and industrial facilities can become contaminated with grease, oils or liquids. These can cause the floor to become slippery. Effective slip, trip and fall training is needed to educate employees on how to prevent these sorts of slip accidents from happening.
  • Slipping accidents can happen due to spillages on the floor that have not been mopped up and slip, trip and fall signage not being displayed. The slip could occur in a restaurant environment due to a drink being spilled, a leaking toilet in a workplace, or a leaking pipe, for example.
  • Slip, trip and falls on ice can happen if the pavement has not been gritted due to icy weather.
    A trip and fall in the office can happen due to broken flooring, uneven flooring or a trailing cable. Poor lighting and debris on the floor can also cause trip and fall accidents.

What Locations Could You Get Injured In A Trip And Fall Accident?

Public Injury Lawyers advise people who have been injured in a public place on what to do about claiming compensation for their injuries. You can be injured in all sorts of public places such as a workplace, a shop, or on pavement.

Let’s take a more detailed look at where you could suffer an injury in a tripping accident.

Tripping Accidents In Shops

Shops and supermarkets have a duty of care towards their customers, employees and other people who use their premises. Slipping accidents can occur in food stores if produce, for example a grape or bottled goods, are spilled onto the aisle. Other slipping or tripping accidents in shops can involve customers falling over stock that has been placed in the store, or tripping accidents caused by an elevator misleveling (stopping at a point that is not inline with the floor).

If you are a customer or an employee in a shop that has suffered a fall accident we recommend that you report the accident to the store manager and make sure the details of the accident are recorded accurately in the shop’s accident log book. You can also take photographs of the slip trip and fall hazard that caused your slipping or tripping accident in a shop to be used as evidence to help support your claim. To begin your slip accident compensation claim against a shop call Public Injury Lawyers today for your free consultation with a claims advisor.

Trip and Falls In The Workplace

The Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 states that employees are owed a duty of care by their employer.

If an employee suffers a slip or trip and falls at work, such as a slip trip and fall in the office because their employer did not take proper precautions, the employer may be held liable for their injuries.

Employers are also responsible for slip, trip and fall prevention on their premises. Under the Management of Health and Safety At Work 1999 regulations, employers must carry out risk assessments on their premises. This includes slip, trip and fall risk assessments.

As a result, the employee can make a claim for slip, trip or fall compensation.

Pavement Tripping Accidents

If you have been injured on a pavement or public highway due to poor conditions, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim. The claim will usually be made against your local authority unless you were injured in a space that is managed by another party such as an outdoor shopping area which is managed by a private land owner.

A pavement accident can be caused by the following health and safety hazards:

  • A cracked paving tile, which can cause trip and fall accidents.
  • A loose paving slab causing the ground to be uneven.
  • Pavements not being gritted during icy weather, causing slip, trip and fall accidents on ice.
  • A wire sticking out of the ground due to unfinished electrical works, which could cause outdoor trip and fall accidents.

Tripping Accidents Caused By The Local Council

Your local authority owes you a duty of care when you are using outdoor and indoor facilities that they manage. As well as public walkways, local authorities may be responsible for managing public parks and leisure facilities such as libraries, parks and gyms.

Here are some examples of how a member of the public could trip or slip and be injured in a public place, due to negligence on the part of the local authorities:

  • Wet floors in a public swimming pool which have not been signposted.
  • Exercise equipment such as barbells being left on the floor of a gym, causing tripping accidents.
  • Loose carpeting tiles on the floor of a library or town hall causing patrons to slip or trip.
    Food waste being dropped on the floor of a leisure centre lobby, causing slipping accidents.

If you believe that you are owed trip or slip accident compensation you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. Call Public Injury Lawyers today and if you have grounds to claim compensation we will refer you to a personal injury lawyer to handle your claim.

No Win No Fee Agreements And Tripping Accident Claims

If you decide to make a public injury claim for compensation for a slip, trip or fall accident Public Injury Lawyers can help you. If you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation for your injuries, we can provide you with a knowledgeable solicitor from our partner solicitors firm Legal Expert.

A personal injury solicitor provided by Legal Expert will handle your compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis. What does this mean?

With a No Win No Fee claim the solicitor takes on the financial risk, not you the client. Your solicitor will begin your personal injury claim without charging you an upfront fee.

You will enter into a conditional fee agreement with your solicitor, in which your solicitor will agree to only charge you a fee on the condition that they win your compensation claim.

Therefore, there is less financial risk involved for you the claimant. Because there is not a fee to pay upfront many clients find making a No Win No Fee claim the more affordable option. If your claim is successful your fee will be deducted from your compensation package at a capped rate.

Trusted law firm Legal Expert has a guide on their website about making a No Win No Fee claim, which you can read to learn about the benefits of making this sort of claim.

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to an advisor about making a No Win No Fee Claim you can call us at Public Injury Lawyers for your free consultation.

Claim Compensation With Public Interest Lawyers

Have you been injured due to a tripping or slipping accident that was not your fault? You may be eligible to make a public injury claim for trip or slip accident compensation.

To begin your claim call Public Injury Lawyers today on 0800 408 7825 and a legal advisor will be happy to speak to you in depth about your claim.

If we believe you are owed slip, trip or fall compensation for your injuries we will provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from Legal Expert to handle your claim.

Call today, we’re looking forward to discussing your claim with you.

Learn More About Claiming Compensation For A Tripping Accident

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the team at Public Injury Lawyers about making a claim.

Alternatively, you may wish to read these online guides to learn more about making an accident claim for a public place injury.