By Max Morris. Last Updated 19th May 2022. This guide will help you figure out how much compensation for a fall you could claim. If you’ve suffered an injury because of a fall, you could be able to claim compensation if the accident was not your fault.
To claim compensation after a fall, you would need to be able to prove that the negligence of someone else caused your injury. This guide will explore desirable evidence types and duty of care.
To learn about possibly making a personal injury claim, get in touch with our 24-hour team of advisors today. You could be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel if they judge your claim to have a decent chance for success. Our panel of personal injury lawyers can help you claim compensation after a fall.
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- What Is A Fall, Slip Or Trip?
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Anyone could suffer from a slip, trip or fall accident. They are one of the most common types of accidents, as they can occur in such a variety of places and ways. If you’ve slipped, tripped or fallen, and been injured as a result due to someone else breaching their duty of care, you could claim compensation.
Duty of care is present in many environments. It essentially means that a party should take reasonable steps to protect your health and safety. In the workplace, employers have a duty of care towards employees. In public, the controller of the space (sometimes the local council) is often the party that has a duty of care towards members of the public.
When someone breaches their duty of care and you’re injured as a consequence, this is when you might be able to hold them liable in a compensation claim.
Being in a slip, trip or fall accident could lead to serious injuries. Your quality of life could be greatly affected by one avoidable experience. You could end up with some form of disability, or, worst-case scenario, a fall accident could tragically end in death.
Can you claim compensation for a fall?
Yes, you can make a claim for financial compensation if the fall was due to someone else’s negligence. A good example of this is in the workplace, as your employer owes you and their other employees a legal duty of care. Therefore, if they neglect this duty and an oversight or action of theirs causes you to fall and injure yourself, then you could be within your rights to claim compensation.
However, compensation for a fall on its own is not something that exists. Merely falling over is not enough to make a personal injury claim. The incident must have caused physical damage, psychological trauma, or both.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in Great Britain, 29% of non-fatal injuries in the workplace in 2019/20 were caused by slips, trips or falls on the same level, and 8% were caused by falls from heights.
Fall accidents can be caused by a variety of issues, but most trips are caused by obstructions in walkways. For example, if you were shopping and there was produce left in the walkway without any warning from the owner, you could potentially slip or fall, causing injury.
Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, property owners and occupiers have a duty of care to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the safety of those on the property they control. So if you’ve suffered harm in a shop, such as in the example above, you could claim from the occupier or owner.
Another example could be if you are walking along a public pavement and trip on a raised paving stone. If this caused you personal injury, you could be able to claim from your local council (if they have a responsibility to maintain the area) for not fixing the issue in due time.
Falls could cause a variety of injuries, depending on the severity. Some examples could include (but are not limited to):
However, this list is not exhaustive, so don’t worry if your injury is not shown here. You could still be able to make a viable claim if someone else’s negligence caused your fall injury.
This guide will look further into the compensation amounts that could be attached to your injuries. When calculating this, the impact on quality of life and lasting symptoms are always taken into account.
The person at fault can differ in each situation. If you have a fall accident at work, it could be that your employer is at fault if they haven’t taken all reasonably practicable steps to keep you safe, as outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Or, if you have a fall accident in a public place, the local council could be classed as the occupier of the space, and therefore could be held liable for compensation under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
Only when someone has breached their duty of care towards another can they be held liable for someone else’s injuries.
If you think you could be partially at fault for your accident, you could still be able to make a claim. You could come to a split liability agreement with the other party, whereby you take some responsibility for your accident and ensuing injuries. In these cases, the amount of compensation is calculated by your share of the responsibility — e.g. if you agreed to being 40% at fault, your compensation would reduce accordingly.
However, if the accident was wholly your fault, you would not be able to make a valid personal injury claim.
To make a claim, you need to be able to prove that negligence on the part of another was the cause of your injuries.
To do this, you could start gathering evidence before speaking to a solicitor. Some examples of desirable evidence could include:
- Photographs of the accident or your injuries
- Medical reports
- Witness contact details for statements at a later date
- CCTV footage
- Accident report records
When putting your case together, a solicitor is likely to invite you for a medical appointment so that an independent healthcare professional can assess your injuries and any lasting impact they may have had. The findings of this assessment will be collected and used as key evidence in your claim.
It is important to note that there is a time limitation on making a personal injury claim. For the majority of cases, this is 3 years from the date of the accident (or, in some cases, from the date when the injured person became aware of their injuries being caused by negligence). However, there are some exceptions.
If the claimant is a child, their parents/guardians (or another eligible adult) have until their 18th birthday to make a claim for them as a litigation friend. After the person turns 18, they have 3 years to make a claim for themselves if one has not already been started.
Also, if the claimant has brain damage to the degree where they are currently incapable of making independent decisions, the time limitation is waivered indefinitely. A litigation friend could claim on behalf of someone who lacks the mental capacity to claim. If the person recovers mental capacity, they could claim for themselves from the date of recovery if nobody’s already done so on their behalf.
We’re unable to provide you with the average payout for a slip and fall in the UK. This is because every claim is unique. Should your claim be successful, the amount you receive is based on aspects like the ones described below.
This section will explain the different heads of claim that could result in you receiving compensation for a slip and fall injury. Your general damages compensation is based on the pain, suffering and general negative impact of the injury. This will be calculated depending on factors such as the extent of the injury and if any permanent health issues have been caused.
The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) can provide you with a better idea of what you could receive for your injury. Solicitors and lawyers use this information to accurately calculate your claim alongside other evidence. You can find some of these compensation brackets below.
This information has been taken from the most up-to-date guidelines, published in April 2022. Please remember that these figures are not guarantees, as every claim is unique.
|Wrist||(a)||£47,620 to £59,860||This includes injuries where there may be total loss of function in the wrist.|
|Wrist||(c)||£12,590 to £24,500||This includes injuries where the result is some form of permanent disability, but some movement remains.|
|Foot||Severe||£41,970 to £70,030||This includes injuries such as a fracture in both heels or feet where mobility is restricted. There may also be considerable pain, degloving, osteoporosis or other disability.|
|Foot||Serious||£24,990 to £39,200||This includes injuries that may have resulted in continuous pain, arthritis, and prolonged treatment with a possible need for surgery.|
|Ankle||Severe||£31,310 to £50,060||This includes injuries that may require extensive treatment, such as plaster casts or pins. The injury could result in instability or severe inability to walk.|
|Ankle||Moderate||£13,740 to £26,590||This includes injuries such as fractures or ligament tears. Injuries may give rise to moderate disabilities such as walking issues.|
If you’re claiming for a slip and fall injury, you may also be able to claim special damages. This can cover you for the financial losses caused by the injury. This can include:
- Loss of earnings
- Adjustments to your home
- Care costs
- Travel expenses
- Healthcare costs
As part of this, you could also claim for future losses that will be caused by the injury, if there are permanent or long-term health issues caused. You would need financial evidence to prove the value of these losses. Potential evidence can include receipts, invoices, payslips and bank statements.
If you want to know how much compensation your fall-induced injury could be worth, then get in touch with our advisors today. By speaking with us directly, you will receive a free valuation of your claim as well as the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
If you want to hire a solicitor but find the financial implications too daunting, then we may have just the solution to suit you.
All of the expert personal injury lawyers on our panel work with every one of their clients under a No Win No Fee arrangement. When working in this way, you will pay a percentage from your compensation. This is called a success fee that is capped by law and will only need to be paid to your lawyer if the claim wins.
If the No Win No Fee claim does not succeed, then you are not required to pay them this. Get in touch today to find out more.
Thank you for reading our guide on how much compensation for a fall you could claim. We hope you found it helpful. For more related guides, see below.
Broken Elbow Compensation Guide – A guide on how much compensation you could claim after suffering from a broken elbow.
Reporting Accidents in the Workplace – An article explaining why it is important to report your accidents in the workplace and how you can do this.
Broken Pelvis Personal Injury Guide – A guide detailing what you can do after an accident resulting in a broken pelvis.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – A charity that aims to reduce the number of accidental injuries through advice and guidance.
Fall Information and Prevention – An NHS guide to falls, who they could affect, and how they can be prevented.
As well as having information on how much compensation for a fall you could be owed, we also have some other guides you may find useful:
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- Can you claim for a fall at work in the UK?
- Public transport accidents
- What is the average payout for a slip and fall?
- Public accident claims hot spots
- Council slip and trip accidents
- Public transport accidents
- How to make a public liability claim
- Making a claim against the council
- Claiming for a pothole injury
- Making a claim against a shop
- Accidents in a public park
- Cycling accident claims
- Claiming for injuries suffered while shopping
Thank you for reading our guide on how much compensation you could claim for a fall.
Article by AO