I Slipped At Work And Was Injured, What Should I Do?

By Stephen Anderson. Last Updated 4th October 2022. In this guide, we will explore the process of seeking compensation for the injuries you sustained after you slipped at work due to your employer’s negligence.

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A guide to seeking compensation after you slipped at work

We will look at the responsibility your employer has to provide you with a safe working environment.

Furthermore, we will provide examples of how an employer could fail to uphold their responsibility causing you to suffer an injury.

This could help you understand whether you have the grounds to make a personal injury claim.

However, if you have any questions after reading our guide, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the details below:

  • Telephone: 0800 408 7825
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I Slipped At Work, What Can I Do?

There are several steps you could take if you slipped at work and sustained an injury and wish to seek compensation. For instance, you should ensure your claim demonstrates that someone acted negligently. In order to prove that your injuries resulted from someone else’s negligence:

  • Someone must have owed you a duty of care
  • They must have failed to uphold the duty of care they owed you
  • You must have experienced physical harm or psychological damage

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, all employers have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to protect their employees from being harmed at work.

If your employer failed to do so and you were caused harm as a result, you may be eligible to seek compensation for the effects of your injuries.

However, not all accidents in the workplace are caused by an employer’s negligence. In these cases, you would not be able to seek compensation.

If you are unsure whether you do have a valid claim, please call our team to discuss your case in more detail.

Can You Claim For Falling At Work?

There are instances where an employer might fail to uphold the duty of care they have to protect your safety and wellbeing in the workplace. As a result, you could be involved in an accident that causes you harm.

Examples of how accidents could occur as a result of your employer breaching their duty of care might include:

  • Failure to provide adequate training: Your employer might fail to provide employees with adequate health and safety training, including the procedure that should be followed when there is a spillage on the floor. As a result, you may have slipped at work causing you to sustain a broken wrist because no wet floor sign had been put down to make passers-by aware of the hazard.
  • Failure to carry out regular equipment checks: Your employer might fail to carry out regular assessments on the equipment you need to do your job. As a result, you may have fallen from a ladder that was faulty and unsafe to use causing you to sustain a broken leg.

These are only examples and there are various other ways accidents could cause you to slip, trip or fall at work. If you would like to discuss whether you’re eligible to seek compensation, please get in touch using the details at the top of the page.

What Injuries Could Be Caused By Slipping At Work?

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were around 16,698 non-fatal slips, trips or falls on the same level during 2020/21. In addition, there were around 4,143 non-fatal falls from height during the same period.

These figures were collated from employer reports made under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). Please note the figures are provisional but they do give an insight into the frequency with which slips and falls at work occur.

A slip or fall accident could result in various types of injuries including:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Sprains or strains
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Bruises

Time Limit For Claiming For Injuries From Slips, Trips And Falls At Work

There is a time limit to be aware of when making a claim for injuries caused by negligence.

As per the Limitation Act 1980, you will have three years starting from the date the accident happened. However, there are exceptions that may apply in certain circumstances, such as:

  • Child accident claims: For anyone under the age of 18, the three-year time limit won’t start until the date of their 18th birthday. From that date, they will have three years to claim provided a claim hasn’t already been made on their behalf.
  • Claims for those with reduced mental capacity: If someone lacks the mental capacity to claim on their own behalf, someone could apply to act as a litigation friend, such as a parent, guardian or solicitor.
  • Date of knowledge: In some cases, the three years could start from the date you became aware that someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the injuries you sustained.

For more information on these exceptions, please get in touch on the number above. An advisor can provide further details on how the time limit may differ in certain situations.

What Should I Do If I Slipped At Work?

If you slipped at work and injured yourself, you should ensure you seek medical attention to receive the correct treatment for your injuries. Furthermore, your medical records could be used to provide details on the full extent of your injuries.

In addition, as part of the claims process, you will be invited to receive an assessment in a medical appointment. An independent medical professional will complete the report and provide an in-depth report on your injuries. This could be used to accurately value your injuries.

As well as medical evidence, you could gather other forms of evidence to support your case, including:

  • Photographs of your injuries and the cause of the accident
  • Witness contact details
  • CCTV footage

More importantly, you may wish to seek legal representation from a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. They could use their experience to help you through the different stages of the claims process.

I Slipped At Work What Could My Claim Be Worth?

The payout you receive following a successful accident at work claim may comprise compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced as a result of your injuries. This is awarded under general damages.

Solicitors may refer to guidelines from the Judicial College to help when valuing how much your injuries are worth. The guidelines set out bracket compensation awards for several types of injuries at varying severities. We have used these guidelines to create the table below.

Injury Type Details Compensation Bracket
Very Severe Damage to the Brain (a) The person may be able to follow basic commands and have normal sleep patterns but they will need full-time care. £282,010 to £403,990
Severe Back Injuries (a) (iii) Injuries might include disc fractures or disc lesions or soft tissue damage. £38,780 to £69,730
Arm Injuries (b) Arm injuries such as serious fractures affecting one or both forearms that leave a permanent and substantial disability. £39,170 to £59,860
Modest Ankle Injuries (d) Injuries such as less serious fractures such as those that are minor and undisplaced. Up to £13,740
Less Serious Leg Injuries (c) (iii) Injuries might include simple tibia or fibula fractures. Up to £11,840
Minor Neck Injuries (c) (i) Injuries might include soft tissue injuries that are minor in nature but recover fully within two years. £4,350 to £7,890
Wrist Injuries (f) Injuries might include a minimally displaced fracture that requires a plaster or bandage for some time. £3,530 to £4,740
Minor Shoulder Injuries (d) (ii) A soft tissue injury that almost completely heals within a year. £2,450 to £4,350
Chest Injuries (g) Injuries might include rib fractures and soft tissue injuries that cause serious pain over several weeks. Up to £3,950
Lesser Pelvis and Hip Injuries (c) (ii) This bracket might include minor soft tissue injuries that completely recover. Up to £3,950

It’s important that you only use these figures as a guide because your actual settlement will depend on several factors. For instance, alongside the guidelines from the Judicial College, medical evidence can highlight the severity of your injuries and the future implications they may have on your quality of life.

The payout you receive may also comprise reimbursement of any financial losses incurred as a result of your injuries. These are awarded under special damages and could include:

  • Lost wages
  • The cost of private medical care if it wasn’t available on the NHS
  • Care costs

You must provide evidence to prove these losses, such as receipts or payslips.

I Slipped At Work, How Do I Contact A No Win No Fee Lawyer?

If you slipped at work and suffered an injury, you may wish to hire a solicitor to begin working on your case.

The solicitors on our panel offer No Win No Fee arrangements such as a Conditional Fee Agreement whereby the payable fee following a successful claim is set out. The fee, known as a success fee, is taken as a percentage of your compensation. However, it’s important to note that the fee is subject to a legal cap.

Furthermore, under such an arrangement, you would not need to pay any fee upfront to your solicitor or fees while your claim proceeds. You also wouldn’t need to pay the success fee if your claim fails.

For more information on how you could work with a solicitor from our panel on this basis, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the details below:

  • Telephone: 0800 408 7825
  • Online form: Fill out our online contact form to speak with an advisor.
  • Live chat: You can chat with an advisor using the live chat function below.

Further Workplace Accident Claim Guides

Below, we have provided some additional external resources:

We have also included links to some of our other guides.

For more information on whether you could claim compensation for your injuries after you slipped at work, call our team on the number above.