Slip, Trip and Fall Claims Guide

Welcome to our guide about slip, trip and fall claims. In the following sections, we will explain the key aspects of personal injury claims. We start by explaining negligence and looking at the duty of care that certain parties owe regarding your safety. We will also discuss when you may be eligible to claim compensation if someone were to breach the duty of care they owed you.

We then provide some examples of how slip, trip or fall accidents could occur and the types of injuries they could lead to. Following this, we explore the evidence you can gather to help strengthen your case.

Additionally, we will discuss the different forms of compensation you may be awarded, what they compensate you for, and how they are calculated. The final section of our guide looks at the advantages of instructing a solicitor from our panel on a No Win No Fee basis.

If you would like to discuss your potential slip, trip and fall compensation claim, you can contact our advisors. Our friendly team can offer you free advice and help answer your questions about the claiming process. Connect with them today:

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  1. Can You Claim Slip Trip And Fall Compensation?
  2. When Can An Accident Lead To Slip Trip And Fall Claims?
  3. How Do You Prove Slip Trip And Fall Claims?
  4. How Much Compensation For A Slip Trip And Fall Claim?
  5. Why Choose Us To Claim Slip Trip And Fall Compensation?
  6. Read More About Slip Trip And Fall Claims

Can You Claim Slip Trip And Fall Compensation?

All slip, trip and fall claims need to meet the personal injury claims requirements to be eligible. These are:

  • A duty of care was owed to you at the time and place of your injury.
  • This duty of care was breached.
  • As a direct result of this, you suffered physical or mental injuries.

Together, these points define negligence. If you feel confident that you meet all three points, you could have a valid case for personal injury compensation.

You are owed a duty of care in various daily situations. For example, your employer owes you a duty of care in the workplace under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It states that employers should take reasonable and practicable steps to prevent employees from suffering harm as they work. If they fail to do so, you may suffer an injury.

Additionally, you are owed a duty of care while out in public places. The party in control of that space owes you a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. It states that they must take steps to help ensure your reasonable safety while visiting their public space for its intended purposes.

If you believe you may have a valid slip and trip claim, you can contact our advisors to find out. They can also offer you free advice.

When Can An Accident Lead To Slip Trip And Fall Claims?

There are various ways a slip, trip or fall accident could happen. Some examples include:

  • An employer failed to provide thier employee with essential personal protective equipment (PPE) such as anti-slip boots while working on a construction site. As a result, they slipped and suffered a dislocated a kneecap.
  • While in a public library, someone fell down the stairs due to a faulty handrail that had not been repaired. The occupier was aware of this defective handrail. This accident caused the person to suffer a back injury.
  • An employer did not ensure computer cables were stowed away safely in an office. This caused a trip hazard, and a member of staff suffered a broken ankle when tripping over these wires.
  • A supermarket failed to signpost a known spillage in one of the aisles. This caused a customer to slip on said spillage and suffer a wrist injury.

These are just a few examples. If you have any questions about claiming compensation for you slip, trip or fall accident, you can contact one of our advisors.

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How Do You Prove Slip Trip And Fall Claims?

All slip, trip and fall compensation claims need to be supported with evidence. The evidence you collect needs to show how the accident occurred, the injuries you suffered and who was liable.

Examples of evidence that could be used to support slip, trip and fall claims include:

  • Any available CCTV footage that captured how the accident happened.
  • The contact details of any eyewitnesses to your accident. They could be approached later on to provide a statement.
  • Medical evidence of your injuries, such as a copy of your medical records. These could also detail the medical treatment your injuries have needed.
  • Photographs of the accident site and your visible injuries.

What Is The Time Limit For Slips, Trips and Fall?

All personal injury claims must be started within 3 years, as stated by the Limitation Act 1980. This usually runs from the date that your accident took place.

However, certain exceptions apply ro this time limit. For those injured under the age of 18, the time limit does not begin until their 18th birthday. They will then have until their 21st birthday to begin legal proceedings.

Additionally, those lacking the mental capacity to handle their own cases will have the time limit suspended. It will only be reinstated if the person regains this mental capability, and it would run from the date of recovery.

Can You Make A Slip, Trip And Fall Claim On Behalf Of Someone Else?

In certain cases, a family member or solicitor can act as a litigation friend and start a claim on behalf of the injured person.

For example, as aforementioned, those under the age of 18 cannot start their own claim until they become 18. A litigation friend could begin the claiming process on their behalf prior to this date.

Furthermore, those lacking the mental capacity to handle their own claim could have a litigation friend handle proceedings on their behalf while the time limit is suspended.

If you would like to know whether you have enough time to begin your own slip and fall claim, you can contact one of our advisors.

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How Much Compensation For A Slip Trip And Fall Claim?

Compensation for successful slip, trip and fall claims could consist of two heads of loss. The first is called deneral damages, and it compensates you for your physical and psychological injuries, including the pain and suffering they have caused you.

Those responsible for calculating your claim for general damages refer to any available medical evidence. Also, they sometimes consult documents like the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document provides compensation guidelines for a range of injuries. We have used some of these guidelines within the following table, aside from the first entry.

Please only refer to this table as a guide. How much compensation you could receive will be affected by the factors of your case.

Compensation Guidelines

Area of InjurySeverityAward GuidelinesNotes
Multiple Injuries and Awards for Special DamagesSevere Up to £1,000,000+This award level reflects numerous severe injuries and the special damages award for lost income, domestic care costs and medical bills.
Head(a) Very Severe £344,150 to £493,000The person can follow basic commands but no meaningful response is made to environmental stimuli and full-time professional care is required.
(d) Less Severe £18,700 to £52,550After a good recovery the person will be able to return to work and normal activities, although some issues with mood, concentration and memory may persist.
Knee(a) Severe (ii) £63,610 to £85,100Fractures that extend into the knee joint creating constant pain, impaired agility and increased risk of osteoarthritis.
Knee(b) Moderate (i)£18,110 to £31,960Cases of dislocations, torn cartilage or meniscus that causes weakness, instability and wasting.
Back(a) Severe (iii) £47,320 to £85,100Disc lesions, soft vertebral tissue damage and disc fractures that cause chronic problems despite treatment such as pain, discomfort and impaired agility.
Wrist(a) Complete Function Loss£58,110 to £73,050Such as when an arthrodesis has been performed on the wrist.
Pelvis(b) Moderate (i) £32,450 to £47,810A significant injury but any permanent disability is not classed as major and future risk of such not thought to be great.
Ankle(c) Moderate£16,770 to £32,450Ligament tears and fractures that give rise to lesser problems such as standing for long periods of time, walking on uneven ground and taking stairs.
Hand(h) Moderate£6,910 to £16,200Penetrating wounds, deep lacerations, soft tissue damage and crush injuries.

Special Damages For A Slip Trip And Fall Compensation Claim

The second head of loss is called special damages. This compensates the claimant for the financial harm they suffered because of the injuries they suffered in a slip, trip or fall. Evidence will need to be presented to be able to claim special damages. This could include:

  • Payslips that show a loss of earnings due to needing to take time off work.
  • Bus or train tickets to and from essential medical appointments.
  • Receipts for any over-the-counter pain relief or prescription fees.
  • Invoices for any care costs if you required care at home due to your injuries.

How Long Does A Slip, Trip Or Fall Claim Take?

There isn’t a precise time frame for slip, trip and fall claims because each case depends on the following factors:

  • The length of your anticipated recovery.
  • How long it takes to gather evidence
  • Whether the third-party accepts or contests liability.
  • How quickly any medical reports from specialists can be obtained.

Seeking legal advice could help. You don’t have to use the services of a solicitor, but they could help guide you through the claiming process, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery. Chat with our team today to see whether one of the solicitors on our panel could help you.

Why Choose Us To Claim Slip Trip And Fall Compensation?

If you contact our advisors to discuss your case, they can inform you whether you may have a valid personal injury claim. If you do, they could connect you with an expert solicitor from our panel.

The solicitors on our panel have lots of expereince working on slip, trip and falls claims and could help you with gathering evidence for your case and negotiating a cmpensation settlement on your behalf.

Additionally, they may offer to work on your case on a No Win No Fee basis by offering you a Conditional Fee Agreement. With this agreement in place, you will not need to pay them for their services prior to the claim starting or as it moves forward. Furthermore, you will not need to pay them for their completed work should the claim not be a success.

If you are successfully awarded compensation, however, you will need to pay your solicitor a success fee. This will be taken out of your compensation as a legally capped percentage. This cap helps ensure the majority of your compensation, stays with you.

Contact our advisors today to see whether you may be able to claim with one of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our panel. They can also offer you free advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the personal injury claims process:

  • Call our advisors on 0800 408 7825
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Read More About Slip Trip And Fall Claims

Additional personal injury claims guides by us:

Some external resources:

  • Guidance on when to provide First Aid from the NHS.
  • This resource on causes and preventions of slips trips and falls in the workplace from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
  • Guidance on fall prevention from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

If you have any further questions regarding slip, trip and fall claims, you can contact our advisors.