By Max Mitrovic. Last Updated 17th June 2022. In this guide, we’ll look at the average payout for a slip and fall in the UK. Many of us may slip, trip or fall at some point. In many cases, these kinds of accidents might not cause any significant repercussions.
However, slip and falls, like any other accident, can also cause serious injury. You may be left unable to work or do the thing you’re usually able to do. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care, you may be able to claim.
After getting hurt, you may wonder, “What is the average payout for a slip and fall in the UK?”. If this is the case, we can help. For free legal advice, you can:
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A slip and fall accident could happen in a number of different scenarios. For example, you could slip and fall while at work or in a public place. If you have been injured and it was caused by the negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care, you may be eligible for a claim.
However, a slip or fall could cause much more serious injuries. For example, you could hit your head as you fall and suffer a brain injury. This kind of injury can be life-changing.
Every personal injury claim is different and will be based on your individual circumstances. For more specific advice on what the average payout is for a slip and fall in the UK, why not speak to a member of our claims team? They could connect you with a solicitor from our panel.
Many factors can contribute to slips, trips and falls which have the potential to cause serious injury. Some of these factors, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), are:
- Poor design of floors and walkways (i.e. raised floors and steps)
- Unmarked mopped floors
- Improper footwear provided by the employer
- Poor lighting
In order to claim, you need to show that the person who had a duty of care towards you breached this duty. You would also need to show that your injuries were directly caused by the accident you were involved in.
If you would like more free legal advice about making a claim, you can get in touch with us today. If your claim is valid, a solicitor from our panel could be appointed to you.
Slip and fall accidents are not limited to just one place. They can feasibly happen anywhere that people are able to pass through. Some common places to suffer a trip and fall can include:
Who you claim against will depend on where you were when the accident happened. For example, if your accident happened because of your employer’s negligence, you would make a work injury claim.
This is because your employer breached their duty of care as outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This states that they have to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety at work.
Similarly, the occupier of a public space (the person who controls the space) has a duty of care towards members of the public who use the space for the intended purpose. This is outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
If you want further information about the average payout for slip and fall in the UK, why not call our team of advisors? We can provide specific advice suited to your personal injury claim. Otherwise, you can read on to find out more about how slip and fall accidents can be prevented.
Slip and fall accidents can happen for a number of reasons and in a number of different environments. The duty of care that is owed to you will vary depending on the environment.
Different entities will have different duties of care. For example, the safeguarding measures that your workplace has to put in place can vary from that of your local council.
For example, some of the things your employer is expected to do to keep you safe include:
- Ensuring floor surfaces are fit for use
- Keeping floor surfaces clean
- Making sure that lighting is sufficient and adequate
- Maintaining good housekeeping
We need to understand who controls or owns a given space, such as a car park, before understanding who is liable. Establishing liability is vital to making a claim.
While in public, you’re owed a duty of care by whoever is in control of the space. They should take all reasonable steps to ensure that you’re safe. For example, they should remove any hazards that could increase your chances of slipping and falling. If they cannot remove a hazard (for example, steep stairs or a high step) then this should be signposted.
Generally, local councils are responsible for roads and pavements. As a result, they have a duty of care to ensure no injuries happen as a result of cracks, potholes or errant tree roots. A failure to repair these in a timely manner can lead to injury. However, a claim will usually only be considered by the council if the defect is taller or deeper than 1 inch.
Speak to our team of advisors today for more free legal advice about claiming. You could be connected with a solicitor from our panel.
Tips on Proving Slip and Fall Claims
If you’re trying to claim compensation for harm sustained in a slip and fall, lawyers and solicitors may assess your evidence before giving you a potential compensation estimate. To claim at all, you must prove that your injuries were caused by negligence, but different forms of evidence could affect how much compensation for a fall you receive. For example, if you do not have sufficient medical evidence to prove the extent of your injuries, you may not receive as much in general damages compensation.
With this in mind, No Win No Fee solicitors may not agree to take your case unless there is sufficient evidence. Our tips for proving slip and fall claims include:
- Taking photographs of your injury and the accident site.
- Getting the contact details of any witnesses. As part of the claims process, your solicitor can contact them to take a statement. This can help confirm what led to the accident.
- Requesting CCTV footage of the accident if any is available.
- Getting your injuries looked over by a medical professional. As part of the claims process, we can arrange for your injuries to be assessed. This report can be used as medical evidence, as it can highlight the extent of your injury, your prognosis and the required treatment plan.
This is why it’s difficult to provide information about the typical payouts for personal injury in the UK – because there are many aspects that can dictate what you could receive, should your claim be successful. To learn more about potential compensation or the evidence required, please contact us for free legal advice.
Compensation is generally divided into two distinct categories; general and special damages. They are both designed to restore you to the position you were in before your accident.
General damages cover you for the pain and suffering, either physical or psychiatric, that the injury has caused you. To work out the general damages head of your claim, you will be invited to a medical assessment. The report from this independent assessment will be used to value your claim.
Special damages compensate you for costs that you have incurred as a result of your injury. This can include:
- Travel costs to therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Home adjustments
- Medical expenses
Remember to keep evidence for special damages. For example, you could provide receipts and invoices. Without these, it will be difficult for you to claim these back.
You may want to know more about what the average is for a personal injury claim payout. However, it’s impossible to provide an average compensation amount as every claim is different. As previously mentioned, general damages compensation relates to aspects such as the severity of the injury and to what degree the injury has negatively impacted your life.
When calculating general damages compensation for a slip and fall claim, legal professionals can refer to the Judicial College Guidelines for greater insight into your potential compensation figure.
These figures are taken from the latest guidelines, that were published in 2022. Please remember that they only relate to successful claims that have taken place in England and Wales. Furthermore, these figures are not guaranteed. Due to the complex nature of the claims process, we cannot confirm what amount you could receive without an individual assessment.
Type of injury Compensation amount Notes
Brain damage- Very Severe £282,010 to £403,990 The injured person will have little or no meaningful response to their environment, double incontinence and a need for full-time care.
Brain damage- Moderate (i) £150,110 to £219,070 Intellect will have been affected to a moderate to severe degree.
Neck injury- Severe (ii) £65,740 to £130,930
Injuries such as serious fractures or damage to discs in the spine. The disabilities will fall short of more serious injuries; however, they will give rise to considerably severe injuries.
Psychiatric damage- moderately severe £19,070 to £54,830 Where the injured person has significant problems with life, education and work. The prognosis will be more optimistic than in more serious cases.
Minor brain injury £2,210 to £12,770 If there is any brain damage, it will be minimal.
Elbow- Moderate or minor Up to £12,590 This bracket includes simple fractures.
Back injury- Minor (i) £7,890 to £12,510 Where a full recovery has been made within two to five years
However, we can provide you with a more accurate estimate that relates to your specific injury if you get in touch. If you have further queries about making a slip and fall claim, please contact us for free using the above details.
If you think you may be eligible for a claim based on the average payout for slip and fall in the UK, speak to a personal injury solicitor. You may be able to enter into a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), also referred to as a No Win No Fee agreement.
This is where you only pay your solicitor if your claim is successful. If it’s unsuccessful, you will not pay anything to them at all.
In the event that the claim succeeds, you pay a small success fee to your solicitor, which is legally capped. You’ll agree on this percentage before the start of your claim.
If you would like to know more about No Win No Fee agreements, speak with us today. If your claim has a good chance of success, you could be connected with a solicitor from our panel.
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Check out more of our articles on average injury claim payouts.
- Do I get paid if I am injured at work?
- Public Accident Personal Injury Guide
- Accidents While Shopping Personal Injury Claims Guide
- Statutory Sick Pay
- Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents: Guidance on Slips and Falls.
- HSE Guidance on Preventing Slips and Falls
- How Much Compensation For A Fall?
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Article by EC
Published by ET