Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace Claims
Slips, trips and falls in the workplace are extremely common. Loose cables, damaged floor surfaces, spillages and poor lighting contribute to thousands of workplace accidents in the UK every year.
If you’ve had an accident at work you could be entitled to compensation. TRUE Solicitors are personal injury solicitors, experienced in obtaining compensation, rehabilitation and support for injured clients.
Contact us today for a free, initial assessment of your claim. Submit your details below or call us on 0344 854 7000.
TRUE Solicitors will handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
What are common causes of slips, trips and falls at work?
Slips, trips and falls in the workplace are typically a consequence of:
• Poor lighting
• Uneven surfaces
• Loose cables
• Unexpected obstacles
Many workplaces think that a sign, warning of a hazard such as a wet or uneven floor, is enough for them to avoid liability. However, if the sign was not prominent or the hazard could have been fixed before the accident, they may remain liable.
How do I know if I am eligible to make a workplace slip, trip or fall claim?
You may be eligible to make a claim if it can be proven that your fall at work was caused as a direct consequence of your employer failing to adhere to health and safety measures in the workplace. Such as:
• Performing a risk assessment of possible hazards.
• Failure to clean up or appropriately signpost spillages.
• Failure to advise on or provide appropriate footwear.
• Failure to maintain a tidy workplace.
What should I do if I have had an accident at work?
If you have suffered an injury an injury to a slip or fall injury at work, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The accident must be reported to your employer, with the details accurately recorded in the accident book. If there is no accident book, write down what happened and give it to your employer. Keep a copy for yourself too.
It is important to also take the names and contact details of any witnesses.
If possible, take photos of the scene of the accident. This can be very helpful if you wish to pursue a claim and your employer doesn’t admit liability.
How to prevent slip, trips and falls at work?
In order to prevent a slip, trip or fall in the workplace it is important to minimise the risk by:
• Using entrance mats to allow people to dry their feet when entering the building.
• Remove spillages promptly, dry the area and display ‘wet floor’ signage.
• Regularly check for, and fix, loose or broken flooring.
• Ensure walkways, stairs and working spaces are well lit and free of obstacles.
• Ensure that staff are wearing the right footwear, i.e. no backless, strappy or high heeled shoes if this is to cause a hazard.
• Keep the workplace clean and tidy, i.e. keep bags under your desk and desk space free of loose papers which may fall off and cause someone to trip over.
What can I claim compensation for?
If you have been injured due to a slip at work you may be able to claim for the following:
• Loss of earnings.
• Pain and suffering.
• Medical expenses such as, prescription charges and painkillers.
• Compensation for care and support.
• Reduced life expectancy.
• Ongoing illness.
• Recovery time.
• Expected lifestyle changes.
How much compensation will I receive?
The amount of compensation that you may receive for your fall at work is dependent upon the individual circumstances of your case. It can depend on factors such as:
• The severity of your injuries.
• How your life has been affected by the injury.
• Your future care and support needs.
• Financial losses, including how much money you have lost or will lose as a result of the injury (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses).
To get an idea of the amount that you may receive to compensate for physical injuries use your free injury calculator below:
How much will it cost to make a claim?
TRUE Solicitors will manage your claim on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis. Our charges to you are dependent upon the individual type of case, and are typically a percentage of the compensation amount that we obtain for you. The charges will be no more than 25% of your compensation.
Is there a time limit for me to make a claim?
You have up to 3 years from the date of the accident to lodge a claim with the court, and while we completely understand that you may not wish to start a claim straight away, the sooner the claim is made the better. Focusing on getting better is your ultimate priority, but it is also important to make a claim as soon as possible while the evidence and the memories of you and your witnesses are fresh. Of course, if your accident was some time ago then do not worry, as long as it is within the 3-year time limit a claim may still be possible.
Can my employer treat me differently if I make a claim?
We understand that you may be reluctant to a claim against your employer. However rest assured that any claim would be dealt with by your employer’s insurers. Insurance for accidents suffered by their staff is compulsory for your employer, no matter how small their business or how few staff they employ. Plus, your employer cannot treat you any differently, nor can they dismiss you, as a result of making an accident at work claim. Your claim will help highlight a safety issue, which will help protect your co-workers from being injured in the same way.
How to start a claim for a fall at work?
Starting a claim for a fall at work is easy. Contact us on 0344 854 7000 to speak to one of our friendly advisers. Our work accident solicitors are here to help to advise and guide you through the claims process. We will carry out a free, no obligation initial assessment so that you know exactly what your options are. You can then choose whether or not to begin the claims process.