How To Claim For Injuries Caused By Falling Down The Stairs And What Compensation Could You Receive?

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 26th March 2024. Has falling down the stairs caused you to sustain an injury? Are you wondering whether you are able to file a personal injury claim? This article will help guide you through the common causes of falling down a set of stairs, the types of injuries you could suffer, who may be liable for your injury and how much compensation you could be eligible to receive.

Injured person lying on the floor after falling down stairs

Falling down a set of stairs can be a harrowing experience and suffering an injury can be an unsettling feeling. The types of injuries you could receive from such an accident can range from minor to major changes to your quality of life. It can impact your physical activities, mental health and even your ability to work in your current employment.

Contact our advisors today if you want to make a claim for injuries caused by falling the down stairs, they can determine whether you have a valid claim and could pass it to a No Win No Fee solicitor. They will be able to provide you with guidance and can help begin the claiming process. You can get in touch with our advisors by:

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  1. Staircase Accidents Explained And How To Claim For Injuries Caused By Falling Down The Stairs
  2. Time Limit For Claiming After Falling Down Stairs
  3. Common Causes Of Falling Down Stairs
  4. Types Of Injury You Could Suffer
  5. Evidence For Claiming After You Fell Down Stairs
  6. Average Payout For A Slip And Fall In The UK
  7. How To Claim For Injuries Caused By Falling Down The Stairs With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

Staircase Accidents Explained And How To Claim For Injuries Caused By Falling Down The Stairs

Different types of accidents can happen on stairs. These accidents can happen anywhere there is a set of stairs, this includes at work, in public, while in restaurants or hotels. Many places have a set of stairs that are used frequently by employees or members of the public. However, to make a claim you need to prove a third party owed you a duty of care, that they subsequently breached, and this negligence caused your injury.

There are 4 main areas where you are owed a duty of care:

  1. A duty of care refers to an employer’s responsibility to provide a reasonably safe working environment for their employees. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 this outlines the practicable steps an employer can take under their duty of care to provide their employees with a safe and healthy workplace. When employers fail to provide a duty of care causing you to sustain an injury you may be able to claim. If you fall down the stairs at work because your employer was negligent about general housekeeping, such as obstructions or wet floors at work you may be eligible to claim for any injuries and financial losses caused.
  2. Through the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code road users owe each other a duty of care not to cause avoidable accidents.
  3. In medical settings, such as hospitals, GP’s, dentists and pharmacies, patients are owed a duty of care by medically trained professional not to cause harm that could be avoided.
  4. And lastly, those who are in control of places the public can visit owe those that frequent these places a duty of care applied by the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.

As fallen down the stair accidents are more likely to happen at work or public places we have chosen to use these as the two main examples for this article.

Time Limit For Claiming After Falling Down Stairs

As established by the Limitation Act 1980, there is a three-year time limit for starting a personal injury claim. This normally starts from the date your injury occurred.

This time limit can work differently under some circumstances. If a child has been injured by a fall involving stairs, then the time limit for starting a claim will be put on hold until they turn 18. A litigation friend could start a claim on the child’s behalf before they reach that age. Otherwise, they will have three years to make their own personal injury claim starting from the date of their 18th birthday.

If the injured party lacks the mental capacity to start a personal injury claim, then the time limit will be frozen indefinitely. A litigation friend could start a claim on behalf of the injured person while the time limit remains frozen. If, however, the person later regains their mental capacity and a claim hasn’t been made, then they will have three years to begin their claim from the day of recovery.

If you have any questions such as “I slipped and fell down the stairs, am I eligible to claim?” contact our advisors for free today either online or by calling us.

Common Causes Of Falling Down Stairs

Employers and those occupiers of public settings should follow the guidelines established by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) surrounding stair safety, ensuring they keep their employees and members of the public adequately safe. To ensure safety on a set of stairs is achieved ensure the area is:

  • Well lit
  • Have handrails that are well-secured and at appropriate heights 
  • Edges should be clearly marked
  • Have good slip resistance, particularly on the leading edges as loose carpet and tiles can cause trips.  
  • Free from obstacles, obstructions and other trip hazards

It’s also important that any reported broken steps are repaired within an adequate timeframe.

Types Of Injury You Could Suffer

Falling down stairs can result in a variety of injuries ranging from minor, like surface abrasions and cuts, to major, fractures and dislocations. You could suffer the following injuries after falling down a set of stairs:

  • Head injuries – Concussions.
  • Back injuries – Soft tissue injuries or damage to the discs.
  • Knee injuries – Skin scrapes to dislocations.
  • Wrist injuries – Soft tissue injuries to sprains.
  • Neck injuries – Whiplash injuries to possible fractures.

However, if you have been injured due to an accident then ensure to get medical advice. Our advisors can help assess the possible slip, trip and fall compensation you could potentially receive.

Wooden stairs inside a building

Evidence For Claiming After You Fell Down Stairs

If you’re asking: “I slipped and fell down the stairs, do I need evidence to start a claim?”, then the answer is yes. You’ll need to provide confirmation of your injuries from the accident and proof that another party breached a duty of care they owed you.

Examples of evidence may include:

  • Medical records that confirm the injuries you suffered after your fall and the treatment you’ve received for them.
  • Video footage of the incident that caused your injuries, such as CCTV footage.
  • Photographs of the accident scene plus any visible injuries you suffered due to the accident.
  • The contact details of any witnesses who can provide a statement about your accident.
  • If your accident happened at work, then a copy of the report from the work accident book could also serve as evidence.

If a personal injury solicitor is helping with your claim, then they can assist with gathering evidence.

Contact our advisors today to learn more about gathering evidence for your potential claim. They could also speak to you about other steps of the claiming process and they could possibly connect you with a solicitor on our panel if they determine you have a valid case.

Average Payout For A Slip And Fall In The UK

Compensation for successful claims for a fall or trip could include general and special damages. General damages compensate you for your injury from falling down the stairs. This includes the pain and suffering your injury has caused you, as well as how it has impacted your quality of life.

Below, we have created a table to help you gain a clearer idea of how much you could receive in compensation for your injury. We have used the compensation figures listed in the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) when creating this table. The JCG is a document that outlines compensation brackets for different injuries. It is also used by many legal professionals when valuing claims. However, the figures shown are not a guarantee.

We cannot provide an average payout for a slip and fall in the UK. This is because the specific factors of your claim could affect how much compensation you receive.

InjuryNotesCompensation
Multiple serious injuries and special damagesIf you are claiming for several serious injuries after falling down stairs, then your payout may cover all of these as well as any special damages which are relevant to the case, such as loss of earnings.Up to £500,000+
Moderately Severe Brain Damage (b) The level of award is affected by ability to communicate, life expectancy, dependence on others and risk of epilepsy.£219,070 to £282,010
Severe neck injuries (iii)Fractures or dislocations or severe soft tissue damage and/or tendon ruptures lead to a notable permanent disability. The level awarded depends on symptom amelioration, prognosis and extent of treatment. £45,470 to £55,990
Hand injury (f)Severe fracture of fingers that may lead to partial amputation and may impair the hand's grip.Up to £36,740
Moderate ankle injury (c)Fractures, ligament tears leading to difficulty walking on uneven ground, difficulty with prolonged standing or walking, awkwardness on stairs, metal plate irritation and scarring.£13,740 to £26,590
Moderate knee injury (i)Dislocation, torn cartilage or meniscus with minor instability, weakness, wasting and or mild disability in the future. £14,840 to £26,190
Arm injury (d)Simple fractures to the forearm. £6,610 to £19,200
Minor Achilles tendon injuries (d)Turning of the ankle causing tendon damage and feeling unsure of ankle support. £7,270 to £12,590
Wrist injury (d)Complete fracture or soft tissue injury recovery takes longer than 1 year.£6,080 to £10,350

Special damages compensate you for the financial losses you have accrued due to your injury. This could include:

  • Loss of earnings, both past and future.
  • Travel expenses to medical appointments.
  • Home adaptations to cope with your injuries.

To help support your claim for special damages, you should provide evidence of your financial losses. This could be your payslips, receipts and invoices.

Contact one of our advisors today if you would like more information on how to start a personal injury claim.

How To Claim For Injuries Caused By Falling Down The Stairs With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

Contact our advisors If you want to start your claim today. They can help determine whether your case has a chance and they may pass it to a No Win No Fee solicitor.

A No Win No Fee agreement, otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement, is very beneficial when hiring a legal representative for your personal injury claim. Your lawyer requires no immediate cost and if your claim fails then you will have to pay nothing to your solicitor for their service. 

If your claim succeeds, your lawyer will take a small, legally-capped percentage of your compensation as their success fee to cover their fees. If you want to start a claim today, please get in touch with our advisors by:

References

Please see our other helpful articles about claiming personal injury compensation:

Will Claiming Against My Employer Create Problems?

Advice On Claiming On Behalf Of Someone Else

Advice For Claiming Compensation With A Pre-Existing Condition

Or, the informative links below: 

NHS- Falls

HSE – Accidents and Investigations

Can you receive Statutory Sick Pay?

Contact our advisors for more information about claiming for injuries caused by falling down the stairs.