Can I Claim For Falling Down Stairs At Work?

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 24th January 2024. If you have recently been injured because you fell down the stairs at work, you may be wondering “Can I claim for falling down stairs at work?

If the accident was caused by your employer acting negligently and you were injured as a direct result of the accident, you may be eligible to claim accident compensation. For example, if your employer did not replace or repair the broken handrail when they had been made aware of it which caused you to slip and fall down the stairs, you may be owed compensation for your injuries.

If you wish to claim accident compensation for falling down stairs Advice.co.uk can help you. You could call our claims team for free claim advice or you can view this guide here accident at work claim.

If our advisors can see that you are owed compensation by your employer, our panel of knowledgeable personal injury solicitors could handle your claim for compensation. Begin your compensation claim for injuries caused by falling down the stairs today. Call us on 0161 696 9685 for your free consultation. Alternatively, use our online claims form to reach us.

Fall down stairs at work compensation claims guide

Fall down stairs at work compensation claims guide

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  1. What’s The Average Payout For A Slip And Fall In The UK?
  2. Causes Of Falling Down Stairs At Work
  3. What Is My Employer’s Duty Of Care?
  4. Evidence For Claiming After You Fell Down The Stairs At Work
  5. How To Report An Injury In The Workplace
  6. No Win No Fee Claims For Falling Down Stairs At Work
  7. More Information

What’s The Average Payout For A Slip And Fall In The UK?

There is no general or average payout for a slip and fall in the UK. Any compensation you receive would be based on how you were specifically affected by your injuries.

You could seek two types of compensation in a personal injury claim. The first is compensation for your pain and suffering which is awarded under the head of general damages.

We have included a table below that shows how compensation could be awarded in a slip and trip claim. We have taken these figures from a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines, which legal professionals use when calculating compensation in your claim.

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Injured Body Part Severity Of The Injury Notes On This Injury Compensation Settlement
Multiple Severe Injuries + Special Damages Severe Multiple injuries of a severe nature and financial losses such as lost earnings, pension contrbutions, and the cost of home adjustments. Up to £50,000+
Severe Leg Injuries Serious (iii) Prolonged treatment with an inability to bear weight for this time and extensive scarring from compound or comminuted fractures. £39,200 to £54,830
Neck Injury Moderate (i) Dislocations and fractures of the neck. £24,990 to £38,490
Thumb Injury Very serious Very serious thumb injuries where the thumb was severed at the base and then reattached but leaving it deformed and non functional. £19,600 to £35,010
Thumb Injury Moderate A thumb injury which impairs function and sensation in the thumb as well as its usage. £9,670 to £12,590
Hand Injury Less serious A crush injury which significantly impairs the hands function. £14,450 to £29,000
Hand Injury Moderate Soft tissue injury, crush injury or a penetrating wound. £5,720 to £13,280
Back Injury Moderate (ii) This might cover a very wide range of different injuries. £12,510 to £27,760
Ankle Injuries Moderate (c) Less serious disabilities from fractures and ligamentous tears. £13,740 to £26,590
Elbow Injury Moderate to minor The majority of elbow injuries will fall into this category. Up to £12,590
Toe Injury Moderate A straightforward fracture or an injury which exacerbates any pre-existing conditions. Might also include lacerations and other injuries. Up to £9,600

However, the figures we have presented are not a guarantee of what you would receive. Your award will be determined by a medical assessment of your injuries, and any other pieces of evidence you could present to show how you were affected – such as your personal testimony, or pictures of your injuries.

Please also note that the top entry of this table has not been taken from the JCG.

Special damages is another type of compensation you could seek. This is compensation for any financial losses and needs that your injuries have led to.

To give you examples, you could request compensation for:

  • Any loss of income you had suffered
  • Any monetary spending you had made towards your treatment or care
  • Your injury-related purchases, such as aids like a wheelchair

You can reach out to one of our advisers for a free compensation estimate of your slip and trip claim.

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Causes Of Falling Down Stairs At Work

Businesses and other organisations should follow the guidelines to ensure that staircases in the workplace are safe for their employees.

Here are some examples of steps that employers should take to protect their employees from falling down the stairs.

  • Maintaining handrails and bannisters and making sure they are secure. It is also important that the handrails and bannisters are put up at an appropriate height.
  • The floor should have anti-slip properties, especially the edge of the stair. Carpets with wear and tear or polished tiles can cause pedestrians to slip and fall on the stairs.
  • Similarly, carpets should be well fitted as loose carpets can cause a slipping accident.
  • Not allowing objects to be left on the escalator or stairs.
  • Ensuring that staircases are well lit. when pedestrians can’t see they can lose their footing on the stairs.
  • Marking the edges of stairs to ensure that people do not miss a step and ensuring that broken steps are repaired as soon as possible.
  • Wet floor” signs should be put up if the following occurs on the stairs: the stairs are being cleaned, there is a leak or spillage or there is ice and snow on outdoor steps. Slippery wet steps are a serious safety hazard that can cause an employee to slip and fall down the stairs.
  • Ice and snow on outdoor stairs should also be gritted.
  • Spillages and leaks should be cleaned up immediately to avoid slipping accidents on the stairs.

You can also refer to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) guidelines for keeping staircases in workplaces safe.

What Is My Employer’s Duty Of Care?

As we have mentioned your employer owes you a duty of care when you are at work. This is applied by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Part of the employer’s responsibility includes conducting regular health and safety risk assessments to identify and remove or minimise hazards.

If an employer breaches their duty of care towards you and you are injured as a result, they could be held liable for your injuries.

In order to claim compensation for falling down stairs your claim will need to prove the following:

  1. That you work or worked for your employer and were therefore owed a duty of care.
  2. That the employer breached their duty of care towards you by acting negligently.
  3. That this negligence led to an avoidable accident and you were injured as a direct result of your accident.

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Evidence For Claiming After You Fell Down The Stairs At Work

In order to make a successful compensation claim after you had a fall down the stairs at work, you will need evidence to support the case.

Collecting sufficient evidence could help prove that your employer was liable for the accident, and the severity of the injuries you suffered.

Examples of evidence that could be gathered may include:

  • Medical records that confirm the injuries you suffered due to your fall and the treatment you’ve received for them.
  • Photos of the accident scene and your injuries.
  • Any video footage (such as CCTV footage) that shows the accident that caused your injuries.
  • Contact details of any witnesses that saw the work accident.
  • A copy of the accident report from your employer’s work accident book.

If a solicitor is supporting your claim, then they should be able to assist you with gathering evidence.

Contact our advisors if you would like more advice on collecting evidence for a work accident claim. Additionally, they may connect you with a solicitor from our panel, who could help you with your case.

How To Report An Injury In The Workplace

If you have suffered an injury in the workplace because you fell down the stairs at work, it is very important that you report your injury to the correct parties.

Firstly you should inform your colleagues as others may be injured by the same hazard on the stairs. Secondly, you will need to tell your manager or supervisor.

They are responsible for ensuring that the dangerous area is closed off and the hazard is fixed as soon as possible.

If you have an injury that is reportable to the HSE under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) your workplace will be responsible for reporting this incident. We recommend you follow up with an email to your manager so your report is in writing.

Your workplace should also have an accident log book. You should report your injuries to the HR department or the person responsible for writing entries in the accident log book. Ensure the details of the accident and your injuries, date, time and place of your accident are all accurate. This will ensure that there is a record of your falling down the stairs accident in the company files.

If you are too seriously injured to report your accident at work at the time of your accident, a colleague can do this for you. Can follow up later when you have received medical treatment.

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No Win No Fee Claims For Falling Down Stairs At Work

If you’re eligible to start a personal injury claim for injuries sustained by falling down the stairs at work, a solicitor from our panel may be able to help. Our panel work on a No Win No Fee basis through a contract known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

Working with a No Win No Fee solicitor comes with many benefits. For example, they can help you gather evidence, negotiate a settlement, and discuss how much compensation you could receive if your accident at work claim succeeds, all without asking for any upfront fees for their work. Likewise, if you do not make a successful claim, your solicitor won’t take a fee for their services.

You’ll pay a success fee to your solicitor if your claim succeeds, which they will take directly from your compensation. But it’s important to note that this fee, taken as a percentage, is limited by a legal cap. This helps to make sure that you keep the larger share of your compensation.

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More Information

Below, you can find links to lots more guides on accidents at work:

  1. Accidents at work FAQ
  2. How to make an accident at work claim
  3. Finger injury at work claims
  4. Shoulder injury at work claims
  5. Building and construction site accident claims
  6. Broken finger at work claims
  7. Warehouse accident claims
  8. Eye injury at work claims
  9. How do you make a claim for a broken foot at work?

You may also find these guides helpful for learning more about health and safety in the workplace. The NHS guide looks at how to recover from a fall.