Can I Claim For Falling Down Stairs At Work?

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.

Fall down stairs at work compensation claims guide

Fall down stairs at work compensation claims guide

If you wish to claim accident compensation for falling down stairs 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.

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A Guide On If You Can Claim For Falling Down Stairs At Work

When you are at work, your employer owes you a duty of care. This means that if you are injured because of a health or safety hazard at work you could potentially claim personal injury compensation for your injuries. Can you sue for falling down stairs at work? If the accident was caused because your employer breached their duty of care towards you and your injuries happened as a direct result of the accident you could be able to claim compensation.

In this guide to claiming compensation if you fell down from the stairs we will answer questions you may have about these types of accidents, including, what are some common injuries from falling down stairs?, and how to recover from a fall down the stairs? We will also explain how to begin your claim, your compensation payout and look at the benefits of No Win No Fee solicitors.

To begin your compensation claim, fill out our online accident claims form or call us today and ask an advisor, “Can I claim for falling down stairs at work?”.

Our advisors will be happy to speak with you in-depth about your claim and can offer you free legal advice about claiming compensation for an accident at work. If we can see that you are eligible to claim compensation you could be connected to a solicitor As an alternative keep on reading this guide to learn more on the subject.

Calculating Compensation For Falling Down The Stairs At Work

It is very difficult to put an exact figure on to any compensation claim without assessing all the evidence. In the meantime, you can use the table below to estimate how much general damages compensation for falling down stairs you could be owed for your injuries.

Injured Body PartSeverity Of The InjuryNotes On This InjuryCompensation Settlement
Hand InjurySeriousInjuries to the hand where several fingers were amputated and reattached and where the use of the hand is less than 50%.£27,220 to £58,100
Hand InjuryLess seriousA crush injury which significantly impairs the hands function.£13,570 to £27,220
Hand InjuryModerateSoft tissue injury, crush injury or a penetrating wound. £5,260 to £12,460
Finger InjuryAmputation of Index and Middle and/or Ring FingersThe amputation of these fingers.£58,100 to £85,170
Thumb InjuryVery seriousVery serious thumb injuries where the thumb was severed at the base and then reattached but leaving it deformed and non functional.£18,390 to £32,850
Thumb InjuryModerateA thumb injury which impairs function and sensation in the thumb as well as its usage.£9,080 to £11,820
Neck InjuryModerate (i)Dislocations and fractures of the neck.£23,460 to £36,120
Back InjuryModerate (ii)This might cover a very wide range of different injuries.£26,050 to £36,390
Toe InjuryModerateA straightforward fracture or an injury which exacerbates any pre-existing conditions. Might also include lacerations and other injuries.Up to £9,010
Elbow InjuryModerate to minorThe majority of elbow injuries will fall into this category.Up to £11,820

There are two Heads of Loss to be considered when making a personal injury claim; general damages and special damages. General damages as you can see are paid for the pain and suffering the injuries caused. The figures in the table above are from the Judicial College  Guidelines. This publication is used when valuing injuries. Special damages as you will see below are compensation for losses and costs caused by the injuries. The compensation amounts in this table include general damages only and do not include special damages.

Types Of Damages You Could Be Compensated For

If your accident at work compensation claim is successful your compensation payout will include these two heads of claim; general damages and special damages. Let’s look at what these include in more detail.

General Damages

Your general damages compensation payout will include funds to compensate you for the loss of amenity, suffering and pain caused by your injuries.

Special Damages

Claimants are paid special damages to reimburse them for any expenses incurred due to their injuries. Claimants can claim to be reimbursed for the following if needed:

  • Medical expenses
  • Care expenses
  • Travel expenses
  • Mobility equipment expenses
  • Home adaptation expenses
  • Reimbursement for loss of income.

To learn more about making a claim for injuries at work compensation, call us today for free legal advice.

What Is A Falling Down The Stairs Accident?

A falling down the stairs accident is an accident where a person falls down a flight of stairs. Falling down the stairs accidents can happen in all sorts of workplaces including shops, office buildings, warehouses and factories. Unfortunately according to the Health and Safety Executive HSE, falls from a height which includes falling down the stairs accounted for 8% of workplace accidents causing non-fatal injuries in 2019/20.

What are common injuries from falling down stairs? Falling down the stairs can cause minor injuries such as cuts, sprains and strains. Falling down stairs can also cause serious injuries such as broken or fractured bones and traumatic head injuries. Tragically some falling down stairs accidents could be fatal.

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.
  • 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.

Identifying Risk Factors In The Workplace

By law, employers are supposed to provide their employees with a working environment that is safe and hygienic as practically as possible. Employers may do the following to adhere to health and safety; carry out regular risk assessments to identify possible health and safety hazards (things which can cause a workplace accident). If a hazard is identified the workplace should apply control measures to remove or minimise the risk.

Similarly, if an employee reports a health and safety hazard the workplace should take the appropriate steps to remove or fix the hazard right away. For example, a cracked floor tile is a trip hazard. If an employee reports a spillage, the area should be cordoned off or wet signs erected until a time the spillage can be cleared up.

Conduct regular risks assessments on flights of stairs at their premises can be important to spot potential damages. If an employee or another stakeholder reports an unsafe condition on the stairs the hazard should be seen to right away. If an employer does not protect their employees from a safety hazard they are aware of on the stairs and an accident occurs injuring an employee, the employer could be held liable for the worker’s injuries.

Types Of Injuries Which Falling Down The Stairs At Work Could Cause

The people who may ask “Can I claim for falling down stairs at work?” could have suffered a range of injuries. Sometimes if a person falls down the stairs they suffer minor injuries such as surface-level cuts. Other times, they suffer more serious injuries such as a spinal injury or head injury.

Here are some common injuries from falling down stairs:

  1. Head injuries. Head injuries can range from minor injuries such as a mild concussion to a serious head injury or severe brain damage.
  2. Back injuries. Again a back injury could mean a minor soft tissue injury or could be a severe injury such as a slipped disc.
  3. Neck injuries including whiplash.
  4. Broken or fractured bones.
  5. Cuts and bruises. A deep cut can become infected or cause severe bleeding.
  6. Soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains.

We are not medical experts so cannot comment on medical conditions. However, we can help assess any personal injury claim to see if it may result in compensation being awarded.

We recommend that you seek the appropriate medical treatment for your injuries, firstly for your own health and safety but secondly to receive a diagnosis. This means that your medical records can be used as evidence to support your compensation claim.

This NHS guide has more information about what to do if you suffer a fall.

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.

If you have chosen to use a solicitor to represent your case they will collect employment records, medical records and other pieces of evidence such as CCTV footage to support your injury at work compensation claim. You can also gather evidence by taking photographs of the hazard on the stairs that caused your accident or your injuries and collecting the contact details of anyone who saw your accident so they can make a statement on your behalf later. Collecting as much evidence as possible will help you prove that your employer is liable for your injuries.

Anxiety about claiming compensation

Many people who ask us “Can I claim for falling down stairs at work?”, are anxious that claiming compensation from their employer can cause tensions. Some people even ask us “Can I be fired for having an accident at work?”. Firstly, your employer will be insured and the compensation payout will be paid via an insurance company not directly by your employer. Claiming shouldn’t create any tensions for you at work. Secondly, if your employer fired you for making a claim this is unfair dismissal. You would be entitled to take your employer to a tribunal.

To begin your compensation claim for injuries caused because you fell down from the stairs at work call today for your free consultation. If we can see that you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation we can provide you with free legal advice. Then you could be connected to a specialist accident at work solicitor. If they take your case on it will be on a No Win No Fee basis.

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.

No Win No Fee Claims For Falling Down Stairs At Work

If you have been injured at work because you fell down the stairs, you may be owed compensation. If you are worried about paying legal fees upfront it may be a good idea to use a No Win No Fee solicitor. Also, if the claim is not successful, the claimant will not be charged by their solicitor. This is formalised in the Conditional Fee Agreement that the claimant will sign.

What are the advantages of No Win No Fee solicitors?

  1. You will only have to pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your claim. This greatly reduces the financial risk involved for you.
  2. You don’t need to worry about finding the funds upfront to pay for your solicitor. The fee will be deducted from your compensation package.

For free legal advice about making a claim using a No Win No Fee solicitor, call us today for your free accident at work compensation claims consultation.

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We hope this guide has answered the question, “Can I claim for falling down stairs at work?” If you believe you are owed compensation for falling down stairs, contact using the details below.

More Information

If you would like to know more about making an accident at work claim for compensation, you may find the advice in these guides helpful.

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.

An NHS Guide to Falls

An HSE Guide to RIDDOR Reportable Incidents

An HSE Guide To Reducing the Risk of Falls on Stairs

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