How are slip and fall at work settlements calculated in a personal injury claim for an accident at work? Perhaps you slipped or tripped in an accident at work and you want to make a claim against your employer? If you need to understand how settlement damages for your injuries can be valued, this guide can help.
Throughout this guide, there are highlighted links that offer further help and advice as you read. Or you can get in touch with our team at any point. They can offer expert guidance and help as you start to think about compensation for your injuries. Simply:
- Call our team on 0161 696 9685
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Importantly, anyone is free to represent themselves after a slip, trip, or fall at work that left them with injuries. But the tailor-made service that a solicitor from our panel can offer will ensure you receive expert advice and support throughout the claiming process. Their help can ensure you are awarded exactly the right settlement amount you are owed.
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Who sets a value on the amount of compensation you may receive? How are either physical or psychological injuries calculated? When trying to arrive at an accurate monetary amount of compensation to ask for, it’s usual to start with two types of damages called ‘general’ and ‘special’.
Our chart below shows how general damages for slip and fall at work settlements can be worked out using medical proof. This is because general damages will compensate for the pain and suffering the injury or illness has caused you. Also, out-of-pocket expenses may be owed back to you under special damages if you can prove these losses are directly connected to the injury.
When you present the right medical or financial proof to show how the injuries impacted you, it’s possible to be much more accurate with the slip and fall at work settlements awarded to you. As you can only make a personal injury claim once, it’s vital to include every cost implication to you both now and any that may arise in the future.
Obviously, each workplace may present its own particular type of hazard and each setting should apply health and safety laws as appropriate. If a company fails to apply stringent health and safety regulations, it can be possible to slip, trip, or fall for a variety of different reasons. Some typical examples may include:
- If you slipped on a wet floor
- Or tripped on broken or loose floor tiles
- Losing your footing on poorly-fitted carpets or flooring can cause injury
- As can instability caused by damaged handrails
- Stumbling on uneven or unmarked floors and stair heights can be a risk
- Or if you slipped on ice at work
To make a successful personal injury claim and get the slip and fall at work settlement you may be entitled to, the most important factor is showing how your employer was in breach of their common duty of care to you to prevent hazards like these.
Slip and Fall Accident Statistics
How common are accidents in the workplace that lead to injury? Each year, statistics are produced through the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and reporting law RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) that give an idea of how common non-fatal slips, trips, and falls are compared to other injuries, as our chart below shows:
Slips and trips accounted for 33% of reported injuries, nearly double the next injury type.
All UK workplaces must comply with a law called the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974. This law requires employers to safeguard and protect the health and wellbeing of employees as much as is reasonably practicable at work.
There is a wide swathe of duties they must comply with to do this. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) details this for employers. Duties include good workplace site maintenance, clear instruction, proper footwear (if required), and health and safety training,
Furthermore, the Health and Safety Executive provides specific information about the causes of slips or falls and how to prevent them. It looks at best practices for housekeeping cleaning routines and types of appropriate floor surfaces, as well as correct footwear and the use of clear signage.
When it comes to calculating slip or fall at work settlements amount an independent medical assessment that a solicitor could arrange for you in your local area may be used. This is to assess the full extent of your injuries. This will form part of the evidence needed to be able to calculate the general damages head of your claim if it is successful,
The results of this exam can go into a report that is accepted as evidence in your claim. It can also be a way of assessing the value of your injuries when compared to guidelines in the Judicial College Guidelines. The chart below shows some amount brackets from this guidance:
|Area of injury||To what severity?||JC Guideline compensation bracket||Supporting notes|
|Head||(c) Moderate brain damage (i)||£140,870 to £205,580||Awards like this reflect a significant risk of epilepsy.
Also intellectual deficit is moderate to severe, a change in personality, sight, speech and senses affected.
|Head||(e) Minor||£2,070 to £11,980||Amounts for the severity of initial injury and recovery period|
|Neck||(a) Severe (i)||In the region of|
|Injuries that cause incomplete paraplegia, or prolonged loss of movement in the neck.|
|Neck||(c) Minor||Up to £7,410||A full recovery within 3 - 24 months|
|Back||(a) Severe (i)||£85,470 to £151,070||The most severe injuries that lead to root nerve and spinal damage creating permanent and profound mobility issues|
|Back||(c) Minor (i)||£7,410 to £11,730||A full recovery within 2 - 5 years or 'nuisance level' remaining issues|
|Pelvis||(a) Severe (i)||£73,580 to £122,860||Ruptured bladder, dislocated back joint causing intolerable pain and requiring spinal fusion|
|Knee||(b) Moderate (i)||£13,920 to £24,580||Wasting, torn cartilage, weakness and future disability|
|Ankle||(d) Modest||Up to £12,900||Undisplaced fractures and other common sprains or ligament tears|
|Foot||(f) Moderate||£12,900 to £23,460||Displaced fractures causing permanent symptoms and possible need for surgery|
Please note: these are guideline award bracket figures, not guaranteed slip and fall at work settlements.
As mentioned, as well as general damages for your loss of amenity and pain or suffering caused by the injuries, if you can present bills or receipts that show a loss of money attached to the injury you can also claim special damages.
For example, you may have needed to pay for extensive medical treatments or adaptations to your home after the injury? Or you might have suffered a loss of earnings or need help with childcare? Slip and fall at work settlement amounts can include any cost that is directly related to your injuries. So, speak with our advisors to see what other expenses you could claim for.
Negotiating your slip and fall at work settlement will require you (or a solicitor acting on your behalf) to complete various pre-action protocols. These demonstrate to the court that both sides were keen to reach a satisfactory conclusion without needing to come to court.
This exchange of information is a chance to communicate with your employer in a meaningful way about the accident. It gives both sides a chance to carefully consider what happened in a structured and timetabled way. They can then agree on any slip and fall at work settlements that are fair and appropriate.
Arbitration and Mediation
These are two such pre-action protocol options. Arbitration is when a third party can decide the conclusion of the case. Mediation is a ‘without prejudice’ resolution.
After a brief initial consultation with our team, we could connect you with a member of our panel of personal injury experts. They could take up your claim on a No Win No Fee basis meaning:
- You don’t have to pay an upfront fee to them
- Or any as the case moves forward
- Should your slip and fall at work claim fail for some reason, there is nothing to pay your solicitor for their service under an agreement like this
- A successful outcome requires a maximum 25% amount to be deducted as their fee. This comes from your slip and fall at work settlements amount.
- Also, this can be done well within the three-year time limit for starting an accident at work claim.
Get in touch to see how slip and fall at work settlements can be valued today by:
- Speaking with our team on 0161 696 9685
- Or fill out the online ‘call back‘ request
- Alternatively, you can use the ‘live support’ option below
Slip and Fall At Work Settlements – References and Resources
- Learn more about compensation claims for a back injury at work
- Information on whether you can make an accident at work claim as an agency work?
- Some FAQ’s on how to prove a slip and fall case
- Read more about preventing slips and trips at work
- In addition to this, advice on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
- Lastly, further statistics on workplace accidents
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