If you tripped and fell because of negligence in your workplace on the part of your employer, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. As an employee, you are protected by workplace health and safety legislation.
The aim of this guide is to explain the process of making a work accident compensation claim for injuries resulting from a trip and fall accident. We will first look at the eligibility criteria to make a claim, before giving you information about how you could strengthen your claim.
We will then explain how compensation in a claim is calculated before advising you on how you could access the services of a solicitor, at no upfront cost, to help you seek compensation.
If you would prefer to speak to someone directly, we have a team of advisers that provide free consultations. They could answer any questions you have in regard to your accident and potential claim. You can contact them by:
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- I Tripped And Fell At Work – Am I Eligible To Claim?
- Examples Of An Accident At The Workplace
- How To Make A Work Injury Claim
- How Much Compensation Could I Receive If I Tripped And Fell At Work?
- Use Our Panel Of No Win No Fee Solicitors To Claim Slips Trips And Falls Compensation
- I Tripped And Fell At Work, Can I Learn More About Making A Claim?
There are three criteria that need to be met for you to be eligible to make a claim:
- You must have been in an environment where you were owed a duty of care
- This duty must have been breached
- This breach must have led to your injuries
Your employer will owe you a duty of care while you are at work. This is a responsibility to ensure your health and safety. This is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
They are expected to take all reasonable steps to ensure your safety while at work. For example, they should carry out a risk assessment and act accordingly based on the results.
Our advisers offer free claim evaluations as part of their services. You can reach out to them for a consultation or to make any enquiries about workplace injury claims.
There are a number of ways in which an accident at work could occur as a result of negligence. We have included some examples below:
- You experience burn injuries to your arms because your employer fails to provide you with non-slip shoes, which causes you to fall and land against a hot radiator.
- Your employer fails to train you in your new duties after you change job role. As a result, you attempt to carry something that is too heavy to pick up alone. This causes you to lose your balance, fall over and sustain a back injury as a result.
- The floor in your office is mopped, but the wrong cleaning solution is used, which means that the floor is very slippery even when it’s dry. As a result, you slip over and fall, suffering a broken forearm and a minor head injury.
You can reach out to one of our advisers and tell them about the circumstances of your accident for a free evaluation of your case. If they feel you have a legitimate claim, they could provide you with legal representation from our panel of solicitors to work on your claim.
Evidence can help you prove liability for your accident. For example, you could collect:
- CCTV, or other forms of recordings of your accident
- The contact details of witnesses to your accident
- Photographs, for example of the hazard that caused the accident
- A report from the accident at work book
On top of this, you may be required to present evidence of your injuries and the effects they have had. For example:
- A medical report
- Pictures of your injuries
- Records of costs or financial losses you’ve incurred
You can reach out to one of our advisers to make an enquiry as to what type of evidence could help you. You could be put in contact with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
In the event that your claim is a success, then you could receive compensation that consists of two different kinds of damages. These are general and special damages. General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering that your injuries have caused you, and special damages relate to the financial impact that you’ve experienced because of the accident in which you were injured.
An award for general damages can be based on several factors including the extent and severity of your injuries and your expected recovery time.
There are no guarantees about what you would receive, but a publication called the Judicial College Guideline (JCG) can be used to help determine this type of award. We have included a few entries from the JCG to give you a rough idea of how claims are valued.
|Neck Injury: Severe (iii)
|Fractures or dislocations that leave a permanent disability
|Neck Injury: Moderate (i)
|A dislocation or fracture that will cause an impairment and chronic pain
|Ankle Injuries: Severe
|Injuries requiring a lengthy period of treatment
|£31,310 to £50,060
|Ankle Injuries: Moderate
|A fracture or ligament tear that will lead to long term mobility problems
|£13,740 to £26,590
|Knee Injury: Serious (iii)
|A fracture extending to the knee that will cause long term problems with movement
|£26,190 to £43,460
|Knee Injury: Moderate (i)
|A dislocation or cartilage tear that will cause a minor disability
|£14,840 to £26,190
|Back Injury: Moderate (ii)
|A disturbing of ligaments that will lead to long term backache
|£27,760 to £38,780
|Damage To Teeth: (i)
|Loss of, or damage to several front teeth
|Up to £38,130
|Jaw Fracture: (ii)
|Serious fractures causing permanent impairment
|£17,960 to £30,490
|Ankle Injuries: Modest
|A sprain or undisplaced fracture
|Up to £13,740
Claiming Special Damages After Slips And Trips In The Workplace
Special damages aim to return you to the financial position you were in before the incident happened. For example, this head of claim could cover:
- Any income you have lost out on
- Money you have spent on your treatment or care
- The cost of aids you need to help you cope with your injury
You can reach out to an adviser for more information about how fall at work settlements are calculated and to receive a free estimate for your claim.
If you can present a valid claim for your injuries, you may be eligible to work with a No Win No Fee solicitor. This can be beneficial to you as it generally means:
- You would not have to pay any upfront fee
- You would not owe any ongoing fees
- There would not be any requirement for you to pay them for the work they’ve done if you’re not awarded compensation
Our panel of personal injury solicitors work under these agreements. You can make a free enquiry by using our contact information to discuss your accident and learn more about how a solicitor could help you make a personal injury claim against your employer.
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We hope that our guide has been insightful. We offer guides on other topics too, such as:
- Health and Safety Executive: Guide To Worker’s Health & Safety
- GOV: Guide To Accessing Sick Pay
- NHS: Guide To Accessing Your Medical Records
If you tripped and fell at work and you would like to know if you have a valid claim, speak with a member of our team today.
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