What Is The Average Compensation For A Fall At Work And When Could I Claim?

By Cat Grayson. Last Updated 10th May 2024. This guide will explore when you could be eligible to begin a personal injury claim to seek fall at work compensation and how much you could receive if your case succeeds. It will discuss the criteria that need to be met, the time limits for starting legal proceedings and the evidence you could gather to support your case. 

There are several ways a fall at work could occur and different injuries ranging in severity that could be sustained as a result. We will provide examples of fall at work accidents and injuries later in our guide.

Additionally, we will discuss the duty of care your employer owes to prevent you from experiencing harm in the workplace.

For more information about your potential accident at work claim, you can get in touch with an advisor. They can provide further guidance on anything of which you are unsure. Also, if they find you have valid grounds for seeking compensation, they might connect you with a solicitor from our panel to represent your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. To learn more, you can:

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Browse Our Guide

  1. What Is The Average Compensation For A Fall At Work?
  2. When Could You Be Owed Fall At Work Compensation?
  3. How Could Fall At Work Accidents And Injuries Occur?
  4. Evidence To Support Your Claim For Fall At Work Compensation
  5. Claiming Fall At Work Compensation With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  6. Additional Resources For Slip Trip And Fall Claims

What Is The Average Compensation For A Fall At Work?

You might be wondering how much fall at work compensation you could receive if you make a successful personal injury claim. We can’t provide an exact estimate, because all settlements are different, and rely on a number of unique circumstances. But, we can offer information on how compensation is calculated, and what it could contain.

For example, every successful fall at work claim results in general damages. This kind of compensation addresses the pain and suffering caused by your injuries, and it also covers loss of amenity. This means loss of enjoyment, for example, if you can no longer play the piano as a hobby after a hand injury.

Often, when this head of claim is calculated, those responsible will refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document provides guideline compensation brackets for different injuries, with different figures given for each severity.

Our table illustrates some of these brackets, but please note that these aren’t fixed amounts and the compensation that you could receive may differ. It’s also important to note that the first entry has not been taken from the JCG.

JCG Compensation Awards

Injury Severity Compensation BracketInjury Details
Multiple Severe Injuries And Special DamagesSevereUp to £1,000,000+Multiple severe injuries and special damages, like lost earnings and travel costs.
Head InjuryModerate (i)£181,190 to £267,340Moderate to severe intellectual deficit alongside a change in personality, effect on senses and a significant risk of epilepsy. There is also no employment prospects.
Neck InjurySevere (ii)£80,240 to £159,770Serious fractures or disc damage in the cervical spine causing disabilities that are considerable in severity.
Elbow InjuryDisabling£47,810 to £66,920An injury that causes a severe disability.
Arm InjuryLess Severe£23,430 to £47,810Significant disabilities but with a substantial degree of recovery that has either already happened or is expected to take place.
Back InjuryModerate (ii)£15,260 to £33,880Prolapsed discs that require a laminectomy or resulting in repeated relapses.
Wrist InjuryLess Severe£15,370 to £29,900There is some permanent disability from injuries, such as ongoing stiffness and pain.
Shoulder InjurySerious£15,580 to £23,430Shoulder dislocation alongside lower brachial plexus damage.
Leg InjuryLess Serious (i)£21,920 to £33,880An incomplete recovery is made from fractures or serious soft tissue injuries.
Ankle InjuryModerate £16,770 to £32,450Fractures and tears to the ligaments are included in this bracket.

What Are Special Damages?

If you are eligible for special damages, this heading will combine with general damages to form your compensation award. Special damages cover the financial losses that you experience as a result of your injuries.

For example, after falling down the stairs at work, your injuries might be so severe that you can’t work anymore. In this case, special damages could help you recover the earnings you have lost or would have lost in the future.

This heading can also help you cover the cost of:

  • Counselling, prescriptions, and medical treatments.
  • Childcare and help with housekeeping.
  • Prosthetics and mobility aids.
  • Home adjustments, such as the installation of a stairlift.
  • Travel to and from work or medical appointments.

Presenting evidence of these financial losses could help support your claim for special damages. Examples of evidence you could use include payslips, invoices and bank statements.

For more information on fall at work compensation and whether or not you could be eligible to make a claim, contact our team of advisors today.

When Could You Be Owed Fall At Work Compensation?

As per The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe their employees a duty of care. They must take reasonable and practicable steps to prevent their employees from becoming injured in the workplace. Examples of some of the steps they need to take include:

  • Performing regular risk assessments of the work environment
  • Acting on any findings from the risk assessments
  • Providing adequate health and safety training

A failure to do so is a breach of their duty of care. If this breach causes you to sustain harm, either physically or psychologically, this is negligence. If you have evidence that negligence has occurred, you could be eligible to begin a personal injury claim to seek fall at work compensation. 

What Is The Time Limit For A Workplace Accident Claim?

Generally, you have 3 years from the date of your accident to begin your personal injury claim as laid out in the Limitation Act 1980. However, there are certain exceptions that can apply to the time limit.

To discuss these exceptions, please get in touch on the number above. An advisor can provide further details on when these could apply. They can also explore whether your claim is eligible.

How Could Fall At Work Accidents And Injuries Occur?

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slips, trips and falls on the same level accounted for 30% of non-fatal injuries to employees in 2021/22. There are a variety of ways these could occur and several types of injuries that could be sustained as a result. For example:

  • You may have tripped over a loose wire that wasn’t covered up in an office. As a result, you experienced a severe head injury and elbow injury.
  • You may sustain a leg injury after a fall from a height if equipment, such as a ladder, has not been adequately maintained.
  • A wet floor may not have been cleaned up or adequately signposted in a reasonable timeframe causing you to slip and sustain a fractured arm.

Evidence To Support Your Claim For Fall At Work Compensation

It is important to be able to provide evidence to support your claim when seeking fall at work compensation as it can help to prove liability. Examples of the evidence you could gather include:

  • CCTV footage of the accident 
  • The contact information of any witnesses
  • A copy of medical records
  • Photographs of your injuries

A solicitor from our panel could assist you with gathering evidence and building your case. They can also ensure your case is presented in full within the time limit set out. An advisor can provide more information on their services if you call the number above.

Claiming Fall At Work Compensation With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

Our panel of solicitors offer their work under a type of No Win No Fee agreement. Whilst there are different kinds, the type of contract they offer is called a Conditional Fee Agreement. You can typically expect the following terms under this contract:

  • You will not have to pay for the work completed on your case by your solicitor if the claim has an unsuccessful outcome.
  • You will pay your solicitor a percentage of your compensation if the claim has a successful outcome. This is capped by The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.

For more information about how working with a solicitor on this basis could benefit your claim, please get in touch with an advisor. They could connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel if they find you have valid grounds to seek fall at work compensation. To reach them, you can:

Additional Resources For Slip Trip And Fall Claims

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Thank you for reading this guide on when you could be eligible to begin a personal injury claim to seek fall at work compensation. If you have any other questions, please get in touch using the contact details provided above.

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