A Guide To Slip And Fall Work Accident Claims – How To Get Compensation For A Slip Accident At Work?

Some of the most common accidents in the UK involve a slip, trip or fall of some kind and more often than not, they happen in the workplace. Slip and fall work accidents can result in many different types of injuries, ranging from minor to severe, depending on the circumstances.

Slip and fall accidents in the workplace are sometimes just an unfortunate event, but quite often they are due to someone’s carelessness or negligence. In cases such as these, the victim may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation against those liable for the accident.

If you have sustained an injury because of a slip and fall work accident that wasn’t your fault, and you would like to find out more about how to make a claim, contact us at Advice.co.uk for further help and guidance.

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A guide to slip and fall work accident claims

Slip and fall accident at work claims guide

Slip and fall accident at work claims guide

Making a slip and fall work accident claim can be a complex process, so having the correct information to hand is crucial for the best chance of success. This guide has been created to help any potential claimants understand the procedure of making a claim, what it involves and the best steps to take to build a strong case.

Below, we’ll explore what an employer’s duty of care is, common causes of workplace accidents, common injuries from slip, trip and fall accidents, how much compensation you may receive, what you can include in your claim, how long it takes for a slip and fall case to conclude, the benefits of No Win, No Fee claims, and much more. Once you have read through this guide you should feel better equipped to make a start on your personal injury claim. Claiming compensation doesn’t change the fact that you have been injured, but it gives you a chance to receive the funds you may need to assist you financially and better help your recovery and so it is really important to try to win the maximum amount you can.

After reading through the guide, it can be helpful to speak with a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in slip and fall accidents workers compensation claims. They can help you further and may offer to pursue your claim on your behalf. Advice.co.uk work with a specialist panel of personal injury solicitors and can put you in touch with someone who specialises in slip and fall work accident claims.

What are slip and fall work accidents?

Slip and fall at work accidents are the most common types of accidents to happen in the workplace, according to the latest figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Fortunately, the majority of slip and fall work accidents result in minor injuries, but sometimes they can lead to more serious ones that can have dire consequences for the victim. Musculoskeletal injuries, such strains or sprains, are fairly common with these accidents, as well as cuts and bruising. Fractures and dislocation injuries are also quite common after a slip and fall work accident.

After sustaining an injury at work due to a slip and fall accident that occurred because of someone else’s carelessness, mistake or negligence, compensation could be sought to help financially with the recovery. Call us today on the number at the top of this page to find out more.

How much compensation do you get for slips and falls at work?

Slip and fall compensation amounts will be different for every individual case and so it would be difficult to accurately predict the amount you would receive at this stage. There are a number of factors that determine the value of a case, which we go into later on in the guide, but one of the most influential factors is the injury type and its severity. In the table below, we have provided examples of the average amounts awarded for certain injuries that may be experienced in a slip and fall work accident. These figures have been taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, a legal publication used by solicitors and the courts to value claims.

What Injury?How Severe?Typical PaymentNotes
Back injurySevere£85,470 to £151,070Cases of the most severe injury involving damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots, leading to a combination of serious consequences not normally found in cases of back injury. There will be severe pain and disability with a combination of incomplete paralysis and significantly impaired bladder, bowel, and sexual function.
Neck injuryMinorUp to £2,300Recovery within 3 months.
Toe injuryModerate Toe InjuriesUp to £9,010These injuries include relatively straightforward fractures or the exacerbation of a pre-existing degenerative condition or laceration injuries to one or more toes.
Ankle injuryModerate£12,900 to £24,950Fractures, ligamentous tears and the like which give rise to less serious disabilities such as difficulty in walking on uneven ground, difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time, awkwardness on stairs, irritation from metal plates, and residual scarring There may also be a risk of future osteoarthritis.
Foot injuryModestUp to £12,900Simple metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments, puncture wounds and the like.
Leg injuryLess Serious £16,860 to £26,050In the case of fracture injuries, the injured person will have made a reasonable recovery but will be left with a metal implant and/or defective gait, a limp, impaired mobility, sensory loss, discomfort or an exacerbation of a pre-existing disability.
Hand injuryModerate£5,260 to £12,460Crush injuries, penetrating wounds, soft tissue type and deep lacerations.
Wrist injuryMinorIn the region of £6,970An uncomplicated Colles' fracture.
Arm injuryMinor£6,190 to £18,020Simple fracture of the forearm.
Finger injuryFracture of Index Finger£8,550 to £11,480This level is appropriate where a fracture has mended quickly but grip has remained impaired, there is pain on heavy use, and osteoarthritis is likely in due course.
Thumb injuryLoss of Thumb£33,330 to £51,460Loss of Thumb

If you would like a valuation more specific to your unique circumstances, call us on the number above and we will try to assist you as best as we can.

How we calculate damages for slip and fall work accident claims

If you’re awarded a settlement package, you may find it consists of two heads of claim: general damages and special damages. 

General damages are designed to compensate you for the pain and suffering experienced as a result of the injury and encapsulate the likes of the amount and type of treatment needed, and the length of time it is needed for. The claimant’s future prognosis in regards to the injury is also taken into account and any psychological trauma resulting from the injury and any negative impact on the claimant’s quality of life is also considered.

Special damages are intended to compensate the claimant for any financial losses or expenses incurred as a result of the injury. Examples of the types of things you can recover include:

  • Medical Expenses – Any medical expenses incurred directly because of the injury can be included. For example, any treatments, private medical care or procedures, prescription fees, required medical equipment and so on.
  • Travel Expenses – If you’ve had to travel to hospital appointments, for example, you can factor in the cost of travelling to and from. If you have had to alter your vehicle or buy a special vehicle to accommodate any disability caused by your injury, this could be included too.
  • Lost Income – Any income that you have lost, or future income that will be lost could be included.
  • Care Claim – If you have needed help at the home because of your injury, a care claim can be factored in too.

It is important to keep hold of any receipts for expenses incurred as a direct result of your slip and fall work accident injury as, without proof, it is unlikely that you will be able to reclaim these in your compensation claim.

Employer’s duty of care to prevent slips and falls

Employers have a legal responsibility to provide their employees with a safe working environment. This duty of care, as well as others, is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992, and The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

Employers must ensure that appropriate health and safety policies and procedures are in place for all areas of a workplace and that staff are adequately trained on such procedures. Employers must also ensure that correct personal protective equipment (PPE) is available and given to staff when and where necessary. Risk assessments must also be conducted, as well as regular maintenance inspections of equipment and machinery to identify any faults. Should faults be identified, repairs ought to be made within a reasonable timeframe, or if the risk of harm is great enough, the equipment or machinery should be removed from use. Failure to comply with health and safety regulations could result in employers being deemed liable in the event of an accident.

Some industries, particularly the construction industry, have their own specific separate health and safety regulations, such as the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

If you have suffered an injury from a slip and fall work accident, and you believe it was because of your employer’s negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact us today for more information and support on such issues.

Employee’s duty of care to prevent slips and falls

It’s not just employers who have a duty of care to their workers, employees also have a duty of care to their co-workers to follow health and safety policies and procedures.

Employees should always be aware of their surroundings and make sure not to leave items lying around or ignore anything that could be hazardous. By all employees keeping to the set rules and regulations and generally using common sense, the likelihood of an accident occurring will be much lower.

Common causes of slips and falls in the workplace

There are numerous reasons as to why a slip and fall at work accident may occur. It’s therefore important that employers ensure that effective and appropriate health and safety policies and procedures are in place and followed. Some of the more common causes of fall at work accidents include:

  • Unsuitable or poorly maintained floor coverings
  • Floor coverings that are uneven or damaged
  • Electrical cables left trailing over the floor
  • Poor lighting
  • Spillages and contaminated floor surfaces causing a slip hazard
  • Poor housekeeping and untidiness

Unfortunately, despite being careful and aware of your surroundings, if health and safety policies and procedures are not in place or not being followed correctly, the chance of you being injured in an accident.

Common injuries from slip and fall work accidents

There are numerous reasons as to why a slip and fall at work accident may occur. It’s therefore important that employers ensure that effective and appropriate health and safety policies and procedures are in place and followed. Some of the more common causes of fall at work accidents include:

  • Unsuitable or poorly maintained floor coverings
  • Floor coverings that are uneven or damaged
  • Electrical cables left trailing over the floor
  • Poor lighting
  • Spillages and contaminated floor surfaces causing a slip hazard
  • Poor housekeeping and untidiness

Unfortunately, despite being careful and aware of your surroundings, if health and safety policies and procedures are not in place or not being followed correctly, the chance of you being injured in an accident.

Broken bone slip and fall work accident claims

When pressure on a bone exceeds that which it can cope with, the bone could break. Such injuries can be sustained in falls. The areas of the body more likely to suffer a broken bone due to a slip and fall work accident are the hip, ankle and wrist.

Even though an older person is more likely to break a bone, from a legal point of view, it doesn’t matter how old you are when you fall. If your injury was someone else’s fault, you have the same legal rights to claim compensation for your pain and suffering and to help you financially whilst you recover.

Sprained wrist or ankle work accident claims

When we fall, we often step awkwardly in an attempt to correct ourselves, but this can often then result in an injury such as a sprain to our ankle. Similarly, we put our hands out to cushion a fall, but this can place pressure on the wrist joint, often leading to a sprain. Sprains occur due to ligaments being torn when under stress and can take a long time to heal due to the fact that ligaments do not receive a lot of blood to them.

Although sprains may not seem like a serious type of injury, when they occur to the wrist or ankle, they can be very debilitating for the sufferer. Simple everyday tasks such as cooking, driving, typing or buttoning a shirt up can all be hindered, which can interfere with a person’s lifestyle and working life tremendously.

Knee injury accidents at work

A slip and fall accident could lead to you falling hard onto your knees, or twisting the joint when falling. The knee is a complex joint made of different bones and ligaments. Knee damage may come in the form of severe bruising, torn ligaments and dislocation of the patella (knee cap) for example. In severe cases, knee surgery is sometimes needed to correct the damage as best as possible. The healing time can be long due to the position of the joint and the complexity of it, depending on the injury sustained.

Spinal injuries from a slip or fall at work

Spinal injury from fall at work

Spinal injury from fall at work

Damage to the spine can have devastating consequences. The spinal column also houses the majority of the important nerves within the body. If the spine becomes damaged through a slip and fall work accident, nerves could be damaged too, either by the direct trauma of the fall, through being cut or due to overstretching with force. Nerve damage can heal given the right treatment, but if the injury is severe, the effects could be permanent.

Head injuries from slips at work

Head injuries can be caused by a slip and fall accident. Even if the head doesn’t hit the ground, if the head is jolted, this can be enough to result in an injury to the brain. If someone suffers a head or brain injury, the consequences can be serious, especially if treatment is not sought as soon as possible. Sometimes during a traumatic brain injury, the symptoms do not appear immediately and so it is always best to get checked by a medical professional if you have hit your head or been jolted with force.

Sometimes people who have suffered a head injury do not realise how serious the injury is, and if left untreated, secondary injuries may occur which can often be worse than the initial injury itself.

If you have had a slip and fall work accident and sustained a head injury as a result, you may be able to claim compensation if it was someone else’s fault. Call Advice.co.uk for more information.

How long does a slip and fall work accident claim take?

The length of a case often depends upon its complexity. There are, however, strict procedures and processes that must be followed when making a claim which reduces the time involved.  

In relation to the timing of a claim, it’s also important to remember the statutory claims time limit that applies. For most personal injury claims, the case needs to be issued within 3 years of the date of the accident. For claimants under the age of 18, if an adult hasn’t started a claim on their behalf (acting as a litigation friend), they have 3 years from their 18th birthday, so until their 21st birthday, to start a claim for compensation.

How do I claim compensation for my accident?

If you have sustained an injury, even if only minor, through a slip and fall work accident, you should consider claiming for compensation.

The simplest way to start a claim is to get in touch with an experienced firm that can give you sound legal advice on the matter. Advice.co.uk specialises in compensation claims and offers all claimants a free consultation. This gives you the opportunity to discuss your case in detail and ask any questions you may have, as well as giving us the chance to understand the circumstances surrounding your case so that we can decide if you have a legitimate claim and if so, we can then put you in touch with an appropriate personal injury lawyer from our panel. All of the solicitors on our panel work on a No Win, No Fee basis, something which we will explain in more detail next.

No Win, No Fee slip and fall work accident claims

Our panel of solicitors can give you the option of entering into a No Win, No Fee Agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). The CFA is designed to offer claimants financial protection and the confidence to pursue justice. If you sign a CFA with a solicitor from our panel, you will not have to pay fees upfront or any fees during your claim either. And if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any of the fees your solicitor has incurred in pursuing your case.

If your claim is successful, your solicitor may seek a small contribution towards their costs. This is known as a ‘success fee’ and would be deducted from the compensation you receive at the end of the claim. Don’t worry, the success fee is legally capped and will be set out in clear terms within the CFA.

How our work accident claims team can help you

Advice.co.uk has been dealing with compensation claims for slip and fall work accidents for many years and, as a result, we have a tremendous track record. If you choose us to provide legal support, you can rest assured that your claim will be in the very best of hands.

We are an honest and reliable team who strive to get the best outcome for our clients, often resulting in us getting the maximum award amount that is possible for their case. We always give every case, whether compensation is being sought for a minor or serious injury, the amount of attention it deserves. Your solicitor will guide you through the complexities of the legal process with ease and will keep you fully updated on developments. 

We work efficiently and to bring your case to a successful conclusion so that you receive the compensation you deserve, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery and move forward with your life.

Contact our team by email, phone or by postOur team will assess your claimOnce you are ready, we can then start your claim

Contact our accident at work team

If you’d like expert legal advice on making a compensation claim for an injury you have sustained due to an accident at work that was someone else’s fault, you can contact us on 0161 696 9685. A member of our team will answer your call and do their best to help with your enquiry.

Where can I find more advice?

Below we have listed someone useful links where you can find more information that may apply to your circumstances:

Citizens Advice – Advice on what you can do if you have a work accident.

Health and Safety Executive – Information on the health and safety at work act.

NHS – What you can do to help prevent falls.

Work Place Rights – our guide to rights in the workplace. 

No Win, No Fee Claims – our guide to No Win, No Fee claims.

 

Guide by YH

Edited by DEG