Top Tips On How To Claim For Slips And Trips At Work

This guide will provide you with information on beginning a personal injury claim following slips and trips at work that have caused you to become injured. We will discuss the eligibility criteria for putting forward a claim, the evidence you can gather to support your case and how long you have to begin legal proceedings.

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Top Tips On How To Claim For Slips And Trips At Work

 According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) workplace injury statistics, there were 61,713 non-fatal injuries in 2021/22. Additionally, it was found that the most common accidents at work were slips, trips and falls, which made up 30% of non-fatal injuries.

Additionally, we will explore how an employer could be liable for an accident and subsequent injuries in the workplace.

Furthermore, this guide will provide an overview of what could be included in your settlement should your claim succeed. It will also explore how these settlements may be calculated. 

For more information, you can get in touch with one of our friendly advisors; they can offer free advice regarding your potential claim. Additionally, they may connect you with a solicitor from our panel if they believe you have a claim. To get in touch, you can:

  • Call us on 0161 696 9685
  • Contact us by filling in our claim form.
  • Message one of our advisors using our live chat feature.

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  1. When Can You Claim For Slips And Trips At Work?
  2. Top Tips On How To Claim For Slips And Trips At Work
  3. How Could Slips And Trips Happen At Work Due To Employer Negligence?
  4. How Much Could I Get In Compensation For An Accident At Work?
  5. Make A No Win No Fee Workplace Accident Claim Using Our Panel Of Solicitors
  6. Learn More About Claiming For An Accident At The Workplace

When Can You Claim For Slips And Trips At Work?

You may be wondering ‘I hurt myself at work, how do I claim compensation?‘. Personal injury claims can be made for slips and trips at work if they have been caused by an employer’s negligence. This involves the following:

  • Firstly, your employer owed a duty of care.
  • Secondly, this duty was breached.
  • Thirdly, this breach caused your injuries. 

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 places a duty of care on employers to take reasonable steps to ensure that the workplace is safe for their employees to prevent injury.

If your employer has breached this duty and caused you to sustain harm, get in touch to find out whether you could claim for a workplace accident.

Top Tips On How To Claim For Slips And Trips At Work

In order to prove liability in a slip and fall claim, you should gather evidence that shows an employer breached the duty of care they owed you. Evidence can also prove that you sustained injuries and highlight the extent of your pain and suffering as well as any financial losses incurred as a result. 

Below, we have provided a list of evidence you could collect in support of your claim:

  • CCTV footage of the accident
  • A diary of your treatment and recovery 
  • Medical records, such as a copy of any scans
  • Photographs of your injuries and the hazard that caused the accident
  • Contact details of witnesses

One of the services a solicitor from our panel could provide is helping you collect evidence to support your case. If you speak with one of our advisors today, they may be able to connect you with an experienced accident at work solicitor from our panel.

Is There A Time Limit To Claiming Slip Injury Compensation?

Generally, you have three years to begin a personal injury claim from the date of the accident in accordance with the standard time limit outlined in the Limitation Act 1980.

This time limit can be suspended under certain circumstances. To learn more about the exceptions that could apply, get in touch with an advisor on the number above.

How Could Slips And Trips At Work Happen Due To Employer Negligence?

Below, we have provided some examples of how a slip, trip and fall injury could occur:

  • If an employee has slipped on a wet floor due to there being no warning signs present, it could lead to them experiencing a broken wrist or shoulder injury.
  • An employee may have tripped on a loose cable that wasn’t covered up causing them to sustain a broken arm and head injury.
  • An employee may have fallen down the stairs due to a faulty handrail. As a result, they may have experienced a fractured ankle.

If you would like to discuss your specific accident, please contact one of our advisors for free. They can assess whether you have a legitimate claim and may connect you to a solicitor from our panel.

How Much Could I Get In Compensation For An Accident At Work?

The personal injury settlement you could be awarded following a successful slips and trips at work claim could include the following heads:

  • General damages which account for the pain and suffering caused by your injury.
  • Special damages which account for the financial losses incurred due to your injury.

We have provided a table of guideline compensation figures that solicitors often use to help them value general damages. The figures are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). However, they are not guaranteed amounts because each claim is unique. 

Compensation Table

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Injury Severity Guideline Value Notes
Injuries Involving Paralysis Paraplegia £219,070 to £284,260 Level of award depends on factors such as the presence of pain, independence and life expectancy.
Back Injuries Severe (b) (i) £91,090 to £160,980 Injuries involving nerve root and spinal cord damage with serious consequences.
Neck Injuries Severe (a) (ii) £65,740 to £130,930 Injuries involving serious fractures or damage to discs in the cervical spine.
Pelvis or Hip Injuries Severe (a) (ii) £61,910 to £78,400 Fracture dislocation of the pelvis is included in this bracket.
Arm Injuries Permanent and Substantial Disablement (b) £39,170 to £59,860 Serious fractures of one or both forearms causing a permanent and significant residual disability.
Injuries to the Elbow Severely Disabling (a) £39,170 to £54,830 Injuries that cause a severe disability.
Wrist Injuries Significant And Permanent Disability (b) £24,500 to £39,170 Despite a significant disability of a permanent nature, some useful movement remains.
Knee Injuries Moderate (b) (i) £14,840 to £26,190 Injuries involving dislocation, torn cartilage or meniscus resulting in a minor disability.
Ankle Injuries Modest (d) Up to £13,740 Minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligamentous injuries that are less serious.
Shoulder Injuries Fracture of Clavicle (e) £5,150 to £12,240 Level of award will depend on extent of fracture and level of disability.

Special Damages After Slips Trips And Falls At Work

Special damages could also form your settlement, accounting for financial losses incurred due to your injuries. Some examples of the losses you could claim back under this head include: 

You will require evidence that proves your loss of income. As such, you could look to provide payslips and receipts.

For more information on how slip and fall at work settlements are calculated, get in touch on the number above.

Make A No Win No Fee Workplace Accident Claim Using Our Panel Of Solicitors

Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors have experience handling different types of personal injury claims, including those made for slips and trips at work.

They work under a kind of No Win No Fee agreement. There are different types, but the one they offer is known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. This typically means there will be no upfront payment for the solicitor’s services. Additionally, you will not be charged any ongoing fees for your solicitor’s services whilst the claim is in process.

In the event of a successful claim, your solicitor will take a success fee from your compensation. This is a minor fee legally capped by The Conditional Fee Agreement Order 2013, which means you can’t be overcharged.

Contact Us

You can get in touch with us for free regarding your accident at work claim. One of our advisors may connect you with a solicitor from our panel who is experienced in dealing with claims similar to your own. To get in touch, you can:

  • Call us on 0161 696 9685
  • Contact us by filling in our claim form.
  • Message one of our advisors using our live chat feature.

Learn More About Claiming For An Accident At The Workplace

For more of our guides relating to work accident claims:

Additionally, you can find more external resources below:

Thank you for reading this guide on claiming for slips and trips at work. If you have any other questions, please get in touch on the number above.

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