How Do You Prove A Slip And Fall Case When Making A Personal Injury Claim?

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 19th March 2024. How do you prove a slip and fall compensation claim? It can seem as if the accident that caused your injury was because of your own clumsiness or lack of attention. However, if you’re in a place that’s accessible to the public (such as a park or supermarket) or at work, you may find that your injuries weren’t your fault. A third party has a duty to protect your safety in certain circumstances. A breach of this duty can be frustrating when you know that you took care and still fell victim to injury.

In this article, we offer advice on how to substantiate your claim, prove that the negligence of others caused your injury, and we demonstrate how a No Win No Fee lawyer can calculate compensation that you could be owed.

Slips, trips, and falls can seem like minor issues but this is not necessarily true. Depending on how badly you fall, what you land on, and other factors, it’s easily possible to really hurt yourself in all manner of ways.

Negligence on the part of others at work or in public can cause slips, trips, and falls and we explain how you can prove this effectively. You might be ready to start a claim right now and we can help you get started. 

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When you get in touch with our team, they may be able to connect you with a personal injury lawyer from our panel.

  • Calling our personal injury claims team on 0161 696 9685. They’re available 24/7 to take your call.
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Our advisors could discuss your claim with you at no charge or connect you with a No Win No Fee personal injury lawyer to take on your case. Continue reading to find the answer to that all-important question after your injury—how do you prove a slip and fall compensation claim?

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  1. How Do You Prove A Slip And Fall Case?
  2. What Are Slips, Trips And Falls?
  3. What Are The Personal Injury Claim Time Limits For Slip And Fall Claims?
  4. What Is The Average Compensation Payout For Slip And Fall In The UK?
  5. Can A No Win No Fee Solicitor Help You Prove A Slip And Fall Case?
  6. More Information On How Do You Prove A Slip And Fall Case

How Do You Prove A Slip And Fall Case?

Evidence is crucial for all personal injury cases. As we touched upon above, a medical assessment represents perhaps the most concrete piece of proof that you suffered injury from the accident you describe. This evidence can form the basis of your claim for compensation, but there are other things that can help too.

  • CCTV footage—obtain video evidence of your slip, trip or fall if you can. A picture can speak a thousand words on your behalf.
  • Witness contact details—anyone who was able to witness what happened and is willing to give a statement can bolster your claim.
  • Receipts, bills, and statements can prove outgoings that the injury caused.
  • Emergency services reports or A&E admission records can help too. 

Solid evidence can decrease the chance of slip and fall compensation claims being unsuccessful. It’s worth taking the time and trouble to gather the evidence suggested above. It can help you present a much more coherent and water-tight case.

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What Are Slips, Trips And Falls?

If we assume that people are taking as much care as possible and that it’s unlikely anyone would willingly inflict injury upon themselves, this still leaves a wide margin for potential hazards.

For example:

  • Many modern workspaces favour the use of sleek, polished floors which can be hazardous when wet. Unattended wet patches or spillages on floors can lead to slips. They should always be clearly marked off or have ‘cleaning in progress’ signs clearly visible. This can prevent the unwitting employee or visitor from slipping over violently and risking any sort of injury—from a sprained ankle to a fractured skull.
  • The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 asks employers to create the safest possible work environment. For example, they should train employees in the safe storage and use of materials, if appropriate. They should also ensure that employees keep anything that could cause a trip or fall out of harm’s way. Therefore, exposed cables, boxes or any materials which hinder clear, unobstructed access should be attended to in order to minimise the risk of injury.
  • Poor lighting can also cause slips, trips or fall accidents. Taking a flight of stairs in the dark can be highly dangerous. A sudden fall down just a few steps can leave people with life-altering injuries if they land badly on their head or spine. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 requires those in control of a public space to do all they can to protect our safety and wellbeing and anticipate hazards.
  • Ice that is not removed can be a real risk of injuries like twisted ankles, shattered knees, and fractures.

Depending on how you land, you could suffer a multitude of different injuries. Any slip, fall or trip may require you to reach out and attempt to break your fall. This can result in fractured wrists, broken elbows, or dislocated shoulders. In addition to this, you could collide with something as you fall. This can be much more serious if you bang your head.

Contact our team of advisors today to find out if you could claim compensation if you slipped on ice.

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What Are The Personal Injury Claim Time Limits For Slip And Fall Claims?

If you have a valid personal injury claim, you must ensure you start proceedings within the relevant time limit. The Limitation Act 1980 states that you will have three years to start a personal injury claim from the date of the accident that injured you.

Under certain circumstances, the time limit can work differently. For example, if a child is injured due to a slip and fall, then the time limit is paused until their 18th birthday. Before that day comes, a claim could be made on the child’s behalf by a court-appointed litigation friend. If a claim has not been made before the day the child turns 18, then the injured party will have three years to start their own claim from that date.

If the injured party lacks sufficient mental capacity to make their own claim, then the three-year time limit is indefinitely suspended. A litigation friend could make a claim on their behalf. However, if the injured party later regains enough mental capacity to make a claim, and one hasn’t already been made, then the time limit will start from the date of recovery.

Contact our advisors on the phone or online today if you want to ask questions about time limits or other matters regarding slip and fall compensation claims.

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What Is The Average Compensation Payout For Slip And Fall In The UK?

If you have a valid case to claim for a slip & fall, then the compensation awarded may include general damages and special damages. General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. General damages are awarded to all successful personal injury claimants.

The table below features some of the compensation guidelines featured in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document may be used by those valuing your personal injury claim for general damages, since it lists numerous kinds of injuries alongside guideline compensation brackets.

The table below should be viewed as a guide only. The first entry is not taken from the JCG.

InjurySeverityCommentsAmount
Multiple Serious Injuries And Special DamagesSeriousMultiple serious injuries in combination with special damages, such as lost earnings, the cost of mobility aids, and the cost of counselling and prescriptions.Up to £200,000+
Back InjurySevere (i)Injuries may involve damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots, leading to serious, long-term effects.£91,090 to £160,980
Back InjuryModerate (i)A crush or compression fracture of the lumbar vertebrae that causes constant pain with a risk of osteoarthritis.£27,760 to £38,780
Knee InjurySevere (i)The knee joint has been disrupted which leads to the development of osteoarthritis and will require considerable treatment. £69,730 to £96,210
Knee InjuryModerate (i)Injuries include dislocation, torn cartilage/meniscus which results in some immobility.£14,840 to £26,190
Hand InjurySerious Hand InjuriesInjuries include those that cause the hand to have 50% of their previous function. £29,000 to £61,910
Hand InjuryModerate Hand InjuryCrush injuries, deep lacerations and penetrating wounds. £5,720 to £13,280

Shoulder InjurySevereInvolved damage to the brachial plexus and is usually associated with a neck injury. This results in a serious disability.£19,200 to £48,030
Shoulder InjuryModerateFrozen shoulder injuries that persist for about two years, and cause discomfort with limited shoulder movement.£7,890 to £12,770

Ankle InjuryModestSprains, undisplaced fractures and ligamentous injuries. The recovery rate and other symptoms will affect how much is awarded.Up to £13,740

If you’re eligible to claim general damages following a slip and fall, then special damages could also potentially be included as part of your compensation. This compensates you for the financial expenses or losses you’ve experienced due to your injuries. The types of expenses or losses that could potentially be claimed under special damages include:

  • Loss of earnings if you’ve needed to take unpaid time off work to recover from your injuries.
  • The cost of certain treatments or medications you’ve required.
  • Travel expenses put towards attending vital appointments.

When claiming for special damages, you will need to provide evidence of your monetary losses. Evidence for claiming special damages may include documents such as wage slips or bank statements.

For more advice on how much compensation you may receive for a slip and fall claim, get in touch with our advisors for free today.

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Can A No Win No Fee Solicitor Help You Prove A Slip And Fall Case?

If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, an expert personal injury claims solicitor from our panel could help you prove your claim. One of the benefits of working with a solicitor on your claim is that they can help you gather evidence to support your case. They can also help you negotiate a settlement, and explain any parts of the claims process that are complex.

Our panel of solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you generally don’t need to pay them an upfront or ongoing fee for their work, since they offer their services under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This also means that if your slip and fall accident claim fails, you won’t pay your solicitor for their work on the case.

If your slip and fall case succeeds, your solicitor will be due a success fee. They’ll take this directly from your compensation as a small percentage. However, this percentage is subject to a legal cap, which helps make sure that you keep the larger share of what you receive. 

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Our team of advisors can evaluate your slip and fall accident claim for free when you contact us today. Through this consultation, they can tell you whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim, and could potentially connect you with a personal injury lawyer from our panel. To get started:

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More Information On How Do You Prove A Slip And Fall Case

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