Could I Claim Compensation If I Tripped Over A Loose Wire?

By Lewis Lennon. Last Updated 3rd April 2024. If you have tripped over a loose wire you may be able to seek personal injury compensation providing you can show negligence on the part of someone else.

Trips and slips are among the more common personal injury claims. Whether at work or in a public area, if you tripped over a loose wire, you may have grounds to sue for compensation.

You may have tripped on a network cable, rope, chair, electrical cable, or a structural cable. After your accident, you could have sustained a minor injury, or you may have suffered more serious injuries, like multiple fractures, when you tripped.

Your employer has a duty to ensure the workplace is safe. Additionally, private landowners, local authorities and the council owe you a duty of care, too.

If you tripped over a loose wire due to their negligence, you must be able to prove this in order to make a claim.

Our guide explains how to prove negligence and we provide advice on the level of general damages and special damages you could claim. We also offer essential information on how you could be represented by a No Win No Fee lawyer.

Further information on claiming compensation if you tripped over a loose cable or wire can be found in the sections below. If you prefer, you can speak to a member of our team by calling a specialist adviser on 0161 696 9685.

A close up of a worker that has tripped over a loose wire.

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When Can I Claim For Tripping Over Wires?

Trailing leads and wires are a hazard that can be found in different places, such as a workplace or a public space. Employers and those in control of public spaces owe a duty of care with regard to your health and safety. 

Firstly, employers owe a duty of care to their employees to take reasonable and practicable steps to prevent them from becoming harmed as they work. This is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Occupiers, or those in control of a public space, owe a duty of care to take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of members of the public visiting the space for its intended purpose. This is set out in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.

If you have been injured due to tripping over wires because a third party breached the duty of care they owed you, you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation.

For further guidance on claiming for a slip, trip or fall due to trailing wires, please get in touch with an advisor using the number above.

Tripped Over A Wire Compensation Calculator

The injuries you suffer if you tripped over a loose wire may be minor, but they can also be quite serious. The level of compensation awarded depends on the severity of the injury you sustained.

Below, we have included a table that shows amounts paid out in general damages for specific injuries. General damages are awarded to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

These amounts are based on the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), which provides guideline compensation amounts for different injuries. Please note that the first entry in this table is not taken from the JCG.

Type of injury Details Guideline Compensation Bracket
Multiple Severe Injuries + Special Damages Multiple injuries of a severe nature combined with financial losses, which could include the cost of time off work. Up to £150,000+
Head Injury – Moderately Severe (b) There is a very serious disability, with a substantial dependence on others, and a need for professional care. £219,070 to £282,010
Head Injury – Less Severe (d) Those in this bracket make a good recovery and are able to take part in a normal social and working life. £15,320 to £43,060
Back Injuries – Moderate (ii) Common injuries such as disturbance to ligaments and muscles as well as soft tissue injuries. £12,510 to £27,760
Arm Injuries (b) Injuries that result in permanent and substantial disability. £39,170 to £59,860
Other Arm Injuries (d) Simple forearm fractures. £6,610 to £19,200
Wrist Injuries (c) Less severe wrist injuries such as fractures that still lead to some form of disability. £12,590 to £24,500
Leg Injuries – Less Serious (iii) Soft tissue injuries, or simple fractures to the tibia or fibula. Up to
Knee Injuries – Moderate (i) Injuries that involve dislocation or the tearing of the meniscus or cartilage causing weakness. £14,840 to £26,190
Ankle Injuries – Severe (a) Injuries that require a lengthy stint of treatment with a long time spent in plaster or with pins and plates inserted. £31,310 to £50,060

What Are Special Damages?

You can be awarded special damages for losses and expenses you incurred because of your injuries. As such, you could include the following in a tripped over a loose wire claim:

  • Any loss of earnings you incurred during the time you were off work recovering from your injuries.
  • Lost future income can be claimed if your injuries are so severe that you cannot carry on working.
  • The cost of prescriptions, private treatment and any other medical costs linked to your injuries which are not covered by the NHS.
  • If you require assistance around the home while you recover from your injuries, the cost of this can be claimed back in special damages. It is worth noting that even if a family member takes care of you, the cost can be claimed.
  • You can claim travel expenses incurred to get to hospital appointments, or to solicitor appointments. You can also claim any parking fees you had to pay when attending these appointments.

Because special damages are based on ‘actual’ losses and expenses, you must provide proof to support these. This could be relevant receipts and other documentation.

For further advice regarding special damages you can include in a tripped over a loose wire claim, please get in touch with an adviser today.

A woman in a pink blouse tripping over wires in an office.

Causes Of Tripping Over Wires And Cables

As we’ve already mentioned, if you tripped over a loose wire, you cannot claim for this alone. In order to claim compensation, you must be able to prove that negligence occurred.

Some examples of how you could trip over a wire or cable and sustain an injury include:

  • You could trip over a loose wire running across the walkway of an office space, causing you to fall and injure your knee.
  • If a cable or wire was run up a flight of stairs, this could cause you to trip and fall, suffering a head injury.
  • You could trip over the wire of a floor cleaner in a supermarket, causing you to fall onto the floor and break your arm.

These are just a few examples of how you could suffer an injury after tripping over a loose wire or cable. To find out if a personal injury solicitor from our panel could help you claim compensation, contact our team of helpful advisors today. Or, read on to learn more about the personal injury claims process and how much compensation you could potentially receive if your claim were to succeed.

Personal Injury Claim Time Limits

After tripping over some cables, you might be wondering whether you could make a personal injury claim. As previously stated, you will need to prove that negligence occurred to be eligible to pursue compensation.

If you are eligible, you’ll need to start your personal injury claim within the time limit set out in the Limitation Act 1980. Generally, you have three years from the date of your injury to start your claim.

However, in certain circumstances, there are exceptions to this time limit. The three-year time limit is paused for a minor who was injured after tripping over a loose wire until their 18th birthday.

A court-appointed litigation friend could make a claim on their behalf during this time. Once they turn 18, they will have three years to start a claim if one has not already been made.

The time limit is suspended indefinitely for someone who does not have the mental capacity to make their own claim. Again, a litigation friend could make a claim on their behalf. However, if they were to regain this mental capacity, they will have three years from this date to start their claim if one has not already been made.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the limitation period for personal injury claims. They could also inform you whether you have enough time to start your claim.

A worker in orange overalls lays unconscious on the floor after he tripped on a loose wire.

Injuries Caused By Tripping On A Cable Or Wire

If you tripped over a loose wire, the injury you suffer may only be minor, but you could also sustain something a lot more serious. Some of the most common trip injuries are:

  • Sprains – wrists and ankles
  • Abrasions
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Broken bones
  • Fractures
  • Cuts
  • Torn ligaments and tendons
  • Internal bleeding
  • Head injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal injuries

If you suffered an injury not listed above, please get in touch with an adviser to find out whether you have a valid tripped over a loose wire claim.

How To Claim If You Tripped Over A Loose Wire

If you tripped over a loose wire, whether at work or in a public place, you could have grounds to sue for compensation.

That said, you must prove third party negligence for a claim to be upheld. As such, you must gather as much evidence as you can, which includes:

  • Photos of where the accident occurred, paying special attention to the wire you tripped over
  • Photos of your injuries
  • Witness statements together with their contact details
  • A medical report of your injuries, which should be as detailed as possible
  • Make a note of all your out-of-pocket expenses and hold on to all the receipts

If you tripped over a loose wire at work, make sure there is a record in the Accident Book. If there is no book, send a personal email or letter to your employer detailing your injuries. You should also make sure you keep copies for your own records

The more evidence you can provide, the stronger a tripped over a loose wire claim would be. It also means a lawyer is likely to agree to take on your case on a No Win No Fee basis.

Tripped Over A Loose Wire No Win No Fee Claims

Seeking compensation by making a personal injury claim can prove expensive if you choose the representation of a solicitor who charges an hourly rate.

This is why many injured parties do not pursue a claim against a negligent party.

However, there is an option to seek the legal services of a No Win No Fee lawyer.

Signing a Conditional Fee Agreement (the formal term for a No Win No Fee agreement) means the funding for legal representation is taken care of.

In short, you do not have to pay a No Win No Fee lawyer an upfront fee and there are no ongoing fees to pay, either.

Other benefits of signing a No Win No Fee agreement with a lawyer include:

  • You pay the success fee to the lawyer out of the tripped over a loose wire compensation you receive
  • If you lose your claim, you do not have to pay anything to the lawyer who acted on your behalf

If you have any questions about working with a No Win No Fee lawyer, please get in touch with one of our advisers today.

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More Information On Slips, Trips And Falls

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