Slips, trips and falls are particularly common types of accidents as they can happen just about anywhere in day to day life. They can happen while out shopping, in a hotel, a restaurant, at the gym and even at work.
Wherever your accident occurred, you will be able to make a compensation claim so long as somebody else was at fault for the accident.
Advice.co.uk works with a panel of specialist personal injury solicitors who can lodge slip, trip and fall compensation claims using a no win no fee service.
If you’d like to use our service, then please get in touch today by calling us on 0161 696 9685. If you’d like to know more first, then please carry on reading this guide which should answer any questions that you may have.
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- A Guide To Slips Trips & Falls Compensation Claims
- Slip And Fall Personal Injury Compensation Calculator
- Damages You Can Claim For After A Slip Or Fall
- Where And How Do Slip Trip And Fall Accidents Often Happen?
- Who Can Be At Fault Or Liable For Your Trip Or Fall Accident
- Pavement Slip Trip And Fall Claims Against The Council
- Slip And Fall Claims For Accidents In Public Spaces
- Slip Or Trip Injury Claims Against Your Landlord
- Claims For Slips And Falls In The Workplace
- How Serious Does My Injury Need To Be To Claim Compensation?
- How Long Do I Have To Claim Compensation For A Fall?
- How Do I Make A Slip, Trip Or Fall Compensation Claim?
- No Win No Fee Slip And Trip Claims
- How We Can Help You
- How To Contact Our Team
- Where You Can Find Out More
A Guide To Slips Trips & Falls Compensation Claims
The problem with a slip or trip type accident is that they can often seem like minor accidents but they can very easily lead to very serious and very painful injuries.
They can happen just about anywhere and can lead to months of recovery or rehabilitation and sometimes the accident can lead to life-changing injuries. However serious the injuries are, if your accident was caused by somebody else then Advice.co.uk could help you by providing you with a no win no fee solicitor. For now however, this guide will explain what you should do in the event of a fall, how much compensation you may be entitled to, compensation time limits and how no win no fee agreements actually work.
Slip trip and fall compensation claims can be complex depending on where they occurred so it’s important you get all of the right information before making a claim. Here at Advice.co.uk, we offer free legal advice, even if you’re not sure if you’re going to claim or not as we believe it’s always best to know your rights before deciding whether to claim or not.
Slip And Fall Personal Injury Compensation Calculator
Despite the rumours, there’s actually no entirely accurate way of calculating compensation without knowing the full details of how an injury occurred, the severity of the injury, the consequences and so forth. As we know from our years of experience, every claim is unique and made up of numerous elements (see the next section for more details).
When you contact Advice.co.uk to begin your claim, we’ll assess the accident that you’ve been involved in an be able to offer you a compensation estimate when we know more.
For now, the table below details what types of compensation are awarded under the General Damages element of a claim. This will give you an idea of where your injury fits in but is only indicative and is for illustration purposes only.
|Injury Type||Severity||Range of Settlement||Further information|
|Ankle injuries||Minor up to severe||Up to £61,139||Starting from bone or soft tissue damage of the ankle and all the way to complete loss of function of the ankle or foot|
|Foot injuries||Minor up to very severe||Up to £96,139||A range which starts with soft tissues damage and all the way up to to amputation of one or both feet|
|Leg injuries||Minor up to severe||Up to £119,239||A range which includes soft tissue damage, broken bones and up to amputation of the leg above or below the knee.|
|Hand injuries||Minor up to serious||Up to £54,299||Starting from soft tissue damage, bruising and on to fractures and, in the most serious cases, amputation of the hand.|
|Wrist injuries||Minor up to severe||Up to £4,179||Starting from sprains and bruises through to complete loss of function|
|Arm injuries||Moderate up to severe||Up to £114,829||From cuts, bruises and lacerations to broken bones and in severe cases the loss of one or both arms.|
|Back injuries||Minor up to severe||Up to £141,169||Ranging from soft tissue damage and through to partial or full paralysis|
|Neck injuries||Minor up to severe||Up to £130,079||Starting with minor injuries such as soft tissue damage and whiplash and through to paralysis|
Damages You Can Claim For After A Slip Or Fall
When a personal injury lawyer puts a claim together, there are a number of parts of the claim which can be used. Some will be relevant to your claim and some won’t, but the job of your solicitor is to ensure that they fully understand your claim and make sure that all parts are claimed for at the same time as once a claim is settled, they won’t be able to ask for more compensation.
The parts of a claim that can be included in a claim include:
These are the part of the claim which covers the pain and suffering caused to the claimant by the accident and subsequent injuries. The payment amount for these is actually defined by UK legal professionals in a table that grades the injury from minor to severe. The exact amount of compensation is calculated by working out where your injury fits in to the scale so it’s important that you use a personal injury solicitor who can demonstrate exactly how seriously you were hurt.
These are the parts of a claim that have left you out of pocket and can be linked to the accident or your injury. You’ll usually need to provide evidence of the costs involved by way of receipt or bank statements. The special damages that you could claim include:
If you have to pay for prescription medicines to treat your injuries or incur any other treatment costs, then these costs can be claimed back.
Costs of a Carer
In some cases, you may not be able to function day to day without the help of some form of carer. If this causes a financial loss, then it can be included in the compensation claim.
Loss of Earnings (and Potential Loss of Earnings)
A large part of some claims is for lost earnings. These can happen when a claimant has to take time off from work but doesn’t receive full sick pay from their employer. Potential loss of earnings can be claimed if you have to change job or are unable to work at all because of your injuries for any length of time. Depending on your age and the salary your job earns, this could lead to a large amount of compensation.
Costs of Travel
The cost of travelling to and from medical appointments can add up quite quickly so it’s only right that you should be able to claim these costs back. Furthermore, if you have to arrange a new method of transport because you’re unable to drive while injured, then these additional costs could be claimed back as well.
Where And How Do Slip Trip And Fall Accidents Often Happen?
In general, the most common reasons for trip and fall accidents are wet and slippery floors indoors usually because of spillages, leaks or cleaning procedures. Whereas outdoor falls can occur because of icy conditions or damaged paths such as raised paving slabs, potholes or damaged kerb stones.
Who Can Be At Fault Or Liable For Your Trip Or Fall Accident
For a lot of falls that happen outside, the local council could be responsible for the accident if it’s on a path, verge or road that is managed by them.
They could be responsible if the accident is caused by uneven flooring, damaged steps, potholes or broken kerbs that haven’t been fixed.
When inside a building the owner or occupier may be responsible for any slip trip and fall compensation payments that need to be made. Examples of when they may be liable for an accident include:
- When there is inadequate lighting which means a trip hazard cannot be seen properly.
- A floor is excessively wet or slippery with no visible warning signs.
- Flooring is damaged or uneven.
- There are unexpected obstacles in places where people would reasonably expect to be walking.
If any of these sound familiar to your accident, then you could make a claim against the local council or business owner of the building where your accident occurred.
Pavement Slip Trip And Fall Claims Against The Council
As mentioned earlier, slip and trip claims can be caused by defects to pavements that are owned or managed by the local council. If you’re unsure which city council, county council or other authority are to blame, then let us know the location of the accident and we can find out for you.
The types of pavement defects that can lead to slip trip and fall compensation claims include:
- When cables or pipes have become exposed and are protruding through the concrete.
- When subsidence occurs and leaves the pavement uneven and unsafe to walk on.
- Wobbly, damaged and uneven paving slabs which cause you to trip.
- Damaged street furniture.
Essentially, any of these can lead to a compensation claim, especially when no warning sign is in place. Also, if the problem has been highlighted by spray paint then this will prove that the council, or one of its contractors, were aware of the defect and not repaired it. You should try to photograph anything in the list that has caused your accident to happen.
Slip And Fall Claims For Accidents In Public Spaces
Similarly, accidents in public places can lead to a successful compensation claim as shops, restaurants and other publicly accessible places have a duty of care to prevent you from becoming injured.
As with other types of accident, if the actions of the business owner caused you to become injured then you could make use of a no win no fee compensation claim against them.
Slip Or Trip Injury Claims Against Your Landlord
You may think that a slip or trip claim wouldn’t be possible if it happens in your rented property but there are instances where your landlord could be held liable for the accident and any injuries you suffer.
Essentially, if the accident is caused because of a lack of maintenance or your landlord hasn’t fixed a fault that you reported to them in a reasonable time frame then you could claim against them.
Claims For Slips And Falls In The Workplace
All employers, under the Health and Safety at Work act, have a duty of care to their employees, visitors and customers and to ensure their safety.
This means that the workplace should be safe at all times for all tasks that need to be undertaken. If the employer doesn’t provide a safe working environment (either in the workplace or anywhere that work has to be undertaken) and you slip or trip because of a defect or fault, then you could seek compensation against your employer.
Some employees worry about claiming against their employer, but it is illegal to be disciplined for making an honest claim against them and employers will have insurance in place to deal with accidents so don’t be put off from claiming what you may be entitled to.
How Serious Does My Injury Need To Be To Claim Compensation?
It is quite common to laugh about a slip or trip and just brush it off as ‘one of those things’ but, in truth, what may seem like a silly little accident could actually conceal serious injuries that may not be immediately be obvious.
If you’re concerned about being injured following a fall then you should seek medical advice from a doctor and, if they believe you have sustained some sort of injury (no matter how minor), you would have grounds for a compensation claim.
How Long Do I Have To Claim Compensation For A Fall?
All personal injury claims within the UK are limited by set amounts of time by law. This means that its vital that you contact a personal injury solicitor in good time to ensure they have enough time to prepare a claim on your behalf.
The current time limits within the UK for personal injury claims are:
|Injury Type||Time Limit|
|General Slip or Trip accident in a public place||3 years|
|Slip or trip in a place of work||3 years|
How Do I Make A Slip, Trip Or Fall Compensation Claim?
When you’re involved in an accident, which was caused by somebody else, there are a number of things you can do which will help making a compensation claim much easier. They will also dramatically increase the chances of your claim being successful as they’ll provide your solicitor with the much-needed evidence to support your claim.
We recommend that following an accident you should:
- Seek medical treatment from a doctor or at a hospital for serious injuries. This will ensure you receive the correct treatment to aid the recovery of your injuries and secondly it will mean that there are medical records which will outline the extent and severity of your injuries. This can be used to determine where in the general damages scale your injuries fit.
- Photograph or video the scene of the accident as soon as possible so that the root cause is still present. If you return to the scene of the accident at a later date, there is a very good chance that the cause of your accident may have been removed or repaired.
- Ask any witnesses to prepare a statement of what they saw when your accident happened. It’s important to ask for their contact details as well so that we can contact them if we require any further information.
- If your slip, trip or fall compensation claim is to be made against a business, employer or local council you should report the accident so that it is recorded in their accident report log. If possible, ask for a copy of the log or make a note of the name of the person you reported the accident to.
All of these steps will mean that your personal injury solicitor is in a much better position to prepare a successful claim on your behalf and you shout attempt to complete as many of the steps as possible and as soon as possible following the accident.
No Win No Fee Slip And Trip Claims
No win no fee agreements are an alternative method of making a compensation claim which removes a lot of barriers to making a claim for many people.
The more traditional method of hiring a solicitor, where you pay them an hourly rate for their service, does mean that you keep 100% of any compensation they receive for you but it also has a risk associated with it because, if they lose the case, you still have to pay them, what could be a large legal bill.
With no win no fee agreements, you don’t keep 100% of the compensation as a fixed percentage is agreed between you and the solicitor, that will pay for their service if they win you compensation, but the main benefit of no win no fee agreements is that, if your case is lost, you don’t have to pay them anything at all for their services.
In fact, you don’t ever have to send a no win no fee solicitor any payment as, if they win, the compensation is sent to them, they retain their agreed percentage and then send the rest directly to you.
How We Can Help You
Here at Advice.co.uk, we train all of our staff in personal injury legislation so that they can offer free legal advice to clients that is accurate and up to date.
We have a team of professional and friendly advisers who are available to answer questions prior to taking on your case and while it is ongoing.
When we take on new claims, we follow this process:
|Step One: Get in touch with our team via email, phone or our live chat.||Step Two: We’ll assess your claim with you.||Step Three: When you’re ready, we’ll commence your claim for you.|
How To Contact Our Team
If, after reading this guide about slip trip and fall compensation claims fully, we hope you are going to use Advice.co.uk to begin your claim. Remember that we offer no win no fee agreements for all claims we deal with and we can help with claims from any part of the UK.
If you’d like to begin your claim today, then please get in touch by:
- Calling us on 0161 696 9685 to speak with one of our specially trained advisers.
- Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or fill in this online form to begin your claim and we’ll get in touch at a convenient time.
With all cases, we’ll offer a free consultation where we’ll assess the claim with you and offer free legal advice about any queries and also indicate whether you have a good chance of compensation or not.
Where You Can Find Out More
Here are some more guides and websites which you may find useful while deciding if you’ll claim or not:
Accident at Work Claims Guide – This guide provides detailed advice on how to claim compensation if you have suffered a slip, trip or fall or other injury because of an accident at work.
Advice on Falls – A guide from the NHS about the treatment and prevention of falls.
Broken Bones Guide – Information from the NHS surrounding the symptoms and treatment of different types of broken bones which may have been caused by a slip, trip or fall.
Slips, Trips and Falls – Information from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) around these types of accidents and how to prevent them.