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Almost every environment is susceptible to slip, trip and fall accidents, making these some of the most common forms of accidents. In some cases, injuries are caused by the negligence of another person, but can also be caused by poor conditions or a failure to abide by health and safety regulations. Accidents can lead to head injuries, back injuries, fractures and paralysis, and in extreme instances can even be fatal.
At Grieves Solicitors, we have a dedicated team of specialist lawyers who aim to help you obtain the compensation you deserve, and our exceptional skills mean you can be confident you and your family are in safe hands. We generally handle all cases on a No Win No Fee injury claims basis. No Win No Fee means you need never worry about being left out of pocket, even in the unlikely event of a claim proving unsuccessful. To speak to one of our specialist lawyers about an accident that was not your fault, call us now on 0800 0747 644 or fill in an online contact form and we will get back to you.
What are the main causes of slips, trips and falls?
These types of accident can occur for many reasons. However, there are a number of common hazards which can result in an accident:
- Wet and frozen surfaces
- Uneven flooring
- Unsuitable floor covering
- Low lighting
- Loose cabling
- Unsigned obstructions
It is up to those in charge to prevent these accidents from happening by ensuring all floors are suitable and free from obstruction. Also, appropriate signs must be available in case of an unexpected spillage or obstruction.
Making a claim
If you have suffered an injury at work or in a public place due to a slip, trip or fall that was caused by a person who failed to maintain a safe environment, you could be entitled to take action. The financial compensation awarded for these types of accident are intended to cover costs during your recovery, including:
- Rehabilitation charges
- Medical costs
- Loss of pay
Additional compensation can also be awarded to compensate for long-term effects of a serious accident, including psychological damages and mental distress.
Slips, Trips & Falls at Work
Slips, trips and falls are the most common accidents in the UK. Falls can occur anywhere, whether it be in the home, on the street, in a shop, or in the workplace. Slips, trips and falls in the workplace are extremely common, affecting more than 111,000 workers every year.
Almost every working environment is susceptible to these types of accidents and in some cases is simply due to the employees own negligence. In many cases however poor working conditions or a failure to abide by health and safety regulations can result in employees injuring themselves due to a slip or trip at work.
Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show slips and trips as the single most common cause of injuries at work and can account for over a third of all major work injuries. It is estimated that these injuries cost employers over £512m a year in lost production and other costs.
Every employer has a legal and moral duty to ensure their employees are safe and protected at work under the General health and Safety legislation. Most importantly this ensures that all employers do everything they can to minimise the risks of potential hazards.
The effects of slips, trips and falls vary significantly in severity, varying from bone fractures and bruises to head injuries and spinal damage.
Head injuries have the potential to cause brain injuries. Brain injuries that are caused by slips, trips and falls are known as traumatic brain injuries. The effects of brain injury can be severe. A brain haemorrhage is a type of brain injury that can be caused by a blow to the head, such as that sustained in a slip, trip or fall. Brain haemorrhages are characterised by severe bleeding in and around the brain and can be fatal. Victims of brain haemorrhage that do survive are often left with severe damage to one or more parts of their brains.
Injury to the spine can cause irreversible damage to the spinal cord, resulting in permanent disability, prolonged pain and, in extreme cases, paralysis.
Causes of slips, trips & falls
Most slips, trips and falls are caused by the victim's own error and misjudgement, but some are the result of another person's negligence or inability to follow reasonable health and safety procedures.
If you have suffered a slip, trip or fall, you may be able to claim compensation if the accident was caused by another person's negligence and was not your fault. The cause behind most Incidents fall into one of the following categories
Wet floors are a common cause of slips. Slips caused by wet floors can occur in the home, in the workplace, and in public places. Care should be taken to ensure all floors are properly cleaned and all wet floors should be signed to deter accidents.
Spillages are a common cause of slips. In the workplace, unexpected spillages should be cleaned up quickly to prevent an accident from occurring.
Falling from height
Falling from height is a common cause of serious injury, especially amongst construction workers. According to data from the HSE, falls from height are the leading cause of death amongst workers, accounting for more than 40 deaths every year. Employers who expect their employees to operate at height must enforce strict health and safety rules.
Loose cables, scattered boxes and other trip hazards
Items can easily become trip hazards if they are left on the floor in an unorganised fashion. Employers have a duty of care to their staff to ensure all trip hazards are properly cleared away to prevent accidents in the workplace.
Uneven pavements are a common cause of trips and falls in public places. In most cases, it is the local council's responsibility to maintain the upkeep of pavements.
How much Injury Compensation can you Expect?
In personal injury cases, compensation is paid to reimburse innocent victims for the suffering they have wrongly endured. Payouts for slip, trip and fall claims typically range from £500 to £115,000 depending on the claimant’s personal circumstances. To work out how much money a victim should be paid, the courts consider a number of factors, including the extent of the victim’s injuries and the overall impact the accident has had on the victim’s life. The victim’s financial circumstances will also be reviewed and if they have lost money because of the accident, this money will be reimbursed as part of the compensation package.
Working out how much compensation you are likely to receive can be tricky, but our compensation calculator will be able to help. Like the courts, the calculator will consider your personal circumstances and generate a compensation sum that reflects what you are likely to be entitled to
Get in touch with Grieves Solicitors
Grieves' personal injury solicitors are here to offer advice and support throughout your slip, trip or fall claim. If you have been involved in a similar accident but are unsure whether somebody else is at fault, call us today for free advice on 0800 0747 644. You can also enquire via our online contact form, and we will get in touch with you.