The injuries you could suffer after slips, trips and falls can greatly affect your quality of life. If the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be able to seek compensation by making a personal injury claim. A personal injury lawyer from our panel could help you with this. They can make a Conditional Fee Agreement with you, meaning that you claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
We’ll go into what this means and the potential benefits of doing this below. To learn more, please get in touch with us using the details below.
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There are many different ways you could suffer injuries from slips, trips and falls. For instance, you could slip due to spillage on the floor or trip because of exposed wiring. This guide will explain in what instances you could be able to claim and how No Win No Fee lawyers in the UK could help you receive thousands of pounds in compensation.
An integral aspect of being able to claim revolves around proving third-party negligence caused your injuries. We will also explain what this means to give you a better understanding of your situation.
You may be wondering, “what is the most common cause of slips, trips and falls?” The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) gives guidance on how workplaces can protect employees’ welfare. It also provides work-related injury statistics that occur in Great Britain. This includes supplying data on slips, trips and falls in the workplace. As you can see above, in the latest available statistics, slips, trips, and falls on the same level make up 29% of the injuries caused by accidents in work environments (as reported by employers).
This is considerably more than any other reported type of incident. In comparison, lifting, handling and carrying is 19% and being struck by a moving object accounts for 11% of reported incidents. However, it’s important to note that these types of accidents don’t just happen in workplaces.
Slip trip and fall claims can originate in many different places, including supermarkets or parks. Whether you’re able to claim successfully depends on proving that the resulting injury was caused by third-party negligence. We’ll now explain what this means.
To make a successful trip and fall injury claim, you need to be able to prove third-party negligence led to your injury. Certain third parties have a duty of care to you relating to their legal obligations. For example, an employer has a duty of care to all of their work staff under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
This legislation states that employers, within reason, need to guarantee the safety and security of their employees while using the work premises. So, for instance, if you fall and injure yourself due to using faulty work equipment your employer gave you, you may be able to claim compensation on the basis that the employer supplied the equipment. In this regard, the reason for the injury could be, ultimately, employer negligence.
Therefore, to claim for slips, trips and falls, you need to prove that the below three happened with your injury.
- The third party needs to have a duty of care to you.
- Their actions need to have breached this duty of care, causing an accident.
- This breach needs to have led to your injury.
If you can prove all three, you could potentially receive compensation. More examples of slips, trips and falls are below to provide you with further instances of when you may be able to claim.
Is there a personal injury claims time limit?
There is a time limit regarding making trip and fall claims. In most instances, you have three years from the incident or three years from the date you became aware that the injury was caused by negligence to claim. This is established in the Limitation Act 1980. It’s important to bear this in mind, as if you attempt to claim outside of this time period, your claim won’t be successful. However, there are exceptions to this time limit.
If you’re a child and you want to claim for injuries that weren’t your fault, you have three years from the date of your eighteenth birthday to claim. Alternatively, a litigation friend could claim on your behalf before this.
Furthermore, there is no time limit if you lack the mental capacity to claim. A guardian or a friend can claim on your behalf by becoming your litigation friend. The three-year time limit would begin from the date of recovery.
Why not contact our advisors to ensure that you’re within the time limit to claim?
Examples of evidence you need that could help you make a claim include:
- CCTV footage
- Witness reports
- Medical reports
- Pictures of the scene at the time of the incident
- A list of procedures/medication you’ve had to help with the recovery
Our panel of No Win No Fee lawyers could help you receive compensation. Please call us today to see if you can claim. Our advisors offer free legal advice and are available 24/7. They can put you through to a lawyer from our panel in a matter of minutes to begin the claims process.
Examples of incidents that could result in you making a No Win No Fee compensation claim include:
- Suffering slips, trips, and falls in the workplace due to the environment you’re working in. For instance, your employer doesn’t provide you with the appropriate personal protective equipment necessary for your role (such as particular work shoes). Because of this, you suffer an injury when you fall.
- Making a claim for falling on the pavement. Many public places are controlled by the local council. If a paving stone is several inches further off the ground than the others, it could cause you to trip. Slips, trips and falls like this can be prevented if sufficient health and safety checks are done. In this instance, the duty of care for the third party is outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
- Slipping on a hospital floor. This could lead to you looking up whether you can claim for slips, trips and falls in a hospital. If the slip was caused by water being on the floor with no warnings signs present (though it was noticed by staff), you might be able to claim compensation.
Agreeing to claim on a No Win No Fee basis can have many benefits. This is because:
- Claiming for slips, trips and falls in this manner means you won’t have to pay solicitor fees either upfront or during the claims process.
- Instead, a small, legally capped portion of the compensation would be taken by your personal injury lawyer upon your claim being successful.
- Furthermore, you won’t need to pay any solicitor fees if your claim isn’t successful.
Our panel of solicitors offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis. Therefore, you could claim for slip, trip and fall injuries through this method.
Call to speak to one of our advisors at a time that works for you. They’re available 24/7 and offer free legal advice. Therefore, if you’re unsure whether you’re able to claim, we can answer any of your questions in one quick phone call. Furthermore, our panel of No Win No Fee lawyers have years of experience with cases relating to slips, trips and falls. Our contact details are below.
- You can call us using the phone number above.
- Use the live chat function on your screen to get through to one of our advisors.
- Contact us via our website.
More Resources On Personal Injury Claims
For more information about slips, trips and falls, please use the links below.
The HSE also provides case studies that help spread awareness about accidents in the workplace.
To know more about managing risks and risk assessment at work, click on this HSE webpage.
Do you think you may have suffered a broken bone? If so, visit the NHS website to learn more.
Why not check out more of our personal injury claims guides below:
- Accidents in a public place – how to claim compensation
- Claims against the council for personal injury
Written by DUR
Published by VIC