Have you Suffered from a Slip, Trip or Fall?
If you have suffered a fall at work or in a public place, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation. You may also be able to make a compensation claim if you are the relative of a person who has died as a result of a more serious fall from a height.
Slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of injury at work. On average, they cause 40 per cent of all reported major injuries and can also lead to other types of serious accidents, for example falls from height. Slips and trips are also the most reported injury to members of the public.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act) requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks. The following guide from the Health and Safety Executive shows measures that employers may need to implement to help prevent slips and trips.
Despite this every year thousands of people suffer a fall for a variety of reasons in differing situations. You may for example have tripped due to a defective paving stone or hole on a footpath. Alternatively you may have slipped in a supermarket due to a wet floor, or tripped over an obstruction at work.
We can help you by:
- Obtaining compensation for your injuries
- Recovering any loss of earnings or other expenses you may have incurred
- Dealing with the defendant and their insurers
- Providing access to specialist rehabilitation care
Did you know?
- Whatever the nature of your accident you may have recourse under law to claim compensation for your injuries.
- Responsibility for falls in many public areas lies with the Local Authority. Owners of private premises must also ensure that they are in a safe condition for members of the public to use.
- Similarly employers have a duty under law to ensure that the working environment is safe.