trips and falls

Trips and falls

How common are slips, trips and falls in the UK?

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), at least one person dies per week from a slip, trip or fall, with someone breaking or fracturing a bone every 25 minutes. What’s more, 33% of all non-fatal workplace injuries are caused by slips, trips and falls, costing the UK economy up to £1.1bn each year.

How much can people claim?

There is no predetermined compensation amount for personal injuries sustained as a result of slipping, tripping or falling. The compensation awarded is dependent on how serious the injury is and how long it takes the injured person to recover. Our professional and friendly solicitors have worked in this field for many years and will use that experience to help you obtain the right amount of compensation for your injuries.

What can be claimed against?

Whether caused by poor lighting, uneven pavements or wet surfaces, falling and tripping accidents usually occur due to poor housekeeping by employers, shops, councils and landlords.

The injuries people can suffer from after a slip, trip or fall vary from sprains, cuts and bruises that heal quickly to spinal damage, fractures and head trauma that turn people’s lives upside down.

Slips, trips and falls happen almost everywhere, from shops, buildings and restaurants to supermarkets, public transport and on the street.

Who is responsible for trip and fall claims?

There are three primary situations that might lead to a person suffering from a slip or trip accident. These include incidents that take place in public places that the council is responsible for maintaining; accidents that take place in public places that private businesses are responsible for maintaining; and accidents that take place at work.

How do people make a claim?

The first step is to speak to a legal professional. They’ll listen carefully to what you’ve been through and answer any questions you have before advising whether or not you have grounds to make a claim. Evidence is essential for a successful claim, so make sure you:

  • Write down the time, date and location of your accident and any weather conditions (if applicable)
  • Take photos of the accident site and your injury including measurements of any trip hazards
  • Ask passers by or anyone who helped you for their details
  • Report the accident to someone in charge & make sure they make a written note
  • Keep a diary to show how your recovery is going

Start filing your personal injury claim today

If you have been injured as a result of a slip or fall accident in a public area or at your place of work, you might consider making a compensation claim. You still have the right to file a claim for compensation even if you do not believe that any third party was at fault for the incident, our experienced solicitors will quickly be able to advise you on whether you have grounds for making a claim.

Make sure to give our expert and friendly team a call or drop us an email to arrange a session for a fully free legal consultation and evaluation of the trip or fall accident you were involved in. We are more than happy to help you make a claim for compensation in a timely and easy manner if we think that you have grounds to do so.