Slips, trips and falls account for around one fifth of all work injuries reported according to The Health and Safety Executive, and are the most common cause of non-fatal injuries sustained at work. A Labour Force Survey found that the number of slips, trips and falls at work between 2013/14 and 2015/16 averaged an estimated 119,000 cases annually. The depressing fact is that despite considerable declines in other types of work accidents, injuries at work caused by slips and trips have remained at more or less the same level since 2000/01.
Slipping accidents at work should be among the easiest to avoid, as the causes are well documented. Wet and slippery floors and surfaces regularly prove hazardous to employees, whether as a result of cleaning or climatic conditions. Other working environment factors can be the sole or contributing cause of a slipping accident, such as poor lighting or any other type of inadequate workplace maintenance. Accidents can also occur from fellow employees spilling drinks, food or other liquids and failing to clean them up.
A slipping accident can cause injuries ranging from minor to severe or even fatal. While a minor fall may result in nothing more major than a bruise or graze, more serious injuries can include sprains, strains, lacerations, fractures and concussion. Injuries are likely to be most severe when a worker falls onto another object with sharp or hard edges, such as the edge of a desk or a piece of machinery. Limbs that are particularly at risk of damage from a fall are mostly in the upper body, including the head, neck, back, arms, wrists and hands. However a slip or trip can just as easily cause a broken leg or ankle.
Clients often call us to ask; I slipped at work in Liverpool can I claim compensation? Although an employer cannot be expected to spot every hazard or prevent every possible accident from occurring, they must take reasonable steps to manage hazards in the working environment. The minimum statutory requirements placed on employers are that workplace floors are suitable, in good condition and free from substances that might cause an employee to slip and fall. Employers must carry out regular risk assessments to identify potential hazards. Where necessary anti-slip surfaces and handrails should be installed and non-slip shoes provided. Adverse weather conditions should also be monitored and action taken to avert risks posed by heavy rain, snow and ice.
Damages for injuries caused by slipping accidents at work will take into account the physical, emotional and financial impact on a worker's life, including their future prospects. Employers are required by law to have employer's liability insurance, and this will cover all the costs associated with a successful claim. Our solicitors have experience in representing clients who have slipped at work and been injured through no fault of their own. Bartletts Solicitors can help you claim the compensation you deserve if you have been injured in such circumstances. Contact our team of specialist lawyers today for free, confidential legal advice that you can rely on.
Claiming with us is easy. Get a free no obligation initial consultation about your case, your rights, and our no win no fee agreement. All information can be taken over the phone. Medical treatment is local to you. We aim to keep the claims process short by keeping claims out of court. If your claim does need to go to court it is unlikely that you will need to attend court, as cases settle before the final hearing.
We can advise you about job security and dismissal concerns, as well as matters related to sick pay. Dismissal without a valid reason and without due procedures being followed is against the law, and can result in a claim for unfair dismissal being brought against the employer. Employers are also legally obliged to pay Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to injured employees, and may pay more than the minimum depending on the terms of an individual’s employment contract. Contact us today for free no obligation advice.
Compensation will pay for private healthcare treatment. It will also cover:
Expenses (such as the cost of travel to hospital appointments)
Loss of income
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and the likelihood that you’ll make a full recovery. We’ll seek expert opinions on what care you’ll need to ensure that the compensation we claim will be sufficient.