Cellar fall injury compensation claims
This article sets out everything you need to know about making a cellar fall accident compensation claim.
Slips, trips or falls on cellar or basement steps are common as they are often smaller and steeper than other stairs. Like any personal injury compensation claim, in order to make a claim there must be someone at fault.
If an individual falls down cellar steps in an accident in their own home, it would be difficult to find someone to make a claim against. However, if an individual falls down cellar steps in a rented property, they may be able to make a compensation claim against their landlord.
A landlord may have failed in their duty of care if they have not ensured that the cellar steps are safe to use. This may include:
- Broken, sloped or unsafe steps
- Narrow steps
- No handrails
- Inadequate grip protection on the step
- Steps cluttered with items left by the landlord that could form a hazard.
In the same way, if the accident occurred in the workplace, a employer could be liable for failing to ensure that the cellar stairs were safe and sufficient for use.
If an employer or landlord knew about the danger but failed to act to prevent the accident, a claimant may have grounds to make a compensation claim.
An individual who is involved in an accident should always seek medical attention in the first instance.
As well as ensuring that the individual does not have any underlying injuries, this will mean that their medical records can be used as supporting evidence in Court.
If possible, photographs should be taken of the scene and the cause of the accident. The names and addresses of any witnesses should be collected as they may be asked to support your claim.
A claimant may be able to claim for both general and special damages. General damages pertain to the pain and suffering experienced as a direct result of the accident. Special damages relate to the aftermath of the accident and can cover medical costs, travel expenses and loss of earnings due to the injury.
Accidents at work - Claims against your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim cellar fall injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
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