Slip or trip injury compensation claims
This guide sets out everything you need to know about making a slip or trip accident compensation claim.
Slip and trip accidents in the workplace injured 21,585 employees in 2013/14, according to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 95% of serious trip and slip incidents in the workplace resulted in broken bones.
Insurance company research indicates that slips and trips are by far the most common accidents to cause injury, affecting both employees and the general public. Data from one insurer's policyholders indicates that 37% of accidents reported at work and 50% of injuries to members of the public involved slips or trips.
Quittance's solicitors provide rehabilitation support and legal assistance to people throughout England and Wales.
You may be entitled to make a claim for injuries resulting from a slip, trip or fall if the accident occurred within the last three years and the accident was caused by another party. Quittance's solicitors have successfully made slip and trip compensation claims against parties including employers, retailers and local authorities.
Your solicitor must establish that the other party was legally responsible for the accident and that your injuries resulted from that accident. In some cases, such as tripping over discarded material in a public place, it may not be immediately obvious who is to blame for the accident. If you are not certain who caused the accident you may still be able to make a claim.
If you have any questions or would like to talk about your eligibility to claim call Quittance on 0800 612 7456 or arrange a callback online.
Claims must usually be started within three years of an injury.
In some cases, the extent of an injury may not be immediately obvious, but it uncommon for symptoms relating to a slip or trip accident to only appear after the three year time limit has passed.
In such cases where a person only becomes aware that they were injured as a result of a slip or trip once they are given a diagnosis, the three-year limit may apply from this date of knowledge. For more information, speak to a member of the Quittance team on 0800 612 7456.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
The Courts recognise that there can be serious and life-altering consequences to a slip or trip accident. Compensation can be awarded for:
- Pain, suffering and loss of amenity arising from your injuries
- Lost earnings if you have had to take time off work
- Future loss of earnings if you are unable to return to work
- The cost of medical treatment and future care relating to your injuries
- Expenses such as travel costs to and from hospital
We understand that many potential claimants have questions they would like to ask before starting their claim. Our solicitors are available to answer these and to discuss your options.
Helping people make successful compensation claims for slip or trip accidents, our specialist solicitors have acted for claimants injured in a wide range of environments including supermarkets, on pavements, public roads and other thoroughfares.
Compensation awards and settlements have been successfully negotiated for injuries including:
- Wrist and arm injuries
- Bruises and cuts
- Sprained and broken ankles
- Back and neck injuries
- Slip Injuries arising from leaking and spilled fluids
- Trips caused by discarded packaging
- Falls and trips caused by poorly-maintained walkways
Our solicitors take care of the legal work and negotiation so you can prioritise your recovery.
Calculations for awards and settlements are based on the type and seriousness of the injuries sustained in a slip or trip accident.
Maximum and minimum amounts for each injury are recommended by the Judicial College Guidelines for personal injury awards (formerly the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines).
For example, an award of between £10,175 and £19,800 is proposed for a wrist injury that has resulted in permanent pain and stiffness.
You can get a free Compensation Claim Report (CCR) or call us on 0800 612 7456 for more information about what your claim could be worth.
Where an existing medical condition or injury has been made worse by the accident, you may also be able to make a claim.
Insurers and solicitors use the Judicial College guidelines when proposing a settlement for a slip or trip injury, and the Courts will apply the guidelines when calculating compensation awards.
In addition to the general damages recommended by the Judicial College, you can also claim for costs you have incurred during treatment and ongoing care.
Many simple slip and trip cases are for relatively minor injuries and solicitors are able to reach an agreement on a settlement amount quickly.
It can take longer to negotiate more complicated matters, such as where the circumstances of the accident or the extent of the injuries are in dispute.
As the details of each case can vary considerably, it is not easy to predict how long a case will take at the outset. Accepting an early offer from the other side can resolve the claim quickly, but your solicitor may recommend holding out for a larger settlement.
The negotiation should not be prejudiced by urgent financial concerns such as rent or mortgage payment. An injured party may struggle to make their usual payments because they are out of work.
You are entitled to the maximum compensation your claim is worth and should not be cornered into accepting a lower offer because you have urgent bills to pay. For this reason, solicitors can usually secure interim compensation payments while negotiations are ongoing.
Your claim is very likely to succeed if the other side has accepted that they are responsible for the accident.
If the other side has not admitted liability, or argues that you were partly to blame for your injuries, the likelihood of success may be lower.
Regardless of whether liability is accepted, you should do what you can to strengthen your case. Your solicitor will advise on a recommended course of action. These are some of the steps you can take:
- if you have been injured at work, report the incident in your employer's accident book
- if you have been injured in a public place such as a shop, report the accident to the owner, management or local authority
- take photos of the scene of the accident
- gather witness statements, including names and addresses
Even if some time has passed since the accident, it is worth considering the above and doing what you can to build a stronger case.
If you would like to discuss how likely your claim is to succeed, or would like to confirm what steps you can take to improve your case, get a Compensation Claim Report or call a member of our team on 0800 612 7456.
A no win no fee arrangement (technically referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA) is agreed between a claimant and a suitably qualified solicitor.
A no win no fee agreement is the terms and conditions under which the solicitor works for their client.
It sets out what the solicitors will do and how the solicitor is remunerated if your claim is successful.
If you use Quittance for your slips or trip injury claim there are no sneaky hidden charges , nothing to pay up-front and the complete peace of mind that you wont be financially out of pocket.
You may not be ready to start your claim today. Many claimants prefer to do their research before contacting a solicitor, but it can be difficult to find the answers you need to make an informed decision.
Quittance developed the Compensation Claim Report (CCR) to provide those answers. The CCR is a free report, tailored to the details of your case, including:
- How much compensation you could receive
- How soon a settlement could be reached
- How likely your claim is to succeed
For more detailed information regarding your claim, you can get a CCR here.
Before you decide whether to make a claim, you may wish to discuss your options with a solicitor by phone.
You can arrange a callback at a more suitable time, or call a personal injury specialist on 0800 612 7456 today. Alternatively, you can email your question to a member of our team.
Answers to questions frequently asked by claimants are also available on the Quittance website.
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 compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
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